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Flash Gets Sidelined in Google Chrome Proposal

by James Chesters on  May 17, 2016 1

Google have revealed plans to sideline Flash in their Chrome browser. In the draft proposal "HTML5 by Default" Chrome's technical program manager says "Later this year we plan to change how Chromium hints to websites about the presence of Flash Player. If a site offers an HTML5 experience, this change will make that the primary experience."

Nest Has Open Sourced Thread

by Abel Avram on  May 13, 2016

Nest has made the source code of their Thread protocol available on GitHub.

Google Cloud Machine Learning and Tensor Flow Alpha Release

by Dylan Raithel on  Apr 18, 2016

Late last month Google released an alpha version of their TensorFlow (TF) integrated cloud machine learning service as a response to a growing need to make their Tensor Flow library to run at scale on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Google describes several new feature sets around making TF usage scale by integrating several pieces of the GCP like Dataproc, a managed Hadoop and Spark service.

New in Android Studio 2.0: Instant Run and Cloud Test Lab

by Abel Avram on  Apr 08, 2016

Android Studio 2.0 comes with several new features and improvements: Instant Run, integration with a Google service for testing on real devices, faster emulator, faster builds, GPU profiler and debugger, support for deep linking and others.

Android N Combines AOT, Interpretation and JIT

by Abel Avram on  Mar 31, 2016

Android N introduces a hybrid runtime using compilation + interpretation + JIT to obtain the best compromise between installation time, memory footprint, battery consumption and performance.

Google Maglev: A Load Balancer on Commodity Servers

by Abel Avram on  Mar 17, 2016

A group of engineers from Google, UCLA, and SpaceX are presenting the paper "Maglev: A Fast and Reliable Software Network Load Balancer" at the 13th USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI '16) taking place this week. Maglev is Google’s network load balancer.

Databricks Integrates Spark and TensorFlow for Deep Learning

by Dylan Raithel on  Mar 12, 2016

Since announcements late last year about Google open-sourcing TensorFlow, the company’s open-source library for machine learning, and previous coverage at InfoQ, the data-science community has had an opportunity to try out TensorFlow for their own projects.

Android N Includes Multi-window, Java 8, Enhanced Notifications

by Abel Avram on  Mar 10, 2016

Google has made available an early preview of Android N targeted specifically at developers. Android N Preview comes 10 weeks earlier compared with its predecessor, Android M Preview. Google’s desire is to get earlier feedback from developers to have enough time to incorporate the changes into it.

Spotify Moves Infrastructure and Data Services to Google Cloud Platform

by Kent Weare on  Feb 28, 2016

On February 23rd, 2016 Spotify announced it is moving its technical infrastructure and data services from its existing owned and leased data centers to Google Cloud Platform.

AlphaGo: Google and DeepMind Publish Seminal AI Work

by Dylan Raithel on  Feb 23, 2016

A game simulation at Google's Deep Mind defeated expert humans at Go last month in a breakthrough for AI. Go is considered one of the great unsolved problems in AI.

Google AMP Drives Debate About Open Web

by James Chesters on  Feb 17, 2016

The launch of Google's AMP project looms this month and not everyone is excited. The project describes Accelerated Mobile Pages as "an initiative to improve the mobile web and enhance the distribution ecosystem." Aram Zucker-Scharff, lead developer for PressForward, says "If Google sees itself as a custodian of the open web then, up to this point, it has proven to be a rather poor one."

Google Introduces Cloud Functions

by Abel Avram on  Feb 13, 2016

Google has launched a new service called Cloud Functions in alpha. This service allows one to create small JavaScript functions that automatically respond to cloud events without requiring user’s intervention, configuring a runtime and executing it, or scaling it to multiple machines.

Google Drops Flash to go 100% HTML5 for Ads

by James Chesters on  Feb 13, 2016

The long, painful death of Adobe's Flash continues, with Google announcing the company's display network will soon stop running Flash ads. In an official post the company said "to enhance the browsing experience for more people on more devices, the Google Display Network and DoubleClick Digital Marketing are now going 100% HTML5."

Google’s J2ObjC 1.0 Translates Java into Objective-C

by Abel Avram on  Feb 05, 2016

J2ObjC is an open source tool created by Google to translate Java code into corrresponding Objective-C code that can be run on iOS. The idea is to reuse Java business code between Android, web and iOS. For the web the translation is done with GWT. This tool does not deal with UI code which needs to be written separately for each platform.

Microsoft Announces Azure Price Cut

by Kent Weare on  Jan 23, 2016

In a recent Microsoft Azure blog post, the company announced a price cut due in early February. This announcement follows an Amazon announcement on January 5th, 2016 which saw price cuts to Amazon Web Services (AWS) EC2 C4, M4 and R3 virtual machine instances.

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