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Kim Dotcom’s Mega exits beta

Matures with a range of updates
Thu Nov 07 2013, 16:29

CLOUD STORAGE ENTREPRENEUR Kim Dotcom has taken his Mega cloud storage system out of beta and added some new features to it.

Mega launched on the anniversary of the shutdown of Megaupload, and promised to be much more secure, private, and safe. Users were impressed, not least of all with the 50GB of free space that you could get. Now, almost a year later it is out of beta.

The updates are all detailed on the Mega blog. Perhaps the most obvious changes are to the user interface, and users should also notice performance improvements.

"We have refreshed MEGA's look & feel. We have dramatically reduced CPU overhead, resulting in a snappier user experience - especially if you have a lot of files and large folders," says the blog post.

An iOS app will be released this month, according to the firm, and encrypted messaging is set to appear next year. An Android app was released earlier this year.

For now, other updates include web browser caching, which should improve file transfer speeds, and the ability to use your own photo as your avatar. This feature uses drag and drop.

This lends itself into contact management, and users can get a better idea of who they are sharing what files with, and how many file transfers have been logged.

A new Firefox extension is also expected to decrease loading times and has additional security features. "Updates to the app are cryptographically signed - by us, not by an entity that falls under the jurisdiction of National Security Letters," adds the blog post. µ


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