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Last week at Apple’s annual WWDC, Steve Jobs took the stage during the keynote address to unveil Apple’s latest product: iCloud. The successor of .Mac and MobileMe, iCloud was pitched as the unifier between Apple’s disparate computing devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and Macs. With it, your data would be accessible anytime, no matter which of your devices you’re using.

After giving an initial description of the service, Jobs went on to describe the his views on files and the cloud around 82 minutes into the keynote:

Now some people think the cloud is just a hard disk in the sky, right? And you take a bunch of stuff, and you put it in your Dropbox or your iDisk or whatever, and it transfers it up to the cloud and stores it. Then you drag whatever you want back out and store it on your devices.

We think it’s way more than that, and we call it iCloud.

~ Steve Jobs, June 6, 2011

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Traditional hard drives have their advantages. With a traditional hard drive, you own it and it’s your responsibility to maintain it. If you loose it or it falls into the wrong hands, that’s it. However, that also means that you have a much lower risk of your data being passed on or being compromised virtually. The cloud offers it’s own advantages too. You can access your data anywhere and the recent announcements of the retail launch of Google’s Chromebooks are just a testament to this. You can login to any Chromebook and instantly have your data available.

Dropbox is perhaps the biggest and most popular web app for data storage in the cloud, however, it’s recently been facing some security issues for it’s users. In a letter to the FTC, University of Indiana research Christopher Soghoian claimed that while Dropbox encrypted their files, the policy could be reversed by employees, reports PC World. It’s Soghoian’s view that Dropbox have been deceiving in the level of encryption offered.

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For most of us, Dropbox has become one of the one app we can’t imagine living without. Sure, we need to write documents, edit pictures, render movies, keep up with todo lists, email, and more, but if you can’t get to your data, you might as well have not made it. Founder Drew Houston imagined Dropbox as a box to store all of your files, so you wouldn’t have to keep up with flash drives any more. But even better than flash drives, it keeps your files synced between all of your computers and the cloud, so you’ll never lose that important file.

Best of all, you can share folders with others. I’ve shared folders with coleagues around the globe, which lets us send documents and pictures back and forth as easily as if we were in the same room. It’s transformed the way many of us think about files. For me, I keep my Documents, Pictures, and Music folders synced with Dropbox, and it’s the primary place I store most of my files, program settings, and more

So, how important is Dropbox to you? Do you use it enough to upgrade to a Pro account? Do you have your main Documents folders synced with it, and do you share folders with others? Or have you found an even better tool to sync your files that all of us are missing out on? Enter your choice in the poll, then we’d love to have you join the conversation in the comments below! (more…)

We all know how great Dropbox is and the many, many different ways it can be used to simplify your life. As great as Dropbox is, there are ways it could be even better and JotForm has done just that.

JotForm has made it drop dead simple to create a form you can simply link to or embed elsewhere that allows people to submit files directly to your Dropbox account! We’ll take a look at how easy this is and why you’ll want to use it, so read on!

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We are living in the Information Age and today one of the most important things to most of us is our data. If our computers, tablets, phones, or other devices disappeared, or the webapps we depend on shut down tomorrow, the files we lose would be harder to replace than the things themselves. From pictures to music to the new web app you’ve been creating, we’re keeping more data than ever and all of it is stuff you want to access anytime, anywhere, without ever losing it.

The good news is there are many apps today to help keep your data synced and safe. Dropbox is one of the most popular file sync apps ever, but SpiderOak is another promising offering that helps ensure your data is safe and secure as well.

We’re going to take a deeper look at what both of these services offer and then hopefully you can decide if Dropbox, SpiderOak, or another service is the one you need to keep your data synced and safe.

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Being the week before the Holidays hasn’t slowed things on the internet. Crowd favorite, Dropbox made it to 1.0, Blekko added one more feature to its arsenal of three, Disqus launched user centric dashboard, Facebook launched Instant Personalization with TripAdvisor & blocked all j.mp URLs, LinkedIn now has groups, Mint is going to teach financial management to kids, Yahoo to shut down its video service and Mark Zuckerberg found himself on the cover of TIME Magazine.

Read on for some of this week’s best web app news and updates you might’ve missed!

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Just like every other week, Google’s been busy flooding the digital universe with new goodies. This week a new web app store, a cloud based operating system and cloud printing, to name a few. The TechCrunch team has put out a list of posts they consider to be gems, Google Wave got a new lease of life, Neflix is planning to go HTML5 for devices, YouTube is allowing longer video uploads and Dropbox now allows people to work in teams.

Read on for some of this week’s best web app news and updates you might’ve missed!

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Dropbox, the app we all (at least many of us) know and love, has a plethora of advanced uses to make life so much easier in managing data between multiple computers and online. We’ve posted several roundups of tips and tricks for Dropbox and now we present our ultimate toolkit and guide.

We’ve pulled all our tips and tricks together and added quite a few more. Additionally, share your Dropbox tips and tricks and we’ll update the list to share the fun with everyone.

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We recently rounded up 15 Awesome Dropbox Tips and Tricks, which was accompanied by a giveaway. Entries required a comment with your favorite Dropbox tip, trick or hack you use. From that massive collection of entries we bring you 10 [more] killer Dropbox tips and tricks to make the most of this amazing app.

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The Dropbox team has generously offered one lucky Web.AppStorm reader $100 credit, and we want to sent out a huge thanks to them for their generosity and for supporting the AppStorm community!

Earlier this week we announced the Dropbox giveaway along with 15 Awesome Dropbox Tips and Tricks, which has generated tons of fantastic reader-submitted Dropbox tips and tricks. Read on to see if you’re the lucky winner and some of our favorite reader-submitted tips and tricks!

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