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Balloon Sends a Link for Anyone to Add Files to Your Dropbox

When you’re trying to collect together a lot of files, it’s a pain to everyone on the same page. If you’re a Dropbox user, Balloon is a web app that lets you create a single link you can send to people so they can add files to your Dropbox without needing a Dropbox account themselves. » 8/29/15 9:45am Saturday 9:45am

Kaboom Gives You Self-Destructing Messages You Can Share Anywhere

Android/iOS: “Self-destructing messages” are mostly BS. There’s no way to ensure the message is ever really gone, and most apps require all your friends to sign up just to share messages. Kaboom solves at least the latter problem, by letting you share those timed messages anywhere, with anyone. » 8/09/15 10:44am 8/09/15 10:44am

Five Best Ways to Share Playlists

Sharing music with friends is a time-honored way to discover new bands, talk over your music tastes with friends, and learn a bit more about the bands that you love. This week we’re looking at five different ways to send and share playlists around at a party, or just among friends, based on your nominations. » 7/26/15 3:40pm 7/26/15 3:40pm

Slingshot's Designers Say You're Using It Wrong

Facebook's new app, Slingshot, is confusing. The premise behind it is that you can send images to your friends—but they won't be able to see your image until they send one back to you. As a messaging service, it's flawed. But, according to the app's designers, it's not a messaging service. It's something entirely… » 6/23/14 4:00pm 6/23/14 4:00pm

Every City Should Have This Ingenious "Library of Things"

It's happened to us all. You're planning for some big project and suddenly you're in need of a power drill... Or kitchen stand mixer... Or hiking gear. Now, you could just shell out for it, but when are you going to use it again? Enter Leila, a genius little "borrowing shop" in Berlin that saves you money while… » 3/18/14 7:00pm 3/18/14 7:00pm

A Key You Can Photograph Is A Key That Can Be Copied

If you take a picture of a car or house key, could you use that picture to get a copy made? Yes—quite trivially, actually. I have a folder on my laptop that is filled with photos people have taken of their keys and put onto the internet. Every few weeks, I take some idle time and associate one of those keys to an… » 2/13/14 4:20pm 2/13/14 4:20pm

A New Study Says You Sell More Music If You Get Rid Of Content Locks

Digital Rights Management (DRM) systems are used on things like ebook and movie files to make them more difficult to share. During the Napster era the major record labels got on board with DRMs in a big way hoping that they could reduce piracy by locking their music files down. But a new study shows what we've all… » 12/01/13 5:51pm 12/01/13 5:51pm