If you don’t want to see any ads on YouTube, then you need to pony up for a subscription. The commercial free service is called YouTube Red and will cost $9.99 per month. It will be available Oct. 28 in the United States and will be available globally in 2016. Just think about the countless minutes and hours wasted watching ads before the videos can load and play. Is this worth the subscription? I think if there’s additional content available with this service, then it would be worth the price. The commercial free service on its own isn’t worth the trouble for me.
Digital Ocean is taking one giant step into making applications highly available. Introducing the floating IPs, an address that can be instantly moved from one droplet into another in the same data center. It can be pointed to a redundant server. The approach is very similar to Amazon Web Services‘ Elastic IP, where an IP address can be assigned to any EC2 server. Since there’s a shortage of IP4 addresses, Digital Ocean just like AWS, charges for any unused IP address at $0.006 per hour.
Read more on how it works.
Microsoft is willing to pay up to $300 for an old MacBook. It’s a program called “Easy Trade Up” to give incentive to Mac users to switch to Windows 10. The program is available in the US, UK, Canada, India, Brazil, France, Taiwan and Germany. I’m not sure how effective it will be since Mac users are quite a loyal bunch. Read more.
Boeing Corporation created the lightest metal ever, a micro lattice material that looks like a mesh or sponge. The metal is 99.99 percent air. Boeing describes the new microlattice as an “open cellular polymer structure.” It will be used mainly for sidewalls and floor panel for commercial jets. There’s no current timeframe when it will be ready for commercial use. From CNN Money.
Linksys upgraded one of their top routers, the WRT1900. The latest version is called WRT1900ACS. This is the second installment with faster processors and faster results. The 2.4GHz band has a theoretical throughput of 600 Mbps, while the 5.0GHz band has a theoretical throughput of 1300 Mbps. Here’s one good review from PCWorld.
Apple just got a giant boost for the use it’s mobile payment system called Apple Pay. Starbucks, Chili’s and KFC will start accepting Apple Pay in the next few months. Starbucks has 7500 stores, Chili’s has 1263 restaurants, and KFC has 4491 outlets in the United States alone.
Dell has acquired EMC Corporation for the amount of a whopping $67 billion dollars. As a result, Dell has now doubled the size of its data centers due to the EMC acquisition. Was EMC worth it all that money? It does have a take of a bad marriage, mainly because Dell paid too much money. Second, as a cloud service provider, EMC is competing with Amazon Web Services, Windows Azure, Google Cloud Computing and many others. The competition is stiff. Will EMC bring value to Dell? Time will tell.