Monthly Archives: March 2011

HomePipe Rocks!

I’ve been around long enough to know a good technology from a bad one – or a solution that solves a problem no one has! As the proud new chief marketing officer of HomePipe, I assure you, this is a unique technology that really works. (Trust me, there are plenty out there that don’t!) HomePipe elegantly solves a problem that most of us have and the company participates in the one of the largest and fastest growing segments in the technology market – mobile. A powerful combination for anyone in my line of work!

As I mentioned, HomePipe is different. If you haven’t tried it, you should really check it out. It delivers a quick, secure way to access and share photos, videos, music and documents across a broad range of mobile devices anywhere, anytime. It saves us from hours uploading content to a cloud service or syncing and copying it from one place to another. You never have to worry about paying for storage that you don’t need since your files are saved in one place—the storage you already paid for on your computer.

And, HomePipe is easy—easy to install and even easier to use. I didn’t have to fill out a registration form and unclick from receiving volumes of promotional material. I just entered my email address and clicked “get started!” I immediately received an email with an activation link. I clicked the link and it literally took seconds to download! I couldn’t believe it.

Within minutes I was using my iPad to access and share online files—my son’s football pics and videos as well as my daughter’s artwork—with my relatives in Arizona, friends across the US and my colleagues here in Seattle. I didn’t spend hours organizing and uploading my stuff as HomePipe gave me access to all the files stored on my computer–even on my external drives. In the time it would have taken to just register for one of those cloud storage services, I was already using the HomePipe service. I even used HomePipe to stream music to my Android phone right from my iTunes library on my Mac back at the house. Now that’s cool!

HomePipe is everything I expected. During my research, I consistently saw comments from HomePipe subscribers raving about the service. One user credits HomePipe with a perfect marriage proposal! Now what cloud storage service can do that?

The future is bright for HomePipe and its passionate fan base. I am excited to be here. We’re busy enhancing the service to make it even better and there’s a new release coming in just a few weeks (hint, hint) – more on that later. This will be an exciting year!

If you don’t have HomePipe, download it free and try it. You’ll love it. If you have HomePipe and a story to share or just want to send me a comment, please email at doug@homepipe.net. I’d love to hear from you.

How to Make Your HTC HD7 a Ginormous Productivity Monster!

HTC HD7 recognizes HomePipe as All Time Top App!

We are thrilled that HD7 Apps listed HomePipe as All Time Top App for HTC HD7! HomePipe makes it easy to access files from your home or work computer or perform online file sharing—videos, music, photos and documents. Now it’s a Top App for HTC HD7 Windows Phone 7 to share music, videos and more. HomePipe shares the honors with other Top Apps including Facebook, YouTube and Acrobat Reader.

Imagine what you can do with your HTC HD7 Windows Phone 7 and HomePipe!

  • With HomePipe and the HD7’s big 4.3″ high res screen, just flip out the kickstand, kick back and stream movies or videos from your home laptop anytime you want.
  • Make your own movies with the HD7’s built-in 720p HD camcorder. It lets you to capture film with incredible quality and detail. Using HomePipe, you can share your videos with friends and family.
  • Go from pocket to picture in seconds! The HD7 lets you capture amazing photos. So why upload and manage your photos in the cloud? Share your photos instantly and directly from your HTC HD7 Windows Phone 7 with HomePipe! Whether you’re across the globe or across the street, you can share photos online anytime with whomever you want using HomePipe!
  • Stream your favorite tunes from your home or work computer to your HD7.

Just go to the Marketplace and download HomePipe for free.

Just click the “free” button and within seconds, you’re set. With HomePipe and your HTC HD7 Windows Phone 7, you will have the ultimate entertainment monster at our fingertips! Don’t wait! Get HomePipe today! To learn more, visit HomePipe

Our Digital Content Access and Sharing Service Receives $1.1M from Investors



HomepipeWe just wanted to let you know that HomePipe just received a $1.1M boost from a group of private investors that are really excited about our growth in subscribers and utilization of our awesome service. So thanks to all our customers who signed up for HomePipe and use it every day!

What are we going to do with our money? We’re going to do a 15 second Super Bowl commercial! Just kidding. We’re going to expand our service to give our customers the most amazing solution possible. HomePipe is revolutionizing the ability for today’s mobile consumers and professionals to quickly, easily and securely access, view and share digital content. High resolution photos, videos, presentations, documents, and music stored on a home or work computer can be accessed and shared from any web browser or mobile device.

Today, HomePipe works on Apple® iPhone® and iPadTM, Google® AndroidTM, and Windows® Phone 7 – all without cloud storage, uploading, syncing, organizing or complex software and hardware installations requiring additional fees. Just imagine…no matter where you have content – even in cloud services – you could instantly access and share it with anyone, anywhere – anytime using any browser or mobile device.

How big is the opportunity?  Here’s just a few data points.

  • Recently Apple surpassed 10 billion app downloads with billions more expected for Apple, Android and BlackBerry®.
  • Gartner estimates 17.7 billion downloads for 2011—a 117 percent over its 8.2 billion download estimate for 2010 and this number is expected to grow to nearly 200 billion downloads by 2014.1
  • Nielsen’s projects that by mid-2011, a smartphone user base of 150 million, 300 million mobile subscribers, 120 million mobile web users and 90 million users will be streaming video.

Combine the figures above with the average home storing nearly nine Terabytes of content by 20132, and the opportunity for a secure digital content solution that easily enables consumers and professionals to access and share photos, documents, music and videos from a single view will be…big!

More good news. HomePipe was recently named as a Top Global 500 Appan award covering all devices and formats, with forty different top app categories and expert reviews of the best 500 apps available around world.

The HomePipe application is still available as a Free Edition that gives full access to the service, but limits the number of uses. HomePipe’s Premium Edition provides unlimited use for $23.99 annual subscription.

As always, we love getting your feedback. Send any product comments or suggestions to us at support@homepipe.net.

Not So Sunny When It’s All In the Cloud

How to BackUp Gmail and head-off another Glitch with Anytime, Anywhere Backup File Access—

Recently over 150,000 Internet users found their Gmail inboxes, contacts and chat conversations gone–vanished. According to Google, the issue was caused by a storage software update that introduced an unexpected bug. Google has begun restoring data from tape backups, explaining in a blog post that while it maintains several electronic copies of every email sent through its system, this particular glitch destroyed every electronic copy of affected emails, and retrieving them from tape backups could be a long process. Although Google’s Gmail service temporary data loss won’t make the history books, it does serve as a reminder that no matter how reliable some cloud-based services are, none are infallible.

The “cloud” is a popular term for computing, and file sharing and storage from remote data centers. Many rely on cloud services, like Google Gmail, Flickr or Yahoo! Video to safely send, share and/or store files. Yet recently Yahoo! Video announced it was closing, leaving thousands of video sharing users in the lurch. Other cloud services are expected to follow suit. And, now with the Google Gmail glitch, people are asking whether it’s smart to put your complete trust in the cloud.

As 97.3 KIRO-FM host Dave Ross put it, “When I saw this story, it confirmed all my worst fears about this idea of cloud computing — that is, trusting your sacred data to this collective electronic entity somewhere in the ether.”

So what’s the solution? Simply, backup your data that is stored in the cloud. As Google proved, the cloud is not a solid fortress so don’t take any chances. Here are a few ways to backup your Gmail account:

1. You can simply setup Gmail to forward all your emails to another email account, but that’s just distributing the risk and really isn’t a foolproof solution.

2. Gmail Backup is a free Windows-only service designed to backup and restore your Gmail mailbox. After installation, simply type in your credentials and it will download your emails, allowing you to restore them to your account should Gmail encounter another snafu. Files are stored in your local directory.

3. For $20, Gmail Keeper will back up Gmail messages and any other data from your Google Apps as a zip file to a local disk. It supports multiple accounts and even stores labels associated with each message.

There are other solutions, but most involve moving your data from one cloud to another. So distributing the risk is not really solving the problem as you’re still relying on the “collective electronic entity in the ether.” So the most reliable way to backup your Gmail is to your hard drive or and then copy and then save to a DVD or external drive if you want to backup your backup.

If Gmail has another glitch, you’ll be covered—if you’re down the street or halfway around the world. Remember, with HomePipe you can always access your files from anywhere, anytime on any Internet or broadband-connected device. In minutes, you can retrieve your backup files and get back to business.

So to protect your data, start backing up your Gmail and all your other cloud computing and storage accounts to your hard disk or an external drive. Use HomePipe to ensure anytime, anywhere access in case one of your “clouds rain on your parade” and goes down with all your data. HomePipe takes seconds to download and it’s free so why wait? Try HomePipe today.

 

 

Rose Petals, Champagne, iPad and TappIn – She’ll say “Yes” to This Proposal

homepipeYou know that TappIn offers immediate, no hassle access to your digital files—music, video, audio and documents—anytime, anywhere. You know that it’s easy, convenient and a huge time saver. But did you know that TappIn can actually help you propose? It can!

Meet Todd of Spokane, Washington. Todd is a creative director and Web guru. He and his girlfriend, Marchand, had been dating nearly 2 ½ years when Todd decided it was time to pop the question.

The Holidays were approaching and it was the perfect time for Todd to set his plan into motion. He had secretly taken one of Marchand’s rings for the jeweler to size the engagement ring. He booked the Davenport Hotel for New Year’s festivities and the champagne was ordered. Todd even ordered two engraved champagne glasses with their names and the date to celebrate the occasion. After weeks of meticulous planning, Todd was ready.

Todd had everything planned. Marchand was busy getting dressed for an evening of dinner, dancing and celebrating. While she took her time preparing, Todd readied the room. He had the champagne chilling and the glasses set. He sprinkled rose petals on the bed, spelling out “Will U Marry Me.” He positioned the ring on the bed surrounded by rose petals. It was perfect.

Right before leaving for the evening’s festivities, Todd planned to propose to Marchand.

But as he readied the room and practiced his proposal over and over in his head, he grew more and more nervous. With each passing minute, his proposal became more and more jumbled. It just had to be perfect!

Remembering he had typed out his proposal on his home computer, Todd grabbed his Apple® iPadTM (as shown on the foot of the bed). With a few taps, he remotely accessed his proposal on his home computer using TappIn. On his iPad, Todd read the exact words he wanted to share with Marchand on this special night. Re-reading the proposal refreshed his thoughts and calmed his nerves. Todd was thoroughly prepared. He even positioned the iPad beneath the ring with the proposal file open—made possible by TappIn.

homepipeThe rose petal marquee, the champagne and the engraved glasses were perfect. But most of all, Todd’s proposal was flawless. Todd got the girl. The couple are planning a wedding late this year or next.

Todd’s plotting and planning paid off. She said “Yes.”He credits TappIn for his perfect proposal.

“Thank heaven for TappIn and its quick access,” says Todd. “Without TappIn, my marriage proposal could have been a TV blooper!”

Congratulations Todd and Marchand! Another TappIn success.

Todd, just a little advice about the wedding ceremony: You probably shouldn’t TappIn your vows during the ceremony. Someone may notice the iPad in your tux pocket!

We love to hear stories about how TappIn has made your life easier or better. How TappIn subscribers have been able to access a file in an emergency and save the day or share an important file and save someone else’s day.

Share your TappIn story and you can be a star on our blog—it’s not national TV, but it is close in Blogger Land. We’d love to hear from you. Email us your story at press@tappin.com!