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OnLive, a company that provides console-quality games streamed over the internet, has announced the launch of its app for Android and iOS smartphones and tablets. The OnLive app allows portable device users to play console games that they normally would not have access to.

OnLive calls its service “cloud gaming,” and it offers access to nearly 200 console and PC games without having to install them locally. The company’s servers do all of the hard crunching and processing of the game remotely, and then stream it to users’ devices. This method allows relatively slow mobile devices to play high-end games that usually require much more computing power. Users have the ability to stream the games to their devices over Wi-Fi or 4G LTE cellular networks, though the service will obviously work much better with faster connections.

The company says that over 25 games in its library, including top-tier titles like L.A. Noire, have already been adapted to the touchscreen controls that smartphones and tablets require. The rest of the games can be played with the optional Universal OnLive Wireless Controller that connects to a device over Bluetooth and costs $49.99. The OnLive service has built-in syncing across multiple devices, so users can play a game on their tablet, and then pick up where they left off on their PC with the OnLive PC app.

The OnLive app is available for free in the Android Market now and is expected to hit the iTunes App Store in the near future. The Universal OnLive Wireless Controller is expected to be available in the U.S. and UK in the near future as well. Games can be rented or purchased for play on the service, and OnLive also has subscription options available.


1. Government and public services

  • The investment in cloud computing has gradually turned into practical application in government industries. One application is called Government Administration Cloud used as government administration and computing platform by its officials and staff; the other application is called Public Services Cloud used for serving the public. To be more specific, Government Administration Cloud provides a platform for government administration informatization and services collaboration, which includes such management functions as unified government email, data storage and processing, urban emergency command, population management, urban disaster and risk control, food safety and so on. Public Services Cloud can provide the public with a variety of services related to the public life such as taxation, fee payment, information announcement, consultation and others.
  • Government cloud computing center is able to store, share, exploit, search and analyze mass data, which makes intangible assets like data manageable and centralized. Through data integration and infusion technology, it can eliminate the data barrier across different departments, realize information sharing and service collaboration among all. Government Administration Cloud and Public Services Cloud will greatly improve the government informatization level and working efficiency, as well as cut down government expenses on IT construction considerably and realize environment-friendly administration.

2. Application in different industries

Manufacturing industry: Cloud computing provides an innovative operating mode.

  • The professional operators serving the manufacturing industry will provide them with software development and services based on the PaaS and SaaS model and offer overall support for products, technology, platform, operation and maintenance management. As a result enterprises can focus on manufacturing rather than IT infrastructure construction and maintenance.
  • Under the PaaS mode, the users can write their application program and run it on the cloud computing platform with programming language and tools supported by operators. Under the SaaS model, the users will have enterprise informatization solutions and services like ERP and CRM at low cost, as well as conduct simulation in a fast and effective way.
  • With services purchased, enterprises can reduce design and manufacturing cost, significantly shorten the cycle of product upgrading, enhance product performance, improve the level of company informatization, effectively stimulate innovation and considerably enhance the independent innovation efficiency and boost the core competitiveness of the enterprise.

Telecom industry: cloud computing leads to the integration of internal and external resources.

  • With the increasing size of data, widening bandwidth and the development of mobile Internet, it is necessary for telecom operators to adopt cloud computing technology to maintain their long-term competitiveness in operation efficiency and mode. Based on cloud computing technology, they are to experience significant improvements, as well as make hefty profits from various paid cloud service products. Analyzing the demand of clients in different industries, they will develop relevant cloud products, services and system of their own brands.
  • Internally telecom operators can integrate the IT resources to improve efficiency and management level, as well as reduce service cost. Externally, they can establish a basic resource platform for new business model, which provides public IT services.
  • All above will ultimately improve the efficiency of traditional telecom economy, accelerate the building of platform and integration of the industrial chain, and fulfill the application of cloud computing.

Education industry 1/4sCloud computing serves for educational informatization.

  • Cloud computing will provide universities and research institutions with a practical R&D platform in the future. It is currently accepted by Peking University and Chinese Academy of Sciences, and has shown good results. Cloud computing will be widely introduced into the rest of universities and research institutions, who will build the cloud computing platform according to their own research fields and technology requirements. They will make necessary integration of servers and stored resources in their subordinate institutes. The reusable and efficient platform will provide powerful computer resources for scientific research and teaching, which can improve the efficiency of R&D.

Medical and pharmaceutical industry: Cloud computing pushes ahead the new medical reform.

  • Enterprises and entities in the medical and pharmaceutical industry have always obtained a higher level of informatization. Under the New Medical Reform policy, they are requested to optimize and upgrade their informatization system further. With cloud platform at the core, the centralized informatization application mode will be developed, which is to gradually replace the current departments-dispersed application mode. The new mode will improve the information sharing within the pharmaceutical enterprise and enhance the overall service level of medical information sharing platform.

Agriculture

  • Together with the construction of basic infrastructure, the development of agriculture informatization includes the digitalized design of production factors, intelligentized controlling, accurate operation, scientific management and application of cloud service. Agriculture producers, operators and managers will be guided to ensure the successful launch of their products in the market. To improve their living standard, broadcast media will be used to spread information; while software and services will be specifically designed for farmers to meet their using habit, industrial and geographic characteristics.

3. Application in enterprises

Private clouds prevail in large-sized enterprises.

  • Cloud computing gets it momentum in large-sized enterprises. Private cloud application makes a breakthrough in data protection, which is highly concerned in large-sized enterprises. It speeds up the informatization process from R&D, purchase, produce, store, to sales in the enterprises and thus enhances their competitiveness.

Small and Medium-sized enterprises make PaaS/SaaS services the favorite.

  • The construction of informatization infrastructure for Small and Medium-sized enterprises is being perfected gradually and the network transmission speeds up day by day. Under the circumstance, cloud computing shows the way for renovation and changes. It will reduce the construction cycle and cost of informatization, lower operation risk and strengthen the competitiveness of the enterprises. Small and Medium-sized enterprises should select PaaS/SaaS services of high quality to ensure the cloud platform to provide IT resources in a steady, flexible and extendable way, as well as to meet the need of its core business.

  • Ericsson in statement issued on Friday revealed that it has signed a deal to introduce 4G mobile broadband technology in India. The company, however did not divulge the name of the customer.
  • With this deal, Ericsson, a leader in mobile broadband space and global advocate of LTE technology will revolutionise India wireless broadband space broadband”, the statement said.
  • It said LTE will be main driver for innovations in years to come enabling the next Google, Facebook or iPhone and opening doors to possibilities in number of new areas like utilities, health, transport and media. Ericsson will hold a press conference on October 11 in New Delhi to give more details about the deal.

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  • Dell has been chosen as a preferred provider of cloud computing services, storage and enterprise hardware products for Merge Healthcare.
  • Merge Healthcare, a provider of enterprise imaging and interoperability solutions, will leverage solutions from Dell to simplify information access, management and archiving among its portfolio of image interoperability solutions.
  • Dell already manages more than 4 billion medical images and studies for healthcare organizations and is using its expertise to host Merge Healthcare’s Project Honeycomb, one of the largest medical image sharing network in the nation.
  • Merge has certified its iConnect Vendor Neutral Archive (VNA) on Dell’s DX Object Storage platform. This strategic move provides intelligent access, storage, protection and distribution for the fixed digital image content managed by Merge Healthcare’s iConnect VNA.
  • Thanks to a combination of the data and storage management features inherent in Dell’s systems and Merge’s iConnect offering, healthcare providers can now easily manage their critical medical images in a highly secure and efficient manner. As per the agreement, Merge will also integrate its solutions within the DX platform to provide a highly-available, cost-effective VNA offering. Merge’s iConnect VNA will utilize the data management features of the DX to offer advanced features such as federated storage, business continuance and nested image retention and deletion strategies.

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  • Wednesday’s launch of the Aakash – which means “sky” in Hindi – is designed to boost e-learning to help India solve its education problems and bridge the digital divide that sees Asia’s third-largest economy lag behind its emerging market peers in internet access. The rich have access to the digital world; the poor and ordinary have been excluded. Aakash will end that digital divide,” said Kapil Sibal, the education minister, who came up with the idea for an ultra-low-cost tablet.
  • The Indian government put out a tender for the tablet to be developed, and plans to sell 100,000 units of the finished product to students in secondary schools for $35. Aakash has the same sized screen as the 7-inch Amazon Kindle Fire, which launched last week to great fanfare for $199, but which has less sophisticated features. Meanwhile, consumers will be able to buy a retail version for about $60.
  • The cut-price laptop will further sideline the non-profit One Laptop Per Child project, set up by MIT professor Nicholas Negroponte, which has been aiming to bring $100 laptops to children in poor countries. The OLPC foundation failed to reach the $100 price tag, with machines selling for just over $200. They have seen orders from governments in Latin America and Africa, with around 2m machines distributed. However, they had not had a good response from the Indian authorities.

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  • State-run BSNL may get an additional Rs 5,503 crore from the Department of Telecom to establish an alternate communication network for defence services, enabling the vacation of spectrum by the Armed Forces.
  • The budget estimate approved by the Cabinet Committee of Infrastructure (CCI) for this purpose in December, 2009, was Rs 8,098 crore. The total cost of the project, including two years’ maintenance support by BSNL after the network is fully integrated, is Rs 13,601 crore, according to sources in the DoT.
  • Thus, the additional impact on the estimated cost of the project would be Rs 5,503 crore, inclusive of all duties and taxes and two years’ maintenance support, over-and-above the Rs 8,098 crore expenditure earlier approved by the CCI, they added.
  • As per the CCI approval, the project was to be implemented in 36 months (completion by December, 2012). However, the timeline is to be decided afresh because of delays in implementation.

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  • The GSM subscriber base, thus, stood at 611.75 million at the end of last month.

 

  • For the fourth month in a row, subscriber additions continued to decline. In May, for the first time since October 2009, the subscriber additions was below the 10-million mark when 9.53 million GSM users were added.

 

  • In June, the numbers dipped further and only 8.58 million GSM users were added. The GSM subscriber base stood at 598.77 million at the end of June, and in July 7.64 million subscribers were added to take the total 606.41 million.

 

  • Bharti Airtel, the largest GSM player, added 1.15 million users in August, taking its total subscriber base to 171.84 million, data released by the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) showed. It had 28.09 per cent market share at the end of August. Rival Vodafone Essar, with a 23.56 per cent market share, notched up 1.13 million new subscribers during the month. Its subscriber base reached 144.14 million in August.

 

  • Aditya Birla group firm Idea Cellular added 2.33 million users during the month to take its total user base to 98.44 million, while Aircel added 602,312 customers to take its subscriber base to 59 million. State-owned telecom firms BSNL and MTNL added 388,057 and 32,932 new users, respectively, taking their subscriber base to 90.62 million and 5.29 million, respectively.

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