Cloud and Internet News Update (January 6, 2017)

The 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is a tech geek’s playgroud with its endless supply of new gadgets and technologies designed to make our lives better. Many of the biggest announcements from CES have involved cloud and hosted services.

This is our roundup of the week’s most interesting cloud and internet news.
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Nvidia GeForce Now

Ever wish you could play high-end PC games on your svelte Macbook Air? Nvidia is making that a reality by providing powerhouse gaming PCs in the cloud. Announced at CES, GeForce Now is a cloud-based service that connects Macs and Windows PCs to gaming computers in the cloud and the company CEO says is only possible now that its engineers been able to overcome the traditional latency barriers. It will be available in March starting at $25 for 20 hours of on-demand gameplay.

 

Philips HealthSuite Cloud

Philips, a pioneer of IoT-connected lightbulbs, unveiled the Philips HealthSuite cloud at CES  – which is their concept of a connected web of consumer health products and services. This includes devices that improve sleep, heart health, and dental health, and the uGrow app lets parents input data on their child’s feeding and sleeping patterns. This lets consumers combine their health data and use it in smarter and more meaningful ways.

 

Microsoft’s Connected Vehicle Platform

Microsoft wants to put the cloud in the driver’s seat with the announcement of the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform this week at CES. The system uses the Azure cloud to digest huge volumes of data from car sensors and will to help automakers like Renault-Nissan reach their goal of autonomous vehicles. It will also bring tools like virtual assistants and business applications into the car so you can attend meetings and write reports now that you’re not driving.

Elsewhere on the net…

Companies are quickly adopting cloud-based apps because of factors like pricing and flexibility – but cloud security startup Bitglass wants to add security to the mix. Bitglass adds monitoring and encryption to apps such as Google’s G Suite, Microsoft Office 365, and Box, and it just raised $45 million this week in a Series C investment round.

A California law making ransomware illegal came into effect on Jan. 1, 2017 with a maximum sentence of four years in prison.

Domain names can technically be up to 63 characters in length. The longest domain sold through Sedo in 2016 was comcomcomcomcomcomcomcomcomcomcomcomcomcomcomcomcomcomcomcom.com for a whopping $250 (just a little over $4 per letter).

Cloud operator and vendor revenues topped $148 billion over the four quarters ending in September 2016, according to a new report from Synergy Research Group. This is a 25% growth over the previous period.

Good Read…

In a short article, Quincy Allen, CMO of IBM Cloud, has outlined the cloud service trends for 2017. He recons that enterprises will demand from their suppliers things like public cloud with guaranteed data privacy and sovereignty, less vendor lock-in, built-in cognitive computing capabilities, and getting insights across more data sources and IoT devices. Let’s see if service providers will step up to these challenges in 2017 – the year’s still young!


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