OneDrive is just one of many cloud services available, such as Google Drive and Dropbox, but has the unique advantage of working flawlessly with Microsoft Office documents as long as you also own the Office app with a subscription to Office 365. Without … Read more
A wise man once told me there are two kinds of computer users: those who have lost data and those who will. In other words, it's not matter of if, but when.
For many folks the simplest solution is a cloud-based backup service that archives just your critical stuff: documents, music, photos, and the like. Set it, forget it, and enjoy some PC peace of mind.
Typically such a setup will run you $50-$60 per year. If you're not ready to commit to that kind of expense, here's a cheaper point of entry: You can get … Read more
Avira Online Essentials attempts to give users a more approachable, more modern, more encompassing way to manage security across devices. Online Essentials has been in the works for a long time, as have many other security apps tackling multidevice management, but so far none stands above the rest.
So what exactly is Avira Online Essentials? It's not a piece of downloadable software but a polished security dashboard and download portal. Avira wanted to streamline the security experience by making an online dashboard that lets you download and monitor any Avira software for any device you own, whether it be … Read more
The Windows 8 Start screen is the gateway to your PC and usually the first thing you see when you log in, unless you've chosen to go directly to the desktop. The update to Windows 8.1 also introduced many more customization options to the Start screen.
Whether you use the Start screen only on occasion or rely on it heavily, you've probably spent some time setting it up just the way you like it. To save you from having to go through it again when you reinstall Windows or if your Start screen gets rearranged accidentally, you … Read more
Titanium Backup Root is a decent backup app with plenty of speed, but it only works on rooted Androids. The app doesn't even let you test its backup if your phone isn't rooted. However, if your device is rooted, you might enjoy this app's straightforwardness and all of the features it offers if you opt for the Pro version.
This app backs up all of that data on your phone and SD card, including your app data. It can even back up system apps and move them to your SD card to save space. The only catch … Read more
A friend of mine recently asked whether she should pay to have her laptop repaired or just buy a new one. Repaired for what? The hard drive had died, taking all of her data with it.
If you don't have some kind of cloud-backup solution in place, you're facing the same potential nightmare. I don't bother with whole-system local backups anymore because they're time-consuming and a hassle, and restoration rarely seems to work properly. Rather, I protect just my data, which can easily be restored to any PC (or just accessed online).
That's my long-winded … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- The new Dash Cams aren't the only Garmin product announced at CES to feature cameras. Nestled within the updated 2014 series of Nuvi GPS navigators, the Nuvi 2798LMT debuts as the first Nuvi to feature a wireless backup camera.
The Nuvi 2798LMT starts off with a massive 7-inch screen and boasts Garmin's outstanding navigation software with features that I've enjoyed on its latest flagship navigators, including voice-activated destination entry, free lifetime traffic and maps, and Active Lane Guidance with voice prompts. It also features Garmin Real Directions, which calls out landmarks in the turn-by-turn … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- It's here: the first 4TB portable bus-powered USB 3.0 portable drive. It's the Backup Plus Fast, which Seagate showed off at CES 2014 today.
The new drive is the latest in the Backup Plus family that was first introduced a year and half ago. It shares almost exact the same dimensions as a typical backup drive, with one exception: it's about twice the thickness.
This is because, on the inside, it comes with two 2TB internal hard drives that are blended together in a RAID 0 configuration. This translates into a single volume … Read more
iBackupBot for Mac enables you to explore local backups of iOS devices and retrieve a specific file or setting without having to do a full system restore. This premium app also has built-in text and contact editors that give you even more control over the backup. While the app's main features work as expected, the interface will leave you wanting more.
Following a quick installation, you are greeted by iBackupBot for Mac's main UI, which is nothing fancy. In terms of layout, the app can be a bit overwhelming at times, but it has an excuse: the target … Read more
Nero BackItUp 2014 is a redesigned aid for backing up common files such as music, movies, photos, and documents.Pros:
Multitask: BackItUp allows you to multitask and set new backup processes while current ones are running. For example, you can create custom images if you want to make discrete chunks of different backup files.
Device support: Nero BackItUp supports file backups from Android phones and tablets, with a unified design that spans all machines, including PCs. The universal design makes the experience consistent and easy on any platform.
Clear walkthrough: Nero walks you through the entire backup process, clearly delineating … Read more