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Ubuntu One Music Store – now on the web and on your mobile

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

We’re pleased to tell you that today we’ve launched the new Ubuntu One Music Store.
This means you can now purchase all your favourite music from the Ubuntu One Music Store via the web or on your mobile. Watch as the tracks you buy are magically delivered straight to your Ubuntu One personal cloud in an instant. No clumsy downloading is needed, as soon as you complete the transactions your music will appear in your Ubuntu One music cloud folder ready for you to stream or automatically sync with your computer.

The Ubuntu One Music Store can be easily accessed via the music tab in the Ubuntu One web dash. From the music store home view you can browse new releases, top tracks and top albums, then add to your basket, checkout and you’re all set. Our new store offers all the same functionality as the Ubuntu One music store in Rhythmbox, only has a new slicker navigation that makes discovering and buying the music you love even easier.

To celebrate our new store we are running a special promotion. Everyone who makes any purchase from now until the end of October will automatically receive Ubuntu One Music Streaming free for 6 months. Music Streaming is normally $3.99 per month and includes 20GB of storage for all your files, photos and music. Plus you can stream music to your Android and iPhone and via the web, wherever you are free, for 6 months.

Ubuntu One added to Thunderbird Filelink

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

When you’re emailing files, photos and documents to friends, family and colleagues, attaching those files can often be inconvenient for you and for the people you’re sending them to. A common problem when sending and receiving email is that many email servers don’t accept messages with large file attachments. You may be able to send a message with a large attachment but the receiving mail server might refuse to accept it.

To solve these issues in June Mozilla Thunderbird added the Filelink feature. Today Thunderbird and the Ubuntu One team are pleased to tell you that we’ve added support for Ubuntu One in Filelink.This means that when you attach a large file to an email, that attachment is replaced with a link to the file in your Ubuntu One personal cloud.

That way, your friends and colleagues can access your content directly from Ubuntu One. Making it quicker and easier to forward on your files and documents to other people, and send files of any size even if the recipient’s email provider can’t handle large attachments.

The Ubuntu One Filelink feature is available in Thuderbird’s latest release out today and shortly available on Ubuntu through Ubuntu Software Center.

Four new titles added to the Humble Android Bundle 3

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Last week we let you know via the Canonical blog that the third Humble Bundle for Android was released and available on Ubuntu. Today four additional titles are now part of the Humble Bundle for Android #3: World of Goo, Osmos, EDGE and Anomaly. Once again, the Humble Bundle is super-easy to download through the Ubuntu Software Center. The bundle deal is only available for two weeks on a name-your-price basis. If you already purchased the bundle last week and you paid more than the average pay-what-you-like price, then you’ll get all four new games added to your bundle.

What’s cool about buying from Humble Bundle is that you get to decide how much you pay and how your payment is divided between the developers, the Child’s Play Charity, or the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

So far over over $500,000 has been raised so there’s still time to add your contribution.

Invite your friends and get more free storage

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

We’re excited to tell you we’ve just launched the Ubuntu One referrals program. Ubuntu One referrals are a way for you to earn even more free cloud storage by spreading the word and inviting your family and friends to join Ubuntu One.

Starting today, you’ll see a referrals invite link in your Ubuntu One web dash. It’s super easy, just send the referrals link to all your friends and family via email or Twitter and Facebook.

For each person you invite who signs up for an Ubuntu One account, we’ll give you 500MB of extra free cloud storage. Each of the people you told about Ubuntu One will also get 500MB of extra free cloud storage on top of the initial free 5GB they get by signing up to Ubuntu One. They can then invite more people and earn even more free storage.

 

Ubuntu One dashboard

 

Every Ubuntu One user can invite a maximum of 40 people, which will earn you an extra 20GB of cloud storage absolutely free! There’s no catch. The free storage you earn from referring your family and friends lasts for as long as you continue to use Ubuntu One. You can find more information about referrals on our FAQ.

Ubuntu One Files Java library

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

We wanted to let you know that Ubuntu One is now releasing a Java library to access files stored in your personal cloud at Ubuntu One, to make them available for use in your own applications. You can bundle it with the Ubuntu SSO Java library and harness Ubuntu One cloud storage in your apps.

The Ubuntu One Files Java library allows you to talk to the Ubuntu One REST API from Java.
It has no Android dependencies, therefore it is suitable for use in Java SE 1.6 runtime applications as well as Android apps! Actually, it’s exactly the library used by our Ubuntu One Files app for Android.

The library has been built based on the documentation available at:
https://one.ubuntu.com/developer/files/store_files/cloud
and is documented itself at:
https://one.ubuntu.com/developer/files/store_files/android

Ubuntu One Files Java library project page:
http://launchpad.net/ubuntuone-files-java-library
Ubuntu SSO Java library project page:
https://launchpad.net/ubuntu-sso-java-library

To show you how neat this is we thought we’d give you a few examples of how to use the library, so you’ll be up and running in no time.

Sample CLI Ubuntu One app shows how to sign in and manipulate files in Ubuntu One:

$ bzr branch lp:~karni/ubuntuone-files-java-library/cli-ubuntuone

Go ahead and check out the code. Check out the README.md for more details.

Yet another CLI example shows how to sign up from scratch as well as sign in to Ubuntu One:
$ bzr branch lp:~karni/ubuntu-sso-java-library/sso-cli-example

Another example, although slightly more complex, is our Ubuntu One Files app for Android at https://launchpad.net/ubuntuone-android-files

$ bzr branch lp:ubuntuone-android-files

This example uses the library inside two services – MetaService for light operations like publishing and renaming files, and UpDownService for long lasting file transfers.

So, what can you use the library for?
- Implement backup to Ubuntu One in your Java and Android applications
- Use Ubuntu One as storage for your application data
- Generate public links to files stored in Ubuntu One, so you can send/share a link instead of a (possibly large) file
- You tell us! Join #ubuntuone on Freenode and tell us where you use our library!

For more info, refer to
- Documentation at https://one.ubuntu.com/developer/files/store_files/android
- READMEs available within project sources
- and lastly: ant -projecthelp

If you have any questions or feedback, join our IRC channel (#ubuntuone on Freenode; you can get to this channel from the web at http://webchat.freenode.net?channels=ubuntuone) and we will be happy to help.

Alternatively, feel free to ping (karni or aquarius) directly on IRC or you can also contact us   directly by email.

Changes to Contacts

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

The U1 team likes to make things that are useful to our users. That’s why we are always working hard towards improving our services, making updates and launching new features.

As we communicated back in December, we’re continuing to invest in our new data sync infrastructure U1DB. Therefore, we’ve been gradually turning off services that are reliant on the old infrastructure and providing little value to users in their current form.

As such, from today we have decided to remove Facebook contacts import & sync as a option from the U1 web dashboard.

Don’t worry, those of you who have added contacts already will still have them available in the U1 web dash and you’ll still be able to manually add and edit contacts.

Contacts will also be one of the first services that we will build on top of our upcoming new data sync infrastructure. The hackers among you who would like to contribute, please contact us.

Keep an eye on the blog for updates about the future of U1 contacts .

Android Files update – get plugged into Instagram and more!

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

We’ve just released an updated version of our hugely popular Ubuntu One Files app for Android, making it even better – it’s ready  for download in the Play store now.

Our favorite new addition is that the U1 Files app now supports auto-upload from other photo apps you use. So if you’re into Instagram, the U1 Files app will automatically upload all those cool images to your Ubuntu One personal cloud, making them available on all your devices. We’ve also made sharing a link to Facebook, Twitter and other networks dead easy!

You’ll notice a number of UI improvements across the app, including some functional additions so you have more choice in determining how the U1 Files app performs.

The new settings functionality can help you save power and avoid incurring costly roaming charges.

  • * Auto-upload only when the device is charging
  • * Don’t auto-upload when roaming
  • * Gallery Auto Upload – you can now choose whole galleries to Auto upload
  • * ‘Cancel all uploads’ from the setting menu
  • * Cancelling file downloads from the context menu

Remember Ubuntu One works on Windows, Android, iOS and of course, Ubuntu. Don’t have an account? Sign up for free and get 5GB of cloud storage for all your files, photos and more.

A sneak peek of Send to Ubuntu One

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

Send to Ubuntu One buttonWe wanted to let you know that we are working on a new feature called Send to Ubuntu One. Send to Ubuntu One is a button you can insert on your website and once done, users simply click on it and it instantly delivers the content from your website to their Ubuntu One accounts . Your customers/users won’t have to waste time downloading files to their desktop or mobile, instead when they press ‘Send to Ubuntu One’ it will move the content they want directly to their Ubuntu One account. So when they log in to Ubuntu One the content is there and on all their devices ready to be synced or streamed at their convenience.

This feature is in the very early stages of development right now, but we wanted to give you  a sneak peak and to let you know that it will be coming soon for everyone. If you can’t wait and want early access or to learn more about this first version you can contact us and we will guide you through the implementation process.

Send to Ubuntu One on SCI-FI-LONDON

Other news is that we will also be sponsoring the SCI-FI-LONDON festival this year. SCI-FI-LONDON is an international film festival for sci-fi enthusiasts that runs from 1st-7th of May, in London.

This event coincided perfectly with the first version of Send to Ubuntu One and you can see the first live implementation of the feature used to support SCI-FI-LONDON here.

Thanks CES…hello MWC!

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Ubuntu and Ubuntu One caused quite a stir at CES in Las Vegas back in January. Ubuntu TV was buzzing and even Walt Mossberg dropped by our stand to check up on our exciting developments.

For Ubuntu One the big story was bringing the convenience of the personal cloud to the connected car. Ubuntu One partnered with Visteon and Delphi, two of the largest companies in the automobile industry, as well as AllGo Systems to introduce prototypes of music streaming from personal cloud to automobiles. Visteon even implemented their prototype on top of Ubuntu Core, a version of Ubuntu designed for embedded devices.

This innovation in connected cars is yet another example of Ubuntu One leading the way in personal cloud services and helping users gain wider access to their personal media.

Our focus now shifts to Ubuntu One opportunities in wireless. From February 27th to the 1st of March we’ll be in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress, situated in Hall 7. Similar to our partnership with leading auto suppliers, we are working with mobile operators and handset manufacturers to further extend the personal cloud into the mobile world. Our recent experience with Vodafone is a first example in this direction.

As more and more consumers get switched on to the convenience of the could, handset manufacturers and wireless carriers are starting to create their own cloud solutions. Ubuntu One can power these efforts with a clear proposition:

1. Avoid creating another service silo – Separate services that are unique to a single device are confusing and frustrating to users. With its mobile apps for accessing files, streaming music and automatically sending photos to the cloud and other devices – Ubuntu One is already a favorite of millions of users.

2. Differrentiate by building your own new, branded features on top of Ubuntu One by using our APIs.

3. Revenue sharing across all Ubuntu One cloud services – Handset makers can earn post-sale revenue and carriers can increase ARPU to offset the costs of enhancing their networks for customers.

If you’re a handset maker or wireless carrier thinking about cloud services, we can help – so feel free to contact us.

Vodafone chooses Ubuntu One for their App Select store

Monday, February 20th, 2012

In late 2011 Vodafone launched their boutique app store for Android named Vodafone AppSelect. The store is available across Europe and takes the hassle out of searching.

We can finally announce that our hugely popular Ubuntu One Files app has been selected by Vodafone for their curated app store. It’s now available to download via the Vodafone store in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Russia, Italy, Greece and Portugal.

U1 Files app is free and it includes 5GB of cloud storage. Users tell us they love the seemingly magic way U1 Files automatically sends photos taken from their phones directly to their personal cloud and other devices. So snap away, and forget about uploading, sending or tethering to other devices – Ubuntu One takes care of that for you.

The benefit of this feature hit home recently when my SD card decided to die with no warning – a year’s worth of photos and important moments I’d captured were gone. Or so I thought….I remembered that the clever Ubuntu One Files app had been working hard in the background during that time, seamlessly sending my photos back to U1 and onto my home PC. I can’t tell you the massive sense of relief I got from logging in and seeing all my photos safe and available for me to share.

Ubuntu One is available on several operating systems: Windows, Android, iOS and of course, Ubuntu. But remember, while using Ubuntu as your OS is a fantastic experience – you don’t need to use Ubuntu to reap the benefits of Ubuntu One.