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Microsoft integrates OneDrive for Business into main OneDrive for Android app, iOS app gets native search

Microsoft today announced updates to its OneDrive apps for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. The biggest changes are being made on Google’s mobile platform, but users of the other two platforms are also getting notable improvements.

First and foremost, Microsoft is planning to finally merge OneDrive and OneDrive for Business. Back in the SkyDrive days, the business app was known as SkyDrive Pro, and instead of taking the opportunity to merge the two when it rebranded, Microsoft did what it does best: it took its sweet old time.

Android

Android is getting the treatment first: the OneDrive app now lets you manage both your personal and work files. As Microsoft puts it: “This is the first example of how we’re creating a single, unified OneDrive experience that holistically addresses what people, businesses, and IT managers’ need.”

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You can access your personal photos and business presentations (kept separate of course), share content with family, coworkers, or even both, all from a single app. Microsoft promises that OneDrive makes it clear which files you’re accessing, so you don’t need to worry about backing up photos to your work account or sharing a critical document with your mom.

Next up, the Android app now supports setting up a PIN. You can create a four-digit code for limiting access to the app and your files. Other improvements include camera backup speed and reliability tweaks, and the ability to open OneDrive files directly from other apps.

iOS

iOS has received a new native search experience: just swipe down to reveal a search box. No matter where you are in the app, you can quickly find a specific file or folder.

Also, the All Photos view has been ported from the Web app. It lets you see all of your photos from across your OneDrive grouped together and organized chronologically. Annoyingly this includes videos too, and we’re surprised Microsoft is sticking with this confusing label.

Windows Phone

Frustratingly, Microsoft’s own platform is getting the least love today. There are “a number of bug fixes” and the ability to access the OneDrive recycle bin. You can thus restore accidentally deleted files and folders while on the go.

Microsoft didn’t reveal what’s coming next, aside from OneDrive for Business integration for iOS and Windows Phone. We do know, however, that a slew of updates to the OneDrive apps and service are scheduled to arrive “in the coming months.”

Gadget Weblog Spotlight: Panbo.com

Gadget Weblog Spotlight: Panbo.com Yme Bosma’s Panbo.com, the marine electronics and communications weblog, has quickly become a favorite here at Gizmodo, with its sharp focus and incisive writing. We’re happy that Yme took the time to participate in the first in a series of ‘Gadget Weblog Spotlights’ that we’ll be running throughout the next few weeks. Our hope is to draw your attention to some of the great gadget reporting that’s being done out on the web.

Give us a quick run down about you, your weblog, and what it was that made you want to start your own?

I’m a 29-year old strategy consultant at Lost Boys, Europe’s largest webdesign agency, based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. I started blogging about 2 years ago as a way of documenting and disseminating everything I found interesting (professionally and personally), primarily on the areas of the mobile internet, ebusiness, consumer electronics and home automation. Just recently I noticed that there was no blog (or website for that matter) focusing on these areas in the context of sailing and boating, another passion of mine. Since convergence of PC technology, internet and marine electronics/applications is happening at a fast pace, I started a blog on this topic, which is Panbo.com.

What do you think it is that makes your weblog stand out?

Basically, there’s no other website focusing on the topic of marine gadgets (electronics & communications). The boating industry is a 30 billion dollar business in the US alone, and electronics are an important segment of it. So I’m creating a central point for everything happening in this space, since (online) publishing of information on these topics has been very fragmented until now. Based on the feedback I received, and the statistics, since I started this specific blog 4 weeks ago, I think it’s fair to say that www.panbo.com is filling a blank spot.

Do you have a target audience for your site?

Yes, sort of. It’s the marine electronics industry on the one hand, and ‘boaters’ on the other hand. I’m writing about things that are sometimes only relevant to owners of a 20ft sailboat, and at other times it’s just the ones that operate a 200ft megayacht that will be triggered by an item…

What was the first gadget that really caught your attention?

I think that must have been my first cellphone, a bulky Nokia 1610 that I bought in 1996. Since then I’ve been playing around with a lot of the newest hardware and software, not just cellphones.

What are your favorite types of gadgets?

Everything that allows me to be and ‘feel’ connected. And gadgets that let me document and structure my thoughts.

What’s the worst gadget you’ve ever seen?

Well, the thing that’s annoying me most at the moment (besides not being able to send emails from my Nokia…) is the EPG on my set-top box. It’s such a great example of not understanding how people (well, at least myself) want to watch TV and be guided through TV-listings. UPC, fix this! And we can help you if you want us to…

What’s the one thing you wish you could teach the world’s gadget makers?

Through my work I know just how enormously important usability is for making a good concept work with normal people in a real world environment. It’s an art (and a science) that most gadget makers simply do not understand.

Have you ever had a gadget change your life?

Yep, not often, but my first Wi-Fi router at home, an XRouter Aero WSR-5000, has really changed they way I experience home entertainment, the way I work, when I work, and how often I work….

What’s in your gadget bag, Yme?

Nothing special really. An 18-month Nokia 7650 which is falling apart, since I’m waiting for the first megapixel camera phone to be released because I want better quality pictures on my personal photoblog, www.yme.nl. Furthermore, I’m still carrying around a Toshiba laptop, while I’m waiting for my new HP Centrino laptop to be delivered. Got a two year old TDK Bluetooth adapter that goes with the Toshiba. And for the rest a lot of cabling, adapters and network cards in my bag to connect me to the internet anywhere, and to audio and video equipment wherever I am… The bag itself is just a plain and simple Dell laptop bag which I can’t throw away since I don’t feel like emptying it…
Read - Panbo.com

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11 of the Weirdest Sites on the Internet

The internet is a wondrous place, but for every fantastic website out there, it seems like there are two weird ones. We asked you, dear readers, what some of the strangest sites you’ve ever seen were, and here’s what you dug up, you freaks.

111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111111.com

11 of the Weirdest Sites on the Internet

Spotted by Jule

Cannot be described… no seriously.


Ling’s Cars

11 of the Weirdest Sites on the Internet

Spotted by altitude2k

Absolutely insane website, but really highly rated lease car company with
probably the best rates around. Her images surrounding vehicle emissions
are particularly awesome!


Time Cube

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Spotted by afgnaap

I have no idea how to describe this. It’s a conspiracy thing of some

kind… I think.


Divine Interventions (NSFW)

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Spotted by TJ Vertigo

It’s a religious themed sex toy/accessories website

I don’t even know. Seriously. I don’t.


fUSION Anomoly

11 of the Weirdest Sites on the Internet

Spotted by yours truly

It’s like if a 9-year-old conspiracy theorist invented Wikipedia in 1995. I actually wrote about it at length one time.


OMFGDOGS

11 of the Weirdest Sites on the Internet

Spotted by BritiosBoy

Pretty much the best “midi scored animation of a pack of cartoon dogs
continuously running against a rainbow background ” website out there.


Alex Chiu’s Immortality Devices & Gorgeouspil

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Spotted by asongsparrow

Insanely weird guy believes that he has found the secret to eternal youth, and sells it through an immortality product line (rings, braces, and pills). Just cruise his site, it’s too weird for explanation.


fullpenetrativeintercourse.com (SFW)

[an image would ruin it]

Spotted by Hammerfrog

Very misleading domain name registered by Gavin Free of Roosterteeth, and in lieu of any actual content he just uses a picture of his own face as a placeholder.


Ubytování rodinný penzion Dvůr Králové

11 of the Weirdest Sites on the Internet

Spotted by Cody Lambert

Some family owned apartments in Czech Republic… The single horrible webdesign experience.


Letters to Lorne

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Spotted by Manic Pixie Dreamsicle

A guy who made the briefest of appearances on SNL in the 70s has sent Lorne Michaels letters nearly every day for a long period of time giving Lorne reasons that he should be allowed to be a cast member on the show. The notes get increasingly bizarre. It looks like they’ve tapered off recently, but there was a time when there was a new letter for every day.


OJ.com

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Spotted by Stuart Lovinggood

Someone thinks they’re going to get big bucks by selling OJ.com to “one of America’s favorite brands of orange juice.”