Ground-Breaking, Personal Mesh Network Startup Mylio Announces Joint Venture + R&D Facility in China

Agreement leverages the large, mobile-centric Chinese market to develop and test technologies to help consumers manage and protect digital files

BELLEVUE, WA. – April 5, 2017:  Mylio, developer of the world’s first internet file system over a personal mesh network offerings, including the photo organizing app that Outdoor Photographer said “may change your life,” has secured funding that will propel the expansion of more privacy-centric offerings, and is poised to shake up the options consumers have for guarding and protecting their digital files. The $25 million cash infusion, secured through a joint-venture agreement with China Everbright, Ltd., will fuel the development of new products. Everbright will also serve as a distribution partner, opening the door for Mylio to use the large, engaged, mobile-centric Chinese market as a test bed for continued innovation.

The Mylio platform is the first internet file system over a personal mesh network platform in the world. The Mylio photo app – the first to run on the company’s platform – has paved the way for additional applications that will provide a new choice for consumers who value privacy, and control over their digital files. Mylio founder and CEO David Vaskevitch, says “The infrastructure we’ve built for mesh network syncing includes multi-device replication, communication, and facial recognition. It also includes an artificial intelligence (AI) system that will be foundational to a multitude of new apps. We’re excited to explore these ideas with strategic, well-positioned partners like China Everbright, who can provide Mylio with the market scale to rapidly acid test new ideas. The size of the Chinese mainland market, we believe, will add rocket fuel to our innovations.”

As part of the agreement, a Mylio R&D facility will be set up in the Hengqin New Area, one of the most recent Special Economic Zones created by the Chinese government for international collaboration and innovation. This facility will be used to develop new AI and machine learning products specific to Hengqin, as well as extend the Mylio platform and  app to the Chinese mainland market.

Artificial Intelligence and the Rise of a New Silicon Valley

The Chinese government has announced plans to be the world leader in AI technologies, with Hengqin as the hub — a Sino-version of Silicon Valley. Just as China’s first Special Economic Zone – Shenzhen – is known as a global center for tech manufacturing (notably for Apple), Henqin will specialize in software, with Mylio as its first development partner.

Mylio was selected because of its thought leadership, and head start in personal, distributed computing – the opposite of centralized, cloud computing. Cloud services like Office and Creative Cloud were designed for personal computers. However, while 1.3 billion people today have computers, 5.4 billion have mobile phones, each effectively a pocket supercomputer. Mylio is betting that the next chapter in computing will include simple, powerful productivity tools that work equally well on desktops and mobile devices, without the need for cloud storage – using instead a personal, secure and private mesh network, like the Mylio photo app does today. Because the AI systems used for face and object recognition on the Mylio photo app run on the device—instead of the cloud — users also benefit from increased convenience, speed, and efficiency.

As China is a mobile-native country, this strategic partnership positions Mylio on the ground floor for testing and bringing to market the very first globally-accessible, mobile-native products for creating and organizing files.

The Mylio platform and photo app can be downloaded at www.mylio.com, through the Apple App Store, or Android Play Store. The Mylio photo app supports personal computers running OSX 10.9 or later, Windows 7 SP1 or later, iPads, iPhones and iPod Touch running iOS 7 or later, and Android tablets and phones running KitKat 4.4 or later.

About Mylio

Privately-held Mylio, headquartered in Bellevue, Washington, was founded in 2012 by former Microsoft CTO David Vaskevitch, to pioneer the development of private, personal mesh networks, which protect personal privacy by making an internet or cloud connection completely optional. The company’s first mesh network offering is the Mylio photo app, a multi-device, peer-to-peer, platform-agnostic tool to organize, manage, and protect digital photos and other files.

 

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Mylio, the Photo Organizing App That Helps You Protect your Precious Digital Memories from Disaster, Introduces Bring-Your-Own-Cloud Backup

Cross-platform app for helping consumers organize and protect their photo libraries expands consumer choice, security, and privacy

BELLEVUE, WA. – September 22, 2016  Mylio, the photo organizing app of which Shutterbug Magazine said “I’ve got the feeling that you, like me, will quickly become hooked,” announces the first of its Bring-Your-Own-Cloud file backup options. “From the beginning, providing an automatic, painless way of keeping all your pictures safe has been a key value for us here at Mylio,” says Mylio founder David Vaskevitch. “And we do that very, very well. Now, we’re expanding our protection functionality so that Mylio will store a copy of your originals in the cloud store of your choice, then keep them synced as you add more.”

Mylio’s first offering will be Amazon Drive, which provides unlimited photo and video storage for $60/year. Providers for additional cloud service options will be released in the coming months. This feature is an option for users of the premium version of Mylio.

Choice, Security, and Privacy

Directly linked to Mylio’s mission of keeping your pictures safe is its orientation to choice and privacy: unlike big, corporate photo storage solutions, Mylio doesn’t lock consumers into proprietary services, nor does it mine data from its users’ files.  Mylio is a peer-to-peer organization system by default, which means your photos never leave your own, private devices. In keeping with these values of choice and privacy, Mylio’s new Bring-Your-Own-Cloud solution not only lets you choose whether to back up your files to the cloud, it will ultimately let you choose which cloud to back up to, and it will also encrypt the files you store and sync there.

There are three benefits to users who choose to set up Mylio like this:

  1. Protection. Even if all your computers, tablets, phones, and disks are lost or destroyed, your pictures will still be safe, and can be restored when you get new hardware.
  2. Access. If you’re travelling and need access to originals (or even previews), as long as you have an internet connection, Mylio can pull them down from the cloud.
  3. Replication hub. Today, at least two Mylio devices – phone, tablet, or computer – must be turned on and running so that they can replicate each other. But once your pictures are in the cloud, any Mylio-enabled device will bring itself up to date by talking to the cloud.

Mylio can be downloaded at www.mylio.com, or through the Apple iOS or Android app stores. Mylio supports personal computers running OSX 10.9 or later, Windows 7 SP1 or later, iPads, iPhones and iPod Touch running iOS 7 or later, and Android tablets and phones running KitKat 4.4 or later.


About MyLO Development, LLC

Mylio was created by a team of passionate photographers, developers and storytellers at MyLO Development, LLC. The privately held company was founded in 2012 by technology visionary David Vaskevitch, and is located in Bellevue, Washington.

The Luminous Endowment Announces the Latest Mylio Grant Winner

Ana V. Ramirez wins with photography series The Things We Leave Behind

BELLEVUE, WA. – September 15, The Luminous Endowment for Photographers has announced the August 2016 winner of The Mylio Grant, Ana V. Ramirez, with her series of photographs entitled The Things We Leave Behind. This grant is one of the ways in which Mylio works to support the preservation of digital memories. The $2,500 grant is awarded twice annually to artists dedicated to preserving images and memories important to a life, or to telling the true stories of that life in pictures.

“Mylio is proud to support developing photographers preserving important memories,” explains David Vaskevitch, Founder and CEO of Mylio, and champion of The Mylio Grant.

This series is Ramirez’ ordered and emotional exploration of objects her mother left her when she passed away. Each cleanly organized still life is an exploration of personal history and a cathartic expression of overcoming grief.

“This award is going to give me time… I can afford to focus more on my creative work. I plan to use some of it to publish a book with photographs and stories. I’ll also upgrade my computer, so I can work more quickly,” says Ramirez.

View this winning work in progress and an interview with the artist: http://bit.ly/2ckL4e6

Together with The Luminous Endowment for Photographers, Mylio’s grant has been awarded four times, and will remain an important part of Mylio’s mission to preserve access to and protect what matters, our memories.


About Mylio
Mylio was created by a team of passionate photographers, developers and storytellers at MyLO Development, LLC. The privately held company was founded in 2012 by technology visionary David Vaskevitch, and is located in Bellevue, Washington.

About Luminous Endowment for Photographers
The Luminous Endowment for Photographers is a charitable fund created by Michael Reichmann. The Endowment provides financial assistance through grants to deserving photographers and their projects – worldwide.

 

Drobo Summer Photo Contest

Drobo Hosts Summer Flashback Photo Contest With Mylio

Celebrity Judge Daniel J. Cox to Select the Best Summer Photo

SANTA CLARA, CA–(September 01, 2016)Drobo™, the maker of award winning storage arrays for businesses, professionals, and consumers, announced today that they will be hosting a Summer Flashback Photo Contest in conjunction with Mylio. The Grand Prize includes a Panasonic LUMIX GM1 Camera, a $250 Mylio subscription and a Drobo 5D.

Participants should share their favorite summer photo on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #DroboSummer. The contest will run till September 30th and be judged by Professional Photographer, Daniel J. Cox of Natural Exposures.

Storage for What’s Important

Designed from the ground up to meet the data storage needs of today’s media creators and demanding professionals, the 5D builds on Drobo’s fully automated functionality with blazing-fast performance in a compact design. Leveraging cutting-edge Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connectivity, along with innovative use of solid-state drives (SSDs), the Drobo 5D is the highest-performing personal storage array on the planet. Not only is it fast, the Drobo 5D is easy-to-use, expandable, flexible, and guaranteed safe for all your summer photos.

Mylio is the perfect complement to Drobo’s complete storage solution. Mylio lets you have all your pictures with you everywhere: on your Drobo, your computers, your tablets and your phones. Edit and organize even with no Internet Connection and Mylio will ensure that your pictures move from your camera to your computer to your tablet to your Drobo, all automatically. The new Life Calendar feature lets you tell the story of your life, even reaching back decades to childhood years. And, now Mylio handles documents too. http://mylio.com

Daniel J. Cox has been documenting the natural world for nearly 40 years including two cover stories for National Geographic. He’s currently a Panasonic LUMIX Luminary and has moved over to shooting all Panasonic LUMIX cameras due to their superior technology, compact size and 4K PHOTO capabilities. Many of his adventures today are shared with others via his adventure photography company, Natural Exposures, Inc.

For full contest details and rules visit: http://bit.ly/2blP8eh

Drobo will announce the top 3 winners on October 6th, 2016. The first place winner will receive a Panasonic LUMIX GM1 Camera, a $250 Mylio Subscription, and a Drobo 5D. The second place winner will receive a Drobo 5D with 2 TB drives and $100 Mylio Subscription, while the third place winner will receive a Drobo 5D.

About Drobo

Drobo makes award-winning storage arrays that provide an unprecedented combination of data protection, expandability, and ease of use. Based on the patented and proven BeyondRAID™ technology, Drobo delivers the best storage experience ever for hundreds of thousands of consumers, professionals, and businesses. For more information, visit http://www.drobo.com.

Drobo, BeyondRAID, and the Drobo logo are trademarks of Drobo, Inc., which may be registered in some jurisdictions. All other trademarks used belong to their respective owners.


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Mylio v1.9 - Calendar View (Tablet)

Mylio Introduces a Powerful First: Life Calendar

Cross-platform app for organizing and protecting photos now displays digital memories the way we lived them: as events on the calendar of our lives

BELLEVUE, WA. – August 3 Mylio, the photo organizing app that Outdoor Photographer said “may change your life,” now offers the first-ever Life Calendar, a way of visually mapping your memories in a simple, intuitive way. “From the beginning, our mission has been to change the way the world remembers,” says Mylio founder David Vaskevitch, “and this is a quantum leap in that direction. The simple power of seeing the tapestry of a life laid out like this is hard to overstate. It brings people up short.”

The Life Calendar feature expands on Mylio’s existing calendar view, which automatically slots photos on the days on which they happened. Now, you can group these memories in custom time windows (from brief – like a romantic evening – to long, like college years), then label, and color-code them. The result: an at-a-glance life mosaic, viewable by day, week, month, year, decade, or beyond. You can even enter future events before they happen, and they’ll be populated with your images when they arrive.

Choice, Control, and…Time Travel?

Most of our memories are related to different areas of our life like Family, Travel, and Work. The Life Calendar gives you the option to group the events you add into categories like these, and prioritize the events you care about most. This flexibility allows for fun, too: we’ve seen people populate calendars with things like Dr. Who incarnations, or James Bond movies over the decades.

There are three benefits to people who set up their Life Calendar:

  1. Speed. The thing that most consistently raises eyebrows about the calendar in Mylio is what we call the party test: a memory – decades old, say — comes up in conversation; you pull out your smart phone, and within seconds you’re showing and telling.
  2. Power. Scrolling through a Life Calendar – especially with people who are part of it – has a heart impact that’s hard to describe, and best experienced. Zoom in, zoom out; suddenly, you’re a time traveler.
  3. Integration. We’re no psychologists, but seeing a life story in its full span, chapter by chapter – potentially over generations – has its own special benefits. Not least among them: the ability to easily share your true stories with loved ones.

Mylio can be downloaded for free at mylio.com, or through the Apple iOS or Android app stores. Mylio supports personal computers running OSX 10.9 or later, Windows 7 SP1 or later, iPads, iPhones and iPod Touch running iOS 7 or later, and Android tablets and phones running KitKat 4.4 or later.

About MyLO Development, LLC

Mylio was created by a team of passionate photographers, developers and storytellers at MyLO Development, LLC. The privately held company was founded in 2012 by technology visionary David Vaskevitch, and is located in Bellevue, Washington.

Bangledeshi women taking a selfie with a smartphone.

Mylio Announces the 2017 World Digital Photo Forecast

1.2 trillion photos will be taken in 2017, 4.7 trillion stored.

BELLEVUE, Wash., July 20, 2016 – Mylio, the photo organizing app that helps users easily manage hundreds of thousands of images, announces the release of its 2017 World Digital Photo Forecast. Produced with data from global digital imaging market research firm InfoTrends, the forecast predicts still more growth next year for the capture and storage of digital photos.

Mind-bending numbers keep growing

The flood of digital photos continues to rise: the 1.2 trillion photos expected to be taken in 2017 shows a 9% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) over 2016, while the 4.7 trillion expected to be stored reflects an eyebrow-raising 19% increase. One way to wrap our heads around these staggering numbers: if we printed each photo at the standard 4×6″ then laid all 1.2 trillion end to end, they’d stretch from Earth to Mars more than three times.

The increase in digital photography is still driven by global mobile technology adoption, with many developing countries bypassing landlines entirely and going straight to mobile. Of the three ways photos are taken – smart phones, tablets, and dedicated cameras – only smartphone photography is showing growth. Smartphones are the device of choice for casual photography and social media, while cameras, though continuing to decline in use, are finding a niche among professionals and amateurs who want to be sure to properly document special events like weddings.

Getting a grip on all that digital clutter

As anyone who’s looked at their phone’s camera roll will tell you, all these photos make for an overwhelming level of digital clutter. That’s where Mylio comes in, to help organize and protect all these images, then make it easy to share the very best with others.

Mylio can be downloaded at www.mylio.com, or through the Apple iOS or Android app stores. Mylio supports personal computers running OS X 10.9 or later, Windows 7 SP1 or later, iPads, iPhones and iPod Touch running iOS 7 or later, and Android tablets and phones running KitKat 4.4 or later.

Infographic: http://mylio.com/trillions


About MyLO Development, LLC

Mylio was created by a team of passionate photographers, developers and storytellers at MyLO Development, LLC. The privately held company was founded in 2012 by technology visionary David Vaskevitch, and is located in Bellevue, Washington.

Mylio v1.8: Desktop Photo

Mylio, the Popular Photo Organizer that Helps People Manage and Re-Discover Precious Memories is Now Available for FREE

Cross-platform app for helping consumers organize and protect their photo libraries expands both appeal and functionality

BELLEVUE, WA. – June 30  Mylio, the photo organizing app that Outdoor Photographer said “may change your life,” is now available in a free version. “We first created Mylio to serve photo professionals and enthusiasts – like ourselves,” says Mylio founder David Vaskevitch. “And we’re very proud of the way it puts all your pictures, wherever they came from, at your fingertips. Now, we’re expanding the Mylio tent to include everyone who takes pictures. To do that, we knew we needed to lower the barrier to entry.”

People who download the free version of Mylio can expect all the thrill of discovery that comes with re-discovering forgotten memories, as well as the peace of mind that comes with knowing they’re protected from digital disaster. They’ll also be pleasantly surprised to find a new level of emotional impact from the calendar feature that Popular Photography called “mind-blowing.”

Introducing: Life Calendar

Mylio’s Life Calendar is unique in the industry; it automatically organizes your digital memories and populates them in a calendar, where you can mark them as events both short and long, as you lived them – trips, special occasions, or life chapters like ‘school’ or ‘pregnancy’. Add scanned images from previous generations to your library, and you start to appreciate the true power of Mylio to connect us. “I was sitting on an airplane talking about my parents,” says Vaskevitch. “Within seconds I was able to pull up their wedding picture on my phone to illustrate my story. We think everyone should be able to do that.”

Mylio continues to address four core needs common to anyone who takes pictures, on any type of device:

Everything: Bring your pictures together from Facebook, Flickr, SD cards, camera roll, computers and external hard drives into a common place via Wi-Fi, without relying on the cloud, so you can work with, organize and share them on all of your devices.

Everywhere: Automatically replicate your pictures to your phone, notebook and tablet, so you can work on your pictures wherever you are, even when there’s no Internet access.

Always: Mylio automatically protects your original pictures on multiple devices so that they’re safe even if your computer is stolen, your phone is lost, or there’s a disaster like a flood or fire. Mylio’s automatic protection can also include cloud storage if preferred.

Powerful and Simple: Even with hundreds of thousands of pictures, Mylio is fast when viewing and searching photos. Best of all, Mylio provides powerful editing, even with RAW files, while presenting a simple and elegant interface that works equally well on tablets, phones and computers.

Mylio is available in more than 40 countries to anyone who produces and consumes digital photos. It’s the complete digital solution for people overwhelmed by a large – and growing – collection of images scattered across a number of devices.  Mylio organizes and protects these images, providing total access to them on any device, and at any time.

Pricing and Availability

In addition to its feature-rich, free product, Mylio also offers two tiers of premium subscription service with all the enhanced features that professional photographers and enthusiasts would expect:

  • Mylio – Free Forever: Sync up to 3 devices, manage up to 25,000 photos, JPEG, TIFF, PNG photo editing
  • Mylio Premium — $10/mo or $100 yearly: Sync up to 5 devices, manage up to 100,000 photos, JPEG, TIFF, PNG photo editing, Lightroom integration, Raw image editing, Edit with brushes, 10 GB Mylio cloud storage limit
  • Mylio Max – $25/mo or $250 yearly: Sync up to 12 devices, manage up to 500,000 photos, JPEG, TIFF, PNG photo editing, Lightroom integration, Raw image editing, Edit with brushes, 25 GB Mylio cloud storage limit, Sync remotely across networks

Anyone can try Mylio Max through our 30-day free trial plan.

Mylio can be downloaded at www.mylio.com, or through the Apple iOS or Android app stores.

Mylio supports personal computers running OSX 10.9 or later, Windows 7 SP1 or later, iPads, iPhones and iPod Touch running iOS 7 or later, and Android tablets and phones running KitKat 4.4 or later.

About MyLO Development, LLC

Mylio was created by a team of passionate photographers, developers and storytellers at MyLO Development, LLC. The privately held company was founded in 2012 by technology visionary David Vaskevitch, and is located in Bellevue, Washington.