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Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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Quick, simple file-sharing service Drop.io enabled real-time chat streams on file drops earlier this month. As of this morning, they've made it far more simple to bring a bunch of friends or co-workers into a (very, very) Campfire-styled web chat room with conference.io. Two clicks to create a room, email the link, and you can review uploads, call in by phone, and, coming soon, log in through a third-party chat app.

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Drop.io, the no-hassle file sharing service, opens up real-time a streaming chat view for any file you create on the site. That means you, a group of collaborators, or the whole world can talk about your stuff.

In other words, Drop.io is kinda moving into the space of real-time chat-and-file services like Campfire. Drop.io, however, has a few advantages going into that ring, as any "drop" you create and watch (by heading to drop.io/drop_name/chat, obviously replacing drop_name for your own variable) has all the same plug-ins as a standard drop space. You get a dedicated number to call and leave voicemails on (posted as MP3s), mobile phones (iPhone and G1 for now) can chat with a "stream key," files can be emailed in, and, coming "very soon," third-party clients like Pidgin or iChat can join in the discussion. And anyone in the room can make themselves aware of changes with a wide variety of network alerts:

One notable feature missing from Drop.io real-time chat, as compared to Campfire is, simply, search. Seeing what everyone just recently said about the big news is cool, but that link suggested yesterday is a bit more crucial. Still, if you're looking to create a one-off or regular, password-protected chat space to discuss files, ideas, and the like, Drop.io might be a good place to try out a little real-time collaboration.

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iPhone/iPod touch only: Free, no-sign-up file sharing service drop.io is a great place to stash files. With the Droppler iPhone app, it becomes an essential tool for storing and grabbing anything on the go. Droppler isn't free, but at $US1.99, it serves up a lot of useful functions. drop.io is a pretty unique service amongst the many online storage competitors; it only offers 100MB per "drop," which can contain multiple files, but those files can be shared, linked, controlled, and otherwise used as semi-disposable cloud space. Connecting your iPhone to Drop.io through Droppler gives you, for instance, the ability to quickly upload photos for easy grabbing on your desktop, rather than to click the photo, hit "Email," type an address, wait to send, and repeat ad nauseum. You can stash away links and notes to check on your iPhone later, like grocery lists, and images and screenshots from your iPhone can later be faxed, sent, or otherwise manipulated. Droppler also lets you record voice memos directly into a drop.io space, but my iPod lacks the iPhone's mouthpiece to properly show it off. The major limitation of Droppler is really an iPhone limitation—you can't download or store files that the device doesn't work with or recognise, like .zip archives. Other than that, it's a real convenient means of keeping web-based notes and links accessible anywhere, offloading files for quick download, and otherwise extending your phone's space. Droppler is $1.99, requires an iPhone or iPod touch running at least the 2.2 software.

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