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With so many Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals out there, it can be tough to spot the gems. One that undoubtedly qualifies is Amazon's offer of unlimited cloud storage for a year for just $5, which is 92 percent less than the normal selling price of $59.99. If you're a digital pack rat, this is the score you've been looking for.The one-year plan offers unlimited storage for photos, documents, and whatever other files you need backed up to the cloud. There's no limit to what you can upload, and if you're a photographer, rest easy knowing your photos won't be tampered with -- Amazon says it will... Read more...
Microsoft saw a 12 percent year-over-year decline in revenue during the quarter ended September 30, 2015. On a GAAP basis, revenue for the quarter came in at $20.4 billion, along with operating income of $5.79 billion and net income of $4.62 billion, the latter of which is a 2 percent bump compared to the same quarter a year ago. Leveraging the cloud continues to pay off for Microsoft. Revenue related to the Redmond outfit's Intelligent Cloud division grew 8 percent to $5.9 billion for the quarter, while operating income jumped 14 percent to $2.4 billion. Microsoft also noted that its Azure revenue... Read more...
In the cloud game, there is so much competition, it's hard to keep them all straight sometimes. But of them all, two giants that are fun to watch duke it out are Google and Microsoft - especially when it comes to online documents. While Google was ahead of the curve with regards to hosting office tools online, Microsoft has arguably had an easier time selling its service based on the simple fact that it's been creating office tools for nearly thirty years (the first version was revealed at COMDEX in 1988!). Both companies have their own pluses, though, making it hard for some businesses to choose... Read more...
We all recognize that backing up data is important, but do you have backups for your backups? A single scheme isn't always enough, and if you think uploading your valuable documents to the cloud is all the protection you need, think again. Some users are finding that out the hard way after one of Google's data centers was affected by four successive lightning strikes. Google says the incident occurred on August 13, 2015, which is when lightning exacted its wrath on the local utilities grid that powers the company's European data center. There was a brief loss of power to the data center's storage... Read more...
In November, Amazon announced the latest addition to its hardware line-up, the Amazon Echo. The Echo smart speaker doubles as a digital assistant and home entertainment device. It’s an always-connected, always-available Siri or Cortana-like device designed for your home that can provide answers to common questions, play music, provide traffic updates, control your lights, read audiobooks, and much more. Because it’s tied to your Amazon account, the Echo can also be used to reorder products you’ve previously purchased from Amazon. Although the Echo was announced in November, it was available for... Read more...
When Google announced in May that it was offering unlimited photo and video storage for free via its revamped Photos app, there was much celebration. Confetti poured out from building windows onto the streets, enemies became friends, and the nation's leaders declared and end to all conflicts, finally ushering in an era of world peace.Okay, maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration. However, what Google did was pretty awesome, and having an unlimited bin in the cloud was just part of the story. The retooled app made it even easier to organize your images and videos, tag people, and search through large... Read more...
It’s long been said that Apple’s efforts to tackle “the cloud” have often come up short. Apple has seemingly struggled to get a firm grip on cloud data starting with iTools, which subsequently morphed into .Mac, MobileMe, and to its current incarnation as iCloud. In the past, Apple has rented server capacity from various vendors -- such as Amazon and Microsoft -- to support its cloud services like iCloud. In addition, Apple has taken the easy (but not always efficient) approach of using off-the-shelf hardware like Cisco switches and HP servers in its growing army of data centers. However, Apple... Read more...
Cloud gaming is a technology that's already here, but with high bandwidth requirements and data caps still a thing that mobile users have to contend with, there's definitely room for improvement. The question is, how? Researchers at Duke University and Microsoft Research have been working together to answer that very question, and what they've come up with is a promising new tool that could lead to console-like graphics on mobile devices with comparatively little bandwidth requirements. The tool is called "Kahawai," which is the Hawaiian word for stream. What Kahawai does is task the mobile device... Read more...
Data security research player CrowdStrike is reporting a security flaw that could allow hackers to exploit and take over data centers from within. Given the nasty moniker "VENOM" (for "Virtualized Environment Neglected Operations Manipulation"), the vulnerability CrowdStrike uncovered is present in a common component — a legacy floppy drive controller — that is widely used in virtualization platforms and appliances. The seriousness of the VENOM vulnerability rests on how it circumvents an essential barrier used by cloud service providers to segregate customer data. Thus, infiltrators who are able... Read more...
It’s Happening! NVIDIA is bulking up its GRID cloud gaming service with the introduction of 1080p 60 FPS streaming. This is big news for gamers as 1080p60 is the same performance target that developers aim for with the latest and greatest games running on Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One. NVIDIA is actually the first company to offer 1080p60 streaming over the Internet, however, plenty of services offer the capability with local playback. To take advantage of this new capability, you will need to sign up for the SHIELD Hub beta and of course have possession of a SHIELD gaming device.... Read more...
Microsoft had a ton of new products and technologies to talk about at this past week's Build conference, but one area we haven't touched on up to this point is with the company's Azure cloud platform. While end-users are likely to be unaware of what Azure even is, Microsoft is banking on it becoming a major part of its future - it's even integrated a lot of Linux into it, because it has no choice but to be flexible. We wrote last month that Amazon had just launched a service revolved around machine learning, and out of Build, Microsoft shows us that it can do it, too. To help prove it, it's deployed... Read more...
If there's one thing that's beaten into the head of every computer user, it's to implement a data backup scheme. Like, right now. It's sound advice, but depending on how and where you backup your data, you could be exposing more about yourself than you care to share. Just think for a moment about the contents of your hard drive (or solid state drive) and how comfortable you would be with strangers sorting through your digital bits. A typical storage drive might contain everything from family photos and work documents, to annual tax returns containing personal information and perhaps even naughty... Read more...
It's hardly a secret that Microsoft is infatuated with the cloud and is building a future that entails transitioning offline software into online services. We see it at every turn, from productivity such as Office 365 to gaming, and now it's even beginning on the Windows Server side in the form of Nano Server.What exactly is Nano Server? In Microsoft's words, it's a "purpose-built operating system designed to run born-in-the-cloud applications and containers." It will be part of the next Windows Server release, and when installing Nano Server, Windows Server gets stripped down to just the essentials,... Read more...
IBM is planning to invest a whopping $3 billion over the next four years on a new Internet of Things (IoT) division that will focus on the enterprise. In addition, IBM said it's building a cloud-based open platform designed to help clients and ecosystem partners build IoT solutions. The open platform will help its clients and partners integrate data from a wide range of IoT and traditional sources, ultimately allowing them to design and produce a whole new generation of connected devices that are better optimized for IoT. "Our knowledge of the world grows with every connected sensor and device,... Read more...
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