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Now THIS is artificial intelligence at work! The EU is to develop smart clothing in a cloud computing structure

 AI in smart clothing


14 October 2013 – The European Union (EU) has launched a project for the development of smart clothing with wearable technology in cloud computing at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI-Rhineland-Palatinate) in Kaeserslautern, in southwest Germany.

The project is titled “Easy-IMP” — Collaborative Development of Intelligent Wearable Meta Products in the cloud — and was launched in September 2013 with an investment of € 4.4 million for over three years.  The EU has developed an interdisciplinary team of experts in sensor technology, computer science, web programming, biomechanics, rehabilitation and sports, to find new methods and tools for creating the smart clothes.
According to a statement issued by DFKI, a typical example of such type of clothing is to provide a common platform that can be used and customized by downloading apps for a variety of applications. A part of this concept has been utilized in Easy-IMP smart clothing, where the garment can be configured via a smart phone to detect motion or vital data of the user and to use in conjunction with an app for … Read more

Cloud computing makes 16GB smartphones the ideal size

Cloud computing and smartphone size


6 March 2013 –  According to analysts, your average low-end smartphone now has more than enough storage for most user.  A study from IHS found that on average, customers who purchased a smartphone in 2012 only needed about 12.8GB of storage to meet their needs. The report suggests that users are now making such heavy use of cloud-based services that local storage has become something of an afterthought.

Analysts believe that as cloud storage and backup services are becoming more popular, users are seeing less of a need to keep large data archives on their devices. So while the average amount of handset storage increased three-fold between 2011 and 2012, between 2012 and 2013 the average sharnk from 13.2GB per device to 12.8GB.

Handsets are not the only mobile devices to have hit reign in storage. Researchers found that tablet manufacturers experienced an even bigger dip in storage demand. Over the course of the year, IHS teardown reports found that on average tablet vendors used 25 percent less storage as average capacity fell from 32.1GB to 24GB.

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Get Your Head in the Cloud: your personal use of the cloud

It has been brought to my attention that there are still some hold?outs on the Cloud revolution. The Citrix Cloud Survey Guide found that 54% of respondents claimed to never have used Cloud computing (although the survey also found that 95% of them actually do use the Cloud but don’t know it). These individuals refuse to use the Cloud to back?up data, share photos or provide remote access to their data. Instead, they carry zip drives and email themselves documents. So, this one’s for you, lovers of technical nostalgia, join the Cloud, the view is great from up here!

How Does it Work?

First, decide which files you want to add. Music, photos, that half?finished novel, your resume…all make great additions to the Cloud. Not only will you be able to access the information remotely but it is also protected in case your device meets with an untimely end. Next, choose a provider. Apple users are generally partial to iCloud. Create an account, register all your devices and the iCloud application will walk you through the entire process of selecting … Read more

Domino’s Pizza cloud computing use offers food for thought

4 February 2013 – The lure of a takeaway pizza is well-known and thanks to technology it’s becoming ever easier to order whenever the mood takes you. Smartphones and tablets let us place orders from any location via dedicated apps and one firm that’s seen the rise perhaps better than any other is Domino’s Pizza.

We were at the Cloud Expo in London last week and we had the chance to hear Domino’s chief information officer, Colin Rees, talk about the cloud.  It now sees over 50 percent of its orders placed online, and 20 percent are coming from mobile applications on Android and iOS devices, according to the firm’s chief information officer Colin Rees.  He explained how the firm has embraced the benefits of cloud computing to ensure it can cope with the growing demand placed on its ordering systems.

Domino’s, understandably, has fairly predictable demand windows, that revolve around a peak between 5pm and 9pm and particularly on Fridays, Saturday and Tuesdays – when it runs its two for £10 deal. As a result, the firm has increased … Read more

Best Buy Reorganizes in the Cloud, Acquiring

7 November 2011 — If you’ve ever investigated various sources for hosted Exchange e-mail or SharePoint sites, or virtual cloud servers, for a small business of under 100 employees or so, you’ve probably run into a service called It’s titled like it wants to be listed first in the Yellow Pages, but in terms of service quality, it’s been limping along with a handful of others looking to gain par against

But 123Together also has a stake in cloud services, with simple virtual servers in the cloud that compete on at least one level with Amazon. Meanwhile, retailer Best Buy is interested in competing with Amazon on any level it can. Last month, it decided it can’t compete with Amazon, announcing a plan to dump its Napster service’s existing customers onto Rhapsody. Best Buy had just acquired the Napster brand in September 2008.

Today, Best Buy announced a deal to acquire’s parent company, mindSHIFT Technologies, for $167 million, apparently in cash. This move will put Best Buy into the hosted services business, which includes floating Web sites … Read more

Disrupt Yourself Before Others Disrupt You: Netflix, the cloud, branding and business models

30 September 2011 –  Says Chirag Mehta, an enterprise software generalist and a passionate blogger:  “Recently, Netflix separated their streaming and DVD subscription plans. As per Netflix’s forecast, they will lose about 1 million subscribers by the end of this quarter. The customers did not like what Netflix did. A few days back, Netflix’s CEO, Reed Hastings, wrote a blog post explaining why Netflix separated their plans. He also announced their new brand, Qwikster, which will be a separate DVD service from Netflix’s streaming website. These two services won’t share the queues and movie recommendations even if you subscribe to both of them. A lot has been said and discussed about how poorly Netlflix communicated the overall situation and made wrong decisions.

I have no insider information about these decisions. They might seem wrong in short term but I am on Netflix’s side and agree with the co-founder Marc Randolph that Netflix didn’t screw up. I believe it was the right thing to do, but they could have executed it a little better. Not only I am on their side, Read more

Amazon’s Kindle Fire is Powered by the “Cloud”

28 September 2011 — Amazon is finally jumping into the tablet market with the Kindle Fire, a 7-inch $199 device built off of Android with its own custom interface and plenty of hooks into Amazon’s marketplace of  digital goods. But beyond being just a cheap tablet, the Fire is leveraging a lot of Amazon’s smarts across its inventory of assets, including some very impressive work in the cloud. That reliance on the cloud makes sense for Amazon, which is using all its strengths to help launch the Kindle Fire, just like Apple has poured in great design and user experience into its tablet.

The tablet also taps into Amazon’s cloud infrastructure to offer free cloud storage and back-up of all content, so users don’t have to worry about irrevocably deleting something from local storage. And there’s also simple wireless syncing and integration of Amazon’s Whispersync technology in movies and TV shows, so users can keep their places in videos when they switch from one device to another.

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Google Drive Takes Aim At Amazon, Apple For Cloud Storage

26 September 2011 – Google upcoming Google Drive, or GDrive, is expected to compete with similar offerings from Amazon and Apple.  Google Drive has been rumored to be in the works for years and the images show a Google Docs-style interface with the word “Drive” in the upper left corner, indicating that it’s a cloud-based storage offering.

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Desktop Encryption Moves to the Cloud

26 September 2011 – Laplink’s new PC Lock aims to secure files on your desktop through online management.  The PC Lock Management Console can be accessed from any web-enabled device, including smartphones, letting users change settings, reset passwords and, if a computer is lost or stolen, lock the system or even delete information.  For lawyers and other professionals handling sensitive data, encryption is an increasingly popular and necessary utility.  The cloud is making it possible to remotely secure that data even after the hardware containing it has been lost or misplaced.

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For the consumer: 7 ways to get started with cloud computing

19 September 2011 — If you are a cloud virgin, what is the best way to get started and learn more about what the cloud can offer? Here are several suggestions, from the perspective of someone who has moderate IT knowledge and not necessarily the full backing and support resources of an IT department behind them. The idea here is to demonstrate some of the key concepts of cloud computing, as well as introduce you to some cool tools. We have also tried to focus on those that offer free trials or services that are relatively inexpensive and easy to get started with.

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