Latest Cloud Computing News: Flickr, Xbox One and Verizon Get in the Game
It may the end of the month, but technology stops for no man. The last week of May has been full of developments in the world of cloud computing. Let’s take a look at some of these updates.
The recently redesigned Flickr is now offering additional features, in a bid to attract more users to what used to be the biggest photo-sharing site on the web. Users now have 1 TB storage space, and can upload photos sized up to 200 MB. The site has also switched focus primarily to mobile photographers, as opposed to professionals. However, the site has lost favor with some of its current users with the decision not to continue Flickr Pro accounts. Whether the current updates are enough to retain users and attract new ones remains to be seen.
The upcoming gaming console Xbox One promises to offer massive storage benefits for its customers. Microsoft has announced that they will offer three times the CPU and storage capacity of the console on their cloud site. This has been done to allow gamers the ability to “…build bigger, persistent levels that are more inclusive for players”. The Xbox Live service for the console will be powered by a whopping 300 000 servers.
The forthcoming Xbox One will also be region-locked, which is bad news for those located outside of the US who were hoping to access the US Xbox Live service. This also means that games one buys from other countries won’t necessarily work on your own console.
Other features of the Xbox One include remote play and a Siri-like voice that talks to you.
Microsoft, provider of hosted exchange and online storage, has given students who use Skydrive an additional 3 GB of space for one year. Those who have a .edu email address can register and receive a storage code, which will then grant them access to the additional storage. Furthermore, the offer is available until the end of the year. However, the site hasn’t specified what will happen to all your information once your free storage expires. Best to find that out first before you start uploading!
There’s a new competitor in the already-saturated cloud computing market. Verizon, the wireless and mobile services provider, is offering 500 MB free storage to current subscribers, or 25 GB for a fee of $3 per month. Although other providers offer much more free storage, Verizon’s advantage lies in the fact that it can store text messages, multimedia messages, contact lists and call logs. The storage application is available for free download from both Google Play and Apple’s App Store.
So what can we expect from the month of June? Firstly, the 5th annual Cloud World Forum will be taking place at the Olympia National Hall in London from 26-27 June. With over 200 industry professionals, and topics covering everything from the regulation of the cloud industry to maximizing cloud effectiveness for small and medium businesses, the conference is sure to generate some viable ideas and valuable insights. Not to be outdone, New York will play host to the 12th annual Cloud Expo from 10-13 June. The event will focus primarily on the intersection of cloud computing and big data.
Grace Matthews is a London-based lifestyle blogger whose working life has been made a whole lot easier with the addition of her Nasstar cloud desktop – she can access her work from anywhere in the world (with a working internet connection, of course!).