Google brings its GIF-making Motion Stills app to Android

Google last year introduced an app called Motion Stills that aimed to help iOS users do more with their Live Photos – including being able to crop out blurry frames, stabilize images, and even turn Apple’s Live Photos format into more sharable GIFs. Today, Google says it’s bringing Motion Stills to Android, along with a few changes.

Obviously, Android users aren’t in need of a Live Photos image editing tool. Live Photos, after all, are a format Apple introduced back in 2015, allowing iPhone users to snap photos that animate with a touch.

And with the introduction of iOS 11 later this year, Apple is rolling out a number of built-in tools for editing Live Photos, further eliminating the need for third-party applications in order to do things like cropping, picking out a key photo, or applying effects – like the new loop effect that will make your Live Photos play more like a GIF.

It makes sense, then, that Google would now find a use case for some of its Motion Stills technology on its own Android platform.

The company says the Android app includes a new recording experience where everything you shoot is immediately transformed into short, sharable clips. To use this feature, you simply capture a Motion Still with a tap, like taking a photo. If that sounds a lot like Google is introducing its own take on Live Photos, well…you’d probably be right.

Another new feature called Fast Forward lets you reduce a longer recording into a short clip, as well. This works with recordings up to a minute long, and the video is processed right on your phone. You can adjust the playback speed from 1x to 8x after recording. Google details some of the technology it’s using to make this possible, including how it encodes videos with “a denser I-frame spacing to enable efficient seeking and playback;” and the use of “adaptive temporal downsampling in the linear solver and long-range stabilization.”

Or, in human speak, it’s making more stable, smoother clips you can easily share with friends, even if the original footage was super shaky.

The company shows this off in a sped-up clip of a bike ride over a dirt path:

Meanwhile, in terms of turning regular recordings into GIFs, Google introduced new technology as well. It says it redesigned its existing iOS video processing pipeline to use a streaming approach that processes each video frame as it’s recording. It then stabilizes the image while performing the loop optimization over the full sequence. Again, translated, this means you can quickly make a recording and immediately get a smoothed-out GIF to share as a result.

The company says the new app is meant to be a place where Google can continue to experiment with short-form video technology, and hints that some of the improvements may make their way to Google Photos in the future.

The Motion Stills app for Android is available as a free download on Google Play and works on Android 5.1 and higher.

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Google Allo v14 Brings Message Reactions, Under-the-Hood Enhancements

Google Allo v14 Brings Message Reactions, Under-the-Hood Enhancements

While we still await the much-delayed Web client of Google Allo, version 14 of the messaging app has now started rolling out for Android and brings message reactions to the platform. Currently, the latest update is not showing up for us but it is expected to be rolled out by the search giant in phases to the users.

Now, just like on Facebook Messenger, users can give emoji reactions to particular messages within the chat and once there are multiple reactions, the count of the reactions starts showing up beside the message. Amit Fulay, head of Google Allo, announced the new feature in his tweet saying, “Latest #GoogleAllo version out today! You can react to messages in chat (tap the heart to like them)”

Notably, unlike Facebook Messenger, Allo users can only react to messages with a heart-shaped emoji as of now. Fulay has suggested that there are more “under-the-hood enhancements” that come with the update but we will have to wait to figure out other notable additions. For now, there’s now word on when the updated app will hit iOS.

To recall, Google said in May that the Web client of the Allo app will be released in a month or two but recently clarified that it will take “few more weeks” to be made available. Nick Fox, VP, Communications Products at Google, said in a tweet in May: “I’m using Web client every day and loving it. Team is working hard to get it out ASAP [As Soon As Possible], but we’re still a month or two from public release.”

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WhatsApp Update Brings Support for All File Types, Shared Media Bundling

WhatsApp Update Brings Support for All File Types, Shared Media Bundling

WhatsApp has been on a roll this year, adding feature upon feature to the world’s most popular messaging app to make it more appealing to the users. The company is continuing the streak, and has added support for all types of file transfers (including archives) as well as shared media bundling in the stable version of the Android app. These features had been under testing in WhatsApp beta for Android for some time now. However, users still continue to wait for the final release of the message recall feature that has been leaked several times already.

To use the new feature, WhatsApp users on Android can head to Google Play to download the latest version of the app. Apart from support for all file types and media bundling, the latest WhatsApp update also enables text formatting in the chat. When typing text in a chat window, users can now tap and hold to select the text to easily bold, strikethrough, or italicise. This feature was also available earlier to beta users.

WhatsApp media bundling

Several beta users last month also started receiving new shared media bundling feature. WhatsApp users will now be able to send a bunch of photos to their friends, who will receive them bundled as an album and not as before, one after another. With the new update, once a user opens an album, all images are shown on a single page. The feature also indicates that WhatsApp will give more room for shared photos. This WhatsApp feature was rolled out to iPhone users last month, and refines the sharing of multiple photos on the platform.

The new WhatsApp for Android update also brings minor change to the WhatsApp call screen where users will now have to swipe up instead of sideways to pick up a call. The revamped WhatsApp call screen was also spotted last month.

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Azure brings SQL Server Analysis Services to the cloud

Azure brings SQL Server Analysis Services to the cloud

SQL Server Analysis Services, one of the key features of Microsoft’s relational database enterprise offering, is going to the cloud. The company announced Tuesday that it’s launching the public beta of Azure Analysis Services, which gives users cloud-based access to semantic data modeling tools.

The news is part of a host of announcements the company is making at the Professional Association for SQL Server Summit in Seattle this week. On top of the new cloud service, Microsoft also released new tools for migrating to the latest version of SQL Server and an expanded free trial for Azure SQL Data Warehouse. On the hardware side, the company revealed new reference architecture for using SQL Server 2016 with active data sets of up to 145TB.

The actions are all part of Microsoft’s continued investment in the company’s relational database product at a time when it’s trying to get customers to move to its cloud.

Azure Analysis Services is designed to help companies get the benefits of cloud processing for semantic data modeling, while still being able to glean insights from data that’s stored either on-premises or in the public cloud. It’s compatible with databases like SQL Server, Azure SQL Database, Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Oracle and Teradata. Customers that already use SQL Server Analysis Services in their private data centers can take the models from that deployment and move them to Azure, too.

One of the key benefits to using Azure Analysis Services is that it’s a fully managed service. Microsoft deals with the work of figuring out the compute resources underpinning the functionality, and users can just focus on the data.

Like its on-premises predecessor, Azure Analysis Services integrates with Microsoft’s Power BI data visualization tools, providing additional modeling capabilities that go beyond what that service can offer. Azure AS can also connect to other business intelligence software, like Tableau.

Microsoft also is making it easier to migrate from an older version of its database software to SQL Server 2016.  To help companies evaluate the difference between their old version of SQL Server and the latest release, Microsoft has launched the  Database Experimentation Assistant.

Customers can use the assistant to run experiments across different versions of the software, so they can see what if any benefits they’ll get out of the upgrade process while also helping to reduce risk. The Data Migration Assistant, which is supposed to help move workloads, is also being upgraded.

For companies that have large amounts of data they want to store in a cloud database, Microsoft is offering an expanded free trial of Azure SQL Data Warehouse. Users can sign up starting on Tuesday, and get a free month of use. Those customers who want to give it a shot will have to move quickly, though: Microsoft is only taking trial sign-ups until December 31.

Microsoft Corporate Vice President Joseph Sirosh said in an interview that the change to the Azure SQL Data Warehouse trial was necessary because setting up the system to work with actual data warehouse workloads would blow through the typical Azure free trial. Giving people additional capacity to work with should let them have more of an opportunity to test the service before committing to a large deployment.

All of this SQL news comes a little more than a month before AWS Re:Invent, Amazon’s big cloud conference in Las Vegas. It’s likely that we’ll see Amazon unveil some new database products at that event, continuing the ongoing cycle of competition among database vendors in the cloud.

 

 

[Source:- IW]

Scala upgrade brings closer alignment with Java 8

Scala upgrade brings closer alignment with Java 8

Scala, a trendy object-oriented and functional language for the Java Virtual Machine, is now aligned with Java 8, the latest release of the standard Java platform.

Version 2.12.0, released Wednesday, features a complete overhaul of its compiler to take advantage of VM features in the Java upgrade, according to scala-lang.org. With Scala 2.12.0, a trait compiles directly to an interface with default methods, to improve binary compatibility and Java interoperability. And with Java 8 allowing concrete methods in interfaces, Scala 2.12.0 is able to compile a trait to a single interface classfile.

“Before, a trait was represented as an interface and a class that held the method implementations,” scala-lang.org said. “Scala 2.12 is all about making optimal use of Java 8’s new features—and thus generates code that requires a Java 8 runtime.”

Additionally, Scala and Java 8 interop has been improved for functional code, with methods that take functions easily called in each direction via lambda syntax. “The FunctionN classes in Scala’s standard library are now SAM (Single Abstract Method) types and all SAM types are treated uniformly—from type-checking until code generation—no class file is generated for lambdas, and invokedynamic is used instead.”

The new version also features a new bytecode optimizer. “The optimizer is configured using the -opt compiler option. By default it only removes unreachable code within a method.” Dead code elimination and a number of cleanup optimizations are included as well.

Version 2.12.0 standardizes on the GenBCode back end to emit code more quickly, and the interactive shell in Scala has been improved. It also has an upgraded type inference for Scala.js, which generates JavaScript from Scala.

Scala 2.12.1, which will rectify some issues with release 2.12.0, is coming later this month; scala-lang.org says it will clean up code and offer front-end fixes. A future release of Scala 2.12.x will address an issue in which parallel collections are prone to deadlock in the REPL and object initializers. From here on out, Scala 2.12.x releases will be fully binary compatible.

 

[Source:- Javaworld]

Azure brings SQL Server Analysis Services to the cloud

Azure brings SQL Server Analysis Services to the cloud

SQL Server Analysis Services, one of the key features of Microsoft’s relational database enterprise offering, is going to the cloud. The company announced Tuesday that it’s launching the public beta of Azure Analysis Services, which gives users cloud-based access to semantic data modeling tools.

The news is part of a host of announcements the company is making at the Professional Association for SQL Server Summit in Seattle this week. On top of the new cloud service, Microsoft also released new tools for migrating to the latest version of SQL Server and an expanded free trial for Azure SQL Data Warehouse. On the hardware side, the company revealed new reference architecture for using SQL Server 2016 with active data sets of up to 145TB.

The actions are all part of Microsoft’s continued investment in the company’s relational database product at a time when it’s trying to get customers to move to its cloud.

Azure Analysis Services is designed to help companies get the benefits of cloud processing for semantic data modeling, while still being able to glean insights from data that’s stored either on-premises or in the public cloud. It’s compatible with databases like SQL Server, Azure SQL Database, Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Oracle and Teradata. Customers that already use SQL Server Analysis Services in their private data centers can take the models from that deployment and move them to Azure, too.

One of the key benefits to using Azure Analysis Services is that it’s a fully managed service. Microsoft deals with the work of figuring out the compute resources underpinning the functionality, and users can just focus on the data.

Like its on-premises predecessor, Azure Analysis Services integrates with Microsoft’s Power BI data visualization tools, providing additional modeling capabilities that go beyond what that service can offer. Azure AS can also connect to other business intelligence software, like Tableau.

Microsoft also is making it easier to migrate from an older version of its database software to SQL Server 2016.  To help companies evaluate the difference between their old version of SQL Server and the latest release, Microsoft has launched the  Database Experimentation Assistant.

Customers can use the assistant to run experiments across different versions of the software, so they can see what if any benefits they’ll get out of the upgrade process while also helping to reduce risk. The Data Migration Assistant, which is supposed to help move workloads, is also being upgraded.

For companies that have large amounts of data they want to store in a cloud database, Microsoft is offering an expanded free trial of Azure SQL Data Warehouse. Users can sign up starting on Tuesday, and get a free month of use. Those customers who want to give it a shot will have to move quickly, though: Microsoft is only taking trial sign-ups until December 31.

Microsoft Corporate Vice President Joseph Sirosh said in an interview that the change to the Azure SQL Data Warehouse trial was necessary because setting up the system to work with actual data warehouse workloads would blow through the typical Azure free trial. Giving people additional capacity to work with should let them have more of an opportunity to test the service before committing to a large deployment.

All of this SQL news comes a little more than a month before AWS Re:Invent, Amazon’s big cloud conference in Las Vegas. It’s likely that we’ll see Amazon unveil some new database products at that event, continuing the ongoing cycle of competition among database vendors in the cloud.

 

 

[Source:- Infowrold]

Azure SQL Data Warehouse brings MPP to Microsoft cloud

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“It is an extremely high-performance MPP service, with column store indexing,” according to Andrew Snodgrass, analyst at Directions on Microsoft in Kirkland, Wash. “Azure SQL Data Warehouse can put numerous processors to work on queries, returning results much faster than any single server.”

For many smaller companies, a data warehouse is still new, and dedicating staff to nurse and feed the warehouse is a burden. Cloud can be a benefit there. But even large companies with established data warehousing programs are currently reviewing their options.

That is one reason Microsoft is promoting the new offering as an alternative to on-premises data warehouses, especially those that focus on producing monthly reports. Today, these systems may have low utilization over much of the month, and then find high use as monthly reports come due.

That is a perfect case for cloud, a Microsoft data leader asserts. In an online blog last week discussing Azure SQL Data Warehouse’s move to general availability, Joseph Sirosh, corporate vice president overseeing Microsoft’s Data Group, described Azure elastic cloud computing as a means to efficiently marry processing with workload requirements for data warehousing. The service has been available in preview releases since June of last year.

Broad shoulders of column architecture

While some column-based analytics systems go back over 20 years, broad use of the column data architecture was still fairly new in 2012 whenAmazon tapped such technology for its Redshift data warehouse in the cloud. Such software was principally useful when data warehouses were required to support large numbers of user queries against their data stores.

Redshift seriously upped the ante in cloud data warehouses, making them more than commodity type products. As Redshift became a prominent part of Amazon’s cloud portfolio, it put pressure on Microsoft to add similar capabilities to its Azure line, while at the same time supporting basic SQL Server compatibility. While it has taken a while to achieve, viewers said this release of a Microsoft cloud-based data warehouse is still timely.

“Microsoft is playing catchup to some extent. But it was required to make some significant changes. Their strategy now is cloud first,” said Ben Harden, principal for data and analytics at Richmond, Virg.-based services provider CapTech Ventures Inc.

Harden said cloud computing is a very influential trend and that CapTech is now seeing demand for both Amazon and Microsoft cloud implementations.

The wait for Microsoft’s cloud data warehouse may have been worthwhile, according to Joe Caserta, president at Caserta Concepts LLC, a New York-based data consultancy that has partner agreements with both Amazon and Microsoft analytics.

“I am kind of glad they waited until they were ready,” he said. “They now have a good core set of tools.”

Scalability on a scale of one to ten

The ability to scale up to handle peak data loads is a plus for Azure SQL Data Warehouse, according to Paul Ohanian, CTO at Pound Sand, an El Segundo, Calif.-based electronic game developer that has worked with the new Microsoft software. A major use has been to produce analytics to track players’ behavior, identify trends and create projections. Scaling up was a concern, he said.

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“Our game was featured in the iOS App Store for seven weeks over Christmas. We went from testing a game with about 1,000 people overseas to all of a sudden getting half-a-million users in six days. But Azure SQL Data Warehouse allowed us to very easily scale from something like 1,000 users to 100,000 users,” he said. “Literally, we saw that rise in eight hours.”

Handling such issues was his team’s original goal, according to Ohanian. “When we shipped our game, the scaling totally worked,” he said.

Ohanian said his group has been an Azure cloud user for a number of years, but that it looked at other cloud and analytics alternatives. Affinities between APIs already in use and APIs for Azure SQL Data Warehouse were a factor in choosing the Microsoft software, he said.

By his estimation, the cloud data warehouse service is not too late to the fair, and it is full-fledged in important areas such as management.

“Maybe it’s because it is coming later, but it seems to have streamlined some of the complexity,” Ohanian said. “It is easy to get things up and going, and to manage.”

Ohanian found favor with Azure SQL Data Warehouse pricing, which separates expenses for storage and computing. Starting Sept. 1, data storage will be charged based on Azure Premium Storage rates of $122.88 per 1TB per month; at that time, compute pricing will be about $900 per month per 100 data warehouse units, according to Microsoft. Data warehouse units are the company’s measure for underlying resources such as CPU and memory.

It is important for Microsoft to field data warehouse products suited for its established users, so, naturally, C# and .NET developers continue to be a target of Azure cloud updates.

“We are seeing pretty equal demand between Amazon and Azure clouds. It is boiling down to what skill sets users have today,” said consultant Harden. “People are taking the path of least resistance where skills are concerned.”

Path of least resistance leads me on

The availability of Microsoft’s massively parallel processing cloud data warehouse augers greater competition in cloud data, which is welcome by some.

An example is Todd Hinton, vice president of product strategy at RedPoint Global in Wellesley, Mass., a maker of data management and digital marketing tools. He is not alone in saying greater competition in the cloud data space could be good, or being unwilling to pick a winner just yet.

“I think they are going to be head-to-head competitors. You have Amazon fans and you have Microsoft fans. It’s almost like the old operating system battle between Linux and Windows. For our part, we are data agnostic. We will be interested to see how Azure SQL Data Warehouse shakes out.”

Like others, his company’s software supports both Amazon and Azure. The company offers direct integration with AWS Redshift already, and he said he expects it will offer native support for SQL Azure Data Warehouse later this year.

Competition in cloud data warehouses goes further too, with players ranging from IBM, Informatica, Oracle and Teradata to Cazena, Snowflake Computing, Treasure Data and others. While it is not as hot as the Hadoop or Spark data management cauldrons, releases like Microsoft’s show the cloud data warehouse space is heating up.

 

[Source:- techtarget]

Venture Centennial Brings WordPad, Fax And test, XPS Viewer To windows 10

Project Centennial Software

Assignment Centennial in action! Microsoft has introduced numerous of its Win32 programs to windows 10 as UWP apps, and released them on windows shop for Insiders.

that is, of course, the bridge that the software program titan has created to port conventional software, that’s then packaged into an app that may be uploaded to the home windows save. matters are inside the early tiers here, however how those 4 applications have been ported over have to pave manner for other releases.

here are those that have received this remedy:

WordPad
windows Fax and experiment
XPS Viewer
Microsoft man or woman Map

these had been first located on the start of can also, however have been no longer available for down load. you will need to be a windows Insider at the contemporary rapid ring build, and may be required to deploy an update to the store before these apps may be established.

besides, as Redmond keeps to push its typical windows Platform, it is very possibly that we will see greater of its classic Win32 programs being ported over to windows 10 inside the destiny.

this could even result in Microsoft put off the ordinary versions from windows 10 by using default — a change that not all users may respect.

As of this writing, the apps aren’t to be had for windows 10 mobile. And considering that those have firstly been designed for computer utilization, and aren’t optimized for touchscreen, we may not virtually see them being launched for cellular.

LambdaNative brings functional programming to IoT

LambdaNative brings functional programming to IoT

LambdaNative, a development environment bringing functional programming to mobile and embedded application development, is being primed for expansion to theInternet of things.

The open source cross-platform environment was written in the Scheme language and enables sharing of modular code between applications. “LambdaNative is a software development kit that manages the details of delivering applications on diverse platforms, beyond the scope of the Scheme compiler itself,” LambdaNative team lead Chris Petersen said. “This includes the handling of application resources, artwork generation, code signing, packaging, as well as cross-compilation of supporting libraries. This functionality reduces the complexities of app development, and helps reduce the overall development time.”

Next on the agenda is support for IoT protocols, such as the MQTT messaging protocol, and strong authentication technologies like U2F. “We are also developing a sister project, LNHealth, that uses LambdaNative for creating mHealth [mobile health] surveys with support for sensor input, etc.,” said Petersen.

Released as an open source project in 2013, LambdaNative supports Apple iOS, Google Android, and BlackBerry OS 10, as well as OS X, Linux, and Windows. Applications are built from a single source code.

The environment was developed by Pediatric Anesthesia Research Team (PART) at the British Columbia Children’s Hospital, in conjunction with the Electrical Computing and Computing Engineering in Medicine (ECEM) group at the University of British Columbia. Petersen is technology director at PART. “Our interest is pragmatic, stemming from a need to produce high-quality code with very short turn-around and limited manpower and resources,” he said. “We have found functional programming, and Scheme in particular, to be an effective way to maximize our productivity.”

LambdaNative’s founders have developed applications with it, including Clip, a survey tool for screening of pregnant women for preeclampsia; iControl, for managing intravenous drug infusion; and RRate, for measuring the breath rate in sick children. PART and ECEM have an internal repository of about 80 applications built with it.

 

[Source:- Javaworld]

Windows 10 Mobile build 14283 brings phone and notification improvements

Just as the dust settles from the Windows team releasing what many presume to be the final OS build going out to older Windows phones in cumulative build 10586.164, the team releases a new build today.

Gabe Aul and the Windows team have pressed the button on releasing Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview 14283 to Insiders on the Fast Ring. With this being a Redstone release build, there are bound to be some things that get fixed, but it looks like the Windows team are also starting to get back to offering new features in releases.

Here’s what’s new in Build 14283

  • Improvements to the Phone app: We know how important it is to stay informed when someone is trying to reach you, whether that’s through notifications, Live Tiles on your Start screen, or directly within your communications applications. To help with this, we’ve added missed call and voicemail waiting indicators to the tabs inside the Phone app. Once you navigate to a tab with a missed call or voicemail – the indicator goes away. We’ve got another change coming that will keep the indicator in place until you navigate away from the tab. There is also a bug where you might not see the indicator clear right away – a fix is coming soon for this as well. Let us know what you think!
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New phone indicators

  • Updates to Outlook Mail & Calendar: Yesterday, we released an update to the Outlook Mail & Calendar apps that introduces some new features and improvements. In Outlook Mail, you can turn off the message preview text in the message list (Settings > Reading > Conversation and turning “Show preview text” off). You can also quickly get rid of junk email in your inbox by pressing down on a message to bring up the context menu and choosing ‘Move to Junk’. In Outlook Calendar, you can now let others know “I’ll be late” directly from meeting notifications.
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Advance notification interactions

  • Coming Soon – the Feedback Hub: When you open Insider Hub on this build, you will see a new welcome dialog for Feedback Hub. Coming in the next mobile and PC build – we are bringing together the Insider Hub and Windows Feedback apps into a single app called the Feedback Hub. The Feedback Hub carries over all of the best things from the previous two apps plus some new things Insiders will enjoy. For example, in addition to upvoting feedback, you will be able to also leave comments on feedback. We have also redesigned the homepage in Feedback Hub to bring together announcements and quests. Stay tuned as we’ll have more to say about the Feedback Hub with the next builds for mobile and PC when the app is ready for Insiders to use.

It’s finally beginning to feel like the Windows team is getting into the hang of balancing refinements with optimizations as newer builds seed to Insiders. Let’s hope the pace continues

 
[Source:- Winbeta]