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Dropbox Ice Cream Sandwich update adds video streaming

Dropbox Ice Cream Sandwich update adds video streaming

One of the pioneers of cloud-based file storage solutions has just rolled out an update for anyone using an Android device with version 4.0 or higher (also known as Ice Cream Sandwich). The new update to the service's Android app adds the ability to stream videos that are stored in your Dropbox account. A variety of file formats are supported.

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IBM blocks Dropbox and iCloud as well as Siri

IBM blocks Dropbox and iCloud as well as Siri

Earlier today it was reported that Siri was being blocked for IBM employees nationwide as a sort of cut-back on their "bring your own device" policy for smartphones and tablets at the workplace - that policy has expanded, it seems. A new addition to the reports we've heard this morning indicate that IBM not only has Apple's Siri blocked, but several other applications such as Dropbox and Apples iCloud. The reason IBM has these applications blocked from the their offices is simple: data might not be as secure through these applications as they want their employees data to be.

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Dropbox Dropquest scavenger hunt goes live

Dropbox Dropquest scavenger hunt goes live

If you want an extra gigabyte of storage on your Dropbox account, the online cloud service invites you to compete in its second annual "Dropquest" online scavenger hunt. While there is a prize involved, it's really more about having fun if you have nothing better to do this weekend. Company engineer Rajeev Nayak described it as "a gift to our users." The company did not say how long it will take to complete the challenge, though last year's event was finished in as quickly as three hours.

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Box may be going to IPO territory

Box may be going to IPO territory

Even though it is now facing tighter competition than ever and its future may be facing a whole lot of uncertainty, cloud storage provider Box looks like it might be thinking about filing paperwork for an initial public offering. The company will have to prove that it is differentiated from more well-known cloud brands like Dropbox and exciting newcomers like Google Drive.

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CloudOn Microsoft Office support comes to Android

CloudOn Microsoft Office support comes to Android

Nascent cloud platform CloudOn is bringing the same Microsoft Office functionality that it offered to the iPad version of its app last month, to Android tablets. CloudOn gives users a 'virtualization' of Office, allowing them to easily go in and access or modify Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files. It also has support for viewing PDF files as well as picture files. It is basically a lite cloud-based operating system that gives users access to their most important documents anywhere.

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Apple rejecting apps with Dropbox functionality

Apple rejecting apps with Dropbox functionality

Apple famously doesn’t allow apps to have links to external subscriptions or purchases, instead requiring developers to adhere to the in-app purchasing system. That way, Apple can take its 30% cut, and all would be right with the world. Is Dropbox starting to face the same problem? Developers are reporting that their apps are being rejected for including Dropbox functionality.

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Dropbox update extends automatic photo uploading to PC, Mac

Dropbox update extends automatic photo uploading to PC, Mac

A couple months ago, Dropbox rolled out an update to its Android app, making it possible for users to seamlessly and automatically upload photos to their cloud storage account without even thinking about it. Now, the company has made the same feature available to computers, giving users the option to push photos to the cloud whenever they plug in a camera or SD card.

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Dropbox adds public link function

Dropbox adds public link function

Dropbox has added a nice piece of functionality today: you’ll no longer have to tell your friends and family to sign up for a Dropbox account in order to share files. You can now share links publicly, enabling users to access your files without needing an account or downloading the Dropbox software. Dropbox also say that files can be viewed in the browser, so videos could be watched without requiring a download, for example.

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Google Drive Android app spotted in the wild

Google Drive Android app spotted in the wild

Google's widely talked about but still highly under-wraps cloud storage service looks like it is just about ready for prime time. Pictures of an app called "Drive" have been leaked from what appears to be a developer-friendly Android phone. According to previous rumors, the service may be ready to launch as early as next week, and if there is already a fully functional app, that leads us to want to believe those rumors are true.

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