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New Infrastructure
for Improved Cloud
Storage Under
Development
By CONAN MILNER                           Cloud, our aim is develop the in-
Epoch Times Staff                          frastructure to support this prom-
                                          inence of data and data-intensive
An international research initiative      services.”
is working to develop a smart cloud          VISION Cloud will build on the
storage architecture to meet the          cloud technology that IBM has de-
needs of the world’s ever-increasing      veloped over the past three years,
data load.                                and make it easier and less expen-
   IBM will lead the three-year, ap-      sive to develop new data-intensive
proximately $21.5 million research        services. The new architecture will
project with the help of 15 European      provide improved security and
partners to improve the global de-        quality service, while still being
livery of data and storage services       able to meet or exceed the grow-
across both international and sys-        ing computing power demands of
tem boundaries.                           current storage clouds.
   The European Union-funded                 IBM says that with VISION
project known as VISION Cloud—            Cloud, a storage service provider
Virtualized Storage Services for          may soon offer a “digital safe”
the Future Internet—aims to in-           service, where customers can
troduce a powerful infrastructure         safely store their photos, videos,
for reliable and effective delivery        health and financial records, as
of data-intensive storage services,       well as other important digital
to support the convergence of in-         information.
formation technology, media, and             The user will be able to grant
telecommunications.                       family members, doctors, and
   IBM says the goal of VISION            friends access to various data ob-              IN MOTION: A Microsoft Kinect is shown together with an Xbox 360. The device detects the motions of the user, allowing for motion-capture gaming. courtesy of microsoft
Cloud will be a more flexible and          jects, which they can view regard-
secure cloud storage system that          less of the format their devices or
can be delivered in a pay-per-use         computers require.
model.
   “Users now require capabilities
that are far richer than simple raw
bits and basic storage,” said Dr. Hil-
lel Kolodner, IBM researcher and
lead architect for VISION Cloud,
in a statement for the initiative. “To
                                             Built on open standards, VI-
                                          SION Cloud will also allow data
                                          to be transferred easily from one
                                          cloud provider to another. If a cloud
                                          storage service suddenly raises its
                                          rates, VISION Cloud will soon
                                          make it possible for an individual
                                                                                          Review: Kinect for Xbox 360                                                           hype behind it. Will it appeal to the     rooms, and makes it less likely to be
satisfy this need, the focus must
shift to the data—where the col-
lections of bits are semantically
                                          or business to switch to another
                                          provider without having to secure
                                          and download huge amounts of
                                                                                          A look at whether                                                                     masses? Will it have the ease and
                                                                                                                                                                                accessibility that it has promised
                                                                                                                                                                                to deliver? Will the technology be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          used in a bedroom.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            With the problems that might
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          deter some people from purchas-
meaningful and have associated
metadata.”
   “Data should be a first-class citi-
                                          data.
                                             IBM says that the transfer of data
                                          from the old provider to the new
                                                                                          Microsoft’s latest                                                                    enough to satisfy the tech-heads
                                                                                                                                                                                waiting for a futuristic gaming
                                                                                                                                                                                experience?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ing a Kinect system out of the way,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          however, it is a load of fun to use
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and offers a casual pick-up-and-play
zen, where its importance is com-
parable to the computing power it-
self,” Kolodner said. “With VISION
                                          one could begin as a background
                                          process or even in an on-demand
                                          fashion.
                                                                                          controller raises the                                                                   Kinect delivers on some of these
                                                                                                                                                                                promises, and somewhat fails at
                                                                                                                                                                                others. First of all, at $149.99, Ki-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          experience.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            The facial recognition is accu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          rate, while the voice commands and
                                                                                                                                                                                nect is an expensive piece of hard-       menu navigation make you feel like
                                                                                          bar for motion gaming                                                                 ware. Considering the price of the
                                                                                                                                                                                new Xbox 360 S, which retails at
                                                                                                                                                                                $299.99, Kinect’s price is definitely
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          you’re in a spinoff of “Minority Re-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          port.” It is clearly aimed at a target
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          audience, and delivers fabulously on
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                                                                                          Epoch Times Staff
                                                                                                                                      bombardment is unlikely to stop
                                                                                                                                      anytime soon.
                                                                                                                                         The Kinect is a motion sensor
                                                                                                                                                                                hard to justify as an additional
                                                                                                                                                                                peripheral.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Kinect’s second biggest flaw is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the family-fun accessibility that Mi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          crosoft was aiming for.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kinect is a strong addition to Mi-
  Modern well maintained class A              Quality Remodeling                          If you’ve bought a packet of break-
                                                                                          fast cereal, a can of coke, or a bar
                                                                                                                                      that connects to the Xbox 360
                                                                                                                                      gaming system and allows users
                                                                                                                                                                                the amount of space needed to get
                                                                                                                                                                                the best out of the motion track-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          crosoft’s gaming arsenal, and while
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          some might cringe (understandably)
  office building with a beautiful             Restaurants     Residences
  atrium lobby. Located in Central                                                        of chocolate recently, you will have        to control certain games by detect-       ing. It needs from 6 to 10 feet be-       at the high price tag, it still deliv-
  NJ immediately off of Rt. 287 in             Nail Salons     Small Businesses           undoubtedly noticed that the Ki-            ing their movements, facial expres-       tween the player and the sensor,          ers a fun family experience. It’s not
  the Somerset business district.                                                         nect advertising behemoth is in full        sions, and voices.                        and a clear floor space. It became         perfect, but hopefully as the system
  Office space available from                                                             force. Microsoft is pushing Kinect             Despite the huge amount of             frustrating for me, having to move        finds its feet, and as more inspiring
  1,000 SF – 40,000 SF.
                                                                                          relentlessly, and with an apparent          money behind the hardware, there          furniture every time I wanted to          and diverse titles are released to ap-
  Edison, NJ 08817                                                                        budget of $500 million behind               has been speculation about whether        play a game. This really limits some      peal to a more serious gaming audi-
  2025 Rt. 27                                                                             the device’s promotional run, the           it will live up to the monumental         people’s use of Kinect to their living    ence, it will really come to life.



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                                                                                                                                                                                                                          engineer said in a September inter-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          view with TechRadar that “[Froyo] is

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  What would you do                                                                                                                      At the airport, the Kayak app is
                                                                                                                                      still useful as it incorporates airport
                                                                                                                                      data from GateGuru.com to provide
                                                                                                                                                                                The blogosphere is abuzz with news
                                                                                                                                                                                of Google’s impending launch of two
                                                                                                                                                                                mobile products—Nexus S Smart-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          tor.” In contrast, Android Gingerbread
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          could allow for wider adoption and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          ease of use on tablet computers.

  with a healthy back?                                                                                                                you with a map of the terminals and
                                                                                                                                      location of amenities. GateGuru has
                                                                                                                                      its own app, but it provides exactly
                                                                                                                                      the same information. You won’t
                                                                                                                                                                                phone and Android 2.3, codenamed
                                                                                                                                                                                Gingerbread—the next generation of
                                                                                                                                                                                the hugely successful Android operat-
                                                                                                                                                                                ing system.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             On Friday, Google added flames
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          to the rumors about Gingerbread’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          release by posting an update on its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Twitter account: “Our cafes are bak-
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                                                                                          By TAN TRUONG                               review.                                   Android 2.2, codenamed Froyo, and         photo of Android icon-shaped ginger-

                                          The simple things                               Epoch Times Staff                               You can also e-mail your itiner-
                                                                                                                                      ary to Kayak.com and it saves your
                                                                                                                                                                                is highly anticipated due to its ru-
                                                                                                                                                                                mored support for tablet computers
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          bread men. In a Nov. 8 post, Google
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          also announced a 2.3 update would be
                                             that make my                                 Kayak.com is trying to be the best
                                                                                          and largest travel website. The prob-
                                                                                                                                      trip info in the Trips section. It then
                                                                                                                                      keeps track of all the details of each
                                                                                                                                                                                and larger display sizes.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Gingerbread is also speculated to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          coming to Google Nexus One phones
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          over “the next few days.”
                                                 son smile.                               lem is that it doesn’t sell you the tick-
                                                                                          ets that it finds for you, like Orbitz
                                                                                                                                      leg of your trip. In the details sec-
                                                                                                                                      tion, you’ll find all of the informa-
                                                                                                                                                                                support built-in video chat through
                                                                                                                                                                                Google Voice, according to a PC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             So far, Google has not announced
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          a launch date for Gingerbread but has
                                                                                          or Travelocity, so it doesn’t have the      tion that you’ll ever need about your     Magazine interview in October with        consistently said it would be “some-
                                                                                          name recognition that the ticket sell-      trip, and there are links to airport      Google’s Andy Rubin, who founded          time soon.”
                                                                                          ers enjoy. What it does have, though,       maps mentioned above.                     Android before it was purchased by
                                                                                          is probably the best iPhone travel as-         Also useful is a link to the flight     Google.                                   nexus s google phone
                                                                                          sistant app there is—if not the most        status that shows terminal and gate                                                 Meanwhile, Smartphone watchers
                                                                                          feature packed.                             information as well as a map view         android gingerbread and                   are also anticipating the launch of
                                                                                             The Kayak app is essentially a           of the location of your airplane, with    tablet computer support                   Nexus S, Google’s second foray into
                                                                                          cut-down version of the Kayak.com           speed and altitude data. The flight        Phandroid, a blog that frequently cov-    the Smartphone market itself. This
                                                                                          website, with a few features that take      tracker can be used to look up any        ers Android updates, claims to have       would follow the lukewarm response
                                                                                          advantage of the iPhone’s mobile            other flight that you’re curious about     seen early versions of Gingerbread        to Nexus One, which was discontin-
                                                                                          features.                                   and provides essentially the same         and reports that the user interface in    ued by Google as a mass-market
                                                                                             Like the website, the app helps you      information as standalone flight           the new version is much improved          product and repackaged as a devel-
                                                                                          find the best prices for flights, ho-         tracker apps.                             and “easier on the eyes.”                 oper phone.
                                                                                          tels, and rental cars. Once you find            Other functions include a Beacon          Also, Phandroid says Android 2.3          While a second-generation Google
                                                                                          a deal that you’re ready to pay for,        that you can use to e-mail your loca-     would support the SIP protocol na-        phone has been talked about for a
                                                                                          the app transfers you to the vendor’s       tion with an integrated Google map,       tively on Google Voice, allowing the      while, on Nov. 11 Engadget posted a
                                                                                          website.                                    a Packing List, a currency converter,     phone functionality to be used on any     photo gallery of a Samsung phone
                                                                                             You may or may not see an inter-         a list of airline phone numbers, and      network including Wi-Fi.                  featuring Google’s logo and claimed
                                                                                          face optimized for a mobile display         a schedule of airline fees.                  But the biggest new feature that An-   it was the Nexus S. Phandroid also
                                                                                          at this point, so you’re probably bet-         Being a free app that is updated       droid Gingerbread is rumored to have      reported a leak from Best Buy, which
                                                                                          ter off using a regular computer to          frequently with more and more use-        is support for tablet computers. With     indicated the new Nexus S phone
                                                                                          book your ticket or make your res-          ful features, Kayak replaces several      the remarkable success of the iPad,       would be available from Best Buy on
                                                                                          ervation. It’s still good for window-       other apps and may be the only travel     hardware manufacturers are jumping        the T-Mobile network.
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                                                                                                                                      An ad-free version is available for
                                                                                                                                      $0.99.
                                                                                                                                                                                   Froyo 2.2’s support for tablet com-
                                                                                                                                                                                puters is not up to par. A Google
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          for the juggernaut that Android has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          become.

								
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