There’s at least one funny joke in Sex Tape. While frantically trying to cut off access to the amateur porn vid he accidentally uploaded to iCloud, Jason Segel tries to explain why deleting the file won’t work. “Nobody understands the cloud,” he says. “It’s a fucking mystery!” He’s kind of right.
The first thing you notice is how loud it is—a shrill, almost metallic buzz that fills your head. Given unprecedented access to one of the world's largest and most secure data centers, Timo Arnall shows us that the "cloud" is not ethereal, but big, hulking and incredibly loud.
Inside Bell Labs almost 70 years ago, the invention that defined the 20th century was born: The transistor. On a recent sunny April day here in the present, Gizmodo had the rare opportunity to tour the historic and cutting edge facilities at Bell Labs—and get a preview of the inventions that could change this century.
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…
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…
A recent survey has unearthed an interesting/borderline depressing fact—one in three people think cloud computing has to do with literal clouds. That's right: many of us think we need an umbrella to access SkyDrive.
For the past several years, Amazon has been quietly building one of the fastest cloud networks in the history of computers. Except it doesn't exist in any room—it's spread across the entire world. Virtual computers are now supercomputers.
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.
Life in the cloud is all well and good until a server goes down. Tweetage Wasteland's David Pell posits on the pitfalls of entrusting our offline lives to online services.
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…
Earlier today, Jason finally got to test the cloud-based gaming service OnLive from the comfort of his home (read: underpants). He liked it! Now there's even more good news: a TV version will be ready before the year's end.
Gizmodo's very own Wilson Rothman was on NPR recently to talk about cloud computing. You can listen to him give the lowdown (in most dulcet tones) on NPR's site.
Today I'd like to talk to you about...backing up. I don't just mean connecting an external hard drive to your laptop and transferring all your files over. I'm talking 'bout backing up the cloud.
"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.
If you are looking for a network storage solution that you can access remotely, the MyDitto could be one of the simplest and surprisingly cost effective solutions out there.
Many have said that the future of Microsoft will be in subscription-based software, cloud computing or some combination of the two. Well, let's hope that it doesn't turn out anything like patent application 20080319910.