Google Fiber, launched in United States in September 2012 will soon be getting a competitor in this business. AT&T one of the top telecommunication services providers in United States has decided to launch its GigaPower Fiber in almost 100 possible municipalities across the country.
AT&T will offer Ultra Fast fiber network in all these municipalities at competitive rates and probably a bit less than what Google Fiber is currently offering. Just like Google, AT&T has also chosen Kansas City as its launch pad and will extend its GigaPower Fiber to Chicago, Houstan, Los Angeles, Miami, Oakland, Orlando, San Antonio, San Diego by this year end. By March 2015, the company wants to extend its services to all the 42 major States of America.
Now for those who want to know, what you can do with 1GigaByte per second speed, here’s an update. 1GBPS can offer 30 songs download in just 1.3 seconds. It can download your favorite 50 minute TV show in just 3 seconds and can download a HD movie in just 36 seconds.
Currently, AT&T is silent on the cost of such high scale bandwidth. But reliable sources from the company say that the price of such service may range in-between $60 to $80/month.
International Data Corporation (IDC) has announced that all major service providers in Asia have slashed their prices for core services dramatically in the current year due to stiff competition. The research firm also suggested that this move has now become a serious threat to many small cloud service providers who are trying their best to establish themselves in this business.
“If smaller CSPs are strong enough to smartly live up to the competition, then they can survive in business. But if they are not strong enough, then their existence is surely in jeopardy in said region”, said Chris Morris, Lead Analyst, of Cloud services and technologies, IDC.
Thus, Chris predicts that small Cloud service providers will face tough time in Asia from now on, as dropped prices from big players, will automatically force them to drop the prices of their current services. If this trend proceeds, then IDC clearly predicts that this may drive the small cloud service providers into major pitfalls.
In case, if IDC predictions turn into reality, then this will drive consolidation amongst the cloud vendors for sure and will automatically eliminate small cloud businesses on a permanent note.
Apple, Inc. on the occasion of Earth Day has launched recycling services on a worldwide note . As a part of this program, Apple will accept all those old and worn out mobiles phones, PCs and other e-waste which are related to its company and third parties. This program will remain active through out this year in all parts of world along with United States.
Apple has taken this initiative in order to redesign its responsibilities towards environment and has officially formulated certain guidelines to all its stores located in different parts of the world.
As a part of this program, Apple has come up with an idea of paying back to those entire users in the form of gift cards, who are participating in its recycling program. For those who are giving away their old mobile phones and PCs, Apple will offer them gift cards, if in case, their donated product is reusable. With the gift card, users can purchase any Apple product at a discounted rate. If the product is not in a position to be reused, then Apple will recycle the product at no cost to the user.
Apple has made an official announcement that it has set up its recycling program in 95% of countries where its businesses are active and has diverted over 421 million pounds of equipment from landfills since 1994.
Those user’s who are disposing off their mobile phones and PCs related to other companies, will not get a gift card, but their names will be published in an upcoming website dedicated by Apple to green environment.
Now, reviewing this step under business perspective, it is a known fact that many companies are into this business of recycling e-waste. But Apple’s Vice president of Environmental Initiatives, Ms. Lisa Jackson justifies her company’s move as truly productive. She says that company brand do matters in such businesses and when people are being rewarded for showing their concern towards environment, then it becomes completely rational from business perspective.
For all Google Glass lovers, here’s an update which will amuse you a lot. Google engineers who are coming up with Google Glass have plans to turn this gadget into TV screen in near future. The company has already pressed a team of experts into a secret project on this issue and results are expected to be out by early next year.
As per the latest reports from reliable sources, Google Glass users may soon watch movies and related internet content direct on their eye wear. As per sources, the engineers have already succeeded in embedding related technology into the eye gear which turns the spectacle lenses into a TV screen with the press of a button. But their biggest challenge on a present note is to make the whole gear light as a feather and they are working on it.
A reliable source, who is a part of this research project, has also informed that by early next year, Google might introduce this specially made eye gear to the world, but probably as a new innovative gadget and not as a ‘Google Glass’ eye gear. The source added that the concept of recording will be similar to that of a Google glass. But more specs will be added into this gadget in order to give the user a TV viewing experiencing with the help of Wi-Fi concept.
So, whether this will turn into a reality or not, let’s wait and watch till next year.
Amazon has followed the footsteps of Google cloud and has decided to merge its Cloud Drive with Kindle storage. From now on, Amazon cloud storage users will get a 10GB free storage space which can be used to store videos, photos and various other files.
Amazon’s storage consolidation of its cloud means, its users can easily manage, move, copy or delete their files in an easy way. So, from now on ‘Send to Kindle’ features will be available in a sub folder of Amazon Cloud Drive.
From user’s point of view, this news can excite those who are already on Amazon Cloud platform. But consolidation of storage may not excite those who are in a hunt for a new cloud storage platform, as 10GB of storage space will exhaust within few months time to many.