The Cloud vs. UPS Backup: What’s The Difference?

Unless you have been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about “the cloud,” right? You may have also heard about the importance of the cloud to your business operations. What is it exactly? Is it the same as the UPS backup power source you have running in your business? This article will examine the differences between these different ideas of what it means to back up your business.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III “Ember” Trailer Teases Humanity’s Plight With Technology

Screen Shot 2015-04-24 at 7.28.11 AMIn what can only be described as a preview of things to come on the 26th of April (the full world reveal), both real and not so much so. Activision and Treyarch have released the next Black Ops III trailer, called “Ember”.

Featuring replaceable limbs and technologically-advanced body enhancements, this trailer attempts to paint a time-based look at how technology has changed humanity, and might destroy it — within this very century.

Trailer, after the break.

Acer’s World Trade Center Press Event: Convertibles, Wearables, Gaming, Oh My

picsToday’s Acer event showcase features over 250 devices, with 40+ devices announced at the event. Acer’s new product line features some of the first Windows 10 devices on market, and that’s just the surface of Acer’s current advantage in the market, albeit brief, most likely.

From the 54th floor of the World Trade Center, Acer’s CEO Jason Chen unveiled to the global tech press new products of the company’s computer line. Chen’s new company strategy is composed of having designs “that captures people’s hearts”, bringing stable devices to market, and keeping it global by selling Acer devices in over 160 countries.

More after the break.

Google Announces Project Fi: A New Kind Of Wireless Network

ap_resizeBy announcing Project Fi today, Google has taken to the wireless spectrum.

In summary, Project Fi allows the user to pay one rate for data around the world, only paying for used data, unlimited domestic talk and text (with unlimited international texts), which is alongside low-cost international calls, WiFi tethering and coverage in 120+ countries. The first (and currently only) phone to support Fi will be the Nexus 6, built by Motorola. In the U.S., service is provided by Sprint and T-Mobile, both of which will seamlessly be switched on your device depending on signal strength.

Pricing for Project Fi (currently invite-only) starts at $20 a month, which nets you all the basics (talk, text, Wi-Fi tethering, and international coverage in 120+ countries). After that, it’s a flat $10 per GB for cellular data in the U.S. and abroad — 1GB is $10/month, 2GB is $20/month, 3GB is $30/month, and so on. Again, one of the primary strengths of Fi is that a user will only pay for used data, so say you paid 3GB for $30 and only use 1.4GB one month; $16 will be credited to you.

It’s a project, a concept really, but it has the potential to change the way consumers look at wireless coverage, which is interesting above all else. Promo vid, after the break.

Via: Google Blog, Project Fi

Google Mobile Search Now Prioritizes Mobile-Optimized Sites

Screen Shot 2015-04-07 at 2.20.01 AMIt’s more of a wakeup call to web developers who have yet to produce mobile-optimized versions of their desktop sites, which on mobile can task the user with excessive scrolling and zooming to navigate a page. Announced in February, Google is finally rolling out the change for mobile searches. Highlighting mobile-ready versions of sites means that those compliant receive more traffic from searches, and those that stay in the style of yesterday will be penalized with a traffic drop.

Fun times!

ViaGoogle

Ride-Share Apps

Ah, the ride-share apps. Such apps are designed to provide on-demand rides at the mere click of a button (er, swipe?), and are arguably putting taxi cabs out of business. Considering ride-share services offer clean vehicles, amenities such as bottled water, and better driving than cabbies, it’s no wonder people are favoring these services more and more.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular apps available today.

Sony Announces The Xperia Z4 In Japan, But Doesn’t Mention An International Launch

z4Going on sale in Japan this summer in white, black, copper, and “aqua green” variants, the Xperia Z4 represents the company’s fourth iteration of their flagship handset. It’s interesting to see a follow-up to the positively-received Z3, despite the company’s troubles in its mobile sector, mostly pertaining to low sales numbers and a lack of support among American wireless carriers.

Also interesting, yet not surprising is that the Z4’s changes are mostly minor: the same 5.2-inch 1080p LCD screen, same 20.7-megapixel camera, a 2930mAh battery, an updated 2GHz 8-core 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor, and 3GB of RAM. Android 5.0 Lollipop laden with a Sony skin plus is water/dust-resistance.

Oh, and a 7mm thinner metal frame plus the same wide-angle lens as the main camera, plus digital image stabilization — so you know, to keep your selfies are leveled.

No word on international launch.

ViaSony Mobile Japan