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In the five years since its inception, Dropbox has exploded from nothing to the premier consumer cloud storage service in the market. Founder Drew Houston recalled in a blog post that the idea for Dropbox came to him when he found himself in a train station having forgotten his flash drive at home, and between that fateful day and the present, the company has amassed 100 million users. That’s quite a feat, and to celebrate and say thanks (and generate even more users), Dropbox is setting up a contest wherein its users share their own “Dropbox stories” of how they use the service and why. The top 100 stories will earn those users 10GB of Dropbox storage for life; the top 10 will... Read more...
Smartphones, tablets and computers are constantly consuming (and creating) more and more content. And with that comes massive amounts of data consumption. The amount of sharing that takes place on today's smartphones and tablets is astounding, and every instance of that requires data -- and storage. Lately, it seems as if companies are dealing with these new realities by leaning heavily on the cloud. But trusting your precious data solely to the cloud can be a risky bet... Head Out Of The Clouds: Why Local Storage Still Matters... Read more...
Smartphones, tablets and computers are constantly consuming and creating more and more content. And with that comes massive amounts of data consumption. The amount of sharing that takes place on today's smartphones and tablets is astounding, and every instance of that requires data -- and storage. Lately, it seems as if companies are dealing with these new realities by leaning heavily on the cloud. But trusting your precious data solely to the cloud can be a risky bet. Looking specifically at the iPhone 5, the Galaxy S III, the new iPad and pretty much every flagship mobile device that has shipped in the last six months, one thing that we expected was more local storage. After... Read more...
Earlier this month, popular cloud storage service Dropbox was hacked. According to the company, user login credentials were swiped from another site, and those credentials were used to access Dropbox user accounts. At least one of those accounts actually belonged to a Dropbox employee, who had more user email addresses and passwords stored in his or her Dropbox folders. Dropbox contacted affected users directly and presumably gained complete control over the breach, but it pledged to take steps to beef up its security so that such a thing would be less likely to happen again. That promise is now officially fulfilled, as Dropbox announced its new two-step verification process. Now, in order for... Read more...
To say that Dropbox was “hacked” is a bit unfair to the popular cloud storage service, if Dropbox’s reasoning is to be believed. The company announced that it has discovered that usernames and passwords that were stolen from other sites were used to log in to a few Dropbox user accounts, and at least one of those accounts belonged to a Dropbox employee whose files contained more user email addresses. As a result, Dropbox users were seeing spam. It’s good that Dropbox is admitting the security breach, and it’s taking fixing the immediate problem as well as enacting measures to ensure that it doesn’t happen again. First, Dropbox contacted affected users and “helped... Read more...
It’s a heated competition out there between cloud storage providers; two of the most popular, Dropbox and Box, keep one-upping each other even as they target slightly different demographics, and today Box announced a couple of moves that demonstrate how aggressively it’s trying to secure customers in the mobile enterprise. Box is betting on the continued growth of Windows Phone by offering an app for the platform that goes beyond simply offering cloud-connected storage and integrates specifically with the Windows Phone OS. First off, Box for Windows Phone sports a Metro-like interface, and users can pin Live Tiles to their Start screens, launch slideshows like they would in the Pictures... Read more...
If you woke up this morning to find that your Dropbox Pro account doubled in size while you slept, here’s why: Dropbox really wants to keep you as a customer. In an effort to stay competitive in the cloud storage space, Dropbox just announced a huge upgrade to its Pro plans, which are now available in 100GB and 200GB capacities. These supplant the previous options of 50GB and 100GB. Lest your dander rise at the audacity of Dropbox to automatically do such a thing, note that the upgrade is free to current Pro account users, and any new sign-ups will get the same deal. This isn’t a temporary promotion or something; it’s a permanent change. Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi Founders... Read more...
We like Dropbox because it's simple, effective, and up to this point, has been a reliable way to take advantage of cloud storage. If you're like us, you're a fan of Dropbox too. And if you've never used it, you should check it out, though your experience might be slightly different than those of us who are already using the service. "After July 31, 2012, we will no longer create Public folders in any new Dropbox accounts If your app depends on Public folders, we recommend switching to the /shares API call," Dropbox announced in a blog post. Why the change? Dropbox says it launched a feature in April that gives users the ability to share any file or folder with a simple link, which essentially... Read more...
If you're already a fan of Dropbox and own an iOS device, you're going to love the new version that's just been added to iTunes, which levels the playing field with the Android iteration. Among the handful of changes, Dropbox version 1.5 for iOS now automatically uploads photos and videos over Wi-Fi or your cellular data plan to the cloud. Android users have been able to do that for quite awhile now. To go along with automatic uploads, Dropbox allows you to earn up to 3GB of extra storage space, in 500MB increments, just by using the feature. In addition, Dropbox removed the file size cap that used to exist, so you can now upload files of any size (up to the amount of available storage space,... Read more...
What's that? A bitter beer face? Sour grapes? No, just two of America's largest wireless carriers refusing to let customers have any fun whatsoever. Folks who follow this industry closely may remember that Samsung was going to give away 48GB of Dropbox space (in addition to the free 2GB that each new signup gets, bringing it to a total of 50GB) with each Galaxy S III. Outside of the obvious choice between Google Drive and Dropbox, avid users of the latter were surely looking forward to such a huge cloud storage box. But unfortunately, it seems that American carriers have a say in whether or not the promotion is granted. In Dropbox's FAQ section related to the Galaxy promotion, there's this snippet... Read more...
Last year, Dropbox offered users the chance to gain additional storage space by participating in a multi-step scavenger hunt called Dropquest. Now, the company is at it again, this time promising a Dropquest that's back, harder, and "epic-er." Dropbox promises that everyone who completes Dropquest will get at least 1GB of additional free storage space. Users who are among the first to finish will also win additional prizes with the top prize offering 100GB for life and a handful of other prizes.  Although you can't use the Dropbox support, forums, or blog for Dropquest hints or answers, there are Google Docs popping up with hints. Dropquest II: The Future is Now Many of you were around for... Read more...
What's a Dropbox to do now that the cloud space is also being entered into by Google? Innovate, of course. Just days after Google Drive hit the mainstream, the Dropbox team has revealed something new: you can now automatically upload from just about any camera, tablet, SD card or smartphone — pretty much anything that takes photos or videos. With the newest version for Mac or Windows, you can just plug your camera, phone, or SD card into your computer and with a few clicks of the mouse all your photos and videos are in your Dropbox. Auto uploading from the desktop works seamlessly with the Dropbox Android app; your photos are copied from your camera to your Dropbox and uploaded, in full-quality... Read more...
Dropbox is improving once again. The world's favorite cloud-based file sharing and storage service now has looming competition, with SkyDrive, iCloud, Box and soon -- Google Drive -- coming into view. So lately, we've seen the team cranking out many new features. The latest is drag-and-drop, allowing users to simply spot something that they want saved, and using Chrome / Firefox / Safari, upload files by dragging them from your desktop onto the Dropbox website. After Dropbox detects the upload, it’ll work its magic to get your stuff wherever you need it. Something tells us it's only the beginning of a longer line of improvements for Dropbox. And frankly, we hope they cook up integration... Read more...
Dropbox is taking things up a notch. For years now, the easy-to-use file sharing service has been on top of the world, riding high, roping in new users and charging a substantial amount of money for any additional storage beyond 2GB. But now, with Google Drive potentially looming, Dropbox is cutting loose with the promotions. Starting this week, every user that invites a friend (who then joins) will see an extra 500MB of free storage. And, that friend will get it as well. If you’ve got a free account, you can invite up to 32 people for a whopping total of 16 GB of extra space. Pro accounts now earn 1 GB per referral, for a total of 32 GB of extra space. Have you already invited a bunch... Read more...
Although Google is the reigning king of online services with offerings such as Gmail, Google Docs, and an ever-fluctuating lineup of myriad other products, the search giant has not yet introduced a straightforward cloud storage service. According to a report from the Wall street Journal, that’s about to change. Citing “people familiar with the matter”, the WSJ report says the new service, dubbed “Drive”, will offer cloud storage to consumers and businesses alike, with fees associated with larger storage capacities. It appears that it will be part of the Google Apps suite and will launch within weeks or months. Photo credit: lifehacker There was talk of such a service... Read more...
Good news for heavy Dropbox users that seem to always find themselves sorting the same type of files over and over again: the company has just launched Dropbox Automator, which does what it says. It'll automatically do whatever you want with a certain kind of file. In other words, the system is capable of triggering a series of actions based on what kind of file that you've added. They can be triggered by file type or by what folder they're dumped into. The options are fairly robust; for example, you can create an automatic option that converts a document to PDF, upload something to Google Documents, translate a foreign document, etc. Photos can even be automatically piped over to Facebook, and... Read more...
Cloud storage is all the rage these days, and Logitech's not missing the boat. The company has just announced the Alert Video Security System, which is gaining Dropbox support. A year or so ago, the Logitech Alert HD digital video security system was launched to help you watch over the people and places you care about the most. With Dropbox – in addition to existing Logitech Alert on-camera video storage and PC video backup – you now have an additional storage option that gives you even more piece of mind. Whether at home or on the road, Dropbox's automatic backup and password protection helps ensure that the Logitech Alert HD videos backed up to your PC are automatically and safely... Read more...
Dropbox announced a new service designed for businesses. Recognizing that people are already using Dropbox in over one million businesses around the world, the Dropbox team thought it was time to create a service specifically for businesses. This is where the new Dropbox for Teams service comes into play. With this new offering, you'll get the same user experience as you already get with the free Dropbox service, but you'll also get new features such as centralized billing, phone support, and the ability to add or delete users. Dropbox for Teams costs $795 each year. This fee includes five users as well as 1,000 GB of storage. You can add additional users for $125 each and each additional user... Read more...
This little nugget of a news story is a beautiful bit of real-life poetry, as it tells a tale of when one tech mogul at the peak of his career (and sadly, near the end of his life) crossed paths with another tech mogul at the beginning of his. According to an article in Forbes, Dropbox founder Drew Houston and his business partner met with Steve Jobs in Cupertino in 2009. The purpose of the meeting? Jobs wanted to buy Dropbox for a reportedly nine-figure sum. The outcome of the meeting? Houston essentially said thanks but no thanks; Dropbox wasn’t for sale. Jobs probably had meetings like this every week, where he hosted some whip-smart startup founders and tried to buy their company, either... Read more...
Cloud storage used to be a far-fetched concept that wasn't used too often outside of the enterprise. Boy, has the world changed in recent years. Now, cloud services are hitting the mainstream, with Amazon Cloud Drive, iTunes in the Cloud and Microsoft's SkyDrive all aiming for average, everyday people. With a growing swath of Internet users, there are more opportunities for people to store and consume content in the cloud, and even phone manufacturers seem to be getting in on the fun. HTC has reportedly landed a deal with famed cloud storage locker DropBox in order to bring 5GB of free storage to each HTC phone owner. That's pretty impressive given that the existing free offering to folks who... Read more...
Popular cloud storage service Dropbox released a stable build (1.1.40) that fixes a problem with Mac OS X Lion integration. The issue, which didn’t seem to make many waves and needed a TUAW post to get wider attention, was that Dropbox wasn’t fully integrating with the OS; additionally, some Macs running OS X weren’t updating Dropbox files automatically. The update also has a backport fix to a Linux issue wherein the tray menu sometimes becomes unresponsive. Usually, when Dropbox issues updates, they just come down the pipe automatically, and most users don’t even know when it happens. However, it also can take a few weeks for an update to make it out to everyone, so if... Read more...
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