Apple’s New iWork to Pick Up Where Google Docs Leaves Off?

I love many a gooogle product, however, Google Docs leave much to be desired when it comes to bells and whistles, and feature optimization.  I’d be the first to welcome (with open arms) a product that aims to address cloud based document storage.

Screen Shot 2013-06-11 at 11.37.04 PMYesterday at its Worldwide Developer Conference in San Francisco, Apple announced the next version of the OS X operating system: Mavericks. Among the many enhancements that this operating system will bring, one that  may be most alluring to businesses is its cloud integration of Apple iWork.

Similar to Google Drive, once a document is in iCloud, a user can log into iCloud from any device to view and edit a word processing document (Pages), spreadsheet (Numbers) or presentation (Keynote) document.

You won’t need to have any software other than a compatible web browser installed on your device to access and work with your documents and you can easily share documents online with others for viewing or collaboration.

If iWork’s interface debuted is as impressive as they put on, it could be a top contender for web based cloud solutions out there. Screen Shot 2013-06-11 at 11.37.21 PM

Apple’s iWork in the cloud can be helpful for teams who collaborate on documents or even for just you- who many need to access documents from different devices. You can drag-and-drop iWork documents from your Mac to iCloud or create new documents entirely via a web browser.

The catch?

You must have an Apple ID to access this service, which means you must own at least one Apple device. Also, you can only share editable documents with other Apple ID accounts. Therefore, iWork in the cloud is not really “free.” In contrast, you don’t have to purchase anything to use Google Docs.

What’s left to be desired?

iWork doesn’t appear to have a publishing feature to publish to the web, whereas in google docs you can link to documents and anyone can view them; perhaps Apple will add this upon gathering feedback?

Although not released until Fall, 2013- the service is expected to function through the web browsers on Macs or PCs: Safari 6.0.3 or later, Chrome 27.0.1 or later and Internet Explorer 9.0.8 or later. It will not be available on Firefox or Opera from the get-go.

Revolution: TV & Reality

There is a new hit series out on NBC called Revolution, where the premise of the show covers the aftermath and lives of several individuals caught up in the mire and chaos of society as they once knew it to be.  Power is out, nothing works, and mass chaos and unrest has swept through the land.

I have always wondered about this phenomenon.  What if all of your data, all of your pictures, all of your files were gone?  What if a civilization who once lived and breathed off of power had it no more?  We have become glued to technology and have relied on machines to do the work that it took millions of people to make this country run.  In the World War’s, women were called upon to make planes and still more in past generations knew nothing but hard labor.  There were no machines like there are now.  I feel as though we have lost the hard labor aspect of accomplishing anything.

What good is a cloud storage going to do for all of your files with your business, startup, corporation, or even personal life?  Nothing…  I vote for the following:

  • paper documents
  • vinyl records
  • survival training

Now, I know we don’t live in these uncertain times…but how certain are we of the Cloud and it’s security.  In past research that I have done…I haven’t found it to be all that secure.  But this goes way beyond anything that has to do with a worldwide power outage…what about natural disasters? What are things that you would do to help ensure that you could survive?  What are ways that you have prepared for any disaster?

I did find some interesting stuff out there that actually helps you to prepare for real…

  • Food Insurance - http://www.foodinsurance.com/
  • Go Bag Info - http://72hours.org/go_bag.html
  • Open Source Ecology (this guy is amazing) - http://opensourceecology.org/wiki/Marcin_Jakubowski
  • Survival Food Kits - http://www.myfoodstorage.com/emergency-food-storage.html?gclid=CLv76rLy47ICFUKd4AodJAgAmA

These are just a few of the things I found out there.  The Go Bag Info site was definitely one my personal favorites to include the open source ecology info.  Both sites have an incredible amount of pertinent information on this topic.  Although this doesn’t save your data…this may save your hide.

Morning Acquisition

Rumored to be happening back at E3, crossing the wire this morning Sony has in fact purchased cloud game streaming company Gaikai for ~$380M.

No real plans announced, just the obligatory excited quotes:

 

“…Combining Gaikai’s resources including its technological strength and engineering talent with SCE’s extensive game platform knowledge and experience, SCE will provide users with unparalleled cloud entertainment experiences…” -Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. 

 

“…We’re honored to be able to help SCE rapidly harness the power of the interactive cloud and to continue to grow their ecosystem…” -David Perry, CEO of Gaikai Inc. 

 

Press release below.

Sony Computer Entertainment to Acquire Gaikai Inc., a Leading Interactive Cloud Gaming Company

SCE to Build a Cloud Service Bringing Gaikai’s Cloud Based-Streaming Technologies into Its Network Business

TOKYO, July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) today announced that it entered into a definitive agreement on June 30, 2012 (Japan Time) to acquire Gaikai Inc., the world’s leading interactive cloud-based gaming company, for approximately USD 380 million. Through the acquisition, SCE will establish a new cloud service, ensuring that it continues to provide users with truly innovative and immersive interactive entertainment experiences.

“By combining Gaikai’s resources including its technological strength and engineering talent with SCE’s extensive game platform knowledge and experience, SCE will provide users with unparalleled cloud entertainment experiences,” said Andrew House, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. “SCE will deliver a world-class cloud-streaming service that allows users to instantly enjoy a broad array of content ranging from immersive core games with rich graphics to casual content anytime, anywhere on a variety of internet-connected devices.”

“SCE has built an incredible brand with PlayStation and has earned the respect of countless millions of gamers worldwide,” said David Perry, CEO of Gaikai Inc. “We’re honored to be able to help SCE rapidly harness the power of the interactive cloud and to continue to grow their ecosystem, to empower developers with new capabilities, to dramatically improve the reach of exciting content and to bring breathtaking new experiences to users worldwide.”

Established in 2008 and headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California, Gaikai has developed the highest quality, fastest interactive cloud-streaming platform in the world that enables the streaming of quality games to a wide variety of devices via the internet. With this acquisition, SCE will establish a cloud service and expand its network business by taking full advantage of Gaikai’s revolutionary technology and infrastructure including data centers servicing dozens of countries and key partners around the world.

The transaction is subject to certain regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

SCE will continue to aggressively expand a new world of entertainment through the introduction of innovative technologies and the delivery of amazing experiences.

Amazon Test Drive Now for Mobile

Previously only available on desktop, Amazon is now beta testing a try before you buy program on their Android Mobile Appstore. Called Test Drive, the feature lets you try out apps instantly via the cloud, and simulates running the app on your phone for the first time. It’s free to customers running the latest release of the Amazon Appstore, and available on select phone models.

If you like what you see, you can purchase or download the app anytime during the test. More from Amazon here.