• Technology giant Apple has cranked up the pressure on rival Google by unveiling a new advertising platform for the iPhone and iPad.

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    Apple boss Steve Jobs unveils the new operating system at a special event

    The push into advertising forms part of the 4.0 operating system, which will be available on Apple’s hugely popular smartphone from the summer.

    Users of the iPad will have to wait until the autumn for the new software, whose upgrades include a multi-tasking capability that allows the use of several applications at once.

    Apple’s new advertising platform – dubbed iAd – marks its first foray into a small but growing market.

    It is expected to please the thousands of application developers who make their living from the iPhone and iPad, providing them with a new revenue stream.

    Bill Goodwin, news editor at Computer Weekly, told Sky News that iAd could pose a long-term threat to Google.

    Full article Business Sky News Ed Merrison, Sky News Online

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  • Gladinet Launches Cloud Desktop 2.0 to Enhance Security, Usability and Performance.

    In the rough-and-tumble world of cloud storage, Gladinet http://www.gladinet.com is on a mission to turn the Internet into a virtual PC by integrating cloud services directly onto users’ desktops. With today’s release of Gladinet Cloud Desktop 2.0, the company moved one step closer to its goal.

    Cloud Desktop is the world’s first ubiquitous cloud storage client, using Windows Explorer to access the cloud directly
    from a PC desktop and move or store files to multiple cloud storage services at once with a user-friendly drag-and-drop interface. So it seems only fitting that Cloud Desktop 2.0 strengthens its industry-leading position by addressing the security concerns users cite as the deal-breaker when considering migrating to cloud storage.

    “One of the major concerns of cloud storage users is security,” explained Gladinet SVP Business Development
    Franklyn Peart. “How can users be sure hackers, service provider employees or anyone else can’t look at their files
    when they’re online? Until now, that was a nagging question with no good answer.”

    With the introduction of AES 128-bit encryption for files stored in the cloud, Gladinet Cloud Desktop 2.0 is tackling
    that concern head-on: The system simply encrypts users files on the storage client before saving them on the
    servers in their encrypted form.

    Gladinet didn’t stop at enhancing security with its first major version update, however. Cloud Desktop 2.0 includes a
    variety of new features designed to provide better usability, performance, stability and scalability. The new
    Gladinet Management Console completely reworks and consolidates all the management interfaces for the Cloud
    Desktop virtual directory manager, task manager, settings manager, backup manager and audit tracing, and the new Cache Manager offers smart caching and granular cache controls.

    Cloud Desktop 2.0 is considerably more robust than the system’s earlier iterations, transferring terabytes of data
    with dozens of upload and download threads, maintaining transfer rates of up to four megabytes per second. To do so,
    the system uses mirrored folders to pre-cache files and utilizes Smart Bandwidth Control to allocate more bandwidth
    to the browser when it is in use; once the browser is idle, Cloud Desktop resumes normal transfer speeds.

    Although Gladinet Cloud Desktop has always been fully integrated with the major cloud storage providers —
    including Google Docs, Google Picasa, Google Docs for Google Apps, Windows Azure Blob Storage, EMC Atmos Storage, Amazon S3, Nirvanix, Box.net and AT&T Synaptic Storage — with Cloud Desktop 2.0, Gladinet has provided enhancements for Google Picasa, Docs and Apps. The system now supports any file type in Google Storage, while the new Cloud Explorer allows the user to set access controls and share files with Amazon S3 and Azure Blob Storage.

    “We are excited to introduce Gladinet Cloud Desktop 2.0 as the industry-leading, ubiquitous cloud storage access
    solution,” stated Peart. “Gladinet developers will continue to operate at the forefront of the cloud industry and set
    the standard in cloud storage clients.”

    About Gladinet

    Founded in 2008, Gladinet launched its cloud services in spring 2009 with the release of its flagship product, Gladinet Cloud Desktop, which leverages the power of the Internet as a virtual PC, providing users the convenience of a virtual disk drive. An enabler of Web 3.0 technology, Gladinet is changing the way small and medium-sized businesses access and use cloud storage through its widely accepted, open-platform cloud storage services. Learn more at http://www.gladinet.com.

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