A series of small news items added up to a pretty big day for
) on Thursday. Here's a rundown of all-things-Apple that you
might have missed.
iCloud Most Popular Cloud Service
reports that iCloud is the cloud service of choice for 27 percent
of all users. A not so distant second is Dropbox and third,
) Cloud Drive. Google (NASDAQ:
) Drive was fourth with 10 percent of users.
Ed Barton, director of Digital Media at Strategy Analytics,
said, "Music is currently the key battleground in the war for
cloud domination. Google is tempting users by giving away free
storage for 20,000 songs which can be streamed to any Android
device, a feature both Amazon and Apple charge annual
Although Apple has 250 million active iCloud users, the free
service is offered to everybody setting up a new iOS device. It
may have to rethink its subscription based music service iTunes
Match if Google is giving it away for free.
The Pentagon Will Still Use BlackBerry Devices
, the Department of Defense will still use BlackBerry (NASDAQ:
) devices as part of its mobile strategy. A department
spokesperson said, "The department is aware of recent reporting
that asserts it is 'dropping' BlackBerry. This reporting is in
error. The department recently released its mobility strategy and
supporting implementation plan, which clarifies we are moving
towards a mobile management capability that supports a variety of
devices, to include BlackBerry."
It also noted that the DoD plans to purchase 210,000 iPhones,
120,000 iPads, 100,000 iPad minis and 200,000 iPod touches once
the sequester is resolved.
Apple Data Centers 100 Percent Green
update to its environmental report
, Apple reported that its data centers run off of renewable
energy-as in 100 percent renewable energy. The company's next
goal is to achieve that 100 percent number for all facilities
worldwide. It is currently at 75 percent-a 114 percent increase
from the 2010 figure of 35 percent.
Apple Develops System to Protect Devices That Are Dropped
What is quite possibly the oddest news of Thursday,
reports that the company filed a patent for a system that would
detect when a device is in free fall and change its orientation.
This would allow the device to land in a way that would protect
the most sensitive parts-like the glass screen.
In what seems to be something very complicated, it involves
sensors, gyroscopes, GPS, movable weights and a whole lot of
other technology to make it work. Just because it's a patent
doesn't meant that it will appear in any device but the idea is
For the iClumsies of the world, this would be a welcome
addition to future iDevices.
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