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Briefly: Dropbox 3.5 for iOS, memory upgrades for new 27-inch iMacs

10/20, 5:29pm

Dropbox adds TouchID, support for iPhone 6, 6 Plus

Dropbox has released an update for its iOS app today, featuring new features for iOS 8 and support for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The cloud storage service allows users to access and share their remotely stored files, including photos, documents and videos. Dropbox v3.5.0 features new support for TouchID, with fingerprint unlocking now available within the app. Also included is a fix for previewing RTF files on iOS 8, and general stability and performance improvements. Free to download, Dropbox for iOS requires iOS 7.0 or later.

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Dropbox denies 7M account leak caused through server hack

10/14, 6:44am

Third party services likely to blame for Dropbox account leak

Passwords from a supposed pool of 7 million Dropbox accounts have allegedly leaked by hackers, though Dropbox denies its service has been hacked. A thread on Reddit linked to batches of account credentials, with the user hoping to receive Bitcoin donations for the leaks, though the exact source of the leaked account details is unknown.

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Dropbox halts automatic backups over iOS 8 compatibility issue

09/17, 7:02am

Update pushed to Dropbox, Carousel over automatic upload failure

Users of Dropbox on iOS are unable to back up data to the cloud storage service, due to a compatibility issue with iOS 8. The company claims the issue prevents users of the latest Apple mobile operating system from automatically backing up all of their photographs and videos to the service, with only a few of the latest files able to be uploaded successfully.

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Dropbox streamlines Pro account to single $9.99 1TB subscription

08/27, 11:11am

Simplified Dropbox Pro pricing brings service in line with Google Drive, OneDrive

Cloud storage service Dropbox has drastically updated its paid offerings, changing not only the pricing, but also adding new features to the subscription. The new Pro account provides a large 1 terabyte allocation of cloud storage to customers, far more than the old Pro account allowed, with the Pro subscription priced at $9.99 per month.

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Mailbox makes leap from mobile to Mac as public beta

08/19, 4:49pm

New features include drafts, 'snooze to desktop'

Dropbox has released the first Mac version of Mailbox, its gesture-enabled email client, previously limited to iOS and Android. The Mac software is currently only in public beta, and people must sign up to a waiting list in order to gain access. It does, however, keep all of the iOS app's features while adding two more.

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Briefly: Square adds appointment booking, Dropbox for Android update

08/11, 7:13pm

Square register service adds appointment booking feature

Square has announced today that the register service has added an appointments feature. Square Appointments aims to manage users' appointments, and is available to all business owners -- even those who do not use Square Register -- for a free 30-day trial. Users of Appointments can request to create a booking through a web form that automatically adds itself to the shop's calendar. Pricing for the service is $30 per month for individual sellers, $50 for business owners with two to five employees, and $90 for unlimited staff usage.

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Snowden: Dropbox is 'hostile to privacy,' cloud needs zero knowledge

07/21, 1:45pm

NSA whistleblower points to board member, companies should have no access to data

In an interview with UK newspaper The Guardian last week, fugitive American whistleblower Edward Snowden made it clear that he opposed cloud companies that had access to user data. He specifically pointed out Dropbox as being "hostile to privacy" for a number of reasons, including a board appointment of an ex-government official with ties to suspected privacy violations.

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Dropbox for Business adds 'view-only' user role in shared folders

07/01, 5:25pm

Request feature rolls out to business first, allowing users to be assigned as viewers

Dropbox for Business customers can start using a new option if they wish to share their work with colleagues, but don't trust them enough to not mess up the files within. Beginning today, customers can mark their folders as "view-only" to users, allowing those they share with to view anything within, without having the power to change anything.

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Briefly: Dropbox for iOS adds camera-based setup, TopXNotes 1.8

06/25, 12:53pm

Dropbox for iOS update includes camera-connectivity, accessibility improvements

Dropbox has released an update for its iOS app, adding new camera connectivity. Dropbox is a cloud storage provider, allowing users to access and share their photos, documents and videos from anywhere. The release of v3.2.0 includes the setup for Dropbox on one's computer using an iOS camera, by scanning a QR code from the computer's web browser.

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Dropbox gains photo technology with purchase of 3D photo app Bubbli

05/20, 10:10pm

Cloud storage company's photo services grow, technology integrated into Dropbox

Bubbli has announced today that it has been acquired by the popular online storage service Dropbox. The application makes use of the computing power of the cloud to piece together "bubble" images, a technology that would add to Dropbox's growing stable of photo-centric offerings. The pickup would further diversify photo services from the company, as it builds on the commercial and social side of photography beyond just sorting and storage.

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Dropbox buys out Loom photo service, Hackpad collaboration tool

04/17, 1:55pm

Likely meant to boost Carousel

Cloud storage service Dropbox has bought out Loom, a photo storage and organization service, according to a notice on the latter company's website. Additionally acquired by the file sharing locker is collaborative document service Hackpad which will continue to support its app, unlike Loom.

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Briefly: Dropbox launches new gallery app, Cobalt Bluetooth speaker

04/10, 5:18pm

Dropbox debuts Carousel app for iOS and Android

Cloud storage company Dropbox has released its latest product, Carousel, a photo and video gallery app. Available for both iOS and Android platforms, Carousel provides a single location for users' photo and video content in an organized manner. The app automatically backs up photos and videos to the user's Dropbox account as they are captured, ensuring they are safe from being lost in a device crash. Users can engage in private conversations with friends, as to share their media with others. The number of photos and videos one can put in their Carousel is based on how much space they have attached to their Dropbox account, with the free storage size starting at 2GB. Carousel is free to download through iTunes and Google Play, and requires a Dropbox account to utilize its features.

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Campaign calls for ouster of Condoleezza Rice from Dropbox board

04/10, 2:20pm

Website cites her roles in Iraq, industry as alleged proof of unethical behaviors

File storage service DropBox has assigned several executives to its board of directors. One of the executives is former National Security Advisor and US Secretary of State during the George W. Bush presidency, Dr. Condoleezza Rice. Following the reveal of Rice as a member of the Dropbox board, an initiative called "Dropdropbox" has been started. While purportedly not a partisan effort, the website calls for the ouster of Rice, citing historical events that occurred during her term of office as proof of her lack of ethics and her unsuitability to help govern the cloud storage company.

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Dropbox receives criticism for DMCA warnings in personal file shares

03/30, 7:26pm

Sharing copyright-infringing files on Dropbox shows DMCA warning for some users

Dropbox is preventing some users from sharing specific files over DMCA complaints, according to reports. A screenshot showing a folder on the cloud-based storage service with the DMCA warning has appeared on Twitter, which at the time of writing has been retweeted close to 3,000 times, with the user seemingly unable to share a file thanks to Dropbox's automated copyright-infringement prevention systems.

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Readmill purchased by Dropbox, social reading network shuttering

03/28, 4:02pm

Deal worth $8 million moves founders, employees to Dropbox

Online storage provider Dropbox has purchased social reading app developer Readmill. The deal, suspected to be worth around $8 million, will see the shuttering of the Readmill app, with the team responsible for coding and development moving to assist Dropbox with its core service.

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Briefly: Sony sells 5.3M PS4 consoles, Dropbox China block lifted

02/18, 6:53am

Sony shifts 5.3M PlayStation 4 consoles, beats recent Xbox sales figures

Sony has sold over 5.3 million PlayStation 4 game consoles globally as of February 8th, the company has revealed. The news comes just days before the company launches the console in its native Japan on February 22nd. In comparison, Microsoft's January financial results toward the end of January showed it sold 3.9 million competing Xbox One consoles and 3.5 million of the Xbox 360.

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BlackBerry updates BBM for iOS, Android with BBM Voice, Channels

02/13, 12:24pm

Free voice calls between BBM users reaches non-BlackBerry OS devices

BlackBerry is rolling out a number of changes to its BlackBerry Messenger app for iOS and Android, as the app reaches version 2.0. BBM Voice and BBM Channels, two features already in use by BlackBerry device owners, are included in the update along with Dropbox integration, and a collection of smaller updates to the app.

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Briefly: Octonius file browser, PhotoPresenter 3's in-app purchases

01/28, 11:46am

Unified file browser app Octonius combines viewing of Dropbox, Evernote and Google Drive content

File browsing app for iOS Octonius has released its latest version of the software, optimized for iPhone and iPod touch. Octonius synthesizes viewing of file content on Evernote, Dropbox and Google Drive, allowing its users to track and organize their cloud storage. An Octonius account features several options for viewing and organizing, such as the "Flow" tab, which visualizes a stream of accessed files that are ordered chronologically. Users can add notations to a file, or add it to a particular collection.

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Dropbox outage caused through buggy maintenance, not hackers

01/13, 10:11am

Cloud storage service distances itself from hacking reports

A service outage endured by Dropbox over the weekend was caused by human error rather than malicious intent, the company has revealed. The service issues, which affected some users for close to 48 hours, stems from a mistake made during routine maintenance work, with the company distancing itself from suggestions that the outage was caused by hackers.

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Dell reveals new partnerships with Dropbox, Microsoft, Google, Red Hat

12/12, 12:24pm

Dropbox for Business to be offered to Dell enterprise customers

Dell has announced a number of new partnerships it has formed with other companies at its Dell World event in Austin today. The computer producer revealed updates to the Dell Cloud Partner Program, an agreement with Red Hat over OpenStack, and that it would start offering Dropbox for Business through its enterprise sales, among other announcements.

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Dropbox CEO: Steve Jobs wanted to buy us, tried to kill us

11/21, 10:38am

Dropbox chief says iCloud was direct shot at Dropbox

Dropbox founder and CEO Drew Houston says that late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs settled on killing off the popular file syncing system when Houston declined Jobs' offer of an acquisition. IT Business reported this week on Houston's remarks, which came in the course of a discussion on stage at Dreamforce, the annual Salesforce.com conference in San Francisco. Houston says that the unveiling of iCloud was a direct shot at Dropbox, one he says the company has proudly survived.

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Briefly: Opera supports Android tablets, Dropbox adds notifications

11/20, 7:48am

Opera adds tablet mode to Android app

Opera has updated its browser for Android with dedicated support for tablets. Rather than taking the approach of Coast, version 18 of the Chromium 31-based Android app continues to offer a similar experience as before, with the Discover, data-saving Off-Road and Speed Dial being updated to match the larger display size. Improvements to the search engine list, fixes to fullscreen video playback, and other stabilization and performance changes are also touted.

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Dropbox now lets business users link personal accounts

11/14, 6:38pm

Dropbox for Business users can link personal accounts too

Popular cloud storage service Dropbox announced on Thursday an alteration to its status quo. No longer will Dropbox for Business users be unable to access their own personal Dropbox files from the same device. Dropbox users with both types of account will now be able to access content on both, while business IT departments will still be able to keep the Business side separate from employees personal files.

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iOS App of the Week: Boxie

10/18, 4:10pm

Boxie offers alternative to iOS Dropbox app

Over the past few years, the popularity of cloud storage has surged -- with Dropbox perhaps being the most ubiquitous offering. Dropbox has long offered a free iOS client, however it has yet to see an update for iOS 7 and is somewhat limited in features. Tapwings has taken this opportunity to release its own Dropbox client, known as Boxie: it offers a clean interface, easy-to-read typography and simple gesture commands.

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Apple, Google, others back proposed surveillance transparency laws

10/01, 3:25pm

Laws would only offer more precision in reporting gov't. requests

Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and Yahoo are among the companies that have signed a new Center for Democracy and Technology letter asking the US Congress to pass Rep. Zoe Lofgren's (D-CA) Surveillance Order Reporting Act of 2013, and Sen. Al Franken's (D-MN) Surveillance Transparency Act of 2013. The bills were first introduced in August, and would let companies be more precise about when and how often they receive national security-related requests and hand data over to the government.

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Dropbox offers new developer platform, APIs for app synchronization

07/09, 4:36pm

Drop-ins to help add Dropbox functionality, data syncing

Dropbox wants to become more useful to its customers as well as developers, by offering itself as a cloud storage provider for apps. The company used its DBX developer conference to introduce the Dropbox Platform for third-party app syncing, along with a number of tools for developers to allow apps to easily synchronize data across multiple devices.

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Briefly: Dropbox updated, Digital Treasures release Padfolio Case

06/26, 10:29am

Dropbox improves software performance

Dropbox announced yesterday that its cloud storage software app for the iPhone and iPad received an update. Dropbox allows users store photos, documents and videos on its cloud platform and share them easily between other users, or other devices. Available on the iTunes Store, v2.3 includes the addition of link sharing; a swipe function to quickly share, move, delete or 'favorite' an item; improved software performance, and a new ability to select and share multiple photos with other users. Dropbox provides 2GB of space free upon signup, an additional 3GB when users upload photo and video files, and 500MB per referral. Upgrades start at 100GB for $10 a month.

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New Dropbox Mac beta adds iPhoto import, 'Move to Dropbox' command

06/06, 9:33am

Features may not make it to finished code

Cloud storage service Dropbox has released a new experimental beta of its Mac client, testing out several features the company may want to push to the next official update. Among these is an iPhoto import feature, which allows albums and events in iPhoto to be turned into Dropbox albums viewable on the web. Similarly, a screenshot sharing option in the beta automatically copies a new screenshot to a special Dropbox folder, shares the file, and puts the public link in a user's clipboard.

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Mailbox team promises iPad app 'soon,' Android, desktop apps later

04/26, 3:21pm

Support for non-Gmail accounts also a possibility

An iPad edition of Mailbox is in development, as are Android and desktop versions, tweets by the app's development team indicate. The iPad app is said to be "coming soon," while the Android and desktop apps are on a longer-term roadmap. Support for other platforms may also be possible.

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Life in the clouds: how to decide what to store and where

04/24, 9:00am

Tips to stop juggling gigabytes and start using the cloud

We live in a world positively soaked in data nowadays. Fortunately, the capacity to store that data has gotten bigger in volume, smaller in physical size, and cheaper per gigabyte as time progresses. Gone are the days where you'd have to lug a Zip disk around (remember those?) or stick your iPod into disk mode. At worst, you're carrying a USB drive with you -- though really, you should be relying on the cloud for by now. The issue is figuring out just what you're going to be keeping up there.

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Mailbox developer does away with access waits

04/16, 1:20pm

Mailbox closes reservation system

More than two months after its original launch, the Dropbox-owned Mailbox iOS app is now available without a need to wait in line. Thanks to Dropbox's acquisition, the developers have been able to scale the Mailbox service to deliver more than 100 million messages per day, giving them the confidence to remove the reservation system. Mailbox looks to improve upon existing iOS email implementations via a gesture system that simplifies common actions, such as archiving or trashing messages.

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Dropbox rebrands Business service, adds single sign-on

04/11, 8:23am

Name change accompanied by new language options

Dropbox has rebranded its group-based offering, in order to pull in more corporate business. The change from 'Dropbox for Teams' to 'Dropbox for Business' comes at the same time as the cloud-based storage provider introduces a single sign-on feature, as well as overall support for five new languages.

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Heads-up: tips for living in the cloud

04/09, 9:00am

The good, bad, and pricey among cloud solutions

In fashion, trends come and go like breezes: quick, occasionally refreshing, and usually leaving little trace that they were there in the first place. It's the same in the world of computing, where we've gone in the space of a few years from desktops and iPods to ultrabooks and smartphones. One thing has remained constant amidst the ever-changing standards of computer form factors, though: you need a place to hold your stuff. Thus, among the fleeting fads there's one computing trend that looks like it might have staying power: cloud storage.

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Briefly: Windows Blue named, Dropbox in Yahoo Mail

04/02, 4:05pm

Windows Blue to be renamed Windows 8.1 for release

Microsoft may name its upcoming operating system refresh Windows 8.1, if a leaked image is proven correct. A screenshot posted on WinForum.eu and confirmed by sources of ZDNet shows the leaked Windows Blue build adding a suffix to the Windows 8 name instead of using Windows 9. The RT edition will be known as Windows RT 8.1. Though unlikely, it is still possible for Microsoft to give the OS update a different name, as a firm release date has yet to be set.

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Dropbox-owned Mailbox hits 1M users, debuts v1.1 of iOS app

03/22, 12:14am

New version adds 'shake to undo'; no Android version yet announced

Following on the heels of its acquisition by cloud storage provider Dropbox, the iPhone-only app Mailbox (free) has announced that it has reached the one million user mark as part of its slow rollout of the application, which organizes email using a "to-do" style approach that essentially turns email into a checklist, with a variety of options to date or put off a window when the email will be replied to or acted on. To celebrate the user milestone, the company issued a minor update to the app that adds a "shake to undo" feature.

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Dropbox snaps up developers of Mailbox iPhone app

03/15, 2:17pm

Promises Mailbox development will continue

Cloud storage service Dropbox has absorbed Orchestra, the developers of the iPhone app Mailbox, according to an official blog post. Neither party has disclosed any details of the arrangement, such as whether a buyout was involved, or if Dropbox simply agreed to hire the Orchestra team. Dropbox says, however, that it's "looking forward to making Mailbox even better and getting it into as many people's hands as possible."

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Dropbox 2.0 for Mac adds new drop-down interface

03/12, 4:10pm

Streamlines sharing process

Cloud storage service Dropbox has released a significant update of its Mac client, bringing the software up to v2.0. The core change is the addition of a new drop-down interface, as accessed from the Menu Bar. The app should now also offer faster filesharing, including the ability to accept or reject shared files from the software, instead of having to visit dropbox.com.

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Dropbox reveals Documents Preview feature

01/30, 4:14pm

Carryover to apps still unknown

Cloud service Dropbox has announced a new platform feature, dubbed Documents Preview. The option lets people get a glimpse at the contents of files without having to open them in their native apps. At present, only some filetypes are being supported, such as .doc, .docx, PowerPoint, and PDF; Excel is a notable omission. So far, only the web and Android versions of Dropbox have been upgraded to include the new feature, and full web deployment may take several months.

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BitTorrent preps P2P sync service for personal files

01/25, 9:57am

Files synced between devices

BitTorrent has announced plans to offer a new service that utilizes peer-to-peer technology to synchronize personal files between multiple devices. The project, which is still in its pre-Alpha testing stage, aims to directly synchronize content without relying on cloud caching, accordingto details posted by GigaOM.

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Ive, other tech giants gather for pizza at Yahoo party

01/18, 12:14am

Rare public photo practically a 'who's who' of Silicon Valley

An unusual photo was posted to Facebook showing a CEO dinner gathering -- hosted by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer -- that included a significant number of tech CEOs from a wide array of companies, and notably included Sir Jonathan Ive, Apple's SVP of Design. Ive was perhaps the only non-CEO at the table, but was seated next to Mayer in the rare, candid shot. Attendee Mike Cassidy -- of Google X, the experimental project arm of Google -- posted the photo, which includes executives from Dropbox, Path, Twitter, Yelp and more.

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Dropbox buys social photo aggregation service Snapjoy

12/19, 4:51pm

Second Dropbox acquisition in two-week period

Cloud-storage service Dropbox has acquired Snapjoy, a photograph aggregation site. Snapjoy collects together images captured on a camera or phone, as well as those posted on social sites such as Twitter, Instagram, and Flickr, and allowed users to view their entire collection through an app for iOS or the service's website.

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Dropbox buys Audiogalaxy, music streaming to follow?

12/13, 2:38pm

Peer-to-peer music acquisition sparks speculation

Popular cloud-storage provider Dropbox moved to further differentiate itself from competitors today, acquiring Seattle-based music streaming service Audiogalaxy. While Dropbox has not yet commented on the acquisition, Audiogalaxy, in announcing the deal, said its team was excited to bring "great new experiences" to Dropbox's more than 100 million users. The peer-to-peer streaming service is no longer accepting new users, but its current users can continue to use the personal streaming features of the service.

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Briefly: Surface update, Dropbox 100M, Google takedowns

11/13, 5:34pm

Microsoft issues software update for Surface RT

Microsoft has issued a software update for its Surface RT device, the first for the device since it launched last month. The update is said to improve app launch times and to patch a number of known security issues with Windows RT. It does not apparently, though, address an audio stuttering issue that has been pointed out on the device.

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Ballmer: 4 million Windows 8 Upgrades sold, new apps

10/30, 1:32pm

Demonstrates 82-inch slate, PayPal in-app purchasing

Microsoft has sold over four million upgrades for Windows 8 in the first few days after its launch. Speaking at the Build developers event on the Microsoft campus, CEO Steve Ballmer confirmed the number in his keynote speech, alongside announcements for more Windows 8 apps, such as PayPal, Dropbox, and ESPN.

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Briefly: Dropbox updated, GS3 color variants

10/12, 3:18pm

New version brings photo thumbnails, UI changes

The Dropbox app for Android received an update today, bringing changes to the user interface as well as a number of bug fixes. The new app allows users to view preview thumbnails of their uploaded photos and videos under a new Photos tab. Uploads have also been moved to the menu in the file browser. The new version is available as a free download in the Google Play Store.

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Briefly: Dropbox Experimental Edition update, iOS discounts

08/31, 1:24pm

EA Labor Day iOS sale

Dropbox has released a major update for its pre-release Experimental Edition software. The v1.5.27 release has been rebuilt using Python 2.7, which should result in improved performance, and includes new Retina-ready graphics. It is also bundled with a simple installer and offers support for Mountain Lion's Notification Center. As this is the first release of a major new build, Dropbox has stressed that users should backup all of their data before installing. One major issue has also already been found, resulting in slow startup times on OS X.

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Dropbox hires third-party firm to look into security breach

07/18, 3:20pm

Cloud storage users get spammed, Dropbox hires outside company

Cloud storage provider Dropbox has faced a security breach on Tuesday, where users' accounts received spam messages. The users report that Dropbox may have leaked the addresses themselves, since the claim to have made up ones solely for use with the service. Dropbox has hired a third party to investigate these allegations and any leak on its part.

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iCloud beta site shows new apps; Apple accepts Dropbox SDK

05/11, 3:28pm

App Store reviewers greenlight revised Dropbox-ready apps

The beta version of iCloud.com is now displaying Reminders and Notes apps, users observe. At the moment, the regular iCloud.com site is limited to Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Find My iPhone, and iWork. 9to5Mac notes that the beta code contains hidden strings asking a person to "first sign in to iCloud with the iOS 6 Beta," which may hint that iOS 6 and an updated iCloud.com will premiere simultaneously, possibly at WWDC in June.

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Hands-on: Google Drive on desktop, Android is simple

04/24, 2:40pm

Google Drive works simply but no revolution

We've given Google Drive a quick tour to gauge how well it works as well as give a preview for when the eventual iOS app arrives. It promises relatively tight integration between Google services, but does it work well, and is there anything to make Dropbox users switch? Read ahead for a quick look.

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Google Drive official for desktop and Android, iOS due soon

04/24, 12:50pm

Google Drive scales up to 1TB

Google as hinted has launched Google Drive, its own turn at cloud storage. The platform focuses on not just accessing files but working on them, including live collaboration through Google Docs on formats it supports. Drive makes details searchable and will convert scanned-in documents to text as well as check images for recognizable landmarks that can be searched later.

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