Amazon Updates Kindle App For PCs
The latest version of Kindle for PC includes a full-screen reading mode and enables users to edit notes and marks, change the background color and control screen brightness.
Google's Sergey Brin: We Screwed Up
Following the keynote presentations on Wednesday at Google IO, the company's annual developer conference, Google hosted several press briefings to delve deeper into some of the announcements of the day.
The Cloud Does Not Mean Less Work
The word "abdicate" has cropped up in this blog in the last several days, as in "Since when does IT abdicate responsibility for [fill in the blank]…" There seems to be an impression that cloud computing means less work for IT, whether it's pushing security responsibility to end users or business managers, or ceding responsibility for performance to the service providers themselves. Nothing could be further from the truth. Cloud computing means just as much work for IT (or somebody)
Google Gives Web $120 Million Gift
By providing a royalty-free video codec and a store to help sell Web apps, Google is trying to make the Web the leading development platform.
Google Wave Open To All
After a year in invitation-only testing, Google is making Wave available to anyone who wants to try it.
Is Every Application a Cloud Application?
Software-as-a-service is at the forefront of the cloud computing trend. Successful implementations of applications in the SaaS model have blazed a trail to the cloud. But is every application potentially a cloud application? To flip it around, are there certain applications that inherently do not lend themselves to the cloud computing paradigm? If so, maybe we ought to figure those out now before someone gets burned.
Don't Forget To Evaluate Your Cloud Provider's Security Strategy
Security is one of the most fundamental and important functions in IT today. That's why it's surprising (shocking, even) that a significant, in some cases majority, of cloud users don't evaluate their service providers' security strategy before entering into a relationship.
Dell Invests In iSCSI Servers; Will Anyone Else?
Michael Dell, CEO of Dell, told the Citrix Systems Synergy user group last week that virtualization "will sweep through all IT -- servers, storage and networking." As it does so, he touched on how iSCSI will helping establish efficient virtualized servers. That's a Dell specialty and perhaps Dell's contribution to the low end of converged networking and unified computing.
Hulu Sticking With Flash
Despite Steve Jobs' bashing of Adobe Flash, leading online video provider Hulu will continue using it, saying the HTML5 that Apple champions doesn't meet its customers' needs.
Don't Bother Me With That Cloud Stuff (Or, The End of IT As We Know It)
Like the PC, much of the initial implementation of cloud computing came in through the corporate back door, in the form of software-as-a-service engagements initiated through business units. That "outside IT" trend accelerated when end users found they could access online applications over the corporate network. Now IT managers admit they don't know exactly how much cloud computing there is going on in their organizations. Is this (finally) the end of IT as we know it?
Microsoft Office 2010 In Pictures
Office 2010 is Microsoft's latest major software release, and it is packed full of features including Web application versions of Office apps, PowerPoint Broadcast, enhancements to Outlook's message management and overall user interface improvements.
Do You Have/Need a Cloud Computing Strategy?
The short answer is probably not/probably so. The cloud is not a point solution or a short-term fix, though it is tempting to view it that way. The cloud is a shift in computing architecture and IT philosophy that demands a serious strategic approach to understand where it fits within your overall technology deployment blueprint now and going forward.
Recovery.gov Moved To Amazon Cloud
The federal government hopes moving the stimulus-tracking Web site to Amazon EC2 will allow the recovery board to save money and refocus on its core mission.
Is Caspio The "Microsoft Access" Of The Cloud?
While it may look and feel like Microsoft Access, Caspio.com is most definitely not Microsoft Access. But it does many of the things that Microsoft Access promises to do for its users, only from the cloud. While at the Cloud Connect conference, TechWeb.com Editor-in-Chief David Berlind captured a demo of Caspio on video from the company's CEO Frank Zamani.
The Upfront Is All-Important
When it comes to a cloud computing engagement, whether it's software-as-a-service (SaaS), infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), or platform-as-a-service (PaaS), the upfront is all-important. That's because there are so many variables to be accounted for during the length of the engagement, as well as at the back end, that a detailed accounting of what to expect from your service provider and your rights in the relationship is mandatory.
Cloud Computing Revolution Seeding Unseen Servers
The rise of cloud computing is going to stoke demand for servers, according to a new forecast from IDC. For me, the critical point is that public cloud providers like Google don't buy servers, they build them. And the design decisions they make -- constructing sparsely configured but powerful scale-out servers -- will feed back into the enterprise market.
Facebook Deactivations Gaining Attention
The phrase "how to quit Facebook" generated nearly 17 million results in a recent Google search, and prominent tech industry figures are ditching their accounts on the social networking site.
Software Development Is Headed For The Cloud
The cloud is a technology convergence that makes a new way of computing possible. In one sense, it's simply a new way of distributing low cost CPU cycles. But it also seems to me that the gains in economies of scale for running software in the cloud also apply to developing software for the cloud.