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Dropbox helped popularize the idea of saving everything to the cloud, and by being one of the first services to offer seamless integration with the desktop and mobile devices, it has a distinct advantage in name recognition. It also faces stiff competition these days from a number of competitors like SkyDrive (Microsoft), SugarSync, and Google Drive, to name just a few. The key to staying one step ahead -- or least remaining in the race -- is to keep introducing new features, and that's what Dropbox has done. It's not a major feature addition, but with the latest update, Dropbox will automatically upload all the screenshots you take, if you want it to. "On top of that, Dropbox will also create... Read more...
In this day an age, the Internet is so easy to use, even your grandmother can do it. Heck, she probably has a Facebook page that she updates using her Kindle Fire. Despite how easy it is to hop online, as well as convenient thanks to the mobile boom that has nearly every man, woman, and child wielding a smartphone or tablet, 15 percent of American adults ages 18 and older still do not hop online or use email, according to data released by Pew Internet. When asked why they avoid the Internet, a little over a third -- 34 percent -- said they simply don't feel it's relevant to them. Some 32 percent would disagree with the statements above pertaining to ease-of-use and feel it's difficult or frustrating... Read more...
Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer has proven to be a spark plug for the site and brand. Before she accepted the position as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Yahoo, the site was struggling to stay relevant and trying to figure out how best to market to its brand. Now two years later, Yahoo monthly active users are up 20 percent to 800 million around the world, and the company is processing 12,000 resumes a week. That includes 350 million monthly active users on mobile, which is a testament to Mayer's ability to see the need to focus on mobile at a time when not all technology CEOs could see the writing on the wall. You could even argue that tech giants like Intel, AMD, and Microsoft all struggled to look... Read more...
As Microsoft found out when it first announced its Xbox One console, gamers aren't reel keen on systems or platforms that require a persistent Internet connection, and so the company pulled a 180. All has been forgiven, it seems, but gamers are still sensitive to the issue, so the reaction wasn't all that positive when Peter Moore, Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Electronic Arts (EA) stated at Gamescom last week that EA no longer makes offline games. A week later, Moore stands by that statement, but says media headlines and social networks like Twitter are misinterpreting what he meant. So, what did he mean? "Today, most games are 'online' in some way, shape or form. Many games connect in online... Read more...
It's been less than a year since Facebook implemented its online gift giving system, which allows Facebook users to purchase and send physical gifts to their friends and family on the social networking site. However brief it might have been, Facebook has already decided it makes more sense to push digital gift codes than physical codes, and so that's what the site is going to do. According to TechCrunch, 10 percent of the U.S. Facebook population will see a redesigned version of the Gifts page immediately, while the other 90 percent will start to see it in the next few weeks. For those that see it now, gone are physical gifts like teddy bears and flowers, and in their place are a variety of digital... Read more...
You can halt your plan to sift through your Box account and delete files you may not need or want anymore. For those of you mooching off the free plan Box provides, the cloud storage provider just upped the ante to 10GB, effectively doubling the amount of space to cram your photos, documents, and other files into the cloud. The company also announced a new Starter plan tailored for small businesses. It offers 100GB of shared space for $5 per user per month, good for up to 10 users, providing SMBs with an affordable option for cloud storage. "We're focused on removing any and all barriers to cloud adoption," said Aaron Levie, co-founder and CEO, Box. "More than ever before, the economy today is... Read more...
There might not be another company more reviled in the U.S. than Electronic Arts, the games publisher that was chosen by Consumerist voters as "Worst Company In America" for two years in a row. To its credit, EA acknowledged the unwanted award and vowed to do a better job, though angry gamers are still finding reason to despise and, in some cases, even sue the company, with the latest lawsuit focused on online play. Justin Bassett is spearheading a federal class action lawsuit against EA claiming he was duped by the company's promise of online play. In the lawsuit, Bassett says he purchased several sports titles for the Xbox 360 for around $60 based on EA's representation that online play would... Read more...
A new report (albeit from unnamed industry sources, not Edward Snowden) alleges that the government has used the broad powers granted it by the Patriot Act to demand broad information about a user's passwords, website security, and even encryption information from service providers. The benefits of having this type of information are enormous, as it theoretically allows the government to directly monitor an account as email is sent and received. Email is typically the central repository for website login data and username/password information at any number of sites; it's used as identity verification when resetting mobile passwords or as part of the security process when accessing a secured site... Read more...
Fancy yourself a collector of memorabilia? If so, be sure to grab the current August issue of PCWorld, as it will be the last ever in print format. After three decades in print, publisher IDG decided it was time to go all-in with digital, which is the only format PCWorld will be available in from this point forward. PCWorld currently has 339,000 print subscribers, all of which are welcome to register online to receive the digital version of the title. In addition, IDG said that no staff will be impacted by the transition to digital, which is only for the U.S. edition of the magazine. "Both technology users and marketers have led the way in the shift from print to online and our decision to end... Read more...
For some, the world came to a screeching halt Monday afternoon, from around 1:08pm PDT to 1:33pm PDT. We're talking about Twitter addicts, who had to deal with an unexpected outage and find some other outlet for their barrage of witty 140-character (or less) musings. Oh, the horror! We kid, of course -- Twitter's a great tool if you have something interesting to share or funny to say, and if you're a Twitter user, we hope you're following HotHardware. But we're not joking about the downtime. "Due to an error in a routine change, Twitter was not available from 1:08pm PDT to 1:33pm PDT. We rolled back the erroneous change as soon as we identified the issue," Twitter stated in a blog post. "Additionally,... Read more...
Wikipedia's greatest strength is also it's inherent weakness. We're of course referring to the ability of anyone and nearly everyone being able to hop into an article and edit its contents, assuming it's not locked, creating a collective treasure trove of information that may not always be accurate. Wikipedia gets a bit of a bad rap by its critics, though we've found it to be helpful on several occasions, especially when bothering to follow up on the sources. And of course there's editorial oversight and other mechanisms at play. Still, it's possible for bad information to slip through the cracks, whether by mistake or simply as part of a prank. One thing that may help reduce these occurrences... Read more...
For the next couple of weeks, an artist in Times Square is giving you the chance to put a giant image of your face on the ground. What--you’re not booking a flight to N.Y.C. right now? Then you might miss out on the fun, because people different artistic sensibilities than yours are lining up every day to get their selfies onto the sidewalk. The Inside Out Project plastering selfies to the sidewalk in New York City's Times Square. Image credit: Inside Out Project The Inside Out Project, created by artist JR, and a winner of the California TED Conference in 2011, is global art project in which truck that serves as a rolling photo studio shows up and its crew offer passersby the chance to... Read more...
Well, it's official. Florida governor Rick Scott signed into legislation the "Internet Cafe Ban," which effectively closed down around 1,000 such establishments in the state. The ban went into effect immediately, though some cafes shut their doors a week ago under the assumption that the ban would go through. A report in Florida Today paints a picture of displaced senior citizens who had been meeting at the cafes to socialize with one another, hop on the Internet, and for legal gambling, the latter of which is what prompted the ban in the first place. Image Source: Flickr (Ollie Crafoord) "I don't drink, I don't smoke, I don't go bar-hopping. This is my entertainment," 59-year-old Pat Nash told... Read more...
Pandora revealed some impressive numbers today, starting with the fact that the streaming music service is now home to 200 million registered users. It took six years for Pandora to go from 0 to 100 million listeners after it launched in 2005, and then was able to double that number in less than two years. "When we launched Pandora in 2005, we hoped to create a new way to discover and enjoy music that was completely personalized for each and every listener. We envisioned a time when artists of all kinds would thrive on radio, connecting with fans who loved exactly their kind of music," Pandora founder Tim Westergren stated in a blog post. "I have to admit, we had no idea what was in store! I... Read more...
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