No Smartphone? Never Fear – Apps For All Are (Hopefully Soon) Here Explicating the trendiness and popularity of intelligent mobile devices these days, smartphones such as the iPhone and Android smack of technological superiority. They flaunt generously sized display touch screens; only they are entitled to the Internet-surfing speed and power of the 4G network; those who shell out the big bucks to buy them can also enjoy new video conferencing features, such as FaceTime on the iPhone. But easily the clearest indicator of status change between a smartphone and a lesser “dumb phone” entity is the capacity to delve
Cloud Computing Gets Top Billing at Consumer Electronics Show People pessimistic about the world economy can take heart from the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) at Las Vegas, Nevada. Not only was the largest trade show in the Americas bigger than ever, it also managed to attract a record number of visitors. Over 153,000 footfalls were recorded over four days in January, flocking to stalls spread across 1.86 million square feet, or the equivalent of 32 football fields. And importantly for our readers, cloud computing had top billing at the show. While cloud computing has often been promoted as a
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.
The Cloud and Babies: Parents and Umbrellas I was a member of the first generation of humanity to grow up with computers. We surfed the web as babes, toddlers turning HTML into child’s play. The infants of the 2010s will be the first to mature alongside technology’s own robust, promising infant: cloud computing. What to make of this realization? I did a little research to determine my thoughts. Let’s begin with the heartwarming. HP’s official blog, Data Central, wrote a clever piece last year on Kenyan babies, the cloud, and President Clinton. It revealed how the President’s Health Access Initiative partnered with
Amazon Announces: Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) Amazon Simple Notification Service (Amazon SNS) is a web service that makes it easy to set up, operate, and send notifications from the cloud. It provides developers with a highly scalable, flexible, and cost-effective capability to publish messages from an application and immediately deliver them to subscribers or other applications. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers. Notifications can now be sent as text messages to cell phones, smart phones or any other device that supports SMS. Amazon CloudWatch users who monitor their applications running on AWS services can receive
Steve Jobs “may never be equaled Passionate, prickly, and deemed irreplaceable by many Apple fans and investors, Steve Jobs made a life defying conventions and expectations. And despite years of poor health, his death on Wednesday at the age of 56 prompted a global gasp as many people remembered how much he had done to transform the worlds of computing, music and mobile phones, changing the way people communicate and access information and entertainment. “The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come,”