Jon L. JacobiFreelance contributor, TechHive

Jon is a Juilliard-trained musician, self-taught programmer, and long-time (late 70s) computer enthusiast living the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Back up all your data—and we mean all of it—to your NAS box without installing any software

NAS boxes can use old-school protocols and their own apps to back up your PCs from far and near, as well as sync with cloud services to keep your mobile data safe.

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When cell phone disaster strikes, you have some options

Your cell phone is lost, stolen, or down the toilet. Don't wait until disaster strikes to prepare for the worst. Here's what you can do.

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How Babelsoft Media Preview reveals less-common file types in Explorer

Babelsoft Media Preview is the answer for revealing less-common multimedia files that Windows Explorer's own Preview tool doesn't support.

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ADATA XPG SX8000 M.2 NVMe SSD review: A more affordable NVMe option

ADATA has undercut the field by offering the joy-inducing XPG SX8000 NVMe SSD for a joy-inducing price.

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LeEco Super4 X65 TV review:A good picture and great features at a nice price

This large-screen 4K UHD smart TV has a super-responsive interface, and the picture is surprisingly rich given the absence of quantum dots.

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How Windows Explorer can help you find duplicate files

Sure, you could buy a utility to ease the task of finding duplicate files or organizing your multimedia, but Windows Explorer is quite good at it in its own right.

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Apricorn Aegis Secure Key 3z review: This USB thumbdrive is small, secure, and device-agnostic

Apricorn has taken the Aegis Secure Key 3.0 and made it smaller, less expensive, and more easily configurable in batches with a $99 USB configuration hub.

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Set up your webcam for access from the road

If you have a webcam without a vendor web portal, you can still view it while on the road. Here's how.

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Best NAS box for media streaming and backup

If you rip and library your own content, there's no easier way to store it or stream it about the house than a NAS box. These versatile storage devices also server as the perfect personal, secure cloud for backing up your PCs and devices.

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Synology DS216play NAS review: Great media streaming and 4K transcoding for the price

Synology's DS216play NAS is a middling performer, but there's no better NAS box available for media streaming and 4K transcoding.

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Netgear ReadyNAS 212 review: Super fast, but best for business

With a boatload of pro features and excellent performance, this is a box better suited for the small office than the home, but it streams as smoothly as any of its rivals.

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QNAP TS-251A NAS review: More media features than you can shake a stick at

QNAP's TS-251A NAS has the ability to output video directly to an external 1080 display and is a great media streamer. The advertised on-the-fly 4K transcoding, on the other hand, proved to be weak.

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WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra review: Excellent features and performance at a very nice price

For a NAS box with a boatload of software features and top-notch performance, the WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra is amazingly affordable.

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Zyxel NAS520 review: New-school hardware, old-school software (in a good way)

Zyxel's NAS520 is an affordable NAS box with good streaming and backup features, but it's a bit less refined than mainstream users would want.

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TerraMaster F2-220 NAS review: Major-league hardware and rapidly improving software

TerraMaster's FS-220 is relatively new to the NAS category, but it's a great performer with a promising interface.