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Amazon Elastic Transcoder promises cheap video cloud conversion

Amazon Elastic Transcoder promises cheap video cloud conversion

Amazon has quietly rolled out a new cloud video conversion and delivery system, Amazon Elastic Transcoder, aiming to position itself as the hub of streaming content for every device. The new beta, part of Amazon Web Services, seamlessly transcodes original video source files stored in the cloud to suit whatever gadget - be it an iPad, iPhone, Android tablet, PC, Mac, smart TV, or something else - is attempting to play it, and is likely to be of significant interest to content owners responsible for running streamed video services.

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BitTorrent announces cloud storage and sharing service Sync

BitTorrent announces cloud storage and sharing service Sync

Cloud backup services are popping up everywhere these days, with even BitTorrent now jumping onto the cloud craze. BitTorrent has announced a new cloud backup service it calls Sync, and though it of course has plenty of similarities with other cloud services out there, Sync offers a couple key differences. By using Sync, you're actually using BitTorrent's servers to transfer files from one device to another.

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Mega launches with issues all around, “smooth experience” coming soon

Mega launches with issues all around, “smooth experience” coming soon

Kim Dotcom's second brainchild officially launched yesterday, and while everything was obviously supposed to go smooth, it didn't. It turns out, the new service claimed that one million users signed up on day one alone, and when you're not expecting that big of a crowd, things can get cluttered fairly quickly. Many users reported issues with Mega, most notably that they weren't able to upload files.

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Mega goes live: Megaupload reborn with focus on file safety

Mega goes live: Megaupload reborn with focus on file safety

Kim Dotcom's Mega cloud storage service has launched, cocking a snook at federal investigators who shut down Megaupload last year, and offering huge quantities of anonymous, encrypted storage for the web generation. The new site offers 50GB of free capacity to each user, though will have various tiers of paid service over that as the product roadmap progresses. Key to the value proposition, Mega insists, is that individual users control the encryption system.

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Kim Dotcom’s Mega launches for early-access users

Kim Dotcom’s Mega launches for early-access users

Remember Megaupload? It was the file-sharing service created by Kim Dotcom that ended up being shut down and resulted in Dotcom's house being raided, along with some more shenanigans of some kind. However, the dust as settled and Dotcom is back with a new service called Mega that looks to take on Dropbox and other cloud services. Mega officially launches tomorrow, but early-access users got a peek at it today.

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Dell Project Ophelia slaps Android in a USB computer for cloud-based joy

Dell Project Ophelia slaps Android in a USB computer for cloud-based joy

Dell may have ditched its Android phone plans, but it's still kicking Google's OS around, with the new Dell Wyse Project Ophelia USB computer relying on Android to turn any display into a PC or cloud gaming system. Slightly larger than a memory stick, Project Ophelia plugs into the USB port on compatible TVs or monitors and boots into a customized cloud-centric interface, remotely accessing your Windows PC and allowing you to view and edit all of your usual files. However, Dell also suggests that it could make for a great personal cloud gaming system, echoing features from OnLive and NVIDIA's new Project SHIELD.

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Xi3 introduces 7 series modular computer, hints at partnership with Valve

Xi3 introduces 7 series modular computer, hints at partnership with Valve

Xi3 has taken some time at this year's Pepcom to reveal the new 7 series modular computer. The Xi3 7 series is comprised of the 5A and the 7A, with both pulling only 20 watts and each computer as a whole coming in at only 4-inches per side. This could mean big things for computing, and indeed, it seems that Xi3's goal is to make computing more accessible to a wider range of people.

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AcerCloud expands support to iOS with new features

AcerCloud expands support to iOS with new features

It was at last year’s CES that Acer was seen touting the features of AcerCloud, but this year, the company has more to talk about. Acer has announced that AcerCloud will soon be expanding to iOS, meaning consumers will be able to share files between Apple’s mobile OS, Android, and Windows. This platform expansion wasn’t the only thing Acer announced today, though, as AcerCloud will also be getting a few interesting new features.

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City of Chicago signs deal with Microsoft for city-wide cloud services

City of Chicago signs deal with Microsoft for city-wide cloud services

In an effort to move into the 21st century, the city of Chicago has signed a deal with Microsoft to bring the company's Office 365 cloud services to city employees. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the news today, and the city will move 30,000 employees to Microsoft's Office 365 for cloud-based email and other productivity apps.

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Amazon: Sorry for Netflix downtime, here’s what we got wrong

Amazon: Sorry for Netflix downtime, here’s what we got wrong

Amazon has publicly apologized for the outage that stopped Netflix users from spending Christmas Eve slumped in front of How It's Made re-runs while slurping egg nog, blaming human error for the server downtime. According to Amazon, a developer inadvertently deleted part of the "ELB state data" which handles load balancing - which servers deliver content to each user across different locations - and it took several hours of testing and troubleshooting to figure out what had gone wrong.

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Adobe acquires Behance to improve Creative Cloud with new community features

Adobe acquires Behance to improve Creative Cloud with new community features

In an effort to boost its Creative Cloud service, Adobe has acquired Behance, an online service where creative professionals can showcase their portfolios. With the acquisition, Adobe is looking to expand its web-based offerings with more community-focused features that users can take advantage of.

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Dropbox buys cloud gallery sync service Snapjoy

Dropbox buys cloud gallery sync service Snapjoy

Online storage company Dropbox has acquired Snapjoy, a photo sharing and organizing tool, in a deal which will see the streamlined image aggregation system better woven into the cloud. Snapjoy pulls in photos from digital cameras, archives on your PC or Mac, smartphones and tablets, filtering apps like Instagram and Camera+, and social networks, with easy public and private sharing options.

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