Apple makes extracting your music from your iPod unnecessarily difficult, and there's been a cottage industry of software tools designed to get around Apple's restrictive file-renaming conventions. Most of these programs charge you to use them, and of the free ones, few are exceptional at what they do. SharePod breaks the mold with useful features that work encased in a simple but appealing design.
It's a fast freeware tool for transferring your music collection from your iPod to your hard drive, making it easy to back up or restore your music, videos, and photos. It also transfers … Read more
If you've had an iPhone for a long time and you have grown to depend on it then you should know that iPhone backups are important. This week I'll focus on some good tips about the automatic backups created in iTunes each time you sync your iPhone or iPod Touch. All of the tips apply, whether you are using Mac OS X or Windows.
Speed up your backups
If you own an iPhone, you probably enjoy the convenience of using the built-in camera for both still and video photography. I know I do, but my over enthusiastic use … Read more
LAS VEGAS--If you're looking for an effortless way to back up your computer, yet aren't happy with the HP SimpleSave for some reason, an alternative was announced at CES 2010.
The ClickFree C2N from ClickFree, which is the original developer of the backup mechanism that HP implemented in the SimpleSave, can do everything the SimpleSave does but better, plus it works with networked computers, too.
The ClickFree works similarly to the HP SimpleSave on a single computer. All you need to do is connect it to a computer using a USB port via the device's single USB … Read more
Hard drive specialist Western Digital's Anywhere Backup is a smooth and efficient backup utility that can protect your computer's data from crashes. With a simple process and a great design, this tool takes a tough job and makes it easy for anyone.
The program's interface is a real treat to operate, breaking down a complex process into easy stages with the help of a simple three-step wizard. We never felt lost or in need of any more instruction than what was currently onscreen. You can choose a destination on your hard drive for backing up data, or … Read more
FavBackup provides an easy-to-use tool for backing up and restoring Web browser data. Its simple layout and excellent results make it a great way to save your important Web browser information.
The program's interface is impressively simple to operate, with commands broken up into intuitive tabs and onscreen instruction to guide users. We were able to back up all our bookmarks, browsing history, cookies, and more with a single click of a button. Equally impressive, FavBackup will work with a wide range of Web browsers, including Mozilla's Firefox, Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Google's Chrome, Apple's Safari, … Read more
Proof positive that camping out all night to score Black Friday deals is a waste of time, Wal-Mart is offering the same $78 Magnavox MB500MG1F Blu-ray player on its Web site that was previously an in-store-only, fight-the-crowds-to-get-it deal.
Its shipping will run you a measly 97 cents, though you'll probably have to add sales tax as well.
As you might expect, the MB500MG1F is about as no-frills as Blu-ray players come. There's no front-panel LED display, and it definitely won't do BD-Live, Netflix, or anything like that.
Actually, there is one frill: an SDHC slot, meaning you … Read more
A couple of years ago, I wrote a post running down the best places to store your files online. Of the six that I covered, two have since closed up shop and one has changed its name.
It's a constantly changing space. Since then, we have seen a lot of new entrants into the online file storage and backup game. Norton Online Backup is a fairly new product that is getting a very strong upgrade Wednesday with version 2.0 of its product. The new version includes support for Mac and Windows, 90-day file versioning, and the ability to … Read more
When backing up your iPod or iPhone in iTunes, you may run into problems where the program may hang, crash, or display an error message claiming the backup could not be saved on the computer. This problem may affect iTunes versions 7, 8, or 9, and may happen on PCs as well as Macs.… Read more