HTC Phones To Come With 5GB Of Dropbox Free Storage Space

Dropbox and Evernote are two services, which I cannot live without. If you have not yet tried or started using these services regularly, I highly recommend you to do so.


Now, HTC has confirmed to the folks over at Pocket-Lint that all their Sense 3.5 based handsets, including the recently announced Rhyme, will come with free 5GB of Dropbox storage space. Hopefully, HTC will also tightly integrate the service with their Sense UI, and include some nifty features like automatically backing up your personal data including your clicked pictures.

Normally, Dropbox users get 2GB of free space when they sign-up for the service, but HTC users will get 5GB of free space with their new Sense 3.5 UI based phone. For additional space, Dropbox owners can use their referral system or directly get more space by paying for it.

While, there are other cloud based storage services from other giants like Microsoft’s SkyDrive,   and Apple’s iCloud, none of these services comes close to Dropbox. SkyDrive offers 25GB of free space, but does not have a dedicated Android app.

Dropbox Doubles Referral Credit for Students

Dropbox has upped the ante for students by offering double the standard referral bonus. If a student invites someone to Dropbox, and that person signs up, then that student will receive a 500MB increase in their Dropbox. If the referral becomes a paying customer, the bonus goes up to 1GB.

Dropbox CartoonTo be eligible, the student must use their .edu address of their school. Fortunately, Dropbox recognized the fact that not all schools use .edu addresses so they are listing other domains in their database. If you go to,  you will find the referral form you need to get the extra bonus. If your school happens to not be listed in the Dropbox database don’t fret. If you look down at the bottom of the page for a link that says “If we missed your school, please  fill out this form”. When you click this link, a dialog box will come up like the one pictured below.

Domain Entry Form

Today’s Dropbox blog post focuses on how students have used Dropbox to their benefit. Dropbox is quickly being recognized for its ability to make collaboration a breeze. Teachers and students alike are finding more and more uses for it. One teacher on the blog post was quoted as saying “I think attachments are a thing of the past! Dropbox is the future! ” Those are pretty strong words. I do believe that services like Dropbox certainly pick up where the limitations of email attachments leave off.

What about you? Are you a student or a teacher? Can you think of some creative uses for Dropbox? I would love to hear your ideas and comments.

Dropbox and Google Docs Integration Coming Soon?

The folks over at Fusible tipped us that Dropbox might finally be bringing much requested feature of integrating to their service after they purchased few domains including, and


The request for Dropbox integration with Google Docs was first requested on their forums in February 2010 (forum post). However, despite rumors that made rounds in early 2011, there were no signs of the integration. Dropbox has definitely been one of the most popular file synching services in the market and was recently valued at $5 billion. They have also shown exponential growth growing from 4 million users to 25 million users in under a year.

However, unlike other services like, Dropbox does not allow users to store or backup their Google documents in the cloud. However, this might change considering that Dropbox purchased, and on August 29th according to Whois records.


Unless they plan to spinoff their own document service in the cloud, I am pretty convinced that Dropbox might soon rollout integration for storage with Google Docs in collaboration with Google itself. Integration with Dropbox would help Google stave off some tough competition from Microsoft’s Office 365 and get more users to their service.

We are not sure about a formal announcement yet, but expect that it might be made in the next few days . This would definitely be a good addition to an already excellent service. Do you use Dropbox? Do you think it’s integration with Google Docs might be useful to you? Do let us know through your comments.

Dropbox Raises Hue and Cry over Dropship

Dropbox one of the most prominent and popular YC success stories is baffled over Dropship. Dropship is an Open Source project that has invented a cool hack. The problem is that this hack breaks the very model Dropbox is based on. The battle here is not between Open Source and Dropbox. It is between a seemingly rouge Open Source project and Dropbox.


Both Dropbox and Dropship are right in their own place, but if Dropship threatens the very existence of Dropbox, there is not much of a question here. It should end by all means. Imagine this. Instead of Open Source, a closed source software is released which does exactly this same thing. How would it have been received? Just the fact that Dropship is open source is no reason to vouch for it!

Coming to Dropbox, it has every right to defend itself here. Allowing Dropship to ship will make Dropbox accountable for a massive amount of illegal file sharing. The Dropship developers should not want that for sure!

Dropbox has issued a DMCA style takedown notice generated an automated DMCA style takedown notice while removing the hashes and caused utter confusion. In midst of all this confusion, people are taking this as a blow towards Open Source. Dropbox hacks have come out earlier as well. We have seen a WordPress plugin that uses Dropbox as CDN. Dropship hacked Dropbox, and maybe it was done with good intent. However, the developers of Dropship cannot expect Dropbox to keep shut when this hack is cracking Dropbox as a business.

From 4 Million to a Whopping 25 Million, Dropbox Has Exploded In a Year

From 2 million in 2009 to double that amount in 2010 and now at 25 million users, Dropbox is the elephant in the file-sharing room with some impressive stats. Dropbox started way back in 2007 and has offered fast reliable file storage and syncing solutions for four years now.


It is worth a mention that Dropbox also proves to be an excellent solution for managing projects across multiple groups. The availability on both desktop and mobile platforms makes Dropbox a completely portable file-storage and syncing solution.

Dropbox has seen a massive growth, though it is interesting to see if the growth is convertible into profits. Dropbox is extremely secretive about their revenue. However, their service is quite efficient in bandwidth and this has led to a neat hack that lets us use Dropbox as a fast CDN.

Dropbox offers 2 GB of free initial storage that can be increased to 8 GB with referrals. Clearly, this is an easy target to achieve if you have around 24 friends online and  this is impressive so far. Though, let us have a look at a close competitor has ~6 million users, and provides secure storage with 75% of its customers from Fortune 500. Dropbox, on the other hand has connected better to general users who use it for personal file storage.

Clearly, Dropbox has a bright future ahead and is on a good roadmap.

Dropbox For Blackberry Updated To Version

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The Dropbox team recently released a new version of their BlackBerry application. The new version is numbered and it comes with some fixes and improvements. If you who have been following the recent forums builds, then you won’t notice much difference in this version. You can easily download the latest version of Dropbox for Blackberry from the Dropbox Blackberry Forum. Check out the complete changelog below.


  • saving non-ascii texts results in garbled text
  • handling of edge cases when running out of space on sd card and in device memory
  • open-edit-upload usecase wasn’t working for devices with encryption enabled
  • share link freezes for some users
  • open-edit-upload usecase fails for files with non-ascii filenames
  • ‘would you like to allow logging’ dialog shouldn’t appear on first launch
  • on rotatable devices, in image gallery, the displayed/cached image is smaller than screen size (shouldn’t happen)
  • music/video stops when screen fades out
  • user gets a ‘not enough room to write file’ message when trying to open a file that’s already open in docs2go
  • uploading file changes for file stored in folder with non-ASCII characters can result in creation of damaged folder name with contents of a new file
  • user interface rotation glitches on some screens
  • BES permissions problems
  • resolve some chronic upload retry issues and related UI glitches
  • file browser lagginess when dealing with non-ASCII characters in file names

Dropbox for Blackberry app is currently available only for BlackBerry smartphones running under the BlackBerry OS 4.5 or higher. If you’d like to leave feedback for version, headover to this Dropbox forums thread. To download the Dropbox For Blackberry app, head over to this page.

Dropbox Hits 1.0: Selective Sync, Bug Fixes And More Improvements

Just a month back, we told you that an experimental build of Dropbox is in the works. The experimental build gave some hints on the upcoming features of Dropbox e.g defining a custom upload/download speed for file uploads or completely pausing the file downloads from the system tray icon.

Today, Dropbox has finally graduated out of Beta – hence releasing the version 1.0 of Dropbox client for Windows, Linux and MAC.

The newer build of Dropbox consists of hundreds of bug fixes along with reduced resource usage. So if your computer has a fairly low RAM card and Dropbox hogged down the system every other day, now you have a reason to rejoice.

However, the most noteworthy feature that has been included is Selective Sync

You guessed it right. With Dropbox’s selective sync, you can choose to sync only specific folders with Dropbox and not the entire “My Dropbox” folder. This is useful, when you know that the “Videos” folder hasn’t changed for a while and there is no need to sync that specific folder with your Dropbox account. Good for users who are on a limited bandwidth quota and always worry whether Dropbox uploads and downloads might overflow their monthly broadband bills.

The Dropbox blog says that the developers spent a lot of time fixing common Dropbox problems e.g invalid file names, Word or Excel file locking, Truecrypt support and so on. They have also prettied up the installation wizard, which is of course good for your grandma if she wants to have a go with Dropbox.

What We look Forward To ?

This new release is surely great, but we want more !

The newer build hasn’t incorporated a much needed feature – the ability to sync any file or folder with Dropbox. Say I have a lot of videos stored in the F drive and I want to sync them with my Dropbox account. In that case, either I have to copy all the files to the “My Dropbox” folder or move the entire “Videos” folder to the “My Dropbox” folder. Painful !

As a workaround, geeks can use the earlier mentioned symbolic links technique and sync any file or folder with Dropbox. Novice users have to wait until Dropbox guys incorporate this feature in their next major release.

You can download version 1.0 of the Dropbox client for Windows, Linux and MAC from the Dropbox homepage

A Guide to Using Symbolic Links With Dropbox

Dropbox, one of the best file sync tools for Windows, Linux and MAC computers does not provide the ability to sync any file or folder outside the “My Dropbox” folder. While you can always choose a custom location for the “My Dropbox” folder, it would have been better if Dropbox could sync any folder placed anywhere on your computer’s hard drive.

Let’s say you have chosen “F:\My Dropbox” as the installation path of your “My Dropbox” folder. You have a bunch of documents and videos stored in the D drive, which you want to sync with your Dropbox account.

In such situations, you have to copy all the files from the D drive and paste it in the My Dropbox folder e.g “F:\My Dropbox\Videos”.

Symbolic Links and Dropbox

As a workaround, you can use the concept of symbolic links to sync any file or folder with your Dropbox account.

A symbolic link is a special type of file that contains a reference to another file or directory in the form of an absolute or relative path. A symbolic link merely contains a text string that is interpreted and followed by the operating system as a path to another file or directory.

Here are the step by step instructions to use Symbolic links With Dropbox:

1. Click the Start menu, type “cmd” in the search box and run it as administrator.

2. In the command prompt window, enter the following command:

MKLINK /D path_to_your_my_dropbox_folderpath_to_folder_to_be_synched

Example:   If your “My Dropbox” folder is located in C:\My Documents\My Dropbox and you want to sync D:\Videos with your Dropbox account, you have to enter the following command:

MKLINK /D C:\MyDocuments\MyDropbox\videosD:\videos

3. Hit the return key and a symbolic link of the chosen folder will be created within your “My Dropbox” folder. You can navigate to your My Dropbox folder and see whether the symbolic link has been created or not.

All set, now run the Dropbox client and it will sync files and folders as it normally does. All the files and folders stored in the custom folder will get synced with your Dropbox account via symbolic links.

Note: Deleting the symbolic link from your “My Dropbox” folder will not delete the actual files and folders that are contained in the actual folder. You can add as many symbolic links as you want, there are no restrictions as such.

Overall, this is one of the best ways to sync any file or folder with your Dropbox account. Let us know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section.

Dropbox For Android Updated To Version

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The Dropbox team released a new version of their Android application. The latest beta version is numbered and it comes with some stability fixes and improvements. You can download the latest version of Dropbox for Android from the Dropbox Forum. Check out the complete changelog below.


  • Better error logging
  • If system clock is wrong, lets user know the reason for not being able to log in.
  • Bug and stability fixes.
  • Edited files were re-uploading every time their directory was browsed.
  • Visual & Manifest changes to support low-end small-screen phones such as the Motorola Charm, as well as tablets.
  • Added more logging, and a button to e-mail a log to Dropbox, for debugging
  • Check to make sure that uploads aren’t larger than 300MB (server-side API limit)
  • Proper handling & escaping of all special characters in file names
  • Offline viewing of downloaded files should work again.
  • Various stability improvements.

You can easliy download the latest beta version of Dropbox for Android, from the Dropbox forum. If you’d like to leave feedback for this version of Dropbox, headover to this Dropbox forums thread.

Backup WordPress Database, Themes, Plugins & Uploads To Dropbox, Amazon S3

Backup WordPress Dropbox & Amazon S3In the past we have told you about several ways to backup your WordPress database using command line and other techniques, along with backing up your FTP files.

If you find the manual backup process tedious there are several plugins which allow you to automate the backup and email you a copy of the data. However, I just came across another neat WordPress plugin which will allow you to backup your WordPress database, theme files, plugin files and more to your Dropbox account, Amazon S3 or FTP host.

The plugin which is called WP Time Machine, is definitely a neat one if you want to store offsite backups of all your data. The plugin allows you to backup all the files inside the wp-content folder and also your MySQL database. Time machine can be configured to run periodically through a WordPress Cron Job.

In addition to that, it also backs up your .htaccess file so that you can restore it if there are any problems. Visit to learn more about the plugin and start downloading it.

Backing up data is a good exercise which will help you in the long run.  To top that Dropbox is a decent alternative as it provides users with 2GB free space and the ability to access files from virtually anywhere. If you don’t have a account yet, sign up for a free Dropbox account.