The machine learning and engineering communities weigh in on news of Google's new TensorFlow optimized processor, the TPU and possibly influence several industry leaders in the hardware space like Intel and Nvidia.
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 made the source code of their Thread protocol available on GitHub.
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.
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 introduces a hybrid runtime using compilation + interpretation + JIT to obtain the best compromise between installation time, memory footprint, battery consumption and performance.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.