Google Cloud SQL now Generally Available

by Chris Swan on  Feb 14, 2014

Google have announced general availability of their Cloud SQL service. At launch the service comes with automatic encryption of customer data, a 99.95% uptime SLA and support for databases up to 500GB in size.

Google Wants to Speed Up the Internet with QUIC

by Abel Avram on  Feb 12, 2014

QUIC (Quick UDP Internet Connections, pronounced 'quick') is a multiplexing transport protocol running over UDP with the main goal to have 0-RTT connectivity overhead.

Google's Java Coding Standards

by Bienvenido David on  Feb 10, 2014 7

Google has recently released their complete definition of coding standards for Java source code. These are hard-and-fast rules that are clearly enforceable, and are followed universally within Google. It covers not only formatting, but other types of conventions and coding standards.

The Colossal Problem with Bletchley Park and TMNOC

by Alex Blewitt on  Feb 05, 2014 1

Today is the 70th anniversary of Colossus, the first electronic computer ever created. Its purpose was to crack the Lorenz encrypted messages, and started operations on 5th February 1944. However, all is not well at Bletchley Park as the National Museum of Computing is being increasingly marginalised in a bitter dispute.

Google Cast SDK Adds MPEG-DASH, Adaptive and HTTP Live Streaming Support

by Anand Narayanaswamy on  Feb 04, 2014

Google has released Cast SDK with which developers will be able to integrate Chromecast into both new and existing mobile apps and websites with support for adaptive streaming, MPEG-DASH, HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) and SmoothStreaming.

Google Acquires Nest: Big Data Comes to Energy

by Michael Hausenblas on  Feb 04, 2014

Google has acquired Nest, maker of smart thermostat and smoke detectors, for $3.2 billion in cash, making it another major data source that will help Google understand how people live.

Google Sells Motorola to Lenovo

by Abel Avram on  Jan 30, 2014 2

Google has sold Motorola Mobility to Lenovo for $2.91B, and keeps most of the patents in their portfolio while Lenovo gets 2,000 patents. Google may lose money on this deal but the Android ecosystem benefits.

Is Android Moving to a Closed Source Model?

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 24, 2014 1

In an interesting analysis appeared on Ars Technica, Ron Amadeo argues that Google is progressively shifting Android towards a closed source model. Google's strategy would aim at making Android suitable to be freely customised and used "for little hobbies", while hampering the choices of "anyone trying to use Android without Google’s blessing".

What Is Going on with PaaS?

by Abel Avram on  Jan 22, 2014 4

Despite huge investments and years in development, PaaS has not managed to attract many customers so far. This article digests what several analysts are saying regarding the current status of PaaS and its future.

Will 2014 Be the Year of Android-Enabled Cars?

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 20, 2014

Google has officially entered the in-car computer arena by announcing the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) together with Nvidia and several automobile manufacturers, including Audi, GM, Honda, and Hyundai. The Alliance's mission, according to its official announcement, is bringing the Android platform to cars by the end of 2014.

Google Play Services 4.1 Adds Drive Support

by Abel Avram on  Jan 10, 2014

Google has updated Play Services to include support for Drive, turn-based multiplayer games and more ad networks.

Google Announces Chrome Apps Improved Offline Capabilities & Mac Support

by Brian Rinaldi on  Dec 12, 2013 2

Google recently announced the launch of Mac support for its Chrome Apps initiative. Chrome Apps allows developers to use web technologies to build cross-platform applications that run using Chrome as a runtime. This announcement coincides with what appears to be renewed push for Chrome Apps by Google that started in earnest in September.

Go Steadily Advances as Go 1.2 is Released

by Jeff Martin on  Dec 04, 2013

The Go programming language has just released version 1.2, bringing with it some language changes and improved networking performance on Windows and the BSD platforms.

General availability of Google Compute Engine

by Chris Swan on  Dec 04, 2013

The Google Compute Engine (GCE) infrastructure as a service (IaaS) is now in general availability. The launch also brings price cuts, a new storage model, expanded operating system support and live migration capabilities for transparent maintenance.

Google Play 4.0 Includes More Services

by Abel Avram on  Nov 02, 2013

Play Services are no longer supported in pre-Gingerbread devices, the Mobile Ads SDK has been included in Play 4.0, and Wallet Instant Buy offers merchants a new integrated purchasing system.

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