Data 2021 Outlook Part II: Hedging the cloud

On Twitter, one of our most commented-on posts last year was when we when we reviewed the hype around multi-cloud. With a few exceptions (e.g., disaster recovery, public regulation), we remain cynical about the viability of running a single database logical instance across multiple clouds; we believe that for most organizations, a “multi-cloud” platform will in essence mean “freedom of cloud.” Run the database or cloud control plane of choice in the public or private cloud of choice. We haven’t exactly been a lone voice in the wilderness about the operational complexity of running a single instance of a database or application across multiple clouds; Matt Asay, Corey Quinn, and Gartner have shared similar concerns.

But we expect that freedom of cloud will have a louder ring in the coming year. It’s not exactly like organizations will take their first halting steps into some alien cloud. We’ve

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Here’s why your iPhone Lightning charging cable only works one way (and how to fix it)

Today I was reminded of a problem I’ve not seen in a while (I’ll tell you why I’ve not seen it in ages shortly). iPhone Lightning charging cables that only work if you plug them in one way into the iPhone.

Typically, the problem is that the cable will only charge when inserted one way, but I’ve also seen data transfer being affected.

Weird huh? Why would the charging cable only work one way?

I’ve read all sorts of wild theories, but the real reason is quite mundane.

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It’s corrosion on the contacts. Yes, that simple. Here’s an example.

Contact corrosion

This corrosion will initially seem permanent, and it will certainly resist being scratched off with a fingernail.

But it will come off. You just need to go about it the right way.

The best low-tech way to remove

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Qualcomm expands 5G capabilities of Snapdragon 480 mobile devices

Communications technology provider Qualcomm Technologies has announced the Snapdragon 480 5G mobile platform, said to be the first four-series mobile platform equipped with 5G.

The company says the technology will give users access to truly global 5G connectivity and what it calls “series-defying” performance to power in-demand productivity and entertainment experiences. The new platform has a CPU with running capability up to 2.0GHz to deliver up to 100% performance improvement in CPU and GPU, and up to 70% artificial intelligence (AI) performance improvement compared with the previous generation.

Built-in capabilities for 5G and connectivity include the Snapdragon X51 5G modem-RF system to support mmWave and sub-6 GHz 5G; standalone (SA) and non-standalone (NSA) modes; time division duplexing (TDD), frequency division duplexing (FDD) and dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) for top mobile performance and connectivity.

The modem also enables multi-gigabit 5G connections for what Qualcomm claims are near instantaneous uploads and

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Global consumer spending in mobile apps reached a record $111B, up 30.2% YoY, of which $72.3B was spent on the App Store and $38.6B on the Play Store (Stephanie Chan/Sensor Tower Blog)


Stephanie Chan / Sensor Tower Blog:

Global consumer spending in mobile apps reached a record $111B, up 30.2% YoY, of which $72.3B was spent on the App Store and $38.6B on the Play Store  —  2020 was a record-setting year for both mobile games and non-game apps, and consumer spending on Apple’s App Store and Google Play soared … … Read More