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Big Dropbox update will finally let you sync folders outside the Dropbox folder with selective sync

Dropbox has finally fessed up to beta testing a new password manager app. That's just one of several service improvements it announced today that will enhance ease of use and security. But the one that takes the cake today is the ability to sync selected folders from the desktop.

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Dropbox turns off the lights with new dark mode for Android

Dropbox has been slow to the punch when it comes to putting on its night vision goggles  — it's had good company on that front — but we probably didn't even notice when it put them on. Alas, we've done some work, made a few observations, and have concluded that the cloud storage provider's Android app does include a dark mode.

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The best free and open-source alternatives to Google Drive on Android

Cloud file storage is a big business, and frequently involves trusting hoards of your data with corporations so large that even hundreds of gigabytes of your personal data constitute a mathematical rounding error if they were to go missing. There are ways to get around the death grip services like Google Drive, Dropbox, and Microsoft OneDrive have on the cloud storage market, though, including some great free and open-source ones we'll round up in this list.

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Google completely ruined shared folders in Drive (Update: Workaround, Google shares longterm plan)

Several weeks ago, Google rolled out a change to Drive that lets you create shortcuts to files and folders. The feature had been in testing since August 2019, and its goal is to help you better organize shared files and folders without duplicating them, thus saving you storage and reducing the redundancy and confusion when you move things around. However, this seemingly benign improvement has completely ruined shared folders for anyone who syncs Drive locally to their PC or Mac.

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Get Gold Play Points status through 2021 when you upgrade your Google One storage to 2TB

Google's Play Points scheme are meant to get you spending on anything and everything in the Play Store with the hopes that a freebie every so often will keep you engaged and open you up to something new. But if you're already paying out for Google One cloud storage, the company will further reward your buying with a big upgrade. And if you aren't, you've still got plenty of time to get that bonus.

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Box adds biometric face unlock for Pixel 4 and other supported devices

It looks like yet another app is taking advantage of the Pixel 4’s face unlock technology. This time, it’s the popular file-syncing storage app, Box. The latest update for the software allows the Pixel 4 — and other supported devices — to unlock the app using facial recognition.

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Dropbox rolls out 13 new Extensions for video editing, sharing files, and more

About a year ago, Dropbox introduced Extensions, which allowed third-party apps and services to integrate with your content. For instance, you could sign documents with Adobe Sign and DocuSign directly from Dropbox, without having to worry about transferring files. Dropbox is now announcing 13 new extensions, which will integrate with your documents and folders seamlessly.

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Samsung Cloud switches gears from irrelevancy to extinction with some help from Microsoft OneDrive

During Unpacked 2019, Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella made a surprise appearance on stage to declare his company's promise to integrate some of its software savvy with Samsung's hardware prowess. Mere months later, one of Samsung's core services, Samsung Cloud, showed its first signs of collapse when its free tier of storage options dropped from 15GB to a measly 5GB. On this Halloween, it appears Samsung is preparing the coffin for its cloud service with Microsoft's OneDrive primed to be its successor.

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OneDrive's new Personal Vault puts extra security on your sensitive documents

You can pretty much stick a file manager interface onto any app you want. But when it comes to actual personal storage apps, be it local or in the cloud, developers could always go further by installing an enhanced-security enclave — where particularly sensitive files can be stored and accessed only through further authentication. Microsoft recently decided to give OneDrive customers such an extra layer, branding it as their own "Personal Vault."

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