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SpaceX and Google Cloud join hands for Starlink internet connectivity
by Subir Kathuria
Google and SpaceX today announced that they have entered into a partnership that will allow Starlink to install terminals at Google’s cloud data centers around the world starting with the first one at New Albany, Ohio in a deal that could last seven years, according to people familiar with the matter.
Google said that the combined benefits of the partnership, which include secure data delivery to remote areas of the world, will be available to customers by the end of 2021. The Starlink satellite internet will rely on Google’s private fiber-optic network to quickly make connections to cloud services and deliver applications and data to customers.
This type of deal is a win-win for Google who is locked in a fierce battle with both Amazon and Microsoft in the cloud computing market. While Google’s cloud business grew 46%, Amazon's Web Services posted 32% revenue growth in the first quarter and Microsoft Azure which is under the “Intelligent Cloud” business grew by 23%. “Applications and services running in the cloud can be transformative for organizations, whether they’re operating in a highly networked or remote environment,” Urs Hölzle, senior vice president of infrastructure at Google Cloud, said in the press release.
As for SpaceX, it is in a race with Amazon's budding Kuiper Project which aims to launch more than 3,000 satellites in roughly the same orbit as Starlink to also provide global broadband internet.
Commenting on the partnership, SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell said:
SpaceX has more than 1,500 satellites currently in orbit. A Starlink beta program started last year has at least 500,000 deposits of $99 placed by potential customers of the service across the US, Canada, and a few European countries.
Source: Google via The Verge & CNBC | Image credit: Cobrt-Archive
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Microsoft confirms Nuance acquisition for nearly $20 billion
by João Carrasqueira
Over the weekend, reports emerged that Microsoft was considering an acquisition of Nuance Communications, a company focusing on cloud and AI products, specifically for healthcare. It hasn't taken long for an official confirmation, as Microsoft has now announced that that's acquiring the company in an all-cash transaction valued at $19.7 billion, including Nuance's net debt. That values each share at $56, a 23% increase over their closing price on Friday, April 9.
Nuance's products include Dragon Ambient eXperience, Dragon Medical One, and PowerScribe One, all of which are speech recognition services powered by Microsoft's Azure. In fact, the acquisition of Nuance follows a partnership between the two companies back in 2019, when the companies brought the Dragon Medical software and Microsoft's Azure solutions together to "transform the doctor-patient experience".
Nuance's healthcare-focused products are very widely used across the United States, with 55% of physicians and 75% of radiologists relying on them. But the company does more than healthcare, also offering solutions in the field of AI and customer engagement, such as helping with Apple's Siri virtual assistant.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella commented on the acquisition, saying:
The transaction has been approved unanimously by the Boards of Directors at both companies and is expected to close by the end of the 2021 calendar year, though the financial effects will mostly be felt in fiscal year 2023 for Microsoft. Mark Benjamin will continue to serve as CEO of Nuance and report to Microsoft's Scott Guthrie, vice president of the Cloud & AI group at the Redmond company.
Microsoft updates OneDrive on Android and iOS with a host of features and improvements
by Anmol Mehrotra
Microsoft has released a new update for the OneDrive app on Android and iOS. The iOS app has received a major update while the Android app has received a minor update that improves the user experience.
The new update for the iOS app fixes two VoiceOver related bugs, brings back the ability to write files from the iOS Files app, fixes UI related bugs and more.
Here is the full changelog for the update:
The Android app, on the other hand, has received a relatively minor update that adds a new Home tab to help users pick up where they left off. Furthermore, the new update adds the ability to reorder parts of the settings section. Here is the full changelog for the update:
The new update bumps the OneDrive app for Android to version 6.27, while the iOS app gets bumped to version 12.23.2. OneDrive for Android users can download the update from the Google Play Store, while the update is available on the App Store for Apple users.
OneDrive sync client gets 64-bit support on Windows
by João Carrasqueira
Microsoft has released a new public preview of the OneDrive sync client for Windows, making it available in a 64-bit variant. The 64-bit client is recommended for users who deal with large files or a high number of files on OneDrive, since 64-bit apps can use more of the system's memory.
For those unaware, the OneDrive sync client is included with Windows 10 and can be installed on older versions as well, and it lets you sync files from OneDrive down to your local machine easily. It integrates with File Explorer on Windows, so managing OneDrive files and folders should feel the same as using a local folder.
To use the 64-bit variant of OneDrive, you'll need a PC with an x64 (technically, AMD64) processor that's running a 64-bit variant of Windows. It's worth noting that Windows on ARM devices - while they use a 64-bit architecture - don't yet support apps designed for x64 processors, so you'll need to keep using the 32-bit client. Microsoft has been working on x64 emulation for ARM64 devices, and that's currently being tested with Insiders in the Dev channel.
You can download the 64-bit version of the OneDrive sync client here, and it will install over your current version if you already have it installed. You'll need to be running a version that's older than the one you're installing, though.