Apple Acquires for US$4.5 Million


Apple may have taken a big step toward the impending launch of its cloud-based music service today. The California-based company is rumored to have put 4.5 million bucks on the table to purchase the URL, from Xcerion. Xcerion had been using the domain as a home for its own cloud based storage service but, for the right price, was more than happy to rebrand to “CloudMe.”

The purchase of a URL and an official name would come as no surprise at this point, since media buzz has been steadily building about the service and a launch date can’t be too far off. In just the last couple of days, All Things Digital reported that Apple has been actively seeking licensing deals from major record labels in order to secure content for the service, and Cnet has taken time to speculate a $20 annual fee requirement for the service.

Apple execs have surely lit a fire under the “iCloud” project (the name is still unconfirmed at this point) since Amazon launched their Cloud Drive service a month ago. Amazon’s service allows users to store and access digital content through multiple devices, meaning they can upload their music library to company servers, and then access them through the internet using smart phones, PCs, eReaders, tablet PCs etc.

Whenever Apple’s cloud-based music locker rolls out, it will surely be a hit as the benefits are huge. Cloud based storage removes the risk of theft, since all the content is kept safe online, and also removes the need to sync devices to a computer to update individual libraries.

Apple has been closemouthed about the service thus far, releasing no official reports and remaining unresponsive to requested interviews.

Article first published as Apple Buys as a Home for New Service on Technorati.

ALL COMPUTERS GO TO HEAVEN: The Truth About Recycling Old Computer Parts

Okay, I lied. Heaven isn’t the final destination for most PCs. Computers usually end up in landfill hell and all the data erased forever, especially if the previous owners don’t know any better. Let’s face it, new gadgets and components come out practically every month. Electronic devices now have a shorter lifespan and become obsolete before you can say CPU.

The good news is, your old computer parts can actually be recycled and reused. This will make the environment and rabid environmentalists very, very happy. Also, the data in your hard drive can be extracted, saved and destroyed forever so you don’t have to worry about personal files getting in the wrong hands. It’s not enough to just disassemble your computer. You should never, ever, ever forget to make sure that all your data on the hard drive is erased. Identity theft and fraud is quickly becoming one of the most popular crimes in the United States. You’ll be surprised how many people leave credit card information, contact details, bank account details, and passwords on their hard drives. So unless you want the stress of people hacking into your life plus the soul-crushing guilt of contributing to environmental pollution, make sure you do the recycle.

The question is what and how? Disposal is definitely NOT the answer. Computers and other electronic parts contain toxic materials. They need to be properly handled by a responsible recycling company instead of being tossed straight to the trash.

Which computer parts can be recycled? Just about everything including the Motherboard, PCI Cards, Video Card, Sound Card, Power Supply and the most valuable component, the RAM. You can recycle the carcass of your computer in a way that is environmentally safe by visiting a recycling facility.

OutletPC and most other big name PC retailers usually offer services such as recycling obsolete computers, monitors and other hardware and electronic equipment, so knocking on their door is a good way to go. Be sure to clear off your hard drive before handing it off to a stranger though!