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Alaska Car Rental and Used Car Sales

“Trying harder” takes on a whole new dimension in Alaska, especially in vehicle renting and leasing. But the extra effort for which Alaska Rent A Car, Inc. dba Avis Rent A Car is so famous, has on many occasions made a big difference to customers residing in or visiting Alaska.

“Driving conditions can vary widely. We pride ourselves on being able to provide the right vehicle to our customers for the conditions and for their needs, whether it’s biological field studies, sales calls, or fishing on the Kenai Peninsula,” says Andrew Halcro, President and CEO for Avis in Alaska. He notes that with a fleet of over 1,400 vehicles, ranging from sedans and 4×4’s and pickup trucks, Avis provides flexibility. This also stems from years of hands-on Alaskan experience. Established in 1955, the locally owned Avis agency was renting cars before Alaska became a state. (Read More)

We have locations in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Kenai, Kodiak, Sitka, Juneau, Skagway, Haines, Petersburg, and Whittier. Click on of the links below and book your car now.



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SPAIN HOLIDAY RENTALS

Costa Blanca Holidays

Understand the many reasons why Costa Blanca Holidays are one of the main choices for holiday makers for their Holiday Rentals in Spain destination. Glistening waters of the Mediterranean with Blue Flag beaches, historical interest for all to enjoy and the untold amount of championship golf courses are just the beginning of your holiday.

Andalucia Holiday Rentals

People are making Andalucia the number one choice for their Spain Holiday Rentals destination due to the bautiful beachfront villas and apartments with stunning views over the Mediterranean available. Andalucia is known for its choice of outdoor activities, from water sports to snow skiing, Andalucia has everything for your Holiday to Spain.

Spain Holiday Rentals

Find out why holiday makers from all over are choosing Spain as their holiday destination every year. The choice of beachfront villas with private pools and apartments overlooking the golden sand beaches are just two of the reasons. For the holiday property owner, Akilar.com can also assist you in advertising your property in Spain .

Travel Inspiration for your Holiday in Spain

At Akilar.com, we assist you in locating the perfect holiday accommodation in Spain. through our holiday travel guides you can find out what all that Spain has to offer a group, family or individuals on holiday. Find about what history and sites to visit in an area, where to eat and what night life there is. You will find all of the activities available in your chosen holiday area. The Akilar.com Team has meticulously compiled all the data for you being able to do so as we are natives in Spain and familiar with each location ands facilities.

Find out why the Canary Islands are considered an exotic holiday destination.

On a Costa Azahar holiday check out the Paella as the area is considered the home of Paella.

Try a bit of wreck diving in the Mediterranean on a Costa Blanca holiday .

Take a Barcelona holidays and enjoy the vibrant nightlife the city has to offer.

When visiting the Costa Calida make sure and visit the Baroque Cathedral de Santa Maria in Murcia.

An Andalucia holiday has to include a round of golf on one of its many championship courses.

When holidaying in the Balearic Islands . Spend an evening in Ibiza town, it’s amazing!

A Madrid holiday must include all its museums and galleries



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About HolidayRentals.com

HolidayRentals.com continues to dominate the holiday rental marketplace by connecting visitors with property owners and managers, offering spectacular range of state of the art amenities, incredible comfort and excellent services.

With over 60,000 holiday rental properties, hundreds and thousands of guests book the best holiday homes via HolidayRentals.com in the hope of not only reaping some exciting offers and lucrative discounts, but to enjoy the freedom, space and comfort. The website also offers excellent deals, simple and cost effective method to list their property and has special discounts on festivals and other well known events.

In addition, Holiday Rentals allows people to discover, book and list unique properties from mobile phone around the world. The site is very user-friendly and easy to navigate. Whether you are on the lookout of an apartment for a week or a luxury villa for a night, Holiday Rentals gives you an advantage of booking the best properties direct with the home owners.

Customer satisfaction is the main motto of this popular website. It has a 24/7 online customer service that provides world class service.

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Alaska Car Rental

You can rent a car in Alaska from all the major brands: Hertz, Avis, Thrifty, Dollar, Budget, Enterprise, Alamo, National, and Payless. And you ll find rental offices in every major city and some smaller towns; you don t have to rent your car in Anchorage .

Here are the upsides to renting a car in Alaska:

  • Roads are safe and easy to navigate.
  • Cars are every bit as modern as those you ll find in the Lower 48.
  • Driving is cheaper and faster than the train (and more reliable than the bus), and you can travel at your own pace.

Here s the one downside:

  • Rentals are expensive: from $100 $150 per day.

But there are ways to save money. Here s how:

  • Visit Alaska in May or September. Midsize cars can cost as low as $30 $50 per day.
  • Reserve in advance. Rates usually go up as you get closer to your travel dates, especially during peak season. If you see a rate you, book it. You can always cancel it later.
  • If you have a corporate discount. use it during the peak season. It ll be cheaper than most regular rates, and franchisees are required to honor it except on minivans or large SUVs. But in the off-season, don t use it; regular rates can be $25 per day or lower.
  • Check back often if you re renting last minute. Rates change several times per day.
  • Ignore percentage-off specials. Instead, check for the lowest base rate. In Anchorage, you ll usually find it at Thrifty Car Rental .
  • Avoid airport fees by using city locations. Don t pay the airport surcharge. Instead, look for the companies city offices, which often aren t far away. In Anchorage, for example, you can rent from Thrifty s Spenard location by taking a $15, 7-minute cab ride. Or just go to your hotel and have Thrifty s courtesy shuttle pick you up.

How To Save 20-25%

Renting off-airport saves roughly 12-15%. You can save another 8-10% by using the following promo code:

  • Book Online. Book on the Thrifty.com site and use 100904 for an additional 8% off on all classes of cars
  • By Phone. Call Thrifty s direct number in Anchorage at 907-276-2855 and request the Alaska Channel discount for 10% off

How Not To Save Money

Don t save by renting from off-brand companies. Your reserved car may not be there when you arrive. Or it might not be thoroughly cleaned or well-maintained.

One Way Rentals

Most people rent a car to do a fly/drive vacation. The most popular itineraries stick to the Seward and Parks Highways and cover Seward. Anchorage. Talkeetna. Denali. Fairbanks. and Homer. More off-the-beaten path itineraries use the Glenn and Richardson Highways to Valdez and McCarthy. and use the marine highway to return to Anchorage.

One-way rentals are available, but expensive. Examples:

  • Seward. Hertz of Seward offers one-way rentals to Anchorage for roughly $275/day. Renting a car out of Seward is a great option for people getting off a cruise, or if you want to take the train one-way from Anchorage and then drive back up at your leisure. You can also take the train down to Seward, rent a car, and continue south to explore the Kenai Peninsula and Homer.
  • Between Anchorage and Fairbanks. Avis, Budget, and Hertz offer one-way rentals between Anchorage and Fairbanks. From Anchorage to Fairbanks, you generally won t pay extra since they need cars in Fairbanks. That s because most people pick up in Fairbanks and drive to Anchorage. So expect to pay $300 for a one-day one-way rental to Anchorage, $250 per day for a 2-day, and less for more days.
  • Denali Everywhere else. Alaska Auto Rentals offers one-way rentals throughout the state. The most popular ones include Fairbanks or Denali as a start or end point. Alaska Auto Rental charges a flat drop fee of $350 Fairbanks to Denali, $500 Fairbanks to Anchorage, and $700 Fairbanks to Seward.

Driving Rental Cars on Gravel Highways

Alaska car rental companies don t allow their vehicles on non-paved roads; do so at your own risk. Many people do, and they don t have a problem. However, you re responsible for any damage, and any car insurance is voided because you broke the contract. Unlike false rumors on TripAdvisor, GPS tracking devices are not installed in the car.

  • The Denali Highway (Hwy 8), an east-west highway between Cantwell and Paxson. The gravel surface is smooth and fast. (Note: Many people think the Denali Hwy is the route from Anchorage to Denali. It s not. That route is Hwy 3, the Parks Hwy, paved and fast.)
  • The road from Chitina to McCarthy. The gravel surface is slow it takes up to 3 hours to travel 60 miles. For $200 per person round-trip, you can fly from Chitina to McCarthy with Wrangell Mt. Air. They offer 3 daily scheduled flights in summer.
  • North of Fairbanks, the Steese . Taylor . and Dalton highways (the latter is also known as the “Haul Road”) are gravel, but the surface is smooth and well-maintained. Alaska Auto Rental in Fairbanks specializes in Haul Rd. rentals; their cars have two spare tires and beefed-up suspension

Is Renting a Car Safe?

The short answer is yes. And you can make it even safer:

  • Keep your headlights on at all times. Most roads are two-lane.
  • Pull over if five or more cars are trailing you; it s the law.
  • Don t drive fast. If you re like me, a wide-open road can tempt you to put the pedal to the floor. I seldom do, for reasons you may not have thought of:
  1. You never know when a caribou or moose will wander into the road, and you do NOT want a 1,200-pound moose coming through your windshield at 75 mph.
  2. You may encounter jarring dips and bumps known as frost heaves. Hit them at high speeds and your head will slam into the ceiling.

What s the Speed Limit?

65 mph maximum Alaska highways aren t part of the federal interstate system. However, for calculating travel times, figure on these average speeds:

  • Alaska Highway . Route 2 from the border to Delta Junction, 55 65 mph
  • Glenn Highway . Route 1 from Anchorage to Tok, 55 65 mph, except 45 mph on Matanuska Glacier section.
  • Parks Highway . Route 3 from near Anchorage to Fairbanks, 60 65 mph
  • Richardson Highway . Route 4 from Valdez to Delta Junction, Route 2 from Delta Junction to Fairbanks, 50 60 mph, except 45 mph in the Thompson Pass section.
  • Seward Highway . Route 1 from Anchorage to Tern Lake, Route 9 from Tern Lake to Seward, 45 60 mph, depending on traffic.
  • Sterling Highway . Route 1 from Tern Lake to Homer, 50 60 mph, except 45 mph near Cooper Landing.


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CEO Magazine recognizes Oakland University’s MBA, Executive MBA programs

February 08, 2016

CEO Magazine s 2016 MBA rankings name Oakland University s MBA and Executive MBA programs among the best for students. Oakland is one of just two Michigan universities to appear on the Global EMBA and North America MBA lists.

We are proud the MBA and Executive MBA programs have received this stellar recognition from CEO Magazine, said Michael A. Mazzeo, dean, Oakland University s School of Business Administration. The performance indicators CEO Magazine focuses on provide real insight and value to current and prospective MBA and Executive MBA students. The CEO Magazine ranking complements the recognition the Oakland business school has received from The Princeton Review and U.S. News World Report.

The CEO Magazine MBA Rankings are designed with students in mind. They examine the nuts and bolts of an MBA: the learning environment, class sizes, tuition fees, faculty, delivery methods, international diversity, gender make-up and more. The objective is to identify schools that combine exceptional quality with great ROI. See the complete rankings at CEO Magazine website .

The Executive MBA at Oakland is a premier graduate business program designed exclusively for experienced professionals. Offered in a cohort structure, the fully inclusive 21-month 39-credit hour program is held Friday afternoons and Saturdays on alternate weekends to support the lifestyle of busy professionals. Students in Oakland s Executive MBA program are often mid-career executives preparing for senior management or senior executives looking to enhance their skills.

Oakland University MBA students prepare for leadership roles by gaining knowledge in all the functional areas of business in a case- and action-based learning environment. Oakland University MBA graduates are well-equipped to meet the challenges of today s global economy with technological expertise, savvy business know-how, cross-functional knowledge and strong communication skills.

CEO Magazine s 2016 MBA rankings name Oakland University s MBA and Executive MBA programs among the best for students.

Brian Bierley, Director of Media Relations



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Pay your bill safely and securely online!!

Adventist Health Partner patients now have the option to pay their bill online. You will need your ‘Statement ID’ and your ‘Access Code’ that is found on your statement. No customer enrollment or credit card information is stored and your transaction is securely and quickly processed.

Schedule Online Appts. 24 hours a Day

Adventist Health Partners offers a free service that allows patients to schedule appointments online, 24 hours a day. Only a percentage of AHP physicians are participating and you may easily search for them at this link ScheduleAHP.com

Sign up with our Patient Portal and connect with your doctor!

AMITA Health Medical Group (formaly known as Adventist Health Partners) is pleased to announce the implementation of a new patient portal just for you. There are many convenient and secure features that will enhance your patient experience.

Same Day Scheduling

We know that your health care needs can come on abruptly and that you require the care of a physician the same day. That is why Adventist Health Partners is happy to offer same day scheduling. Same day scheduling is a perfect way to get you the care you need when you need it. Learn more

Stay Connected

Aman Dhawan, M.D. is family physician of Adventist Health Partners physician group and practices at Burr Ridge Family Medicine Physicians. He is affiliated with Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital and treats patients of all ages. On February 19, 2015, The Chicago Tribune featured an article in The Doings: Burr Ridge edition

James McMahon, M.D. of Adventist Illinois Heart and Vascular will be joining Villa St. Benedict for an informative Lecture on Age Related Cardiac Disease. Dr. McMahon is a graduate of Notre Dame University, Loyola University Medical School, and completed his Residency and Fellowship at Loyola University. Dr. McMahon is the



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Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning Training For Beginners

by Dave on September 17, 2012

So you are interested in becoming a certified Hvac technician. Job security wise, you have it, no matter where you go Hvac services are needed. The proper Hvac training needed to get a steady job can take anywhere from 2-5 years. The higher paid technicians usually have 2 years of school along with 3 or more years of apprenticeship training.

Hvac systems are used just about everywhere these days. From heating and cooling for residential homes to commercial buildings, airports, and much more. Air conditioning systems are also used for big electrical rooms that put out a lot of heat and need to be in a conditioned space for them to operate properly. They are also used for ventilation such as exhaust fans which are needed in building that have diesel generators.

The four different properties a technician lives by are Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration should they pursue a career in that also. Hvac service techs can be responsible for the following:

Troubleshooting compressors, fan and blower motors, low voltage controls, refrigerant leaks, reversing valves, electric heaters, boilers, gas furnaces, dampers, air flow problems, metering devices, capacitors and contactors, relays, solenoid valves, control boards, transformers, along with many other possible component failures.

They are also responsible for monitoring the heating and cooling efficiency that the Hvac system is designed for. For instance a 4-ton cooling capacity is not going to put out 4-tons of cooling unless the duct work is properly sized, the refrigerant lines are sized right, and the refrigerant charge is spot on.

HVAC Certifications

The one that you will need the most is the EPA 608 Universal. This will allow you to handle most all types of refrigerants used in Hvac systems. This certification is pretty much necessary for anyone to even consider giving you a job. You should not even be hooking up a pair of gauges if you don’t have this certification.

Another certification that you may want to pursue when you are done with you schooling and apprenticeship training is NATE. NATE is designed for further education of technicians that have at least a couple years of experience in the field, and is recognized by many companies and having this looks great on your resume.

HVAC Apprenticeship Training

Apprenticeship programs allow the student to work alongside experienced Hvac technicians for a period ranging anywhere from 1-3 years. The best part about apprenticeship training is that you get paid to learn. Although the pay may not be the greatest and only a fraction of what an experienced tech makes, you are learning on the job. Most apprenticeship programs require you to have schooling and your EPA card though.

Everyday HVAC Training

After you complete your Hvac school and apprenticeship training, you will be out in the field on your own with confidence. But always remember there is not an Hvac technician out there that knows it all. There is always more to learn, especially with all of these new 16 SEER+ communicating air conditioning and heating systems they are putting out.

February 10, 2013

Electric heaters are common in many split Hvac systems where it doesn t get so cold, and also apart of many heat pump systems, which they are often referred to as emergency heat . Electric heaters typically cost more to run than heat pumps, but are necessary when temperatures get so cold outside that the heat pump [ ]

December 28, 2012

A clean air handler can maximize the life span of your equipment, and also prevent allergies and air flow problems. There are many reasons why your air handler could be gather debris, dirt or even mold, so let me cover some of these so everyone can have a better idea of what is going on [ ]

December 18, 2012

When you go through your HVAC training and school you are going to learn a great deal about the technical side of becoming a service technician. You are going to learn how to troubleshoot and repair many types of HVAC equipment. But if you are in either the residential or commercial side of the HVAC [ ]

November 16, 2012

Compressors are the most expensive part of your residential central air conditioning and heating system. They are also the most mis-diagnosed part of the HVAC system also. For training purposes for both home owners and technicians this article is going to cover the most common type of compressor used in residential applications, which is a [ ]

September 30, 2012

Many people wonder how easy it is to get a job when they finish an accredited trade school, such as ones that provide proper Hvac training. The good news is that the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning business is booming and there is always going to be a demand for it. Hvac companies are growing [ ]

Central air conditioning system not working? Well depending on what type of system that you have there could be a hundred reasons that your air conditioning is not blowing cold air. If you are living in a hot and humid part of the world, there s a good chance that your condensate drain line may [ ]

How about some Hvac Training for homeowners? Simple questions pop up in my stats every day and I feel that the searchers aren t getting their questions answered completely. So I have compiled a list of questions that people have searched for and found my page with, specifically homeowners. On top of that I have also [ ]

The salary of an Hvac service technician will vary depending on many factors, such as which region you are working in, whether or not you get commission, how much experience you have, and how many hours you are willing to work. Since you are probably here because you are thinking about attending a Hvac school [ ]

This is one of the most confusing topics that has many different answers, as there are different types of warranties that cover certain things such as parts, and other types of warranties that cover labor and parts. Most manufacturers for residential units will have a 5 year parts warranty that will cover any failed component [ ]



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Chapter 11 Bankruptcy for Small Business Owners

For a small business in financial distress, Chapter 11 can be a viable option to restructure and eliminate debts and continue in operation.

Bankruptcy Options for Small Business Debtors

Depending on the circumstances, small businesses have three potential bankruptcy options:

Chapter 7 Chapter 7 is a bankruptcy option for debtors that do not have the means to restructure their obligations and continue in business. In Chapter 7, a trustee is appointed, available assets are sold, and creditors are paid to the extent funds are available. Partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations are all eligible to file bankruptcy under Chapter 7. Depending on their income, individuals who own and operate small businesses as sole proprietorships also may file bankruptcy under Chapter 7. (To learn more, see the articles in Chapter 7 for Small Business Owners .)

Chapter 13 Chapter 13 can be a restructuring option for small businesses owned and operated by individuals (a sole proprietorship). Only individuals may file Chapter 13, so it is not an option for businesses operated through partnerships, limited liability companies, or corporations. Chapter 13 eligibility is also subject to debt limits. As of April 2016, an individual owing more than $394,725 in unsecured debt or $1,184,200 in secured debt cannot file Chapter 13. (To learn more, see the articles in Chapter 13 for Small Business Owners .)

Chapter 11 Another option for a small business is Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Generally, small businesses shy away from Chapter 11, because it is expensive, risky, time-consuming, and complex. Chapter 11 is the only bankruptcy option, however, for a small business seeking to restructure and continue in operation if it is owned by a partnership. limited liability company. or corporation. Chapter 11 is also the only bankruptcy option for individual business debtors who want to reorganize but owe too much money to meet Chapter 13 s eligibility requirements.

What Is Chapter 11 Bankruptcy?

Chapter 11 is part of the United States Bankruptcy Code. Chapter 11 generally gets in the news when major corporations — like General Motors, K-Mart, and United Airlines — have financial problems and turn to the bankruptcy courts for help. Most Chapter 11 cases, however, are filed by businesses and companies that are far from being household names.

Under Chapter 11, a debtor can restructure its finances through a plan of reorganization approved by the bankruptcy court. By reducing obligations and modifying payment terms, a Chapter 11 plan can help a debtor balance its income and expenses, regain profitability, and continue in operation. Under Chapter 11, a debtor also can sell some or all of its assets so it can downsize its business if necessary or pay down claims that it owes.

Special Provisions for Small Business Debtors in Chapter 11 Cases

For the most part, small businesses and major corporations have to follow the same rules and meet the same requirements to reorganize under Chapter 11. There are, however, some special provisions for small business debtors that can help them fast track through the Chapter 11 process and reduce legal and other restructuring expenses.

Under the Bankruptcy Code, a Chapter 11 proceeding filed by a small business debtor is considered to be a small business case. A small business debtor is a person or entity who: (1) is engaged in business or other commercial activities; and (2) owes no more than $2,566,050 (as of April 2016) in total claims (excluding obligations owed to insiders such as family members of the business owners).

Here are some other special procedures for small business Chapter 11 cases:

No Creditors Committee. Ordinarily in Chapter 11 cases, a committee is appointed to represent the interests of unsecured creditors. A creditors committee can retain attorneys and other professionals at the debtor s expense, which can significantly increase the cost of Chapter 11 reorganization. In a small business case, the bankruptcy court can order that no creditors committee be appointed.

Additional Filing and Reporting Duties. Small businesses are subject to some reporting and filing requirements that are not imposed on other Chapter 11 debtors. A small business debtor, for example, must attach its most recently prepared balance sheet, statement of operations, cash flow statement, and federal tax return to its bankruptcy petition when it files for Chapter 11 relief.

Additional U.S. Trustee Oversight. The United States Trustee s office is the agency that oversees bankruptcy cases on behalf of the Department of Justice. Under the bankruptcy laws, small business cases are subject to more oversight by the U.S. Trustee s office than other Chapter 11 proceedings.

Plan Deadline. Generally, there is no deadline for filing a Chapter 11 plan unless set by the bankruptcy court. In small business cases, however, the debtor has only 300 days to propose a Chapter 11 plan. The court can extend the 300-day deadline, but only if the debtor proves that it will be able to obtain approval of a plan within a reasonable period of time.

Longer Exclusive Period to Propose Plan. In some cases, creditors file competing Chapter 11 plans. Chapter 11 plans filed by creditors typically provide for the liquidation or takeover of the debtor s assets and business. The debtor usually has the exclusive right for 120 days after it files bankruptcy to propose a Chapter 11 plan. In small business cases, the exclusivity period is extended to 180 days. The longer exclusivity period reduces the risk to the debtor of having to litigate competing plans and potentially losing its business.

No Disclosure Statement. Ordinarily in Chapter 11, the debtor must prepare a disclosure statement, submit it to the bankruptcy court for its approval, and circulate copies to creditors and other parties in interest. Disclosure statements in Chapter 11 cases are similar in concept to prospectuses for stock offerings. They must provide extensive information about the debtor and proposed plan and are often expensive to prepare. In small business cases, the bankruptcy court can waive the disclosure statement requirement, which can significantly expedite the reorganization process and reduce legal and other costs.

Get Informed

To learn more about how bankruptcy can help small businesses and bankruptcy options for small businesses, see our Small Business Bankruptcy topic area.

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MediaFire offers 1TB of cloud storage for $2.50

MediaFire today went live with its Desktop cloud storage service, offering offers users up to 1TB of capacity for just $2.50 a month for newcomers. The service normally charges $5 for 1TB of online capacity, but chopped that price in half for a limited time as part of its initial launch.

MediaFire offers up to 50GB of free space, compared with 2GB offered by other popular services.

For example, Dropbox offers an initial 2GB of free space; by referring others to the service, users can obtain up to 16GB free capacity.

But, MediaFire’s 50 free gigabytes comes with a large hitch. Users begin with 10GB of free storage and in order to get the full 50GB, they have to download MediaFire’s mobile app, desktop app, and link to Twitter or Facebook.

“This should get users up to the 25 gig mark, the rest can be collected through signing up friends,” said Brent Brucci, a spokesman for MediaFire. “I understand that this is a complicated process, and we are looking to phase it out over time, however, it does encourage consumers to use their cloud storage in a ‘social’ manner, which makes them more likely to sign up for a paid account.”

Users have the ability to purchase storage a year up front and secure the $2.50-per month, per 1TB pricing.

“We went after a flat pricing model to make it as simple to use as possible. Our special will be running until late August, and may continue on if our registration numbers continue to be strong,” Derek Labian, CEO and founder of MediaFire, said in an email response to Computerworld .

The Houston-based MediaFire, founded in 2006, said it owns all of its servers and network infrastructure, which allows it to undercut the cost of competitive services such as Dropbox, Carbonite, Google Drive, Apple iCloud and Microsoft OneDrive. It also claims its service is more secure than competitors who rely on Amazon Web Services (AWS).

In a blog post announcing the service, MediaFire singled out competitors that rely on AWS, which it called “cost prohibitive” and a potential security and privacy risk.

  • A look at MediaFire on a MacBook Pro

    Labian said the company encrypts data in transmission via the Secure Sockets Layer protocol.

    “Data is securely stored on our own equipment which we maintain direct physical control over as opposed to being stored on a 3rd party service,” Labian said. “We never have and never will share user data with any 3rd party service. Unlike Google, we do not mine your data in or order to show you contextual advertising.”

    Last month, Google slashed the price of its cloud service by as much as 80%. The price for 100GB of capacity on Google Drive dropped from $4.99 to $1.99; the price for 1TB of capacity plummeted from $49.99 to $9.99; and the service is now offering 10TB of storage for $99.99.

    Dropbox charges $9.99 a month for 100GB.

    MediaFire’s service has virtually no limits on file sizes for uploads. Users can upload files up to 20GB in size, “when using native 64-bit browsers such as Firefox.”

    MediaFire Desktop, a free application for OS X and Windows, allows users to upload, store and share content in the cloud, directly from their desktop and mobile devices. The service synchronizes data to a customer’s OS X and Windows computers that are also connected via the application.

    As with other file-sharing services, MediaFire allows multiple users to collaborate on projects by sharing folders and files and offering controls on who can edit and who can view content. Users can invite others to connect through the service by sending a link through Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest, Bloggr or email. There is also embedded-link sharing for online blogging platforms.

    The application also has an “Activity Feed” that keeps track of a user’s activity on MediaFire, including updates to files made by other users, new files received and system status messages.

    The service automatically tracks specific file versions. Files can be organized by date, edit history and type. The service also has an automatic duplicate removal feature.

    The company said it is also developing applications for iOS and Android mobile devices to use the service.

  • What MediaFire’s iPad App will look like.

    “These will be available over the next few weeks, and will introduce a host of new features, including automatic photo-syncing directly from your Android mobile device,” the company wrote in its blog.

    The service also offers a tool that allows users to take a screen shot and automatically share it with other users of a file sharing list they create.

    Since launching a beta in November, MediaFire claims more than 2 million users have used its Desktop application.

    As part of its service’s launch, the company also announced upgrades to its beta, including an overhaul of its APIs and Developer Resource Portal. a software development kit (SDK) to enable integration of the service directly into applications.

    “Native SDKs will be coming for all major platforms and languages. For more information, or to enroll in our beta development program,” the company said.