Cloud Services Gaining Momentum in the Software Industry
The rapid response and open availability of cloud-based software services made them very attractive as a platform for start-up companies of the past. With relatively low maintenance costs and on-demand technical support, it was a natural choice for many small businesses that were not yet ready to provide their own full-time technical staff or manufacturing solutions. Now, however, the software industry as a whole is turning its eyes towards the cloud. Large, established companies are finding ways to augment or replace their existing products with cloud-based software. Software-as-a-service (SaaS) has become the premier business model of the industry and while many pundits suggest otherwise, signs point to the cloud as being the next frontier in software.
Microsoft Surface Tablet Deemed a Dud
With less than one million units estimated to be sold in the fourth quarter of this year, Microsoft’s flagship tablet, the Microsoft Surface, has been deemed a dud. The reasons for the device’s failure are many, including a slow launch that cut half of the initial orders when the product went live, a high price tag, and the lack of adequate and diversified market distribution.
Instagram Wants You on Instagram, Not Twitter
Popular mobile photo-sharing application Instagram has recently made changes to the program that causes images shared with the service via Twitter to appear cropped and incomplete. The reason for this change, according to Instagram, is that they want users to spend more time using Instagram itself as a social media tool rather than simply using it as a gateway to share content via Twitter. Despite the recent acquisition of Instagram by social media giant Facebook, Instagram representatives insist that the changes are not a result of some policy being imposed upon them by their new media overlords.
U.S. Seeks To Remove Internet Regulation Discussion from UN Talks
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), an arm of the United Nations, is a regulatory body which exists to ensure fair use of telecom services across a variety of nations in order to facilitate global communications. Recently, Russia and a handful of countries from the Middle East and Africa have made efforts to bring the Internet under the jurisdiction of the ITU in order to impose regulations that may have far-reaching effects on the Internet-liberal nations of North America and much of Europe. The U.S. and Canada have formed a joint proposal to protect the Internet from these regulations by ensuring that the ITU’s jurisdiction remains within the confines of telecom services, and that Internet corporations such as Google and Facebook remain free of such constraints.
Big Brother Comes Home
In the never-ending quest to bring more advertisements to more audiences, Verizon has filed a patent for a DVR which will incorporate audio/visual devices that monitor the activity in your living room in order to bring more custom-tailored ads into your home. While this is not the first patent which uses information gathered about the users near the device, it is the first to monitor the behavior of the viewers rather than simply the identity of the viewers or their numbers.