Posts Tagged ‘Cloud’
After nearly a month of beta testing, SwiftKey Cloud is now ready for the masses. Now in final form, the popular Android keyboard can backup and sync customizations across devices, and it can even learn phrases that are trending across the globe. Thanks to one-click authorization, it’s now easier for SwiftKey to learn phrases from your Facebook and Gmail accounts, and it can also now tap into Yahoo Mail. You’ll also find more responsive Flow predictions in the final version, along with some Emoji fixes. SwiftKey Cloud arrives as part of SwiftKey 4.2, which is available as a free update to current users. The app is also available for a free 30-day trial, but for a limited time, you can also snag the paid version for $ 2.99 / £1.49, which rings in at half off the regular price. Certainly worth checking out if the stock Android keyboard is no longer cutting it.
Smart pedometers are just the beginning. Sensors of all kinds are emerging to track the way we move, what we do at home and the way we sleep.
Last week, I wrote about a Helsinki-based company called Beddit that ran an Indiegogo campaign for a sleep sensor you attach to your bed. They say it is so sensitive, it can pick up a person’s heart-rate. After making devices like this for medical professionals for a couple years, they are looking at the consumer market with a cheaper product for $ 149.
They quickly reached their goal of $ 80,000 in about a week and are looking to tack on more. The company’s pledging to build a web app called Beddit Cloud for backing up and sharing sleep data if they can reach $ 200,000. The original Beddit already syncs to a mobile app through Bluetooth.
But if they build Beddit Cloud, then a person can automatically upload their sleep measurements to a private web account. This will include visualizations for looking at long periods of sleep data, spreadsheet exports and an anonymous aggregated comparison of your sleep data with other Beddit Cloud users.
They’ll also make the data easily shareable to social networks, putting in some of the social features that are common in more generalized activity trackers like the Jawbone Up. There will also be an open API for third-party apps. They’re planning to have it out by the second quarter of next year if they make this stretch goal.
A talk from Google Cloud Event we had in Campus TLV. More info: http://greenido.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/google-cloud-platform-app-engine-and-beyond/
Video Rating: 4 / 5
Fancy yourself a balloon maven? Well, tomorrow, Maker Camp’s Field Trip Friday event is going to Google X for a Project Loon launch. Don’t worry, you’re invited too. Starting at 2PM ET, Make is interviewing those who’ve made stratospheric internet-distribution possible, via a Hangout on the magazine’s Google+ page and its YouTube channel. What’s more, the girl who floated Hello Kitty into space, Lauren Rojas, joins Maker Camp’s festivities on Friday. To kill time between now and then, we suggest contemplating the whole “cloud in actual clouds” thing, it’s kept us busy for a while.
Source: Maker Camp (Google+)
Deezer co-founder Jonathan Benassaya helped bring your music to the cloud, and now he’s hoping to do the same with your photos and videos. Today he is launching Stream Nation, an awkwardly named but seemingly powerful cloud storage platform for hosting all the photos and videos you’ve taken on your phone, SLR, and even your video camera — if you still have one. The service handles just about any file type you can throw at it, stores it all in the cloud, and then transcodes and streams it to any device you’re using. It’s part Photo Stream, part Dropbox.
Many connected cars only take limited control through the internet — they can receive directions and unlock doors, but rarely much more. Sprint is widening that scope by launching Velocity Service Bus, an upgrade to its Velocity infotainment platform. The IBM-powered expansion adds that map delivery feature, but it will also sync cabin settings through the cloud: preferences like radio stations, seat positions and temperatures can transfer between vehicles. Naturally, this also makes it easy to customize the car’s interior through a smartphone or another remote device. While drivers will have to wait for automakers to implement Velocity Service Bus, it may cure quite a few headaches for multi-car homes once it arrives.
AT&T Locker has been available on Android and iOS for awhile, but those aren’t the only platforms the carrier offers — others need their online storage, too. Accordingly, AT&T has quietly posted a Windows Phone 8 version of Locker. The new app switches to a Microsoft-inspired interface while preserving all of Locker’s core features, including an option to automatically upload photos and videos. If you’re an AT&T customer and don’t mind tying your Windows Phone’s cloud storage to your choice of cellular network, you can grab Locker at the link below.
Source: Windows Phone Store
While everyone tries to figure out what the future of TV looks like, Variety reports Cox Cable has crossed over to offering internet TV service to customers in Orange County. flareWatch beta testers can buy a Fanhattan Fan TV set-top box for $ 99 (up to three per household) and sign up for a TV package that features 90 live TV channels (60 in HD) and includes the usual favorites like ESPN / ESPN2, AMC, CNN, Nickelodeon and TNT, with video on-demand coming soon. DVR recordings take place in the cloud, with 30 hours of storage available for each subscriber.
There is one notable limitation however, as with cable company provided TiVo DVRs, streaming services like Hulu and Netflix are not available. Cox already cloud based storage under the MyFlare brand name, and Variety also mentions the company plans to expand it with music and game services. Other providers have hinted at offering IPTV options and Comcast launched an IPTV test at MIT, but this is the first one publicly available from a major company. If you live in the area, demonstrations are available at several locations, check out the site at the link below and a preview video after the break.
Microsoft’s ‘Project Mountain’ puts $700 million into data center powering Xbox One and Office 365 cloud
Microsoft really, really doesn’t want your Xbox One’s online services going offline. In a near $ 700 million investment ($ 677.6 million), the company’s opening a new data center in Iowa specifically aimed at powering Xbox Live and Office 365. Microsoft’s Christian Belady told Iowa’s Des Moines Register that the data center, “supports the growing demand for Microsoft’s cloud services” — a much lauded function of both the Xbox One and Office 365.
Alongside the $ 700 million investment, the company’s getting a $ 6 million tax rebate from the state to move in, which spans the next five years. As for Microsoft’s cloud, we’ll assuredly hear more about it — for both Xbox One and Office 365 — this week as Build kicks off.
Source: Des Moines Register
Last month, Adobe dropped a bombshell on users of its Creative Suite apps: going forward, all of its apps under the umbrella, from Photoshop and Illustrator to Dreamweaver and After Effects, would fall under the umbrella of Creative Cloud, its monthly subscription service. While the decision has been divisive, one thing is clear: if you want new Photoshop features, Creative Cloud is your only way in. Today, Adobe is unveiling all of the updated apps it announced in May, and we took the opportunity to look at what separates Photoshop CC from its CS6 predecessor.