Hit the Road, Jack: Autos Motor to the Cloud Cloud computing has always sought to empower consumers with a bit more vroom. The auto industry now looks to capitalize on the cloud’s abundant horsepower for tech-savvy motorists. As with most pioneering pushes into the car world, auto shows look to be the inaugural playing field for cloud computing in the cars of the future. Ford Motors was astute in publicizing its newfound appreciation for the cloud at the Detroit Auto Show. Though beleaguered by decades of economic dilapidation, Detroit remains America’s auto manufacturing Mecca. The city offered a backdrop of
Cloud Apps of the Week Major cloud gaming platform OnLive is stretching out of its interactive video background and into competitive pool of applications designed for the iPad. Its freshly released app, entitled OnLive Desktop, will enable users to use their laptops’ system of Windows 7 directly on their tablet screen. In short, the entire suite of Microsoft Office programs, including Word, PowerPoint, and Media Player, can be accessed via OnLive’s app through the iPad. Those who download the app, free of purchase on iTunes app store as of last Thursday, are privy to an inviting 2GB of free storage
Cloud Apps of the Week The New York Times has proclaimed Google Music as one of the best cloud applications released for Android phone devices last year. That the music service is offered free of charge helps explain its selection, and also locates Google Music right at home among the other applications in the Google family, all available gratis (GMail, Google Docs, et cetera). But like those other apps, comprehensive features also distinguish Google Music: users can transfer 20,000 of their tracks to the cloud via the app, which also immediately and wirelessly synchronizes what they upload to their Android.
Put A Clamp on Cloud Music? Village Voice Insists Yes Music writers have rung in the New Year with cloud complaints. A recent edition of New York City’s “Village Voice,” America’s largest weekly newspaper, finds head music columnist Maura Johnston picking away at premium music-listening services for the dearth in their artistic content. Her article, “New Year, New Rules,” advises readers on several cogent ways to improve their appreciation of fine music in 2012. Among her recommendations is to refrain from the cloud as a source of comprehensive music listening. Johnston specifically maligns Spotify, one of the most popular streaming