New Filesharing Apps: MediaFire for PC/Mac, Dropbox for iOS 7

The cloud storage/sharing wars continue to heat up. Old timer MediaFire has released new OS X and Windows apps to complement its previous Web-based access, and Dropbox has announced version 3.0 of its iOS app.

The MediaFire desktop clients, currently in beta, have basic features similar to those of Dropbox, with desktop folders that automatically upload to the cloud and automatic synchronization across registered devices when new files are uploaded. New features include the ability to share files directly with social media contacts, and a camera icon allows screenshots to be taken, annotated and shared.

But MediaFire has upped the game in terms of free space. It offers 50 GB free, compared to DropboxEUs standard offer of 2 GB, and its pricing goes up to $9.99 monthly for 200 GB, twice the storage space of DropboxEUs offer.

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ThereEUs also an activity feed that keeps track of updates to files made by others and of newly uploaded files, and files are automatically organized by date, edit history and type. Audio and video files can be streamed from MediaFire to any device, with on-the-fly transcoding that results in device-appropriate displays. The company said that a EUglobal lockEU feature is being developed, which will automatically lock a file if someone else is using it.

Additionally, sign-up is not required. A user simply needs to specify which folder is available for sharing and then indicate invitees, who then have the ability to move files up or down.

Founded way back in 2006 and with an estimated 30 million users worldwide, MediaFire has carved a niche based around media-using businesses that need to send very large files. Now it is joining the modern storage/sharing competition with a new Web site to go along with the new Windows and PC apps. The company has said it...

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