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Cloud computing will take away the burden of backing up your stuff

Over the last year "the cloud" has creeped its way into our everyday tech vocabulary. Even Apple got on board, naming its new online storage service "iCloud." But what is the cloud? Simply put, it's a way to store all your files, photos, music, etc. on a remote server and access it all from the web. Then there are those excellent services like Dropbox and Box.net that act as a virtual folder on your desktop, allowing you to get those files from anywhere. Why it's innovative: As Internet connections get faster and devices get lighter and cheaper, storing stuff in the cloud is the best way to make sure your stuff is backed up. It also saves valuable space on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.

The 15 Most Innovative Gadgets

Tech moves fast. Even we have trouble keeping up with the latest and greatest stuff. With every new smartphone, every new computer, every new chip, we get closer and closer to what will become the standard in the future. Wireless high-speed Internet everywhere? We're getting close thanks to LTE. Cars that drive themselves? Google is working on it. Appliances that sync with your smartphone? Android has you covered. We put together what we think are the best gadgets and technologies that are setting the stage for tomorrow's tech.