• Back That Thing Up, iPhone...

    Depending on which point of view you take, Carbonite offers a whole lot of awesomeness... or a whole lot of nothing for a lot of money. Nonetheless, Carbonite is out with a new iPhone app that let's customers access their Carbonite account from an iPhone portal so that you can check out your saved content from a PC or Mac right on your mobile browser.

    Your computer is filled with irreplaceable files: emails, photos, music, business contacts and financials. Carbonite automatically and securely backs up the irreplaceable contents of your computer for only $54.95 per year no matter how much stuff you need to back up.
    If you're wondering why this is getting any degree of attention amidst a sea of other apps that basically do the same thing, your guess is as good as mine. Still, a lot of people are looking into the new app from Carbonite, despite the fact that it doesn't back up external hard drives - where many of us keep our most valuable digital content.

    So what do you get for that yearly price tag?

    * Browse: Users can browse backed up files directly on an iPhone or iPod Touch
    * View: Files including PDFs, images, audio, video, and Office documents can be opened and viewed on the mobile device
    * Share: Users can attach any file to an email with a single tap, allowing access to all files from anywhere, anytime.
    Although a free trial is available, most know what to expect from Carbonite - which has been around for a while. The app, however, has restored some interest, particularly with its "offline mode," enabling cached content to be reached any time (and attached to an email), even when internet connectivity isn't possible.

    As the iPhone increasingly becomes an "all you need" device on the go, apps like the new offering from Carbonite will become far more popular in the future than we may presently envision. As a result, earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal listed "external hard drives" among the thinGs you shouldn't plan to buy in 2010.

    These hard drives are one option for people who need more digital space to hold their many songs, movies and photos. But a simpler option may be found in online backup services, like Carbonite.com or Mozy.com, which allow users to back up data over the Internet. These services are more expensive than purchasing an external hard drive, which typically starts at around $70. At Carbonite.com, a one-year subscription starts at $54.95, and at Mozy.com monthly subscription costs total $54.45 for a year.
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