We are in for a wild freakin' ride in 2017, with AMD kicking things off today with the announcement of something radically new: Radeon Instinct. What is Radeon Instinct? There's no easy answer to that, but it is the next big thing in cloud computing - something being touted as the machine intelligence era.
Back in the 1960s, the big thing at the time were the massive main frames that would take up entire buildings, requiring radical amounts of cooling and physical space - while not providing much power (compared to the insane amounts of data crunching power we have now).
In the 80s and 90s it shifted to client-server operations, and then in the last 15 years we've seen a massive shift towards cloud computing.
Apple has decided to reaffirm its global technology presence recently, with a podcast including executives Craig Federighi and Eddy Cue explaining of Apple's large and growing userbase in Apple music and iCloud services.
With Apple music sitting at 11 million subscribers, this can be compared to Spotify's recent data (from June 2015) stating that it has 20 million paying subscribers in total. While Spotify currently sits ahead, ZDNet explains that it took Spotify six years to reach the 11 million subscriber milestone, with Apple doing this in a fraction of that time.
As for iCloud users, it is claimed that there are a massive 782 million total worldwide. This impressive number sits alongside crazy data like the fact that 200,000 iMessages are sent every second and there are 750 million transactions weekly on iTunes and the App Store.
In the name of Safer Internet Day, Google earlier this week began giving out 2GB free storage with its Drive service for anyone who performed an account security checkup. If you missed the news or just forgot about it, there's still time to take advantage, but not much: today is the last day before the offer expires.
Head this way to begin the checkup, which should take about a minute at most. As previously reported, the offer stacks with other offers, so you could have as much as 19GB free storage when done.
After seven years of effort, Netflix has finally completed the migration of its database and infrastructure to the cloud -- Amazon Web Services, specifically.
"Our journey to the cloud at Netflix began in August of 2008, when we experienced a major database corruption and for three days could not ship DVDs to our members," Netflix explains in a new blog post. "That is when we realized that we had to move away from vertically scaled single points of failure, like relational databases in our datacenter, towards highly reliable, horizontally scalable, distributed systems in the cloud."
The company says it chose AWS for its great scale and broad set of services and features.
Safer Internet Day is upon us. Well, almost -- it's actually tomorrow, but Google is getting ahead of the game and encouraging its users to review their security settings as of today. In return, they'll reward you with 2GB free storage on Google Drive. Even better, it stacks with any previously rewarded extra storage, meaning you can have as much as 19GB total free storage as of today.
Reviewing your settings is simple: click here, then review your phone number, security question, connected devices, and account permissions, changing them or alterting Google to suspicious activity as necessary. Once done -- bam, free storage.
Set over a three-year period, Microsoft will be giving a cool $1 billion worth of cloud services to not for profit organizations and researchers, helping alleviate financial stress for companies and individuals who cannot otherwise afford the technological assistance that 'the cloud' has to offer.
Brad Smith, Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer, wrote that this helping hand will be spread over approximately 70,000 organizations before the end of 2017, with his company looking to donate around $350 million worth of cloud services to companies before the end of 2016.
This news follows the World Economic Forum at Davos in Switzerland, with experts questioning the global advantages of cloud services if poorer nations cannot access the helpfulness that it brings.
Microsoft's chief marketing officer Chris Capossela has stated on the Windows Weekly podcast that the end of of OneDrive unlimited storage announcement was rushed in order to do damage control.
"The way we did communication was very rushed because a major publication was going to print something that was very damaging and was not true, so we felt like we had to get in front of it," Capossela said.
Microsoft's cloud storage app Box is now available on Windows 10. This version of the app supports all Windows 10 devices excepting phones, which will be supported soon.
All features from the Windows 8 version are included, and some Windows 10 specific features are added as well. Among them: real-time notification center updates, multitasking/resizing functionality, and Live Tiles support so you can pin files and favourites as you please.
Earlier this week, Microsoft elected to reel it in on OneDrive storage, making plans to alter its unlimited data for Office subscribers offer to a 1TB offer, and to remove its 100GB and 200GB options for newcomers. Users aren't happy, and have taken to Change.org and the OneDrive forums to voice this.
The Change.org petition suggests a 2TB offer for Office subscribers -- a compromise it says provides users with significant storage while remaining competitive with other cloud services. For other options, it wants the 100GB and 200GB plans and the 15GB camera bonus back.
Microsoft today announced that big changes are coming to OneDrive. The company has been forced to pull its unlimited cloud in the face of extreme bandwidth usages, with some users racking up almost 100 TB worth of data.
When Microsoft rolled out its infinite cloud storage about a year ago, it wasn't prepared for nearly every Office 365 subscriber to take full advantage. Some users pushed the infinite data clause far past reasonable consideration by taking up "14,000 times the average user". As a result of the consistently massive surge in server use, the limitless data offer is now off the tables and now capped at 1TB. Free storage is also down to 5GB, and Microsoft is pulling bonus data options for sign-ups.
"We're no longer planning to offer unlimited storage to Office 365 Home, Personal, or University subscribers. Starting now, those subscriptions will include 1 TB of OneDrive storage."
The company is also trading out its 100GB and 200GB plans for new users for a smaller rate of 50GB for $1.99 a month. The free OneDrive data allotment will decrease from 15GB all the way down to a measly 5GB.
These changes won't happen right away, and existing Office 365 users that have an excess of 1TB of data will be able to keep their content hosted and access it for up to 12 months. The same is true for free users that have more than 5GB of data stored.
Overall this is a disappointing announcement, especially for Windows Phone users or anyone who genuinely uses OneDrive for work and doesn't abuse its unlimited cap. We can only imagine how much server bandwidth was clogged up by OneDrive files over the last year, and Microsoft can't be happy that so many people are abusing its clause.
Be sure to stop by the official OneDrive FAQ for more information to see how these changes affect you.