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Google Chrome PDF Engine is now Open Source

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 20, 2014

Google has open sourced Chrome PDF engine, which allows to view and print PDF files, and fill PDF forms. The announcement came earlier this month from Foxit Software, the original maker of Foxit PDF SDK, which Google chose as the base for its Chrome PDF engine. Formerly closed-source, Chrome PDF code is now hosted on Google Source as the PDFium open source project.

Google Web Fundamentals and Web Starter Kit

by Abel Avram on  Jun 20, 2014 1

Google has published a number of guidelines and boilerplate code for cross-platform responsive website design.

Google Open-Sources FlatBuffers: Efficient, Cross-Platform, Serialization Library

by Roopesh Shenoy on  Jun 18, 2014 3

The Google "Fun Propulsion Labs" team has recently open-sourced FlatBuffers. Built especially to support performance needs of game developers, FlatBuffers stores serialized data in buffers which can be either stored in files or transferred across the network as-is, without any parsing overhead.

Google Announces Development Kit for a Tablet with Advanced Vision Capabilities

by Sergio De Simone on  Jun 12, 2014

Google has announced the availability of Project Tango Development Kit, which should allow developers to make applications that track full 3-dimensional motion and capture surfaces in the environment. Tango development kit, created in collaboration with NVDIA, includes the new Tegra K1 mobile processor and aims at providing a platform designed for computer vision and 3D sensing.

DockerCon 2014 Highlights

by Chris Swan on  Jun 12, 2014

After the launch of Docker 1.0 there was more to come. The conference t-shirts said ‘Containers everywhere!’, with plenty of evidence of that from the large Bay area service providers. There were also some additional launches - libswarm ‘a minimalist toolkit to compose network services’, libchan ‘an ultra-lightweight networking library’, and more partners getting involved with libcontainer.

Google Is Now Indexing JavaScript and CSS Content: Pitfalls to Avoid

by Sergio De Simone on  May 30, 2014 1

Google has announced that Googlebot, its web crawler, now executes and indexes some content in JavaScript. This change could impact negatively search results, unless a few basic rules are taken into account.

Big Data and Privacy as Viewed by the White House and European Union

by Alex Giamas on  May 20, 2014

The White House recently published a report on Big Data and Privacy.Privacy advocates openly applauded the findings of the report. Privacy around Big Data is an issue that governments and the European Union are just starting to deal with..

Google Releases First Development Kit for Project ARA, its New Modular Smartphone Platform

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 28, 2014

Google has released a Module Developers Kit (MDK) for Project Ara, an initiative that aims to develop a free, open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones. The MDK defines the Ara platform for module developers and provides reference implementations for various design features. Main goals of the ARA platform are being low cost and creating a rich module ecosystem.

Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter Want to Make Sure that MySQL Is “Web-Scale”

by Abel Avram on  Apr 04, 2014

Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, and Twitter have decided to make sure that a relational databases is “web-scale”, so they have put their efforts behind WebScaleSQL, a branch of MySQL 5.6 Community Edition.

AlchemyAPI and The State of Deep Learning

by Alex Giamas on  Apr 04, 2014 1

AlchemyAPI recently announced a taxonomy and a sentiment analysis API based on deep learning that can help transform digital content into ad inventory. IBM, Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook, Google and others are working in the deep learning space. We take the high level view of what deep learning is all about and what are the key advances throughout the past months in the field.

Google publishes FarmHash, a new family of hash functions for strings

by Sergio De Simone on  Apr 04, 2014 1

Google has just announced FarmHash, a new family of hash functions for strings. FarmHash is a successor to CityHash, from which it inherits many tricks and techniques. FarmHash has multiple goals and claims to improve CityHash on several accounts.

Amazon Responds to Recent Google Cloud Price Cuts

by Abel Avram on  Mar 29, 2014 1

Google announced major price cuts for some of their cloud services including Compute Engine, Storage and BigQuery. But their price advantage lasted for only for 24 hours because the following day Amazon slashed the prices for some of their services – EC2, S3, RDS, ElasticCache and MapReduce.

Google Cuts Cloud Prices, Integrates CI Tools, Supports Windows and Manages VMs

by Abel Avram on  Mar 26, 2014

Google had a Cloud Platform Live event on Tuesday (recorded here) unveiling a number of new features, improvements and a new pricing model.

Creating Apps for Samsung Gear with Tizen SDK for Wearable

by Abel Avram on  Mar 18, 2014 1

After a first generation of wearable devices built with Android, Samsung decided to bring to market a second wave of devices based on Tizen, the open source mobile operating system developed along with Intel. Now, they have released an SDK for creating applications for such devices.

Nokia X Marks Another Android Fork

by Abel Avram on  Feb 25, 2014

This article overviews the latest most important Android forking attempts which offer developers new opportunities but also some challenges.

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