Daily Archives: June 17, 2011

If you still have nebulous notions about what the cloud means to you, that’s understandable, given that two of its main proponents – Apple and Google – are presenting opposite views on how it should float. Google’s ideas are embodied in the new Chromebooks that went on sale in the US and several European countries, including the UK, this week. These are stripped-down laptops that substitute the usual hard drive and software programs with storage in the cloud and web services delivered over an internet connection.
By contrast, Apple’s iCloud represents a move away from this traditional thinking on the cloud’s purpose Read more

Some 14,000 Facebook users joined an online campaign to demand the release of Amina Araf, an outspoken lesbian blogger, from a Syrian prison. How awkward, then, to discover that Ms Araf was the invention of Tom MacMaster, a 40-year-old failed American novelist, studying in Scotland.

One can, of course, forgive the naiveties of these hyperactive Facebook users; after all, many were likely campaigning for Ms Araf while chatting with high school buddies and solving Sudoku puzzles. But the fact that “Aminagate” also took in some of the world’s finest media institutions reveals deeper problems in how we think and talk about the internet. Read more

The more gadgets we accumulate the harder it becomes to remember where we put them and, more often, what we’ve put on them. I remember I took photos of a dogs’ pool party (yes, really) at the weekend on my iPod Touch but the pictures of the last barbecue could be on my Android smartphone or the digital camera – and I may have copied them to my PC or my laptop, or maybe not at all. It is the same story with video, while the songs I buy on Napster and Amazon could be on any number of devices.

Keeping these devices in sync is driving us crazy – not my words, but those of Steve Jobs when he unveiled Apple’s iCloud service last week. Read more

Tech news from around the web:

Facebook is gearing up to launch an official iPad app, according to the New York Times. The app has been in production for almost a year and is in the final stages of testing, the report says. Read more