Apple's 'Safe Deposit Box' could offer file security with cloud backup

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  • Reply 41 of 43
    freerangefreerange Posts: 1,589member
    Sounds like dropbox and idisk
  • Reply 42 of 43
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    Originally Posted by asdasd View Post


    So 4 then, and thats all I know too.



    Well, there's much more.

    Basically all their A/V authoring offering (Final Cut, Shake, Logic, Motion, Garageband, DVD Studio Pro...) was acquired, or developed with freshly acquired IP and engineers.

    And most of their iOS multitouch IP is based on the Fingerworks acquisition.



    Here you have their complete shopping list:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...tions_by_Apple

    It's not huge but it's still an average of a couple acquisitions per year since Jobs' return.



    And apart from acquisitions, you only have to look at how many key projects are built upon OSS foundations, from webkit to LLVM/Clang, to see that NIH is not such an issue at Apple.



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    Originally Posted by asdasd View Post


    This is pretty much off-topic, but Google buy lots more than that in any given year and probably in any given month.



    Yeah, but also Google has a much broader focus regarding software, and they just pump put a lot of experimental/beta stuff and a lot of "just-see-what-sticks" half-assed products.

    Apple has much more restrain in choosing its priorities.



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    Originally Posted by asdasd View Post


    Also modern Apple didnt buy NEXT, old Apple bought NEXT.



    Many people would say that NeXT bought old Apple for -400m $ =D



    Quote:
    Originally Posted by asdasd View Post


    And ar we sure about the use of non-Apple hardware in data centres?



    Yep, they use Sun gear.

    Which, btw, is the main reason Apple was able to discontinue the internal Java development for OS X - there was no need anymore to do the JVM QA in-house for running their mission-critical web services on top of it.





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    Originally Posted by asdasd View Post


    Lets just say Apple should buy dropbox - dropbox is very very good and massively better than iDisk, the costs of doing things yourself can add up.



    Yeah, dropbox is great and they have a bunch of talented people working on it, but in the end it's a cross-platform project, built around Amazon S3, and based on a single folder sync model.

    Which is to say, for Apple's needs there's probably so much stuff in their codebase that has to be dropped, rewritten or repurposed, that they're better off starting their take from scratch.

    It's not rocket science for a company with their resources.



    Of course, if you look at MobileMe you can very well say that Apple could definitely benefit from acquiring start-ups with engineers that "get" the "cloud", but I guess they're already addressing that with hirings
  • Reply 43 of 43
    parttimerparttimer Posts: 250member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by abundance View Post


    Well, there's much more.

    Basically all their A/V authoring offering (Final Cut, Shake, Logic, Motion, Garageband, DVD Studio Pro...) was acquired, or developed with freshly acquired IP and engineers.

    And most of their iOS multitouch IP is based on the Fingerworks acquisition.



    Here you have their complete shopping list:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...tions_by_Apple

    It's not huge but it's still an average of a couple acquisitions per year since Jobs' return.



    And apart from acquisitions, you only have to look at how many key projects are built upon OSS foundations, from webkit to LLVM/Clang, to see that NIH is not such an issue at Apple.





    Yeah, but also Google has a much broader focus regarding software, and they just pump put a lot of experimental/beta stuff and a lot of "just-see-what-sticks" half-assed products.

    Apple has much more restrain in choosing its priorities.





    Many people would say that NeXT bought old Apple for -400m $ =D





    Yep, they use Sun gear.

    Which, btw, is the main reason Apple was able to discontinue the internal Java development for OS X - there was no need anymore to do the JVM QA in-house for running their mission-critical web services on top of it.







    Yeah, dropbox is great and they have a bunch of talented people working on it, but in the end it's a cross-platform project, built around Amazon S3, and based on a single folder sync model.

    Which is to say, for Apple's needs there's probably so much stuff in their codebase that has to be dropped, rewritten or repurposed, that they're better off starting their take from scratch.

    It's not rocket science for a company with their resources.



    Of course, if you look at MobileMe you can very well say that Apple could definitely benefit from acquiring start-ups with engineers that "get" the "cloud", but I guess they're already addressing that with hirings



    Why hasn't anybody yet mentioned SugarSync? It does what DropBox does, and what Apple apparently proposes to do, but you get 5GB of space for free (that's a DVD's worth!), instead of DropBox's 2GB (or Apple's 0GB at this moment). I like the fact that they are, both, cross-platform. So that it doesn't matter from what platform I access it. Or on what other platforms fellow collaborators on a project are.

    The fact that your files in there are also uploaded/backed up to the cloud, and thus accessible even if you don't have your own devices to do so (in case of theft or fire, for instance) is an added bonus.



    And for those worried about the security of certain of their personal files or folders in the cloud to prying third party eyes: simply encrypt them, good, before you stick them in the SugarSync or DropBox folder. And nobody will ever get to them. Problem solved.
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