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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Google Drive forces updates in Dropbox sharing
Dropbox has updated its cloud storage service, adding new ways to share files. As noted on the company blog, users can now share files and folders anywhere in their Dropbox using newly created links.
Google Drive tip narrows launch
The often-rumored Google Drive might have at last settled on a more definitive launch plan that would include true cross-platform access. A draft press release sliped to The Next Web had the service more closely following the Dropbox formula, where files were stored in a syncing folder or folders on a Mac or Windows PC. Although widely suspected, it's now believed to have an iOS app to match the Android and desktop components.
Plans to retake snatched storage
Later this month, Dropbox plans on launching a promotion giving HTC phone owners with devices that include the HTC Sense 4.0 app 23GB of online storage free for two years. Some industrious individuals found a work around that would let anybody, whether or not they owned such a phone, to leverage the deal. Dropbox has now issued an advisory that it is on to the scheme, and anybody who signed up for the storage in this manner will soon find themselves without it.
Google Drive may be more competitive
Signs that Google Drive is near ready mounted late Thursday with leaks promising more features. A screen cap of a pre-release download page for a Windows app has shown TalkAndroid that it should have 5GB of free space, not the 1GB rumored at one point. The same page also mentions phones and tablets in a sign mobile is a core part of Drive.
Google Drive could get long awaited debut
Google's long-upcoming Google Drive might be close to a real launch after leaks on Tuesday. The cloud storage service was slated by GigaOm sources to be coming during the first week of April. It would potentially be a step back from Dropbox, providing 1GB for free instead of 2GB and thus bringing more people into the paid version.
Dropbox makes numerous improvements to site, UI
Cloud storage provider Dropbox has just launched a newly redesigned website for members. The focus is on user's contents, with tools to access them readily accessible from the action bar at the top of the screen. It can be used to organize files by date, name, size, and type. Clicking on a file will change the bar to offer more specialized, immediately relevant options.