A Fallacy in the ‘Cloud’ Argument

By Joanna Cabot
October 1, 2014 // 1 Comment

I have carefully been avoiding the iOS 8 upgrade, following numerous reports from both the blog world and my own father-in-law about bugs, glitches and slowdowns. Yet somehow, something, somewhere on [...]

Jolicloud Drive adds cloud EPUB reading capability

By Chris Meadows
June 30, 2014 // 0 Comments

Jolicloud was originally conceived as a web-based “operating system.” The web version of it showed the same home screen, with all the same web apps, that a user might have configured on the [...]

App Review: Google Play Books for Android

By Chris Meadows
June 17, 2014 // 10 Comments

I hadn’t paid much attention to Google Play Books before. I’d installed and even paid for readers like Aldiko and Moon+ (TeleRead review), and snagged a couple freeish ones like UB Reader, but [...]

Google Play Books adds from-device uploading in impending update

By libertyc
December 11, 2013 // 5 Comments

Android Police notes that Google Play Books has gotten an update that allows you to upload e-books into its cloud directly from your device, rather than being restricted to doing it only via the web [...]

Is Merging All Your Online Services Into One Ecosystem a Good Idea?

By libertyc
October 19, 2013 // 2 Comments

As a Goodreads user, I was intrigued by the growing data integration Goodreads is enjoying with the Kindle ecosystem now that Amazon owns Goodreads too. It would be handy, I mused, to be able to rate [...]

Morning Roundup: Facebook 'likes' and the first amendment; E-readers 'more effective' for some dyslexic readers; more

By libertyc
September 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

Cloud Customers Have Bigger Worries than NSA Gate (GigaOM) Nirvanix’ fast shutdown spooks current and would-be cloud storage customers more than the prospect of government spying. At least for now. [...]

Google donates cloud computing patents to non-aggression pact

By libertyc
August 10, 2013 // 1 Comment

Here’s an interesting story, via our friends at GigaOM: Google, in an effort to protect innovators experimenting with ‘cloud’ computing from nuisance patent lawsuits, has donated 79 [...]

The Bloom is Off the 'Cloud' Rose: How Google went from essential to evil in one short week

By libertyc
March 20, 2013 // 8 Comments

If there is one thing that writing about technology has taught me, it’s that things change, fast. People lament the publishing  ‘power’ of Amazon and they forget that before [...]

Google to close down Google Reader as of July 1

By libertyc
March 13, 2013 // 2 Comments

There is a risk to relying on cloud services, as I’ve found to my chagrin time and again: they may not always be there when you need them. Etherpad servers have crashed, taking the only copy of my [...]

Buy Once, Sync Anywhere: Could it really be that simple?

By libertyc
December 4, 2012 // 1 Comment

The UK-based startup known as ValoBox has been in business for a little over a month now—it launched just a few days before Halloween of this year. To explain the basics of the company’s [...]

The Risks of Cloud-Based E-Books

By libertyc
August 8, 2012 // 14 Comments

As keen as I am on library e-books, I’m as much a booster of the buyable variety. I want people to be able to own e-books for real, ideally without DRM. More and more of our books, music, and even [...]

Amazon cloud music player lines up label licenses

By libertyc
June 13, 2012 // 0 Comments

CNet reports that Amazon is closing licensing deals with record labels to cover its cloud music service, Amazon Cloud Drive and Cloud Player. According to an anonymous source, it has already come to [...]

The Dropbox cloud storage service as a disruptive innovation

By libertyc
February 26, 2012 // 4 Comments

Venture capitalist Bill Gurley’s personal blog, Above the Crowd, has a post pointing out why Dropbox is a “major disruption” (that is, a disruptive innovation—”an innovation that helps [...]

Google seeks to file amicus brief in ReDigi case

By libertyc
February 2, 2012 // 1 Comment

The ReDigi lawsuit took an intriguing turn yesterday. Google sent a letter to the judge in the EMI v. ReDigi case asking permission to file an amicus brief. Google says that it is not taking sides in [...]

Amazon introduces new devices, moves price point goal posts

By libertyc
September 28, 2011 // 9 Comments

Amazon introduced three new e-ink Kindles: a $79 low-low end model, not touch-sensitive and with minimal physical controls (about akin to what the Kobo and other such non-Kindle readers have had up [...]

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