The company hasn’t pushed anything as hard as they have pushed Windows 10, allegedly the last operating platform they are ever going to release. They are so gung ho about everyone of their customers making the switch that they have offered it for free for the past year. It will remain a free upgrade until July 29, when new customers will have to either pay for a copy, or purchase a new device running it stock.
iOS 10 is going to be more open to developers than previous versions. Siri, Maps and Messages will give developers the chance to expand upon Apple’s native apps. This will give the user more capabilities and the chance to do more with their apps than before.
The problem has been a thorn in Google’s side for years. Updating to a new software requires the compatibility in hardware. Smartphone manufacturers generally make it back compatible, creating new devices that still run on an out of date version of the software that still works, and so reduces changes that have to be made.
Google IO 2016 and the Dawn of Coming Tech
Hype has been building over Google’s potential releases for the next year. As expected, we got a peak at their VR platform Daybreak, as well as Google Home. We also caught a peek at Google Assistant, a conversational two-way dialogue meant to improve the usability of Google across the board.
Build 2016 kicked off this week with Microsoft’s with one of the biggest news: Windows 10 anniversary update announcement. Whatever you feel about Windows 10, whether you like it or not, the operating system is here and has Microsoft’s full support behind it. Windows 10 is on 270 million active Windows devices, with more than 75 billions hours of use and ended up on more devices quicker than Windows 7 by 145%.
Raspberry Pi is unlike other digital device companies in that Raspberry Pi seems as if it’s about the computer, not the profit. Following on from the success of previous devices, Raspberry Pi is releasing an even less expensive device, the Pi Zero. The price of the Pi Zero is $5US and aims to give people their first taste of programming.
Knowing how to use the software on a computer is different to know how to use a computer. The computer and how to program it isn’t something unknowable or incomprehensible. Programming literacy is gaining importance in education and the workplace. Knowing a little about programming, about how computer hardware works can help individuals to do more with their machines that use them as an expensive word processor or communications device.
Learning is something that helps something to grow and mature into something more than what it previously was. Google has been developing ways for machines to learn, starting with DistBelief back in 2011. DistBelief was a first generation device that could do some amazing things, like learn a concept like “cat” from unlabelled YouTube images. As with all first generation devices, there were limitations to be figured out.
TensorFlow is a second generation development from Google that takes DistBelief to a different level. One issue with Distbelief was its reliance on Google’s internal infrastructure. This reliance made it near impossible to share research code with those on the outside. TensorFlow is released as open source; Google announced on the Google Research blog.