Make Tech Easier: How to Share Files and Locations With Google Calendar

Make Tech Easier: How to Share Files and Locations With Google Calendar. “When you’re arranging a big event, it’s a good idea to bundle all the information that your guests need into one calendar event. That way, the guests know when the event is, where it’s taking place, and any additional documentation they might need ahead of time. Did you know, however, that you can set up all of these in one Google Calendar event? All you need to do is set up the event and share it with your guests, and Google does all the work for you!”

CNET: Android is finally getting its version of Apple’s AirDrop

CNET: Android is finally getting its version of Apple’s AirDrop. “Android is getting a feature that’s been beloved among iPhone users for years. Google, which makes the Android mobile operating system, on Tuesday said it’s launching a tool called Nearby Share that lets people quickly send files to the devices of people around them. The feature is similar to Apple’s AirDrop, which debuted for Mac computers in 2011, then came to iPhones two years later.”

Neowin: Google’s AirDrop competitor Nearby Share could support Windows, Mac, and Chrome OS

Neowin: Google’s AirDrop competitor Nearby Share could support Windows, Mac, and Chrome OS. “Google has been working on an AirDrop-like alternative file sharing service for Android for quite a while now. Despite multiple leaks, the company is yet to announce its new local file sharing service. This has led to a number of Android OEMs like Samsung, OPPO, OnePlus, Realme, Xiaomi, and others to come up with their own fast file-sharing protocol. However, it looks like Google’s file sharing service will have a key advantage over other such protocols: it will work with PCs running Windows, macOS, Linux, and even Chrome OS.”

Ars Technica: Google’s upcoming Airdrop clone gets an early demo on video

Ars Technica: Google’s upcoming Airdrop clone gets an early demo on video. “Google is working on a wireless local file sharing feature for Android along the same lines as Apple’s Airdrop. While it isn’t out yet, XDA’s Mishaal Rahman got an early version of it up and running on a few devices, as it’s currently dormant in versions of Google Play Services that are out in the wild.”

MEL Magazine: An Oral History of LimeWire: The Little App That Changed the Music Industry Forever

MEL Magazine: An Oral History of LimeWire: The Little App That Changed the Music Industry Forever. “In 2001, the internet’s premier file-sharing service Napster was shut down after just two years, leaving a giant vacuum in the ever-expanding peer-to-peer file-sharing space. There was, however, no putting the toothpaste back into the tube. Suddenly, it was possible — and extremely popular — to download media for free. It was only a matter of time before the next platform emerged to meet that demand.”

Stars and Stripes: CDs, faxes make comeback as military file-sharing service taken offline

Stars and Stripes: CDs, faxes make comeback as military file-sharing service taken offline. “The shuttering of a widely used military file-sharing service last month has left the services without an online option for transferring sensitive unclassified files, so they’re turning to CDs, DVDs, postal mail and even fax machines.” Remember sneakernet?

Techdirt: Study Suggests Shutting Down Filesharing Sites Would Hurt Music Industry, New Artists

Techdirt: Study Suggests Shutting Down Filesharing Sites Would Hurt Music Industry, New Artists. “… there has been an update to a study first publicized as a work in progress several years ago run by the Information Economics and Policy Journal out of Queen’s University. Based on that study, it looks like attempts to shut down filesharing sites would not just be ineffectual, but disastrous for both the music industry as a whole and especially new and smaller-ticket artists. The most popular artists, on the other hand, tend to be more hurt by piracy than helped. That isn’t to be ignored, but we must keep in mind that the purpose of copyright law is to get more art created for the benefit of the public and it seems obvious that the public most benefits from a larger successful music ecosystem as opposed to simply getting more albums from the largest audiences.”

CNET: How to set up a shared library with Google Photos

CNET: How to set up a shared library with Google Photos. “Although we are both equipped with an iPhone, I take many more photos than my wife, which makes me the photo keeper of the family. When the occasion arises to show a photo of one of our two kids to a friend (that we have not already posted to Instagram), she asks me to dig through the photos on my phone and find the requested image. Now, thanks to new shared libraries from Google Photos, I no longer need to serve as the family’s photo retriever.”

Dropbox Announces New Products (PRESS RELEASE)

Dropbox has made some updates and rolled them out in a big PRESS RELEASE. “Dropbox today launched a series of new products and business solutions that will transform the future of teamwork. Companies are increasingly organizing themselves around teams, and Dropbox is building the tools they need to be creative and productive. Today’s launches include Smart Sync (formerly Project Infinite), Dropbox Paper, a redesigned Dropbox web interface with improved collaboration features, and new Dropbox Business packages.”

Threatpost: Box.com Plugs Account Data Leakage Flaw

Threatpost: Box.com Plugs Account Data Leakage Flaw. “Box.com has changed the way it handles publicly shared accounts and folders after a researcher found confidential documents and data belonging to Box.com users via Google, Bing and other search engines. While Box.com maintains this is a case of its customers unintentionally over-sharing, it says it has ‘fixed’ the issue.”

Google Launches “Team Drives” in Beta / Testing Release

Google has launched “Team Drives” in what looks like early beta. “Google is opening up applications to businesses interested in testing its new file-sharing product called Team Drives. Announced earlier this fall, the focus of Team Drives is to offer companies an easier way to share files across their organization, along with more granular access controls over the content those shared folders contain.”