HTML5 trumps Flash in Google Chrome

December 24th, 2016

2016december23_webandcloud_aGoogle Chrome is following through with a game plan it announced in February of last year. In an effort to punish slow-loading or lagging sites that use Flash, a web component known to take up resources and memory, Google’s browser will make a newer, faster player the default.

AWS lowers storage prices, adds new options

December 8th, 2016

2016december7_webandcloud_aAmazon Web Services (AWS) has announced changes in its cloud and cold storage options. These modifications make it more affordable for consumers to transfer large amounts of data to the cloud, particularly if they’re putting them into Amazon’s Glacier storage.

AI augments e-commerce businesses

November 23rd, 2016

2016november22_webandcloud_aArtificial intelligence (AI) is a buzzword that inspires business owners yet also instills in them a sense of dread. More accurately described as “machine learning,” this exciting innovation is swiftly becoming an integral part of doing business.

Opera 41 for high browsing speed

November 5th, 2016

2016november4_webandcloud_aThe internet’s impact on people’s lives keeps growing by the day. People use the web for different reasons and access it any time, and the availability of smart gadgets makes it possible for the people to enjoy the internet from any location. However, the resourcefulness of the internet can be hindered by having a slow web browser.

How Apple plans to improve cloud services

October 21st, 2016

2016october20_webandcloud_aApple is planning to improve its cloud services by bringing together its various teams who work on projects like iCloud, Siri, Apple Maps, Apple Pay, Apple Music and Apple News into one campus. The involved personnel are expected to relocate to the current company’s Infinite Loop campus in Cupertino, California, rather than to the second location that is under construction.

Customizing search results for your brand

October 5th, 2016

2016october4_webandcloud_aFor businesses of any size, getting on the first page of Google search results is important to drive traffic to the website. Although most search engine optimizers will focus more on getting organic results, the limitation of this approach is that it only reaches users looking for a particular service and not your specific brand.

The best Chrome function you aren’t using

September 17th, 2016

2016september16__browsers_aBack in 2013, Google released a tiny HDMI device to widespread praise. No bigger than a run-of-the-mill flash drive, Chromecast allowed you to broadcast certain applications from your desktop or smartphone screen to your TV. Considering how easy it was to set up, and the $35 price tag, we didn’t think it could get any better than that.

Fans of Dropbox can collaborate with Paper

August 31st, 2016

2016August30_Web&Cloud_AThe only documents not worth the paper they’re printed on are the ones that never receive a second pair of eyes. At least, that’s how we’re interpreting the release Dropbox’s newest document collaboration service. Long a bastion of cloud storage, the company is broadening its offerings with a new online workspace called ‘Paper.

5 tips to build a better chatbot

August 12th, 2016

2016August11_Web_AIn today’s tech-centric world, the demand for new apps is overwhelming the supply. Whether due to simple curiosity or just plain excitement, people are usually drawn to chatbots. In time, however, novelty wears thin and people lose interest. This may be partially due to the fact that bots aren’t as engaging as we initially imagined them to be.

8 hidden upgraded Firefox functions

July 28th, 2016

2016July27_Browsers_ABouncing back from a short hiatus, Firefox returned with a bang by snatching the PCMag Editors’ Choice award for best browser. With a plethora of upgrades coupled with its nifty new layout, Firefox was poised for victory. While all browsers share some functional similarities — security and accessibility, for example — certain characteristics and functions make each one unique.