Survey: COVID-19 continues to impact digital transformation plans (TechRepublic)

TechRepublic: Survey: COVID-19 continues to impact digital transformation plans. “For many years paper—albeit, eliminating paper—was a top digital transformation priority. However, in the wake of the past year’s global COVID-19 pandemic, enterprises began to reallocate budget dollars and resources away from digitizing paper and toward communication and collaboration tools needed for employees working remotely. One year later, COVID-19 is still here, and it’s continuing to impact businesses’ digital transformation initiatives.”

MakeUseOf: The 6 Best Workspaces That Are Not From Google or Microsoft

MakeUseOf: The 6 Best Workspaces That Are Not From Google or Microsoft. “With the spread of corporate culture, the popularity of workspace suites is on the rise. Regardless of your company size, investing in a productivity suite is a great way to streamline workflows. However, you may only have heard of the workspaces provided by big enterprises like Microsoft or Google. If that’s the case, check out this list of efficient workspaces that are not from Google or Microsoft.”

Engadget: 15 years of Google Docs, and where the next 15 might take us

Engadget: 15 years of Google Docs, and where the next 15 might take us. “15 years ago, if you were writing a document, chances are you were doing it in Microsoft Word. Part of the company’s wildly successful Office suite, Word was the de-facto option for drafting text, whether you were an author, an office worker, a student, a teacher… you get the point. But on October 11th, 2006, Google officially launched Google Docs and Spreadsheets in beta.”

CNET: Amazon, Google and Microsoft team up on cloud computing principles

CNET: Amazon, Google and Microsoft team up on cloud computing principles. “Amazon, Google and Microsoft on Friday unveiled a new industry initiative that aims to establish basic commitments and protections for companies that store and process data in the cloud. The tech giants, along with several other enterprise companies, have agreed to a series of principles related to customer data and government regulations.”

Exclusive: Amazon is helping Formula 1 preserve its history with colossal video archive (TechRadar)

TechRadar: Exclusive: Amazon is helping Formula 1 preserve its history with colossal video archive. “Amazon Web Services and Formula 1 are working together to migrate decades of race footage to a centralized database in the cloud, the pair have revealed. The archive migration project is an extension of an existing partnership between the two organizations, the main objective of which is to create superior experiences for fans on race days by utilizing the latest cloud analytics technologies.”

Lifehacker: How to Organize All Your iCloud Photos

Lifehacker: How to Organize All Your iCloud Photos. “One of the great things about iCloud is that you can store lots of pictures. One of the bad things about iCloud is that you can store lots of pictures. Here are some tips to help you back up and organize all your thousands of photos without doing too much sifting through memories of Halloween 2017.”

Ars Technica: Stingle is a privacy-focused open source photo backup application

Ars Technica: Stingle is a privacy-focused open source photo backup application. “With Google Photos killing off its Unlimited photo backup policy last November, the market for photo backup and sync applications opened up considerably. We reviewed one strong contender—Amazon Photos—in January, and freelancer Alex Kretzschmar walked us through several self-hosted alternatives in June. Today, we’re looking at a new contender—Stingle Photos—which splits the difference, offering a FOSS mobile application that syncs to a managed cloud.” If you’re interested in the nuances and potential problems with a service like this, Ars Technica is one of the few sites online that generally has an interesting and useful comments section.

ZDNet: Google’s new tool helps you find abandoned cloud projects and delete them

ZDNet: Google’s new tool helps you find abandoned cloud projects and delete them. “Google’s Unattended Project Reminder feature has moved to a public preview and aims to improve cloud utilization, and address security issues caused by forgotten old cloud-computing projects that shouldn’t be around anymore. Unattended Project Reminder, a part of Google Cloud’s Active Assist, could be useful in reducing security risks by finding those old initiatives, such as a prototyping project, that no longer require network access, cloud resources, or supported APIs.”

BetaNews: Microsoft pauses Windows 365 trials after running out of capacity

BetaNews: Microsoft pauses Windows 365 trials after running out of capacity. “Microsoft introduced its subscription-based Windows 365 last month, and earlier in the week announced general availability for the service that makes it possible to run full versions of Windows 10 and Windows 11 in the cloud. If your business was planning on joining the Cloud PC revolution but hasn’t already done so, you might have a bit of a wait on your hands before you can take the service for a spin — struggling to keep up with demand, Microsoft has paused its free trials.”

Online backup: We test the best services—Carbonite, iDrive, Backblaze, Livedrive (PC World)

PC World: Online backup: We test the best services—Carbonite, iDrive, Backblaze, Livedrive. “The good news for consumers is that all of the major online backup services we reviewed this year are exceptional products. But while all of the contenders received the same high verdict, each product has its own unique selling point, as you’ll see below. It’s a win-win for consumers, who not only can’t go wrong with any of these excellant products, but can also be exceptionally choosey. Our primary concern here is backup, but we will note other roles that a service can fulfill, such as sharing, multi-device support, or emergency-restore options.”

ZDNet: Google’s new cloud computing tool helps you pick the greenest data centers

ZDNet: Google’s new cloud computing tool helps you pick the greenest data centers. “In another bid to make cloud computing eco-friendlier, Google has created a new tool to push customers who are picking their next cloud region towards choosing infrastructure that is more sustainable. When users browse through their options to manage cloud resources, Google will flag regions that have the lowest carbon impact highlighted with a leaf symbol and a ‘Lowest CO2’ label.”

Ars Technica: Google Photos is so 2020—welcome to the world of self-hosted photo management

Ars Technica: Google Photos is so 2020—welcome to the world of self-hosted photo management. “We take more photos now than ever before. Growth in this segment is explosive, with over 1.4 trillion photos taken last year, according to InfoTrends. That’s up from 1 trillion in 2017. Video is much the same, with YouTube saying in recent years that about 500 hours of video are uploaded to the platform every minute. Finding a solution to organizing and safely storing these precious memories is more important than ever, and it’s becoming an increasingly large problem to solve.”

New York Times: The Internet Eats Up Less Energy Than You Might Think

New York Times: The Internet Eats Up Less Energy Than You Might Think. “From 2010 to 2018, the data workloads hosted by the cloud data centers increased 2,600 percent and energy consumption increased 500 percent. But energy consumption for all data centers rose less than 10 percent. What happened, the authors explain, was mainly a huge shift of workloads to the bigger, more efficient cloud data centers — and away from traditional computer centers, largely owned and run by non-tech companies.”

Information Age: How Confidential Computing is dispelling the climate of distrust around cloud security

Information Age: How Confidential Computing is dispelling the climate of distrust around cloud security. “In a standard cloud configuration, data is encrypted when it’s ‘at rest’ or ‘in transit’ but the moment that data is processed it is decrypted, leaving it potentially vulnerable. The evaluation of business-critical data migrating to the cloud has increased since the start of the pandemic, heightening concerns about this weakness. Confidential Computing solves this problem in hybrid cloud environments by directing data in use into a hardware-based Trusted Execution Environment (TEE), an area separated from other workloads. Data remains encrypted right up until the application notifies the TEE to decrypt it for processing.”