Hard drives are getting bigger and faster every year, but they're just barely keeping pace with the rate at which our data are expanding. A new service called Bitcasa wants to be the last hard drive you ever need, by offering seamless and infinite (infinite!) cloud-based storage for all of your data.
You read that headline correctly. Nolan Bushnell, who you may know as Atari's founder says he's been working on a project called "Speed to Learn" — a cloud computing game that he believes can be implemented to give students a complete high school education in under one year.
Cloud computing sounds great in theory, but in practice, it's sometimes hard to see how it's going to make our lives better. Ford's new Evos concept tries to stuff as much of that that nebulous cloud information into a car as possible, and it definitely makes the cloud-car marriage an attractive one, indeed.
"Cloud computing is hot, literally." So says a new report from Microsoft Research, which suggests that it might make a lot of sense for us all to install big cloud servers in our basements and use them to provide central heating and hot water. Behold, the Data Furnace.
Living in a "on-demand world" has its perks, but in order to keep that good old instant gratification going, low bandwidth costs are crucial. Check out the infographic below to see how prices compare between storage and the cloud.
Backing up your data is always a compromise between resiliency and accessibility. LaCie's new CloudBox manages to seamlessly do both, which would be awesome if only it wasn't so ridiculously expensive.
Cloud computing is coming — and in a big way — but there's a worry that it'll do more harm than good. Just think of how easy it'll make piracy, for instance, when all of our data is already floating around on the Internet. According to a U.S. tech official, that's the wrong way to think about it.
You know how Mac OS X Lion kind of makes your full-bodied Macintosh look a little more like an iPad? Well, turns out that's exactly the point: "We're going to demote the PC and the Mac to just be a device," Steve Jobs said, onstage at WWDC today. "We're going to move the digital hub, the center of your digital life, into the cloud."
Noticing that some of your favorite sites have been missing over the last two days? While high profile sites such as FourSquare have recovered from a lengthy outage, many other sites, such as the popular video game blog, Giant Bomb, are down as of this post. Surprisingly, Amazon — which, like Google, makes few server missteps — is to blame.
Imagine if you could access your entire music library from any computer, iPhone, iPad or any other cellphone — anywhere you want. That's the promise of cloud music storage, and it's an idea that's about to really take off....