Cloud storage services have been kicking around for a while now, yet it still surprises us how few people actually take advantage of them. These systems are a very safe way to store your previous data, just as long as you use good passwords and maintain reasonable security measures.
The biggest advantage, of course, is that your data is stored off-site, so that the theft, damage or loss of your hardware doesn’t also mean you’ll lose your data. For example, uploading your entire video collection is probably not an option, and full system backups to the cloud can literally take months of uploading to complete the first time around. As we move to the NBN, that’s likely to change for some users, but for now, you do have to be mindful of how much of your monthly internet quota is being used for cloud storage and access. Broadly speaking, there are two flavours of consumer cloud storage systems: sync-and-share services and backup services. You may be more familiar with the sync and share model, since it’s used in common tools like Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive. These services let you mirror directories on your computer with the cloud drive, where anything you put in the directory is copied to the drive. These services also have a share functionality, allowing you link mobile devices to the cloud drive and access data and upload photos from your mobile to the drive (which, of course, is then mirrored back on your PC). You can share data with other people as well, either through a URL or, if they’re a user of the same service, by linking your cloud drive directories with theirs, creating a shared directory.
The other type of cloud storage service is the backup service, which tend to work a lot like regular backup applications, but instead of having, say, a USB hard drive as the backup target, you have the cloud drive.
These services will actually come with the backup app that you download and install on your PC. Likewise, you can technically use a sync-and-share service for backup, simply by making it the target destination in your backup app. It’s not space efficient, as you’ll have two copies of your data on your hard drive (the original and the backup), but it works. There are a huge number of both sync- and backup-oriented cloud services around now, and we don’t have nearly enough room to cover them all, so for this feature we’ve focused on what we think are the biggest (and often best) options. In the backup space, we’ve likewise fully reviewed four of our favourites, although there are many more you can check out if you’ve a mind, including Carbonite, Mozy, IDrive, Backblaze in addition to SOS Online Backup.
Just as with Google and Microsoft, if you have an Amazon account, you also automatically have an Amazon Cloud Drive account – although Amazon recently changed all of its plans and no longer offers a free account. However, the ‘Send to Kindle’ feature for personal documents doesn’t count towards your storage limit anymore. Functionally, it’s very similar to the other services, with a local app you can install on your PC and mobile devices, as well as a web interface to your files.
We do particularly love the web interface for Amazon, and it even supports dragging and dropping files to upload — although that’s a little redundant with the local app installed. It also supports the ability (like Dropbox) to generate URL links to files and directories that you can email to others. Verdict: We don’t love the way folders are shared with other users, but the service is otherwise solid. Its clean app design, wide platform support and surprisingly deep multi-user feature set are still the benchmark that other services need to chase.
We love how easy the mobile apps are to use, and the way you can very quickly share files and directories with non-Dropbox users just by right-clicking on them in Windows Explorer and selecting ‘Share Dropbox link’ from the menu. Subtle features, like the new ‘File Request’ feature (which sends out an email asking for a file, which the recipient can then upload to your Dropbox), access to multiple versions of files, document commenting and the Carousel gallery sharing feature are great additions and really keep Dropbox just that step ahead when it comes to file sharing.
While we don’t love its web interface compared to OneDrive in particular, it’s still very easy to use.
Where OneDrive is built into Windows 8 and 10, and pretty much everyone has a Google account now, you’ll have to actively convince your friends and relatives to install Dropbox. Verdict: Great for features and platform support, but it needs a more generous free account limit.
It should be noted, that capacity is shared with Google Mail and other Google Apps, so a big Gmail archive may eat into it somewhat. It’s fair to say that Google still lags behind both OneDrive and Dropbox when it comes to the interface.
You install the PC app and a shared folder will appear; anything you put in it is uploaded.
Probably its biggest selling point, however, are the free web-based productivity tools it provides.
Verdict: It’s not as elegant as OneDrive or Dropbox, but Google Docs, Sheets and Slides are a major bonus. Microsoft’s entry into the world of sync-and-share was is built into Windows 8 and 10 and comes with every Microsoft account. Microsoft has done a great job of improving it since launch, and it’s now our top pick of the big three on both features and price. OneDrive’s great strength is its web interface, which is the best of the major sync drive suppliers and likely the best cloud storage interface, period.
Its tools for viewing, sharing and organising files are second to none — particularly when it comes to photos, with features like automatic tagging and sorting. It works well with a lot of Windows apps, including Office, and also integrates smoothly into the Windows 8 Modern UI, which is not something that can be said for Google or Dropbox. Like Google, Microsoft has an online office suite associated with the service, although in this case it’s not available with the free account. With a $9 per month subscription, however, you can get 1TB of storage along with Office 365. Verdict: Its superior file organisation and Windows integration make this our top pick for Windows users. You can also generate links to files and folders that you can send to other people for easy sharing. What makes Bitcasa a backup tool is the addition of one simple feature: the Mirror folder option. The folder is then copied to the cloud drive, and a symbolic link to it is placed in the Bitcasa folder. In addition to the usual types of targets (USB drives, directories, network shares – CrashPlan has several unique options.
One of those is to back up to another PC running CrashPlan, either yours or somebody else’s.
The other option is to back up to Code42’s cloud servers, which is where the paid service comes in.

It also includes a continuous backup option and unlimited file version retention, as well as a courier service where a physical drive can be delivered with your backup on it.
What’s more, Code42 is one of the few providers to have local Australian backup servers, which managed to redline our 30Mbps Telstra connection when we tested the service. In contrast to the hybrid approach of SpiderOak and Bitcasa or the flexible approach of CrashPlan, Norton’s online backup service is conventional, following the likes of Carbonite, Backblaze and Mozy as a simple, straightforward backup solution. There’s no syncing or multiple target support here — just a versioned, easy-to-use application to keep your data safe.
The application is managed entirely through a web browser, with only a small taskbar agent running on the host PC. For most users, the heavy lifting is already done – by default it’s configured to back up important documents (based on file type) stored in your user folder, but you can add additional files and folders if you like.
You can recover files through the same interface (versions are stored for up to 90 days), and you can also generate web links to individual files in the archive to email to yourself or other people. Verdict: It’s a service with limited options, but it’s a good install-and-forget solution for families.
Much like Bitcasa and a number of the newer cloud solutions, SpiderOak is something of a hybrid, offering both syncing services and backup. The main portion of the SpiderOak application is the backup solution, which operates very much like a conventional backup app. You choose your directories from a tree and set your backup options, which includes useful features like bandwidth limiting and continuous or scheduled backup (if you have limited quota, switching from the default continuous is a good idea). The other part of SpiderOak is Hive, which is a syncing solution with features comparable to Dropbox. The main SpiderOakOne control app for Windows has certainly grown on us, with easy-to-manage access to all of the service’s main features.
You can also set up the app on several PCs — SpiderOak only cares about total capacity, not the number of devices.
The unadorned mobile apps automatically upload your photos and give you access to any files in your Drive. Even though most people still have CD and DVD burner drives in their computers, you’ve probably bought a movie that is in Blu-ray format. If you like watching movies on your computer and you have a high-end monitor, then it might be worth the extra cost.
If you want to start using Blu-ray discs to store large amounts of data physically, then your best option is to simply buy an external Blu-ray burner online. In this article, I’ll talk about the different Blu-ray formats and some of their technical specs. After I bought an HD camcorder back in 2010, I suddenly had hundreds of gigabytes of data sitting on my computer. When Blu-ray first came out, there were really only two types of discs: write and rewriteable.
A BD-RE DL (50GB and rewriteable) disc is even more expensive coming in at around $3 per disc. BD-XL DS (double-sided) TL is another specification that has been approved by the Blu-ray Disc Association, which will support up to 200 GB, but it will only be cost-effective for commercial uses like data centers, cloud computing, etc. For consumers, the most you can get with Blu-ray is a BD-XL burner and a BD-XL TL disc, which can store up to 100 GB.
Lastly, the Blu-ray Disc Association announced at the end of 2015 that new 4K Blu-ray disc format will support Ultra HD 4K video up to 60 frames per second.
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Right now in Australia we don’t have nearly enough of it, so we still have to be judicious about what we store in the cloud. In that app, you’ll set the directories you’d like to back up and it will upload them to the cloud for you, with periodic or continuous updates as files change.
Most backup services allow you to access the contents of your backup archive from a mobile or web interface, and you may even be allowed to share individual files.
If you want to explore beyond those options, however, you can check out services like Copy, Tresorit and Box among others. Still, the creation and management of shared files and folders in Amazon is well behind that of Dropbox, and if you’re looking for a collaborative shared directory setup, we’d strongly recommend Dropbox or one of the other services.
Getting non-Amazon ebooks onto a Kindle is made much easier with the Cloud Drive, since you can just copy them to your Kindle directory to have them uploaded.
Which may be hard, since Dropbox is rather stingier with its free account, offering only 2GB. Compared with the simple elegance of those services, Google Drive is a little obtuse, although the basic functionality is pretty much the same. There’s integration with Gmail, which allows you to save your email attachments directly to the Drive. Google Drive has a spreadsheet (Sheets), word processor (Docs), presentation tool (Slides) and more that can be used to work on documents stored in the drive without ever installing an app on your PC.

It can sync your PC settings, have files tagged for offline access on mobile devices and serve as a backup target. It’s not perfect at either of them, but if you just want to pay one subscription for both kinds of services, it’s a solid option. You can do this from Windows or the web interface, and such files can be password-protected. Once it’s installed, you can right click on a folder (say, your User folder) in Windows Explorer and choose to have Bitcasa mirror that folder.
Changes to the original folder are reflected in its mirror on the Bitcasa drive, but you can’t modify the files in Bitcasa and have them reflected back to the original. It’s not great – there’s no file versioning, and the backup is manual and non-selective – but if you just want a sync drive with something basic for backup, it gets the job done pretty well. You check the boxes next to the files and folders you’d like to back up, then set your schedule and backup options. That way you can create your own peer-to-peer backup cloud, backing up your and your friends’ PCs to each other (backups are encrypted, too).
The CrashPlan subscription provides unlimited capacity for one (on the Individual plan) or two to 10 (Family Plan) PC backups. The mobile app lets you access files in your archives, but it’s pretty basic and offers no backup of the data on your phone.
For example, you can’t configure continuous backups and there’s no Windows Explorer integration for easily adding additional folders. You just need to install the agent, register your PCs one by one and Symantec really takes care of most of the rest. It’s a little more awkwardly implemented than Dropbox, especially when it comes to linking and sharing with other users, but it’s full-featured and is more flexible than Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive. We particularly love the Windows Explorer integration, which lets you use right-click to add any folder to the sync or backup schedule. Due to the cost, you’ll only see Blu-ray drives installed on custom PCs or on higher-end machines from companies like Dell or HP. However, most people spend money on more expensive HDTVs and therefore most Blu-ray discs you’ll buy today are for movies. Blu-ray discs are a great way to quickly and cheaply backup large amounts of data that would otherwise require a really large cloud storage plan or large external hard drive. As long as they don’t get crushed, my data will be safely stored on those discs for a very long time.
If you have a Xbox One or PS4 console, you can burn your movies onto a Blu-ray disc and play them directly.
Just like dual layer DVDs, these Blu-ray discs could hold double the amount of data as regular discs or 50 GB in this case. In 2010, BD-XL discs were announced and they come in two flavors: triple layer (TL) and quadruple layer (QL). That’s because these new 4K TVs will support high dynamic range, which allows them to show more colors, more details, and better highlights. However, according to the people who have seen it, 4K with high dynamic range makes a significant difference over 1080p, whereas a lot of people say that it’s hard to see the difference between a current 4K set and 1080p, especially on TVs less than 65 inches in size. For most people, it’ll apply to their movies and TV sets, but also for those who own Blu-ray disc drives on their computers. Qua to qua ngon qua dam; ?nh sex khoe ng?c kh?ng c?a Trang Cac Ch G?p Nu Ph?m co gi c?n n?i ham mu?n day. Samsung said Wednesday that two color laser printers with near-field communication would be available in the U.S. Paper handling includes a 150-sheet input tray and a 50-sheet output traya€”best suited for low-volume use, in other words. The printers ship with starter-size cartridges that last for just 700 pages (black) and 500 pages (each color).
They’re managed by storage security professionals, and are generally kept in data centres with backups and redundancies. There’s also the offline support on mobile devices, which lets you flag favourites to be accessible when you’re not connected. This way, accidentally deleting files from the Bitcasa drive won’t cause any damage to your PC. That worked great and I still do that, but one of my external hard drives failed and I lost a lot of video. It’s just another way to keep your data backed up in case of hard drive crashes, which still happen more often than you would think. This is actually a lot easier than trying to stream your content from your computer or NAS to your HDTV, which requires a gigabit connection between all your devices. I graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, GA in 2002 with a degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. We just linked the file or embed from Youtube then display them here to make visitor easy to find it. NFC is supposed to make it easier for that print to happen through a simple touch, though therea€™s also an app involved, of course. Adding NFC helps them keep pace, just as they all had to jump onto cloud printing a couple of years ago. If you spend a little more (around $110), you can get an external Blu-ray burner that supports BD-XL discs, which go up to a whopping 128 GBs.
Storing all that data in the cloud was too expensive and slow, so I started burning Blu-ray discs. The C460FW MFP is based on the same engine but adds a scanner and automatic document feeder for copy, scan, and fax functions. A home or small-office user is assumed to print at fairly low volumes, so it may take a while even to get through those starter cartridges.
For the moment, it's a differentiator for these printers, but the truth is that unless near-field communication pops up in more productsa€”and more services, it's not going to get very far.
But once you do, dona€™t be surprised if the replacement cartridges have high costs per page.

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