Wednesday, March 27, 2013

15 Best Alternatives to Google Reader

Just like other Google apps, the Google Reader is a very useful tool as this web-based aggregator allows you to read and build a reading list on Atom and RSS feeds, regardless if you are online and offline. However, due to the decline of use in recent years, Google has decided to kill it, so here are the best alternatives to Google Reader so you will not be left out hanging.

15. Flipboard

For those who use iOS to check out their RSS feeds, Flipboard offers an extensive array of features. A revolutionary social news app, it collects the content from social media and other websites into something that looks like a magazine with fun and unique layouts, so you can enjoy browsing them.

14. The Old Reader

While the Old Reader was designed to look and operate a lot like the Google Reader, it is, however, a much better option as it allows you to browse your contents, share it with your friends, and add some notes and comments as well.

13. Newsblur

Also available on iPhone, iPad, and other Android phones, you can easily sign up for a free Newsblur account.  This app not only preserves the original site when you open a post or a story, but also features an easy to understand interface. It also comes with ‘intelligence’ features as it analyzes rating and popularity of individual feeds.

12. Feedly

Also available on Android, Feedly is an aggregator that makes it easy to import the most visited news on the web, with a new guide on how you can migrate from Google Reader to Feedly. Aside from offering different viewing styles such as titles, full article, magazines, mosaic, etc.; it also offers the most comprehensive sharing options today.

11. Netvibes

A web-based aggregator that supports iGoogle-style widgets, Netvibes acts more like a social media dashboard while letting you subscribe to RSS feeds from different web pages and blog. Though it does not have a mobile app yet, sharing options can be done by using Facebook and Twitter or sent over email. It is also a simple and reliable monitoring tool for reading web content.

10. Reeder

An aggregate for iPhone, iPad and Mac, the Reeder app can also be synced with Google Reader with useful features like save-state to the app, etc. Besides the new internet plug-ins that can be now disabled at the bottom right of the window, it also offers new sharing services for Macs, while posts on Facebook and Twitter now use the system wide-sharing service, the Mountain Lion.

9. Webreader

Your very own personal newspaper, the Webreader utilizes text-to-speech technology with its web page recognition; wherein you can also configure the web pages you are going to read as soon as they are loaded, read these pages manually, or read only sections of the text.

8. Feedbooster

A web-based feed aggregator, Feedbooster offers an ad-free soothing interface that comes in three formats to read your feeds. It has a multi-dimensional search across all RSS feeds with Google-like search operators; as well as several powerful feed sorting features such as alphabetically, by frequency, by folder, tag, date, source, author, or language.

7. Omea Reader

Free and easy to access, the Omea Reader is a fast aggregate that keeps you organized. It also offers additional features such as contextual access, lightning-fast desktop search, quick extensibility, flexible information organizer, and so much more. You can also synch your emails, contacts, and tasks with MS Outlook ™, so they will be all on one place.

6. RSS Owl

A bugfix that can resolve your issues when synchronizing articles with attachments with Google Reader, the RSS Owl allows you to search for feeds by keywords with the help of the Tool Menu. You can also create tasks and synced them with MS Outlook ™ complete with link resources, due date and reminder.

5. GreatNews

For optimized fastreading, GreatNews displays full images of news articles across RSS feeds, so you can skim through the pages in seconds. It also allows you to highlight the most interesting news with fully customizable keywords, background colors, etc., while storing all your favorite articles locally.

4. FeedReader

For dynamic lists and powerful search of top feeds, the FeedReader allows you to pick your feeds depending on what you really want. A free RSS and Atom aggregator for Windows, it has auto-discovery feature, so you can find RSS feeds in an automated fashion; with keyboard shortcuts and small installation file.

3. FeedDemon

The most popular RSS reader for Windows, FeedDemon offers an easy to use interface so you can be updated in a snap. Besides allowing for Google Reader synchronization, it also features tagging to locate articles, watches, search feeds alert when your keywords appear, and has Podcast capabilities.

2. Taptu

Taptu, a social news reader, lets you add contents from social media sites or blogs and then transform them into beautiful visual streams. You can also mix and merge your contents in StreamStudio or pep them up using the Taptu Magic.

1. Pulse

A free web alternative to Google Reader, Pulse lets you choose from a wide range of interests and subscribe to RSS feeds where you can share stories and save something interesting from services like Evernote. Also available for Android and iOS app, it has a beautifully designed and easy to use interface that provides a very efficient way to read RSS feeds from a number of exciting sources.

Top Steps You Need to Know Before Website Design

There are many facets of web design. If you think that hiring an efficient web designer would end the task, probably you are on a wrong track. For a successful website, you have to do a lot of things. Careful planning is important to save cost, time and effort along with money, in the long run. Below are some top steps you need to know before boarding on a web design:

Market analysis

Analysing certain components like target market, niche, site evaluation and tracking methods would give you the direction for building your website, thus helping to make it a grand success and little mistakes.

Purpose of creating

What is the purpose of creating the website? Is it for trading? Is it for auctioning? Know your purpose before you decide on designing.

Targeting the right audience

It is essential to keep in mind that aiming for the correct set of audience would help you to save time while designing and also bring in the right kind of visitors to your site. Include elements in the design such that it attracts your audience.

Select a good theme

Opt for a good theme, as it must reach the right audience uninterruptedly. It conveys that your company would provide good support in meeting users’ needs.

Calculation of costs

Calculate the cost of designing and also the benefits of an efficient design. It should not end up costing a fortune or an amount which you will not be able to recover easily.

Time is precious

Recognize the time factor for building and designing the site. Set a time limit for completing the work to launch it in the earliest time possible on the World Wide Web.

Attractive domain name

Be careful and contemplate on a good domain name, as this cannot be changed easily and people must remember it easily.

Find a good Web designer

The success of a site also depends on the designer, who designs your website. Do a little research, to find the best expert, who has good experience and extra capabilities to make your website attractive.

Usage of appropriate keywords

Usage of keywords, whether in content or meta-tags, plays an equal role. Usage of proper keywords helps in retaining visitors.

Tips for designing the website

Your web design should be such that it is search engine friendly. Insertion of relevant images, maps, colours and backgrounds depending on the theme can add value to your website.


Users leave valuable information and data on your site. Providing security is important for protection of such data. Find out what security measures can be incorporated in the design to make the site safe.

Create a feedback page

Some space for lodging questions and feedback about your site should be incorporated in the design, which can help you to upgrade your site.

4 essential rules of effective logo design

A logo is an essential part of your company brand. It works together with elements such as your website, collateral, brand promise, and marketing efforts to set the tone for your company as a whole in the public arena. And while this sounds simple enough, many logos tend to overshoot or fall short.
Let’s see if your logo makes the grade and consider four essential rules for successful logo design.

Test Your Logo

Before sharing the rules of logo design, let’s start out by grading the latest logo you’ve created. Spend a minute and answer the 14 questions below (you can do it in your head):

Get one point for each “yes” below

  • Does your logo work horizontally?
  • Does your logo have both horizontal and vertical options?
  • Does your logo work in black and white?
  • Does your logo work on both black and white backgrounds without a box around it?
  • Can you sketch all non-typography elements in five seconds or less?
  • Did you buy the font you used in the logo?
  • Do you have less than two fonts? 

Subtract one point for each “yes” below

  • Do you use more than two colors in your logo?
  • Do you have more than one shape in addition to the wordmark (text) in your logo?
  • Are any shapes in your logo explicit instead of abstract? (i.e. a globe or something else recognizable)
  • Did you use any clip art in your logo?
  • Is there a photo or complex pattern in your logo?
  • Do you have a gradient in your logo?
  • Did you use default font kerning?


 <0 about="" br="" don="" even="" it="" t="" think="">1-4 = Acceptable for a $50-million-a-year company
5+ = Great job!
Regardless of how you did, rest assured there are always ways to get better. Improving a logo relies on an understanding of brand and how brand differs from the visual identity of a company or organization.

Brand vs. logo

Your brand is the sum total of every interaction that someone has with your organization. Your brand is the music a client hears while holding for a call. Your brand is your parking lot. It’s your front lobby and how clean your bathrooms are. Your brand is every interaction with someone on your team.
So what part does your logo play in your brand?
Your logo shows up everywhere. On your website, business cards, letterhead, signs, cars, and advertisements. It goes everywhere you go.
But it isn’t the logo’s job to tell the whole story.
Which logos look most professional and reputable?
Compare the logos above. Notice how most major corporations get by with a wordmark, or at most some very basic geographic shapes? Compare them to the smaller companies in this list who have multiple fonts, colors, and shapes.
A logo should be an impression. A suggestion. A clue. A logo’s job is to provide a legible, recognizable team uniform for your marketing material to wear. A logo works in conjunction with your name to make your brand unique. But by no means should a logo tell the whole story.

4 rules of logo design

 1. Start with your brand

When deciding on a logo consider your brand first. Ask tough questions. Know who your clients are and what they want from you. Know what you want from your clients. Do research and think hard about your company’s mission statement.
Remember to ask the right questions internally. If you ask ten people if they prefer blue or green, you won’t get anywhere. But if you ask, “Is it more important that we look technical (blue) or trendy (green)?” then you’re moving in the right direction. If you start out by showing logo concepts and asking what people like, you’ve already lost. Once you’ve more clearly defined your brand then you can ensure your logo effectively represents that brand.

2. Simplify

The more lines, shapes, stories, colors, and fonts you have in your logo, the more provincial you look. If being provincial is part of your brand then feel free to break this rule. Otherwise less is more. Remember your logo isn’t the whole story, it’s a single unifying thought.
Try to limit your logo to a single font. Two is fine if your tagline is part of your logo. Three is just wrong regardless of your size. Go for solid colors over gradients. Gradients never print well and almost always look amateur.

3. Shoot for ten times your size

If you’re a million-dollar-a-year company, your logo should be as strong, or stronger, than your ten-million-dollar-a-year competitor.
Don’t worry about what the other million-dollar-a-year companies are doing in your space. Follow the advice of dressing for the job you want, choose your logo for the multi-billion dollar capitalist success story you know you are.

4. Know that someone will hate it

Let’s face it, someone isn’t going to be happy with your choice. Any major branding changes, such as logos, should be combined with an internal public relations campaign to make sure that people understand why you’ve made the choices you made.
Make sure anyone that can derail your design has their voice heard. The only thing worse than getting two dozen opinionated, smart, dedicated people to agree on one color is having five people pick the color and annoying the other nineteen.

The Benefits of Working on Freelance Projects

I often read about designers who cannot stand freelancing yet continue to use this path for solid income. I suppose there is nothing wrong with hating your job, but some designers actually enjoy freelancing. It is not a career choice that many people would keep for decades. But it does offer a unique lifestyle of working on various projects and studying new trends.
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In this article I want to present a few ideas arguing the benefits of working on freelance projects. Both designers and developers creating websites have the opportunity to earn real livable money without answering to one specific bossman. Over time you will grow interested in your own projects or other companies and likely move away from the freelance work. But lessons learned throughout various projects will stick with you for a lifetime.

Unique Practice

Whatever field you are working will likely require going into areas you are not yet familiar with. Thus by just accepting new projects you are likely to force yourself into areas of new education. But I do not look at this as a bad thing and neither should anyone else. In fact, it can be very stimulating to increase your own knowledge on a specific subject.
Especially if that subject is directly related to the work you do. Such as building newer CSS3 properties, or learning the inner workings of WordPress PHP functions. Nobody is an expert in everything but start out in grey areas where you already know some stuff, but just need to fill in a couple blanks. You’ll boost confidence and within a couple months be holding a set of new interesting skills.
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It is worth passing over certain projects you think are just too much. And it is ultimately up to you whether or not taking on a new project is worth the stress. Learning about an entirely new CMS might be too much unless you have the time for study and research. It would depend if you have other work lined up, and how badly you need the money. As with most things in freelancing you have to learn balance from within yourself and not rely on the authority of others.

Time for Free-Thinking

When working as a freelancer your schedule is often up in the air. Unless you have a rigorous schedule, most work will be completed as-needed. You may find yourself swamped one month and dry on work the next. I feel that working freelance is the best time for a creative designer/developer to think introspectively on their own goals.
What would you ultimately like to do for money? Is it something related to the current skill you provide freelancing, or something else altogether? Would you want to be your own boss, or work with some other talented people? Very few people will sit down and ask themselves these tough questions before jumping into a career path. It is worth contemplation and freelancing is often the best time for it!

Expanding your Scope

When you become adjusted to working on the same ideas then it doesn’t provide much room for growth. By working as a freelancer you are opening yourself up to a large number of opportunities. And this does not just include learning new skills or ideas on projects.
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It also includes who you meet and work with over these individual projects. Meeting the right people in the right industry may get you a foot in the door. Plus as more people can recognize your talent it will build more credibility around what you do. It is so much easier gaining recommendation from past clients after they have seen what you can do and love your work.
The scope of what you need to accomplish should always be expanding until you are content with your works. This is the exact reason you should not be afraid to break outside the norm. You will feel more in control of what you do and the value that you can offer society. When first getting started it can be extremely stressful and it may bring you down at times. But after years of practice it definitely builds character and skills which you can be very proud of mastering.

Open Yourself to Experience

Most of the freelancers I have talked with or read about are working on projects to earn money while they work on their own side-project(s) in spare time. Generally this can be some new company or startup idea related to tech/Internet trends. But it could also be a new business idea entirely separate from the Internet! This modern age provides a brilliant resolution for creative spirits to work on their own creative endeavors while still paying the bills.
This is potentially the largest benefit you can gain out of working freelance. Insight towards what you want to build, or what you want to make or create for the world. You will definitely meet a wide variety of interesting people along the way. Take these lessons to heart and keep doing what is true to yourself.
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I also suggest getting in contact with people you find who are in a similar situation with similar ideas. The other interesting learning experience of working freelance is by working in a team of creative people. You’ll have the ability to ask questions and work directly with other like-minded individuals. Even building something together in your spare time is more than exciting enough for pushing beyond what you already know.


Performing any type of freelance service which includes writing or marketing will usually require a busy time schedule. When you are doing everything yourself it can be tough getting into “work mode” without going into an office space. And even in this instance you have to keep yourself motivated while pushing through the workday.
I hope these ideas strike a chord with some freelancers out there. I recognize it can be very difficult handling clients or companies who want to steamroll the creative process. But everything is a learning experience and you should not be afraid to push boundaries. Working in unknown areas is both stressful and rewarding as an educational tool. If you have additional questions or comments feel free to share with us in the post discussion area below.

How to use Google+ to improve your search traffic

When Google Plus was launched a year and a half ago, it set in motion a multitude of changes to the search landscape. From this point forward, getting traffic from the famed search engine is no longer about the number of backlinks you have.
A personal element was added to the search. The problem most small businesses have discovered over the past 18 months has been how to work with this new element in search to increase traffic, and continue delivering quality content.
Below are some suggestions for making Google Plus work for your search traffic.
You need to start thinking about Google’s search engine like a web instead of an engine. I know that this is a weird statement; give me a second to explain the implications of this concept in the following paragraphs.
In the “olden” days before Google+, search traffic had a predictable pattern: while Google constantly changed their algorithm, there was a predictable flow to their thinking; it was, keywords + backlinks + quality content + competition = winner.
The Google+ era completely shifted this attitude, so you had to participate on their site for more traffic.
This is mind-blowing when you consider that throughout Google’s history they were the equalizer in traffic. A site with no history could, when created in accordance with Google’s rules, drive massive traffic.
Now, the process works in reverse. The more attention and authority you have the more traffic you receive.
You need to connect with your market on Google+, so they can drive traffic to your site. The larger your Google Plus network, the more chances you have to drive traffic.
So, how do new entrepreneurs do this without freaking out? Well, first do not freak out: breathe, relax. Then leverage the work of countless entrepreneurs on Google Plus right now.

3 ways to leverage Google+ for increased search traffic

First, start connecting with your target market on Google+. Add them to your circles. An easy way to do this is add shared circles from other Google+ users. You would be surprised at the number of users who have hundreds of people in their circle, and can provide you with access to their circle for free.
All you have to do is add the circle to your list of circles. A great resource to find shared circles is Public Circles.
Second, join relevant Google+ Communities. If you want to find the best prospects for your business, you might want to consider joining Google+ Communities. If you have ever participated in a forum or Facebook group, you can easily use a Google+ community.
Third, add your name to Google Authorship. One of the things that Google is starting to do to help bloggers increase their personal search relevance is to start tracking Google Authorship. Google Authorship links content you write on certain sites to notify Google of your status as an author on a particular site. If you blog on multiple sites you can increase your authorship, and in essence carry your Google reputation across the search spectrum.
While this idea is still in the early phases, you will start seeing this concept mentioned more and more as the idea takes hold with bloggers, and Google tracks bloggers across multiple blogs more efficiently.
Google+ has turned the tables on how search traffic worked. The great thing about this is that it provides a tremendous opportunity for those willing to work Google+ for additional search traffic. 

20 Beautiful Samsung Galaxy S4 Accessories

The Samsung Galaxy S4 was barely out in the market, yet people are already talking about the accessories that will come with it. However, words are coming out about the details for the S4’s optional accessories, though prices were not yet revealed for some of them. Here are the beautiful Samsung Galaxy S4 accessories that you should watch out for once you get your hands on this high-tech phone.

20. Clear Protective Film and Glare-free Protective Film Kits

20. Clear Protective Film and Glare-free Protective Film Kits
From iLuv Creative Technology, these film kits can help protect your S4 from scratches and maintain its touch-screen sensitivity. It also allows for easy viewing in highly-lit areas without any screen distortion.

19. Overboard Waterproof Pro-Sport Arm Pack

19. Overboard Waterproof Pro-Sport Arm Pack
Going swimming? This trusty pro-Sport Arm Pack will keep your precious Galaxy S4 not only from water, but also from sand, dust and dirt as well. You can wear it like an arm wallet or around your neck, and is guaranteed submersible to 19ft.

18. Dickies ROGUE Universal Sleeve

18. Dickies ROGUE Universal Sleeve
Made of faux leather with a slim design, this will your keep S4 protected and safe from drops while inside the sleeve. The outside feature is water, dirt, and impact-proof for full screen coverage; while the yellow contrast interior has a quick-lift ejection strap for simple and safe access.

17. Gelato: Soft Flexible Case

17. Gelato Soft Flexible Case
This features a form-fitting construction suitably made for the thin Galaxy S4. It is so light weight and soft to touch, and can even protect it from scratches and bumps.

16. Samsung Multimedia Desktop Dock with Travel Adapter

16. Samsung Multimedia Desktop Dock with Travel Adapter
Make yourS4 a multimedia delight for your home or office by coupling it with this dock, which allows you to carry on with your daily activities while keeping it close at hand.

15. Samsung Micro-USB 700mA Travel Charger

15. Samsung Micro-USB 700mA Travel Charger
Small and lightweight, you can plug this directly to the AC wall power source into your phone to provide standard battery charge anywhere you go, in your home, office or on the road.

14. Samsung Galaxy Universal Vehicle Navigation Mount

14. Samsung Galaxy Universal Vehicle Navigation Mount
Take your Galaxy S4 anywhere with you with this mount, which can be attached to the windshield or dashboard of your vehicle. With adjustable multi-angle neck for perfect viewing, it also has GPS capabilities for optimized navigation applications such as the voice-activated S Voice, etc.

13. BelkinEase Fit Plus Armband

13. Belkin Ease Fit Plus Armband
Stylish and functional, this carrying solution allows you to concentrate more on your workout instead of the device. It is made of lightweight breathable material that is also water-resistant and washable and comes with adjustable strap for added comfort.

12. Dickies Active Duty Horizontal Universal Case with Steel Clip

12. Dickies Active Duty Horizontal Universal Case with Steel Clip
A heavy-duty rugged case, which comes with steel clip, belt loops and Velcro enclosure; this is perfect for people on the go or those who are working in harsh environments. It is made of high-grade materials to withstand the wear and tear of daily use.

11. FlightFit Dual-layer Case

11. FlightFit Dual-layer Case
Available in three fun colors, this product fused together two-layer construction to guard devices to serve as double protection. It is customized to securely fit Galaxy S4, while allowing you easy access to all ports and controls.

10. Pouch

10. Pouch
Samsung also offers a classic premium pouch as an added protection against scratches when you place it in your bag or pocket. That is, if you do not want to choose from a number of variants in the market today.

9. Flip cover

9. Flip cover
To protect your Samsung Galaxy S4, which is a lot thinner than the S3, Samsung offers flip covers in 5 vibrant colors in black, white, pink, green, and blue  to offer better protection for your smartphone.

8. Extra Battery Kit

8. Extra Battery Kit
Fortunately for heavy S4 users, the new smartphone from Samsung comes with a removable battery. The extra battery kit can surely come handy during long travels and for people who are always on the go.

7. Headset

7. Headset
Meant for US S4 users who usually do not get headsets bundled in their retail package, this headset with flat cable can provide a premium Hi-Fi sound experience and help problems with tangled wires. It has a compact ergonomic design with two speakers for each headphone, a dynamic deep bass and high resolution treble sound and balanced sound with full-frequency range.

6. Body Scale

6. Body Scale
Though there is a number of Wi-Fi connected body scales that come with their own iOS and Android apps; this Samsung-branded body scale promises to do more as it measures your weight and send it your S4 via Bluetooth using the S Health app, since this can support 7 different users at any given time.

5. Heart Rate Monitor (HRM)

5. Heart Rate Monitor (HRM)
This is an effective running coach that works well with the S Health app. Though not a totally new feature as there were other HRMs that you can sync via Bluetooth; it offers real-time heart rate monitor, control your exercise efficiency by constantly checking your heart rate, and it works with the Running Mate app as well.

4.  Wireless Charging Pad/Cover

4.  Wireless Charging PadCover
This cordless charging solution is an optional accessory that will come as a regional feature. There is no report on which wireless technology will be used, but some tech enthusiasts surmised that it will be Qi standard. The downside of this accessory is that it will require a dedicated wireless charger and a new back cover.

3. GamePad

3. GamePad
Samsung Galaxy S4 is also believed to carry an easy-to-use, easy-to-play Bluetooth gamepad, which features include One Touch BT Pairing via NFC Tectile and remote control function for fun home-gaming experience. Easily fits smartphones with 4-inch to 6.3” sizes, it offers full control with optimized buttons including shoulder keys, dual analog stick, and four action buttons.

2. S View Cover

2. S View Cover
This accessory unlocks and locks the phone when you open or close the phone, and features a rectangular window at the top. It easily allows you to view important notifications from caller ID information, battery level, etc. without the need to flip open the cover.

1. S Band

1. S Band
If you want to keep track of your daily activities from the distance you have traveled, calories burned and even the quality of your sleep, this accessory will come in handy. It has a very simplistic design that is waterproof at 10m and works with the S Health 2.0 app.

20 Best Free Online Data Backup Tools

In this digital age, when everything relies on data; losing important files and documents can be a great disaster. This is more so if the operation of your business relies on it. It is for this purpose that online storage tools were created as backup for import data that may get lost due to system failure and natural catastrophes like earthquakes, fire, flood, etc. Data backup not only save you time and guarantee the protection of your documents and files, but is also easy to do. It can also save you from tedious and expensive data recovery process, which does not even ensure that you will recover everything.
Subscribing to free backup tools online is the cheapest way to protect your data nowadays; as this also provides the benefits of large file-sharing, handy for collaborative tasks, and allows access from different computers in different locations. Here are the free online backup tools that you can access for your peace of mind.

1. Just Cloud

1. Just Cloud
One of the fastest and easiest to install cloud service offers a great overall package that is very hard to resist. It has so many features; the most notable of which is the no-nonsense installation process that lacks the expensive price tag to access one the most secure backup storage programs today.

2. DropBox

2. dropbox
A popular online data application that allows you to store and share your files across the cloud using full synchronization with 2GB free space; it does not require you to download all your files, since all you have to do is to drag them into the dropbox folder and it will be automatically uploaded.

3. IDrive

An online backup storage service that offers a powerful web interface; it features free 5GB account, archive and version saving, search in backup set, open file backup; back up mapped drives such as USBs, external HDs, and network drives; good security options, and a Mac version.

4. SugarSync

4. SugarSync
An easy-to-use free premium file-syncing service that can sync all existing folder; it offers apps for every major OS, drag and drop functionality, and a new desktop client that mirrors mobile app functionality for more seamless experience, making it more intuitive than ever.

5. MemoPal

5. MemoPal
The free version of this online backup service has 3GB free space for all your photos and documents with a single click, as alternative to email and FTP. It does not only work with PCs and Macs, but with other mobile devices as well using a WAP browser.

6. Mozy

6. Mozy
This online data backup offers 2GB free space on its Basic Home Plan, which allows you to back up at the frequency that you specify. It also gives you access to a built-in app that backs up automatically as new files are added and existing ones changed.

7. ADrive

7. ADrive
What made this backup tool stand out is the fact that it offers free 50GB of space in a market where you can only get 1 to 5GB at most. It is also pretty standard with its functions and easy sign-up process.

8. Duplicati

8. Duplicati
The only portable backup program; it allows you to send backups in encrypted from using several methods, available in 5 languages, time scheduler, support for snapshots via VSS and LVM, back up open files, and can be started from command line.

9. Ubuntu One

9. Ubuntu One

online data storage

, which offers 5GB of free space on its basic file sync plan, does not only store and sync music, but also allows for music streaming. It also features file apps for Android and iOS devices so you can manage, access and share file and photos from your mobile device through email or the social media.

10. OwnCloud

10. OwnCloud
An open-source cloud program, it is easy to set up as your own cloud server for file-sharing, calendar, contact, music-streaming, and bookmark sharing project.

11. SpiderOak

11. SpiderOak
Besides being free and easy to use; it also offers compelling features that helps you access files via the Web and back up multiple PCs, with long-term retention of previous versions of files so you can still revert to the older copy of your files.

12. Box

A clean and sleek online storage service, it veers away from other traditional

backup tools

by providing file storage that is entirely web-based, even those who are less-tech savvy can navigate it.

13. CloudMe

13. CloudMe
Also known as iCloud, it works like a virtual desktop that you can access all over the world, even through your cell phone. It comes with free 3GB storage to handle all your files, music, photos, and videos.

14. MyPCBackup

14. MyPCBackup
This software is extremely user-friendly, simple and easy to use, and offers fast backup and restore, with good customer support. The install process is short and clean; it is also secure, fully automated process, syncs multiple computers, and offers unlimited data storage.

15. OpenDrive

15. OpenDrive
Compatible with any web-connected device, this backup tool provides an easy uploading option where you can just drag and drop them into your account. It has a user-friendly interface that also allows you to preview photos and videos.

16. BuddyBackUp

16. BuddyBackUp
The only free backup tool that uses P2P technology among all other

storage tools

to back up your files; it also stores multiple revisions of your files, which are encrypted for security purposes.

17. Cloud Drive

17. Cloud Drive
This free client software offers 5GB free online storage space for each account; and allows you to upload and download files and folders without opening a new browser or window in a simple drag and drop process.

18. Comodo Backup

18. Comodo Backup
One of the best

free online storage tools

today, it has useful features that allows you to access important files safely; listen to music, play videos, and view pictures directly online; scans and categorized your data into files, and burn your backups to optical media.

19. CrashPlan

19. CrashPlan
This backup tool offers a different approach, as it not only allows you to perform local backups on your on computer but on your friend’s computer as well if they are also using CrashPLan.

20. AllwaySync

20. AllwaySync
A good file sync for backing up data to remote locations; this is perfect for personal use as it supports FTP and networked locations and external drives with built-in scheduler for automatic synchronizing.