Top 5 Free Cloud Storage Services

Cloud Storage is quite different from cloud computing. In the latter, you compute over the internet, while cloud storage means to store data over a network of servers online, so that you get access to it wherever, whenever you like.

Top 5 free cloud services

Imagine uploading your playlist of favorite songs over a cloud from your PC, so you can access those very songs on your iPod, smartphone, tablet PC and laptop, anywhere you like! Think it like a USB flash drive over the web.

Following are the 5 best cloud storage services that are free of cost.

1) SugarSync

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Features:

  • Free Storage: 5 GB
  • Referral program: +500 MB for each user you successfully invite. (upto 5 GB)
  • Platforms: Windows, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows & symbian.
  • Speed: Automatic backup of files
  • Efficiency: Only transfers parts of the file that have been edited.
  • Security: SSL & AES-128 encryption

2) Dropbox

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Features:

  • Free Storage: 2 GB
  • Referral program: +250 MB for each user you successfully invite. (upto 8 GB)
  • Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android, Blackberry
  • Speed: Set bandwidth limit, manually.
  • Single Upload limit: 300MB
  • Efficiency: Only transfers parts of the file that have been edited.
  • Security: SSL & AES-256 encryption

3) ZumoDrive

ZumoDrive free cloud service logo

Features:

  • Free Storage: 2 GB
  • Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, iPhone, Palm Pre
  • Efficiency: auto sync, works offline.
  • Security: SSL & AES encryption with storage in 3 physical locations
  • iTune integration

4) Ubuntu One

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Features:

  • Free Storage: 5 GB
  • Platforms: Windows (beta & buggy), Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android
  • Efficiency: Offline music on android.
  • Security: No encryption

5) TeamDrive

teamdrive free cloud service logo

Features:

  • Free Storage: 2 GB
  • Referral program: +250 MB for each user you successfully invite. (upto 8 GB)
  • Platforms: Windows, Mac, Linux
  • Speed: Auto sync & backup.
  • Security: ULD & AES-256 encryption

 

 

QR Code 101

What is a QR Code?

Short for Quick Response code, QR Code is a type of barcode that is readable by QR Readers, that are now available in most camera mobiles. The information encoded may be text or URL. You might find a QR Code reader in your mobile’s app store.

QR Code

QR codes are used to encode information into a 2D graphic readable only by QR Readers

How to read a QR Code?

  • Go to your camera mobile’s app store and search for QR Code.
  • Since almost all app stores have a QR Code reader, you will likely get a QR Code reader. Download & install it.
  • Now open the app and your camera should start working. Point the camera to a QR Code and snap a picture.
  • The app will decode the QR Code and show you all the info encoded in it.

What’s the use?

Advertisers use QR codes in print ads to give more info to the mobile user about their product in a more interactive way using mobiles. App makers use QR codes to instantly provide apps to users. Webmasters/bloggers can use QR Codes to instantly send their mobile users to a mobile friendly version of their website.

How to make a QR Code?

It’s too easy, just follow the steps below to generate a QR code for your blog/site via Google:
  • Go to http://goo.gl
  • This is Google’s URL Shortener. Just paste your site/blog mobile-friendly version URL into the text box and click shorten button
    Shorten the URL to generate a QR Code
  • Copy the new shortened URL generated by Google & paste it into you browser’s address bar & add .qr at the end of the URL. Hit enter.
    Add ".qr " to the google's shortened URL
  • Instantly, your URL will be converted into a QR Code. Save it & upload it to your site/blog 😉QR Code
To make QR Codes for text and not URLs, visit http://qrcode.kaywa.com/

How to Bluejack

Blue jacking is a fun and legal way of convincing a person that their mobile has been hijacked!

You send messages to other people using Bluetooth, without their permission. So good for a tiny but amazing prank.

Follow the steps below to Blue jack someone:

  • Open Contacts/Address book in your Bluetooth enabled mobile
  • Create a new contact
  • Now enter a message into the Name field. This message will appear on your victim’s mobile. The message can be anything like “Hey red shirt…you’ve been hijacked >:)”
  • Save this new contact
  • Now open the menu options for that contact and choose send via Bluetooth.
  • This will switch on your Bluetooth and scan for any bluetooth devices within range.
  • Select a victim and send the contact
  • You will get the message card sent on your mobile and now wait for the SMS tone of your victim’s mobile…!!

Cheers 😀

Points to remember:

  • It works only for certain mobiles that do not require pairing for sending contact cards.
  • Please do NOT spam or send offensive messages.
  • Blue jacking is ethical, but try at your own risk
  • Blue jacking won’t work on iPhones or Tablet PCs

Make your own Android

Google released Androidify, an app that lets you turn the little green Android Robot into yourself, your friends, your family or anyone…!

Using this app, you can change the clothes of the Android Robot by choosing some funky ones from the app’s gallery. Oh yeah, you can even make the robot grow some hair!! 😉

Customize it and have fun!

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