Much of the population has switched to cloud computing orders, and few can dispute the benefits that are brought with them. Whether you are for or against the practice of cloud computing means little, when compared to its qualities, as the program is increasing in popularity at a tremendous rate annually. Not only do local businesses and the public use it, as local and federal governments have now shifted their attention to cloud computing modules. While the benefits may seem large in number, there are several risks that should be discussed before any government chooses a cloud computing developer.
Cloud computing is not nearly as complex as it sounds, in fact cloud computing is a relatively easy concept to grasp. In simplistic terms, cloud computing is the use of the internet, or the Internets applications, where the data found on the internet, is stored on a remote server. The server is tied to the computer, but the computer has no powers to change the settings or fix the “cloud” programs. The servers are owned by a third party developer, who delivers the service once a contract is established with the customer.
Risks Associated With Government Cloud Computing Use
The Price Can Be A Huge Factor- Most businesses and companies are out to make some sort of a profit, and the local and federal governments are in the same playing field in this aspect. While a singular CPU (central processing unit), tied to a bevy of computers sounds ideal and simple, the fine print might drive some governments away. The price of cloud computing can be quite drastic in some cases, as there are several fees and payments necessary outside of basic subscription costs. These fees are typically maintenance fees, upfront deposits, and renewal fees, to name just a few examples.
The Security Might Not Be At The Highest Standard- Other common risk with governments that choose cloud computing, the security of cloud computing coverage, or simply dubbed “the cloud”, might seem lackluster at best to interested governments. Keep in mind, chances are the governments are presiding over a part of the public, so their files are probably of the utmost importance. While most cloud developers are trustworthy, some developers put little into maintenance of the “cloud” and their security is not one of its strongest features. This could be devastating for both the government’s and the people’s reputation, in the case that files are leaked or are hacked by a hacker. An interview with Brigadier General Touhill of the Department of Homeland Security, covering cyber security from publicly available tools to future threats.
Disaster Recovery- Things happen, so disaster recoveries are a common action within computing business. Whether there is a devastating power out, or the blame is tied to a natural disaster, most businesses have a disaster recovery plan tied to their computers and files. That being said, there are risks involved in government association with cloud computing developers. While most developers are trustworthy, and the vendors are quality at their job, governments need to know what to do in the case of a disaster. Several files could be wiped clean, or hindered in any way, making the once important files useless. Knowing the developers plan to dispute these causes, can allow the government to reinstate these important files and documents in no time.
Today we’re going to take a quick look at the NomadKey from Nomad. If the name Nomad seems familiar, it’s because we’ve taken a look at their ChargeKey and NomadClip products before. The NomadKey is essentially an evolution of the ChargeKey after what seems like a bit of rebranding by Nomad, so let’s jump in and check out what’s changed.
The NomadKey is Nomad’s newest conveniently sized charging cable. Available in both micro-USB and Lightning cable, the NomadKey is designed to be put on your keychain and used in cause of emergency when charging or data transfer is needed. At first glance, the NomadKey looks incredibly similar to the ChargeKey, but there are some very key (excuse the pun) differences. For one, the USB end of the NomadKey is now a fully-formed USB, not the half USB of the ChargeKey. Presumably this reduces the chance of things chipping off while in your pocket next to nasty things like your keys.
The other thing you will notice is that the NomadKey is somewhat thicker around the rubber area. This gives it a much more sturdy feeling while still giving it the freedom to bend in whatever position you deem necessary.
Probably one of the most prominent changes is the loophole where the NomadKey can be mounted onto keychains. It’s become a lot thicker, reducing the opportunities for it to break off and helps to make the NomadKey look a lot more like, well, a key.
Overall, it looks like the NomadKey has evolved in all the right places and given us a much improved device that should be able to survive anything our pocket (and keys) throw at them. The NomadKey can be pre-ordered now from hellonomad.com – it will cost you $29 USD a pop and they’ll start shipping out on October 15th. If you buy 2 or more, shipping is free – shipping for one is a $5 flat rate. You can also pre-order Nomad’s other gadgets, the NomadClip and NomadPlus, both of which cost $39 USD.
To find out more or pick one up for yourself, be sure to visit the NomadKey product page here.
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It must be a nervous time being a Nexus 4 owner. After Google essentially left the Galaxy Nexus out in the rain when it released Android KitKat last year, it’s a possibility that Google might do the same with the Nexus 4 with Android L. While signs are pointing at a tentative “yes” for Android L on the Nexus 4, any new evidence is still a good thing. At the very least, it appears that Google employees themselves are testing Android L on the Nexus 4, spotted on the Chromium issue tracker as they discussed their issues with their current build, in this case LRW52G – the latest Android L build we have seen is LRW66E on the Nexus 5.
With this news, the previous release of partial preview code to AOSP, and the fact that Google is updating the super-budget-friendly Android One devices, one would hope that Google will continue to update the Nexus 4 especially after the hell that has been wrought on users after the Android 4.4.4 update. That said, the Galaxy Nexus was more than capable of running Android KitKat – even the Nexus One was – the final call is up to Google – these employees might just be doing viability tests. All we can do is cross our fingers and wait till Android L is officially released sometime in the next month or so.
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Going large: LG G3 billboard gets Guinness World Record awarded for largest outdoor advertising structure ever
LG really wants you to buy a LG G3. How much, you ask? Well, they just got awarded a Guinness World Record for a LG G3 billboard that they put up next to the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, capital of Saudi Arabia. The 240 metre wide and 12 meter high structure is the largest outdoor advertising structure in the world, and allegedly uses 1,800 tons of steel in its almost 3000 square meter construction. The real question is whether the billboard will be worth it and LG is so far saying yes, quoting the 20 million visitors that pass through the airport every year which they expect will result in $25 million more revenue every year.
LG says it’s also going to reuse the billboard in the future – while it’s advertising the LG G3 now, future devices may take up all or some of the billboard’s space. The LG G3 is of course LG’s crown jewel for 2014, and its no small wonder that it has been so popular globally. For quite awhile, it was the only major flagship device with a Quad HD display, making great use of its 5.5-inch display, powered by the equally impressive Snapdragon 805 – or 801, depending on your region – which puts it in very unique company at the top of the Android device charts.
What do you think about LG’s giant LG G3 billboard? Do you think manufacturers really need advertising this big? Let us know your thoughts.
Source: LG via Phone Arena
The Motorola Moto 360 has been hitting people’s wrists for a few weeks now and the general consensus is that it is the best Android Wear smartwatch out there now, but by no means does that mean it is perfect. Battery life appears to be the biggest sticking point, but with careful management, it looks like users can probably live with what they’ve got. With black and silver Moto 360‘s flying off the shelves, people have been happy with the available colours offered so far, but what if there was also a gold Moto 360? If the above image is anything to go by, it might be a possibility. If you look at the middle watchface on the top row, you will see that the watchface has a definite gold sheen to it. While that alone probably isn’t enough evidence, the hypothesis got a definite boost after Motorola hurriedly removed the watchface from the website. If you visit it now, it will look like this:
Gone is the gold Moto 360 watch face with just the other four remaining. Again, that still probably isn’t enough evidence to say that there will be a gold Moto 360 – it may have just been a concept, or just an innocent mistake – but if there is, it could potentially come at a bit of a premium in price. We’ll keep an eye on this one and see if anything pops up over the next few days.
What do you think about a gold Moto 360? Let us know your opinion.
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Continuing our coverage of iPhone misadventure after its global release yesterday (we promise we’ll stop soon), today we have YouTuber RatedRR doing some particularly nasty things to the new iPhone 6 Plus. Normally, RatedRR just shoots various devices (iPhones and Androids alike) with large guns, but they’ve decided to get a little more scientific with their torture test and dipping the iPhone 6 Plus into liquid nitrogen, before having a go at it with a sledgehammer. Classy.
Check out the results of the “test” below:
As many of you might have expected, the frozen iPhone 6 Plus literally shatters once it comes under the hammer – should’ve gone with sapphire displays after all, hey Apple?
We should point out that we never like seeing technology destroyed (yes, even iPhones) simply because it’s a bit of a waste of money, resources, etc. But, you have to admit that it does look pretty spectacular filmed in slow motion. And I do get a bit of a warm feeling imagining the face of someone who’s waiting to get an iPhone 6 Plus watching this video. Sadist? Probably.
What do you think about the iPhone 6 Plus? Think it has anything on Android phablets? Let us know your thoughts below.
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Words have failed me. In some parts of the world, like here in Australia, it has already ticked over on the 19th of September, opening the flood gates to those who want to get the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus – suffice to say, may of you reading this will not be among those lining up to get a piece of the action. But in perhaps one of the more inopportune (but potentially hilarious) moments during today’s proceedings, the first person in Perth to get iPhone 6 (Perth is Australia’s most western major city) managed to drop the device on national television. Check it out:
The man, only identified as Jack, seemed to brush off the brief misadventure of his prized device as a minor event, however drop tests of the devices that have gone up in the last day have shown that they are one of the more fragile iPhones of our time:
And for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus which start from $869 AUD and $999 AUD respectively, you’d hope that it doesn’t take too many of those falls. But I feel like I’ve already talked about iPhones for too long; let’s hear what you guys think.
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News around Google Glass has died down a lot over the last year. While the wearable craze is still alive and well, the glasses form factor has gone a bit too quiet lately. Still, that’s not going to stop Google spreading Glass everywhere else. There’s no official word yet, however the above image seems to suggest that Google Glass has regulatory approval to be sold and used in Canada.
This, of course, is only an indication that Google Glass will eventually be sold in Canada, but gives us very little to go on in terms of timing and pricing. Google Glass is already available in the U.S. and U.K. so it’s only a matter of time before it becomes available in more corners of the world (Australia’s still waiting – hint hint).
What do you think about Google Glass becoming available in Canada? Any Canadians out there interested in getting some Glass on your face? Let us know your thoughts below.
Source: Android Police
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The humble lithium-ion battery has become an extremely familiar fixture in our daily lives. Essentially all our portable devices are powered by them – smartphones, tablets, smartwatches – however we’ve pretty much reached the technological limit of what they are capable of within the laws of physics. Luckily, some clever fellows have been working on producing lithium-sulfur batteries which theoretically can have 5-8 times more capacity than lithium-ion batteries and their work has recently been featured in the scientific publication, Nano Letters.
The work centres around replacing the metal oxide in batteries with the much lighter sulfur, which would enable bigger battery capacities. In fact, in a recent test, the scientists involved (Xingcheng Xiao, Weidong Zhou, Mei Cai, et al) were able to produce stable lithium-sulfur batteries with 630mAh per gram, as opposed to lithium-ion which is only able to achieve 200mAh per gram, and lasted over 600 cycles of charging. This study is notable as the scientists were able to overcome lithium-sulfur’s tendency to escape, which would otherwise manifest as losing charge quickly. We’re certainly living in a world of technological enlightenment with this and many other studies going on to improve the performance of our devices – we can’t wait to see the results.
What do you think about the work being done on lithium-sulfur batteries?
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When you think of timely software updates, Samsung isn’t typically one of the manufacturers who’s name comes up first. However, if today’s rumour is true, Samsung may be one of the first to make available Android L for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4. This rumour comes from SamMobile, who’s Samsung insiders are reporting that the Android L update will come to Samsung’s flagship devices in late November/early December. If true, this should be a much faster turnaround than we have seen from Samsung in the past, however its software has also been buggy at times, buggy enough to withdraw the update entirely – hopefully that won’t be the case this time. We’d love to see Samsung challenge Motorola for fastest manufacturer to update their devices, but we’ll take what we can get.
And while we were expecting Android L to be officially released around Halloween time, along with the new Nexus devices, this allegedly release window for Samsung software updates also gives us further confidence that the release is right around the corner. While this is going to be a very fast update for the Note 4, which hasn’t even started shipping yet, the Android L update will be a breath of fresh air for the Galaxy S5 which has been on the same build of Android since its launch in April.
What do you think of the November/December timeline for Android L for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 4? Let us know your thoughts.
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