The Best Ways to Share Files With Friends


Whether you’re looking to share a home movie you recorded with friends, or you plan on sending your entire collection of photos to your aunt, most of the time, email sharing just won’t cut it. With average email send caps at 25-75mb, you need something better. Luckily, there are plenty of free services that allow you to send and share files as often as you want, and for free. While you can pay for many of these services, chances are you just want to send one or two things, so there’s no real need to pay for a subscription. The following include the best free options you can use. Best Ways to Share Files With Friends

Dropbox is one of the most well-known file sharing programs out there and as a bonus, it also offers up to 2GB of free storage. The catch is that you cannot have more than 2GB of space without paying, which means that you cannot send more than 2GB. On the bright side, it does offer long-term storage, easy access, web view and even web play for most types of video and media. Essentially you can send your video file to friends and family and they can watch it right from their browser.

Box allows you to store up to 10GB of data in the cloud, but with the free version, you can only upload files 250 mb at a time. This is great if you’re planning on sharing your library of classic music recordings or your photos, but not so good for larger files.

WeTransfer is the best way to easily transfer files that are up to 4 GB in size. While you can transfer more sizes if you pay for a subscription, average files tend to be 4GB or less. If you have a bigger file and want it to be free, then consider using a torrent instead. What’s the catch on this one? WeTransfer is absolutely great for sharing files but upload and download times can take more than an hour per gigabyte with ‘regular’ Internet. is a close competitor.

Mega is kind of like DropBox but you get a lot more free space. The free Mega account comes with 50GB of free data storage, which you can share and collaborate with your friends and family. While there are no limitations on downloads, they can be slow, especially if there is a lot of traffic, because Mega automatically puts ‘free’ accounts on the backburner when there are a lot of current uploads.

Torrent/Peer 2 Peer

One of the best ways to share large files, especially those larger than 2-4 GB is to simply use a torrent. While this is obviously illegal if you plan on uploading any sort of copyrighted content, it is 100 percent legal to upload and share personal and privately owned content. In fact, many torrent sites also allow you to create private torrents so that you can share your file to someone, and only those with the link can access it. Torrents are considered one of the best ways to download information because they literally break data up into smaller chunks and download it simultaneously, allowing the entire file to download faster. You will need a Bittorent client to handle the actual downloads, but other than that, you can use either a Bittorent client with upload features ( offers this) or a popular torrent site to upload and share your own private torrents.

Things to Keep In Mind

There are quite literally dozens of sites that specialize in nothing but allowing you to send files. However, the majority of them charge money, or want to limit your file uploads. For this reason, anyone with very large files can definitely consider torrents as their best option. Unfortunately it is extremely important to make the file private or untagged in order to ensure that everyone on the planet doesn’t download your personal information. Other than that, you’re ready to start sharing your files.

Zip It

If you’re planning on sharing multiple files like photos or an album, consider zipping it into a .zip or .rar file before sending. This allows the folder to upload as one file, which is faster for both upload and download. While you won’t be able to upload these into an email, any torrent or general sharing program should have no problem with it. Other than that, you should be ready to start sharing your files and media with your friends and family. Most people consider WinZip to be one of the best .rar creators.


Jay Robinson is a fun guy who spends just a little too much time on the Internet. He’s into free stuff, and new technology.

5 Must Have Apps for the iPhone


There are literally a million apps availableapps for iPhone in the App Store for iPhones. As of October, 2013, Apple was proud to announce they had grown from their initial offering of 800 apps in July of 2008, to a total of 1,000,000 (475,000 native to the iPad).

Obviously, it will take quite a while to get through that huge list of “helpers”. These are the tools that make your phone the truly powerful tool it can be. Okay, so it can also be a great time waster with the endless amount of games and other amusements, but we’re going to stick with some of the more productive options out there.

  1. Google Maps This is the app I find myself using more than any other. Having an Atlas and GPS in your pocket at all times is a convenience it’s almost hard to believe I lived without. Google Maps is still by far the best free map app available for the iPhone.

    You can look up addresses and get turn-by turn directions in real time. There are tips to avoid traffic, and safer bike routes (in select areas). What more could you ask for? Well, plenty, probably. But it won’t be long before that’s available, too.

  2. Snapseed is the most versatile camera app available today – at least for free. It offers a nice range of editing tools and cool filters, along with strong photo correction, non-destructive editing and localized adjustments.

    Besides integrating well with all of the social networks, Snapseed is the only iPhone app that comes close to a desktop photo-editing program.

  3. LinkedIn continues to be the best business networking tool available. Whether you are very active in the professional world, or just looking for a job, LinkedIn can be a priceless aid.

    Having full access to your business associates and all their information at the ready can prove to be invaluable.

    Regardless of your field, as the smartphone and networking worlds grow so does LinkedIn. It is an important online network for anyone serious about their profession, and offers a very thorough iPhone app.

  4. Dashlane is a very simple and effective password manager app. Like with any other password app, you’ll have to create one strong password to remember for you Dashlane account. All other passwords can be generated (on another device) and saved automatically to your account.

    The app allows you access to your login credentials, and a copy and paste function for the encrypted passwords into apps and mobile websites when you need to use them.

    There are some limitations to the free version, but a premium account can be had for $4.99 a month, or $39.99 a year. The premium account includes syncing which is vital to using the iPhone app. Dashlane is extremely secure, and if you perform sensitive transactions on your phone, it is worth the extra security.

  5. Dropbox is, for many computer users, synonymous with file sharing and synching. It has been around for a long time, and as probably the most recognizable name in file-sharing, it integrates with literally hundreds of other apps and services.

    Dropbox is a great way to have access to, and share, files of all types for you and your team – whatever the project may be – and wherever you may be. If you already use Dropbox as a computer user, the app is a must. You have access to all the files, wherever you are, in your pocket.

  6. Twitter. Yes, this is a list of 5 Essential apps, and this is number 6. I debated adding Twitter, but decided to add it because of its ever-growing omnipresence in every facet of our culture.

    We all need our distractions from time to time, and there is no question that Twitter is indeed a never-ending stream of that.

    And, unlike Angry Birds, it can be legitimately used for business opportunities – or, at least that’s always a fair excuse.

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How to Use Foursquare’s Ad Platform For Your Small Business


Local businesses in numerous regions are faced with the same problem. They need traffic, but lack the resources to get more people through the door. Armed with the rich source of user data it has been collecting over the past fourfoursquare Ads years, Foursquare believes it has come up with the ideal solution.

Now with 40 million users to call its own, Foursquare has made a serious move to monetize its location-based social network. Driving those efforts is a new ad platform that has recently been rolled out to all small businesses worldwide. The format is available on a self-serve basis that lets advertisers go in and create their own units.

How Do They Work?

Users see Foursquare ads as soon they open up the app. The units may be served up based on the user’s location, usage history, or search patterns. That essentially means they may be targeted by locations they’ve visited in the past, or targeted when using the app’s internal search engine. It’s important to note that ads will not be delivered to users who are currently checked into a venue. However, the format is structured to get customers in the door, and that’s what sets the Foursquare platform apart from what is being offered by other ad service providers.

The self-serve ads can be purchased on the popular pay-per-action model, meaning small businesses only pay when someone clicks (or taps) their ad to view more information or checks in at their business location. On that note, pricing is primarily structured on the nature of the business. For example, a small business would likely bid anywhere from $1 to $3 to attract a Foursquare user, while larger family restaurants may bid as much as $7 per customer. Additionally, all businesses have the option to promote store listings, special offers, or user-generated tips in their ads.

How to Get Started

Getting started with Foursquare ads is simple. The first thing you need to do is make sure your business is listed and claimed. Your next step is logging in to the dashboard and creating your ad, which entails uploading a picture and adding your content. From there, you can set up a monthly budget, and publish your ad. You can visit that same dashboard to manage your content and budget, and monitor the performance of your campaign. As far as self-serve ad tools go, it’s one of the most user-friendly options up for grabs.

Making the Most of Your Opportunity

There’s been a lot of talk about whether Foursquare ads are worth the gamble and the value of the service itself. While the app is still very popular, many feel it hasn’t managed to live up to its full potential. Shortcomings aside, Foursquare has been great for local merchants, and with approximately 1.5 million marketers using the platform, it has the potential to go very far in the location-based social networking sector. Here are some tips you can apply to get the most from the new advertising offering:

Use a compelling image. The image you choose can either make or break your ad. You need to choose something that’s going to grab the user’s attention and compel them to interact with your content. One approach that works extremely well is the use of human faces, which have a way of attracting people. So for instance, if you have a CEO, manager, or brand ambassador your customers will recognize, slap their photo on your ad to give it some personality.

Follow up with strong copy. Images have a way of capturing attention, but more often than not, they need a little help generating action. You can make that attractive photo even more effective by adding some clever copy to the mix. Remember that you only have a limited amount of text to work with here, so spin your copy wisely and make every word count!

Optimize your offers. By giving you the ability to dangle offers, Foursquare ads give you a chance to not only drive traffic to the door, but increase sales in the process. The key to success, of course, is presenting a good offer. First and foremost, you need to make sure your offer is attractive enough to pique the interests of your customers. Anything under 20% could be kidding yourself and wasting your time. You should also keep your offer simple with as few terms, conditions, and tricks as possible attached.

Make Your Own Success Story

According to Foursquare, Sky Room, Bronx Beer Hall, and Barcade have already generated great results with its new ad product. Will you be the next local marketer with a success story to tell?

Francis Santos is the Marketing Manager for Benchmark Email. He graduated from Cal State Long Beach and holds a degree in Journalism. In addition, he is also the executive editor for separate popular news blogs. Follow him on Twitter: @emailfrancis