• Spanning Cloud Apps Raises $2 Million For Cloud Backup Services

    The Austin-based startup Spanning Cloud Apps, a cloud-based app developer, today announced that it has closed a $2 million series A round, led by the Foundry Group, a VC firm based in Boulder. Seth Levine, Foundry Group’s managing director, will be joining Spanning’s board of directors. Founded in 2010 by Charlie Wood, Spanning Cloud Apps is the maker of Spanning Backup, a… Read More

  • Hands-On With The Iomega Superhero iPhone Back-up And Charger

    I’m a big fan of backing up. Do it all the time. That’s why I’m intrigued by this Iomega Superhero iPhone Back-up solution. It’s basically a charger with an SD card built in. To use it, you have to download a free iPhone app, plug in the included 4GB memory card, and drop in your phone. The app allows you to back up your contacts and other personal info to the card and… Read More

  • Review: Clickfree C2N Portable backup

    Short Version: The Clickfree C2N USB drive provides a simple way to back up multiple computers without a NAS. The software is functional and user-friendly, but better network access might have set the device apart a bit more. Read More

  • Toshiba Canvio portable hard drives

    According to research sponsored by Toshiba, more Americans are afraid of losing digital data — photos, documents, etc — than they are about losing their wallet or an audit by the IRS. This is probably because more people have suffered a digital loss than have been audited by the IRS — we all say “It can’t happen to me!” until it actually does happen, and… Read More

  • Review: Western Digital My Book Essential with SmartWare backup software

    Short version: Western Digital’s refreshed My Book Essential external hard drive provides a simple, unobtrusive, and relatively inexpensive home backup solution. With an enormous 2TB capacity, built-in WD SmartWare software, 256-bit built-in encryption with password protection, an “illuminated capacity gauge,” and a MSRP of $249.99, there is very little not to like here. Read More

  • Letting Data Die A Natural Death

    The big story today is about Microsoft subsidiary Danger losing all T-Mobile Sidekick customer data from their servers. Danger is the company noted for the T-Mobile Sidekick, the revolution in cloud mobile, and most memorably, almost everybody living in 90210 having to get new phone numbers because of Paris Hilton. Valued T-Mobile Sidekick customers received a notice today from the company… Read More

  • The Clickfree Traveler: The backup device that's the size of a credit card

    This is probably the easiest review I’ve ever had to write. It’s about the Clickfree Traveler, an automated backup solution that works with both Windows and Mac; it’s the size of a credit card, as the video here tries to show! (Presumably Linux folk have all written, in raw machine code, their own backup applications.) Literally, you plug it into the USB port of your computer… Read More

  • Review: 3X Remote Backup Appliance

    The flag of Amsterdam has three Xs on it, typically believed to signify the three major threats to the venerable city: fire, flood, and plague. Modern medicine has pretty well wiped out the Black Death, so maybe a modern interpretation of that last X could be “data loss”. Ironically enough, 3X Corporation offers a remote backup appliance that could eliminate this fear. Read More

  • SanDisk announces push button backup flash drive. Hold me back!

    SanDisk announced today that they are creating a USB thumb drive based backup system, where you essentially plug the drive into your computer, and then push the button. The drive will then magically back up your files using their new software. Sounds like a good option for mom and dad… or baby. Read More

  • OCZ finds a use for your ExpressCard slot

    OCZ has announced the Slate Series ExpressCard storage solution to be sold in the sizes of 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB. These are for notebooks featuring an ExpressCard slot, but they also feature a mini-USB port for an additional connection (a mini USB cable is included). The ExpressCard is designed for the notebook user who likes the idea of always having backup without carrying a USB drive or… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: HP MediaSmart home server for $299

    Waiting to pull the trigger on a home server? OfficeMax has the HP MediaSmart for $299, which is a pretty enticing deal. The machine itself is outfitted with a 64-bit AMD Sempron CPU, 512MB of RAM, 500GB 7200rpm hard drive (with three available expansion drive bays for adding extra hard drives), and the Windows Home Server operating system. This deal is available online only and lasts… Read More