Dropbox updates iOS app with automatic uploads, 3 GBs of free space up for grabs

Back in early February, Dropbox released the beta version of the desktop app that’d allow for the automatic import (and upload) of your photos and videos upon plugging in your iDevice. Well that handy feature has made its way onto the iOS app, so after you’ve authorized Dropbox to have access to location services and turned on “Camera Upload”, all of your existing images and videos in the camera roll will be uploaded into the cloud. There’s a Gallery view so you can see what’s been uploaded to your Dropbox account. And by default, the auto export only works while the device is on Wifi, though you can enable cellular data if you wish.

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Google Drive has finally landed

Google has finally launched their highly anticipated Google Drive today, a cloud storage service that will finally give Dropbox some serious competition.

Today, we’re introducing Google Drive—a place where you can create, share, collaborate, and keep all of your stuff. Whether you’re working with a friend on a joint research project, planning a wedding with your fiancé or tracking a budget with roommates, you can do it in Drive. You can upload and access all of your files, including videos, photos, Google Docs, PDFs and beyond.

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Dropbox now offers 500MB for every referral

For all you Dropbox users, every referral you make will now net you an extra 500MB (up from 250MB) of storage space. From the Dropbox blog:

Today, we’re really happy to announce that we’ve doubled the amount of free space you get for inviting friends to Dropbox!

How much space is that, exactly? For every friend you invite that installs Dropbox, you’ll both get 500 MB of free space. If you’ve got a free account, you can invite up to 32 people for a whopping total of 16 GB of extra space. Pro accounts now earn 1 GB per referral, for a total of 32 GB of extra space. Have you already invited a bunch of people? Don’t worry. Within a few days, you’ll get full credit for every referral that’s already been completed. Boom!

The best part about this increase in free space is that all existing referrals you’ve already made will also count. So if you previously had 6GB of space on your free account, you should now have 12GB for storing ebooks and other documents.

Dropbox offering up to 5GB of free space for using beta build

Dropbox is considered by many as the best cloud-based storage service around, but one thing it does lag behind is the relatively paltry storage space offered to its free users (2GB compared to 5GB from Box.net and Skydrive’s whopping 25GB). Well, faithful Dropbox users will be happy to know that they can score up to 5GB of extra space by simply beta testing the new Automatic Dropbox Photo Import feature.

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Penultimate updated with Dropbox and Evernote support

Penultimate, one of the best handwritten note taking apps for the iPad, was updated earlier today with support for both Evernote and Dropbox. Being able to send your notes to these two popular cloud-based services will make it that much more convenient for its users. Here’s What’s New in version 3.3:

• Serious Dropbox integration: Send notebooks and pages directly to your Dropbox, or enable automatic backup to be sure you always have a copy of your notes in the cloud. Open Penultimate files from your Dropbox.
• Evernote support. Evernote’s handwriting recognition is a great fit for Penultimate users. You can send notebooks and notes to your account for searching there later. Very simple signup in the app if you want to give it a spin.
• Open new workflows by “Open”ing your notebooks and pages in other apps on iPad.
• Copied images can be pasted into Penultimate, and copied ink can be pasted into other apps.
• Now available in Chinese (simplified) and Korean.
• As always, many other improvements and updates.

The update is free for currents users and it’s still currently on sale for $0.99, a great price for those who those who prefer to take handwritten notes/doodles on their iPads.

Penultimate Cocoa Box Design, Penultimate, – $0.99

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How to Use Dropbox to store all your ebooks in the cloud

Previously, we looked at how to read your old ebooks (i.e. LIT, MOBI, PDB, RTF) on iBooks, Apple’s e-reader app. It involved converting them into ePubs, the only ebook format supported by iBooks, and uploading them via iTunes. Well we’re going to show you today a far superior method — one utilizing Calibre and Dropbox — for storing your ebook collection and transferring books to your iPhone, iPod Touch and/or iPad even if you’re far away from home, without access to your home computer.

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Get Free 50GB upgrade with Box.net’s iOS promotion

Hot off the heels of Apple’s iCloud launch, Box.net, a cloud storage service similar to the popular Dropbox, is now offering a lifetime upgrade of their free account from 5GB to a whopping 50GB for storing and sharing documents and files. To take advantage of this amazing promo, simply follow these steps:

  1. Visit the app store and download the app for your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch
  2. Log in to your account or register for a new one directly from the app
  3. Start sharing and collaborating in the cloud
  4. (optional but recommended) Tell the world how you’ll use your 50 GB with the hashtag #Box50GB

It normally costs $19.99/yr on Box.net to upgrade to 50GB usage, so needless to say, if you have lots of files you’d like to store in the cloud, this is one deal you don’t want to miss out on (offer ends Dec 2nd, 2012). Also of note, with the recent app update, you can now use AirPlay to stream photos, videos, presentations and more to an Apple TV.

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App Updates: Evernote, Instapaper and Dropbox

Three of the apps I rely on most on my iPhone and iPad have all been recently updated with new features and improvements. The biggest update goes to Instapaper (now v2.3), which is an indispensable app for those who wish to save articles on the web for later offline reading (see our review). On the iPhone, users will now see the first few lines of text from articles in each row (previously only available to the iPad). New to both iPhone and iPad, the list now shows the approximate article length and progress read with rows of dots, much like on the Kindle’s home screen. The other new feature is the ability to enable “dark mode” automatically based on where you are (the app is now location-aware). So depending on what time it is on your iDevice, the app will invert the color scheme of the background (black) and text (white).

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Dropbox for iPhone and iPad updated with Retina Support and More

Dropbox for the iPhone and iPad (universal app) has just received an update that brings about several notable enhancements. For those not familiar with the service, it’s arguably the best and easiest way to sync and share files across multiple computers and online. With the latest 1.3 update, iPhone 4 users can now enjoy Retina support, as well as file caching on all devices. Here’s what’s new:

  • UI re-design with numerous visual enhancements including retina display support
  • File caching (no need to re-download files you’ve already viewed!)
  • Fullscreen landscape file viewing on iPad
  • Finish uploads and downloads while in the background
  • Create folders
  • Bug fix for viewing CSV and some broken HTML files

I’ve been using Dropbox now for the past year and absolutely love how easy it is to sync data and files across all my computers and iDevices. And with the app, you can simply upload an image/video from your photo library (or take a new one) and instantly have it uploaded to any computer that has installed the Dropbox software. Best of all, it’s a free service (free up to 2GB, with paid subscription available for 50 and 100GB). If you still haven’t made the jump, you can sign up here to get started.

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