Mailbox is a fantastic app. It’s so great, in fact, that Dropbox spent $100 million to acquire it last year. The Mailbox app helped me destroy email, and for that I will forever be grateful — but there has always been one huge problem with it: there’s isn’t any desktop or Android client. As Dropbox announced on Wednesday, however, that won’t be the case for much longer. More →
A tweet this weekend generated quite a lot of attention, as a Dropbox user was surprised to discover “DMCA takedowns in personal folders, TechCrunch reports. However, Dropbox isn’t actively searching through the files shared by its customers in order to remove copyrighted content. What the company actually does is employ an automated system that prevents users from sharing known copyright-protected files with others. More →
It looks like Steve Ballmer wasn’t the only famous tech CEO who underestimated Dropbox’s staying power. ITBusiness.ca reports that Dropbox CEO Drew Houston this week recounted how late Apple cofounder Steve Jobs tried to buy out his company a few years ago and then vowed to kill off Dropbox when Houston refused to sell it to him. Jobs then took his best shot at Dropbox when he unveiled iCloud back in 2011 as Apple’s own cloud storage service that was deeply integrated with its popular iTunes software. More →
Earlier this year, we predicted that cloud storage company Dropbox would be guaranteed massive success after receiving the reverse-kiss-of-death from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who dismissed the company as a “little startup.” Given Ballmer’s history of predicting that both the iPhone and Android would flop, we thought it was safe to say that his dismissal of Dropbox would look similarly ill-advised given enough time. And sure enough, The New York Times reports that Dropbox is making a move into Microsoft’s territory with a business-centric version of its popular cloud storage service. More →
It’s too bad that Dropbox isn’t a publicly traded company, because it would be a great time to buy its shares now that Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer has given it his patented reverse-kiss-of-death. Ballmer, who previously predicted the iPhone would flop because it lacked a physical keyboard and that Android would fail because Google wasn’t slapping OEMs with any licensing fees to use it, told BusinessWeek on Tuesday that the cloud storage company was just a “little startup” that posed no threat to Microsoft’s own SkyDrive cloud service. More →
Besides getting used to the Metro user interface, one of the most common complaints about Windows 8 is the operating system’s lack of available applications. Dropbox on Monday released its highly anticipated Windows 8 and Windows RT app, bringing one of the most popular cloud storage services to Microsoft’s (MSFT) new platforms. The application was originally showcased at Microsoft’s developers conference in October, however it seemed to have disappeared since then. Dropbox for Windows 8 includes support for the Share Charm, which allows users to share any photo, file or folder, and lets users open, edit and save files from other Windows 8 apps. Dropbox is available now for free in the Windows Store.
Dropbox and Samsung (005930) on Friday announced that anyone who buys the new Galaxy Note II and Galaxy Camera will get 50GB of free online storage for two years. The Dropbox app will come pre-installed on both devices and the Galaxy Note II will automatically sync photos and videos to the service. The two companies had previously offered a similar deal for Samsung’s popular Galaxy S III, but AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) both decided to opt out of the promotion. Dropbox’s press release follows below. More →
A couple of weeks ago, Dropbox users began to complain about receiving spam in email accounts created exclusively for the service. After investigating the issue, Dropbox confirmed that a small number of accounts were affected by a recent security breach. “Our investigation found that usernames and passwords recently stolen from other websites were used to sign in to a small number of Dropbox accounts,” the company wrote on its website. “We’ve contacted these users and have helped them protect their accounts.” More →
Following a series rumors and leaks, Google on Tuesday unveiled a new cloud storage service being billed as the next step in the evolution of Google Docs. Dubbed Google Drive and built to compete directly with Microsoft’s SkyDrive and other similar services, Google’s new cloud storage solution features 5GB of free space and deep Google Docs integration that allows users to collaborate and share all of their documents. The enterprise-focused service can be upgraded to expand the amount of available storage, and packages start at 25GB for $2.49 per month. Microsoft SkyDrive features 25GB of free storage with the option to add 20GB for $10 per year, 50GB for $25 per year or 100GB for $50 per year. Google guarantees 99.9% uptime with its new Google Drive service, and it will launch Windows, Mac and Android Google Drive apps immediately with an iOS app to be made available in the coming weeks. More →
U.K.-based Android and iOS app developer Gareth Wright recently discovered a security hole in Facebook’s native mobile apps that can be used to steal a user’s personal information. Facebook’s Android and iOS apps do not encrypt login credentials, instead storing them in plain text files and allowing the information to be easily accessed and transferred over a USB connection, or more likely, through a malicious app. Wright explained in a blog post that Facebook’s plist file, or property list file containing personal data, is stored insecurely and not set to expire for 2,000 years. Once a plist file is copied to another device, one can simply open the normal Facebook app and will automatically be logged in the user’s account. Wright’s claims were confirmed by TheNextWeb, which also discovered that Dropbox’s iOS app includes the same security hole. The vulnerabilities do not require a device to be jailbroken or rooted, and exploits can be performed with a simple file explorer.
Update: Dropbox reached out to BGR regarding the issue, the company’s statement can be found after the break. More →
Rumors surrounding Google’s cloud storage service are ramping up as we move closer toward the product’s rumored release date. The service will apparently be called Google Drive and is similar to Dropbox, which allows users to store files on cloud servers and access them from computers and mobile devices. According to a leaked screenshot obtained by TalkAndroid, Google Drive will offer 5GB of free storage instead of the previously rumored 1GB. The image also reaffirms that files can be accessed through computers, mobile phones, tablets and via a web browser, and it will allow users to edit a document in one place that will automatically be updated in all locations. Google Drive is rumored to launch the week of April 16th. More →
Google’s cloud storage service that looks to compete directly with Dropbox may launch during the first week of April, according to a report from GigaOm. Google Drive will apparently allocate 1GB of storage to users for free, and additional options will be available for a fee. Dropbox, the market leader in cloud storage, currently offers 2GB of free storage. It also provides several ways for users to obtain more free space, such as recommending friends to the service. Google’s Dropbox competitor will reportedly feature a domain-specific version for Google Apps customers and it will have an API for third-party apps, allowing users to store content from other apps within Google Drive. Earlier reports indicated that the service will allow users to store photos, videos, documents and other files in the cloud, and will be accessible from computers as well as Android tablets and smartphones. More →
Google is preparing to launch a new cloud storage service that will compete directly with popular start up Dropbox and similar services. The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday evening reported that Google is almost ready to announce the new service, which will be called Google Drive. Similar to Dropbox, which creates a virtual drive containing files that are mirrored on a user’s local hard drive and on cloud servers, Google Drive will allow users to store photos, videos, documents and other files in the cloud, and it will be accessible from computers as well as Android tablets and smartphones. The service will launch in the coming weeks according to the report, and it will be free to most users, though the report does not elaborate on the amount of free storage Google will provide or which customers might be charged. More →