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Dropbox? When is it OK to say 'yes'?

Dropbox? When is it OK to say 'yes'? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A healthcare CIO reverses course and lets doctors use the cloud service, but only with a layer of data encryption for security.
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St. James Hospital Group, which has hospitals in Malta, Hungary and Libya, is greatly concerned about ensuring data privacy and security, but it also needed a way to speed up collaboration and workflows.

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Battle of the cloud storage: OneDrive vs. iCloud vs. Dropbox vs. Google Drive

Battle of the cloud storage: OneDrive vs. iCloud vs. Dropbox vs. Google Drive | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Comparison includes Microsoft’s OneDrive, Apple’s iCloud, Google Drive, and Dropbox. All of these services provide useful abilities one way or another, but which one is perfect for your needs?
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A vast number of users looking to store their data in the cloud want to do it for free. With that question in mind, who gives the most without charging any money, and who is being stingy?

 

Guest post: Thanks to @janet tompson for the article.

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Janika Puolitaival's curator insight, March 5, 8:59 AM

For me most important question is which of these still exist few years from now?

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Dropbox Buys Israeli Mobile Document Firm CloudOn

Dropbox Buys Israeli Mobile Document Firm CloudOn | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Cloud storage provider Dropbox continued with its streak of acquisitions on Wednesday, announcing that it has acquired Israeli startup CloudOn. Based in Herzliya, CloudOn provides tools to enable users to edit Microsoft Office documents from their mobile  devices.

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In the last year, Dropbox has acquired companies such as Hackpad, a tool for collaborative note-taking; Zulip, a messaging app designed for the workplace; and Loom, a tool for managing photo collections.

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Office for Android gets a handy update, but not the one we're waiting for

Office for Android gets a handy update, but not the one we're waiting for | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A small update to Office's Android app adds Dropbox integration and share links for documents
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The latest version adds the same Dropbox integration that arrived on iOS a couple weeks ago, allowing users to save, load, and share documents stored in Dropbox directly through the Office app.

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Microsoft's Dropbox deal is a not-so-hidden push for Office 365

Microsoft's Dropbox deal is a not-so-hidden push for Office 365 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Two-way integration between Dropbox and Office 365 gives people yet another reason to pick up an Office subscription
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The outlines of the deal are simple enough: Microsoft is adding Dropbox connectivity to the mobile editions of Office 365, so users of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint can edit those files directly from within Dropbox's interface. Dropbox is also tapped to build an app for the mobile editions of Windows, which in theory will be ready when the next version of Windows launches.

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Next-Generation Email Platform Inbox Rolls Out Open Source Apps, Details Its Hosted API Pricing

Next-Generation Email Platform Inbox Rolls Out Open Source Apps, Details Its Hosted API Pricing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Inbox, the email startup founded by Dropbox and MIT alums offering modern APIs that allow developers to build new applications on top of email's aging..
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Inbox is going one step further than simply offering up an API platform, today – it’s also rolling out open source “scaffolds” for developers to build rich email apps on top of.

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Box faces tough campaign for health, retail, and entertainment clouds

Box faces tough campaign for health, retail, and entertainment clouds | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Box's move to add services for vertical markets smartly avoids the race to the bottom in cloud storage, but the road isn't easy
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It's a crafty move, given the cloud storage market's race to the bottom, and every bit of differentiation counts.

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Box, Dropbox and Hightail Pivot to New Business Models

Box, Dropbox and Hightail Pivot to New Business Models | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Box, Dropbox and Hightail are rethinking their core business models, focusing on specific industries or bolstering customer service.
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“These guys will drive prices to zero,” said Aaron Levie, co-founder and chief executive of Box. “You do not want to wait for Google or Amazon to keep cutting prices on you. ‘Free’ is not a business model.”

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What really is ‘The Cloud’? And how does it work? A simple explainer

What really is ‘The Cloud’? And how does it work? A simple explainer | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
THEY are four little words that say so much yet cause so much confusion.
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Still don’t get the cloud? Here’s a solution

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VIDEO: Amazon Web Services Moves Beyond Developer Tools

VIDEO: Amazon Web Services Moves Beyond Developer Tools | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Amazon Web Services is known for many things, but all of those have to do with developer services like cloud computing instances, databases and storage...
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While Amazon itself has long offered some kinds of web apps for its e-book and music service, for example (and one could probably argue that Amazon.com is also a web app), Zocalo is a step in a very new direction for AWS.

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Get one-stop access to your cloud accounts with Jumptuit

Get one-stop access to your cloud accounts with Jumptuit | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
It’s basically a cloud for your cloud-computing services.
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Jumptuit expands on this concept by providing a single access point for the various cloud services you use.

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How To Use Evernote, Gmail, Dropbox, and Google Drive for Social Media and Online Marketing

How To Use Evernote, Gmail, Dropbox, and Google Drive for Social Media and Online Marketing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
How To Use Evernote, Gmail, Dropbox, and Google Drive for Social Media and Online Marketing As marketers, we all need new ideas. Awesome ideas. Sometimes we’re tasked with coming up with them on our...
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Great article!

 

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Fast-growing cloud service Box courts Hollywood, music celebs

Fast-growing cloud service Box courts Hollywood, music celebs | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
A technology venture first envisioned by a Mercer Island High School graduate is gearing up to be this year’s most hotly anticipated technology initial public stock offering from Silicon Valley.
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Looking to beat Dropbox to the stock market, Box this year confidentially filed paperwork for an initial public offering. It’s expected to make that paperwork public in the next few weeks and is poised to go public this spring.

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Cloud Storage vs. Cloud Computing

Cloud Storage vs. Cloud Computing | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud storage and cloud computing both use remote servers, but in different ways and with different advantages.
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Here’s what the two terms mean, and how they are used in the real world.

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Sydney Clutterbuck's curator insight, March 25, 6:10 PM

In this article Tyler Lacoma examines the differences between Cloud Storage and Cloud Computing. The Author touches on the different points of Cloud Computing versus storage; describing what they mean, and how they’re used in the real world. 

Christian Miles's curator insight, March 27, 10:46 AM

With cloud storage and computing becoming ever more popular, The next generation of computer could just have a screen and wifi with all the storage and processing power being done server side. This would allow for computers, phones, and so much more to be incredibly thin and small while having a near limitless amount of computing power and storage

Riordan Kelly's curator insight, March 29, 5:31 AM

Cloud storage is familiar to anyone who has an Android or I-phone, you upload your data to the cloud and it's secure. Cloud Computing however is even more mysterious. IT offers some amazing functionality and cost savings for business but for the average consumer it will become more and more a part of their experience on a computer.

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This tech CEO doubts Seattle will dominate cloud computing - and he's completely wrong

This tech CEO doubts Seattle will dominate cloud computing - and he's completely wrong | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Nearly everywhere you go in Seattle's technology community, there's talk about how the city is transforming into one of the most important cloud computing centers in the world.

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Cloud computing is one area where Seattle is especially strong. And the momentum just keeps building and building.

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Do Most Employees Ignore Cloud App Access Policies?

Do Most Employees Ignore Cloud App Access Policies? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
SailPoint recently found one out of every five employees is "going rogue" with corporate data by uploading this information to a cloud application such as Dropbox or Google Docs with the intent to share it outside the company.
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"The survey results are an eye-opener of how cloud applications have made it easy for employees to take information with them when they leave a company," This is the major concern especially with BYOD

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Cloud storage in iOS 8.1 doesn't work as you expect

Cloud storage in iOS 8.1 doesn't work as you expect | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Box, Dropbox, and Google Drive all support Apple's cloud storage APIs, but only Box works with direct open and save for files
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If you run Box, Dropbox, and/or Google Drive on your iPhone or iPad, you should be able to access those cloud storage services directly from iWork and other apps that support the new cloud file APIs, right?

 

Wrong.

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Is Cloud Computing Right for Your Business?

Is Cloud Computing Right for Your Business? | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud Computing: Increasingly pallet and lumber companies are looking to web-based software programs to help manage key aspects of their business. Find out why this technology may be useful for your operation.
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In a broader sense, cloud computing expands beyond just software applications, and can be used to describe any Internet-based computing in which large groups of remote servers are networked to allow centralized data storage, and online access to computer services or resources.

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Samsung Chooses Dropbox over Google Cloud for Device Storage | Cloud Computing Mobile Services content from Talkin' Cloud

Samsung Chooses Dropbox over Google Cloud for Device Storage | Cloud Computing Mobile Services content from Talkin' Cloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Starting this month, several Samsung mobile devices will have Dropbox selected as the default cloud choice—a slight blow to Google Drive.
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Samsung's mobile devices are based on Android, of course, so it's a little surprising that Samsung has chosen Dropbox over Google Drive, making it a good win for Dropbox.

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Dropbox offers 1TB Pro plan for $9.99

Dropbox offers 1TB Pro plan for $9.99 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The new Dropbox for Business plan does away with previous options maxing out at 500GB
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In addition to a terabyte of storage, the new plan includes several features for collaborating with clients. There's "view-only" permissions, which an interior designer could use to let a client see a mockup of a design but not make changes to it, for instance.

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Cloud Computing and Cloud Storage: A Quick Consumers' Guide

Cloud Computing and Cloud Storage: A Quick Consumers' Guide | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud-based computing and storage really has become in some ways the best option for backing up and sharing files and data. Here are some good options for consumers.
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Because cloud computing is still a relatively new concept for consumers, they may feel overwhelmed and make poor choices. The first step when choosing a safe provider that also fits your needs is to take in a few cloud-based safety considerations. ....

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Dropbox for Business grows more security, IT admin muscles

Dropbox for Business grows more security, IT admin muscles | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The workplace version of the popular cloud storage service competes against offerings from Google, Microsoft, Box, and others
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For developers, Dropbox is releasing two new APIs (application programming interfaces). The Shared Folder API makes the core functions of shared folders available to third-party apps and tools. Meanwhile, the Document Preview API lets developers embed this feature into their applications.

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INFOGRAPHIC: A Look At The Cloud Storage Wars In 2014

INFOGRAPHIC: A Look At The Cloud Storage Wars In 2014 | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud Storage - More people are starting to use cloud storage as an additional or even primary method to store and backup their data...
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By 2016, the cloud storage industry is expected to generate over $4.04 Billion in Revenue, according to a forecast by Statista

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Tomas Trejbal's curator insight, June 29, 2014 2:19 PM

current state of the storage wars... unfortunately they forgot to take OneDrive into account

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Microsoft OneDrive really, really wants to be your only drive

Microsoft OneDrive really, really wants to be your only drive | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Microsoft, Google, and Apple weren't purposely trying to kill these cloud storage companies "as much as trying to force users to stay in their own ecosystems by restricting their compatibility with third-party services.

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A default storage increase from 25GB to 1TB (yes, terabyte)

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INFOGRAPHIC: Storage Battle - Box vs Dropbox

INFOGRAPHIC: Storage Battle - Box vs Dropbox | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Cloud Infographic: Storage Battle - Box vs Dropbox
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Storage will definitely become an even hotter topic once the doubts, that Cloud is here to stay, are set aside. Good Infographic highlighting expected revenues from, or via, this sector.

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