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Google Pursues Enterprise, Targets Windows and SQL Server Workloads

by Kent Weare on  Feb 04, 2017

Google recently announced increased support for Microsoft Windows Server and SQL Server, in the Google Cloud Platform, by providing pre-configured images for Windows Server Core and SQL Server Enterprise Edition. Google has also added support for High Availability and Disaster Recovery scenarios using SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups.

MindMeld’s Guide to Building Conversational Apps

by Abel Avram on  Feb 03, 2017

MindMeld, a conversational AI company, has published The Conversational AI Playbook, a guide outlining the challenges and the steps to be made to create conversational applications.

All Google's Servers Contain Custom Security Silicon

by Sergio De Simone on  Jan 29, 2017

Google infrastructure is designed to ensure that information is secure throughout its entire lifecycle. Here we highlight the key points of Google’s approach.

First Android Instant Apps Are Available

by Abel Avram on  Jan 25, 2017

Google has made available a number of applications as Instant Apps in order to gather user feedback. The SDK is to be made available to all later this year.

Twitter Sells Fabric to Google

by Abel Avram on  Jan 19, 2017

Google has bought Twitter Fabric and will integrate the platform into Firebase.

Google Release Zipkin Integration with Stackdriver Trace for Tracing Distributed Applications

by Daniel Bryant on  Jan 15, 2017 1

Google Cloud Platform has released an open source Zipkin server that allows Zipkin-compatible clients to send traces to Google’s own Stackdriver Trace distributed tracing service for analysis. This Zipkin/Stackdriver Trace integration is aimed at developers whose applications and services are written in a language or framework that Stackdriver Trace doesn’t officially support.

Google Solves CPython’s Concurrency Issues with Grumpy

by Abel Avram on  Jan 11, 2017

Google has solved the concurrency limitations introduced by the Global Interpreter Lock existent in CPython by creating a new Python runtime in Go.

Google BigQuery Adds New Public Datasets

by Alex Giamas on  Jan 05, 2017

Stack Overflow recently announced making its dataset available through Google’s BigQuery. Using regular SQL statements, developers can query the full set of Stack Overflow data including posts, votes, tags, and badges. In this article we explore datasets that are available through Google's BigQuery platform.

Google Expands Reach to Enterprise with Machine Learning APIs

by Alex Giamas on  Dec 27, 2016

Enterprise cloud usage has been in the forefront of big players for the past few years. Amazon, IBM, Google and Microsoft are expanding their offerings to serve better the enterprise users and their needs. Google announced a set of machine learning based services focused on enterprise users.

Building Conversational Apps Using Actions on Google and API.AI

by Kent Weare on  Dec 26, 2016

Google has introduced Actions on Google which allow developers to build Google Assistant-based conversational apps, including integration with the Google Home device.

Polymer 2.0 Introduces Breaking Changes But the Migration Has Been Smoothed

by Abel Avram on  Dec 23, 2016

Polymer 2.0 replaces Custom Elements API v0 with v1, deprecates Polymer.dom, uses Shadow DOM instead, but the migration path is not so steep as these changes suggest because they have introduced a compatibility layer that enables code created with Polymer 1.7+ to run under 2.0

Google Targets IoT with Android Things

by Abel Avram on  Dec 16, 2016

Google brings Android and its ecosystem to the development of IoT devices. Developers will write applications to these devices similarly to how they write for mobile ones.

Building Conversational and Text Interfaces Using Amazon Lex

by Kent Weare on  Dec 09, 2016

At the recent AWS re:Invent conference, Amazon introduced a preview of their deep learning technology called Amazon Lex which can be used to build conversational interfaces using voice and text. Amazon Lex is powered on the same deep learning technology as Alexa, which is used in the portable Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled Amazon Echo speaker.

Nomulus: Google’s Open-Source TLD Registry Platform

by Jona Fenocchi on  Nov 28, 2016

Google announces newly open-sourced cloud platform for creating and managing generic TLDs. Dubbed Nomulus, the AppEngine-powered platform helps domain registries by reducing the technological barriers to entering the market — from scaling their product to just getting started.

Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla Urge Site Operators to Replace SHA–1 Certificates

by Sergio De Simone on  Nov 20, 2016 1

Following their SHA–1 deprecation plans announced last year, Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla detailed recently their timelines to remove support for SHA–1 certificates from their flagship browsers. Researchers at security firm Venafi found however, that 35% of analyzed websites are still using SHA–1 certificates.

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