When using your Mac, maintaining a small amount of free drive space is required to keep your system running optimally. While nothing stops you from adding files to your drive until it can hold no more, once you start encroaching on the last ~10GB-20GB of space, the system will not be able to manage its virtual memory footprint as easily, resulting in slower performance. Additionally, even though OS X manages file fragmentation for conventional hard drives well by keeping 20MB chunks of data in contiguous blocks, this feature requires free space to work, and may suffer if you are limited … Read more
The ability to sync files between devices, computers, and the Web makes Dropbox a popular cloud storage service. In the past year, Dropbox saw an impressive acquisition path involving AudioGalaxy, SnapJoy, and Mailbox. Unfortunately, the Web interface for the service leaves a bit to be desired -- probably because they're busy working on integrating new features from their acquisitions.
If you're used to looking at command prompts or file servers, you may not mind that there's no tree-style menu when accessing your files on Dropbox's Web site. But if that's not your thing, … Read more
Congrats to Russell B. of Nashua, N.H., for winning a $250 gift certificate to Rakuten.com Shopping in last week's giveaway. This week, we've got two prizes for the price of none.
SanDisk is giving away two tiny flash-based storage devices -- the SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive and the SanDisk Connect Wireless Media Drive. The new supercompact drives are the first Wi-Fi-enabled storage devices from the flash memory maker. Both have a built-in battery and a 802.11n Wi-Fi network, and support multiple Wi-Fi clients at a time. … Read more
In an ideal world, Apple would have designed its iPhones, iPods, and iPads with memory-expansion slots. But in this world, you're stuck with whatever fixed amount of storage you purchased.
So what happens when you go to download a movie or install a big game like Madden NFL 25 and your iDevice tells you don't have enough space available?
You're out of luck, that's what. Your only real option is to free up additional space by deleting apps and data. Ah, but how can you determine which apps and data are using the most space? If … Read more
It's a busy week for former Microsoft Windows chief Steven Sinofsky when it comes to startups.
Earlier this week he joined the board of a vehicle analytics and logistics company Local Motion, and now he's signed on as an adviser with Box, the cloud storage service.
Box announced the news on Thursday, saying Sinofsky -- who spent more than 20 years at Microsoft, and at one point ran the company's SkyDrive service -- would help with future product plans.
"He's seen firsthand where the market has been, and more importantly, he understands where the industry … Read more
Following Google's lead, Microsoft has added optical character recognition (OCR) to images stored on its SkyDrive cloud storage service.
"With this new SkyDrive release, our OCR tool will automatically run on your camera roll photos so you can instantly see the extracted text whenever you view your photos on SkyDrive.com," Microsoft said in a blog post on Wednesday.
The feature can be useful, especially when people use camera phones to take photos of signs, maps, business cards, or other textual subjects they might want to refer to later. (Windows Phone devices can be set so photos … Read more
If you're looking for free cloud storage, you probably know the popular options: 2GB from Dropbox, 5GB from Box and SugarSync, 7GB from SkyDrive, 15GB from Google Drive, and so on.
Of course, these services aren't really built with backup in mind, and even if they were, that's probably not enough free space to handle your archival needs.
California-based SurDoc raises the bar by offering 100GB of free cloud storage for one year. After that, you'll pay a very reasonable $30 annually to keep the space.
Update: SurDoc has been down for the better part of … Read more
The next-gen Xbox One and PlayStation 4 game consoles are both coming in November. In the meantime, current-generation Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles are more affordable than ever -- both available for the very reasonable sum of $199. But are these entry-level models so stripped-down that they're a bad investment? Or are they a budget gamer's dream?
The dilemma It's hard to imagine that anyone interested in buying an Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 doesn't already own one (it's been a half-dozen years, people). That said, there's still a lot of fun to … Read more
Cloud storage service Box has doubled the amount of storage for personal use and added more business options, the company announced on Wednesday.
This means individuals who store files in the company's cloud for free have access to 10GB instead of 5GB. Box hopes more storage space will attract more consumers who will eventually bring their companies on board.
"This is an exciting and long-contemplated move, and the biggest change we've made to our offerings since 2010," CEO Aaron Levie wrote in a blog post.
It's a good move for Box if it wants to … Read more
You remember Mailbox, right? The free iOS app that was set to revolutionize the way we e-mail. With options to snooze and postpone e-mails from being visible in our Inbox, it was sure to be a hit! And it was; after a long list of users waiting to gain access to the service, Dropbox decided it needed to acquire Mailbox.
Fast-forward to today, and you'll find an iPad version of the app along with Dropbox integration (naturally) within the app. And with the Dropbox integration in mind, if you connect your Dropbox account to Mailbox, you'll automagically gain … Read more