Google’s plan to shut down the Google home page service is meeting with active resistance from iGoogle users who don’t want the cloud-based service to go away. The fracas serves as a useful reminder that cloud-based services exist at the convenience of their owners, not their users.
The debut of Cisco’s Connect Cloud service this week has been marred by technical problems and some serious disconnects between user expectations of privacy and Cisco’s apparent eagerness to monitor user data.
If ever there was a time that seemed to demonstrate the vulnerability of cloud computing, last weekend was certainly it. Mother Nature’s capricious whims put the smackdown on an Amazon Web Service (AWS) data center in Ashburn, Virginia, Friday night, bringing down hundreds of websites and quite a few popular online services.
Sony’s decision on Monday to purchase cloud-streaming game provider Gaikai for a cool $380 million could completely reshape the way Sony interacts with the lucrative gaming market.
The potential of 3D printing to transform the way we get things – the market is predicted to hit $3.1 billion in the next four years – gets a lot of press. But not much of that attention has focused on the unique role of open source hardware in enabling 3D printing to realize its promise.
The Monday Version 2.0.2 release of the free open source VLC media player points out a surprising hole in the age of the Internet video – there is still no universal standard for video formats and players.
As the business of social media continues to grow, social media tools – and the marketers who use them – are expanding their reach into nearly every social media network they can find. Thursday, HootSuite, one of the better-known social media management tools, added four additional social media networks to its library of social media…
Right on schedule, the European Union General Court rejected Microsoft’s appeal to dismiss $1.12 billion in fines for allegedly not complying with a 2004 antitrust order. The judgment, which leaves most of the fine print in place, is in some ways a relic of another time – one when Microsoft didn’t constantly see the market changing around it and…
Travel site Orbitz has confirmed that it uses predictive analytics to show Mac users different and more expensive hotels in search results than Windows users might see. It’s still not clear how widespread the practice is, nor what its implications might be. But there are ways to avoid the hard sell.
The Google Plus social network is often slammed as a virtual ghost town, bereft of people and meaningful interactiions. But what if Google Plus is starting its life a ghost town… only on purpose?
Hadoop is designed to store big data cheaply on a distributed file system across commodity servers. How you get that data there is your problem. And it’s a surprisingly critical issue because Hadoop isn’t a replacement for existing infrastructure, but rather a tool to augment data management and storage capabilities. Data, therefore, will be…
Many of the new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) that are about to start appearing on the Internet will go to large, well-known entities trying to stake out their online real estate with an “.amex” or a “.heinz.” But the new domains are also opening up opportunities for startups – including Donuts Inc. – to crash the exclusive club of domain…
Red Hat’s addition of Data Grid 6 to its JBoss family of products cements the company’s position as a major datacenter player. The new storage management component within Red Hat’s JBoss middleware platform is designed to give large e-commerce and financial transaction customers the ability to handle operations where speed and scalability are…
In an exceedingly odd metric, a new survey reveals that Yahoo Mail users consume far more power in their residences than do Gmail users. But AOL users appear to be the worst energy hogs of all. The reasons why might surprise you.
The first Microsoft Surface tablets won’t hit the streets for months, but the devices are already causing problems for other companies who make tablets and raising difficult questions about how Microsoft is treating the companies that build computers and mobile devices based on its software.
After its disappointing IPO last month cast doubts on the company’s ability to monetize its vast user base, Facebook today announced a subscription pricing model – potentially adding a recurring source of revenue for itself – and for developers of Facebook apps.
Microsoft’s announcement of its Surface Windows 8 tablet yesterday raises almost as many questions as it answers. One critically important unanswered question is: How will users get content for their Surface devices?
In an expletive-laced video, Linux creator Linus Torvalds blasts hardware vendor Nvidia as “the single worst company we have ever dealt with,” in response to a question on Nvidia driver support in the Linux operating system.
When Australian retailer Kogan.com enacted a “tax” on customers using Internet Explorer 7 last week, it may not have been trying to become the poster child for worldwide Web-developer frustration with Microsoft browsers. But the stunt seems to have tapped into a seething undercurrent of animosity for Internet Explorer that could bring new…
The same kind of digital fingerprinting that helps music lovers identify songs using apps such as Shazam and Soundhound is also being used to help artists, performers and rights holders identify who is using those songs – yet another way big data is changing the way we live and do business.