Google Cloud Platform continues to roll out consistent updates to its App Engine platform-as-a-service (PaaS). Its latest release, version 1.9.0, makes available App Engine Modules, which aims to help developers break their applications into logical components to bring significant efficiency to both cost and performance. The update also includes a MapReduce library for Java and several PHP Runtime improvements.
Google Cloud Platform continues to roll out features at a pace that was previously seen from Amazon Web Services — the undisputed leader in the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) space — with which it is competing head on. The last two weeks have seen a series of announcements that includes Cloud SQL going to Generally Available (GA) status, developer workshops planned across the EMEA region, and a high-profile event in March to announce significant updates to the platform.
In a previous post I covered six great ways to engage your API community. It was based on seeing thousands of APIs—some that received developer attention and some that fell flat. Now I have dug into ProgrammableWeb’s directory to find the features that really seem to make a difference. Comparing the top 100 APIs to the rest of the pack, it’s clear that community support is a huge differentiator.
For many companies, translation is seen as an either-or proposition: Either you have humans performing translations, or you accept what a machine provides. But a Portugal-based start-up called Unbabel thinks it can provide better translations more cost-efficiently by offering the best of both worlds.
Oscar-nominated film Her would have us believe that in the future we may fall in love with our operating systems. Or at the very least, it shows a much more fluid interaction with technology. Through mostly a speech interface, people are able to read email, search and view photos. Merge this with the Internet of Things that is taking over our present and you can see the power of APIs that speak your language.
Chromecast, the $35 device from Google that allows you to stream content from your mobile phone to your TV, has announced the release of a publicly available Google Cast SDK that allows developers to plug in support for casting content from their mobile and Web applications onto their TV screens. By encouraging developers to integrate Google Cast SDK support into their apps, Google is likely to change our interaction with TV in more ways than we can imagine.
As a concept, quantum computing is one of those topics that generates far more debate than actual usage. Not only are there quarrels about the applicability of different types of approaches to quantum computing; there’s still a fair amount of debate over whether quantum computing applications will prove to be all that much faster than conventional computing applications.
Venstar, a thermostat and energy management system supplier, announced this week that it has added a built-in JSON REST API to its ColorTouch touch screen residential and commercial thermostats.
Last year Google Cloud platform emerged as a viable and strong alternative to Amazon Web Services and in the first few weeks of 2014 the platform has received various updates. These updates include: a new storage connector for Hadoop, App Engine 1.8.9 release, and improved landing page documentation for its Cloud Platform sample projects repository in GitHub.
The pundits are abuzz with Google’s $2.3 billion acquisition of Nest, a move that could take the tech giant further into your home, your habits and the way you live. Some see this as a move with Machiavellian overtones, as in, Google already wants to own all your online data, and now it will be watching you every time you crank up the heat and snuggle up to a marathon session of Girls reruns. Others are overjoyed at the possibilities of the intersection of the various components of our lives, enabled through technology. When all is said and done, the reality is that one of the most important technology companies just paid approximately 12 times the revenue for a company that makes thermostats.