Dropbox Wants To Rid You of Your Hard Drive with the Dropbox Platform

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For as wonderfully convenient as a cloud storage and syncing solution like Dropbox is, it’s still just essentially a place to park your files so that you can access them when you need them; it doesn’t replace your hard drive (on your desktop or mobile device), which contains all your settings and things like contacts and to do lists--basically, all your structured data.

At its first ever developers conference today, Dropbox announced the Datastore API, which handles all of that structured data across multiple devices and operating systems. Dropbox likens it to a “simple embedded database” whose changes are automatically synced; further, the API resolves any conflicts if a user makes changes to a datastore on multiple devices.

Dropbox Platform Datastores API, Chooser and Saver Drop-Ins

The Datastore API is designed to work hand-in-hand with the existing Sync and Core APIs.

Dropbox also unveiled new Drop-ins, the Chooser and the Saver. The Chooser lets devs insert a couple of lines of code and subsequently allow users of their app to access their Dropbox files via a clean Dropbox UI, while the Saver, when implemented, makes it simple to for users to save a file directly to Dropbox from the web or mobile web.

Dropbox Platform Saver Drop-in
Dropbox Platform Saver Drop-in

These updates perhaps aren’t revolutionary, but they’re certainly intriguing, and they demonstrate how Dropbox is gradually inserting itself more and more into people’s daily computing lives. However, some will no doubt feel nervous about allowing a cloud storage and syncing company of any kind handle so much of their data, which is a valid concern.
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AjayD replied on Tue, Jul 9 2013 8:37 PM

Sounds great. Except for the fact that Dropbox is an American company, which means you forfeit your right to privacy when you choose to give them your data for safekeeping. I would never use a US based company for data storage after it has been revealed how little respect the NSA and FBI have for the Fourth Amendment.

Alternatively, Iceland is looking like a promising option for those seeking cloud-based storage where your right to privacy and freedom from suspicion will remain intact.


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Dave_HH replied on Tue, Jul 9 2013 8:55 PM

Ajay, valid points. And I will personally keep a copy of my critical stuff, always, thanks very much.

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AKnudson replied on Tue, Jul 9 2013 10:00 PM

I have been thinking about an entirely cloud based computer for a very long time, instead of a decked out computer, you would have a subscription and a minimal set of hardware, the only real limitation is internet speeds, or connectivity. if you can get ping under 10ms and then have huge servers to process information faster than any personal can affordably hope to do it would make sense to "rent out" computer storage, speed and processing power.


The consumer has only the screen, internet connection and RAM to house instead of an entire computer. with adequate internet a laptop can now be more versatile and more powerful than a desktop for minimal cost difference.


I feel like Drop-box is making the first steps towards this kind of virtual computing (somewhat ironic) platform, and i am going to be watching very closely.


I always thought google would be the first to do this, is suspected it was one of their reasons for starting google fiber, to provide sufficient bandwidth to an average user to make true cloud computing viable.

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I have never and will never give anything personal or sensitive data for anyone else to store/safekeep/etc. Really who can be trust at this point?

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