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.

From the Google Ubiquity Dev Summit 2016: Brillo, Weave and Beacons

by Abel Avram on  Jan 15, 2016

Google has organized this week the Ubiquity Dev Summit 2016 with sessions on their IoT technologies - Brillo, Weave, Beacons – and other technologies for wearable, TVs and Auto.

Android will Use the OpenJDK

by Abel Avram on  Dec 30, 2015 2

Hacker News has reported on an Android source code commit that suggests that Google’s mobile operating system is switching the implementation of their Java libraries from the original Harmony-based one to OpenJDK. The move has been confirmed by Google to VentureBeat.

Google Launches Cloud CDN Alpha

by Kent Weare on  Dec 28, 2015

Earlier this month, Google announced an Alpha Cloud Content Delivery Network (CDN) offering. The service aims to provide static content closer to end users by caching content in Google’s globally distributed edge caches.

Angular Material 1.0 is Here

by Abel Avram on  Dec 18, 2015 1

Angular Material 1.0 has been released.

Google Cloud Security Scanner reaches General Availability

by Kent Weare on  Dec 05, 2015

On October 7, 2015 Google announced its App Engine security service, Google Cloud Security Scanner, has reached general availability. This past February, Google launched a beta version of this service.

Google Launches Cloud Datalab Beta

by Kent Weare on  Nov 22, 2015 2

At the recent Google Cloud Platform Next experience event in Paris, Google announced a beta data visualization service called Cloud Datalab. Cloud Datalab allows developers to explore and analyze their data through an interactive web-browser experience.

TensorFlow: Google Open Sources Their Machine Learning Tool

by Abel Avram on  Nov 09, 2015

TensorFlow is a machine learning library created by the Brain Team researchers at Google and now open sourced under the Apache License 2.0. TensorFlow is detailed in the whitepaper TensorFlow: Large-Scale Machine Learning on Heterogeneous Distributed Systems. The source code can be found on Google Git.

Google to Provide Integration between Cloud Logs and Cloud Monitoring Services

by Kent Weare on  Nov 08, 2015

Google recently announced they are adding features to its cloud platform that will enable integration between its cloud-based log service and its cloud monitoring service. The intent of providing these capabilities is to allow customers to efficiently move between the Cloud Logging and Cloud Monitoring services when discovering the health of their own services.

Speeding Up the Mobile Web with AMP HTML

by Abel Avram on  Oct 09, 2015 2

Google has open sourced the specification for a restricted HTML that is meant to improve the mobile experience on the web.

Nest Opens Up Weave

by Abel Avram on  Oct 02, 2015

Nest has made available to developers the Weave protocol used to connect various IoT devices.

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