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Amazon Unveils Cloud-Based Robotics Testing Platform

It added that the service is now available in Northern Virginia and Oregon in the U.S. and Ireland in Europe, before it is expanded to other regions in the coming year

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U.S. e-commerce leader Amazon’s subsidiary, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Monday launched the Cloud-based service, AWS RoboMaker, that will help developers to develop, deploy and test robotics applications.

The new service, which uses the widely deployed open source software Robot Operating System (ROS) , serves as a platform to help accelerate the time consuming robotics development process, Xinhua news agency reported.

“AWS RoboMaker provides an AWS Cloud9-based robotics integrated development environment for application development, robotics simulation to accelerate application testing, and fleet management for remote application deployment, update, and management,” AWS said in a statement.

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The service offers Amazon’ s machine learning technologies and analytics that help create a simulation for real world robotics development, such as letting robots perform tedious house chores, distribute inventory in warehouses or inspect pipelines and high-voltage wires in dangerous industrial environments.

“AWS RoboMaker’ s robotics simulation makes it easy to set up large-scale and parallel simulations with pre-built worlds, such as indoor rooms, retail stores, and racing tracks, so developers can test their applications on-demand and run multiple simulations in parallel,” said the company.

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It added that the service is now available in Northern Virginia and Oregon in the U.S. and Ireland in Europe, before it is expanded to other regions in the coming year. (IANS)

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Apple Spent Over $30 mn on Amazon Cloud in Q1 2019

In December last year, the iPhone-maker said it would spend $4.5 billion of that amount through 2019, the report added

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

In its determination to expand its online services like iCloud, Apple spent over $30 million on Amazon’s Cloud services in the first quarter (Q1) of 2019. The amount is 10 per cent higher than what it spent in Q1 2018.

Internationally, there are more than a billion recorded users of Apple devices every month. Given its considerable storage requirement, the company relies on major big cloud providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google, CNBC reported on Monday.

If Apple’s AWS use stays at those levels for the rest of 2019, its annual spending would exceed $360 million, the report noted.

Earlier this year, Apple agreed to spend at least $1.5 billion on AWS over the next five years as part of an agreement. The iPhone-maker’s AWS expenditure may only expand further, said the report.

In a February job posting, Apple said it was looking for someone who could “lead and architect our growing AWS footprint”.

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

For some time now, Apple’s top product — the iPhone — has been experiencing saturation status in the markets because of which the company has begun pointing more to online services as a key contributor.

Talking about the use of Cloud-based services in the past, the iPhone has specified that it uses AWS for iCloud storage. The company however, did not disclose whether any other Apple services depend on AWS or not.

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To support its Cloud needs, the company is also investing heavily into building its own infrastructure.

In January 2018, Apple announced plans to spend $10 billion on data centres in the US within five years.

In December last year, the iPhone-maker said it would spend $4.5 billion of that amount through 2019, the report added. (IANS)