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Box.net Gets Huge Upgrade

If you’re like us, you make pretty good use of your Dropbox account and try to entice friends and acquaintances to sign up on your referral. Each referral tacks 250MB more on to your 2GB free account. Well, Box.net just made all of those schemes and plans irrelevant.

It’s an epic box-related throwdown as the rival cloud storage services aim to snag your business. While both offer a free cloud-based place to store your stuff, Box.net has lagged behind Dropbox in some ways. Most notably was its size. Box.net’s free 1GB of storage was decent but could quickly fill up and any growth you had to pay for. Dropbox gave you double that amount and let you expand for free.

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Well Box.net is no longer in the sizable shadow of Dropbox. Announced yesterday on their blog, Box.net has boosted all of its offerings. Free personal storage jumped a huge 4GB from its initial offering to give users a full 5GB of online server space. For free. For doing nothing but signing up or having an already existing account. While Dropbox tops out their free accounts at 8GB, you have to work to get there, signing up at least 24 friends and acquaintances on your say so.

Business too has seen a jump as their accounts were upgraded from picking up 15GB per paying user to getting 500 gigs right out of the gate for a three person account. While Dropbox gives everyone the ease of a drag and drop sync folder, Box.net has left that for business accounts only, and to be honest it’s not that important a feature.

Now if Box.net can only expand its range of integration into apps and other software, this fight could get a lot more interesting.

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FaceTime for Mac Has Huge Security Hole

Okay, okay, it’s a beta and we all know betas tend to have glitches big and small. Users poke, prod, and discover issues and the results of our testing trickles back to the software developers who squash bugs for a living. That’s the drill, but this seems a biggie to let slip out the door.

We clearly anticipate this one getting fixed really, really quickly. Via Mac Rumors we find that FaceTime for Mac displays your account information once you’re logged in. What kind of account information? you ask. How about your date of birth as well as your security question and its answer? How about that on display?

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Now, granted, someone has to have physical access to your computer to see this information, but looking over your shoulder in a coffee shop isn’t that hard to pull off. And with this information, they can change your password and lock you out of your own account while they run rampant. Apparently, you can even reset your password in FaceTime without being first prompted to enter the original password.

What’s that? You say you’ll just log out of FaceTime when you’re done? Not so fast there, kids. FaceTime for Mac Beta is just so darned helpful that it remembers the last accessed account and autopopulates the information when you (or someone else) signs on. So you don’t even need to have FaceTime open to let anyone who gets their hands on your machine have full rein of anything you use your Apple ID for, like iTunes and the App Store.

Ain’t it grand being an early adopter?

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Boxee Releases New Beta, Adds Huge Movie Library

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Boxee’s newest beta is out today, and available for download now. For those of you not in the know, Boxee is an all-in-one social media platform for your media needs, and it just got better.

The newest Boxee release adds a fancy new Movie Library, which you can now access by selecting “Movies” from the main screen. With it comes thosands of free movies, from sources EZTakes, Indie Movies Online, MUBI, and OpenFilm. The movies are free, but ad supported. According to Boxee, even more movie sources will be added in the future. You can search for movies to watch now, and queue up films for later, much like Netflix’s Instant Watch, except without the monthly fee.

Boxee admits the new library is a little rough around the edges–for instance, not all movies have artwork yet. But, they wanted to get the new feature out there, and we certainly appreciate it. The update also adds over 100 bug-fixes. So, regardless of whether you’re partial to Boxee, Plex, or Front Row, it looks like this is an update worth checking out!

 

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