‘Dropbox’ Is Taking Over The World

BEFORE Apple launched iCloud in 2011, Steve Jobs allegedly offered to buy Dropbox, a file-sharing service founded in 2007, for $800m. When Dropbox declined, Apple’s late boss disparaged it as a feature, not a company. Soon after, Dropbox raised $250m, putting its value at over $4 billion.

In December Dropbox concluded a promotional campaign that, in just a few weeks, added 2m new users, bringing the total to over 100m, roughly double the number when Jobs made his comment. Consumers, it seems, can’t get enough of the feature.

As a recent convert (to using it, extra storage came with the SGIII and new data cap made it less terrifying) I concur.

LG Google TV update brings support for OnLive cloud gaming

It looks like LG has some news for those using a Smart TV with Google TV. Specifically, for those using the G2 Series and fans of gaming ??? a recent update has brought support for the OnLive gaming service. While we suspect many of the Android Authority readers will be familiar with what OnLive has to offer, for those who don???t, they allow users to play games over the cloud without the need for a console.

C-RAN: Turning base station kit into software

Intel demonstrated a prototype server for cutting the hardware cost of cellular base stations by swapping proprietary equipment for standard servers.

The Cloud Radio Access Networks (C-RAN) initiative lets Intel move “the heart of the radio access network to the cloud”, Rattner said.

C-RAN is being co-developed with China Mobile. Intel demonstrated two SuperMicro servers running multiple base station software elements.

In the future, Intel and China Mobile hope to use undisclosed virtualisation methods to support up to 100 base stations in a single server.

However, when asked by a journalist from Computer Weekly whether Intel had been in talks with European telecommunications hardware suppliers about the technology, Rattner indicated it had had a frosty reception.

“Since you’re turning radio access networks from what was largely a hardware business into what will be a software business, you can understand why they’re relatively cool about it,” Rattner said. “System suppliers have been relatively cool.”


Listen from the cloud.

Our app was developed using HTML5, a language mobile devices love. You can listen to audio books across all devices and browsers and you’ll never have to download another plug in again. We’ve also incorporated a cloud-based technology which allows you to access your audio books from anywhere in the world and eliminates the frustration that comes with slow downloads and storage constraints.

Basically, our new app allows you to:

  • Listen to unlimited audio books on-demand
  • Easily switch between listening devices—pause your audio book on your iPhone at the gym and find your place instantly when you continue listening from your laptop at the office
  • Instantly access more than 10,000 best sellers, top new releases and classic favourites
  • Never have to worry about storage restraints because the content lives on a cloud

That’s the way you do it.

Microsoft to enable Linux on its Windows Azure cloud in 2012

Summary: Microsoft is preparing to launch a new persistent virtual machine feature on its Azure cloud platform, enabling customers to host Linux, SharePoint and SQL Server there.

This headline is not an error. I didn’t have one too many craft brews over the New Year’s weekend.

Microsoft is poised to enable customers to make virtual machines (VMs) persistent on Windows Azure, I’ve heard from a handful of my contacts who’ve asked not to be identified.

What does this mean? Customers who want to run Windows or Linux “durably” (i.e., without losing state) in VMs on Microsoft’s Azure platform-as-a-service platform will be able to do so.

via ZDNet