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Apple to Sell Personal Cloud Storage Device Starting Next Month

Apple to Sell Personal Cloud Storage Device Starting Next Month | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Starting on June 7, Apple will be the exclusive retailer for the Apollo personal cloud storage device, a consumer play from Promise Technology.
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"According to Promise Technology, unlike other cloud services, there are no recurring fees with Apollo. According to a review by Mac Rumors, the Apollo is priced at $299."
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Apple open-sources Swift to draw more developers to iOS

Apple open-sources Swift to draw more developers to iOS | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Apple's plans are promising, but they're mainly about getting Swift into the hands of more developers
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The announcement went hand-in-hand with word of Swift 2, which is bristling with new features to make development faster and easier, and is available with the iOS 9 beta (to be released to registered developers today).

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Peter Azzopardi's curator insight, June 10, 2015 11:39 AM

The announcement went hand-in-hand with word of Swift 2, which is bristling with new features to make development faster and easier, and is available with the iOS 9 beta (to be released to registered developers today).

Rosa Pineyro's curator insight, August 29, 2015 12:20 PM

Buenas tarde Nen primer lugar quiero agradecer su contacto.

gracias por su amabilidad y vuestra Mencion.

Rosa Pineyro's curator insight, August 30, 2015 11:18 AM

Buenos dia:gracias por contactarnos escritores de hoy.

la saludan muy cordial.

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Microsoft fights US government on international cloud computing snooping

Microsoft fights US government on international cloud computing snooping | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Corporate lobbyists, news organisations and academics have joined forces with Microsoft in the software company’s legal battle with the U.S. government over access to customer data stored overseas.
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The diverse set of interests filed briefs with a federal appeals court in New York, urging it to reverse a judge’s order that Microsoft turn over emails from a data centre in Ireland. They argued that turning them over would jeopardise the future of international cloud computing.

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Apple security checks may still miss iWorm malware

Apple security checks may still miss iWorm malware | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
New research says Gatekeeper and XProtect aren't entirely effective in protecting Mac OS X against iWorm malware
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iWorm, which is a backdoor that can steal data from a computer, infected more than 18,000 machines, according to security company Dr. Web. It does not exploit any vulnerabilities on Mac OS X but instead relies on tricking people to install it.

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Apple's Handoff: What works, and what doesn't

Apple's Handoff: What works, and what doesn't | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Taking one of the most intriguing new technologies for a spin
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All the devices have to be signed into the same iCloud account -- Handoff doesn't work with other users. (That's what AirDrop is for.)

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Cloudy with a chance of business - Macworld

Cloudy with a chance of business - Macworld | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Cloud computing promises the ability to work from anywhere without the need to be tethered to an office network. As long as you have an internet connection, you’re in business.

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Costs for cloud services vary widely. They can be as little as $1 per week or thousands of dollars per month. ....

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How cloud computing leaked private celebrity photos

How cloud computing leaked private celebrity photos | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Analysis: Was phishing or brute force responsible for the attack?
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Following the leak Apple quietly issued a security patch to protect its iCloud users from brute force attacks based on a Python script posted on GitHub, a public code repository, that seemingly avoided security features blocking multiple failed login attempts to the company's Find My iPhone service.

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Top 10 cloud computing benefits: Flexible, economical, secure

Top 10 cloud computing benefits: Flexible, economical, secure | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
What's great about life in the sky
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We know the cloud is not the answer to all IT needs, as we noted in our top 10 cloud computing concerns in May. But it would be churlish to deny its benefits, of which there are many.

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Review: Microsoft Office Online vs. Apple iWork for iCloud vs. Google Drive

Review: Microsoft Office Online vs. Apple iWork for iCloud vs. Google Drive | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Online word processors, spreadsheets, and presentation apps can be surprisingly useful, or surprisingly lame, and not even Microsoft aces Office document compatibility
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Although promising the results of this review suggest that Online office substitutes are still lagging when compared to the more traditional office suites.

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How Apple Sees the Cloud: Not Like You Do

How Apple Sees the Cloud: Not Like You Do | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The news from Apple at Monday’s Worldwide Developers Conference left me with the same impression I’ve had about many presentations from the company: This looks neat, but at what point will I find my data or my apps on the wrong side of an elegantly designed, Apple-built wall? Apple’s preview page, however, says Windows uploading will be limited to just Windows 8 — as in, the version that CEO Tim Cook mocked at the start of the WWDC keynote for running on a mere 14 percent of PCs.
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iCloud Drive looks like an improvement, but three years after iCloud’s debut, it still functions more as a cable connecting Apple-approved devices than as a window open to all.

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Microsoft OneDrive really, really wants to be your only drive

Microsoft OneDrive really, really wants to be your only drive | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Microsoft, Google, and Apple weren't purposely trying to kill these cloud storage companies "as much as trying to force users to stay in their own ecosystems by restricting their compatibility with third-party services.

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A default storage increase from 25GB to 1TB (yes, terabyte)

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Box, Dropbox vie for developers' loyalties

Box, Dropbox vie for developers' loyalties | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Moving beyond online storage, Box and Dropbox offer tools and APIs to lure developers seeking an app ecosystem
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Cloud storage already has, possibly, too many players. With all of the big players (Google, Microsoft, Amazon etc) positioning themselves to grab a piece of this pie, these more traditional cloud storage companies must become more specialised if they are to survive.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Siri vs. Google Voice Search

INFOGRAPHIC: Siri vs. Google Voice Search | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

The mobile wars are heating up again with Google and Apple going head to head in what many believe to be one of the most important technology battles yet: Apple’s Siri vs. Google Voice Search. Think you know everything about this battling duo? Check out this infographic to find out how it all began, the incredible amount of money spent on mobile patents, and some of the key differences in their approach to delivering mobile solutions. We even pitted Apple and Google against each other in a head-to-head match. Who came out on top? The results might surprise you!

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abraham's comment, March 11, 2013 11:06 AM
siri all the way
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Apple's SAP deal means more iOS enterprise apps

Apple's SAP deal means more iOS enterprise apps | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Apple continues to make headway in the business world. This week it landed a significant partnership with SAP that could have a major impact on mobile productivity.
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"The SDK is designed to let SAP's more than 2.5 million developers build native iOS apps that can tap into SAP systems and access data in real time. ...."
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Apple blocks tool that brute-forces iCloud passwords

Apple blocks tool that brute-forces iCloud passwords | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
The tool allowed attackers to try a large number of passwords for Apple ID accounts
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It worked by trying out a large number of passwords for the targeted Apple IDs.

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Cloud computing and device problems

Cloud computing and device problems | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

The other day I had a problem with my iPhone -- a 4S, with 64GB running iOS 8.1 -- so here’s my story

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But I had to ask myself:  What would a person who isn’t computer savvy do?  Would those who treat their phone as an appliance be willing to go through this discovery and recovery process?

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China launches “Great Firewall” attack against iCloud

China launches “Great Firewall” attack against iCloud | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
According to a report by web censorship watchdog Great Fire, China's infamous state firewall is performing a MITM (Man-in-the-Middle) attack against users of Apple's Cloud-based services.
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Authorities everywhere are concerned about the new lack of access to mobile devices which has - on several occasions - helped with serious prosecutions and/or implementing preventive measures.

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Nathan and Joseph's curator insight, October 27, 2014 9:17 PM

China-Social-Entertainment

This article shows how little the government of China shares with its  citizens. In response to Apple's new cloud, the government is taking it down from all chinese citizens mobile devices. This truly is saddening, that the people cannot have what they want, which is technological freedom.

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What The New iPhone 6 Plus Reveals About The Future Of Work

What The New iPhone 6 Plus Reveals About The Future Of Work | Cloud Central | Scoop.it

Apple’s launch of the iPhone 6 Plus reflects a wider trend of mobile devices slowly replacing PCs as the central device for the consumer’s every day use. The rise of cloud computing has enabled mobile devices to fulfil most computing tasks so that “any trade-offs are outweighed by the convenience and flexibility provided by the mobile devices.”

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According to CloudTimes.org, 84% of smartphone users are already using cloud-based services.
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Cloud computing becoming the new norm, despite concerns

Cloud computing becoming the new norm, despite concerns | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Growing number of businesses looking to the cloud for data storage solutions
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After hundreds of naked celebrity photos were allegedly hacked from Apple’s iCloud this Labor Day weekend, many are questioning the security of “the cloud.” But that hasn’t stopped the steady influx of businesses switching from in-house data storage to cloud-based solutions.

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US Judge Rules Against Microsoft On Email Privacy As Cloud Computing Takes Another Hit

US Judge Rules Against Microsoft On Email Privacy As Cloud Computing Takes Another Hit | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Microsoft argued that personal email should have the same legal protections as paper.
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Another blow!! Unless users can be assured that their rights to privacy are being upheld, why would anyone store sensitive data in the cloud?

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Apple settles ebook antitrust case, set to pay millions in damages

Apple settles ebook antitrust case, set to pay millions in damages | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Apple has reached an out-of-court settlement and will potentially pay millions in damages to lay an antitrust lawsuit regarding ebook price fixing to rest.
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By reaching a settlement outside of court, Apple is avoiding the trial, scheduled for July 14, in which the iPad and iPhone maker faced over $840 million in potential damages.

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Apple iCloud storage plans are not only attractive, but competitive as well

Apple iCloud storage plans are not only attractive, but competitive as well | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Apple has been facing stiff competition from competitors as far as cloud storage is concerned and it seems that Cupertino isn’t going to let that thorn prickle it any longer with a set of new iCloud storage plans catering both consumers and developers.
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With new pricing the iCloud is back with a bang and consumers are in for a treat if compared with previous iCloud pricing options.

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Microsoft's new cloud music service can't compete against Apple's Beats

Microsoft's new cloud music service can't compete against Apple's Beats | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Reports say Microsoft is building a streaming cloud-based music service like Google Music, but if true, it won't help the company compete against Apple and Beats music. What else can Microsoft do if it wants to thrive in the streaming music business?
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.......... if Apple buys Beats, some other company will look at buying Spotify -- and Microsoft would do well to be that company.

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Apple, Google, or Microsoft? Your platform will dictate your office app

Apple, Google, or Microsoft? Your platform will dictate your office app | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
Signs point to an Apple-only, Google-only, and Microsoft-only set of productivity apps for their respective platforms
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The article paints a pretty poor picture on the state of office apps on all 3 ecosystems. A bit more positive on the use of their cloud versions. i.e Google Drive and Office 365.

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Yes, Apple Really Does Have A Serious Problem With Computer Viruses And Malware - Forbes

Yes, Apple Really Does Have A Serious Problem With Computer Viruses And Malware - Forbes | Cloud Central | Scoop.it
As those with memories stretching back a couple of decades will recall the various forms of computer malware, the viruses, trojans and the like, were things that affected Microsoft Windows users.
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The author is being rather kind IMO. Malware, trojans, adware, all this stuff is there for one reason and one reason alone. Money! In this case via illicit means. And yes MacOS and iOS are certainly worth targetting now.

 

The real difference here is that MS knows Windows has holes, but has a dedicated taskforce to deal and patch ASAP. Apple, OTOH, never had to deal with such a situation and have been caught with their pants down. I think it is a cause for concern but by no means irrepairable.

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