Because we can all use extra space, knowing what your options are in cloud services is always a good thing. This infographic design from Infographic Labs compares four top cloud services: Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft’s Skydrive, and Apple’s iCloud. [Read more…]
Looking for a free cloud-based storage service? Use this overview to help you pick which one is the best fit for your needs. [Read more…]
Do you use Gmail or other email cloud service? Then you’d be surprised to learn that according to the law, the government can get your email without a warrant if it’s older than 180 days. David Kravets of Wired’s Threat Level explains:
As the law stands now, the authorities may obtain cloud e-mail without a warrant if it is older than 180 days, thanks to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act adopted in 1986. At that time, e-mail left on a third-party server for six months was considered to be abandoned, and thus enjoyed less privacy protection. However, the law demands warrants for the authorities to seize e-mail from a person’s hard drive.
A coalition of internet service providers and other groups, known as Digital Due Process, has lobbied for an update to the law to treat both cloud- and home-stored e-mail the same, and thus require a probable-cause warrant for access. The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on that topic Tuesday.
The companies — including Google, AOL and AT&T — maintain that the law should be changed to reflect that consumers increasingly access their e-mail on servers, instead of downloading it to their hard drives, as a matter of course.
But the Obama administration testified that imposing constitutional safeguards on e-mail stored in the cloud would be an unnecessary burden on the government. Probable-cause warrants would only get in the government’s way.
Also note that in 2008, candidate Obama took the opposite position as now-President Obama.
Ok so a lot of us love to rock out on our plastic instruments; jamming to Rock Band or Guitar Hero. The problems is… having a bunch of plastic guitars, drums, etc makes your living room look a bit, well, nerdy. Enter the AK Rock Box Gaming and Storage Ottoman with Drum Lift. It runs $199.99 with free shipping (normally $299) but might be worth it if you gaming system has it’s home in the living room. Instead of stashing controllers behind the couch, or just leaving them sitting all over the place you can neatly stash them inside the storage ottoman.
- Stylish, handsome ottoman for your living room stores Rock Band gaming accessories
- Eliminates clutter while keeping your Rock Band instruments ready at a moment’s notice
- Enough interior space to store two gaming guitars, a foot pedal, and a microphone
- Specially designed AK Drum Lift raises and lowers Rock Band and Rock Band 2 drum kits with easy one-hand motion
- Measures 38 inches long by 22 inches wide by 17 inches tall and weighs 61 pounds; all instruments, accessories, and games are sold separately
Currently out of stock but you can place your order via Amazon for the AK Rock Box Gaming and Storage Ottoman with Drum Lift now.