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Google One to replace all paid Google Drive storage plans

Google has launched a new storage plan called Google One, which will replace all the paid consumer Google Drive storage plans in coming months. The search engine giant said that Google One will offer more benefits and help users get more out of Google. Google One will come with multiple storage plans between 100GB to 30TB, so that users can choose the right plan for them. The plans will start at 100GB for $1.99, 200GB for $2.99, and 2TB for $9.99 per month. Pricing for storage plans larger than 2TB will remain the same. Furthermore, Google will upgrade the existing 1TB Drive plans to 2TB at no additional cost. The second enhancement down the pipe is one-tap access to experts for help. Users will be able to contact the Google customer care staff at any time of the day via phone, email and c...

Google acquires Velostrata to help enterprises migrate to cloud

Google is acquiring Velostrata, the leading provider of cloud migration and mobility solutions. The aim of acquisition is to provide enterprises an easier way to cloud migration, so that they can benefit from what cloud has to offer, like speed, scalability, and access to several technologies. Velostrata’s platform allows the workloads to transparently migrate to public cloud by decoupling the compute from storage, so that performance doesn’t get any degradation. The company said that it can adapt the stateful workloads on the fly for cloud migration. The platform allows customers to either migrate their entire datacenters or operate in a hybrid cloud environment, and then migrate workloads on-demand. Before migration, Velostrata separates the virtual machines from the data the use. It mov...

Google rolls out Dialogflow Enterprise Edition for building conversational apps 

Google announced the general availability of Dialogflow Enterprise Edition, a cloud service that can be used to build digital conversational interfaces like Google Assistant. It was available in beta since November last year. This technology came to Google when it acquired the startup called API.AI in 2016 and renamed it to Dialogflow. It comes with pre-trained natural language processing and machine learning models. This allows developers to create chat apps that work across different devices without any change in coding as the chat apps will work seamlessly across different voice interface platforms, like Amazon Alexa, Facebook Messenger and Google Assistant. As per Google, Dialogflow is already used by numerous developers to create voice and text-based conversational experiences powered...

Now save time wasted in repetitive work by recording actions in Google Sheets

Google recently announced adding new features to the Google Sheets to make it better for businesses to analyze and visualize their data with better formatting options and ability to automate repetitive tasks. The new ‘record macros’ feature in the Google Sheets does exactly what its name says: record macros in sheets. It provides a way to automate the repetitive tasks within the sheets, which can potentially save hours of time. For example, a user needs to build the same chart in multiple sheets. Manually doing it can consume several hours. The ‘record macros’ allows the user to record the actions in the Sheet. The recorded macro can be played back on command, and can be used on several sheets, with no need to write any code. How record macros work? When a user records a macro, Sheets auto...

Velostrata accelerates enterprise cloud migration to Google Cloud Platform

Velostrata, a leading provider of cloud migration and mobility solutions, announced its alliance with Google Cloud to make it easier for enterprises to mass migrate on-premises workloads to Google Cloud Platform (GCP). New GCP-Velostrata-integrated solution can perform the workload migration up to five times faster than traditional methods. The accelerated migration will not only save time, but also maximize application uptime, and lead to significant TCO reduction. Cloud migration has become an integral part of the IT initiatives with the modernization in datacenter, and digital transformation. With more enterprises migrating to cloud, Velostrata focuses on eliminating the barriers to cloud migration. “We cater to the intersection of these needs by offering customers a new ‘right-sizing’ ...

Google launches DeepMind technology enabled Cloud Text-to-Speech for developers 

The machine learning powered text-to-speech synthesis, which Google currently uses for its own products like Maps and Google Assistant, is now coming to Google Cloud Platform with Cloud Text-to-Speech. The move will enable developers to add Google’s text-to-speech functionality in their own applications to build more interactive interfaces. The Cloud Text-to-Speech has 32 different voices in 12 languages, enabling developers to customize voice pitch, speaking rate and volume gain. Google claimed that it can correctly pronounce complex text like names, dates, times and addresses. It also supports multiple audio formats including MP3 and WAV. Cloud Text-to-Speech is integrated with DeepMind’s WaveNet technology, so that developers can select from high-quality voices. WaveNet is a neural netw...

Google and FogHorn join hands to simplify deployment of industrial IoT 

FogHorn Systems, a US-based software development company, announced its partnership with Google Cloud to optimize deployment and impact of industrial IoT on businesses. The Industrial IoT is simply the implementation of IoT for industrial purposes. It includes machine learning and big data technology, sensor data, as well as automation in industries. As a part of the partnership, FogHorn will integrate its IIoT platform called Lightning edge intelligence software, with Google Cloud IoT Core. FogHorn’s Lightning platform is an intelligent solution which delivers low latency for data processing, real-time analytics, machine learning and AI capabilities. It enables data processing at the source of sensor data to optimize the data which is published to cloud for further processing and analytic...

Bitcoin price drops as Google bans all cryptocurrency ads

Google is banning advertisements for cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin and Ethereum, in an approach to protect users from scams which are hidden behind risky monetary transactions. In an update to its financial services policy, Google announced that the ads for cryptocurrencies and related content like initial coin offerings (ICO), cryptocurrency exchanges, cryptocurrency wallets, as well as cryptocurrency trading services, will not be allowed from June 2018. The cryptocurrency-ad ban will be applicable to Google’s platforms like YouTube, and to the other websites where Google ads work. Google didn’t mention on its website why it is banning these ads. But Google’s director of sustainable ads, Scott Spencer, told CNBC – “We don’t have a crystal ball to know where the future is going ...

Google and Alibaba Cloud up the ante in cloud war with new Quantum computing moves 

With all the tech giants pouring time and money into new and ambitious projects to be at the forefront of the modern technology, quantum computing is one lightsaber that can help one win the competition. There has been a race to build quantum hardware so that in the future, it can be turned into a more powerful and faster cloud computing service. Although the capabilities of the technology is highly debated but the efforts by the leading players to commercialize it has opened a new competitive space in the accelerating cloud market. The latest developments in quantum computing come from Google and Alibaba Cloud, who announced new quantum processors this month. At annual American Physical Society meeting in Los Angeles, Google launched its new quantum processor, called Bristlecone. The Bris...

Google Assistant to become multilingual and support more than 30 languages 

Google announced addition of more languages and multilingual support to its Google Assistant, which will be available to around 95% of the eligible Android users by the end of 2018. Google Assistant, the virtual private assistant developed by Google, already supports eight languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese. The list will be extended to thirty. Support for Danish, Hindi, Swedish, Indonesian, Dutch, Norwegian, and Thai on Android phones and iPhones are expected to be available in the coming months, while support for more languages on more devices will be provided throughout the year. The search engine giant will also make its virtual assistant multilingual, which means that users who converse in more than one language will be able to speak...

Google’s Cloud IoT Core now generally available 

Cloud IoT Core, Google’s fully managed service to help securely connect and manage globally dispersed IoT devices, is now generally available after being available in beta version since September last year. Google Cloud IoT Core was launched last year in collaboration with NXP Semiconductors, to tap in the smart city and enterprise deployments. When combined with other services like data analytics and machine learning (Cloud AutoML) of Google, Cloud IoT Core can enable users to collect, process, analyze, and visualize IoT data in real time to improve operational efficiency by getting actionable insights. “For example, imagine you have a device that publishes multiple types of data, such as temperature, humidity and logging data. By directing these data streams to their own individual Pub/S...

Google to acquire Xively IoT platform for $50 million  

Google yesterday announced intentions to acquire Xively from LogMeIn for $50 million. The move aims to provide a completely managed IoT service, complementing Google Cloud’s efforts, to safely link, manage and ingest data from devices dispersed across the globe. With the acquisition, Google intends to use Xively as a catalyst into the rising IoT market, which is estimated to have 20 billion connected devices by 2020. Google currently provides IoT services through its Cloud IoT Core that runs on serverless infrastructure, and automatically scales in response to real-time changes. Xively provides enterprise-grade IoT which includes advanced device management, messaging, and dashboard capabilities. The acquisition will integrate the extensive features and device management of Xively with Goog...

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