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Cable cloud gaming to challenge Xbox, PS3 and Wii U in 2013

Cable cloud gaming to challenge Xbox, PS3 and Wii U in 2013

The Xbox 360 and PS3 may face cable boxes edging in on their gaming turf if AT&T, Verizon, Time Warner and others have their way, with the promise of cloud gaming delivered direct to TVs bypassing traditional consoles. Trials are set to begin later in 2012, insiders tell Bloomberg, with broad commercial launches in 2013 at the earliest; games would be more advanced than the simple casual titles currently offered by some smart TV platforms.

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Box Accelerator boosts uploads with new global hubs

Box Accelerator boosts uploads with new global hubs

Cloud storage specialist Box has decided that it's not enough to simply have your backup in the ether, but instead it matters how quickly you can get it there. Box Accelerator, launched today, promises 10x faster upload speeds than before, thanks to new network infrastructure that spreads upload hubs across the globe. In fact, independent testing suggests, Box now comfortably outperforms Dropbox, Microsoft's SkyDrive, and Google Drive.

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Synology launches 4-bay DiskStation DS413j NAS

Synology launches 4-bay DiskStation DS413j NAS

Synology has introduced the world to its latest network-attached storage solution, launching the 4-bay DiskStation DS413j. Using the DiskStation DS413j, small companies and individual users can create their own private cloud storage servers, and the 4-bay design means that they can store up 16TB of data on the device. It also comes running DiskStation Manager 4.1, an operating system that Synology claims will provide "rich features to boost user-productivity and simplify their tasks."

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Evernote takes Moleskine into the notebook cloud

Evernote takes Moleskine into the notebook cloud

Digital notebook app Evernote has taken a break from weaning us off paper and into the cloud, with a new Moleskine deal seeing the cult pads made app-enabled. The Evernote Smart Notebook by Moleskine works with the freshly updated Evernote apps for iPhone and iPad, offering the ability to digitize handwritten notes and sketches simply by taking a photo, and assign them to folders and with tags by slapping on a sticky label.

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Steam expanding to offer non-game software later this year

Steam expanding to offer non-game software later this year

Well, this is quite interesting: soon you'll be able to use Steam for more than just playing games. Valve announced today that it will begin offering non-game software titles through Steam starting in September, so before long you'll be able to access your other software from within Steam as well. Valve's announcement was pretty vague, meaning we don't know what kind of software will be available at launch, but the prospect is exciting nonetheless.

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Honda 2013 Accord revealed with HondaLink cloud infotainment hub

Honda 2013 Accord revealed with HondaLink cloud infotainment hub

Honda has revealed its 2013 Accord, in both sedan and coupe variants, with the new model trimming heft externally but simultaneously improving interior space. As swoopy and sculpted as its ever been, the new Accord is set to go on sale this fall and loses most of its bulk in length: Honda claims both versions are "noticeably shortened" which makes for a sportier driving experience and easier parking.

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When iCloud becomes the Perfect Storm

When iCloud becomes the Perfect Storm

A high-profile case of cloud hijacking and data vandalism has thrown new attention on iCloud, Amazon, Google and other big online names, as gaps in the ways security is handled potentially allow for hacking. Flaws in how Apple and Amazon handle account recovery have been blamed for the "digital destruction" of journalist Mat Honan's online life, following hackers' successful attempts to crack security on his iCloud account, gain access to his Gmail and Twitter, and then remotely lock and delete his MacBook, iPhone and iPad.

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Microsoft launches Outlook.com to challenge Gmail

Microsoft launches Outlook.com to challenge Gmail

Microsoft has launched Outlook.com, a new cloud-based email service to take on Gmail with integrated Skype video calling and social networking integration. Considerably more attractive - not to mention comprehensive - than Hotmail, which it replaces, Outlook.com supports easy access to attachment photo slideshows, integration with Office and SkyDrive, and support for Facebook Chat.

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Microsoft Azure fails in Western Europe

Microsoft Azure fails in Western Europe

Microsoft's Azure cloud service went down for a while today in Western Europe, leaving those who use its virtual servers without access to them. ZDNet reports that the failure began around lunchtime UK time, and stayed down for a decent part of the early afternoon. Luckily, the outage didn't last too terribly long, as Microsoft now has the service back up and running after working to fix the issue for about two-and-a-half hours.

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