The frenzy that was yesterday's Apple keynote not only revealed the iCloud but also reignited "year of the copycat" comments from rivals. And just a day after, Microsoft is reminding everyone about their own cloud solution called the SkyDrive. The company is detailing all the new improvements for the SkyDrive that can be expected in the Windows Phone 7.1 Mango update.
Today's the big day for Apple fans waiting for Steve Jobs to take the stage and finally reveal all the "magical" details of the much hyped iCloud. Unlike the competition, Amazon Cloud Player and Google Music Beta, Apple has actually secured licensing deals with music labels and could offer up something much more comprehensive and appealing. Add to that iTune's already secure first place lead in the music download arena, makes it one cloudy day for rivals.
As you MAY have heard multiple times, Apple very obviously plans on releasing information on their new "iCloud" service in the very near future (aka WWDC.) What you may NOT know is that they, just yesterday, filed the name iCloud with the European Trademark Office under application 010011484. This trademark was filed under 12 distinct International Classes including all of the following headers: digital music by telecommunications, electronic storage, online social networking services, multimedia content for a fee or pre-paid subscription, computer software, electronic books and magazines, entertainment, photographic services, business management and advertising services, games, headgear and digital devices/computers. That's a lot of meat!
Apple, in an unusual move, confirmed the agenda for their upcoming WWDC developer conference to include the iCloud, iOS 5, and OS X Lion. Although it seems like they just killed some of the mystery and magic for the event, there's still so much unknown about the iCloud that it keeps us anxious and the rumor mills cranking. The latest claims suggest that the iCloud could serve up not only music, but also movies and TV shows.
Apple's much anticipated cloud-based iTunes music service, possibly dubbed iCloud, is ramping up for an imminent reveal, but will it be during next month's WWDC developer conference? Just this morning, reports seemed optimistic with Sony joining EMI and Warner Music in reaching agreeable licensing terms with Apple. It seemed like Universal Music Group would be the last piece of the puzzle, but this may not be the case.
Speculation on Apple's iTunes Cloud service, possibly dubbed iCloud, is building up as we inch closer to next month's WWDC 2011, when the service will likely be unveiled. Both Amazon and Google have already unleashed their versions of a cloud music service, leaving Apple's version now the center of attention. And today, we have our first preview of what Apple's version might entail thanks to a patent filing.
Last week we reported that Apple was ahead of Google in launching a cloud music service, a digital locker of sorts that would allow users to store and stream their iTunes music. Apple's momentum continues, striking at least two out of four successful deals with the record companies, and spurring rumors of a new "iCloud" branding after it was rumored that the company spent $4.5 million to acquire the domain iCloud.com. Now, it is further speculated that the iCloud will be serving up more than just music.
This week's tech news roundup highlights the Apple and Samsung legal battle, our Samsung Galaxy SII extreme unboxing, cloud computing problems for both Amazon and the PlayStation Network, Apple's Q2 earnings, the white iPhone 4, the iPhone 5, and details on various smartphones and tablets including the BlackBerry Playbook, G-Slate, G2x, HTC Flyer, and the Acer Iconia Tab.
Amazon Web Services crashed yesterday morning causing an outage in a good chunk of websites across the board including the major social platforms like Foursquare, Quora, and Reddit. And although these big guys have been restored, there are still many other websites that remain shut down. More and more businesses are coming to rely on cloud computing, with Amazon's Elastic Cloud Computing service (EC2) being a popular and supposedly reliable choice.
Amazon's cloud hosting service experienced technical errors that caused several major websites to go down earlier today. The Amazon Elastic Cloud Computing service is one of the leading providers in cloud computing, hosting several of the major social websites including Foursquare, Quora, and Reddit. The crash last night that took down several of these sites has raised concerns once again about the reliance and reliability of operating from the cloud.