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Microsoft joins GM and Honda in $2bn Cruise autonomous investment

Microsoft joins GM and Honda in $2bn Cruise autonomous investment

Microsoft is joining a new, $2 billion investment round in Cruise, partnering with the autonomous vehicle company and General Motors to work on commercializing driverless technology. The deal will see Cruise valued at $30 billion, with Microsoft joining not only GM but Honda and other investors in adding new equity to the self-driving firm.

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Google Cloud Print goes offline on Friday

Google Cloud Print goes offline on Friday

Another Google product will be biting the device right at the turn of the year. Granted, there are indeed some products and services that are long overdue their retirement, it's still somewhat notable when Google adds another body to its notorious graveyard. This time, it will be Google Cloud Print that will be signing off after the last day of the year, forcing its remaining users, if they do still exist, to connect directly to printers in their network.

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Xbox Game Pass Ultimate cloud gaming (beta) headed to iOS and PC

Xbox Game Pass Ultimate cloud gaming (beta) headed to iOS and PC

Microsoft announced that the next place cloud gaming (beta) with Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is headed is iOS. Right alongside this system's next (mobile) appearance is the Windows PC drop through the official Xbox app. The iOS version of the experience will - unfortunately - be limited to a mobile web browser... but it might be fine anyway.

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Amazon AWS adds Mac mini to its developer cloud – but M1 has to wait

Amazon AWS adds Mac mini to its developer cloud – but M1 has to wait

Amazon is adding the Mac mini to its AWS cloud, adding a new option for those wanting an army of instantly-available EC2 Mac instances for coding and other applications. As with Amazon's existing Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) offering, users will be able to summon the capabilities of anything from one to hundreds of the computers, though initially that won't mean the very latest Mac mini model.

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NVIDIA skirts Apple rules with GeForce NOW in Safari – plus big Fortnite news

NVIDIA skirts Apple rules with GeForce NOW in Safari – plus big Fortnite news

NVIDIA has brought GeForce NOW to Safari, bypassing the iOS App Store - and the controversy around Apple's refusal to approve cloud gaming services - eventually giving Fortnite fans a way to get their hit as the streaming game wars escalate. GeForce NOW was mired in the same problems as Google's Stadia and Xbox Game Pass cloud gaming, after Apple argued that the iPhone and iPad apps didn't comply with its rules.

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Google cloud storage update – use it or lose it

Google cloud storage update – use it or lose it

Google reminded us again of the terrible, inevitable truth of cloud storage and services. You cannot depend on any one company to hold your data forever. Allowing your photos and videos and whatever other files you've got resting in Google's servers, be it in Google Drive, Google Photos, or even Gmail - Google holds the keys. Google made the case for downloading and/or keeping your files to yourself multiple times over the past year - now's the time to exit.

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Google One subscribers get three free months of Stadia Pro

Google One subscribers get three free months of Stadia Pro

Legislators and regulators might want to break it apart but there is one rather superficial advantage to Google owning multiple properties and businesses. It makes it easier for the company to offer promos and bonuses across its different services, whether they may be directly related or not. Such an example is Google's game streaming service, Stadia, which has just gained some perks for those with family plans as well as those with subscribed to Google One's cloud storage service.

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Facebook cloud gaming beta squares off with Stadia and xCloud streaming

Facebook cloud gaming beta squares off with Stadia and xCloud streaming

Facebook today announced that it's rolling out a cloud gaming beta to many people around the US. Cloud gaming has been in limited testing over at Facebook for some time, but now it seems the service is ready for testing on a wider scale. While this is a big launch for Facebook, the company also took the time today to set expectations for cloud gaming, telling users to expect something that's relatively small scale in a market that still has "a ways to go."

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Dropbox’s new family plan offers 2TB of data and a ‘family room’

Dropbox’s new family plan offers 2TB of data and a ‘family room’

Dropbox has announced the arrival of a new family plan that is described as a way to help families keep in touch from a distance. The new plan offers 2TB of shared data between up to six users, enabling them to upload photos, documents, and other files. In addition to private storage, users are given access to a 'family room' folder that makes it possible for others in the family to see what has been uploaded.

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Amazon Luna early access opens for lucky cloud gaming few

Amazon Luna early access opens for lucky cloud gaming few

Amazon Luna, the company's cloud gaming service, is opening for early access today the retailer has confirmed. Taking on Google Stadia and Xbox Game Streaming, Luna was announced back at Amazon's big Alexa launch event in late September, though at the time it was only taking early access requests from those wanting to sign up.

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Huge Microsoft 365 outage takes down Outlook and more

Huge Microsoft 365 outage takes down Outlook and more

Microsoft is currently experiencing a huge service outage involving its Microsoft 365, a cloud-based subscription service that provides access to the company's Office apps and more. Microsoft 365 is available for everything from personal home use to businesses, enterprise, and even educational institutions. The number of people dependent on the service makes this outage particularly frustrating.

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How Amazon Luna is positioned for the cloud gaming arena

How Amazon Luna is positioned for the cloud gaming arena

With Amazon’s annual hardware event Fall Devices & Services came the announcement of its cloud gaming service, which looks to take on the big guns like Google Stadia, Nvidia GeForce Now, Microsoft Game Pass Ultimate and Sony PlayStation Now. In the last few months, the game streaming service arena has been heating-up like anything. Stadia has picked up pace, while Project xCloud and PlayStation Now are gaining momentum ever so steadily - the two giants have launched their latest versions of gaming consoles which integrate at a very deep level for cloud game streaming.

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