Amazon Web Services Launches In Japan

 Amazon Web  Services (AWS) said today it has launched data centers in Japan for its cloud computing platform.

Japan is the fifth region where Amazon has introduced its cloud computing platform. Amazon said it is offering support in Japanese for any users who have a Japanese language preference. In addition, AWS plans to provide in the coming months the option for billing in Japanese Yen.

Augmented Reality + Location = The Holy Grail for Marketers?

WebProNews recently spoke with Layar’s augmented reality strategist Gene Becker about the present and the future of augmented reality. Layar thinks AR will become essential to consumers’ mobile experiences. 

Augmented Reality To Become Our Sixth Sense?

Late last month, augmented reality developers Layar announced that it was making its platform available to all developers of iOS apps, opening the door for a lot more innovation and practical use-cases for AR technology. "All apps and services that have a location aspect can now easily and without license costs be enhanced with an AR view of their content," Layar co-founder, Maarten Lens-Fitzgerald told WebProNews. "It fits with the new trends within the AR industry, which is the democratization of this new medium – lowering the barrier to enter the new realm of AR."

Gates Foundation Invests In Facebook App For Education

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced today it has invested $2 million in education technology company Inigral, to help fund its Schools App on Facebook.

The Schools App uses Facebook to create a virtual community for colleges students during the admissions and orientation process and through their first year. The Schools App aims to increase involvement and engagement among college students to increase the likelihood of graduation.

Will Augmented Reality Leap-Frog the QR Code?

There continues to be a steady buzz about QR codes, those bar code-looking thingys that can be scanned by a smart phone to link you to added content, a website or perhaps even a coupon at the point of purchase. Here’s the Wikipedia definition.

Verizon Buying Terremark for $1.4 Billion

Verizon announced that it is acquiring IT infrastructure and cloud services provider Terremark Worldwide in a move the company says will "decisively reshape the rapidly evolving global business technology solutions market."

The agreement is for Verizon to get Terremark for $1.4 billion, at $19.00 a share. 

Layar Lowers the Barrier to Entry for Augmented Reality for Brands

As reported earlier, augmented reality app provider Layar announced that it’s making its AR technology available for all iPhone apps via the Layar Player platform. While only three apps are utilizing it so far, you can expect to see  a lot more innovative AR-related features in many apps down the road.  

Layar Lends Augmented Reality Technology to Any iPhone App

Augmented reality app provider Layar made a very interesting announcement today – it’s making its AR technology available for all iPhone apps. In other words, expect to see a lot more innovative AR-related features in a lot of apps. 

This extension of AR tech comes in the form of Layar’s Layar Player (now out of beta). It’s available to all agencies, brands, and developers to use to include AR (for free, no less) in their iPhone apps. 

Amazon Launches Bulk Email-Sending Service

Amazon said today it is launching a bulk email-sending service for businesses and developers as part of its web services.

The new service called Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) integrates with other Amazon Web Services (AWS), to send email from other apps being hosted on services such as Amazon EC2.

 

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Rackspace Takes Cloud Infrastructure to Europe

Rackspace has launched its Cloud Infrastructure in Europe. "After strong growth in 2010, Rackspace is off to a solid start in 2011," a representative for the company tells WebProNews. 

The company’s new pay-as-you-go cloud offerings based in the UK include Rackspace Cloud Files, running on OpenStack Object Storage, and Cloud Servers, based on the Xen hypervisor. The new cloud platform joins the dedicated hosting platform already offered in EMEA.