July 9, 2013 |
By installing Dropbox on their personal computers, smartphones and tablets, users can sync chosen files and folders across all the devices. Pictures taken on an Android smartphone can be instantly accessed on a laptop. An Excel spreadsheet created on a laptop is available immediately on a tablet. Now, Dropbox is looking to extend that syncing to more types of files. The company unveiled new tools for software developers that would allow games, email apps and other programs to store and retrieve information from Dropbox in the same way as it interfaces with a physical hard drive.
May 23, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Mailbox is coming to the iPad. The new app will be available starting Thursday and reflects the accelerating shift to tablets from laptops, especially among younger people, said Mailbox Chief Executive Gentry Underwood. An iPad app was one of the top requests from Mailbox users, and it's the first new product from Mailbox since it was bought by Dropbox in March. "It's so hard for people like us who spend a lot of time in front of laptops to realize how many people use the iPad as a full-time computer," Underwood said.
April 26, 2013 |
Facebook, citing efforts to make it easier for app developers to integrate their services with the social network, said it is acquiring Parse, an app-support software company. Facebook did not disclose how much it paid for Parse, but a report by the Wall Street Journal says the Menlo Park, Calif., company paid $85 million. Facebook said it was not disclosing the terms of the deal. The company said it is not doing an "acqui-hire" and intends to have Parse keep operating and serving its existing customers.
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April 11, 2013 |
How much egg can one face take? I really never thought I would say these words, but poor Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook's public launch was a disaster, and just when he's trying to develop some real political muscle, someone leaked his plan to Politico. He came off looking like a fumbling neophyte with grandiose aspirations and ulterior motives. According to Politico's Reid Epstein, Zuckerberg was planning to launch an advocacy group called Human Capital, whose founding members would be a laundry list of Silicon Valley elite, plus political operators like Republican Dan Senor, of the Iraq War and the Paul Ryan vice presidential campaign, and Democrat Joe Lockhart of the Clinton White House.
March 16, 2013 |
PALO ALTO - Gentry Underwood's tiny start-up rolled out a mobile app last month that promised to tame the unruly email inbox, the bane of the digital age. Not surprisingly, the iPhone app became an overnight sensation as more than 1.3 million signed up just to be on the wait list. Dropbox apparently couldn't wait, and on Friday the online storage company bought Orchestra, the company that makes Mailbox. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. "We want to give Mailbox to everyone who wants it, and there are a lot of people who want it. We could raise more money and hire a bigger team but joining Dropbox gives us the opportunity to scale more quickly," said Underwood, chief executive and co-founder of the Palo Alto company.
March 16, 2013 |
PALO ALTO -- How frustrated are people with trying to use email on their mobile devices? The overnight success of iPhone app Mailbox suggests very. Some 1.3 million people have signed up just to wait in line to get it. Some 750,000 people are managing their Gmail with it right now. One company won't have to wait for Mailbox. On Friday online storage company Dropbox bought Mailbox for a reported $100 million . "Dropbox and Mailbox share the same focus: Making things we do every day easier," Mailbox Chief Executive and co-founder Gentry Underwood said.