Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Google adds machine learning to docs to compete with Microsoft Azure Machine Learning,

Google had Autofill capability  that can figure out day of the week, a date in a month, or a number in sequential order. Now, with the Smart Autofill add-on, Google is do much more with numbers and words by drawing on its Prediction API, an application programming interface that considers existing numbers or categories and then creates a model to make reasonable approximations.

What it does: 
Autofills one column of data based on the values of the other columns.Smart Autofill add-on uses Machine Learning via the Google Prediction API (https://cloud.google.com/prediction/) to fill missing values in a column of data, based on other data in the column and the data in adjacent columns.
It will look for patterns in the rows of data where there are values present in the column, and apply them to fill in the missing values of the column.
The capability competes with Tech giant Microsoft's already announced Microsoft Azure Machine Learning

Google invests in Magic Leap to compete with Facebook's Oculus Rift.

Google and other investors are planning a huge investment in Magic Leap, a secretive but boastful company building hardware and software it says will deliver “cinematic reality.”
Magic Leap have given some hints about what they’re working on, though: They say they can deliver a more realistic 3-D experience than the kind offered by current technologies, including Oculus Rift, the 3-D headset; Facebook bought Oculus VR for $2 billion earlier this year.

http://recode.net/2014/10/13/google-is-set-to-lead-a-huge-investment-in-magic-leap-a-company-that-says-it-can-deliver-cinematic-reality/

Instagram Hyperlapse stabilization - phone video stability without spending $10,000?



With the Instagram Hyperlapse app, we were able to stabilize our video without spending $10,000 on film equipment.

Instagram Hyperlapse stabilization


Instagram Hyperlapse stabilization: Bonus test footage

Google Express - do big things come from small beginnings?



Google may be way behind Amazon, but it does not mean that it is interested in the physical and is currently planning to expand the Google Express service to deliver goods to people in North America.

Starting today, we’re expanding to three new cities: Chicago, Boston, and Washington, D.C. Across all our cities, more than 7 million people can now access our same-day delivery service, and in Northern California almost 12 million can use our next-day service.
http://googleblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/google-express-more-cities-more-stores.html

Eric Schmidt: "Many people think our main competition is Bing or Yahoo. But, really, our biggest search competitor is Amazon," he said in a speech in Berlin.

"People don't think of Amazon as search, but if you are looking for something to buy, you are more often than not looking for it on Amazon," he said.

"They are obviously more focused on the commerce side of the equation, but, at their roots, they are answering users' questions and searches, just as we are."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-29609472