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How Surface is accelerating NASCAR into the cloud

How Surface is accelerating NASCAR into the cloud

NASCAR and high technology might not be the first bedfellows you think of - the sport has the reputation of being little more than big engines and circular tracks, after all - but the racing series has turned to the cloud and Microsoft specifically to not only bring its legacy systems into the 21st century, but do a better job of engaging fans and spotting rule-breakers.

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Google’s painting their otherwise-blank Data Center walls

Google’s painting their otherwise-blank Data Center walls

Today Google revealed a project they're in the middle of working on, allowing muralists to "reimagine the facades of Google Data Centers." Once massively blank flat walls, just asking for graffiti, now coming alive with the artwork of some of the most awesome large-scale artists in the world. This is Google's latest vision for keeping their physical footprint on this earth a beautiful one. If they're going to have a giant box sitting in the middle of nowhere running countless computers for the cloud, they may as well look beautiful in the real world.

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Serious about streaming? This could be the best home media server you could ever build

Serious about streaming? This could be the best home media server you could ever build

The folks at Backblaze have released a system they call Storage Pod 6.0, and they've open-sourced the whole works. Their aim is to drive down the cost of creating a data storage server (your own personal cloud) while they improve the reliability and durability of said servers each time they release a new version. Their first model was Storage Pod 1.0, which was launched all the way back in 2009. Back then their costs were $0.11/GB for 67.5TB of storage in a 4U box. Fast forward to 2016 and they've reduced that cost again, significantly.

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Toyota Connected promises smarter cars with Azure cloud

Toyota Connected promises smarter cars with Azure cloud

Toyota is getting serious about smart cities and connected cars in a new partnership with Microsoft, and it might cut insurance costs and the time you sit in traffic, too. Toyota Connected is a new company that will, so the company's new CEO Zack Hicks somewhat ironically claims, "free our customers from the tyranny of technology" using lashings of technology itself.

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Adobe Acrobat and Dropbox integration finally lands on Android

Adobe Acrobat and Dropbox integration finally lands on Android

It is perhaps already a matter of fact for Android users that very rarely do they get new treats first before their iOS counterparts. It is great news when apps for games launch at the same time for both platforms but, more often than not, iOS gets to call dibs. When Adobe and Dropbox inked a partnership last October, the integration between Adobe Acrobat and Dropbox was initially limited to iOS and then later on to Windows. Now the fated day has arrived for Android users as the two roll out the same features to the more than 300 million Acrobat Reader users on Android.

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Amazon Lumberyard launched for “free” game development in the cloud

Amazon Lumberyard launched for “free” game development in the cloud

This week a new cross-platform 3D game engine was launched with the name Amazon Lumberyard. This system is integrated with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Twitch, including cloud-connected gameplay features and connectivity with Amazon GameLift. This second service, Amazon GameLift, was made to deploy, operate, and scale session-based multiplayer games. These tools appear to put Amazon right into the thick of the game development universe. Appear to. We'll see how adoption works soon.

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Microsoft to give away cloud services to non-profits and universities

Microsoft to give away cloud services to non-profits and universities

Microsoft has announced that it intends to give away a huge amount of cloud services to support the public good. The total cost of cloud services that Microsoft plans to give away is $1 billion and the free services will go to nonprofit and university researchers over the next three years. The stated goal of the program is to support 70,000 nonprofits.

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Beware Amazon’s $5 Unlimited Cloud Storage Black Friday deal

Beware Amazon’s $5 Unlimited Cloud Storage Black Friday deal

Amazon has revealed a Black Friday deal in which you'll get Unlimited Cloud Storage for five dollars - seems pretty good, yes? The five dollar deal will get you Unlimited - yes, really - storage on Amazon's servers, on the internet. You can access this data wherever you go, just so long as you have one of Amazon's apps that do such a thing. The problem here isn't the first year, it's every year after that. Once your first year of service is done, Amazon's pricing schedule goes back to normal.

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OneDrive free down to 5GB, Office 365 unlimited space ends

OneDrive free down to 5GB, Office 365 unlimited space ends

Last year, Microsoft seemed to be intent on pushing OneDrive as a serious competitor to the likes of Dropbox and Google Drive. It announced several promos, some of them permanent, to entice users to switch over to its cloud storage solution. Among them was a 15 GB starting space for all free accounts. Now it seems that Microsoft is rather abruptly and unceremoniously putting a stop to most of those benefits, ending the unlimited storage offer for Office 365 users and reducing the free storage from 15 to 5 GB. All because of abusers.

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Nextbit’s Robin smartphone now up for pre-order

Nextbit’s Robin smartphone now up for pre-order

As in the case of some highly successful Kickstarter campaigns, some people find out only too late that they do want in on the deal long after the campaign hit a triumphant end. Such is also the case with Nextbit's attempt to raise funds for its somewhat unique Robin "cloud" smartphone. After raising more than a million dollars on Kickstarter, it has now switched over to BackerKit to continue its crowdfunding efforts and raise more funds while giving true believers a second chance at supporting the endeavor.

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Dropbox, Adobe team up to make short work of PDFs

Dropbox, Adobe team up to make short work of PDFs

Although not directly trying to do so, Dropbox is slowly turning into quite a decent cloud-based productivity suite. Last year, it partnered with Microsoft to supercharge opening and editing office documents even from mobile devices. Now it's doing the same thing for PDFs through a friendship with Adobe. Now Adobe users on desktops and iOS devices can not only quickly get access to documents stored on Dropbox but, in the case of mobile, can edit them on the go, without having to download and then reupload the file.

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Google will upload mailed hard drives, USB drives to cloud for developers

Google will upload mailed hard drives, USB drives to cloud for developers

While the vast majority of us common users can get by with cloud storage services like Dropbox and Google Drive by simply uploading files via our local WiFi connection or from our phones, it's not exactly the same situation for developers with terabytes of data that needs to be migrated to cloud storage in a hurry. Fortunately for them, Google now offers an "Offline Media Import/Export" service that will take mailed in hard drives, USB flash drives, and tapes and upload the data to the cloud, for a fee, of course.

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