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Networked Life by Mung Chiang

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16 What’s inside the cloud of iCloud?

16.1   A Short Answer

In June 2011, Apple announced its iCloud service. One of the eye-catching features is its digital rights management of music content. The other part is its ability to let you essentially carry your entire computer hard drive with you anywhere and stream music to any device.

Cloud is more than just storage. For example, in the same month, Google introduced ChromeBook, a “cloud laptop” that is basically just a web browser with Internet connectivity, and all the processing, storage, and software are somewhere in Google servers that you access remotely.

These new services and electronics intensify the trends that started with web-based emails (e.g., Gmail), software (e.g., Microsoft ...

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