How to Edit Microsoft Office Docs with Dropbox

Available for both the Android and iOS versions of Dropbox, the integration between Office and Dropbox apps taps into the partnership announced in November of this year between the two companies. The latest feature allows Dropbox users to edit Office files right from the app. It also lets users running the mobile version of Office to directly access their Dropbox files, as explained in this Dropbox post.

Before this new partnership, user’s of Microsoft’s mobile apps could only store and access their files via OneDrive, Microsoft’s personal cloud-based storage service. Now the new merge opens up options for Dropbox users who don’t have OneDrive accounts. The partnership benefits users, but it also benefits Dropbox and Microsoft by expanding the number of potential users they can gain.

Before, Office mobile app users were unable to edit documents without a $6.99/month Office 365 subscription. Since their new partnership with Dropbox, Microsoft has changed the rules a bit so that users can create and perform basic editing tasks in the mobile apps for free.

For anyone who uses Dropbox and Microsoft Office on their Android or iOS device, this is how it works:

  • First, make sure you’re running the latest version of Dropbox. If you’re operating on iOS, make sure your Word, Excel, and PowerPoint are all up to date; for Android, make sure you have the latest version of Microsoft Office Mobile.
  • Launch Dropbox on your mobile device and open any Microsoft Office file.
  • The first time you open an Office file, Dropbox will point out a new Edit icon that will let you open the file in its native office app. Tap the icon.
  • Dropbox will ask you if you want to open the file with its native app. Tap the name of the Office app.
  • Next, you’re asked to grant permission for the corresponding app to access your Dropbox files and folder. When you tap the allow link the file will open in its native Office app.
  • Now you can view and edit the file. Once you’ve finished editing, tap the Back button to exit the app and go back to Dropbox. You should see the changes you made in Dropbox.

There is a catch though. All of this works nice and smoothly for personal accounts (my own test run went great) but if you want to edit Office files using Dropbox for Business you’ll need one of the following Office 365 accounts:

  • Business
  • Business Premium
  • ProPlus
  • E3
  • E4

If you need more information about how to edit your Office files with Dropbox, check out this help page.

3 Awesome Password Managers

In today’s world, our security is constantly threatened so using the same password for all of your accounts isn’t going to cut it anymore. Grab one of these three apps to manage your passwords across all of your devices and accounts and secure your digital life.

Password Managers

The great thing about using a password manager is that you only have to remember one master password (so make it a good one). If you can handle that, one of these password managers below can handle the rest of your log-in information. Some of them can even generate passwords for you so you never have to worry about man or machine hacking your info.

LastPass and KeePass are both well-known tried-and-true apps but I wanted to come up with a different list containing some recent, popular, and proven password management apps.

Keeper 

Keeper is a password management app that can be run on Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows devices. It’s free to download and use but if you want to back up your information to the cloud, you’ll have to purchase a subscription for $9.99/year.

Once you have logged onto a website after installing Keeper, the app will put a button on the site to begin using for safer and more secure log-ins. Keeper also comes with a “Vault to Vault” sharing feature which allows users share information safely with other Keeper users.

Keep utilizes a 256-bit AES encryption to protect your accounts.

mSecure 

mSecure is an excellent password management app that can be downloaded onto Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows devices. It costs $9.99 for Android and iOS downloads and $19.99 for Mac and Windows downloads – these are not subscriptions, they are one time fees.

mSecure comes with a password generator but you also have the ability to create your own passwords within the app as well. It has a huge library full of icons you can use to customize your log-in buttons on websites and uses a 256-bit Blowfish encryption to protect your accounts.

PasswordBox

PasswordBox completes the last as a third password management app for Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows devices. You can download the app for free with a 25-password limit or, you can upgrade to unlimited password storage for $11.99/year.

PasswordBox offers one-touch log-in options (like the other apps on the list) and it will automatically save your log-ins as you browse. To protect your information, PasswordBox uses a 256-bit AES encryption with the option of an additional PIN code to add a second layer of security to your information.

All three of the apps on this list are great options and honestly, it just comes down to personal preference. I’ve experimented with all three and found I prefer mSecure best. I like the fact that there’s only a one time fee, I get excellent security, and have the options to create my own passwords or have them generated for me.

Do you have a favorite password management app? I’d love to hear about it, so please don’t be shy about sharing and leaving a comment!

Sony’s New E-Ink Watch

Last week, rumors started floating around that Sony has been busy developing a watch constructed entirely out of e-paper, the same material used in devices like the Kindle. The real surprise though is that we’ve known what the watch looked like since September – we just didn’t know it until now.

Sony’s name had yet to be attached to the watch and it’s been known as the FES Watch. The watch is being produced by Fashion Entertainments, an offshoot of Sony.

Sony told the Wall Street Journal that it wanted to see how popular the watch would be without a big brand name attached to it.

The FES Watch uses e-paper on both the face and strap of the watch, making it highly customizable for the user. Sony already has the Smartwatch 3 to compete with other smart notification feature watches so you won’t find that with the FES Watch. However, the watch can last up to 60-days between battery charges thanks to the low-power use of the e-ink, and it comes with a choice of up to 24 different faces.

Under Fashion Entertainments, Sony used a crowdfunding campaign to pay for the creation and development of the FES Watch. Those who backed the project will receive their FES Watch in May of 2015. Sony has yet to reveal if this product will receive a full consumer release. If released, the FES Watch would retail for about $170.