GOOGLE DRIVE EXPANDS TO 15 GIGABYTES FREE

Drive.Google.com –Google Drive now offers 15 gigabytes of free storage, or 100 gigabytes for $2 a month, or $10 a month for a terabyte.

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FINDING DUPLICATE FILES

“Dupeless 3” is the new version of a small program for getting rid of duplicate files. It’s $8 from PC Magazine’s Utility Library or free for members who pay $20 for a year’s worth of programs. We paid.

Dupeless 3 removes the duplicates and you have some control over the situation. You can search by file name, content, or both. You can limit the types of files, such as photos or documents. Restricting the search is a good idea, otherwise the program shows you too many files that are part of the operating system.

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NEED MORE STORAGE SPACE?

Windows “Ultrabooks” are thin, fast competitors to the Macbook Air. They usually come with relatively small solid-state drives (SSD) that use the same technology as so-called thumb or flash drives. Typically they hold around 128 gigabytes. That’s not half as much as a typical Windows laptop, but there’s a way to extend it.

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BUNCH A FREEBIES

Dozens of free programs have been collected in one place at NiNite.com. You can install them all in one swoop if you want. Check off the boxes for the freebies you want and click “download installer.” The rest takes place automatically.

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A THOUSAND PHOTOS STORED FREE

ThisLife.com offers free photo storage for 1000 photos or 100 gigabytes of files for $3 a month. It can import photos from any other site or folder, and use keyword searches to find particular shots — if you have previously labeled those shots with an identifying word (It’s not magic, you know).

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SHARING LARGE FILES

Dropbox is a free program from dropbox.com, and probably the most popular way to store and/or share large files; they let you store up to two gigabytes for free. But Gmail now lets you insert an attachment up to 10 gigabytes. That’s 400 times larger than Gmail’s previous limit for attachments. It will prompt you to store it in Google Drive. To see all you’ve stored, from the Gmail window, click “Drive.”

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SPREADING THE WIRELESS FUN

Instead of fighting over the family iPad on long car trips and plane rides, three people can watch their own movie or TV show on their own tablet, computer or phone, all streamed from a little Seagate box that can hold 300 high definition movies.

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NEW MICROSOFT OFFICE

Previewing the new Microsoft Office 2013 is a blast. It’s totally unlike our experience trying to preview Windows 8, which crashed our test computer every few minutes. Office 2013 Preview is a free download from Microsoft.com/Office/Preview. The preview leaves your existing copy of Office in place, so there’s no risk of overwriting it. Unfortunately, 55 percent of Windows users won’t be able to try it, since it doesn’t run on the still widely used XP or Vista operating systems. But here’s our take for the Windows 7 users: While the Office 2013 preview is installing on your machine or tablet, you can experiment with a PowerPoint presentation that comes up automatically to tell you about the new features. You can […]

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PLENTY OF MEMORY AT THIS TIME

Seagate can now put a trillion bits of data on one square inch of a disk drive. They will soon come out with a six terabyte 3.5-inch drive for desktops and a two terabyte 2.5-inch drive for laptops. A 60 terabyte drive is feasible, say the engineers. To put that in perspective, a 60 terabyte drive could hold 216 million pages of text or 18,000 hours of good-quality video.

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GOOGLE DRIVE

Just after we wrote about Microsoft’s Skydrive’s free 25 gigabytes of online storage, they started charging for it. They’re still king of the freebie hill with seven free gigabytes, but the competing new Google Drive is worth a spin. Google Drive (Drive.Google.com) gives you five gigabytes free, and unlike other storage sites, lets you edit the documents you store. That’s because it connects seamlessly to Google Docs, which has it’s own word processor. And — as they might say on late night TV — any documents you create with the Google Docs word processor don’t count toward using up the five gigabytes of storage. If you need 25 gigabytes, it costs $2.49 a month.

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