Get a 1-year Backblaze backup subscription for $24.99
That's half off the regular price of this novice-friendly, set-it-and-forget-it cloud service. Plus: two bonus deals!
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Backblaze competes with the likes of Carbonite and Mozy, offering continuous, automated backup of all your data. Like Carbonite, Backblaze gives you unlimited space. And its client software, which is available for Windows and Mac, will automatically sift through your hard drive to find all your backup-worthy data, thus eliminating a lot of the usual backup hassles.
Another perk: Backblaze includes a location-tracking option that can help you recover a lost or stolen laptop. Call the police once you find it, though. Vigilante justice is never as much fun as it looks on TV.
If and when the time comes for you to restore your data, you can download it all, of course. But, for an added fee, Backblaze can also ship you all your files on a flash drive or external hard drive.
As an added bonus for iOS users, the Backblaze app lets you access and even retrieve files over an Android or iOS device.
If you aren't already archiving your stuff to a cloud service, it's hard to beat 25 bucks for a full year. Personally, I don't care what backup service you use, as long as you use something. Data loss happens, as far too many people discover the hard way each and every day.
Bonus deal: If you're Wolverine, you probably won't like this deal. For a limited time, and while supplies last, Patozon (via Amazon) has the Mpow Magneto Bluetooth sport earbuds for $28.99 when you apply the coupon code KMGSQZOV at checkout.
I'm test-driving a set of these as we speak, and I must admit they sound fantastic -- better than any other earbuds I've tried in recent memory. They look cool, pair with up to two devices and come with all kinds of rubber loops to help keep them in your ears. (This takes some experimentation.)
Plus, they're magnetic. When you snap the two buds together, the music pauses! And when you pull them apart, it starts playing again. Gimmicky, but also super-cool.
Bonus deal 2: I've been sorely tempted to buy one of those "hoverboards" that are all the rage these days, but paying $500-600 for one doesn't sound very cheapskate-y. Today only, and while supplies last, Yugster has a self-balancing powered gyro scooter for $349.99 shipped. Want an extra $3 off? Sign up for Yugster's newsletter and you'll receive a $3 gift card via e-mail. This is a no-brand model, but I've seen identical ones selling for hundreds more.