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Google is reducing the cost of some features, including some storage, database and networking options, by 23% to 79%. Last month Google announced it was cutting prices by about 10% on some of its cloud products. The reductions are driven by declining hardware costs and greater efficiency at the search provider’s data centers. Amazon, Google and Microsoft have been lowering prices for Web-based services this year as they compete for customers in a market that was worth more than US$45 billion (€36 billion) last year, according to researcher IDC.
Google Challenges Amazon on Cloud services
Microsoft and IBM have agreed to make it easier for each company’s cloud-computing customers to access the other’s software, bolstering their offerings as they face new competitors. IBM cloud users will be able to get Microsoft products like Windows Server and SQL Server, while customers of Microsoft’s Azure service can use IBM’s WebSphere Liberty and DB2. Clients will be able to cut costs by using software licenses they already own on each company’s Cloud.
The Swedish company Ericsson which pioneered phone-network equipment more than a century ago, is counting on a Silicon Valley scientist to help them become a contender in cloud computing.
Ericsson Turns to Silicon Valley Scientist
Since starting in March as head of Ericsson’s newly created cloud unit, Jason Hoffman has helped orchestrate a takeover of a California software provider and struck a partnership with a security company in order to bolster his division and differentiate its offering. Hoffman’s challenge is to get more companies to tap Ericsson’s servers, software and related services needed to run cloud systems. Sales of cloud-infrastructure hardware and software rose 8% to US$12 billion (€9.5 billion) in the second quarter. Revenue from cloud-infrastructure services jumped 50% to US$4 billion (€3 billion), according to Synergy Research Group.
Which is the fastest smartphone?Researchers at Aalto University in Finland are answering questions about the performance of smartphones, according to ZDNet.com. The academics' Netradar app has so far measured the real world upload and download performance of over 4,500 smartphones across different networks around the world. In the race for speediest phone, first place went to Samsung's huge Galaxy Note 3 phablet, but the real talking point was the second place finish of the relatively unknown OnePlus One. The handset topped Apple's new iPhone 6 and it’s Chinese manufacturer currently sells it on an invite-only basis.
Dell introduces 3D camerasDell will bring virtual reality to more Windows and Android devices next year, replacing 2D cameras with depth-sensing 3D cameras. The depth-sensing camera is able to go deep inside images to track depth and provide information such as distance between objects. Dell will introduce its first tablet, the Venue 8 7000, equipped with such a camera later this month, and plans for more tablets and PCs to come next year. The 3D camera in the Venue 8 7000 could be used for augmented reality, measurements and 3D scanning and printing. According to PCWorld.com it will be able to provide rough measurements of rooms that would be useful to real-estate brokers for example.
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