Amazon's Silk Browser Can Be Hacked to Provide Free Grid Computing

Cloud computing is big business. Companies and individual users rent bandwidth from large cloud services to perform all manner of tasks, from hosting small websites to churning through large, computing-intensive tasks like modelling new drug compounds. But what if you could gain access to all that computing power for… » 12/07/12 6:41am 12/07/12 6:41am

Supercomputer Genius Watson Is Headed for the Cloud

Watson, the Jeopardy-winning supercomputer developed by IBM, could become a cloud-based service that people can consult on a wide range of issues, the company announced last week. "Watson is going to be an advisor and an assistant to all kinds of professional decision-makers, starting in healthcare and then moving… » 9/24/12 6:36am 9/24/12 6:36am

Spotify Totally Just Added iPod Syncing to its Streaming and (New)…

Woah. Spotify users—and I hope that's most of the Europeans reading this—have no reason to continue using iTunes. They've just rejigged their download service so you can download tracks in the 10s, 15s, 40s and 100s, but crucially they're also letting you sync iPods right there in Spotify, negating the need for iTunes. » 5/04/11 3:30am 5/04/11 3:30am

OnLive Now Charging Only for Gameplay (No Monthly Fees)

The streaming game service is no longer charging $15 in monthly fees, so if you've been put off by yet another monthly direct debit, now's the time to sign up for a free trial. Jason loved it when he tried it out at home, but was put off by the various fees associated with it—though they were touting a promotion for a… » 10/05/10 7:30am 10/05/10 7:30am

Will MobileMe Be Free Come Monday?

Well this is a tantalizing find. Boy Genius Reports reports that some MobileMe users are seeing their account type switch from "Individual" to "Full Member," the hope being that a WWDC announcement will make everyone a "Free Member" by default. » 6/05/10 7:30pm 6/05/10 7:30pm

This Is the Cloud: Inside Microsoft's Secret Stealth Data Centers

"The cloud" isn't some nebulous thing existing just beyond your computer's consciousness. As Microsoft showed us, it's stacks of hard drives packed into shipping containers, parked in secret data centers all around the world. Physically real, but still beautiful. » 3/17/10 7:20pm 3/17/10 7:20pm

The New Pirate Bay: Fees Subsidized By Your Computing Power

The Pirate Bay may not actually be dead, but major changes are on their way. Details on the new management's legit business model have surfaced, and it will involve subsidizing your monthly fees in exchange for computing power. » 7/17/09 12:49pm 7/17/09 12:49pm

Ballmer Doesn't Think World Is Ready For Cloud Computing

Added to the list of things that Steve Ballmer and Google have polar opposite opinions on » 10/17/08 12:30am 10/17/08 12:30am is “cloud computing,” which Ballmer argues consumers don't really want. In an interview with a Brazilian news source, the Microsoft CEO contended that even the best cloud computing applications would still have to be based on…

The History of Computing as Told by Pixelated Dancing Scientists (and…

You might think the history of personal computing » 9/27/08 8:00pm 9/27/08 8:00pm is way too complex to explain in under four minutes. But Canadian animators Superbrothers teamed up with singer-songwriter and all-around awesome dude Jim Guthrie to create this amazing music video that'll prove you wrong. The story: two heavily-pixelated scientists…

Will Microsoft's Midori Project Be a Web-Delivered Windows Replacement?

That's what SD Times » 7/30/08 10:30am 7/30/08 10:30am is claiming, based on "internal Microsoft documents" that give more details on the skunk-works research project currently . The docs supposedly hint at a fleshed out platform for distributed concurrency-which entails moving what used to be core desktop OS functionality into the cloud for a partially …