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Dropbox Scores Patent for Peer-to-Peer Syncing

There are dozens of sync and backup services available on the Internet, but most have a major drawback. They rely on external cloud-based hosting. This may work well for smaller files, but when large videos have to be distributed among several devices people may run into trouble. This is one of the reasons why BitTorrent Sync has become quite popular. Dropbox, one of the leading cloud syncing services, also appears to realize that there’s an opportunity here. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak

After Dropbox finds a child porn collector, a chess club stops his knife attack

Dropbox found [Dustin Brown]’s images and reported them to NCMEC, which passed the tip on to the Illinois attorney general’s office. That office runs a statewide “cyber crime” unit that coordinates among trained investigators at all levels. In this case, the unit tapped Peoria police detective Scott Gamboe to handle the tip. Gamboe—an Army vet, Ironman athlete, and author of self-published fantasy novels—took the various IP addresses associated with the Dropbox account and sent subpoenas to Internet providers. This turned the numbers into addresses, and the two most relevant resolved to Morton High School and to the home of Brown’s mother. When combined with the Dropbox account information, the preliminary evidence pointed right to Brown. – Nate Anderson, Ars Technica

Roku’s Dropbox channel puts cloud files on your TV

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Roku has launched a Dropbox channel that lets you browse your photos and videos on its set-tops, including in slideshows. Yes, you now have an easy way to recap your vacation on a big screen without turning to other cloud services. The channel isn’t flawless — TechCrunch notes that you can’t play long videos, so this won’t work if you’re trying to stream full-length movies. – Jon Fingas, Engadget

A new Chrome extension makes it easier to add Dropbox files in Gmail

The add-on, which is currently in beta, works much like adding images, docs and more to emails stored in Google Drive. Selecting the file with the Dropbox menu option attaches it, and inserts a link into the body of the message. Of course, like Drive, tapping into Dropbox allows you to send items that are larger than Gmail’s size limit. – Billy Steele, Engadget 
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AllCast streaming app officially arrives on iOS

AllCast, the storied casting app for Android, is finally making its way to iOS. After a healthy run on Android, the casting app has finally landed on iOS, letting users toss their videos and pictures onto the big(ger) screen. The app works with locally stored content as well as files you have in more popular cloud storage solutions like Dropbox or iCloud. You can also stream from your Instagram or Google+ account onto your TV, too. AllCast supports Chromecast, Fire TV, Roku, Xbox, and Apple TV. – Nate Swanner, SlashGear
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B1 File Manager adds streaming support

Popular Android app B1 File Manager has been upgraded to 0.8.7 with the addition of cloud streaming support. As previously, the app can access Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box and 4shared accounts, as well as connecting via FTP, SFTP or SMB. […] B1 File Manager is available as a free download from the Google Play Store. – Mike Williams,BetaNews
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