Dropbox is a secure hosting service which enables users to synchronize files automatically between multiple computers and mobile devices. A change made to a file on one computer will be nearly immediately updated online and on other computers and mobile devices linked to the Dropbox folder. This is by far the easiest way to share files and folders across desktops, laptops, computer tablets and smart phones.
Dropbox service was founded in 2007 by MIT graduates Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi. The service uses SSL transfers for synchronization and stores data via AES-256 encryption. There are both free and paid services, each with varying options. The free service comes with 2 GB of free online storage.
Dropbox supports different versions of Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux (official and unofficial), as well as versions of mobile devices, such as the iPhone, iPad, Android, and BlackBerry, and a web-based client for when no local client is installed. Dropbox has now an App for iPhone and iPod touch in the AppStore!
Dropbox main features are demonstrated in this video:
Below is Drew Houston’ video presentation of Dropbox file syncronization between computers with different operating system, Mac and Windows:
One of the most successful innovations in touch screen typing is Swype (www.Swype.com). The idea behind it is simple: you put your finger down on a touch screen and drag it from letter to letter. Even if your accuracy is off, the program can make excellent predictions about what you meant to type. A developer’s kit for Android was released in February 2010 and some are using Swype typing on their phones. In addition to Android, Nokia and Samsung are testing this technology. Video below demonstrates Swype typing. A comparison shows that typing with Swype on Android phone is faster than typing on iPhone. Some experts say Google may buy out Swype Inc.
Have you used call forwarding and paid a fee for it, like PhonePeople.Com? Once again the time has come for Google to flex its big muscle: get ready for a free call forwarding service from Google Voice. Google makes obvious inroads to take market share away from Skype and countless VOIP companies.
With Google Voice Mail you can:
- Get free local U.S. number linked to your Gmail account, like 609 505-1015
- Record a personal greeting
- Screen calls for privacy and block unwanted calls
- Set up time of the day callers can and cannot call you
- Make cheap international calls
- When callers dial 609 505-1015 Google Voice can automatically ring to all your contact numbers (cell, home, work) at the same time.
- If call is not answered, Google will record voice mail, transcribe it and send the transcript to your Gmail/Google Voice account.
- Conference calls are also available
- New features are constantly added
Androids are invading our mass media, and our minds. Sprint says they have just reinvented the world with their first ever 4G network phone based on Android operating system. What is this android buzz all about?
Android is an operating system for mobile devices that uses a modified version of the Linux kernel. It was initially developed by Android Inc., a firm later purchased by Google, and lately by the Open Handset Alliance.
The unveiling of the Android distribution in November 2007 was announced with the founding of the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of 65 hardware, software, and telecom companies devoted to advancing open standards for mobile devices. Google released most of the Android code under the Apache License, a free software and open source license.
According to NPD Group, unit sales for Android OS smartphones ranked second among all smartphone OS handsets sold in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2010. BlackBerry OS and the iPhone OS ranked first and third respectively.
It’s “Face Time”. Steve Jobs says it is time to look face to face. Jobs said he could only dream when he was growing up about mobile video phones. In iPhone 4, video call is working only through WiFi network; AT&T is not ready yet for Apple’s video call feature. Jobs said he expects to introduce video call through cellular provider’s 4G network in 2011. Important improvements include larger and more efficient battery and a thinner design, making it more suitable to put in a pocket. iPhone 4 has improved screen resolution and about 100 new features.
Mashable.Com founder and CEO was interviewed on Bloomberg TV. Mashable is one of the most popular news providers on the Internet.
Summary: - In house news verification editing and writing of its own opinion made Mashable.Com one of the top news sources people turn to.
- Mashable goes where interest is: they cover technology, entertainment, tech, video, business, social media, development and design, Apple Inc, mobile devices.
- Mashable.Com is a networking tool: news can be easily posted to your Twitter or Facebook page. Wall Street Journal and New York Times have also implemented sharing tools, but Mashable has established itself as a reputable source among many loyal readers.
- Mashable tries to steer clear from ‘boring’ news;
- Mashable content seems neutral at first glance, suitable for general audience
- Mashable developers are currently writing APIs to provide content to mobile users: cellular phones, iPads, smart phones and a like.
- Unlike other companies, all news are processed and edited in house. Mashable does not “blindly” repost others news.
- Mashable attaches eye-attracting pictures to all of their posts.
Twitter’s language is a problem for many users. Here is an example: What does #FF means in twitter’s language? The answer is “Follow Friday”. Are you confused with Twitter? Check out this informative articles on Twitter and related APIs.
Apple’s iPad is becoming a delivery vehicle for newspapers, magazines and books. Journals are delivered electronically, on-demand, in a PDF format either through Internet or cellular phone networks. To save printing and delivery costs, publishing houses are focusing on electronic delivery of newspapers and magazines through iPad-like devices. Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other companies are likely to introduce similar full color letter-size gadgets in coming years.
The iPad utilizes touch screen sensors to provide a large virtual keyboard, allowing for fast typing and emailing. When it comes to everyday routines like text typing, emailing, internet browsing or movie watching this device can substitute a laptop.
To capture a quality video of a computer screen for publication at YouTube.Com, one can use Camtasia Studio 6 by TechSmith.Com . The software allows to specify what part of a screen to capture and saves resulted file in AVI format. YouTube properly recognizes Camtasia’s AVI files and publishes temporary low quality videos on internet in minutes after uploading. In about a day, YouTube.Com will replace temporary low quality video with three different formats: 360, 480 and 720 pixels (HD) resolutions. The 720-pixel format has a fairly good quality, enough to be able to read small font texts in the video.
Have you ever been puzzled by the lack of short key for “Save As” command in Internet Explorer 8? I was not able to find a Short Key for it either, but you can speed up web page saving by pressing:
ALT ‘P‘, then ‘AA‘ (press letter ‘A‘ 2times)
Note, the reason why Internet Explorer 8 user needs to press letter ‘A’ two times is because the first time it will select ‘All Accelerators’ SubMenu, and only after that it will select ‘Save As’ command. If your version of IE8 does not have accelerators, then you probably need to press letter ‘A’ only once.