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Dropbox buys Readmill, service to shut down July 1

After news that they were in late-stage discussions to join Dropbox, Readmill has announced they will be shutting their service down. The two founders were indeed speaking to Dropbox regarding joining forces, but it looks as though the talk of an acquihire was accurate. The service will shut down, but some of Readmill’s feature set will carry on in Dropbox.


It is currently impossible to create a new Readmill account, and the service will officially shut down on July 1 2014. Readmill is giving users time to export their books, and have even created a handy guide for doing so. The team at Readmill will be going to Dropbox, but their new roles are slightly unclear. From their blog post:

Our team will be joining Dropbox, where our expertise in reading, collaboration and syncing across devices finds a fitting home. Millions of people use Dropbox to store and share their digital lives, and we believe it’s a strong foundation on which to build the future of reading. We’re delighted to work alongside this talented team and imagine new ways to read together.

Via their FAQ’s just below the blog, they note Dropbox isn’t creating a reading app “similar to Readmill”, saying “since reading on screens of all sizes is essential to work and life for so many, we’ll be approaching similar challenges in new ways at Dropbox.” The team is joining Dropbox, but not bringing or creating a reading app.

It’s likely that Dropbox was interested in Readmill’s social take on documents. In Readmill, you could leave notes for someone in a book you shared, telling them of a special passage or funny quip. Dropbox also recently acquired Zulip, which was a chat service focussed on communicating within a group. It seems this acquisition was another step in Dropbox morphing into something a bit more than a cloud storage solution.

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Perfect Auto-Updating Photo Frame Using Unbound And Dropbox

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San Diego, California – Pixite LLC, makers of popular photo apps for iOS like Tangent, Fragment, and Web Albums, announces a big update to their Dropbox photo management apps, Unbound for iPhone and Unbound HD for iPad. Both apps offer Dropbox users an elegant way to browse their photos and videos both online and offline, as well as other features like automatically syncing the Camera Roll to Dropbox, printing to Walgreens, collaging, and posting photos to Facebook and Twitter.

Version 1.2 also now features auto-updating slideshows that allow users to play a slideshow on the iPhone or iPad and update the slideshow dynamically from any computer linked to Dropbox. This is a fantastic feature for people who want to share photos with loved ones who have their iPads set up as photo frames using Unbound, as well as for businesses that want to update content dynamically from a remote computer to iPads used for displays in stores and kiosks.

“Unbound is a full-featured Dropbox client that lets you browse, manage, and share your photos and videos, and we’re always looking for ways to make it more fun and useful,” says Pixite co-founder Eugene Kaneko. “We hope that Unbound customers are able to more easily share their photos with people who matter using the new auto-updating slideshow, social network connectivity, and photo printing options.”

Unbound version 1.2 features:
* Built-in AirPlay capabilities
* Passcode lock
* Photo and video syncing from the Camera Roll (Auto Uploads)
* Photo and video uploads in batches from the Camera Roll
* Background uploading
* Auto-updating slideshow
* Manage photo folders on Dropbox
* Print photos to AirPrint printers and to Walgreens
* Email and post photos to Facebook and Twitter
* Built-in collaging

Device Requirements:
* iPhone or iPad with iOS 6.0 or later
* 21.3 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Unbound and Unbound HD are .99 each and available exclusively through the App Store in the Photo and Video category as separate iPhone and iPad apps.

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Located in San Diego, California, Pixite LLC, was founded by Eugene Kaneko and Scott Sykora in 2009. Pixite creates photo apps for iOS devices like Web Albums, the most popular and highest rated paid Picasa Web Albums client on the App Store. In 2013, Pixite partnered with creative technologist Ben Guerrette to produce Tangent. Tangent was named App Store Best of 2013, featured in the New and Noteworthy section of the App Store in over 100 countries, chosen as Editor’s Choice, and featured in the official Apple iPhone 5s launch video. Pixite also created LoryStripes in partnership with Italian graphic designer Laurent Rosset. Featured in over 111 countries. Most recently, Pixite developed Fragment, a revolutionary photo enhancement app that uses a series of uniquely prismatic overlays. Fragment reached #1 in the Top Paid Apps in the Photo and Video category for iPad and #2 for iPhone, and has been featured by Apple in 134 countries. All Material and Software (C) 2009-2014 Pixite LLC / All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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Dropbox outage; hackers claim credit

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 Dropbox outage; hackers claim creditUpdate: The group originally claiming credit for the database breach has since acknowledged they had only performed a distributed denial of service attack. It seems the group simply used the maintenance-related Dropbox outage as an opportunity to troll the Internet. You win this round, [#protected_0#].

Earlier this evening, Dropbox began experiencing service outages with hackers taking credit on Twitter a short while later. Dropbox issued a statement indicating that the outage was the result of an issue that arose from recent maintenance.

We have identified the cause, which was the result of an issue that arose during routine internal maintenance, and are working to fix this as soon as possible.

While the group of malicious hackers, [#protected_0#], initially stated they would give Dropbox time to fix the issue before deciding to leak any compromised information, the group has since posted partial leak of supposed Dropbox user data on Pastebin.

The partial data set appears to contain first names, last names, email addresses, and possible ID numbers for some 100+ users. So far there are no indications that any user-stored files have been compromised, or any confirmation from Dropbox that there was a breach.

While some have interpreted Dropbox’s statement to mean the downtime was a result of internal maintenance and a denial of a security breach, it’s possible that whatever vulnerability may have allowed the breach was introduced or left open as a result of the recent maintenance.

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AirCast Android app shares Gallery, Dropbox and Google Drive files to Chromecast

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A developer has released a first Android app that will let users cast local content from various applications to their TVs by using Google’s Chromecast dongle.

Koushik Dutta, a well-known developer to Android fans, released the first AirCast APK, which can be already be tested by users interested in streaming local content to their Chromecast.

The developer demoed such applications in the past few weeks, showing how content can be shared from Gallery or Dropbox, but we wasn’t able to share them with the community as they were built using the Chromecast SDK.

Now, he says he has bypassed the current SDK-related restrictions, by reverse engineering the Chromecast protocols:

I spent a couple hours yesterday reverse engineering the Chromecast protocols. Great success! I am now able to get around all the developer whitelist restrictions. I’m actually not using the Chromecast or MediaRouter SDKs at all anymore.

AirCast is an Android app that lets you share videos from your Gallery, Dropbox, or Drive, straight to your Chromecast enabled TV.

The APK (available at the Source link below) will “self destruct in 2 days,” said Dutta, which means you still have time to test it out.

The developer has also recorded a demo for the application, available above – initially, the app was called AllCast, as you can see in the video, but the name has been changed to AirCast.

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Dropbox to Chromecast Android app by Koush streams content directly from Dropbox, not available for download yet

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A new Android app for the Google Chromecast lets users stream content from Dropbox directly to the TV hooked up to the dongle.

The developer of the app is the same Koushik “Koush” Dutta, who has recently shown us an application that lets you explore the gallery from an Android device on a TV screen via Chromecast.

The new unnamed app – it’s currently described as Dropbox to Chromecast – isn’t available for download just yet. The developer revealed with his previous app that, as per the terms of the Chromecast’s beta SDK, he couldn’t share APKs for these apps at this time.

However, you can see the app in action in the following video. What the app does is pretty simple: it lets you share content from your Drobox account via Chromecast directly from your Android device.

While this isn’t exactly playing locally stored files, as it basically uses the Dropbox cloud to stream videos, it’s still a neat trick that expands the things you can do with the device – assuming you have access to the app though.

There are plenty of other Chromecast tips and tricks you should check out, and we have a video on the matter for you (also embedded above).

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Actions for iPad adds Dropbox sync feature and more

Turin, Italy – Usefool is pleased to announce the latest big feature addition of Actions, the unique digital palette that changes your relationship with your computer, that has now added the ability to link your sets with DropBox, for an instantaneous automatic backup and quicker access to your sets for sharing.

Plus, in a few weeks, the long awaited Actions Community will be inaugurated, a place where Actions users can share their sets and tips. Actions is Apple’s Editor’s Choice and included in the Best Apps of 2012 selection.

Compatible for both Mac and Windows, Actions transforms your iPad into a customizable tool that allows you to control any of your computer apps with the tap of your fingers.

This revolutionary app is already used by thousands of digital workers that wanted to improve their workflow, or simply make it easier and enjoyable. With Actions there is no need to memorize shortcuts or dig into intricate menus anymore to send a specific action. Just keep the iPad next to your computer and caress Actions’ gorgeous buttons, customized and organized to your needs.

Main Features:
* Mac & Win compatibility
* Wi-fi syncing with auto-reconnection
* Works in landscape and portrait
* Organize your actions in Sets and Subsets
* Highly customizable (Sizes, Colors & Icons)
* 900 icons to choose from for your touchpads
* Multitouch gestures for most used actions
* Automatic set switching
* Target actions to a specific app
* Backup and exchange your sets with your friends
* Dropbox Sync
* Built in presets for the most popular applications

7 action types to choose from:
* Fire shortcuts
* Paste text snippets
* Control media
* Control OS
* Windows management
* Open specific webpages
* Template emails

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 4.3 or later
* 49.6 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Actions for iPad 1.0.5 is .99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category.

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Box and Dropbox updated for BlackBerry 10 – ‘Quality Improvements’ all around

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In addition to Twitter and LinkedIn getting updates, Box and Dropbox have both been updated as well. Dropbox gets pushed into v1.1.0.79 while Box gets pushed into v1.1.0.88. Both updates cite ‘Quality Improvements’ in the change log but for Box users there is an additional note added. “You can store up to 10GB of content using your BlackBerry device, at no cost to you.”

Previously, Box users who signed up using their BlackBerry 10 smartphone were offered 5GB of free storage and more recently Box has been advertising 10GB’s

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