Amazon EC2 Reserved Instances

You can now purchase reserved instances for applications that run on a part-time basis. From Amazon:

You can now purchase Amazon EC2 Scheduled Reserved Instances for applications that run on a part-time basis. Reserved Instances provide a capacity reservation so that you can have confidence in your ability to launch the number of instances you have reserved when you need them.

Starting today, the new Scheduled Reserved Instances option allows you to reserve capacity on recurring daily, weekly, and monthly schedules. For example, you can purchase a daily reservation such as midnight to 6am every day, a weekly reservation such as 8am-5pm every weekday, or a monthly reservation such as the first five days of each month.

Details.

Robot Wars Coming Back to TV

Remember Robot Wars a decade ago? Well, BBC is bringing back the popular series. From BBC:

The iconic entertainment show will return as a 6×60’ series and will feature a new structure with more robots, more battles and more science than ever before.

The new series includes a raft of technological advances since the show first aired over a decade ago, and viewers can expect to see more innovative fighting machines as teams of amateur roboteers battle it out to win the coveted Robot Wars title.

Amazon Cloud Drive Pricing

Just checking lately on Amazon’s Cloud Drive pricing and options.

Amazon Cloud Drive has two options: Unlimited Photos and Unlimited Everything.

Unlimited Photos

You can save your cherished photos of family and friend using Unlimited Photos. You can upload your pics from your mobile, PC, tablet or Fire device, and share your photos on any device. Amazon also will give you 5GB of free storage for non-photo files. If you’re a first time user, Amazon will give you a free trial for 3 months. It’s $11.99 per year after the 3 month trial.

Unlimited Everything

If you need to store non-photo files that’s larger than 5GB, then it makes sense to sign up for Unlimited Everything. You can store unlimited number of photos, videos, or any type of file to the cloud. You can upload your files from any device and access them from any device, just like the Unlimited Photos service. Amazon will also give you a free 3 month trial. It’s $59.99 per year after the trial period.

Apple Music Has 10 Million Subscribers

A recent report said that Apple Music now has 10 million subscribers. Spotify has 20 million users, so Apple Music is halfway still behind. It’s an incredible climb considering the 10 million users happened in just six months. It took Spotify many years to reach the 10 million users mark. Spotify clearly opened up the flood gates for the music subscription service. Spotify paved the way. Apple is riding on Spotify’s coattails. The question is, will Apple Music eventually supplant Spotify in the future?

Windows 10 and Your Privacy

Here’s an article from Ed Bott stirring up the controversy:

Here we go again, with another ginned-up controversy over Windows 10 and privacy. I know, I know, you’re probably as sick of this as I am, and much of the “controversy” is being spread by dedicated Microsoft haters and clueless writers who make a living with breathless clickbait. They’re actually not interested in facts, because the controversy sells so well.

Read the article.

Google Cloud Cheaper Than AWS

Google said its cloud services is still cheaper than Amazon Web Services despite cuts made last week. Google added that the AWS price cuts were for on-demand and dedicated hosts, but customers are still locked in on their reserved instances that they’ve signed up for. Read the rest of the article.

Firefox OS

Firefox OS didn’t really catch on in the mobile market, but Mozilla is continuing to look at other areas where it may use their operating system. There are rumors swirling around that Mozilla might come up with a 10 inch tablet, a keyboard computer with a Raspberry Pi, a Firefox firewall, and a Firefox stick to the Google’s Chromecast. Read the article.