Items tagged with Dropbox

Make no mistake--Microsoft’s new OneDrive cloud storage solution is little more than a simple re-branding of SkyDrive, a change the company was forced to make after it opted out of a trademark spat with BSkyB over the service’s original name. “Little more”, that is, because Microsoft is taking the opportunity to add a few features to OneDrive for today’s official rollout. First, although OneDrive users still get 7GB of free cloud storage, they can earn up to an additional 5GB of additional storage in increments of 500MB for those who successfully invite friends to the service (a la Dropbox). Users can also get another 3GB of storage by opting in to the camera backup... Read more...
We’ll forgive you if you’ve ever confused one for the other due to similar naming and brand colors, but Box and Dropbox are competitors. Dropbox’s cloud storage is hugely popular among average consumers, but it recently suffered a black eye when its database was hacked (just kidding, that was a hoax) its site went down for nearly two days. Box is taking full advantage of Dropbox’s bad press by announcing its new iOS apps and promising 50GB of free cloud storage for life for anyone who downloads its newly-redesigned iPhone or iPad app within the next 30 days. (Boos and hisses from Android and Windows Phone users who aren’t getting the same deal, at least not yet. The company has done this dance... Read more...
This weekend, Dropbox experienced an outage that lasted far too long. A wing of hacker collective Anonymous claimed credit for the outage, saying it performed a database hack, which turned out to be a hoax. However, the group maintained that it did hit Dropbox with a DDoS attack, which was timed to coincide with the site’s scheduled maintenance. Dropbox has strongly denied the hack, but it hasn’t said anything about the claim of a DDoS attack, which seems odd. The company has talked around it by carefully describing the post-mortem. “On Friday at 5:30 PM PT, we had a planned maintenance scheduled to upgrade the OS on some of our machines. During this process, the upgrade script... Read more...
For a moment there, it appeared as though popular cloud storage service Dropbox had been hacked, with the user database accessed and user emails being exposed. Two loosely affiliated wings of hacker collective Anonymous, AnonOpsKorea and The 1775 Sec, claimed credit, but the whole thing was just a hoax timed to coincide with scheduled Dropbox site maintenance. Credit: TechCrunch The two groups both claimed that they compromised the Dropbox website Friday evening and accessed the site’s database, but shortly thereafter Wesley McGrew of McGrew Security noted in a tweet that the emails in the supposed database leak matched something that’s been posted on Pastebin for over a month. In... Read more...
Computer programming may seem overly complex to learn, like learning a new spoken language, but as time has passed, it has become more inviting and easier to understand than ever. This is a fact that the folks behind Code.org, along with its sponsors, would like to get across. If coding for some reason sounds pointless, or not worth the time investment, consider the fact that services like Facebook and Dropbox began with a single line of code, and now, companies like these are worth millions, or even billions. Not too bad for something that can be created at home, is it? That's the cool thing about coding: It's not just a job, it's an art. Like a painter who can produce a beautiful scene on canvas,... Read more...
Drew Houston, a former student at MIT, would often forget to pack his USB flash drive on the way to class. He solved his problem by creating Dropbox for his own personal use, but it didn't take him long to figure out that others could benefit as well. That was around six years, and since then, Dropbox has become one of the most popular cloud-based services around, and apparently a pretty valuable one, too. Just how valuable is it? Perhaps as much as $8 billion. Apologies if that made you choke on your early morning donut, but rest assured, that's not a typo. Dropbox to date has secured $257 million in funding, and now the service is seeking an additional $250 million investment within the next... Read more...
Western Digital is expanding its vision for personal storage from beyond traditional internal and external hard drives, and it has something to do with cloud storage and a platform called “My Cloud”. Cloud storage is all the rage, and the convenience of having your files backed up offsite is undeniable, but there’s always a concern about security, and sometimes file availability--though mostly rather immediate with a service such as Dropbox--can be a bit clunky. It’s also expensive. The WD My Cloud platform removes the problem of worrying about vendor security and lock-in by giving you what boils down to your own file server that makes all your data available to you anytime... Read more...
Yesterday, we reported that two security researchers successfully reverse-engineered Dropbox, intercepting SSL traffic and bypassing its two-factor authentication. The duo that did it, Dhiru Kholia and Przemyslaw Wegrzyn, wrote a paper on the process and said that although Dropbox has been quick to plug any holes in its security, the service is still vulnerable to attacks such as the one they discovered. Dropbox disagrees somewhat with Kholia’s and Wegrzyn’s assessment, however. "We appreciate the contributions of these researchers and everyone who helps keep Dropbox safe,” a Dropbox spokesperson told us today. “However, we believe this research does not present a vulnerability... Read more...
Another day, another thing-that-is-hacked. This time it was popular cloud storage service Dropbox, but fortunately, the hackers were security researchers. Two of them, actually, named Dhiru Kholia and Przemyslaw Wegrzyn, who found a way to reverse engineer Dropbox, which the SD Times calls a heavily obfuscated Python application. The pair were then able to intercept SSL traffic from Dropbox’s servers and bypass its two-factor authentication. They worked up a research paper to describe their techniques. “We show how to unpack, decrypt and decompile Dropbox from scratch and in full detail,” they wrote. “This paper presents new and generic techniques to reverse-engineer frozen... Read more...
For a number of good reasons, "cloud storage" is all the rage. Being able to store your data online in order to access it virtually anywhere is the epitome of convenience. However, it does carry with it a couple of important downsides. While it's unlikely for a service like Dropbox, Google Drive or SkyDrive to go down, it's always a risk. And with all of the Prism / NSA goingson lately, it's become clear that if the government wanted, it could likely get to your data with relative ease. The best solution? A personal cloud solution. While home-brewed solutions can work out nicely, such as with NAS boxes, or even a custom Windows or Linux server, all of these require some degree of expense and... Read more...
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... Read more...
It appears that the Swiss have turned a reputation for having the most secure banks in the world into a possible refuge for corporations trying to keep data from the spying eyes of the NSA. The NSA’s PRISM program used the shadowy Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and a secret court to request data on U.S. citizens from major providers of Internet services such as Google, Facebook, and Microsoft. If you missed it, we’ve had quite a bit to say about the subject. Now, according to Ibtimes, it seems that U.S. companies are losing faith in domestic cloud storage providers, from large-scale operations such as Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure to smaller-scale (but frequently... Read more...
First:You have to hand it to Dropbox. If other companies are claiming they have a product that “kills” yours, that means you pretty much dominate the market space. Of course, that also means that you have a target on your back, and in Dropbox’s case, MediaFire has taken aim. MediaFire told the press that it will announce soon a product called “Project Phoenix”, which it says will be a direct challenger to Dropbox and its cloud storage and sharing service. The company says that Project Phoenix will bring “comprehensive ‘social’ and collaboration cloud storage sharing directly to mobile and native desktop users”. MediaFire's current cloud storage... Read more...
When cloud storage service Dropbox snapped up a hot new mail app called Mailbox back in March, the match seemed like a good one, and indeed the Mailbox team appears to be steadily cranking out updates for its iOS app. Now, the team has released Mailbox for the iPad, as well. There’s a sense that the Mailbox folks barely took a breath after completing it before diving back in for more, judging from the short-and-sweet blog post announcing the new app. The post reads in its entirety: “You asked, we listened. Mailbox is now available for iPad, so you can swipe your way to inbox zero on all your iOS devices.” In the last couple of weeks, the Mailbox team, which now works out of... Read more...
Western Digital has a new line of portable hard drives on the market, the My Passport Ultra, which adds to the family of My Passport devices and serves as a generational bump for the My Passport Edge. In fact, the Ultra looks exactly like the Edge (and comes in black, silver, red, or blue), but it comes in a greater variety of capacities--500GB, 1TB, and 2TB. The drives feature USB 3.0, WD Smartware Pro backup software (which includes Dropbox integration), and password protection and hardware encryption for added security. The 500GB version will run you $99.99 while the 1TB version is $129.99; there’s no price yet on the 2TB My Passport Ultra, but it won’t be available until Q3 anyway.... Read more...
Cloud storage provider Dropbox has grown from just a cool startup with a clever idea to a major player in the consumer and business cloud storage market. The service has some 100 million users and recently has made aggressive moves including acquiring the Mailbox iOS app and targeting businesses with its rebranded Dropbox for Business. Now, the company is hosting its first-ever developer conference. The DBX conference will be held at Fort Mason in San Francisco on July 9th. Tickets are “limited” and will cost $350. “At DBX, you’ll meet fellow developers, see the great things they’re building, and share ideas with the engineers and designers working on Dropbox’s... Read more...
In a way, it's a wonder that Dropbox is still an independent company. But as long as it is, it might as well bulk up on partnerships. Western Digital is the latest friend, with WD SmartWare Pro launching with Dropbox integration. It's a new software tool that enables users to back up files to any USB external HDD or to the cloud using their Dropbox. Additionally, in the event that a file is deleted, lost, or a previous version of a file is needed, WD SmartWare Pro makes it easy to quickly restore and retrieve backed-up data. Additionally, in the event that a file is deleted, lost, or a previous version of a file is needed, WD SmartWare Pro makes it easy to quickly restore and retrieve backed-up... Read more...
Cloud storage and sharing service Dropbox continues to build out its offerings in the enterprise; for starters, there’s simple yet telling name change from “Dropbox for Teams” to “Dropbox for Business”. Additionally, Dropbox is rolling out more upgrades for its business-level service. Today’s addition is single sign-on (SSO) capabilities, which will be available next month. Dropbox explains it thusly: “SSO works behind the scenes to let users sign in just once to a central identity provider, like Active Directory, and securely access all their business apps, like Dropbox. With SSO, companies can put their existing trusted identity provider in charge of... Read more...
Mailbox is a hot new iOS email client app. Dropbox is one of the most popular consumer cloud storage and sharing tools around. Now, the former is joining the latter, which could make for some interesting cross-pollination. What’s notable about this merging of minds is that Mailbox is a brand new baby app, having launched just a few weeks ago, but there’s already a long line of people on the wait list to actually receive it. According to the company, it has grown by a factor of 2,000 since its launch. Here’s a video showing how Mailbox works. (No one will blame you if you tap your foot a little to the tune): The advantage for Mailbox in joining Dropbox is clear--they need to... Read more...
In the cloud storage and sharing market, Dropbox is the prototypical service that everyone emulates, and LogMeIn’s new offering, Cubby, indeed bears a striking resemblance. Like Dropbox, it offers 5GB of free cloud storage that you can access, manage, and edit via a Web browser, mobile device, or synced desktop folder. If you invite people to the service, you can “earn” up to 20GB of additional storage. You can share certain folders with whomever you want, and your content enjoys 256-bit AES encryption. As you might expect, there’s a Cubby Pro version (which starts at $6.99/mo for one user and 100GB of storage), but the Pro version boasts some juicy additional features.... Read more...
BitTorrent remains alive and well while many of its P2P competitors have bit the dust in recent years, but the company is not sitting around simply hoping it can avoid the same fate; instead, BitTorrent is evolving, working hard on new products and technologies including Live Streaming, sharing large files directly to Facebook friends, and most recently, a tool that enables users to synchronize files between their computers via “secure, distributed technology.” “Sync”, as the new service will be called, sounds a lot like the sort of sync capabilities offered by cloud storage services such as Dropbox offer, but without the cloud storage element; in other words, your files... Read more...
Dropbox might be a mainstay, but it's forcing a tougher road ahead with iCloud and Google Drive being widely available and growing rapidly. Now, however, the company is giving iPhone, iPod and iPad users a reason to stick with it, with a new v2.0 update. Now all of your photos are right at your fingertips with the brand new Photos tab. With just a tap, you’ll be able to scroll through a timeline of all the photos you’ve automatically uploaded (including the pocket-dialed ones too). Also, when you select a photo, you’ll be able to view it in full-screen glory with nary a button in sight. This means you can get maximum real estate when you’re flipping through puppy photos,... Read more...
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