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While everyone is busy talking about Amazon agreeing to acquire Whole Foods Market for a whopping $13.7 billion, there's something else going on in the background on the cloud computing side of things. Whole Foods just happens to be a very big client for Microsoft Azure, a direct competitor to Amazon's AWS.Though it might seem obvious for AWS to...
Microsoft Surface Phone
Despite the name that it's been given, Surface Phone isn't going to be a phone at all. At least, not if Microsoft is designing what they refer to as a "cellular PC" that will have all the capabilities of a PC in the form factor of a smartphone or phablet. On the surface, it's a phone, but underneath, it's...
Google Home and Amazon Echo sales estimates 2017
According to the 2017 Voice Report from VoiceLabs, Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers will sell more than 24 million units combined through the end of 2017.The report, which combines data from multiple sources, including CIRP, KPCB and InfoScout, shows that a total of 24.5 million devices will be sold by Google and Amazon in 2017.Source: Voice Report...
Amazon Echo light ring
Amazon Echo device owners are familiar with the Light Ring at the top of the device, usually shown in blue. Amazon Alexa may be doing all the talking, but the Light Ring does a lot of communicating on its own. As a user, it's useful for you to know what your device is telling you in its own unique...
AWS cloud computing
Vision Mobile’s 12th Developer Economics Global Survey, which reached out to more than 21,200 developers across 160 countries, revealed many developer trends in the cloud segment, and how developers around the world are utilizing top cloud service providers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform.As expected, Amazon Web Services is the most popular cloud service...
Three new artificial intelligence (AI) products from Amazon - Lex, Polly and Rekognition
Amazon recently announced three major services that are aimed at making things easier for developers to exploit Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities. AI has been one of the weakest links in Amazon’s robust stack of cloud infrastructure services which, incidentally, took the company to the top of the cloud industry due their breadth and depth offered. Meanwhile, tech majors Google,...
Amazon Alexa 100 skills cheat sheet of voice commands
There’s no doubt that Amazon Alexa has a lot of skills—more than 10,000, to be precise. But how can you sort through the massive library of Alexa skills to find the ones that are actually useful?Most users repeat a few standard skills frequently: asking about the weather, playing music, setting timers, and adding to your shopping list are a...
Microsoft Azure cloud computing
How Big is Microsoft Azure, Really? That’s a question that can only be answered by Microsoft. The Redmond giant does not give out revenue numbers specific to its Infrastructure as a Service offering, Azure...but it happily gives us its year over year growth rates and an "as of now" figure called annualized run rate.The part that everyone knows is the annualized run...
AWS (Amazon Web Services) - cloud computing
Amazon Web Services, or AWS, the current king of Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), has once again proved that their leadership position remains undisputed. AWS continued its tradition of posting quarterly sequential growth during the fourth quarter of 2016, reaching $3.546 billion in revenues, representing growth of 47% compared to Q4-15 and $305 million more than their Q3-16 numbers.Just...
Amazon Prime
Since its launch in October 2005, Amazon Prime has bloated to over 64 million members. Sources vary on the actual number, but suffice it to say that nearly half of all U.S. households have at least one member.From a popularity perspective there are other loyalty programs in the United States and around the world that can boast comparable numbers,...
Amazon, Microsoft, IBM cloud revenues 2016
The cloud computing industry surged strongly in 2016, and if the last quarter of 2016 is anything to go by, 2017 holds a lot of promise for the segment as a whole, especially for the top three cloud service providers Amazon, Microsoft and IBM, as well as vertical SaaS players such as Salesforce.First let's take a closer look at...
Microsoft Azure has been growing at a phenomenal rate, doubling its numbers every quarter on a year-over-year basis.In the last two years Microsoft has aggressively transformed itself into an enterprise services company, building an array of products that are now sold on a SaaS basis instead of under the age-old licensing model.There are two key underlying applications on top...
Infrastructure-as-a-Service, or IaaS, was the fastest growing cloud segment in 2016, and there are several indications that we could see a repeat of strong growth in 2017 as well.Early in 2016 Gartner projected that the Infrastructure-as-a-Service market will reach $22.4 billion in size. That turned out to be another feather in Gartner’s cap, because Business Insider recently reported that...
Amazon BJ's Wholesale Club Acquisition Talks
The retail sector in the United States is going through a huge transformation phase, where things have gotten so tight that only the fittest will survive. The NY Post reported yesterday that BJ's Wholesale Club has put itself up for sale, and Amazon may be interested in buying the retailer, which has a significant presence in the Northeast. This news comes...
Cloud computing infrastructure is essentially about running your company's servers on an environment not owned by you. On an individual level, its about renting virtual server space on the infrastructure that another company has built and paying them a monthly fee.At the other end of the scale, however, this can run into thousands of virtual machines (VMs), as they're...