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YouSendIt Ups Its Game With New Desktop & Mobile Apps

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YouSendIt, a cloud collaboration company that got its start long before “cloud” was cool, is today launching new mobile applications for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices, plus new Mac (beta) and PC desktop clients. The suite of apps will allow users to securely sync files across devices, while also offering unlimited storage.

YouSendIt’s primary value originally came from providing a service that mainly appealed to behind-the-firewall customers who were unable to send large files via email due to Microsoft Exchange limitations. As software developed, for internal corporate I.T. customers and consumers alike, sharing via email became less of a hassle. Attaching a dozen photos to an email, while not the most efficient way to share, is no longer going to guarantee you a bounced email in return.

Plus, there are a number of alternatives to email-based file sharing, especially for consumers, thanks to the rise of social networking services like Facebook, mobile apps, and even good ol’ MMS. That said, consumers have still found value in file storage and syncing services, like Box.net, Dropbox, SugarSync, Syncplicity and others, which serve as easy ways to move both personal and work-related files between an increasing number Internet-connected devices.

With YouSendIt’s refresh, the goal is to now cater to this new breed of file sharers, while differentiating its service via its feature set. One notable feature is YouSendIt’s security, which is a huge focus for the company. YouSendit not only encrypts files during transit (which is common), but also while stored on the company’s servers and on the devices themselves. (Dropbox doesn’t do client-side encryption at this time, meanwhile). Files are locked behind a PIN when on mobile devices, too.

In addition to the file-sharing, folder-sharing and collaboration aspects to the service, YouSendIt also allows users to sign documents (such as contracts) online, something that should appeal to the company’s business users.

YouSendIt now has 23.5 million users in 193 countries. Its service is available as a freemium product, with Pro plans starting at $9.99/month. (Pricing details here). To get started, you can download the YouSendIt desktop apps here and the mobile apps here.

YouSendIt Ups Its Game With New Desktop & Mobile Apps

RIM’s First QNX-Powered BlackBerry May Be Rushed To Its Q1 2012 Release


RIM’s had a rough go of it in the past few months. But there’s a shiny, glittering ray of hope peeking out from the collecting rubble, and it’s called QNX. The Waterloo-based phone maker has been working for quite a while now on a replacement for its BlackBerry OS, and according to a report from BGR, the first QNX-powered handset (codenamed the BlackBerry Colt) will arrive in the first quarter of 2012.

Unfortunately RIM seems to be repeating past mistakes. After the launch of the BlackBerry PlayBook, the tablet was called rushed and half-baked due to its lack of native email. The reason for this was that the company had to re-write code for its BlackBerry Enterprise Servers to work with QNX, which is apparently a very difficult task. These companies face a great deal of pressure from investors to launch as planned, so even without email, RIM pushed out the PlayBook anyway.

RIM seems to be making sacrifices with its first QNX phone, too. RIM had originally suggested that its first QNX-powered smartphones would pack dual-core chipsets. BGR’s source, on the other hand, says that the Colt only touts a single-core processor. Obviously, this could change between now and Q1 2012 (and we hope it will), but as it stands now a multi-core chipset isn’t part of the picture.

The unnamed source also suggested that RIM has a QNX-specific BlackBerry Enterprise Server in the works, but that the Colt won’t be backwards-compatible with current BES versions. Companies opting to use Microsoft Exchange email on the Colt will have to use ActiveSync.

With RIM struggling as it has been, the first QNX-powered handset needs to be better than we could have imagined, even if it’s late. Timeliness is important, but means nothing without a stellar product. Hopefully RIM will remember the PlayBook, and make sure this thing’s ready to go before launch. After all, there’s no new platform looming on the horizon to keep hope alive this time.

RIM’s First QNX-Powered BlackBerry May Be Rushed To Its Q1 2012 Release