Government Workers are Stuck Redoing Things No One Can Find or Access

Rubbish old file formats, web sites that weren't backed up, and digital scans of files no one knows how to access are triggering what one research group calls a fall in "institutional memory" within the government, as new generations of staff redo work previously done and lost, deleted, or simply left inaccessible by technology's march and the man with the password retiring and taking the proprietary cable with him. Read More >>

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How to Restore Deleted Files on Any Device

Few tech disasters can send your stomach into free fall quite like realising you’ve deleted something important from your laptop or phone, with no obvious way to bring it back. Luckily, if you find yourself scrambling to restore your deleted files, there’s still hope. Free tools and apps are widely available to help you recover your deleted data no matter what platform you’re using. Here’s what you need to know. Read More >>

How to Open Zip Files on iOS and Android

The world’s most popular compressed file format doesn’t play all that nicely with smartphones. Try and open a Zip file on iOS or Android and you’re likely see a polite error message or worse. But all it takes is a well-chosen third-party app or two to ease the Zip pain, and we’ve picked out a handful of the options worth considering. Read More >>

What You Can Learn About Data Backups From Metallica’s Kirk Hammett

Backing up your data is important. Ridiculously important. But some people still haven't got the memo, including Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett. Back in 2012, Hammett recorded over 400 guitar licks on his iPhone, and now it's gone missing with 250 of the riffs remaining unused. Whoops! Read More >>

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The Ultra-Laborious Way the FBI Matched Fingerprints to Paper Files

The FBI just switched over to Next-Generation Identification, a new digital system for keeping track of the 83 million fingerprint cards the bureau maintains. That means dismantling thousands of filing cabinets that were once hand-searched by Bureau employees, twenty-four hours a day. Here's how they did it. Read More >>

What’s the Most Massive File on Your Hard Drive Right Now?

Cloud storage is great and all, but sometimes you've just gotta download. Sometimes, you've just gotta download something huge. Back in the days of dial-up, a couple hundred MB would take eons to bring down, but now we can play with way bigger files. What's the most massive one you have sitting on your hard drive right now? Read More >>

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What Actually Happens to All Your Deleted Files?

We delete files all the time to free up space, or to get rid of pesky evidence, but the whole process is a lot more complicated than it seems from the outside. When you go to "delete" something, you're just pressing the start button on a much more involved, much more random process. So what actually happens to that data? Read More >>

Team GB a Disappointing Fourth in Global Pirate Bay BitTorrent Traffic Tables

Research into the locations of the most prolific torrent uploaders has placed the UK in fourth place when it comes to the number of highly trafficked torrents generated, with the US, Canada and Australia beating our brave file uploaders to the piracy medals. Read More >>

Google Drive a Privacy Nightmare of Facebook Proportions?

The special group of people who actually read and digest terms and conditions have been getting upset about Google Drive, claiming Google's use of blanket permissions mean it can do pretty much whatever it likes with your stuff once you've thrown it up into the Google cloud. Read More >>

Dropbox Morphs into Megaupload With Direct Sharing of Anything in Your Account (Updated)

There's no more fussing about with shared folders when using Dropbox any more, as the cloud storage service has just added the ability to share ANY file in your Dropbox account. Read More >>

Google Drive Expected to Launch Today, as Series of Tiny Leaks Reaches Critical Level

The non-stop rumours regarding Google's plan for a Dropbox rival ought to come to an end today, with tech observers believing Google's finally done preparing its Google Drive person cloud storage tool. Read More >>

Google Maxes Android App Size From 50MB to 4GB

Google has multiplied its Android Market app size limit by a huge factor, taking maximum game and app sizes up from their current 50MB limit to a whopping great 4GB potential total size. Read More >>

Five Great Alternatives to MegaUpload

The FBI shuttered file-sharing web site MegaUpload yesterday; arrested its executives, and have called the site an "international organised criminal enterprise." Even though there's little doubt that MegaUpload was host to some copyrighted material, it was also a great way to upload and share large files, like photo archives and video, and send them to friends without worrying about hosting, Dropbox quotas, or overloaded inboxes. Now that it's gone however, here are some other great sites that let you share large files effortlessly. Read More >>