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Dropbox features show up in Yahoo Mail, Asana, and more

At its developer conference this week in San Francisco, cloud storage giant Dropbox announced a few new developer tools, called Drop-Ins, that create a link between Dropbox and any app or online service.

The first Drop-Ins are called Saver and Chooser. True to their names, Chooser lets you choose and import your Dropbox files into other apps, and Saver helps you save files directly to Dropbox without downloading them to your hard drive or device.

The news means different things to different people. For iPhone owners who use Dropbox on their phones, this is great news. Previously, there was no … Read more

Review: Back up your data and access it from anywhere with Dropbox for Android

As a free universal cloud service, Dropbox for Android allows the user to automatically upload images, videos, or other data to a remote location for secure storage. This application is universally compatible with all computers, phones, and tablets, which means that users can choose Dropbox as their service regardless of the device they use. All the devices are able to connect to this cloud storage service, save to the same virtual library, and access data at any time.

For users new to this service, Dropbox includes a short setup and registration process. The user interface is very intuitive and it … Read more

Is Dropbox cloud storage too expensive?

As Dropbox hosted its first developer conference on Tuesday, conjuring up images of a future without hard drives and announcing its plans for cloud domination, some users still aren't happy.

Despite people being more or less satisfied with the actual service, many users complain about Dropbox's pricing. It's just too expensive, they say.

CNET performed a cost comparison with Dropbox and some of its main competitors to find out if the cloud storage and synching service is pricier than what else is out there.

CNET looked at similar plans for Google Drive, Microsoft's SkyDrive, Apple's … Read more

Dropbox aims to replace the hard drive altogether

SAN FRANCISCO -- Aiming to replace the hard drive altogether, Dropbox is making moves to expand operating as just a simple cloud storage app to a fully-fledged platform of services.

Introduced at the cloud storage provider's first developer conference on Tuesday morning, the Dropbox Platform was touted by the company's CEO and founder Drew Houston as "a new foundation to solve the problems of sync so you don't have to."

He outlined this includes keeping structured data in sync, working offline, handling conflicts, and working across operating systems.

"Sync is the new save. We'… Read more

Quickly fix Dropbox permissions errors in OS X

Dropbox is one of the more popular cloud-based syncing and storage tools, and offers Mac users a convenient way to transfer files from one system to another, or share files with colleagues. Dropbox can sometimes give you errors, saying that it cannot transfer something because it does not have permission to access some of the files being copied.

If this happens, then it could be because of an improper permissions setup with the Dropbox configuration files in your account, or with the files currently being copied.

If a permissions error such as this occurs, then the first thing that might … Read more

Get the new Dropbox for PC and Mac right now

Dropbox is almost finished wrapping up its work on version 2.1.x (the version you're probably using if you haven't upgraded). Releasing an experimental build allows it to get feedback from early adopters. This new build lets you automatically save screenshots, move files to Dropbox in an easier way, import from iPhoto, and get faster upload and download speeds.

Ready to check out the new version? To download a copy of Dropbox 2.3.12, find the link that matches your OS and install. What's excellent about this method of distribution is that you won't … Read more

Facebook file-transfer app Pipe goes wide Wednesday

Pipe, a peer-to-peer file-sharing app for Facebook along the lines of Dropbox, is set to launch for the public at large Wednesday, creating a simple way for people on the massive social network to share big files that, thus far, Facebook itself hasn't provided.

The Pipe app allows users to simply drag and drop a file for a friend to receive it directly.

"We've worked really hard to make Pipe this simple," Simon Hossell, founder and chief executive of Pipe, said in a statement. "We've made the technology invisible."

The company took its … Read more

Gmail service Mailbox redesigns app with iPad in mind

Mailbox, the popular e-mail app snapped up by Dropbox earlier this year, has redesigned its app for the iPad.

The new app, which currently only works with Gmail accounts, has the same functions as the old app. It lets users organize their e-mail using swipe motions with the ultimate goal of reaching "inbox zero."

Mailbox CEO Gentry Underwood said there were a lot of requests for an app designed specifically for the iPad. Formally, users could use Mailbox on any iOS 6 device, including the iPad, but the layout was created with smaller devices in mind.

The new … Read more

Review: Folder Downloader for Dropbox just gets the job done

Folder Downloader for Dropbox does exactly what you'd think it would, but lacks all of the style and form of Dropbox's own app. However, if you need an app like this, you'll love it.

In case you couldn't guess from the name, this app does require access to your Dropbox account to work. Giving it the right permissions only takes a few seconds, though. How fast the app actually does its business depends heavily on your connection. Folder Downloader for Dropbox borrows heavily from Dropbox's own layout, but inverts it so there is a lot … Read more

Google Drive triples free storage to 15GB

Google's capacity to store your files will jump by a factor of three, the company said Monday, rising from 5GB to 15GB shared across Google+, Drive, and Gmail.

Google made the announcement just before Google I/O developers conference begins this week. The changes will "roll out over the next couple of weeks," Google said in a blog post. Businesses using Google Apps will see their storage go up across Google Drive, Google+, and Gmail from 25GB to 30GB.

The new amount of storage space will give people who use Google services the most generous storage capacity … Read more