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Last week we asked you about CES, and gave you a chance to tell us what was your favorite new gadget this year POLL: What's Your Favorite From CES This Year? POLL: What's Your Favorite From CES This Year? Another exciting CES has come to a close, and it's time to think about the awesome new things we all heard about. No matter what caught your eye, it's probably awesome. Read More . Personally, I thought this CES was pretty exciting, but it seems that most of you don’t agree. Nevertheless, one cool gadget did come out on top, and by quite a margin.

There were 12 options in this poll, including the option to vote for “other”. To save you from having to read through an endless list of results, I’ll focus on those that did significantly better than their counterparts:

Out of the 229 votes on this poll, 16% loved the Oculus Rift Crystal Cove, and 33% thought the Urb-E was the best invention of all. Indeed, the Urb-E looks like the best way to get to the office we’ve seen in a while.

To see how the rest of the options did, just scroll down for the full results.

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Comment Of The Week

Although most of the comments this week were about why CES sucked, one comment stood out. Anuj S took the time to explain why the Oculus Rift Crystal Cove is impressive, and what’s exciting about it. Thanks Anuj!

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The Oculus Rift Crystal Cove caught my eye at CES this year. It’s impressive to be able to turn your head around and see the complete 360 degree virtual reality. But what’s even more amazing, and new to Crystal Cove, is being able to lean forward and see everything below. The end result is a virtual reality experience that feels more complete. The rate at which Oculus Rift is growing is certainly impressive, and to see a unit so refined after just a year is completely mind blowing .

For this comment POLL: What's Your Favorite From CES This Year? POLL: What's Your Favorite From CES This Year? Another exciting CES has come to a close, and it's time to think about the awesome new things we all heard about. No matter what caught your eye, it's probably awesome. Read More , Anuj S wins a free MakeUseOf t-shirt! Think you got what it takes to win one too? We’re waiting for your comments!

How Much Free Space Did You Manage To Get From Dropbox?

Love our t-shirts? The best comment in this poll will get one of our geeky t-shirts. That’s right, for free! So get commenting!

Dropbox is a pretty awesome service. If you don’t use it, you’ve probably heard about it. The basic free account gives you 2GB of storage, but you can get up to 16GB just from referrals, and much more than that through Dropbox’s games and promotional offers (through Samsung, for example). By using referrals, solving games, activating products and more, you can earn more than 50GB of storage in your free Dropbox account. How much do you have?

Choose the answer that represents the total amount of space you currently have in your Dropbox account.

Voted? Now hit the comments, tell us an exact number, and explain how you got it! Do you have more than enough for your needs, or do you always need more?

  1. Jay
    February 10, 2014 at 11:06 am

    For all those who have a problem with saving files to the cloud, you could consider using encryption. Boxcryptor, Safebox and other similar apps can do on-the-fly encryption of your files so anything uploaded is unreadable even if accessible.

    I use BTSync and it's great in theory, but my issue with it is that it requires all the computers to be turned on and online in order to sync. If the computer the data is on is powered off or offline, you're out of luck. This is when it's advantageous to have the cloud, since it is always accessible. Another issue is that it's limited by the uplink of the computer that is serving the files, and uplinks are notoriously crippled for home networks. It's one thing to upload once to the cloud, and it's another thing to upload to all the nodes in the sync network.

    I still use BTSync to sync non mission-critical private stuff (like photos and such) so I can have them across multiple machines for convenience. However, when there's something I need to ensure I have access to anywhere I still head over to my Dropbox folder.

  2. illferris
    February 3, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    Not much in NSABox for me. However, my encrypted BT Sync gives me unlimited space. Only a fool would use tens of gigs of cloud space. When it says "free" always know that there is a catch to it. In this case, free means you are not the only one who has access to the files. Don't be deceived.

  3. joe hartman
    January 27, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    58GB...referals + samsung phone, using only 14 gb

  4. David Taylor
    January 23, 2014 at 8:10 am

    I've got 135 gb in my Dropbox. Activated 2 Samsung devices, got a signup bonus 25gb a long time back, and random referrals for the rest.

  5. Min Xuan X
    January 22, 2014 at 4:35 am

    27.9GB, mostly from the Space Race.

  6. Amit R
    January 22, 2014 at 2:17 am

    125 GB...just got 48 GB more two days ago

  7. Jeff
    January 21, 2014 at 7:50 pm

    I've been using it since a couple months after they released. With the work I do I invited MANY people to use dropbox. Well over 50 people I am sure. I'm at 18.5 right now.

  8. James K
    January 21, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    I got my account upgrade to 50gb for installing the app on my Xperia M, which is a great amount from a free cloud storage company.

  9. Marian Therese L
    January 21, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    I got 97 GB for free. 1 GB came from the mini tasks while the remaining 96 GB came from Samsung promotion. I think I have enough free space. It's too bad that my 96 GB free space will be gone in two years' time. I need to find a way to get more permanent free space.

    I love the reliability of its syncing feature and how fast it upload files. SkyDrive seems to have a hard time syncing files.

  10. Dennis F.
    January 21, 2014 at 4:37 am

    I have 54.13 GB, mostly from fiends. No purchases necessary.

  11. Jeremy G
    January 21, 2014 at 12:37 am

    I have 29.8GB extra so far, but I also have a 100GB Pro account of mostly photos. I like the Dropbox method of ordering media, so when this scheme started up, I downloaded most of my photos onto SD cards, then had Dropbox add them once more, thus increasing my space.

  12. Philip L
    January 20, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    16.88 mostly from promotions, referrals, and a scavenger hunt. Always looking for more!
    Love Dropbox and being able to sync files w/o having to tote a flash drive around.

  13. ck
    January 20, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    I have 2.5 GB and got the extra .5 after referring to a family member because a video was too big to send through email, so I opened a Dropbox acct and sent her an invitation. We both love Dropbox, and for now I have enough. I also used it to upload an ebook and download it onto my iPad. I love Dropbox!

  14. Laurel
    January 20, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    I've earned 8.25GB...and it's still growing. Love my DropBox.

  15. DrakMrak
    January 20, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    16.51GB - for me good :) A lot of friends add me a lot of space and some test new features for DropBox. :)

  16. Alan Zisman
    January 20, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    15.38GB - lots of shares = lots of people joining DropBox, giving me extra space. Plus the bonus for setting my smartphone to upload photos to DropBox.

  17. Dean Porter
    January 20, 2014 at 5:10 pm

    97.8GB

    Most of this was through two Samsung promotions.

  18. Sten J. Pettersen
    January 20, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    I got 53,75 GB from registering all my computers and phones (5 in total) to Dropbox, plus a Samsung promotion. In addition to downloading the application for each of my computers, I've also connected my Facebook, followed on Twitter etc.

  19. Mary Greene
    January 20, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    How do you know how much you got?

    • nhm28
      January 23, 2014 at 10:15 pm

      Under settings

    • Yaara L
      January 26, 2014 at 10:07 am

      Did you find it? You click the Dropbox icon in your tray, and then the cogwheel icon. It should be listed under there.

  20. Dave Bakker
    January 20, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Thought I was going well with my 26.5 GB. Mostly through referrals, photo promo. I also use sky Drive, Box and gdrive. I use Flickr for their 1 terabyte photo storage and have all my photos stored as backup, I use Google music to store a cloud copy of all my songs. Thus my space needs for Dropbox has dropped and I primarly us it for all my working files, and the others i use to archive ebooks, audio.

  21. kuldeep
    January 20, 2014 at 11:15 am

    80.25 GB
    Referral
    Camera upload
    HTC & Samsung promotions.

  22. Abduk
    January 20, 2014 at 5:45 am

    66.25 GB

    1- .edu
    2- referral from my blog mostly.
    3- camera upload (keep giving me space with time :D).
    4- S4 promotion.

  23. Mike Miklin
    January 20, 2014 at 5:45 am

    I got 49.8 GB up to now plus the basic 2GB makes 51.8 altogether. This is far enough for my daily needs. If I invite 5 more friends plus the basic 2 GB I got 52.5 GB altogether. But this I will do just for fun. There is no real need for it.

  24. John C
    January 19, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    51.38 GB, most coming from the Samsung SIII promotion.

  25. Dan
    January 19, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    I don't use Dropbox, the NSA may already have access to it. This is a real concern for us non-Americans. I use Spideroak and have been able to get 39 gb free through various promos and referrals.

  26. Rick
    January 19, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    13 GB, mostly from referrals, some from camera upload bonuses and promotion bonuses such as"liking" on Facebook and Twitter.

  27. Xarx
    January 19, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    I have 3 Dropbox account. Each have about 23gb free space mostly from referral program.
    But now switching to Copy.com's 5gb limitless referral program and Mail.ru's 1tb free cloud offers.
    Dropbox just too "cheap" on free space, for me. Best thing about Dropbox is excellent client.

  28. Bogdan Popa
    January 19, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    I only have 12 free GB of storage on Dropbox and i made them from camera upload plus friend sign-up. I've tried all the cloud storage that is out there and not even one came close to Dropbox. So I have my all daily things that I need quick in my pocket, on Dropbox. Everything else is or on my 25gb from skydrive or 1tb of photos from Flickr. Dropbox is the best and I'm happy with my 12 GB.

  29. Luke
    January 19, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    67Gb!

    Some combination of using an .edu address and inviting friends, scavenger hunting, and flashing an international rom on my old s3 to get free dropbox space :P

  30. Robert in SF
    January 19, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    I have 39.5 gb without any purchases at all.

    I was a "charter" member during the beta, so I started with 5 gb. I maxed referrals and used the .edu membership to double that space. I also met a person who worked at Dropbox who gave me a 5 gb free code for some feedback, and went to a Dropbox event and they had a 5gb code there as well. I also completed a few of the contests online, and that's all I have been able to do (and all for free...no phone purchases, no time limit set on any of it).

    But alas, work blocks Dropbox, so I can't use it there for what I had been using it for, sycning reference files for work (powerpoints, pdfs, excel spreadsheets, etc. as overall reference and templates). They don't block Skydrive, and I have 25 gb free there (was a previous user grandfather'ed in to the 25 gb free allocation)....so I use that.

    But it's still irks me that I can't access Dropbox.

    I tried to max out on Copy.com's service, but can't get the referrals. The number of people available in my circle's are dried up who don't have cloud storage, and my Facebook/Twitter requests go unheeded, even for a pity sign-up/install. :(

    • Yaara L
      January 26, 2014 at 10:04 am

      Your work blocks Dropbox? That's the first I heard of a place doing that. It's so useful for work, it's a weird service to block. Sounds frustrating indeed.

    • Robert in SF
      January 26, 2014 at 6:18 pm

      Yeah...I work for a Swiss company, so they treat all their data like confidential bank files...so any file sharing services (except Skydrive, because of the domain to Microsoft I guess, are blocked. They don't even allow chat programs outside the network.
      Anyway, Skydrive works for me and 25 gbs is enough for now. :) But I do wish I could get more Copy.com referrals.

  31. Dogival Ferreira
    January 19, 2014 at 3:09 pm

    It's the service that I have less space, 30 GB. Big part of this free space was earned from a promotion called Great Space Race where anyone from a college could've earned +25 GB of free space.

  32. Dominic C
    January 19, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    I've got 15.4GB only. Mostly through referals. As I'm a student I use dropbox mostly for sharing files with my group of friends as we can update each other's files realtime. This amount would be sufficient for this usage however if I want to add my own personal files, I had to resort to using box as they offered me 50GB free space for registering through a LG phone. These 2 servicecs made me stop using skydrive and gdrive as they offer more space and versatality.

  33. def
    January 19, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Not much - 50Gb.

    Then again, I managed to get 80 Terabytes from 360.

  34. Simon
    January 19, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    97.8GB Free, Max referral bonus, using google adwords to get people to click my link. HTC One S - 25GB Free (2 years), that got returned under warranty replaced with Samsung Galaxy S4 - 25GB (2 years) free. Camera Uploads Beta - 5gb free

  35. Zlate J
    January 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    43 GB so far... :D

  36. Devesh Prabhu
    January 19, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I've got a total of 100+ GB so far. Many a promotions and many friend link clicking going on.

  37. Ross Rayment
    January 19, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    55.8GB Combination of referrals, getting space for using camera upload and from buying a samsung phone

  38. Flavio
    January 19, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    I got 32GB so far. Too bad the HTC promotion can be used only twice: I got it with Sensation and One S, latest One did not give me any extra! Similarly I exceeded the max number of devices for automatic photo upload.

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