cloud computing

iTunes Match Beta released to developers

iTunes Match Beta released to developers

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.

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iCloud for OS X Snow Leopard with 10.6.9 update

iCloud for OS X Snow Leopard with 10.6.9 update

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.

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Google Updates Gmail and Docs for all users

Google Updates Gmail and Docs for all users

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!

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MobileMe Users Migrating To iCloud Get 25GB

MobileMe Users Migrating To iCloud Get 25GB

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.

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Encrypted cloud could lead to hack-proof data

Encrypted cloud could lead to hack-proof data

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.

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DIDO uses the cloud to process WiFi and 3G traffic for less latency

DIDO uses the cloud to process WiFi and 3G traffic for less latency

The company that brought us the OnLive cloud gaming system has a new way to use the cloud to reduce the latency and interference associated with sending WiFi and 3G data across a network. The new system is called DIDO and it was invented by Steve Perlman. Perlman offered a glimpse at what DIDO can do for cloud services like OnLive gaming in the whitepaper describing the DIDO system.

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Intel Q2 Earnings Beat Expectations, Netbooks Down, Cloud Computing Strong

Intel Q2 Earnings Beat Expectations, Netbooks Down, Cloud Computing Strong

Intel's Q2 earnings report has beat expectations with record revenue of $13 billion, up 21 percent from the same quarter last year. Net profit for the quarter hit $3 billion, up 2 percent year-over-year. The chip giant's PC business growth slowed down, netbook sales expectedly declined, but its server business burgeoned with data center upgrades that followed the increased demand for cloud computing.

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Google Circles and what it Doesn’t Mean for You

Google Circles and what it Doesn’t Mean for You

This morning there's just a bit of buzz surrounding a code discovery made by a fellow named Florian Rohrweck, a fellow who apparently spends his day reading the back ends of webpages instead of the front ends like everyone else in the world. This fellow has had solid information as well as conjecture about what "Google Circles" is and will be in the future more than once, his latest set of words coming with a discovery of the word Circles found several times in profiles.google.com - "Show people who have added you to circles" being quite an atom bomb in the fight for recognition of the mystical ghost of a project. Thus far the Google Circles project has had no official confirmation from the big Gs themselves, but comments here and there have appeared. Let's have a bit of a conversation on what it could mean for YOU.

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Best Buy Unveils Its Own Cloud Music Service

Best Buy Unveils Its Own Cloud Music Service

With Amazon, Google, and Apple full steam ahead with cloud music services and likely to dominate the highly competitive arena, its quite a bold move for Best Buy to jump in with a "me too." Best Buy certainly isn't one to shy away from uphill battles and has announced today its own Best Buy Music Cloud that attempts to combine some of the best features from the other cloud services.

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Windows SkyDrive Drops Silverlight For HTML 5

Windows SkyDrive Drops Silverlight For HTML 5

Microsoft released an update today for its cloud platform called the SkyDrive and has finally dropped Microsoft's proprietary Silverlight from the system, opting for a cross-platform compatible HTML 5. Silverlight required users to download a browser plugin in order to work and thankfully the company realized it needed to transition away from it to stay competitive. Over the last few months, it's been slowly expelling Silverlight from its platforms.

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