During Microsoft's Build developer conference, CEO Steve Ballmer made a surprise appearance to talk about the future of Microsoft, Windows 8, and cloud computing. He also touted that the Windows 8 preview, which was made available last night, has already seen 500,000 downloads within the last 12 hours.
Apple's iOS 5 with support for the iCloud has been rumored for an early October launch, but now we may have a more concrete date of October 10. According to a source familiar with the situation, AppleCare call centers are expecting an unusually high amount of tech support calls starting that day.
The Google Music service that launched back at Google I/O will now work on iOS devices, including both iPhones and iPads. The service has generated very little buzz since its inception and still remains in a private beta stage. However, the service had been rumored for months before its launch and is Google's first major attempt to rival Amazon's Cloud Player and Apple's iTunes with iCloud.
Kodak has unveiled its Hero series of all-in-one printers that can print from the cloud. Forget about the hassle of hooking up your computer or laptop to the printer via cable or your home WiFi. Kodak's Hero printers allow you to connect and print from any internet-enabled device, from anywhere in the world.
Looks like Amazon is really ramping up its Android efforts in preparation for a tablet launch by offering a new incentive to developers. Starting today, the online retailer will be giving a $50 voucher for Amazon Web Services (AWS) to Android developers who submit an app to the Amazon Appstore.
As part of Apple's new iCloud service is a feature called iTunes Match, which was first announced back at WWDC 2011. This feature will set Apple's cloud music service apart from competitors and has just been released in the latest iTunes 10.5 Beta 6.1 update to developers. The service should launch alongside iOS 5 and the iPhone 5 and/or 4S, both rumored for a September-October time frame.
If you refuse to update to Mac OS X Lion from Snow Leopard for the time being, you may still be able to take advantage of Apple's iCloud. This news comes from a message that one developer received after he upgraded his MobileMe account to the iCloud but attempted to access it via a machine still running OS X Tiger. The message indicated that the minimum requirement for compatibility with the iCloud is Mac OS X Snow Leopard version 10.6.9.
The fine folks at Google have announced today their newest set of updates for the popular mail and cloud-based document editors Gmail and Google Docs. In these updates you'll find several innovations brought to you straight from what once was Google Labs and has now been split into teams: Gmail Labs and a series of groups working on Docs. Two of Google's most popular web-based applications have just gotten better - let's check out how!
When Apple announced the iCloud at WWDC 2011, it also revealed that its MobileMe syncing service would be shutting down. Although the core services of MobileMe will be rolled into the iCloud, there are still certain features that will no longer sync due to the transition. To make things better, Apple may be offering MobileMe users 25GB right off the bat when they migrate to the iCloud.
Hacking cloud storage could net the online assailants nothing but a cache of meaningless encrypted code - with little indication of what was even being done with it - if researchers have their way. Working on a practical implementation of homomorphic encryption, a hitherto primarily theoretical system where encrypted code is worked on by software that produces already-encrypted results, Microsoft researcher Kristin Lauter and coder colleagues Vinod Vaikuntanathan and Michael Naehrig have come up with a proof-of-concept which, they reckon, would mean that both data and results would only be understandable with the user's decryption key.