Amazon plans to launch WorkMail, an enterprise email and calendar service, in the second quarter of this year. WorkMail will compete with the likes of Microsoft’s Office 365 and Google Gmail and Google Apps. WorkMail is built on Amazon’s cloud computing unit called Amazon Web Services or AWS. The email service is going be to encrypted and companies specify which regions to store their messages. WorkMail will cost around $4 per inbox per month. It comes with 50GB of disk space. Read more.
Twitter announced it will soon activate a new feature where you can record videos up to 30 seconds from your mobile devices. Viewers will be able to scroll through the video thumbnails, and tap on a video thumbnail to play. In addition, Twitter will also turn on another feature that allows you to send a group message up to 20 friends. Read the article from Digital Trends.
Forget the cloud. What if you can have 1TB secure storage on your wrist. Fasetto based in Superior, Wisconsin has a product called the Link. It’s a wearable wristband with 1TB of solid state drive. It can be made accessible to 20 devices. It can stream up to 7 devices at a time. It’s not connected to the cloud at all. It creates a localized cloud of its own. Access times are anywhere 470 to 530 mbps. Battery life is 12 hours. The 1TB model is currently priced at $799. Smaller models also exists all the way down to the modest 128GB model priced at $199.
Microsoft announced today that Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows 7 and 8 users. I guess it means free updates as well. It doesn’t make sense to charge customers for bug fixes. So, why is Microsoft giving away a huge part of their revenue? Maybe, it has learned from the Windows Vista experience. Remember when Vista users had to buy Windows 7 to upgrade to a much more stable environment. Many people don’t seem to like Windows 8. That’s why Microsoft came out with Windows 10 right away, to make a right of the wrong. Charging for Windows 10, would have made people think twice before opening up their pockets.
Samsung is now offering 1TB SSD drives. It can support data transfer rate up to 450 Mbps. The 1TB SSD drive will cost $599. The 250 GB will cost $179.99 while the 500GB drive is $299.99. Read more.
Ubuntu released an Alpha 2 release of Ubuntu 15.03 codename Vivid Vervet. It’s still in development and is due to come out in May. Read the rest of the article.
Snappy Ubuntu Core has a minimal server image with the same libraries as regular Ubuntu, but it offers a simpler mechanism for obtaining applications. It’s faster, more reliable and more secure, according to Canonical. Snappy Ubuntu Core will ensure Snappy Apps “cannot harm the operating system and other Snappy Apps,” said Canonical’s Maarten Ectors. Rest the rest of the article.
If you’re interested in Fedora 21, please read the review. Is this the best release since Fedora 14?
Windows 10 will come with a new browser called Spartan. It’s supposed to interact with a stylus. It’s “tuned for mobile phones” and “built for the modern web.” Spartan has features that’s focused on productivity, as well as a voice interface. Unless you’re a Windws 10 beta tester, you might not see it for a while.
What’s all the fuzz about a leap second? Astronomers will add one second at the end of June 30, 2015. When the clock reaches 23:59:59, it will then go to 23:59:60 and then turn to 00:00:00. By the way, the leap second will not break the Internet as some have said it would. LA Times has a nice article of the upcoming leap year.
Linus Torvalds, creator of Linux doesn’t seem to be worried about it. He said patches were already added the last time it happened in 2012. Torvalds continues by saying the creators of Posix made a mistake years ago when they designated a day to have 86,400 seconds. Then, there’s that 2038 problem.