updated 03:06 pm EST, Sun February 9, 2014
Kickstarter for alternative cloud service and device combo exceeds its campaign goal
San Franciscan siblings Karisma and Sam Nagar have successfully crowd-funded their cloud device and service Pixeom, with eleven days to spare in its Kickstarter campaign. The Pixeom Exchange Device is a prototype that offers an alternative to corporate cloud services that require access to its users' information to use its digital space. Aiming to facilitate a new type of data exchange for Internet users, Pixeom functions by centralizing one's own cloud network in a personal home device, as opposed to a large, remote data center. All of a user's cloud service needs will be supported within the device at a one-time purchasing cost, facilitating storage, social networking, and online auctioning functions that focus on privacy.
The Pixeom is designed to be a scalable device, that can be expanded with multiple Pixeom Exchange Device units that act as a large storage pool instead of separated groups of user data. Also feasible will be an optional exchange network that anyone can browse as public content, with the hopes of expansion to compete with current day data centres. Three apps will be included with Pixeom at its launching date, called File Exchange, Club Exchange and Market Exchange, which feature the aforementioned storage, social and auctioning capabilities. Aiming to ship in May, those interested in still contributing to Pixeom's Kickstarter can 'pre-order' a Pixeom Exchange Device at $125.
Shopify Plus launches, offers platform for larger-scale companies with high-volume customers
Shopify has launched an expansion to its e-commerce services, with the debut of Shopify Plus. An enterprise e-commerce platform solution that scales alongside one's business, the new venture targets large companies with high-volume customers. Featuring account management, advanced API and project management functions, Shopify Plus is offering early access to additional new features for new clients. Major brands already utilizing Shopify Plus include Tesla, Budweiser, General Electric and Patagonia. Pricing for services begins at $995 per month.