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IBM Unveils Its Most Powerful Quantum Processor Yet for Business and Science

by Sergio De Simone on  May 19, 2017

IBM has announced a new feat in its race towards building ever more powerful quantum processors. Indeed, its new 16 and 17 qubit processors are its most powerful yet, IBM researchers claim.

Kotlin Is Now a Supported Android Language

by Abel Avram on  May 18, 2017

Announced during Google I/O 2017, Android Studio 3.0 adds full support for Kotlin which is to be moved from JetBrains to an independent non-profit organization for future development.

TensorFlow: Providing Support to a Successful Open-Source Project

by Sergio De Simone on  May 17, 2017

Building a community around an open-source project requires a number of practices regarding support, pull requests handling, licensing, and more, writes Pete Warden, TensorFlow Mobile lead at Google.

Google Invests in Cognitive: Cloud Speech API Reaches General Availability

by Kent Weare on  May 06, 2017

In a recent blog post, Google announced their Cloud Speech API has reached General Availability. The Cloud Speech API allows developers to include pre-trained machine learning models for cognitive tasks such as video, image and text analysis in addition to dynamic translation. The Cloud Speech API was launched, in open beta, last summer.

Google Opens Up its Voice-Based Assistant on Third-Party Devices

by Sergio De Simone on  May 01, 2017

The Google Assistant SDK makes it possible to integrate Google Assistant voice-capabilities into custom devices running on Raspberry Pi 3 and also on Linux, writes Google assistant product manager Chris Ramsdale. Licensing terms for commercial use are not yet clear, however.

10 Weeks to QCon New York: Keynotes Announced and Early Peek into the Speaker Lineup

by Wesley Reisz on  Apr 24, 2017

QCon New York (the 6th annual software conference) is just 10 weeks away. June 26-28 QCon returns to its new location at Times Square’s Marriott Marquis, but with the same great lineup of speakers. 2017 features speakers from Stitch Fix, Google, Netflix, Lyft, Pivotal, Redis Labs, among others.

Hiring Tools and Tips from Google

by Abel Avram on  Apr 14, 2017

Google has published a number of tools useful for the hiring process, including advice on creating a job description, preparing the interviewer, best practices for interviews, and others.

How Google Uses Espresso to Connect to the Public Internet

by Thomas Betts on  Apr 08, 2017

At the Open Networking Summit, Google engineers highlighted the capabilities of their Software Defined Networking (SDN) strategy, including the peering edge architecture named Espresso. Espresso is the fourth pillar of Google's SDN strategy and focuses on optimizing the performance and availability of peering connections with major Internet Service Providers around the globe.

Android O: Notification Channels, Background Limits, PIP and More

by Abel Avram on  Mar 22, 2017

Google has made available the Android O Preview to developers, admonishing them to test their applications on the new OS to be ready when this version of Android becomes publicly available. New in Android O: More Background limits, Notification channels, Picture-in-picture, Autofill, Adaptive icons, and API changes, among others.

News in Graphics: Xamarin Kimono, Google Guetzli and Draco

by Abel Avram on  Mar 17, 2017

Xamarin has open sourced a tool for editing SkiaSharp objects, while Google has reduced the size taken by 2D JPEG and 3D graphics.

Conference Recap: Google Cloud Next

by Richard Seroter on  Mar 14, 2017 4

Cloud enthusiasts from around the world attended Google Cloud Next to hear an update from the search giant. Three broad themes emerged from the many keynotes and 200+ sessions: service scale and maturity, usable machine learning, and enterprise-friendliness.

Google Makes Public Their API Design Guide

by Abel Avram on  Mar 10, 2017

Google has made public an API Design Guide for creating HTTP or RPC APIs. These design principles are recommended especially to developers creating gRPC APIs connecting to Google Cloud Endpoints.

TensorFlow 1.0 Released

by Alex Giamas on  Mar 05, 2017

Google recently announced TensorFlow version 1.0. Python API is now stable and experimental APIs for Java and Go have been added. XLA delivers significant performance increase. Keras can also be integrated with TensorFlow using a build-in module. tf.transform, tf.layers, tf.metrics, and tf.losses all add new features to the framework..

Google Launches Cloud Spanner Public Beta

by Andrew Morgan on  Feb 28, 2017

Google has launched the public beta for Cloud Spanner, its globally distributed relational database service. Part of Google Cloud Platform, it delivers both ACID transactions and high availability, appearing to violate CAP theorem.

Apple Proposes a New 3D Graphics Standard Called WebGPU

by Abel Avram on  Feb 17, 2017

Apple has proposed a new GPU API for the browser, called WebGPU. Google has another solution called NXT in the development.

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