DropBox Releases New Sync APIs for Android and iOS Devs
DropBox today made available to developers new application programming interfaces that will make it easier for developers to integrate DropBox into their own applications. Developers have always been able to add DropBox to their applications, but the repsonsibility to sync files, folders, and changes between the third-party app and the user's account was the developer's responsibility. This required some coding on the developers' part. Using the new Sync API from DropBox returns the syncing repsonsibilities back to DropBox, which means it will take far less work for developers to add DropBox and DropBox features to their own apps. They can now add offline caching and editing to their apps, as well as the ability to list the contents of a folder, or move, delete and create files and folders locally.The API is available for download beginning today. DropBox provides mobile device users with cloud-based storage.
DropBox Lets iOS Users Create Word Docs On the Fly
DropBox today provided an update to its iOS application that lets users create Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files from within the DropBox app even if the separate Office apps aren't installed. DropBox says users can create, edit, and share Office documents in the iOS app and then access them from other devices or from the web.
Dropbox Makes It Easy to Share Files Via Facebook Messenger
Dropbox has integrated its own service into Facebook's Messenger app, allowing people to share files from Dropbox to friends and family through Messenger. The integration requires senders to have both the Dropbox and Messenger apps installed on their phone.
Microsoft Releases New Office Apps for Android Smartphones
Microsoft today released a preview version of Office for Android smartphones. The latest renditions of Word, Excel, and PowerPoint closely match those available to the iPhone.
Dropbox to Kill Off Mailbox and Carousel Apps
Dropbox today said it has decided to shut down its Mailbox and Carousel apps in 2016. Mailbox is a popular third-party email application and Carousel is a tool for organizing photos.
Google Releases reCAPTCHA API to Improve Android Security
Google today announced a new tool developers can use to authenticate people securely while simultaneously improving the experience for mobile phone users. The company made available the new reCAPTCHA Android API as a part of Google Play Services.