The developments in Google's Cloud Computing segment, especially the Cloud
Machine Learning service, have been so rapid that Google calls it one of its
fastest growing product areas.
Google has been ramping up their Cloud Platform quite aggressively in recent
months. Just a few weeks ago, the Google Cloud Platform opened its newest
zone in Tokyo, increasing the total number of regions they are present in to
six - three in the US and one each in Belgium and Taiwan and Tokyo.
Not long ago, the company announced its acquisition of Orbitera, a cloud
commerce company. for more than a hundred million dollars. The developments
in Google’s Cloud Computing segment, especially the Cloud Machine Learning
service, have been so rapid that Google calls it one of its fastest growing
This presents a unique problem to customers. On the one hand, businesses may
be tem... (more)
The growing popularity of IoT has spawned the debate on privacy once again.
Last year, Samsung stoked controversy by warning customers that their Smart
TV Voice Recognition system was capable of “listening” to personal and
sensitive information spoken by customers. Not only this, all of this
intercepted information is transmitted over a non-encrypted connection to be
stored in a third party server.
Although the company was quick to change its policy wordings and issue
clarification, Samsung is hardly the only one. ‘Hello Barbie’, a WiFi
connected doll from Mattel intercepts chil... (more)
A number of retailers, especially small businesses, are moving away from
these expensive systems to cheaper, yet a lot more sophisticated cloud
alternatives. A typical cloud PoS system should cost retailers between $50 to
$200 a month.
Point of Sale (Pos) systems typically haven’t required an internet
connection. These devices come with a cash register, a barcode scanner and a
card reading machine that connects to the bank via a fixed line connection.
In addition to this, the higher end PoS systems come with inventory tracking
and management tools as well. All of this does not c... (more)
For a long time, Bill Gates and in fact the entire leadership team at
Microsoft were vehemently against the open source community. Steve Ballmer
had once called Linux “a malignant cancer” in reference to Linux
allegedly violating nearly 235 patents that Microsoft owned. Even
post-retirement, Bill Gates had once picked on open source claiming that this
model creates a license that prevents anybody from improving the software.
“I think if you invent drugs, you should be able to charge for them,”
he had said.
But Microsoft, and the entire gamut of B2B service providers, have come a... (more)
Pokeman Go has been a raging success. But its launch was marred by frequent
downtimes and dropped connections. In a recent chat at the Google Cloud
Platform Next Conference, Niantic CTO Phil Keslin talked about the “hair
on fire” experience where the team had to firefight and upgrade key
components on the live production system in order to handle the unexpected
surge in new users joining in.
Among the various upgrades made to the system, Niantic had to replace the
network load balancer with a much more sophisticated HTTP/S load balancing
system that could handle a larger overal... (more)