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Little devices that use huge cloud servers to do your bidding

The big brains of tech.
large cloud servers

Levi Brown

Heads in the cloud.

Right now, in a data center far, far away, gargantuan cloud servers are providing brainpower to devices as minute as fitness trackers. At first glance, for example, a baseball-size connected camera is nothing more than simple home surveillance; what you don’t see, however, is that it can employ thousands

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