36+ Terabytes of free cloud storage

Chinese cloud service offers 36+ TB of free storage (!!!).  The biggest disadvantage here is that the whole website is in Chinese, but apparently there are several translations and guides in other languages available online.  Immediately after the registration you get 7 GB.  Once the desktop client is installed you get another 10 TB.  If you install a mobile client, you get additional 26 TB.  And then you can increase it even further by clicking through ads, promotions, etc.

Via Yuri Timofeev.

Until now, it was particularly difficult to obtain…

Until now, it was particularly difficult to obtain reliable figures on the results of the Android operating system in China. Indeed, there is no “centralized app store” and most smartphones sold in the country do not use Google services, including activation. In fact, it is very difficult to know the actual results.  The search engine Baidu has corrected this by publishing a report on trends in the mobile internet for the 3rd quarter 2013. It appears that there would be now 270 million active users of the Google platform in the country (more than 20% of the total population). Growth would, however, decrease with a small 13% against 55% for the same period last year but up 10% compared to Q2 2013.

270 million Android users in China

Hardware is dead

Hardware is dead

At these levels there is almost no profit margin left in the hardware business. A $45 tablet is cheap enough to be an impulse purchase at the check-out line in Best Buy. A $45 price puts tablets within reach of a whole host of other activities not traditionally associated with computers. Tablets could be used by waiters in restaurants. By mechanics in auto body shops. By every nurse in a hospital. By pretty much any category of work that today needs a computer but where PCs are too expensive to be deployed. These are also devices built entirely for commercial reasons, no government backing, no academic sponsor, no proof-of-concept.