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Google Compute Engine made generally available

Google Compute Engine made generally available

Google has made its Google Compute Engine generally available, more reliable, and less expensive. This will attract more developers and engineers to use Google's cloud platform for running computations and apps on behalf of their customers. This in turn will lead to more of the public's data and activities being processed through Google's data centers -- even on services that have no apparent ties to Google.

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Netflix balances traffic across multiple Amazon cloud regions to prevent outages

Netflix balances traffic across multiple Amazon cloud regions to prevent outages

Netflix has had problems with outages in the past that left users unable to watch content on its streaming service. In the past, Netflix only used a single Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud region and a failure in that region left users unable to connect. The last major outage happened on Christmas Eve of last year.

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Mega launches iPhone app following this summer’s Android offering

Mega launches iPhone app following this summer’s Android offering

This past July, Kim Dotcom's Megaupload replacement, Mega, launched its Android app for those who prefer to keep their cloud-based activities mobile. At the time, it was promised an iPhone would be arriving in the future, and though nearly half a year has passed, an iOS offering has finally arrived. There's still no sign of a Windows Phone app, however.

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SkyDrive for iOS adds auto camera backup

SkyDrive for iOS adds auto camera backup

Microsoft has added automatic photo upload to its SkyDrive app for iOS, with the new Camera Backup feature pushing shots directly to the cloud once they're snapped. The updated SkyDrive iOS app makes Camera Backup an option, naturally, and the uploads can be set to take place over WiFi and cellular data, or only when you've got a WiFi connection. It's not the only tweak to the software, either.

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Dropbox gets personal and business cloud combo support

Dropbox gets personal and business cloud combo support

Dropbox has refreshed its cloud storage software to support multiple accounts, allowing Dropbox for Business users to also access their personal documents from a single app. Not only can users of the company's mobile software switch between files stored in each different account, Dropbox says, but actually browse the combined contents of each cloud store simultaneously, in a single Files tab list.

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WD My Cloud EX4 four-bay personal cloud storage system holds up to 16 TB of data

WD My Cloud EX4 four-bay personal cloud storage system holds up to 16 TB of data

Western Digital has announced a new personal storage appliance called the WD My Cloud EX4. The cloud storage solution is a high-performance four-bay network attached storage device aimed at creative pros and workgroup users. It's also appropriate for any home or office user looking for a way to back up and manage large amounts of data.

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+Cam Pro wireless camera monitors people or places from your smartphone

+Cam Pro wireless camera monitors people or places from your smartphone

Home and business owners who need to keep an eye on their residence or business from afar have a new product to check out called the +Cam Pro wireless camera. The device is a wireless home security camera making it easy to monitor your home, business, kids, or pets by viewing the live camera feed from your smartphone, tablet, or computer.

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Streamnation users can start lending movies and TV shows to friends

Streamnation users can start lending movies and TV shows to friends

Cloud storage and streaming service Streamnation has just added a new feature to its arsenal that could potentially ruffle the feathers of a few entities in the entertainment industry. It will now be allowing users to not only upload "DRM-free" copies of their favorite films and TV shows, but actually let others watch them as well, at practically no cost.

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Samsung HomeSync Android TV box now available

Samsung HomeSync Android TV box now available

Following the look we got at the device back at the Mobile World Congress, Samsung made it known that its Samsung HomeSync would arriving this month, something that has now taken place alongside a video giving a run down of the Android TV box. With the device comes 1TB of integrated storage, as well as support for six devices at once.

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Google+ gains improved RAW to JPEG conversion

Google+ gains improved RAW to JPEG conversion

Google allows for full-sized photo backups -- including the newly launched functionality from desktop -- on its social network, something it says results in a lot of Google+ users storing RAW photo files. When RAW photographs are viewed, a RAW-to-JPEG conversion takes place so that file size is kept low and the speed of the service is faster. Today the company has announced an improvement to this, boosting quality.

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Microsoft SkyDrive accounts now top out at 200GB

Microsoft SkyDrive accounts now top out at 200GB

Microsoft unveiled the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 at an event earlier this morning. Included in that announcement was also details of the docking station and a variety of covers, but it seems there was also a bit of good news for those who were hoping to have a 200GB SkyDrive account. In short, Microsoft announced just that and have begun teasing about how that will be "enough storage for a photo every hour from birth to graduation."

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iCloud.com goes out of beta ahead of iOS 7 launch

iCloud.com goes out of beta ahead of iOS 7 launch

As owners of iPhones, iPads, and iPods eagerly await the release of the new iOS 7, Apple prepares its cloud service for the onslaught of upgrading users as well as new users that will be purchasing the new iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s later this week. Now Apple has finally lifted the curtains off iCloud.com, bringing it out of beta with a fresh new look that matches well with the iOS 7 redesign.

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