Google Cloud Platform: The Right Cloud For You?
Google Cloud Platform

Google Cloud Platform: The Right Cloud For You?

Google Cloud Platform is a cloud computing service provided by Google. It offers hosting on the same supporting infrastructure that Google uses internally for end-user products like Google Search and YouTube. What’s interesting is that Cloud Platform provides developer products to build a variety of programs ranging from simple websites to complex applications.

Google Cloud Platform

The Cloud Platform includes:

  • hosting and computing
  • cloud storage
  • data storage
  • translations APIs
  • prediction APIs.

 

Why Google Cloud Platform?

1. Future-Proof Infrastructure:

  • Live Migration:

Google Compute Engine’s instances can be moved to nearby hosts while active—even while under extreme load—complete with their working SSD storage (up to 1.5 TB). This ensures predictable performance across all the different parts of your application.

  • Pricing Innovations:

Google has re-invented the way you pay for cloud. Innovations like per-minute-billing, sustained-use discounts that offer optimal pricing without locking you into potentially obsolescent gear, custom machine types and special pricing for particular use cases combine to give you the best price-performance available from any cloud computing provider.

  • Custom Machine Types:

Google Cloud lets you configure the right combination of memory & virtual CPU for your workload, so you no longer have to over provision to fit your vendor’s rate card, which means more savings for you, potentially up to 50% more price/performance efficient, depending on your workload.

  • Faster Boot Times:

Compute Engine instances boot in the range of 40-50 seconds, roughly 1/5 of the time required by competing clouds. This means you can grow your application’s serving capacity very rapidly in response to incoming traffic, just like we do for our own applications.

  • Google Grade Security System:

Deploy on an infrastructure protected by more than 500 top experts in information, application, and network security. The Google security model is an end-to-end process, built on over 15 years of experience focused on keeping customers safe on Google applications like Gmail and Google Apps. With Cloud Platform your applications and data take advantage of the same pervasive security model.

  • Global Network Of Data Centers:

The same infrastructure that runs Google apps is available to you on Cloud Platform. Google’s global network footprint, with over 75 points-of-presence across more than 33 countries, ensures you receive the same low latency and responsiveness customers expect from Google’s own services.

 

2. Seriously Powerful Data & Analytics:

  • No Waiting even if Big Data is involved:

Based on the same distributed data services that are used at Google, Google BigQuery, Google Cloud Datalab and Google Cloud Dataproc are changing how you analyse and use data. Customers say tools like BigQuery are “nearly magical” because of their performance. Queries that used to take hours or days now take minutes or seconds. The result: more insights and value, realized by more people in more companies.

  • Context Rich Applications:

Apps should respond to context, telling us the best route to drive right now, not just when we started. Products like Google Cloud Dataflow and Google Cloud Pub/Sub make it easier for your code to use huge amounts of data to deliver amazing context-rich experiences.

  • Machine Intelligence:

Google Cloud Machine Learning gives everyone access to the deep learning systems that power services like Google Translate, Google Photos, voice search in the Google app, and smart replies in Gmail. Soon available as a cloud service (alpha), so it’s easy to incorporate in your app.

 

 

3. Just Codes, No Servers:

Server less means your most precious cycles are devoted to code, with minimal time spent configuring infrastructure.

 

4. Amazing Storage:

  • Storage and Archiving Redefined
  • Optimal Availability For Live Data
  • Industry Leading Price and Performance
  • Google Grade Security for Business Critical Assets

 

Which companies have appointed Google Cloud as their cloud of choice?

To name a few prominent ones:

  • HTC
  • Spotify
  • Coca Cola
  • Best Buy
  • Khan Academy
  • Motorola

Google Cloud vs competing cloud services:

1.iCloud

2.DropBox

3.OneDrive

4.Amazon Cloud Drive

In this section, we shall compare Google Cloud to some of the other leading cloud services like Dropbox, iCloud, OneDrive and Amazon Cloud Drive, which happens to be the leader in the field:

  • Google Drive provides 15GB free storage as compared to 2GB offered by Dropbox, 5GB offered by OneDrive and unlimited storage by Amazon Cloud Drive.
  • It has the best real time collaborations unlike the absence of the collaboration feature in Dropbox, iCloud, OneDrive and Amazon Cloud Drive.
  • Google Drive has the quickest uploads and downloads amongst all the cloud services. It also allows the direct uploading of folders through the web app.
  • It allows selective file syncing, available otherwise only in Dropbox. OneDrive, iCloud and Amazon Cloud Drive do not offer the ‘sync file’ feature.
  • Google Drive offers offline access to documents, although this feature isn’t unique to Google Cloud.
  • It also allows selective file sync, though only for main folders, not sub-folders, quite like Dropbox, iCloud and OneDrive. Amazon Cloud Drive does not allow syncing of files.
  • Google Drive, however, has some privacy issues, much like Dropbox, iCloud and OneDrive. In this domain, Amazon Cloud Drive proves to be the best.
  • It is best for Google Docs, the way iCloud is best for Apple users and OneDrive for Microsoft users.
  • Google Drive may not be the best option for the syncing for very large files.
  • It is noted that the interfaces used by iCloud, DropBox and Amazon Cloud Drive(simple drag and drop) are preferred over the one used by Google Drive.

As can e seen, like any other cloud service Google Cloud has it’s pros and cons (pros outweighing the cons!)

Reviews:

Here is what some small time businesses had to say about what cloud service they use and why:

“As a small team, we are super pleased with the functionality of the Google Docs portion of Google drive. I have run my entire services based business with task and completion management there for over 5 years and have yet to have any kind of problem.

The real time changes are awesome and the fact that I can manage who has access to which documents is something that I adore. Universal access online is another great feature as I use Chrome, Gmail and Docs in sync.

That said, we had to go to Dropbox for file storage, as our large design files with strange extensions were a problem years ago on Google Drive. The desktop manager for Dropbox works great for file transfers and has a format that all my workers can understand right out of the box.”

By Tara — marketingartfully.com

“In our marketing agency, we use Google docs from Google drive for cross collaboration in content development with clients in specific niches. Using the “suggest” mode you can outline content edits, optimizations, and provide comments directly to the client or original writer. This allows for the original work to be available for all participants to review with clearly defined suggested edits that the client can then sign off on.”

By Todd — www.riverbedmarketing.com

Google expects to see significant traction in its public cloud business next year says Google chief executive Sundar Pichai in an interview.

So readers, is Google Cloud Platform going to be your choice?

International Women’s day with WTM Bangalore
Women Tech Makers

International Women’s day with WTM Bangalore

The International Women’s Day(IWD) just went past . The Women Tech Makers at Vit Vellore got a unique opportunity to attend the 2017 International Women’s day summit on 25 March at the Google office in Bangalore.  Shimona (WTM Vit Vellore lead), Swadha ( Technical team member ) and I got to be a part of the conglomeration of women from all stages of life ; some were in college, some were working and some were entrepreneurs and some were leaders .The aim of the event was to bring together women to empower them to pursue their dreams and build tools for that.

The occasion had a stunning list of speakers , none of whom failed to inspire me. The first speaker was Anubha Verma , a software engineer at Google. The mother of two generated a lot of wows from the audience with her achievements and passion for computer science , algorithms and problem solving. Next it was Sujata Mukherjee ,User Advocacy Lead at Google to bedazzle us . She explained how she had found her love for lawyers, technology and crime solving, all in one job ! The message that she put across was that whatever your passions are , however trivial , you shall find yourself working towards it.

The keynote speaker was Neha Barjatya, head of Ads Marketing & Digitizing India, Google. She initiated Google’s Internet Saathi program in with a vision to eradicate the significant digital gender gap by creating change agents accross India.

After a refreshing tea break , we witnessed a panel discussion consisiting of Sarika Atri ( Software Engineer, Google) , Aditi Chaurasia ( Co-founder, EngineerBabu) and Manidipa Mitra( Director, ValueLabs) as panelists . They discussed the challenges faced by them in the work environment and how women can drive the technological change in today’s world.

 

With Aditi( co-founder of EnginerBabu)

With Aditi( co-founder of EngineerBabu)

Some of the other scintillating speakers were Padma Parthasarathy( Senior Vice President , Tech Mahindra) , Nidhi Gupta ( Product Manager, Google) , Radha Shreeniwas( Director, Linkedin) , Anabelle M Viegas( Founding Partner. Think Happy Everyday) and Nupur Dave( Technical Program Manager, Google) . The second half of the event included a workshop on Tensorflow for those interested in machine learning and concurrently an interactive workshop on ‘Develop your own Story’.

The exposure at the IWD event was immeasurable and precious. Each and every one of us were inspired in some or the other way to pursue our dreams and break boundaries with the aid of technology . And for this I thanks the speakers and the organizers at WTM Bangalore .

IWD 2017                                                             IWD 2017

To know more about WTM Bangalore , check out –https://www.facebook.com/WTMBangalore/

Keeping with the spirit of Women TechMakers . WTM VIT Vellore is organizing an introductory session called ‘Developer 101’ on 23rd April 2017, where we will readily clear away all your hesitation when it comes to dealing with technology. To know more or register please visit -http://wtm.gdgvitvellore.com

Hope to see you there !

 

 

Women TechMakers: Developer 101

In the present world, everyone talks about equality, be it in terms of gender, religion or colour. Yet, women are shy to show off their skills in the technical field or for that matter even give their opinions regarding any technological development.

This is what WTM – Women Techmakers aims to change. WTM is an initiative within the Google Developers Groups community to encourage greater diversity through mindful women – inclusive events.

WTM-VIT is a women-centric non-profit developers group to develop, learn and share. It is a group where women can confidently share their views about anything in the technical field. 
Here’s a recap of the Mountain View Summit this year

Reetuparna, a member of WTM-VIT says that being a part of WTM has been a learning experience for her – “Being with people who share your interests always helps you to nurture your talent. Being a part of the ICPC team helped me improve my skills and eventually landed me a good rank in online coding portals”.

WTM-VIT regularly conducts events to inspire women. One such event is “Developer – 101” which will be conducted on Sunday, the 23rd of April, 2017. It will be held in SMV-209 between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm where there will various talks discussing on how women in technology can recognize and embrace their uniqueness by exploring various opportunities.

Technology after touch and Google ATAP’s Project Soli

Technology after touch and Google ATAP’s Project Soli

When touch screen phones and devices debuted in the markets in the 2000s, people and techmakers were extremely excited, for it was simple and elegant technology which simplified devices and of course, our lives. Phones and tablets got virtual keyboards and the rest of the journey to complicated graphic interfaces from thereon is no secret to any of us. It is surely one of the biggest and quickest developments in our times.

But one question has haunted inventors and consumers both alike – “What after touch?” The realisation of touch enabled devices was so sophisticated and huge that it overshadowed most developments that came after it.

However, the answer comes to any of us intuitively when we think about the shortcomings of touch enabled technology.

Let me ask you, “How well would a blind person handle touch devices? Or perhaps physically handicapped people?” or quite simply “What if you want to operate your phone which your hands are dirty but you’re mute and can’t use voice recognition?” There are many situations where having an alternate technology would help.

One way to resolve these sticky situations is to enable gadgets to respond to gestures.

Gestures come instinctively to all humans and every person, by his capacity, can make gestures. Technology which identifies these promises to be the next Big Thing.

Google ATAP, among others, has been quick to realise this and initiated the Project Soli. It is a new sensing technology which uses miniature radar to detect toothless gestures. Soli is a purpose-built sensor to track the motion of the human hand.

Soli Sensor detecting hand motion

The sensor tracks ubiquitous human gestures. Here are examples-

Hand gestures and their meanings

 

The chip Soli uses incorporate the entire sensor and antenna into an ultra-compact 8mm x 10mm package. The notion of Virtual Tools is key to Soli interaction. Virtual Tools are gestures that mimic the familiar interactions with physical tools. This makes it easier to communicate, learn and remember Soli interactions. A button can be pressed by squeezing two fingers and a slider can be used by pressing two fingers together and sliding your hand.

Feedback is generated by the haptic sensation of fingers touching each other. Without the constraints of physical controls, virtual tools can undertake the fluidity and precision of our natural hand motion.

HOW IT WORKS:

Soli works by emitting electromagnetic waves in a broad beam over some space. Objects within this space scatter the energy from the waves, reflecting some fraction back towards the radar antenna Properties like energy, frequency shift and time delay of the reflected signal specify to the antenna the characteristics of the object such as size, shape, orientation, velocity and distance.

 

One of the best features of Soli is that it is not affected by light conditions. This, along with its energy efficiency make it an impactful technology and beautiful concept which can transform the future of human-machine interactions and make it easy for all to operate devices.

THE ALL NEW TESLA

THE ALL NEW TESLA

Elon Musk has done it again. The CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX has yet again paired an aggressive prediction for the future of his technology with an unreasonable deadline. He is now pledging that by the end of 2017, he’ll produce a Tesla that can drive itself from Los Angeles to New York, no human needed.

Tesla is planning on using LIDAR sensor technology, which fires out lasers to build a super accurate graphic representation of the environment. To translate sensor data into driving commands, Tesla is planning to equip its cars with Nvidia’s Drive PX 2, a supercomputer that uses deep learning to teach the car to handle itself. For the cameras, Tesla is going to run in-house software. The new approach, the laser-free one, is quite unconventional, but may actually work.

It also needs to be remembered that Tesla has more and more diverse data due to its Autopilot because of which it may be able to leapfrog its competitors. This is because a car that can handle any situation requires lot of teaching and a lot of back data.

But one thing is for sure, if Tesla does manage to pull this off, it would put it years ahead of all the big players working on fully autonomous cars.

How has WhatsApp brought back the “Old” Status?

How has WhatsApp brought back the “Old” Status?

After a huge backlash from the users over the new “Status” feature of WhatsApp, it is finally going to do something about this. Amongst the speculation was a complete recall of this Snapchat-type feature or bringing old status back by the name of the feature “tagline”.

In the latest beta update of the app, the old status is back in the “About Section” of the user.

WhatsApp Profile

Users in the beta program can update their Text based Status by going into “Settings” and clicking underneath your name. Then clicking on the “About Section”.

whatapp homepage

  status update window

It is definitely a step forward or should we say a step backward for WhatsApp in the right direction. We hope WhatsApp reverts back to the way it dealt with status before the Snapchat like-update.

To view the text-based status of your friends in one go just press the “New message” green icon and voila there you have it.

Updating text-based status is not that easy. It is more cumbersome than before. This shows that even though WhatsApp has brought the text-based status back, the company wants the users to use the new Status feature more.

The backlash faced by WhatsApp is a classic of example of an app trying to be what it’s not. This might be the time Facebook wakes up and realize that they cannot make all the services they own as a clone of Snapchat.

Facebook is really clawing to get some users from Snapchat, and it’s working. According to the recent data obtained the active users aren’t growing at the same pace that they were before. In a contrast daily active users for Instagram Stories has grown at an unexpected rate.

P.S: In the new update, WhatsApp has also removed the “Attachment” from the top bar right next to the camera icon in the message bar.

To download the latest version for android, check out the link below:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.whatsapp

Why should you get a Nanodegree?
nanodegree

Why should you get a Nanodegree?

Hola folks ! I’m Ramkishore, an Android developer at GDG VIT. There are several talks about the concept of a nanodegree. I would like to tell you why a nanodegree plays a major role and how it has helped me in my career.

To start off, all the nanodegrees from Udacity are co-created with Google. My Android nanodegree comes with the Google tag which makes it extremely valuable. When that is projected to companies they will be keen to have you. You will become a play boy or a play girl ,having choices of so many companies in your hands.

The other obvious factor is that the curriculum is framed in a comprehensive manner. Trust me, I had around 1.5 years of experience in Android when I took up the course, yet it was very challenging for me. One project called “build it bigger” was the toughest challenge I have ever faced. They look to cover all the concepts related to the subject that is beneficial.

The kind of support you get is above par. You can get one on one appointments with experts in the respective domains. There is a separate section for your career development where they will train you to build your resume, Linkedin profile and your Github profile strongly so that companies have no option but to consider you as their only option. They will review it and provide suggestions with more individual attention.

Every project has deadlines. Your project should meet specifications before the given time. Your code will be reviewed by experts with their suggestions.

If you end up being among the top 50 nanodegree students in the country you get a chance to attend the prestigious career summit which will be held at the Google office.This gives you competitive strength as you will pay additional focus throughout the course. I am proud to say that I attended the career summit held at Google Bangalore on September 2016. It was a wonderful experience talking to Googlers from various parts of the world, connecting with people, getting job oriented tips from experts, and yeah the free food, Taj hotel stay; all of it was absolutely fantastic.

Hence, it is definitely worth spending for your nanodegree, though I got it for free by clearing the Tata scholarship test and interview along with 1000 other developers in India. After the graduation I did get calls from companies but I would like to keep the names of the companies private. You can definitely get to learn a lot even if you don’t get a chance to attend the career summit.

That’s it folks.. A lifetime of “swag” is just in front of you so go for it.

Any help or queries, please feel free to contact me at ramkishorevit@gmail.com

Cheers!

Experiments with Getting an Internship!

I can’t wait for summer vacations to come soon enough.

Soon this nightmare of a semester will be over and I’ll be home free from studies and worries. But the last thing I want to do is wasting the vacation, binge watching some TV show! I have decided to do something productive while it helps me gaining some experience.

Well, what better than an internship!!

But in this day and age, of cut-throat competition, getting better grades than my contemporaries aren’t going to guarantee anything. My resume has to be impeccable and immaculate. It should be perfect up to a fault. Most importantly, it should stand out.

There are several ways of getting an internship these days. I can either go the traditional way by using previously known contacts or contacting college’s Placement office, but these days it’s necessary to go the extra mile and do something creative which someone else wouldn’t think.

Here are a few creative ideas which I researched from the internet. Some of these are outright wacky and would require one to be pretty good at what you do while some are exceedingly creative.

Some creative Ideas

  • Candidate contracts a billboard outside employer’s office!!

Save me from emigration

This is exactly what Irish man did during the recession which lead to huge job cuts and as a result led to people emigrating to other countries to find jobs. Now instead of following the trend, Féilim Mac  Iomaire used his savings and put this up on a street in South Dublin. Soon enough, people were queuing up to give this guy a job!

  •  Entering a competition

While it may seem pretty mundane, participating in a competition may actually be worth it. While most people are busy making resumes, you can actually take part in a competition going on in your city, college or university. These can drastically improve your chances of being hired by a prospective employer. These can help you in getting some technical know-how as well as getting certification from a recognized club/chapter or institute.

  • Mapping your skills and expertise

Now, this is pretty creative but also requires you to have traveled the world and have had quite a bit of experience.

mapping your skills

Ed Hamilton used Maps to show where he had worked using different colored pins and describing his experience in each country while detailing the work he did there.

  • Google Search Bar is the CV?

Eric Gandhi walked the extra mile ( no pun intended) to prove that he was serious about getting the job. He made a CV which looked like a Google search result. He was even called for a Google interview but ended up working with Ebay and Buzzfeed.

google search

  • Eye spy with the employer

Now, this may or may not work but it’s mighty creative. Alec Brownstein was very interested in working in advertising, and what better than Google AdWords. So he took out cheap 5$ ads with the name of hiring executives in the title. And who doesn’t like to Google themselves ?!
Ian Reichenthal of Young and Rubicam saw the ad, called Brownstein in for an interview and eventually hired him.

  • Sell Yourself… Literally 

Akash Mittal of IIT Kharagpur did something absolutely crazy to stand out from the crowd. He made the Flipkart product site into his CV!
Akash literally sold himself like a product adding descriptions, ratings and even a pay package. He expanded in detail about his experience and skills in each heading.

sell yourself!

  • Get an infographic Resume. It’s hip!

info-graphic resume

Let’s admit it.It’s pretty cool to have an infographic resume! It instantly increases perception and value. It’s more catchy and it condenses everything about you in a single page replete with diagrams and pie charts. Getting a CV in such a format is easy and not as painstaking as it may seem and it’s worth the effort.

I hope these ideas help you get a big break as an internship. You never know thinking out of the box may even let you a bumper job offer let alone internship.
All the best guys!! Summer is here. Grab your internship now.

‘Handle’ with care

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Four-legged but with stabilized wheels attached to the hind limbs, Handle, the new humanoid robot draws straight up vertically and rolls around at the max speed of up to nine miles per hour. Termed the “nightmare inducing hybrid robot” by the company’s founder Marc Raibert, this is the latest creation from Google-owned Boston Dynamics.

Handle’s astounding capabilities were portrayed in a leaked video which demonstrates its four feet vertical jumps, impressive hops and beautiful spins. Handle uses many of the principle dynamics, balance and mobile manipulation distinctive to Boston Dynamics. With only 10 actuated joints, efficient wheels and flexible legs, Handle enjoys practical simplicity with its hybrid design. Handle’s wheels can speed around with little difficulty while its front legs can be used to balance and carry loads of up to 50kg. Handle can do things we’ve never seen other robots doing before, making it then one of the most advanced humanoids in existence.

But this rapid development of technology poses very pertaining questions as to the definition of immorality or unscrupulousness. Along those lines, Google’s parent company Alphabet is reportedly hoping to sell off Boston Dynamics, citing the feeling that their technology could be ‘terrifying’ and consequent tensions.

How to prepare for placements !

How to prepare for placements !

Preparation for Placements! I know this is what all of you have been looking up on the internet for the past five (?) months. You have all the reason to. And you’re probably here because you haven’t found what you actually wished to know. Fear not, my friend. We have the answers. ALL OF THEM. Read along.

Alright, the placement season is upon us. This is what y’all have been looking forward to when you joined the institute. First things first, at this point of time you need to put in all you have towards this one thing. This is a clichéd line, and you’ve heard it from your professors for the past four years, but we’re mentioning it here because now is the time you start applying your 100%. Trust me, it’s now or never.

WHAT TO DO?

Believe in yourself. This, exactly this, is what’s going to help you achieve something. Only one who has faith in himself can assure others to have faith in him. You’re competing against people like you. You have to prove to the interviewer that you deserve to be a part of their team. How exactly are you going to do that? First of all, make sure you’re at your “A” game on the technical stuff. You mess up on this and it’s over. You’re not at your “A” game? Well, get your eyes off your device and get to studying. For those of you who are well prepared with the stuff and still fear failure, here are a few tips to help you:

  • Avoid nervousness. Better to rehearse in front of a mirror just to know what can land you in a moment of awkward silence. Train with your friends till you’re fully confident.
  • Be honest. It’ll be better to just tell the plain truth and offer no false promises. It’s not beneficial in the long run. And making things up will ruin your confidence.
  • Make sure the important concepts are at the tip of your hands. If you’re quick with basic concepts, it will make the other person believe that you really have a grasp of the subject.
  • You’ll be working with many more people. You’ll eventually have to work as a team. Make sure you are in fact compatible with working with people who share difference of opinions. Listen to all viewpoints before arriving at a conclusion.
  • For my friends in Computer Science, get all the concepts of Data Structures, OOPS, Database Management.

You went through all of this. Now bring this to practice. Want to be good with the teamwork thing right now? Go through the comments section, read people’s point of views, add your point of views, arrive at a common unanimous conclusion.