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Personal Cloud Tonido Launches App for Raspberry Pi – Instantly Access, Share and Sync Personal Files

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New App for Raspberry Pi makes Private File Sharing and Data Privacy attainable by Everyone

AUSTIN, Texas, July 22, 2014 – CodeLathe, the leader in personal cloud, today launched Tonido App for Raspberry Pi that provides anywhere access to personal files stored in the Pi while enjoying the security, privacy and unlimited access. Tonido lets individuals’ access documents, see photos, listen to music and watch videos stored on storage devices (USB Drives, SD card) connected to Raspberry Pi. Users can now share their personal files and media without worrying about the privacy and security of their data.

“Tonido allows anybody to instantly create their own Personal Cloud while Raspberry PI is an embodiment of DIY movement. By combining both we have made data privacy and private sharing viable to everyone. We are delighted to bring Tonido to Raspberry Pi.” said Anis Abdul, CTO of CodeLathe.

Tonido offers users secure access to their entire collection of documents, photos, music and videos stored in Pi from anywhere without having to upload it to a public cloud service. Individuals begin by downloading the free Tonido server app on their Raspberry Pi and get the Tonido mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8. Employing smart LAN switching technology to use gigabit access speed within home LAN networks, the app safely connects users to the files stored on their Pi in seconds. Users can also access their files via Wi-Fi or mobile networks, backup their photos and videos from their mobile phones to their Tonido personal cloud, and download files for offline viewing.

“More than ever, internet users are realizing data ownership and privacy is no longer safe and secure in popular online services and they’re turning towards personal cloud services like Tonido for their remote access and sharing needs. Raspberry Pi’s low power footprint and affordability makes it an ideal platform for Tonido and now everyone can run their own Personal Cloud with ease,” said Madhan Kanagavel, CEO of CodeLathe.

Tonido for Raspberry Pi Features

  • Access, Share, Sync files and media from anywhere
  • Automatic media indexing and organization of photos, music and videos
  • Automatic Smartphone photos and videos backup
  • Automatic multi-format music streaming and playlist support (including FLAC, OGG, WMA, MP3, and more)
  • Native Mobile apps for all the popular mobile OS’s (iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry)
  • Plug- and-Play remote access. No fiddling with router settings
  • Easy to remember web URL access to your Raspberry PI
  • Available for both Raspbian and Raspbmc

For more information on the Tonido for Raspberry Pi app, visit: http://www.tonido.com/tonido-for-raspberry-pi-2/

How Tonido Personal Cloud brings Data Ownership, Privacy and Anonymity to your Digital Life?

When we started up Tonido, our goal was to provide a compelling alternative to public online services. We figured that a few companies controlling everyone’s information is not good for a equitable society. After 4 years, if we look at the current status of the Internet, all of our worst fears have come true. There is zero privacy and zero anonymity. The web is not open and the ecosystem is controlled by a few companies. One needs to set the expectation that everything that happens on the public internet gets tracked, aggregated, diced, profiled and sold to the highest bidder. Don’t do anything on the internet that you will not do in a public place. People’s memories fade, but the Internet never forgets.

The music you access, the emails you send, the photos you share, the comments you post and pretty much anything you put on public online services serve as one more data point to create your online persona . With a few clicks anybody can buy that data for a cost.

 

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As always, the individual liberty and protection of privacy is the responsibility of users. Nobody is going to do that for you. If you have young kids or newborns many of them will outlive the current set of hot internet companies. But, by the time your kids become adults, the data that you entrust with these companies can change many hands and come back to haunt them in many ways. Even if the current management is benevolent (‘do no evil’) there is no guarantee that the future management will be benevolent.  Hard times and bad economies can change the way companies will treat your personal data.

With your permission, you give us more information about you, about your friends, and we can improve the quality of our searches. We don’t need you to type at all. We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less know what you’re thinking about -  Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google

This quote pretty much summarizes the power that we voluntarily give out to internet companies. The new internet monopolies are not much different from the 19th century robber barons. The railroad magnates used their control over rail road distribution to create monopolies. In similar ways, the large internet firms use network effects, control over personal data and monopolies over desktop and mobile Operating Systems to serve their profit goals. It is not illegal. It is business as usual. But as users we need to think twice about the information we freely offer. What kind of control are we forsaking?

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Many of the popular internet companies (Google, Facebook and others) enforce real name policy, thereby ensuring they are able to identify track and aggregate you and your data anytime you use their services. We are not advocating that you should not use their services. But do expect that anything you do and share on these services is up for sale. The “I have nothing to hide” argument is not really valid  here. The data you put or share in these services can have profound practical implications in your job search, getting insurance or getting a financial loan. It is not really about hiding stuff any more. The basics of life are at stake here.

Smart people now understand this predicament and indiscriminate sharing on social networks is changing slowly. If you want to have real control over your personal data then you need to have complete control over the system.

Tonido provides such a system. If you want to share your kids photos or share your thoughts with family and friends without any fear, Tonido can do that for you. Using Tonido, you can create this private, safe space  that runs on your device behind your home router. You will have 100% control over this private little space.

Here are the 10 things that Tonido can do  to safeguard ownership,  privacy and anonymity

  1. No Real Name Policy – Unlike Facebook or Google, we don’t require a real name to create Tonido account. You can choose any name.
  2. Completely Independent -  To facilitate ease of use, we provide dynamic dns and relay server capabilities to access your Tonido device from anywhere. You are free to use our dynamic DNS and relay servers or your own. Here are the instructions.
  3. Complete Control - Turn it On or Turn it Off any time.
  4. Private and anonymous shares- Tonido allows you to create private and anonymous file shares
  5. Ephemeral Shares - Tonido allows you to create time limited, ephemeral file shares that you can use to share content with friends and family
  6. Guest user support - Create user accounts for your  family members and friends in your own Personal Cloud
  7. Works without internet - The application and data is always local. You can access your Tonido device from your home network even if there is no internet
  8. Password Security - We store only your user name. We don’t store your passwords in our system. It will give you completely secure access to your data. Any centralized hack will not compromise your data.
  9. Cross Platform and works on any device - Tonido is available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. You don’t need  expensive hardware to run Tonido – Any old computer will do.
  10. Powerful Alternative to Online Services -Out of the Box, Tonido can replace Google Drive, Dropbox, Picassa, Flickr, Facebook and Spotify (If you own your music). It is extremely simple to use and comes with native mobile apps for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry.

In a nutshell, Tonido allows one to  access, share, sync and organize personal data from anywhere without losing control over the personal data.

We are committed in our vision to make Tonido  the #1 Personal Cloud that safeguards  privacy and online freedom.  We are happy that our years of effort  creating Tonido is making the world a better place. We don’t have billions of Tonido users. But we make a positive difference in the lives of the million or so users that currently take advantage of our systems. An active Tonido user puts order of magnitude less data in the popular online services than an average internet user. Every user that Tonido attracts is one less user for a Public cloud service. That is good enough for us. 

Tonido’s 10 Rules of Personal Cloud

Personal Cloud is probably the most misused term in the internet now. Every sundry public cloud storage offerings like Dropbox, Google Drive and others are masquerading themselves as Personal Clouds. Remember. It is their Personal Cloud. Not Yours. They can kick out, block or shutdown anybody at anytime. They determine how much storage you can use and have complete right to track and catalog your data.

We are one of the earliest companies who have used the term -”Personal Cloud” back in 2009 to put forth our vision. We cannot sit idle and watch the misappropriation of term and vision that we have fought for over many years.

In real sense, the word personal means “of, affecting, or belonging to a particular person rather than to anyone else”. So Personal Cloud means a cloud that is owned by you. not by others.

Like Codd’s 12 rules of database, which he put together  to prevent his vision of the relational database being diluted by vendors, We are putting together our 10 rules of Personal Cloud.

Rule 1: The Personal Cloud system should run on the device owned or fully controlled by the end user.

Rule 2: The Owner of Personal Cloud system should have complete ownership, rights of content he/she can put in the Personal Cloud System

Rule 3: The Owner of Personal Cloud system should have complete independence of content he/she can put in the Personal Cloud System

Rule 4: The Personal Cloud System (the app and the data) should be completely Local. The system should be accessible even if there is no internet.

Rule 5: The Personal Cloud System should not snoop or alter the end user content either manually or in an automated fashion

Rule 6: The Personal Cloud System should not pose any storage limits and should be accessible from anywhere.

Rule 7: The owner should be able to stop or shutdown the Personal Cloud system anytime.

Rule 8: The Personal Cloud System should be cross platform and run on all the popular desktop (Windows, Mac and Linux) OSes.

Rule 9:  The Personal Cloud System  should have clients or be accessible from all the popular mobile OSes (iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows and others).

Rule 10: The Personal Cloud System  should run on from low to high end computing devices (Routers, NAS to PCs and Servers) and varied chipset platforms (ARM, MIPS, X86 and others).

 

If you are a user check whether your beloved service checks all of the rules here and if you are a vendor make sure you comply to all of the rules here before calling yourself as Personal Cloud.

Personal Cloud Tonido Launches New Windows Phone App

Secure, limitless Personal Cloud brings anywhere content access to Windows Phones

AUSTIN, Texas, Apr 24, 2014 — CodeLathe, the leader in personal cloud, today launched a new Windows Phone app for its Tonido personal cloud product. With this new release, Codelathe solidifying its leadership position in offering the best in class mobile apps across all major platforms. The new app is part of its private file sync, sharing and mobile access solution that enables data access anytime and anywhere, from any device.

“As Tonido reaches mainstream – crossing over million users, our users expect our solution to provide the best experience in all major platforms,” said Madhan Kanagavel, CEO of CodeLathe “ With this new Windows Phone app,  we are one of the very few companies that truly support all major mobile platforms. “

The fully redesigned app uses Windows modern UI to improve user experience and takes advantage of all the powerful features of Windows Phone. The app allows users to remotely access files on computer running Tonido using their Windows Phone. Tonido does more than just provide access, it also streams compatible video and misc files from computer to Windows Phones. This release includes some major features similar to the Tonido’s iOS and Android apps. Here are some of the key features of the new Windows Phone 8 app

  • Access all remote files
  • Share files with friends and colleagues
  • Download and upload files from phone
  • Automatically organize your photos, music and video collection
  • Create and Manage music playlists for your music
  • Stream video and music

“We believe in providing a great user experience through a native app that takes advantage of the underlying platform,”   said Anis Abdul, CTO of CodeLathe “Our Windows Phone app is designed ground-up for Windows, using all of its capabilities and modern UI.”

The Tonido server app is available for free download at http://www.tonido.com.

The Tonido Windows Phone app is available for free on the Windows Store at http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/tonido/4eeacbe9-7405-47cc-acd0-f418471f992a

 

Dropbox Terms of Service and Privacy Policy Change – What it means to your Data and Rights?

 

Today Dropbox has changed the Terms Of Service and Privacy Policy  once again.  We don’t have the legal expertise to comment on the  merits and demerits of Arbitration clause or the importance of user rights to seek legal remedy in a court of law.  From the user comments on the blog post, it does seem like a unpopular move by Dropbox.

But we can say one thing: Once personal data moves from your computer to a 3rd party cloud, the data is not yours anymore…

Luckily our users have Tonido. We are proud of the personal cloud service that we have created and run over 5 years to  safeguard your privacy and online freedom.  At this time, there is no better challenge in the internet and our team is ready to carry on the fight with your help.

We promise to our users that we will make Tonido as the #1 Personal Cloud .

 

File Synchronization Performance Benchmarks – Tonido vs. Dropbox

Users’ desire to access their content from anywhere  and the Proliferation of smart phones, tablets and game boxes like Xbox, PS3 in modern homes  and has created a  new market category of Personal Cloud solutions. Various research reports from leading research firms predict that the next decade will be an era of Personal Clouds and forecast the active accounts associated with personal cloud storage services will exceed 1 billion at the end of 2013.

When it comes to Personal Clouds, There are mainly 2 schools of thought

  1. Personal Cloud based on Public Cloud (Yeah  It is kind of Oxymoron).  Ex: Dropbox and Google Drive are major offerings in this category
  2. Self hosted Personal cloud solutions like Tonido, arkOS, Own Cloud and others

We (Tonido) are one of the early proponent of self hosted Personal Cloud concept. Now we can confidently say our Personal Cloud server,  mobile apps, sync and drive clients can give serious competition to popular public cloud compatriots in terms of functionality, UX, Performance and value. You don’t have to take our word for it.  Do your own research.  Check our mobile apps rating in the respective app stores, Read independent media reviews or check out user reviews of Tonido in popular news forums or just try the Tonido software by downloading from here.

But when you compete with multi-billion dollar behemoths like Google or Dropbox for a market share , it is imperative to change the narrative to objectivity and bring quantitative numbers to the table.If we are going to compete in terms of perception, it is a lost case and we don’t have the resources to pull it off.

So we did a comparison study between Tonido Sync vs. Dropbox’ s  two way file synchronization performance within LAN.  When the Tonido server and sync client is on the same LAN network,  our Smart LAN switch technology enables direct file, media sync  instead of going through our relay servers. In similar fashion, Dropbox’s LAN Sync  enables faster sync if two clients are on the same LAN. The benchmark results based on our tests will prove the merits of  Tonido Personal Cloud in an objective fashion. Based on our user metrics over the years, we estimate 70-80% of access happens within home LAN and the remaining 30% of access happens over WAN.  So it is very important to provide a superior experience when the access or sync happens within the home LAN and Tonido provides that superior experience.

Test Setup:  Tonido Sync vs. Dropbox Clients

Both computers under test are situated in the same LAN, connected to the same router and ran the latest versions of Dropbox and Tonido software.

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Test Results: Two way File Synchronization Performance in LAN (Tonido Sync vs. Dropbox)

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Based on our findings, In Average, Tonido Sync is 3 to 5 times faster than Dropbox in the same LAN. Let us know your experience in the comments.

Happy Holidays from Team Tonido

In this season of gratitude, we are thankful for your continued support.

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Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Alternative to FTP: How Tonido FileCloud Can Help Your Organization’s File Sharing Needs

Most companies that have to share large files online know the limitations of FTP. Employees that share large files have to download an FTP client or use a cryptic login to a web browser to share files. In order to have any type of collaboration, once your files have been updated, you have to email everyone involved to let them know there’s a new version. When you take into consideration how many emails are ignored or fall into a spam filter, it’s no wonder collaboration can come to a screeching halt with FTP.

What About Email?

While email is great for sending and receiving small files, most of us have learned the hard way if you send anything over 2 MB in length you don’t know if it’s going to arrive at the other end. While some companies have increased the size of emails that can flow through their servers, you never know if it’s going to make it. To top it off, sometimes you don’t even get notification if the email failed to get delivered.

File Sharing to the Rescue

Online file sharing makes handling large files easy. Anyone with a web browser (and proper access) can post and retrieve files securely. Collaboration improves with file updates that let everyone on the list know when a change is made. In addition, advanced features like version tracking make collaboration easy. File update notifications can tell people when a file needs to be reviewed.

Using a private cloud solution allows you to maintain your own hardware and security. You have more flexibility with your customer data and critical enterprise files. Regulatory compliance is much easier, as some regulations will not allow a public cloud provider.

Tonido filecloud easily meets these needs with a private cloud solution that gives you total control over your secure file sharing. Filecloud allows administrators to set up shares that are accessed securely by employees and customers alike. Sharing files is as easy as sending a link via email.

Filecloud supports auditing so you no longer have to worry about who changed which files when. You can easily tell if a person has seen a file and made appropriate changes.

Since you own the product, filecloud will allow your company to set up your own branding with custom logos and a domain. This can be great for establishing trust amongst employees and customers.

Mobility has become a way of life for business today. Most employees need access to their files from phones or other mobile devices. Filecloud allows file access from anywhere using a mobile device for Apple, Android, and Windows.

Tonido filecloud gives you a simple solution that is installed on your network. You control permissions in any users that have access to it. Once it is set up, employees can access the system from their computer or mobile devices from anywhere. Click on http://www.getfilecloud.com to find out more today.

New Tonido FileCloud 4.0 Now Offers Mobile Device Management, Smart Notifications & Document Preview Support

Latest Update to On-Premises Private Cloud Offers Enhanced Mobile Device Security, Advanced Configuration Options to Serve Enterprises, SMBs and Managed Service Providers

AUSTIN, Texas, Oct. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – CodeLathe, the leader in personal cloud products and services, today launched Tonido FileCloud 4.0, adding new mobile device management (MDM) capabilities, file-change notifications, document preview and advanced administrative and configuration options to its on-premises file sharing and mobile access solution.

The only self-hosted enterprise-grade file sharing and sync solution, Tonido FileCloud puts businesses, schools, ISPs and MSPs in control of their data and infrastructure to ensure complete security and privacy, with the convenience, accessibility and real-time sync of web-based file storage. With this latest update, FileCloud 4.0 gives users even more control and customization options to address mobile device management.

Unlike other on-premises file storage solutions, FileCloud is designed to meet the mobile accessibility and security needs of the modern business environment with robust apps, and now mobile device management, for iOS, Android and Windows 8,” said Anis Abdul, CTO of CodeLathe. “With FileCloud 4.0, we’ve raised the bar even higher, adding more powerful tools and customization options to streamline the most common administrative tasks.”

The new FileCloud 4.0 now includes:

  • Mobile Device Management (MDM) that gives administrators real-time visibility into all mobile devices connected to FileCloud, to view data access activity and send push notifications to device owners. Using the FileCloud MDM dashboard, admins can also remotely wipe or block mobile devices to prevent unauthorized access to FileCloud if a device is lost or stolen.
  • Smart Notifications that alert users in shared folders when files or folders are changed or edited, to keep everyone on the same page with real-time collaboration, consistency and versioning control.
  • Built-in document preview that enables users to view common file formats, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF and .txt files, inside a web browser, without the need to download the full files and regardless of the software installed. This allows FileCloud users to share documents with other users running different operating systems and software without any conflict or compatibility issues.
  • Enhanced administration tools that allow FileCloud admins to customize FileCloud templates, error messages and news feed options with point-and-click ease within the admin user interface dashboard, instead of requiring a configuration file. In addition, admins can see a real-time graphical snapshot of storage capacity, current usage and user activity, as well as add and configure access and security settings for users individually or by uploading a CSV file. Built-in file logging tracks all user-file interactions in a central log file for easy audit reporting.

FileCloud Version 4.0 is a major milestone for us and the industry. The addition of MDM and remote data wipe capabilities sets a new standard in the market for enterprise-grade cloud storage and sync,” said Madhan Kanagavel, founder and CEO of CodeLathe. “The new MDM capabilities make the solution very attractive to security-conscious enterprises.”

Tonido FileCloud offers the only secure, on-premises file storage and mobile access platform with truly cross-platform compatibility for all mobile devices, as well as any web browser and desktop drive sync. With built-in enterprise-grade security, Active Directory support for user authentication and petascale capability to serve even the largest organizations, FileCloud offers a complete file sharing solution in a single, simple, flexible and affordable solution.

To get started with a free 30-day trial of FileCloud, visit www.getfilecloud.com.

Tonido Personal Cloud App Revamped for iOS 7

New app release includes a redesigned interface, AirPrint support and improved video playback

AUSTIN, Texas, October 03, 2013 – CodeLathe, the leader in personal cloud products and services, announced today that the company has updated Tonido Mobile to take advantage of the best new features in iOS 7.  The new iPhone and iPad app features a complete overhaul of the user interface, mobile printing via AirPrint and optimized video playback with closed caption support.

“When Apple, Google and Windows make significant updates to their operating systems and hardware, we ensure that Tonido users can take full advantage of new functionality,” said Anis Abdul, CTO of CodeLathe. “In that spirit, we have taken significant steps to optimize Tonido Mobile for iOS 7.”

Tonido Mobile allows iOS, Android and Windows users to access documents, photos, music and videos stored on their home computer from anywhere in the world. The free service provides the accessibility of the cloud without running into the storage limits, costs and security flaws of public cloud storage.

The latest version of iOS app includes three key improvements:

  • Interface Redesign The Tonido user interface was rebuilt from scratch to complement the iOS 7 flat design paradigm.
  • AirPrint Support – iOS users can now print documents directly from the Tonido app using AirPrint, a technology that enables instant printing from Apple devices without the need to download and install drives.
  • Video Optimization – User can now enjoy smoother video playback along with subtitles and text made available through closed caption support.

“iOS users are our top demography and ardent supporters of Tonido Personal Cloud,” said Madhan Kanagavel, founder and CEO of CodeLathe. “Our team has done an excellent job in this redesign to bring the best possible user experience. With this new app launch, we are confident that we will maintain the best personal cloud software in the Apple ecosystem.”

Tonido Personal Cloud may be downloaded for free at www.tonido.com.

The Tonido iOS app is available here in the iTunes Store

For more information on the Tonido iOS app, visit www.tonido.com/ios/

 

 

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