Last year Google announced the launch of Google Cloud Print. In essence, Cloud Print allows you to print to a local printer from applications running on a mobile device like a phone or tablet without the need for specialized print drivers. A year has passed, development has continued and after much a do Google has rolled out Cloud Print for Gmail and Google Docs for iOS and Android based devices. If you haven’t already given Cloud Print a try, you’ll have to download Google Chrome to make it all work.
// via Google Mobile Blog
If you suddenly feel like your company is behind the times with Office 2010, don’t worry, Office 2011 is only for Mac. In a bid to expose more Mac users to Office 2011, Microsoft is now offering up a free 30-day trial for you to kick the tires. Check it out here.
// via MacWorld
I can’t begin to explain the ramifications of this story or how huge of an announcement this is for the future of cloud computing, but this news has the Internet abuzz. Chances are you’re familiar with Verizon. Well do you know Terremark? Probably not. Where is your email hosted? In the cloud you say. Terremark is the cloud. The company has a massive investment in data centers across the globe, where the servers and infrastructure that constitute the ‘cloud’ are hosted. So simply put, Verizon just bought the cloud (or at least a part of it). With cloud computing set to take off way into the foreseeable future, we here at Invizio expect more acquisitions of this sort going forward.
Sidebar: Shout outs to a friend of Invizio, Jaret Davis of Greenberg Traurig on representing Terremark in the deal.
// via New York Times
Happy New Year to all our faithful clients, friends and partners. We’re starting a new series here on the Invizio blog called ‘Technology Round Up’ to recap last week’s happenings in technology that made us pause and take note. Think of this your opportunity to peer into our minds as we share our thoughts on some of the latest industry developments. Without further ado, welcome to our first installment of Tech Round Up.
As an avid Google Voice user and someone who still hasn’t quite figured out how to stop all my clients from calling my cellphone, this is a big deal. For $20 Google will allow users to port their existing cellphone number to their service and have it live on in the cloud. The only caveat is you’ll need to keep some form of phone service to make it work.
// via Mashable
This one was forwarded to me by a friend and simply underscores the case for backing up your data. You may not be working on anything as earth shattering as the cure for cancer, but having a frequent data backup whether onsite or offsite could certainly change your life (and that of others).
// via News 9 (Oklahoma)
In an obvious move to extend the relevance of Microsoft Office into the Mac market, Microsoft released Microsoft Office OneNote for iPhone this past week. It’s not as fully featured as the desktop or web app versions, but for a limited time they’re offering it up for free giving users the ability to create and organize notes. As competition heats up in the office suite space, I expect that Microsoft may introduce other Office apps for iPhone or at least provide mobile ready web apps when it launches Office 365 later this year. Check out the Microsoft OneNote iPhone app here.
// via PC World Business Center
If you’re wireless provider is Sprint you may want to make a mental note that Sprint will be raising the price of their 3G data plan by $10. Right now this only applies if you upgrade or activate another smartphone but eventually the price you pay for data is going up. See more details here.
AT&T is also making some changes that may affect your monthly bill. Among other things, they’re changing the text messaging plans they’re offering and raising the fee activating a line on a family plan from $10 to $36. Get all of the changes here.