The impact of flooding in Thailand on PC inventories going into the holiday has been widely reported, but an obvious connection we’ve been missing has been raised by the New York Times, and it’s an important one. According to interviews conducted by Nick Bilton, cloud computing could grind to a halt early next year as storage prices skyrocket, and supply reaches historic lows. Flooding in the region has shuttered more than 1,000 factories, including several which are responsible for pumping out a significant percentage of the world’s mechanical hard drives.
When Amazon introduced the Kindle Fire tablet, the cloud accelerated Silk browser was one of the headlining features. While the speed and ease of use supposedly offered by Silk is intriguing, some privacy-minded folks are a little concerned. Since all your traffic is passing though Amazon, your browsing history could be at risk.
Cloud-based services such as Dropbox, SugarSync and Box simplify our lives by making even our most complex files obtainable with push button simplicity anywhere there’s an internet connection. Google Docs boils this convenience down even further by combining a robust document creation application and file syncing into one free-to-use solution. But to get down to the nitty-gritty essence of cloud-based note taking, we’d like to suggest you give Quick Note a try--it’s our Chrome Web App of the Week.
No matter where you choose to do your cloud computing these days, September is off to a rough start. First Google Doc’s is knocked offline for over an hour on Wednesday, and Microsoft followed suit on Friday, falling off the grid for close to three hours. Microsoft’s service disruption impacted several free services such as Hotmail and Skydrive, but also premium offerings including Office 365.
Now that the space shuttle program has flown its last mission, the only things left skyrocketing in America are fuel prices and the number of companies hopping on the cloud services bandwagon. Some forward thinking engineers at Microsoft have proposed a radical new system that taps into the disadvantages of both of those issues, and hey! it's a Green one, too. Rather than stuffing OPEC's pockets to heat our homes in the winter, why not turn to the heat generated by all those cloud servers?
The promise of cloud computing is simple. Platforms don’t matter, and accessing your data is seamless experience from any Internet connective device with a modern browser. These values are usually considered sacred when setting out to create a new cloud service, but apparently Apple didn’t get the memo.
Microsoft has confirmed it is holding an invitation only Office 365 launch party in New York on June 28th, and CEO Steve Ballmer will be in attendance to head up the marching band. It might sound like a lot of pomp and circumstance for the release of yet another new productivity suite, but trust us when we say this marks a pretty significant milestone for how Microsoft does business.
We’ve recommended Dropbox in so many features & how-to’s we’ve lost count. It’s an amazing service that just keeps getting better, but the company has found itself in hot water with the FTC over concerns of anti-competitive behavior related to its file encryption.
Hit the jump to find out what all the fuss is about.
Yo, dawg! We heard that you like operating systems and internet browsers, so Jolicloud’s letting you have an operating system and a browser with another operating system inside of that browser! It’s a cloud computing solution so slick that we’ve made it our Chrome Web App of the Week.
If you need reliable, enterprise-class hosting, Amazon's EC2 servers can't be beat, right? Yesterday we would have said yes, but today things are looking a little grim. Amazon' EC2 cloud crashed overnight, and it still isn't operational as the time of this posting.