What's happening in the world of Google?
by Robin Laurens, on Nov 15, 2017 4:37:07 PM
We update this blog regularly to keep you informed about the latest Google news.
Google has grown into such a massive tech company offering many products & services for different audiences, that it's difficult to keep up with all their new releases, updates, and developments. Therefore we created a blog that will keep you updated about everything that is new in the world of Google.
Google Home Max is in store now
11 December 2017
Just before the end of the year, the Google Home Max is available online. The music box uses machine learning to optimize its sound, depending on where in the room the device is placed. You can control Max with your own voice; Choose which song you want to play, at what volume, and when you want to go to the next song. But also, switch between different music services, like Yotube and Spotify, with your voice.
You can get Google Home MAX on Best Buy, the Google Store, Verizon and Walmart, or read about the device here.
Google Cloud Next '18 date announced
7 december 2017
Google Cloud Next is returning! Google already announced the date for the San Fransisco based event: July 24-27, 2018. On the event there will be a change to connect with customers, partners, developers and influencers from the global cloud community. The days will be filled with breakout sessions, demos, code labs and training. Most of the break outs will be accessible to watch for people from their home. But for the Dutchies who read this; there will be a Google Cloud Next Amsterdam later in the year, which you can attend as well.
The AIY Vision Kit - Experiment with Machine Learning at home.
30 November 2017
Google just released the second kit that lets makers experiment with Machine Learning. After the release of a AIY Voice Kit in May, Google now released the AIY Vision Kit, which features on-device neural network acceleration, providing computer vision without a cloud connection. The software includes three neural network models which can recognize faces (and expressions), objects, cats, dogs and people. The Kit let every user explore creative builds, using computer vision.
Google launches DayDream Impact for changemakers
27 November 2017
Virtual reality can help people learn more and feel a part of important but distant problems. Unfortunately, lots of social entrepeneurs, organizations and changemakers are having a hard time with really putting VR into action. Mainly because of technical knowledfe or lack of resources. Therefore, Google brought Daydream Impact into life, a program which will train changemakers to better make use of VR, and help them really deliver their message.
New Insights with Google Trends
22 November 2017
Google Trends, the site that shows you what's being said online about a topic, and that gives insights in people's searching behaviour around a certain topic, has been given an udate. Google opened up more data which gives you the possibility to search through more lensens: News, Shopping, Youtube and Images.
Google invests in Trust Project to fight Fake News
16 November 2017
What does Google do to help us divide the credible content, from the fake one, even when masses amount of content are put online everydat? Lots of things, according to their blog. Their latest addition is the investment in the Trust Project. In this project, 75 different news organization come together to put up a list of indicators that can help people distingush between fake news or promotional content, and quality journalism.
Read about it on their blog.
Cloud Spanner Multi-Region configurations
15 November 2017
Cloud Spanner, Google Cloud Platform's worldwide available database, has been updated. One of the most noticeable new features about this update is the multi-region support, a feature that makes it possible to transfer a database to different regions, with a lower latency and better performances.
Read about it on Google's blog.
New tools to simplify job searching with Google Search
15 November 2017
Google has introduced new features that will simplify the search for jobs, making it more efficient. It's now possible to access information about potential jobs, directly in search. This means showing information about the salary, the ability to filter on distance, having the option to choose between different application manners and the ability to save individual jobs by bookmarking them.
Read more about the topic on Google's blog.
TensorFlow Lite Developer Preview released
14 November 2017
Google already announced it in May, and now the first preview has been released; The promised Tensorflow Lite version which is capable of running on mobile devices. The software library for developers wanted to have a more lightweight version of their machine learning solution to initialize quickly and improve model load times on a variety of mobile devices.
TensorFlowLite is available for both Android and iOS app developers and supports the Android Neural Networks API.
Google's self-driving car Waymo first car to drive without driver
7 November 2017
Back in 2009, Google started to work on its first fully self-driving car. In 2016, independent company Waymo was established, taking the car to even further levels. Now, the vehicle is in a stage that it's able to drive entirely on itself, without a backup driver to intervene when necessary, that's what Waymo chief John Krafcik announced at the web summit technology conference in Lisbon last week. Soon the car will make its first test rides in Phoenix, Arizona with actual passengers in it.
No more waiting lines with the new Google Maps feature
7 November 2017
Google is implementing a new functionality into Google Maps and Google Search that will estimate the waiting time at grocery stores. They use crowdsourced anonymous location data to give users the opportunity to avoid waiting times and better plan their shopping trip at times when it's quieter.
Google will launch the new functionality before Thanksgiving, on November the 23rd and will implement the same to estimating the waiting line at restaurants.
Find more updates on Google's blog