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2017

Android O APIs: Final Answer

Advice from Google's VP of Engineering on how to get apps ready and ensure a smooth transition to the O-dessert's sweetness.

 

About Google's Object Detection API

From the minds of Google researchers comes the TensorFlow Object Detection API; use it to train IoT apps to better figure out what they're seeing.

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Blocking Comparison-Shopping at Whole Foods?

On the heels of its $13.7 billion purchase of supermarket chain Whole Foods, Amazon has revealed that in late May it was granted a patent for "Physical Store Online Shopping Control" which describes ways to block a consumer price-shopping scenario.

 

Analysts Predict Tech-Centric Retail Wars

With Amazon getting into the bricks-and-mortar grocery business, analysts at JP Morgan Chase expect other major supermarket companies to respond with high-tech efforts to increase efficiencies.  

 

Swedish Firm Testing Clerk-Free Store in China

With a decidedly futuristic feel, high-tech startup Wheelys has created a grocery store on wheels that visits college towns to cash in on calorie-starved all-nighters.

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Augmented Reality in Manufacturing, Design

Companies are saving millions in R&D costs by using "virtual" prototypes before physical ones.

 

Nokia Tries to Reinvent Itself with VR

The reality for Nokia is that its mobile-phone platform was once the worldwide market leader and now it's not. Can the company stage a comeback with a platform for digital wellness?

 

Wearable Tech: Old Meets New

Wearable technology in yoga pants might help improve your downward dog, but is this a pre-cursor to efficiencies in manufacturing, logistics and elsewhere in the enterprise? 

 

Carnegie Mellow Makes Robot Building Easy

 

Kuka Wants to Make Your Robot

The market for domestic robots in the next decade is expected to reach $4.4 billion, and the company that's making them for Boing and Tesla also wants to make them for you. 

Amazon's Dash Wand Scans Barcodes

The latest Amazon gizmo communicates with Alexa to access information or place orders either verbally or by scanning a barcode.

 

Robots Are Now Unpacking Palettes

A California start-up has developed a self-teaching robot that can take apart a shipment regardless of the size and shape of its contents.

 

What Can Google Tango Do for Retail?

 

Take a Crash Course in Tango

Google is preparing to take Tango into the real world. If the Lowe's video above sparked some interest, then bookmark the Tango page and make it a regular stop.

 

Everyone Apparently Has a Digital Twin

It was only a matter of time before the modern-day dopplegänger found its way into the bitstream.

 

What Good Are 5G Networks?

Just two years from now, mobile devices will have more bandwidth at their disposal than enterprise app developers know what to do with.

 

Look Out Intel; Little Processors Are Coming

Like millions of tiny ants operating with a singular purpose, the small chips that power most mobile devices have combined to overtake the once-mighty x86-based supercomputer.

 

How the Barcode Revolutionized Retail

Inventions such as the telephone, the automobile, antibiotics and the internet are among the small number of things that have literally changed the world. Does the barcode belong on that list?

Google Ups the Ante for Bug Finders

With the maximum bug bounty raised to $200K, Google hopes to have more takers of its open invitation to report Android security exploits.

 

Node.js 8 Packed With Power

Available now, the Node.js 8 server-side execution environment for JavaScript reportedly includes an API that won't break native modules with every new release line.

 

The 5nm Process of the Future

 

Dawn of the Virtual Desktop

MIT believes that the desktop computer will soon be on the scrap heap of history along with typewriters and SCSI cables.

 

Healthcare Increasingly Turning Mobile

Like the IT departments of most other industries, workers in healthcare are looking more at mobile solutions to increase efficiency and improve patient care.

 

Google Creates Intelligent Spreadsheets

A human assistant might understand "a histogram of 2017 ice cream sales" and put it into a spreadsheet. Now Google's virtual assistant is trying to do the same with AI.

 

The State of Warehouse Robotics

RK Logistics employs smart robots as a "virtual conveyor" of goods in the warehouse.

 

And the Winner Is...

CMU Technologies takes the top prize in the Le Monde International Smart Cities Global Innovation competition. 

 

Robocop No Longer Science Fiction

Dubai has become the first city in the world to employ robots as law-enforcement officers.

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Android Studio 3.0 Preview is Here

The latest Android-targeted IDE supports Kotlin and Instant Apps, improves Gradle build time and includes new performance profiling tools for squeezing more speed from apps. Download now.

 

Making the Case for Kotlin

For those not yet convinced of the benefits of JetBrains' latest brainchild, Collective Idea's Victoria Gonda makes a compelling case.

 

Android Instant Apps Primer

Nish Tahir and James Sun of coding contractor WillowTree wrote a good introduction to Android Instant Apps, the modular programming model introduced at Google I/O last year.

 

Google, IBM, Lyft Collaborate on Microservices Platform

The three companies are working on Istio, an open-source platform designed to provide a common way to connect, secure, manage and easily scale apps that use HTTP, gRPC and TCP microservices.

 

What Types of Tools are IoT Devs Using?

Covering IoT since 2012, Stijn Schuermans of research firm VisionMobile explores the platforms, sensors, tools and other factors that go into devices made for the internet of things.

 

Gartner's Top 10 Tech Trends for 2017

On the subject of IoT, the tech of smart devices, AI and machine learning play heavily in the researcher's picks for this year's strategic technology report.

 

RedLock CSI: Huge Hole in Cloud Security

Security concerns raised by a security company shouldn't be a huge surprise. But 82 percent is a number too big to ignore; is your company among the culprits?

 

Community Offers Help with Gradle-Plugin Migration

For Gradle users planning to migrate to the Android plugin 3.0.0-alpha1, the Android developer community offers this timely tutorial.

 

Raspberry Pi to Merge with CoderDojo

By merging their respective developer communities, the organizations hope to give young device makers who cut their teeth on Raspberry Pi access to a broader base of developers and source code.