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Years ago IBM began its gradual shift from consumer-facing computer company to focusing more on research targeting "big ideas." Now one of those deep research areas has yielded fruit that could influence the next phase of general computing and it's called silicon nanophotonics.
What do you do if you're an aging software company trying to slap a slick new coat of coolness on your new cloud computing platform? Why you hire the fastest rapper in the world to spit hardcore IT acronyms, of course.
Soon, we may all be living and working in the cloud. Analysts from Gartner, a major research firm, predict that by 2014 the cloud will replace the personal computer. It makes sense for the cloud to become our digital center, considering the proliferation of smartphones, iPads and other devices that require interconnectivity to be as effective as possible (or even effective at all).
Got a gadget you wish had built-in Wi-Fi? Take a peek at this Kickstarter project called CloudFTP, from an outfit called Sanho. You connect this little box to whatever via a USB connection, and you and anyone else can access the connected device's contents.
The iTwin is labeled as the "USB Drive Reinvented," but it isn't a USB drive. What looks like a USB stick separates into two pieces that form a link between two PCs — and gives you easy access to your files wherever you go, just like a cloud server would.
There are lots of ways of keeping your data secure, from hiding it under your mattress all the way up to sophisticated encryption techniques. But your data is still all there, somewhere in some form, and someone who's determine enough could eventually find or crack it. Unless you have a Cloud Shredder, that is.
A while back, we posted about how physical media is on the way out, with cloud storage enabling us to access all of our stuff anywhere, anytime. One major concern that about a hundred of you brought up was the issue of security: someone else owns the cloud, with your data in it. Western Digital's My Book Live offers an effective compromise, letting you keep control of all your data while still making it available wherever and whenever you want it.
Pushing your music, photos, files and digital goodies "to the cloud" has become a common selling point. In commercials, after the pronouncement of those seemingly magical words, people are able to instantly watch their movies and listen to their music from almost anywhere. These promises aren't false. In a world where any device with a Wi-Fi connection was plugged into the cloud, you really could access your files anywhere. The problem is that we're on the frontier of such a reality, and there are dangers — serious dangers — that we'll have to tackle alongside the strengths offered by the cloud. Here's our forecast for the future of cloud computing.
Amazon talked a lot of game today about being different with the Kindle Fire. We're going to have to play with it more before we can decide, but one feature really stands out: Amazon Silk, the Fire's speedy cloud-powered Web browser.