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Amazon debuts macOS instances on its cloud for Apple developers

If you’re an Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 user, here is a potentially handy update for you. The company has announced the general availability of Elastic Compute Cloud Mac instances for macOS, allowing app developers in Apple's ecosystem a way to run on-demand macOS workloads in the cloud. Previously, Amazon offered this service only for...

Microsoft Announces Important Features At Build 2017

One of the most anticipated events of the year is over: at Build, Microsoft presented its newest ideas and features, all of which should soon hit personal computers, tablets and phones, with the bulk of new functionality included in the fall Fall Creators Update. Microsoft held the Build 2017 conference in Seattle, and during the conference...

Nextbit Robin XDA Review: The Cloud Phone That’s Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

Amidst the vast sea of high-end flagship smartphones, it's difficult to imagine how a newcomer could compete. That's why Nextbit opted to avoid the water and instead go by air with their cloud-based Robin, aimed at the upper mid-range market. Priced at $399, the Nextbit Robin competes with the likes of Google's Nexus 5X, the Motorola Moto X...

On Cloud Phones: A Nice Concept, but Rather Unnecessary Right Now

The cloud might be turning into an integral part of many users’ lives, but smartphones are not quite ready to fully rely on internet-dependent solutions for key storage and computing applications just yet. This initial statement sounds blunt, but at the moment, the applications for integrated cloud storage and computing solutions are very limited. While it is...

Fastboot Mobile Announces The Future of Push Services

XDA's official development partner, Fastboot Mobile, has announced a new open source push service as an alternative to Google Cloud Messaging (GCM). Their service offers improved control, security and substantially increased reach as a result of GCM being only compatible with devices featuring Google Mobile Services, leaving a billion users left out. The new service, dubbed...

Of Drives and Clouds: Surrendering Control in a Low-Storage Era

Almost a decade ago I went from using an off-brand MP3-player with about a gigabyte of storage to my first iPod. It was an iPod Classic; a solid chunk of technology that packed 80 gigabytes of just about any data you felt like loading onto it. I, like just about everyone else, proceeded to pack...