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Google buys Firebase for real-time cloud syncing

Google buys Firebase for real-time cloud syncing

Google has made another acquisition, this time snapping up Firebase. If you’ve not heard of Firebase, that’s alright, nobody will fault you for that. Their service is meant to allow Developers easy cloud sync with apps, and have that data synced to device in real-time. the Firebase crew will all join Google’s Cloud Platform team, which Google says gives them “the best end-to-end platform for mobile application development”. Existing Developers using Firebase will see improvements automatically, with no additional work needed.

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Dropbox Touch ID support adds fingerprint cloud lock

Dropbox Touch ID support adds fingerprint cloud lock

Dropbox has added Touch ID support to its app for iPhone and iPad, putting a biometric barrier in the way of accessing files saved in the cloud storage system. The security addition, which builds on Apple's opening up of Touch ID as an authenticator for third-party apps in iOS 8, joins the existing PIN code lock which can optionally be enabled, demanding your fingerprint before it will let you browse through folders or upload new files. It comes at the tail-end of a PR war for Dropbox, as it attempts to distance itself and its security measures from a recent hack.

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Dropbox Selective Sync confirmed to have selective amnesia

Dropbox Selective Sync confirmed to have selective amnesia

With all the hoopla around cloud services, their leaks, and their security holes, one name has managed to remain out of the media's spotlight. At least so far. It would, however, be naive to presume that Dropbox is infallible and perfect just because of that. In fact, this latest revelation just proves that it isn't immune from bugs that would irreversibly lose data as well. Luckily, at least if you believe the company, it only affects a rather small subset of Dropbox users.

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Adobe Creative Cloud optimized for Surface Pro 3

Adobe Creative Cloud optimized for Surface Pro 3

This week the folks at Microsoft are making clear their intentions to create a top-level experience for the Surface Pro 3. Not that they weren’t doing so before, but now with the help of Adobe, things will become a whole lot more visual. With Adobe Creative Cloud specifically, users will be able to make the most gorgeous work they’ve ever done come to life with touch - all on the Surface Pro 3. Meanwhile Microsoft gave every Adobe MAX event attendee this week a free Surface Pro 3 - handy of them!

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Comcast X1 DVR cloud service lets you watch shows anywhere

Comcast X1 DVR cloud service lets you watch shows anywhere

One of the biggest reasons people cite gravitating towards cable cutting is that it better facilitates their needs: many in the modern world are not able to plop down on the couch at a specific time to watch a show, instead catching it later through an online service or by downloading the episode. Comcast has decided to adjust to these needs, announcing that it is "setting your TV and recordings free."

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