Posts Tagged ‘cloud’

iTunes to Move into the Cloud?

January 21, 2010

The latest piece of speculation courtesy of the current press-obsession with Apple is that the company could move elements of its iTunes service into the ever-nebulous “cloud.” Still, there’s more to this one than most.

It seems as though Apple is on a bit of a roll at the moment, with the world and its mother speculating on just what it is, could be or might one day build or offer through its existing services. While most of the buzz has been around the upcoming tablet offering, there’s also a lot around the iPhone’s rumoured new OS, the latest from the Wall Street Journal indicates something of a shift in the established iTunes model.



Sony Considers Fee-based PSN

December 22, 2009

It’s emerged that Sony, which has long touted the fact that its PlayStation Network (PSN) service is free as a selling point over Microsoft’s Xbox Live, has been considering making a “premium” PSN service available to those who’ll pay.

Word comes from Kotaku that Sony has been conducting some fairly interesting surveys in an attempt to ascertain whether or not the PlayStation 3 owning public would actually pay for the use of PSN, in much the same way as Microsoft offers a free Xbox Live Silver or a fee-based Gold membership for its Xbox 360.


Opera’s Unite Breaks Records

December 7, 2009

Opera has released an update to its browser, taking the browser to Opera 10.10, which sees its much-touted Unite service added to the browser. It’s meant a record-breaking week for Opera.

The numbers are fairly impressive; Opera has seen the latest version of its browser downloaded by around 12.5 million people in the last week alone, beating the record number of downloads it had had by fully 25%, set on the release of Opera 10. Of course, the big question is whether or not Unite, which many see as having been the driving force behind the latest figures, stands the test of time.


Intel Shows off 48-Core Processor

December 3, 2009

Intel is moving us well into the future by showing off what it feels could well be the processor of tomorrow. It’s 48-core processor doesn’t have a codename for now, but it’s been dubbed by Intel the “single-chip cloud computer.”

Perhaps most interesting is that the prototype of the chip shown off, which boasts so very many cores that we can’t begin to guess at what they’ll call it (dual core and quad core don’t quite cut it), is that it should, when finished, only consume around the same amount of power as two standard light bulbs. This, we’re told, is thanks to some new power management arrangement Intel has been putting together.

It’s also curious to see just what Intel imagines the chip will see use for. From Intel’s own piece on its upcoming chip,


YouTube Suffers Outages

November 2, 2009

Last night YouTube had a bit of an up-and-down experience, with some users having difficult accessing the service at all, while others were able to get to the page but unable to load videos.

YouTube logo

Late yesterday evening we caught the “YouTube is down for maintenance and will return shortly message,” though as soon as we asked about it on Twitter we were informed that if there had been any downtime it’d been short lived, as it was working for just about everyone else. Now though, word comes from Mashable that YouTube was indeed experiencing pronounced issues last night.


Google Touts Chrome OS

October 23, 2009

Google has released some details on Chrome OS, confirming some suspicions about just what its upcoming operating system might actually do, a topic on which it’s been fairly quiet until now.


Eweek is reporting on Google’s VP of product management, Sundar Pichai’s speech at the Web 2.0 Summit yesterday, where he essentially said that in a world where people are using web-based applications like Google’s office suite, Gmail and Google Wave then the browser practically becomes an OS in itself. He then went on to talk about Chrome OS in a little detail, saying of users,

“… they don’t manage software, they don’t manage data, everything is in the cloud.”


Google Chrome gets Bookmark Sync

August 18, 2009

Google’s Chrome might not have a massive share of the browser market (yet), but it’s definitely becoming one of the browsers to keep an eye on. Google has added the ability to sync bookmarks across multiple machines to the latest developer build of Google Chrome.

Google Chrome Logo

The idea behind bookmark syncing is pretty much exactly as simple as you might think it is; it allows users to have the same bookmarks across a smattering of different machines, eliminating the “Did I bookmark this from home or work?” fear by which we’re occasionally gripped. Moreover, it does so by adding your bookmarks to your cloud-based Google Account, which makes the whole process that bit simpler.


Amazon’s Cloud Accessible by Post

August 17, 2009

One of Amazon’s Web Service’s stranger services is the ability to backup a practically unlimited amount of data to its own storage. While you’ve got to pay for it, it’s one of those moves that brings a fully cloud-based future a bit closer to reality, so naturally we’re all very impressed by it. Now though, you can access all that storage through the post.

When I first saw the diagram, I thought it might be a joke...

When I first saw the diagram, I thought it might be a joke...

The problem with having a massive amount of storage available off-site is that, using the conventional old modern-day internet, it can take an awfully long time to actually upload it all. For a while now, Amazon has been offering to backup from a storage device you send them, physically. It might seem strange, but in an odd kind of way it makes perfect sense. Now, they’re offering exactly the same process, but in reverse.


Microsoft Office to go Cloud

July 9, 2009

It’s pretty well known that Bill Gates has been a major proponent of cloud computing for years, but now we have word that Microsoft Office is finally making a move into the cloud… we just don’t know quite how yet.


Techcrunch is reporting that Microsoft will make its big announcement about Microsoft Office’s new web-enabled future this coming Monday, which means that (if Microsoft manages to present the whole affair in a decent manner) it might manage to pull enough attention to Office’s cloud move to eclipse the announcement of Chrome OS a bit.