This holiday season, there's a good chance you'll wind up going through dusty old printed photos with friends and family — photos you can't see anywhere on the web. That's because these old photos are usually confined to a shoe box or binder hidden in the attic or storage closet. You might flip through them occasionally, but that's it. They go right back to their storage place. Google wants to change that by making it easier to make digital backups of these old photos, so you can share them online.
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You might not realise it, but the most technologically advanced nation in the world is a small ex-Soviet state in Eastern Europe. Estonia has pioneered secure digital identities for its citizens, helping it become a frontrunner in everything from online voting to preventing Craigslist ripoffs. But it also makes the country a particularly juicy target for cyberattacks.
Smartphones are great and wonderful in almost every way, but they're also as needy as a newborn puppy — if you don't feed them on electrons every night, they turn very quickly into useless hunks of glass. That's why I am seriously excited for this credit-card-sized backup phone that you could slip into your wallet just in case.
Stupid hipster 80s fetishism notwithstanding, cassette tapes don't get much love. That's a shame, because magnetic tape is still a surprisingly robust way to back up data. Especially now: Sony just unveiled tape that holds a whopping 148 GB per square inch, meaning a cassette could hold 185 TB of data. Prepare for the mixtape to end all mixtapes.
With Google dropping the cost for its Drive service to just $10 a month for an absurdly mammoth 1TB of storage, it's a great time to think: "Wow, well I maybe I should cram all my digital crap into the same place for simplicity!" But it's never that easy.