• AWS Import/Export Snowball Can Now Be Used for Data Export
    [March 9, 2016] Last year, Amazon announced AWS Import/Export Snowball, a petabyte-scale data transport solution enabling the transfer of large amounts of data into and out of the AWS cloud. At the time, the ability to move data to AWS using the model was available. Now, it can be used for data export operations. “If you have collected, […]
  • Facebook – Host Parse on AWS
    [February 11, 2016] Facebook recently announced that it is shutting down Parse. The cloud-based platform for cross-platform apps was acquired by the company back in 2013. It helped developers create social apps integrated with Facebook across iOS, Android, HTML5, etc. Last month, the company announced the beginning of the wind-down process, and it’s expected to be fully retired […]
  • Amazon Announces AWS IoT is Now Generally Available
    [January 4, 2016] Amazon announced that the AWS IoT, which launched in beta a few months ago, is now generally available. This is the company’s managed cloud platform that lets connected devices interact with cloud applications and other devices. In a post on the AWS blog, Amazon’s Jeff Barr writes: We built AWS IoT because connected devices are […]
  • According To Amazon’s Q3 Earnings Report, Their Sales Have Increased By 23%
    [October 29, 2015] Amazon released its Q3 earnings report, including a 23% increase in sales year-over-year at $25.4 billion. Net income was $79 million ($0.17 per diluted share) , compared with net loss of $437 million, or $0.95 per diluted share, in third quarter 2014.
  • Elemental Technologies Recently Bought By Amazon Web Service
    [September 10, 2015] Amazon (Amazon Web Services specifically) announced on Thursday that it has agreed to acquire Elemental Technologies, Portland-based company that makes software-based solutions for video content delivery.
  • Image Optimization Matters – Don’t Forget About It!
    [September 9, 2015] In all the optimization people do, they often forget about the value of optimizing images. I’m not talking about optimizing images on a page to help the page rank better in search results but rather optimizing images so the images themselves can rank and drive more clicks to your site through visual appeal.
  • Amazon Releases New API Gateway, Device Farm
    [July 23, 2015] Amazon just announced Amazon API Gateway, which is aimed at making it easier to build and run “reliable, secure” APIs at any scale. It’s a fully managed service that lets AWS customers create, publish, maintain, monitor, and secure APIs.
  • New EC2 Instances Launched For AWS
    [June 18, 2015] Amazon announced the launch of new M4 instances for Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). These are the next generation of general purpose instances, and make use of custom 2.4 GHz Intel Xeon E5-2676 v3 Haswell processors, and offer dedicated bandwidth to Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS).
  • Amazon Reports Big Year-to-Year Revenue Increase in Q1
    [May 1, 2015] Amazon just reported its financial results for the first quarter, including a 15% year-over-year increase in net sales at $22.72 billion. With this report, Amazon has begun giving more financial details about its Amazon Web Services (AWS) business. And the financials on that are looking pretty good.
  • AWS Will Enable CloudFront Signed Cookies
    [March 19, 2015] Amazon Web Services announced that Amazon CloudFront now gives users CloudFront signed HTTP cookies to secure private content. Whereas before, you’d control who could access CloudFront content using a custom signature for each objectURL, you can now include the signature in an HTTP cookie. According to the company, this enables you to restrict access to […]
  • Square Register To Eventually Support Apple Pay
    [December 4, 2014] Square indicated in September that Square Register would eventually support Apple Pay, which officially launched last month.
  • How Do You Add/Install a WordPress Plugin?
    [October 30, 2014] My WordPress expert friend told me that I should install a new plug-in on my own WP blog called “TinyMCE Advanced”. I’m game, but exactly how do I install a WordPress plug-in?
  • Enterprise Storage Service Zocalo Comes To Amazon
    [September 25, 2014] Last month, Amazon introduced a new enterprise storage service called Amazon Zocalo. Until now, it has been in limited preview, but the company just announced its general availability.
  • Zend’s PHP App Platform Comes To Amazon Web Services (AWS)
    [August 21, 2014] PHP company Zend announced that it’s delivering its PHP application platform as an Amazon Web Services (AWS) advanced cloud service through the AWS Marketplace. This, the company says, will empower app developers to develop better apps fastel, deploy them continuously, and scale them indefinitely.
  • Subscription Payment Service Coming To Amazon
    [July 17, 2014] Amazon is reportedly launching a new service to let users pay for third-party subscriptions (like phone bills, digital music subscriptions, etc.) as early as today.
  • AnyGeo – GIS, Maps, Mobile and Social Location Technology
    [June 13, 2014] No huge surprise here I guess as research has shown that men and women differ in their use of mobile social media. For example, 38% of women play games on their smartphones and they outnumber men by 10%, 13% of men use social media for dating in comparison to only 7% of women, and 71% […]
  • Subscription Payment Service Reportedly Coming To Amazon
    [June 12, 2014] Amazon is reportedly launching a new service to let users pay for third-party subscriptions (like phone bills, digital music subscriptions, etc.) as early as today. According to Reuters, the service would let members use credit card details stored on Amazon to pay for services, with Amazon charging a fee per transaction. It has reportedly been […]
  • Bulk Shopping Service ‘Basic’s Coming to Groupon
    [May 15, 2014] Groupon just launched an online bulk-shopping service called Groupon Basics. The company says this brings “warehouse scale to online shopping.” “From vitamins to shaving supplies, Groupon shoppers can purchase their favorite products in large quantities and have them delivered right to their doorstep without a membership or monthly fee,” a spokesperson for the company tells […]
  • New Payment Service Rumored To Be Coming From Facebook
    [April 17, 2014] Facebook has dabbled in online payments for years, but news out of Europe indicates that the company is working on becoming an “e-money” institution in Ireland, and has been in discussion with various companies in London about money transfer services. A report out today from the Financial Times (registration required) says Facebook is “readying itself […]
  • ‘Square Capital’ Cash Advance Program Being Tested
    [March 6, 2014] Last week, a report from The Information said Square was testing a product to give merchants “thousands of dollars” in capital to help them grow, and that it was considering another round of funding that would delay an IPO.
  • Faster Data Nodes For Amazon Redshift
    [February 6, 2014] Early last year, Amazon Web Services made Redshift available to the world. The service promised a “fast and powerful, fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse in the cloud.” AWS fulfilled that promise, and it’s now making it even better.
  • [CES] Square And Griffin Technology Team Up For iPhone Case
    [January 9, 2014] Square and Griffin Technology are showing off a new iPhone case optimized for businesses using Square Reader at CES this week. It’s called the Merchant Case.
  • Square Expands In NYC With The Acquisition Of The Viewfinder Team
    [December 9, 2013] Square announced that it has acquired Viewfinder for its engineering talent. Viewfinder built a photo organization app, but they won’t be working on that any longer.
  • Save your Flights on Google Flight Search & Find Them on All Devices!
    [November 22, 2013] Google Flight Search feature is considered useful by several frequent flyers. The latest Google Inside Search blog explains benefits of the feature.
  • Duolingo Now Powering CNN & Buzzfeed’s Translations
    [October 17, 2013] Duolingo is two things, really. It’s a language-learning app, for one. But it’s also a giant crowdsourced translation hub, as the very students (users) who learn new languages with the app are the ones helping to translate site and documents all over the web.