HUD Google Glasses are real and they are coming soon
Our tipster has now seen a prototype and said it looks something like Oakley Thumps (below). These glasses, we heard, have a front-facing camera used to gather information and could aid in augmented reality apps. It will also take pictures. The spied prototype has a flash —perhaps for help at night, or maybe it is just a way to take better photos. The camera is extremely small and likely only a few megapixels.
Amazon S3 Price Reduction
As you can tell from my recent post on Amazon S3 Growth for 2011, our customers are uploading new objects to Amazon S3 at an incredible rate. We continue to innovate on your behalf to drive down storage costs and pass along the resultant savings to you at every possible opportunity. We are now happy (some would even say excited) to announce another in a series of price reductions.
Those Millions on Facebook? Some May Not Actually Visit
On the first page of Facebook’s prospectus for its sale of stock to the public, it pegs the number of its “monthly active users” at a whopping 845 million people. The social networking site arrives at an even more astounding number when it comes to “daily active users”: 483 million people.
Facebook may release its core C++ library this year
Facebook is considering open sourcing at least one of its C++ libraries. The little kernel of news is buried in a Server-Side Magazine interview with Facebook research engineer Andrei Alexandrescu, who works on Facebook’s core C++ library. Here’s the relevant excerpt that I found (truthfully, the whole interview is worth reading, so go check it out):
Adobe Creative Cloud to be priced at $49.99 monthly, includes Creative Suite 6 and Lightroom 4
Later in the first half of 2012, Adobe will introduce Creative Cloud, an end-to-end service offering that will grant users access to its upcoming Creative Suite 6 apps and provide ancillary services starting at $49.99 a month if you commit to a one year contract. The new software-as-a-service offering seems like a great deal, and when you compare $600 per year to $2,000 up-front, you’ll have to think long and hard about whether it’s worth it in the long term. Still, it’s not hard to connect the changes to the rampant piracy that’s plagued Adobe for years: a $49 entry price might lure in a lot of buyers who’d otherwise head straight to a torrent site.
Charles Dickens’ 200th Birthday Marks First Google Doodle as Promotional Vehicle
Google’s latest Doodle marks the 200th birthday of British novelist Charles Dickens but also marks the first time that the company has used their logo change to specifically promote a product or service. In this case, when you click on the search term you are taken directly to a search on Google Books in which the top ‘natural’ results, including the ad, offer a free Google ebook.
The Rise of the Sharing Economy
Collaborative consumption, peer-to-peer marketplaces, the sharing economy — it’s been called a few names by now, but no one is denying that the idea of accessing rather than owning is controversial — and it’s taking the Internet by storm.