Hey Google — there's a new lightweight, web-based, word processing tool in town and it's called Dropbox Paper. After more than a year of beta testing, the app is finally available to anyone with a Dropbox account. It might not be loaded with as many features as Google Docs, but there's still plenty to love that sets it apart from the more staid cloud-based word processor. Here are some of the reasons you might want to make the switch from writing all your missives in the Google ecosystem.
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Movies and TV shows come and go on Netflix on a regular basis, which means you might be half way through your favourite flick when it gets yanked from the service. The solution? Buy all your own content and set up your own private cloud-based streaming service you can get at from any computer or device.
Hold on to your breaches, everyone. A few days after forcing mandatory password resets for some of its older users, it looks like the worst has come to bear for online storage service Dropbox: independent analysis has confirmed earlier reports and rumours that over 60 million usernames and passwords, stolen by hackers in 2012 and shared around the 'net, are real.
My job lives entirely online. Everything I do eventually ends up on this website. But it's not that simple — behind the scenes, there's a lot going on that has to run smoothly and work correctly to make my job easy and streamlined. At the very least, I need a fast 'net connection, and I need it to work all the time. Fast, reliable 4G has changed the way that I work, including in the way that I collaborate with my team, and the way that we run our business through the 'net.
For almost a decade, Dropbox has been one of the most reliable and popular file storage services on the planet. When you compare it to other options like Google Drive and iCloud, Dropbox manages to strike the right balance between being super intuitive and easy to use. It can also do a lot more than just store your files. Here are 10 tricks that will make you a Dropbox master.
Beta software lets you test out the newest features while app developers work out the final bugs in the software. Now, more app developers are offering beta programs than ever before. All you need to do is sign up to be part of the beta program. Plus, switching back to the stable version is usually easy. (Please note: beta programs can cause problems in your devices, so please proceed with caution). Here are 11 beta programs you can join today — and one you can't.
You need to print your digital photos. Not next year, not when you have more free time — right now. I don't care if your favourite dank memes are playing at the picture showhouse tonight (or whatever the kids are doing for fun these days). Start your first photobook tonight. It's now or never. Your future self will be grateful. And the friends and relatives who will be digging through your shit after you die will be even more grateful.
Taking your iTunes library out with you on an Android smartphone or tablet is no longer the impossible mission it used to be — there are a number of apps and services that can help, including Apple's first major Android app. We'll go through the various options so you can choose the one that works best for you.
The likes of Google, Microsoft, Apple, Dropbox, and Box are falling over themselves to offer you straightforward cloud storage and syncing services. If you've signed up for two or three of these apps, then you can easily combine them to create extra online copies of your files, just in case one of them goes down at an inopportune time.
Thanks to digital photography, everyone has a camera in their pocket and pictures are now instantly accessible and shareable. The only drawback is the hassle of managing so many snaps and all the more apps and services that make it even more confusing. Here are the tools you need to know to bring order to your digital photography chaos.
You probably know Dropbox for one thing, and one thing only: storing shit. Maybe you've used its acquired Mailbox app, but storing photos, videos, spreadsheets, or other digital ephemera is what Dropbox is known for. Now the company wants to expand — into Google Docs territory.
There's at least one funny joke in the Jason Segel/Cameron Diaz movie, Sex Tape. While frantically trying to cut off access to the amateur porn vid he accidentally uploaded to iCloud, Jason Segel tries to explain why deleting the file won't work. "Nobody understands the cloud," he says. "It's a fucking mystery!" He's kind of right.
I'm really surprised that Dropbox didn't already offer this feature, but the file-sharing service now allows comments on its shared files, just like Google Drive. This'll make it a lot easier to add context or ask questions about files you're sharing in a group.
To continue to compete with the likes of Google Drive, OneDrive and iCloud, Dropbox really needs an online office suite to call its own — so it's borrowed Microsoft's. You can now edit any .docx, .xlsx or .pptx file from right inside the Dropbox web interface, with no extra software required, and here's how to go about it.
A few months ago, Dropbox added the ability to add expiration dates to the shared links you send out to let others get at your files and folders. Even if you're very trusting of your friends and colleagues, it's a good idea to apply this setting to all of the links you share. If someone else's computer or device is compromised, the files you've shared will still be viewable. Here's how to get the feature activated.
Man, lots of mobile news this week. Windows Phone finally previewed its Windows 10 overhaul (it looks great!) and huge apps debuted big updates and extra features, such as Spotify and Twitter (they also look great!). But among all the big news, bunches and bunches of great apps found their way on various app stores. Here are the ones that made us pay attention.
Carousel is Dropbox's dedicated photo and video managing app, and it recently rolled out an update that lets you automatically remove old content that's cluttering up your phone once it's been backed up to the cloud. Switch on the feature — as we'll show you here — and you can avoid running out of room on your phone or tablet.