At its Google I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California, today, Google is announcing a new tool for developers to use if they d like their applications to integrate with Google Classroom, a cloud service for handling assignments, coursework, and grades.Learning tools can focus on creating great content, and use Classroom to manage the workflow for assignments created with their content.And the existing Classroom API is getting more powerful — it will be able to work with the Google Drive folder for a given course.Applications can use this new functionality to store files in the same Drive folder as the rest of the resources in a class, or use course groups to manage file sharing permissions, Kupershlak wrote.The enhancements come as other companies strive to make their core products more widely relied upon in the education sector.In March Apple launched a Classroom app for iOS alongside the release of iOS 9.3, and in April Microsoft launched an app called Classroom in preview for Office 365 Education customers.Earlier this month Dropbox, which competes with Google Drive, launched an Education tier.Google has gained share with its Chromebooks, which lean heavily on cloud storage that companies provision through Google Apps for Education.
See larger imageInternodal s $12 Agenda Minder Mac App Store Link helps you prepare for your meetings by organizing any relevant information into an interactive agenda.The app records your daily transactions and includes a comprehensive tutorial to walk you through its every single aspect.See larger imageI-SmartSolutions s Rainbow integrates with popular cloud-sharing services—like DropBox, MediaFire, and Google Drive—to help you effortlessly move your data from one service to another.Once you ve linked the app with the services you use, you can rename, copy, create, and delete files and folders at will, just like you do with the Finder.See larger imageIf you want to give your index finger a little break, Pilotmoon Software s $3 RapidClick takes over your mouse-clicking duties.Designed for gamers and for people with limited dexterity, the app automates the process of tapping your mouse repeatedly by simulating mouse actions at regular intervals that range from 20 times a second to once an hour.
According to his retelling of the story on Re/code Decode, after struggling to accomplish anything meaningful in his first year on the job, he was on the verge of being fired.This idea not only saved him his job, but earned him the lionshare of the credit for Facebook s unprecedented growth.At the time, Sheryl and Mark asked him, What do you call this thing where you help change the product, do some SEO and SEM, and algorithmically do this or that?Four Ways Software Changed How Companies GrowThere have been four major market changes caused by the proliferation of software that have changed our approach to growing products.The Emergence of Platforms and APIsEvery company is built on top of a larger pre-existing platform.Mixpanel, Amplitude, Segment, KISSmetrics, Localytics -he list goes on and on.
SaaS startup Showpad which has built a platform designed to improve other businesses sales productivity has closed a $50 million Series C funding round, led by Insight Venture Partners — with IVP MD Jeff Horing now joining the Showpad board.Existing Showpad investors Dawn Capital and Hummingbird Ventures also participated in the funding round.While, on the flip side, the marketing department gets to track which content has the biggest impact on the customers sales reps are talking to — with the promise being improved ROI on that marketing content.The 2011 founded mobile-first startup was a relatively early mover in the consumerization of IT trend, powered by the rise of devices such as the Apple iPad being pulled into the enterprise sphere.Showpad touts simplicity as its selling point vs traditional file sharing systems, portals and CRMs — with its platform allowing users to pull in relevant marketing content from other storage services where it might be siloed, such as Box, Dropbox and Google Drive, and showcase, manage and track performance on a single platform.It also now dubs itself a content activation platform , albeit that s a fancier way of saying it makes marketing, channel and sales enablement software.
Version 7 adds support for the newest Mac and Windows operating systems, automatic cloud-based backup and syncing, and a new plug-in for Adobe After Effects.The new TypeSync feature doesn t replace the Archive and Restore feature introduced in version 6, which lets you copy your entire Font Vault to your Dropbox or Google Drive, and then restore it on another computer.Version 7 adds a completely new plug-in for Adobe After Effects CC 2015, which is being used by more and more designers to create animated text.With this plug-in, you no longer need to remember which fonts were used in each composition, a giant benefit since After Effects on its own doesn t help you determine which fonts are missing.As with earlier versions, Suitcase Fusion 7 includes auto-activation plug-ins for recent Adobe and Quark products, specifically: Photoshop, InDesign, InCopy and Illustrator versions CS6 and higher , and QuarkXPress 10 and 2015.In addition, Extensis new Suitcase TeamSync is an affordable alternative for teams who want to share the same font library but can t justify the cost or maintenance of Extensis Universal Type Server product.
In the 2015 Kauffman Index which studies U.S. trends of entrepreneurship, researchers found that 310 out of 100,000 adults, or 530,000 people, started new businesses each month last year.The hard part is that while these courageous dreamers may be excellent at their current skill or craft, they also need to be capable of running a company and depending on funding possibly managing an IT program.The multitude of cloud applications and data maintenance options are vast and deciding what would work best for your company can easily become overwhelming.Let s break down the types of cloud storage so that you can determine what suits your needs best.Cloud Storage, Security and ServicesFirst of all, storage is one of the most basic of uses of cloud technology.However, as many big box stores, hospitals, and even the government can attest to among the plethora of others who have shared time on the news as victims of cyber hackers , data security is one of the most crucial aspects of any organization to protect and invest in.Related Article: Beyond Security: The Many Business Benefits of the CloudSecondly, there are different types of cloud companies out there.This applies to the more basic cloud storage providers.Comparatively, enterprise cloud computing can be explained by, the special case of utilizing cloud computing for competitive advantage through breakout opportunities both for cost savings and, more importantly, for business innovation in terms of unprecedented speed and agility with vastly improved collaboration among business partners and customers, as stated in the book "A Strategy Guide for Business and Technology Leaders — and the Rest of Us" by Andy Mulholland, Jon Pyke and Peter Fingar.Both are extremely user friendly and have free options to test whether you like their services.Once you get past the free initial storage offer, rates start at just $15 a month for Dropbox and $10 for Google Drive.Both have critical data encryption, secure data centers, and various other administrative settings to protect your data in the cloud and on your hardware.For larger businesses, enterprise cloud storage may be a better option if you are handling highly secure data, long-term archiving, or are using data that needs to be pulled into running applications.They also created Azure Government, a stand-alone version of Azure designed to meet the rigorous compliance requirements of U.S. public agencies.AWS also goes the extra mile by providing hundreds of tools and features across network security, configuration management, access control and data encryption along with international certifications of compliance and verifications of systematic auditing.In ConclusionThe cloud companies that serve smaller companies are SaaS providers on application platforms with less security measures in place.
In the end you might find you prefer using them to the more well-known alternatives.You will have to stump up some money for Poweramp but you can use the 15-day trial version to see if the app is really for you.$1.99, iOS JukeboxJukebox isn t a standalone music player in and of itself but it does turn Dropbox into one, slurping up all the tracks you ve stored in your cloud locker and letting you browse through them by artist, album and so on... just like any regular music player would.Obviously the appeal will be limited to those who ve got a ton of music stored in their Dropbox account, but Jukebox looks sleek and stylish, and new features are being added at an impressive rate.The entry fee is a little steep but it s worth it for the quality you get, both in terms of features and audio fidelity.$5.99, iOS DoubleTwistDoubleTwist has all kinds of strings to its bow, with support for music, video, podcasts, and online radio baked right into the app.
In the end you might find you prefer using them to the more well-known alternatives.You will have to stump up some money for Poweramp but you can use the 15-day trial version to see if the app is really for you.£1.49, iOS JukeboxJukebox isn t a standalone music player in and of itself but it does turn Dropbox into one, slurping up all the tracks you ve stored in your cloud locker and letting you browse through them by artist, album and so on, just like any regular music player would.Obviously the appeal will be limited to those who ve got a tonne of music stored in their Dropbox account, but Jukebox looks sleek and stylish, and new features are being added at an impressive rate.£4.49, iOS DoubleTwistDoubleTwist has all kinds of strings to its bow, with support for music, video, podcasts, and online radio baked right into the app.Having initially made its name in Europe it s now available in over 180 countries and has 40 million plus tracks in its catalogue.
Dropbox has announced its latest move to woo Europeans with its cloud-based file-hosting service, with the launch of a new office in Germany to cater to the DACH region — namely Switzerland, Austria, and of course Germany.As a result of this highly competitive field, questions have emerged about Dropbox s longer-term viability, and such concerns haven t been entirely without merit — the company shuttered a couple of apps last year, and it reportedly cut-back on a number of employee perks lately.But it has also been on a major product development push of late — it launched Project Infinite, which shows all company files locally while storing them remotely, introduced support for Facebook Messenger, and rolled out a cheaper pricing plan for educational institutions.However, around three-quarters of Dropbox s 500-million-plus user-base is based outside the U.S., with a significant portion of those in Europe, which is why the company is continuing to double-down on its efforts on the continent.One in three internet users in DACH are now on Dropbox, and they ve created over 163 million connections to date by sharing documents and folders, said Thomas Hansen, global vice president for revenue at Dropbox, in a blog post.But converting free users into paid users is a perennial challenge for most businesses that adopt a freemium business model, so to help reduce that friction it launched localized payments last year, kicking off in 12 European markets.This effectively saw Dropbox move beyond bank cards, PayPal, and Discover, and into direct debit, which is a popular way of setting up recurring payments in Europe.Dropbox s move to open a base in Germany is notable for one over-arching reason.
DACH region gets a dedicated Dropbox office, a natural step in one of the company s most popular regionsDropbox has opened an office in Hamburg, Germany, calling the move a natural next step as it prepares to offer its cloud services from Amazon Web Services AWS data centres in the country later this year.Germany has also seen a tripling in the use of Dropbox Business over the past two years, the company claims, with Berlin, Hamburg, and Munich particular hotspots.Does it matter to your business whether your data is stored in the EU?HamburgThe expansion also comes at the height of Europe s data privacy conversation, as the Privacy Shield framework for data sovereignty and transfer is getting ironed out.Dropbox announced earlier this year that from the third quarter of 2016, European business customer file contents will be held in Germany, in partnership with Amazon Web Services AWS .The move looks to boost Dropbox s enterprise appeal in Europe.
In the end you might find you prefer using them to the more well-known alternatives.You will have to stump up some money for Poweramp but you can use the 15-day trial version to see if the app is really for you.£1.49, iOS JukeboxJukebox isn t a standalone music player in and of itself but it does turn Dropbox into one, slurping up all the tracks you ve stored in your cloud locker and letting you browse through them by artist, album and so on, just like any regular music player would.Obviously the appeal will be limited to those who ve got a tonne of music stored in their Dropbox account, but Jukebox looks sleek and stylish, and new features are being added at an impressive rate.£4.49, iOS DoubleTwistDoubleTwist has all kinds of strings to its bow, with support for music, video, podcasts, and online radio baked right into the app.Having initially made its name in Europe it s now available in over 180 countries and has 40 million plus tracks in its catalogue.
It s an shitty situation that traps consumers in a position of ignorant consent when it comes to participating in the digital economy.The only alternative being self-imposed digital banishment.And even less fair when you consider that most of the apps being used now are mobile apps, and small screens make an even less pleasant reading environment for digesting dense, multi-thousand-word blocks of legalese.I mean, we know the law is an ass, but trying to stuff an ass into a 6 3 rectangle of glass is particularly ridiculous…To illustrate exactly how ridiculous the Terms & Conditions debacle remains for app users, Norway s consumer protection agency is livestreaming reading out the T for 30 common apps — including Snapchat, Dropbox, Instagram and Facebook — over a 24 hour readathon.At the time of writing they re less than an inch deep into a stack of paper at least 5 inches high.The readathon follows the NCC investigating 20 apps T, finding many implemented unfair terms and poor privacy practices.
Cloud file syncing and sharing service Dropbox today said it s rolling out a new feature, starting with its Dropbox Enterprise service tier, that should stop some unintended problems from cropping up.The service essentially stops users from dragging a shared folder onto their local desktop, an action that ordinarily stops everyone else from accessing the folder.Now of course this folder could be restored, but don t you wish there was a better way so this could have been prevented from even happening?Dropbox software engineer Damien DeVille wrote in a blog post.A new pop-up dialog politely informs users that they can t actually move a folder out of a team folder.Dropbox Enterprise launched in November.In total Dropbox now has more than 500 million users and more than 150,000 paying business customers.Dropbox competes with Box, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive, among others.
This requirement has resulted in the market being swamped with different services vying for your business.By working with Microsoft, the company has integrated closely with Office so that it can be used seamlessly.Dropbox is available via apps that can be installed on your desktop or mobile device.Apps are supported on iOS, Android, Blackberry and Windows.The service offers 5GB free, although students can get 1TB, and Office 365 subscribers also get 1TB 'free'.A free 5GBs of storage is available but this can be hiked up to 50GB for just 79pence a month, showing just how cheap cloud storage can be.
Of course, vacations require a fair amount of prep work, and the super useful tool IFTTT can help with that.Save tagged Facebook photos to Dropbox.The possibilities are almost endless, and IFTTT comes in extra handy when you want to unplug and fully enjoy your vacation.It s worth pointing out that the previously mentioned app TripIt is great for organizing all of your travel planning, too.You can control their settings remotely and turn them on as soon as you leave for vacation.You could also tweak the Action Channel to send a text instead.
Of course, vacations require a fair amount of prep work, and the super useful tool IFTTT can help with that.Save tagged Facebook photos to Dropbox.The possibilities are almost endless, and IFTTT comes in extra handy when you want to unplug and fully enjoy your vacation.It s worth pointing out that the previously mentioned app TripIt is great for organizing all of your travel planning, too.You can control their settings remotely and turn them on as soon as you leave for vacation.You could also tweak the Action Channel to send a text instead.
Items stored in your Dropbox account will show up in your machine s local menus.Project Infinite employs kernel extensions that ll move from it from accessing your system s user space and into the kernel space.Tapping the kernel isn t a new or unique idea but it is generally reserved for more mission-critical applications, such as security or antivirus.Also, you re potentially leaving yourself wide open to faults and failing in the software author s code, as some users of certain antivirus software brands can attest to.A commenter responding on the Dropbox blog named Jonathan gave them both barrels:Antivirus has a terrible track record of slowing down computers and instability and generally being an ineffective nuisance.I don't personally need to guard against the 'untrained intern problem' and I'm very uncomfortable with needing to load a kernel extension, he wrote.
— and moved 500 petabytes that's 500 million gigabytes of stored data from the $8 billion Amazon Web Services cloud into its own data centers.It wasn't any ill will towards Amazon, says Dropbox VP of Infrastructure Akhil Gupta, and in fact they're still a happy cloud customer.As Gupta asks: "How many companies have 500 million users?Starting in the summer of 2013, the Magic Pocket project had four phases, Cowling says: Building the system; getting it correct; scaling it up to the right size; and making sure it's "the most efficient system in the world.Indeed, it was faster for Dropbox to write the software and build the hardware than it was to run enough tests to convince themselves it was ready for prime time.The final countdownTo that end, Cowling and his team actually signed a contract with Dropbox cofounders Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi, announcing a target date of October 31st, 2015, with provisions for doing the right amount of testing.If they could get a beta version of Magic Pocket running for 180 days, without any loss of data consistency, said the contract, it'd go live.It's already thinking of the next evolution of the Magic Pocket concept, with new gains to speed, efficiency, and storage capacity.
The internet may be one of the best inventions of all time, but it also makes it a lot easier for anyone to become the target of stalkers and harassers.Here's a scary story of what happened when one women contacted Twitter to report that she was being harassed.People who are fanatically opposed to her political work targeted her and "doxxed" her, meaning they searched for and published private information about her on the internet with the intent to embarrass, threaten, and harass her.They tweeted out photos of her child.They also located and tweeted a photo of her with a presidential candidate, taking it from her Dropbox account, she said.And they made her the subject of a number of videos.The woman filed numerous complaints to Twitter via its "report" button.What Twitter didn't tell her was that the DMCA complaint process involves sending the full copy of the complaint to the person being complained about.This gives the person a warning and a chance to counter the claims.But it can be dangerous for someone trying to protect against a stalker or harasser, the woman says.The woman says that other sites, like Automattic's WordPress.com or GitHub, do a better job of informing people that their contact information will be shared in un-redacted form.What's worse is the way she found out about it.The man tweeted another person saying Twitter had sent him the contact information.The woman sent numerous emails and tweets to Twitter trying to find out exactly what contact information had been shared to these people."She wants Twitter to include more visible instructions on its DMCA complaint page that advises people in stalker or situations how to avoid sharing their address.Twitter's DMCA page currently says this emphasis ours :If we remove or restrict access to user content in response to a notice of alleged infringement, Twitter will make a good faith effort to contact the affected account holder with information concerning the removal or restriction of access, including a copy of the takedown notice, along with instructions for filing a counter-notification.Twitter also includes a message in the DMCA reporting form that says: I understand that in order to process this notice, Twitter may provide third parties, such as Lumen and the affected user, with a copy of this complaint.In comparison, WordPress's DMCA support page says this emphasis ours :We recognize that you may not always be comfortable divulging your contact information to the user you re filing against.
The CMA claims some providers have breached consumer law AppleUsers of cloud storage services are being treated unfairly by providers and run the risk of losing access to documents and pictures, the Competition and Markets Authority CMA said on Friday 27 May ."Our review found that people find these services really valuable.The majority of providers, including Dropbox, Google Drive and Apple iCloud, offer free services to store documents, music and photos on their servers.The use of cloud services has grown over the past couple of years and they are now used by approximately 30% of adults in the UK.The CMA added that, following the investigation, Dixons Carphone, JustCloud and Livedrive have committed to provide better and fairer terms to their customers."We welcome the fact that a number of companies have already agreed to change their terms, and expect to see improvements from other companies."
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