A gradual shift towards cloud computing over the last number of years, ushered in by services such as Google Drive, iCloud and Microsoft SkyDrive, continues to make the days of physical storage further obsolete. Your immersive music libraries, photo galleries, movie collections and applications are becoming increasingly accessible from the web, rather than stored directly on your computer or other device.
Google, as the curator of several web-based services, is a forerunner in this transition towards the “post-PC era” once coined by the late Steve Jobs. A few years ago, the Mountain View-based corporation went one step further with the Chromebook. At the time, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt claimed that Chromebooks would essentially be inexpensive, throwaway notebooks. That mantra held true, until just days ago. (more…)