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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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Four Reasons Why Google Drive Will Not Kill Dropbox

1 May 2012 – Now that Google has entered the cloud storage market with the long-awaited Google Drive, will it kill Dropbox and other cloud computing services? This is a hot topic in Dropbox forums and elsewhere in the cloud computing world. Here is what one forum poster said, as quoted in CIO magazine:

“Google Drive is going to devastate Dropbox. I hate to say it, Google being the big, bad corporate machine and all, but Dropbox is going to [hemorrhage] users unless they dramatically lower their prices (which could even require being bought up).”

One has to say that the pricing is quite attractive (much like Microsoft Skydrive) and most target users already have Google accounts, which will make the switch pain-free.  Thus, Google apparently already has an advantage over the competition.

However, says Balaji Viswanathan, “I have some experience working for such big software companies, and here is what I believe:Google Driveis going to kill Dropbox, just as Knol killed Wikipedia, Wave killed instant messaging, Google+ killed Facebook and Google Offers killed Groupon. None of those threats mattered, … Read more

From CES 2012: Cisco powers video in the cloud with new Videoscape products


10 January 2012 –  Increasingly, service providers are looking to make video content available across mobile handsets, tablets, connected TVs, gaming consoles and streaming boxes. So Cisco, which provides networking equipment to a large number of network operators, is hoping to provide some of the technology that will help them move beyond just delivering traditional TV offerings and extending their reach with IP video services.

To do so, Cisco first introduced its Videoscape products at last year’s CES. Now the network equipment provider is introducing a series of new products that build on its existing platform. While initial Videoscape products were built to intelligently handle video distribution over the network, the new additions will provide more functionality both for managing assets in the cloud, as well as new client-based technology for a wider range of connected devices.

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Ex-NASA man squeezes cloud onto USB stick


28 September 2011 —  Yes, you can fit a cloud on a USB stick.  Founded by several of the brains who conceived OpenStack – the open source software platform for building Amazon-like “infrastructure clouds” – San Francisco startup Piston Cloud Computing has squeezed the platform onto a memory stick in an effort to streamline the creation of such clouds behind the firewall.

Set for an unveiling at next week’s OpenStack conference in Boston, this “cloud key” also includes Piston’s Linux-based PentOS. According to the company, when plugged into a network switch, the key lets you configure an OpenStack cloud in a matter of minutes.

“This is the boot disk of your private cloud,” Piston CEO Joshua McKenty tells Wired, noting that the key was inspired by old Linux-based portable firewall, FloppyFW. “You take away all the configuration at the hardware side. Let the software figure out which servers to run.”

The way McKenty describes it, an IT manager plugs the key into a PC and sets the parameters for a cloud – an online service that provides access to readily … 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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Huawei ‘makes first cloud-computing phone’

1 August 2011The connection between Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, China’s biggest telecom equipment maker by revenue, and Italian Supercoppa (Italian Super Cup), does not only rest on the fact they share the same birth year.

Established in the southern coastal city of Shenzhen in 1987, Huawei has grown into a top-level telecom hardware giant that competes with the likes of Sweden’s Telefon AB L.M. Ericsson.

It is now drawing on the popularity of Italian Supercoppa with hundreds of millions Chinese soccer fans in the hope of promoting its cloud-computing smart phones.

These new handsets can provide easy downloads and enable the sharing of movies, electronic books and huge amounts of music, while backing up information on the cloud.

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From iCloud to Dropbox: 5 cloud services compared

20 June 2011 – With the recent announcement of iCloud, Apple joins Google, Amazon and Microsoft in their aggressive push into cloud computing, in a race to reel customers into their media ecosystems.

The general idea of the “cloud” is to store your media on the internet so you can access it from any device anywhere, as opposed to leaving it on a hard drive. Now with cloud services, we can juggle around our data between multiple gadgets.

Have music on your PC that you want to listen to on your smartphone? Boom, stream it from the cloud. Want to access a document on another computer? Bam, grab it from your web-connected “cloud” drive. Ideally, with cloud services you can access other types of media, such as photos, e-books and videos, across multiple devices, too.

But cloud services vary between companies so much that the buzzword can get awfully confusing. What exactly do you get? Is it just online storage? Or is it streaming media? Both?

Our friends at Wired have created a chart below which gives you a side-by-side … Read more