Skirvin gets charging station
The owners of Oklahoma City’s Skirvin Hilton have installed a high-power charging station that may be used by hotel customers who own the Tesla Model S. The Tesla high-power wall connector offers more than twice the power of typical charging stations, adding up to 58 miles of range to the Model S in just one hour. Tesla, which launched the first highway-capable electric vehicle in 2008, produces the Model S, the first mass-produced electric premium sedan.
Tech companies fight snooping
NEW YORK — Microsoft Corp. and four other large American technology companies are using a Manhattan court case to draw a line in the cloud, saying the U.S. government has no right to seize computer data stored outside the country. U.S. companies that host services over the Internet and sell remote data storage — a concept broadly known as “cloud computing” — say they stand to lose billions of dollars in business if emails and other files they house overseas are seen vulnerable to U.S. snooping. A Microsoft vice president wrote in a court document that the company offers its cloud services in more than 100 countries and tries to keep a customer’s data — including email, calendar entries and documents — in a data center near where the customer is located for easy and cost-effective access. Microsoft maintains data centers worldwide, including in the United States, Ireland, the Netherlands, Japan and Brazil.
Microsoft touts predictor line
SEATTLE — Microsoft is introducing a new Internet-based service that helps companies use data analysis to predict behavior. The service lets users more easily build algorithms to predict purchasing patterns, electricity usage and more. The results can be hosted through Microsoft’s Azure cloud offering. The product, dubbed Azure Machine Learning, has been in a trial period for about a year and has about 100 customers testing it, said General Manager Eron Kelly. Microsoft, under new CEO Satya Nadella, is trying to boost cloud software as more companies gravitate to hosting data and other operations on the Web.
From Staff and Wire Reports