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/

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Tech Tip : Index Folders in Tonido

Indexing allows Tonido to search for certain file types such as Photos, Audio and Video and organizes them for different type of access. Once files are indexed, different clients such as the web browser, mobile clients can provide rich user experience in accessing those file.
Once a folder is set for indexing, Tonido server will scan the folders and will build an “index” of files based on their meta data. The folders will be rescanned periodically as well to detect changes to the files.

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2. Select the folder you need to index

3. Click on  “index now” button.

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This will add  pictures, videos, and music files to music,photos and videos library.

4. To restrict photos, music or videos of the folder from indexing, Click on the edit button.edit

 

 

 

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4. To delete an indexed folder , Click on the delete button

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The indexed Folder will be deleted

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Tech Tip: Easy Editing of your Account password in Tonido Android app

If in case you have changed the password of your account then you can skip the step of recreating an account and follow this basic editing:
1. Open Tonido Android app and give a long press on the account you want to edit.

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2. A dialog box opens with an option to edit or delete the account, Click on edit and then OK.

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3. Edit and necessary changes and Sign in.

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Tech Tip : Create Or Change Application lock In Tonido Android App

To Create a Application lock :

All you need to do is,

Click on the settings icon that appears at the top left corner.

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Click on the “manage application lock “.

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Then Click on the “Enable Lock”

 

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Draw the pattern to create application lock

 

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Application lock is now created for your tonido app.

 

To Change the Application lock :

Click on the settings icon that appears at the top left corner

Click on  “Change Lock”.

 

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Draw your old pattern

 

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Now draw your new pattern and confirm

 

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Your Application lock is now changed.

 

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Tech Tip: How to add Items to Favorites.

1. Click on the file/folder you want to add to favorites.

2. A small Pop up will appear to your right, now Click on Add to Favorites.

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3. Either you can add items to default Favorite list or create a New list and add to it.

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Tech Tip : Create a Playlist In Tonido Android App

All you need to do is,

1. Play a song using tonido Android app

2. Click on “Add Songs to Playlist” icon. 1

3. Click on the plus icon in the dialog to create a new playlist and add songs to it or click OK to add songs to default playlist.

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4. Enter the name of the playlist and click OK

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Your new playlist is now created.

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Tech Tip : Change Storage location for Tonido downloads in Android app.

Step 1: Open settings in Tonido Android App

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Step 2: Click on Downloads Path

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Step 3: Now click on Change and change the path to store the Downloaded files

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Step 4: Once you have changed the path according to your convenience, give Confirm.

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Tech Tip : Automatic Photo and Video Backup using Tonido iOS app

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In your Tonido server browser UI,

1. Log into your Tonido server and go to Settings->Misc

2. Under “Mobile Media Backup”, Check if the current “Media Store Location” is the place you want the images/videos to be stored (This is selected by the app automatically if nothing was set by the user). If not, set a correct folder.

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Open your iOS App,

You will see a new icon on the bottom left . Tap that icon to open the Camera Upload settings

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The camera upload settings will have a number of options, you need to tap the “Server” to select the Tonido Server to backup the photos and videos to.

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If you have multiple Tonido servers that support and have enabled Mobile Media Backup, then they will show up int his list. Tap the server to select it as the backup target.

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Thats it! Watch it do its thing..

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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. 

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Tech Tip:- How to Switch to Different Account in Tonido

Step 1: Go to Settings and then to Accounts Tab.

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Step 3: You will see the Tonido Login Screen. From the login screen, you can either login with a different account name or create a new account using the New Account button.

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*Note: Switch Account  allows you to change the name associated with that computer or TonidoPlug either by switching to different account or by creating a new account

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