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The Xbox Cloud Gaming app is coming to Samsung Smart TVs in June

Many modern smart TVs already sport access to gaming services such as Google Stadia and Nvidia’s GeForce Now and Microsoft is joining in with the news that its new Xbox app will soon be added to Samsung’s Gaming Hub. This means that you won’t need an Xbox gaming console in order to play smash hits […]

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Grab a Prepaid Unlimited Plan with 5G, Hotspot, and Cloud Storage from AT&T for $45 monthly

On the lookout for a prepaid plan with unlimited 5G access? AT&T’s new Unlimited MAX with 5G plan costs just $ 45 monthly and includes all the stuff you need with the single caveat being that it’s only available from Walmart. When activated in-store (in a Walmart), the Unlimited MAX with 5G plan will cost just […]

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Google pursues Pentagon cloud contract in spite of past employee concerns

Three years after its involvement with the military’s controversial Project Maven program led to employee strife within its walls, Google reportedly hopes to once again work with the Pentagon. According to The New York Times, the company is “aggressively” pursuing the Defense Department’s Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability cloud contract. A Google spokesperson confirmed to Engadget it was pursuing a bid.

Announced at the start of July, the program is a replacement for the military’s cancelled $ 10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure initiative. With JEDI, the Pentagon had planned to modernize its IT infrastructure with help from Microsoft. However, the contract stalled after Amazon challenged it in court, in part over allegations former President Donald Trump had interfered with the evaluation process.

Unlike JEDI, JWCC is a multi-vendor contract that will see the military eventually working with more than one company. When the Pentagon announced the program, it said it would collect proposals from both Amazon and Microsoft. At the time, it said they were the two vendors best suited to meet its needs, but noted it was also open to working with other companies. Google did not bid on JEDI in part because of what happened with Project Maven.

The program, with help from Google, saw the military use machine learning to interpret drone footage. When the company confirmed its involvement in Maven, it said its technology was involved in “non-offensive uses only,” and that it was flagging material for “human review.” Outrage within the company quickly grew. Approximately 4,000 employees petitioned Google CEO Sundar Pichai to pull the company out of the project. Some workers even left Google over the episode. In the aftermath of the protest, the company did not renew its contract with the Pentagon.

It also established a set of ethical principles to guide its military AI work. Those guidelines prohibit the company from using machine learning in relation to “weapons or other technologies whose principal purpose or implementation is to cause or directly facilitate injury to people.” When Google established the principles, Pichai reportedly told workers his hope was they would stand “the test of time.”

In spite of those guidelines, Google is pursuing the JWCC contract. According to The Times, the company has “raced” to prepare a proposal to present to Pentagon officials on why it should be involved in the project. The contract is reportedly a priority for the company, with the outlet reporting that Google pulled employees off other assignments to work on its bid. 

“We strongly believe a multi-cloud strategy offers the department the best solution today and in the future,” a spokesperson for the company said. “We are firmly committed to serving our public sector customers, including the DoD, Department of Energy, NIH, and many other government agencies, and we will evaluate any future bid opportunities accordingly."

Google will reportedly find out if it qualifies to make a bid sometime in the next few weeks. The question then becomes if the contract is compatible with its AI guidelines, and what effect that will have on its employees. Those principles leave room for it to work with the military on projects that involve things like cybersecurity, and it already has contracts in place to help the Defense Department with pilot training and Navy ship maintenance

If it obtains the contract, Engadget has learned the company anticipates it could help the Defense Department with cloud services like hosting, storage and networking, in addition to artificial intelligence and machine learning. Specifically, the Pentagon could use Google's data analytics capabilities to predict and monitor forces like climate change and the current pandemic. Any custom AI work the job involves will need to be vetted through the company's guidelines. It also expects it could work with the Pentagon on more prosaic issues like security, employee travel and finance. 

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T-Mobile lures subscribers with 500GB of Google One cloud storage for $5 a month

T-Mobile’s lures more subscribers with a new, exclusive Google One plan for customers, offering 500GB of storage for just $ 5 a month.
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Amazon’s Luna cloud gaming service gets limited Android rollout

When Amazon launched early access for Luna, it left Android users out in the cold and made the cloud gaming service available on Fire TV, PC, Mac and iOS devices. Now, the e-commerce giant has edited Luna’s compatible devices and browsers list to rev…
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Cloud leak exposed sensitive data from over 200,000 voicemails

Some data leaks contain more sensitive info than most. Security researcher Bob Diachenko and Comparitech discovered (via Threatpost) that Broadvoice, a cloud VoIP provider for businesses, left over 350 million records exposed online in an unprotected…
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Amazon Luna is the latest cloud gaming service to launch

We’ve seen how Google, Microsoft, and Nvidia have launched cloud gaming services in the past 18 months with the company from Redmond seemingly having the leg up on its rivals with the recent launch of its Xbox Cloud Gaming service, or xCloud as it was known during its beta program. Well, another tech giant is […]

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[TA Deals] Grab a ton of ThunderDrive Cloud Storage for life with this massive discount

You can never have too much cloud storage, but it sucks to have to pay for tons and tons of it every month, especially if you’re just using it as a backup. Fortunately for you, we’ve got a massive discount on a lifetime subscription to ThunderDrive, offering up to 2TB of space at one low […]

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Epic Games Store cloud saves roll out for two games

Cloud saves are making their way onto the Epic Games Store, but they're only available for a couple of games so far. The first titles to support the feature are Moonlighter and This War of Mine, which are currently available for zilch via Epic's rota…
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Valve beats Google to the punch with Steam Link cloud streaming to your phone

Valve’s current implementation of their Steam Link hardware and software combination allows users to stream games from their PCs to a phone or Steam Link somewhere else on the network. Want to play some Assassin’s Creed in bed on your phone? No problem. Want Call of Duty on your home theater setup but don’t want […]

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[TA Deals] Get up to 3TB of lifetime cloud backup through Degoo for cheap

We’re featuring Degoo Premium as our deal of the day on Talk Android Deals. Why are you saving everything on your computer or on your phone? Take advantage of what cloud storage does for you, but don’t pay a fortune to do so. Cloud storage is reliable and safe. And right now you can get […]

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[TA Deals] Get a lifetime of Zoolz 2TB Cloud Storage for cheap!

Cloud storage can be pricey, especially if you’re trying to back up a ton of things all at once. But instead of spending a fixed amount every month for your backups, why not look into Zoolz offer for 2TB of lifetime backup for one heavily discounted price? This deal nets you a total of 2TB […]

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[TA Deals] Get a massive discount on 2TB of lifetime Zoolz cloud storage! (98% off)

Cloud storage can be pricey, especially if you’re trying to back up a ton of things all at once. But instead of spending a fixed amount every month for your backups, why not look into Zoolz offer for 2TB of lifetime backup for one heavily discounted price? This deal nets you a total of 2TB […]

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[TA Deals] Get 3TB of lifetime cloud backup with Degoo Premium!

We’re featuring Degoo Premium as our deal of the day on Talk Android Deals. Why are you saving everything on your computer or on your phone? Take advantage of what cloud storage does for you, but don’t pay a fortune to do so. Cloud storage is reliable and safe. And right now you can get […]

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Microsoft’s strong quarter was powered by the cloud, Surface and Xbox

It's honestly getting a bit tough to write about Microsoft's quarterly earnings without sounding like a broken record. For years, its booming cloud business has pushed revenues higher, and the same is true for the past fourth quarter. The company rep…
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[TA Deals] Name your price for the AWS Cloud Development bundle!

Amazon Web Services, or AWS as its commonly known on the internet, is hugely popular for tons of sites and services right now. If you’re thinking of building anything or getting into the industry, you’re going to need to be familiar with AWS, and we’re here to help. Right now through Talk Android Deals you […]

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[TA Deals] Get a discounted 2TB lifetime cloud storage subscription to Degoo premium

We’re featuring Degoo Premium as our deal of the day on Talk Android Deals. Why are you saving everything on your computer or on your phone? Take advantage of what cloud storage does for you, but don’t pay a fortune to do so. Cloud storage is reliable and safe. And right now you can get […]

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[TA Deals] Pick up 2TB of cloud storage for life for $60!

We’re featuring Degoo Premium as our deal of the day on Talk Android Deals. Why are you saving everything on your computer or on your phone? Take advantage of what cloud storage does for you, but don’t pay a fortune to do so. Cloud storage is reliable and safe. And right now you can get […]

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[TA Deals] Get a lifetime of cloud storage (1TB) from Zoolz for $30! (99% off)

Cloud storage doesn’t come cheap, and any low prices you see are likely to include a low amount of space. There’s a special offer on Talk Android Deals, however, that knocks the price of a popular service down to $ 36. It’s the Zoolz Dual Cloud Storage (1TB) package. Aside from getting 500GB of instant cloud […]

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Plex Cloud lets you dump your home media server

Thanks to streaming, physical formats like CDs and Blu-rays aren't as popular than they once were. Some people choose to sign up for a monthly subscription like Netflix or Spotify, while others take the DIY approach. For many years, Plex has helped p…
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PawsCam is basically a wearable GoPro for your pet that wirelessly uploads video to the cloud

Ever wondered what your dog or cat is up to during the day? PawsCam will help you get an answer — it’s basically a wearable action cam for your pet

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Bosch is building its own Internet of Things cloud network

Like it or not, it looks like the Internet of Things is going to be more than an annoying buzzword or passing fad. The latest proof is that Bosch is offering an end-to-end environment to get your house communicating with the various devices and appli…
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Lumia who? Microsoft’s latest earnings release puts cloud in the spotlight

Cloud services are bigger than ever, and Microsoft is taking advantage of that. Just don’t mention the Lumia line, where sales are so poor they’re affecting other marketable areas for Redmond.

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Get your head in the cloud: Kurzweil predicts humans will be artifically intelligent by 2030

According to Ray Kurzweil, humans will be artificially intelligent by 2030, making us half-homo sapien, half-computer. Kurzweil predicted, “Our thinking then will be a hybrid of biological and non-biological thinking. “

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Top 6 cloud storage apps for saving across devices [May 2015]

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There are many reasons as to why you should backup your smartphone and data to the Cloud. After all, you want to ensure your files are secure and have are in a safe place in case of an accident with your smartphone or tablet. But, it’s difficult to do that when you don’t have access to any cloud storage. I’ve put together a list of my favorite cloud storage apps that offer free storage solutions. Some of them even have fantastic pricing for either hundreds of gigabytes of storage or unlimited storage.

Be sure to check it out below!

Dropbox

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Dropbox is my all-time favorite cloud storage app. Not because I have any affiliation with Dropbox, mind you, but I’ve been using it since the day it launched, and have it across all my computers and devices. I haven’t had much need to look elsewhere, as they offer plenty of free storage for what I use. Not to mention the fact that you can get more free space through inviting friends and other minor tasks.

If the allotted space they give you isn’t enough, Dropbox will give your 1000GB of space to use for $ 10/month or an unlimited amount of storage for $ 15/mo.

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Google Drive

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Google Drive is another cloud storage staple, offering 15GB of free data across all of Google’s services, such as Gmail, Drive, and Google+ Photos. You can store just about any data you need in Google Drive, and out of all the apps listed, they do provide the most free storage. Drive is also seamlessly integrated with Docs, Sheets, and Slides, making it insanely easy to store and work on important documents.

If you use up the 15GB, Google has rather cheap storage options, similar to Dropbox’s pricing. For $ 2.99/mo you can get 100GB of storage or for $ 9.99/mo you can get 1000GB.
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OneDrive

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OneDrive is Microsoft’s solution to Cloud storage, and similar to Google Drive, Microsoft gives you a free 15GB of storage. You can get an additional 15GB of storage for free by simply turning on camera upload on either your smartphone or tablet. For the everyday user, 30GB is more than enough to store photos and video.

OneDrive offers cheap storage plans at 100GB for $ 1.99/mo, 200GB for $ 3.99/mo, and 1000GB for $ 6.99/mo. If you go for the 1000GB plan, Microsoft will throw in free access to Office 365, which gives you access to all of Microsoft’s Office applications, and let’s you work on them across all your devices.
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Amazon Cloud Drive

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Amazon Cloud Drive is, well, Amazon’s solution for Cloud storage. With Amazon Cloud Storage, you have the option to get a three month trial, where you can store unlimited photos for free, and up to 5GB in videos and files. After the trial ends, you’ll have to pay $ 11.99/year to continue using that service. If you’re just looking for somewhere to store your photos, you can store unlimited photos for free with an Amazon Prime subscription. You may not need to pay that $ 11.99/year at all.

Amazon Cloud Drive has another subscription option, where you have access to unlimited everything for $ 59.99 a year, which is a much cheaper solution than anything on this list.

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Box

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Box is another excellent Cloud storage service, offering 10GB of free storage space. While it does have more of a business focus than personal, the 10GB of free space is still excellent to have in your back pocket. One of the fascinating benefits of Box and its business-focus is that documents can be commented on in real-time, giving you instantaneous feedback. In addition to that, it has a lot of great features to effectively share files between coworkers.

If you need more storage space, the starter pack will get you 100GB for $ 4.99/mo. The business package, requiring a minimum of three users, will run you $ 15/mo, but gives you unlimited storage space.

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MediaFire

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MediaFire is another common Cloud service, offering 12GB of free storage space. One of the unique things about this service is that you can earn up to 50GB of free storage, which should be just enough for the everyday user. It’s certainly not enough for power users, but that’s not to worry, as MediaFire offers some excellent packages, which are all 50% off right now.

For a mere $ 2.49/mo you can get yourself 1000GB of space. If that’s not enough, for $ 24.99/mo, they’ll give you up to 100TB of space. And if that’s not enough, I’m not sure what will satisfy your craving for data. At normal prices, you can expect to pay $ 4.99/mo and $ 49.99/mo, respectively.

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Wrap Up

There are plenty more Cloud storage apps out there, but these six are my top favorites, as they have a wide variety of free storage options. If you need more, a lot of the storage subscriptions are the price of a McDonald’s cheeseburger. It isn’t bad at all. Either way, I’m sure I’ve missed some great ones. What are your favorites?

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Intex’s 5-Inch Cloud M5 II launches in India for Rs. 4,799

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The Indian smartphone market is fiercely contested, nowhere more so than the entry-level segment which sees a new entrant from Intex called the Cloud M5 II carrying a price tag of Rs. 4,799 ($ 75).  The Cloud M5 II is available exclusively from the Indian retailer, Flipkart.

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Let’s have a look at what the Cloud M5 II has to offer.

  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • 5-Inch TN display with 845 x 480 resolution (FWVGA)
  • Quad-Core Processor @ 1.2GHz (Spreadtrum)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB Internal storage
  • MicroSD card support (up to 32GB)
  • 5MP Rear camera with Dual-Flash
  • 1.3MP Front camera with flash
  • 3G Network
  • Dual-SIM support
  • Bluetooth/WiFi/HotSpot
  • FM Radio
  • 2,000mAh Battery
  • Dimensions: 71.2 x 144 x 9.1mm
  • In the box: Handset, Battery, Earphones, Data Cable, Charger, manual, screen protector.

For the price of just Rs. 4,799 ($ 75), the Cloud M5 II would appear to be a more than acceptable offering, with its main claim to fame being the front-facing flash, albeit coupled with a 1.3MP camera sensor that means you won’t be entering any photography competitions anytime soon. The Cloud M5 II is available from Flipkart in two colour schemes – white/orange and black/blue. What do you think of Intex’s latest budget smartphone?

 

Full Press Release:

New Delhi (India) – May 21, 2015: Intex Technologies, the leading Smartphone Company that believes in launching the best innovative products today announced the launch of Cloud M5 II exclusively on Flipkart, India’s largest ecommerce marketplace. The smartphone features a 12.7 cm (5-inch) FWVGA TN display which runs on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat on a 1.2 GHz Quad Core Processor and comes with superior sensor technology. The feature rich Dual-SIM smartphone is priced at INR 4,799.

 

Commenting on the launch, Sanjay Kumar Kalirona, Business Head, Mobiles, Intex Technologies said, “The Cloud M5 II is yet another innovation of ours, towards improvising our offerings such that the aspirations of our consumers are reached. We believe in providing our customers with products that fit perfectly in the bracket of their needs and their pocket. This new product will be a package of the right design, colors and features at the right price.”

 

Commenting on this, Amitesh Jha, VP – Retail, Flipkart said, “Intex Technologies is one of the leading players in the Indian mobile market.  Known for its new age technology and superior quality products, we are happy to announce the exclusive launch of its latest offering – Cloud M5 II. We are confident that this smartphone will be a hit amongst our customers.”

Focusing on the design, the device comes with a stunning 5MP rear camera with flash and a 1.3MP front camera also with flash that supports clicking selfies, taking panorama shots and continuous shots by using the volume button.

 

Cloud M5 II also comes with an inbuilt memory of 8 GB, expandable up to 32GB. Additionally, the device has a light sensor that adjusts the screen brightness by detecting the light intensity of the environment. The product has a bunch of pre-loaded apps like Service, Clean Master, Ask Me, OLX etc.

 

This stunning device will be available in the colour variants of  – White+Orange and Black+Blue.

 

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