Google OnHub a Wi-Fi Router

Google Inc. launched a Wi-Fi router , the latest move in the company’s efforts to get ready for the connected home and draw more users to its services.

The cylinder-shaped router, named OnHub, can be pre-ordered for $199.99 (roughly Rs. 13,000) at online retailers including the Google Store, Amazon Inc and Walmart.com.

The router comes with in-built antennas that will scan the airwaves to spot the fastest connection, Google said in a blog post.

With the router, users will be able to prioritise a device so that they can get the fastest Internet speeds for data-heavy activities such as downloading content or streaming a movie.

The router can be hooked up with Google’s On app, available on Android and iOS, to run network checks and keep track of bandwidth use among other things.

Google said OnHub automatically updates with new features and the latest security upgrades, just like the company’s Android OS and Chrome browser.

The router is being manufactured by network company TP-LINK, Google said, hinting that ASUS could be the second manufacturing partner for the product.

Making products for the smart home is one such venture.

Google last year bought Nest, a smart thermostat maker, for $3.2 billion (roughly Rs. 20,922 crores), aiming to lead the way on how household devices link to each other and to electricity grids.

The global market for “Internet of Things”, the concept of connecting household devices to the Internet, will nearly triple to $1.7 trillion by 2020, research firm International Data Corp said in June.

It also aims to expand the reach of the Internet through Project Loon, under which it is floating balloons 20 kilometres above the Earth’s surface to beam Internet connection to rural and remote areas.

Opera TV Snap Turns Video Content into Smart TV Apps

Opera Software has launched a new version of Opera TV Snap, designed to provide the ability to offer expanded OTT capabilities on Smart TVs, including a ready-to-deploy Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) solution to offer interactivity on linear TV.

Opera TV Snap turns video content into Smart TV apps. It lowers their barrier to entry into the OTT world by providing a deployment framework offering features that re-purpose video assets for Smart TV audiences.

Features available through Opera TV Snap include HbbTV support with a red-button launcher and a catch-up TV portal and multi-tier navigation for episodic video content. Publishers can monetize OTT content by displaying video and interactive advertisements within their TV apps.

More Details : Opera Software

Asp.net Difference between Website and Web Application

Generally whenever we are trying to create new web project in visual studio we will found two options ASP.NET Web Application and Web Site. What is the difference between these two which one we need to select to create project in asp.net?

It’s choice of the people can go for web application or website we cannot say that which one is better because both is having advantages and disadvantages. Check below details for web aplication and website.

Web Application

  • If we create any class files / functions those will be placed anywhere in the applications folder structure and it is precomplied into one single DLL.
  • In web application we have chance of select only one programming language during creation of project either C# or VB.NET.
  • Whenever we create Web Application those will automatically create project files (.csproj or .vbproj).
  • We need to pre-compile the site before deployment.
  • If we want to deploy web application project we need to deploy only .aspx pages there is no need to deploy code behind files because the pre-compiled dll will contains these details.
  • If we make small change in one page we need to re-compile the entire sites.
  • By default explicit namespaces are not added to pages, controls or classes, but you can add them manually.

WebSite

  • If we create any class files/functions those will be placed in ASP.NET folder (App_Code folder) and it’s compiled into several DLLs (assemblies) at runtime.
  • In website we can create pages in multi programming languages that means we can create one page code in C# and another page code in vb.net.
  • Web Sites won’t create any .csproj/.vbproj files in project
  • No need to recompile the site before deployment.
  • We need to deploy both .aspx file and code behind file.
  • If we make any code changes those files only will upload there is no need to re-compile entire site
  • By default explicit namespaces are added to pages, controls and classes

when you want to create an Informational project, then go for Website and when you want to create an Interactive project that requires programmatic user input or data processing, and then go for Web Application.

Android Emulator for Auto Developers

Google is releasing the Desktop Head Unit (DHU), a new testing tool for Android Auto developers. The DHU enables a developer’s workstation to act as an Android Auto head unit that emulates the in-car experience for testing purposes.
Once a developer has installed the DHU, they can test Android Auto apps by connecting a phone and workstation via USB. The phone will behave as if it’s connected to a car and the app is displayed on the workstation, the same as it’s displayed on a car.
This allows Android developers to test pre-released versions of an app in a production-like environment, without having to work from a car. With the release of the DHU, the previous Android auto simulators are deprecated, but will be supported for a short period prior to being officially removed.
Developers will need an Android phone running Lollipop or higher, with the Android Auto companion app installed.
More Details : Android Developer

Flipkart introduces chat feature Ping

India’s largest e-commerce marketplace Flipkart Ltd on Tuesday introduced Ping, an invite-only messaging platform, within its smartphone app.

Flipkart Ping users will be able to chat with friends and family members who also use Ping and share images and emoticons.

“While shopping offline, customers have always been creating a validation by taking suggestions from their family and friends. Online shopping, on the other hand, has largely remained a solo experience. Ping aims to transform online shopping by allowing users to talk to each other real time in order to make decisions and decide on what to buy,” said Punit Soni, chief product officer, Flipkart.

Soni also said that the company may introduce the option of buyers interacting with the sellers.

E-commerce companies are increasingly moving beyond the discount-led customer retention strategy and are trying to engage customers on their platforms through a content and community-driven approach. A social bent helps increase customer stickiness.

According to Soni, on an average, a Flipkart customer spends close to 59 minutes per month on its platform.

He expects the chat feature and the recently introduced Image Search feature to help increase the time and prompt users to shop more often.

IIT Kharagpur lab develops software translate Indian languages into Braille

IIT Kharagpur’s Communication Empowerment Lab researchers, led by Anupam Basu, have developed a software that is capable of converting Indian languages into Braille. Named Sparsh Transliteration System, it can convert texts from languages like Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Bengali, Kannada, Oriya, etc.

Talking about the working of the software, Mr. Basu said that it takes lndian languages as input in Unicode, which is then converted to Braille. The highlight feature of the software states that once the text has been converted, it can be printed out using any Braille printer. The premier Indian engineering institute also has a deal with Shiksha ‘O’ Anusandhan University for printing the Braille books using Sparsh Transliteration System. Researches associated with the project are also looking to approach other State governments for using the software to publish Braille books.

In addition to Sparsh, the IIT-KGP lab has also developed a ‘Baishakhi’ keyboard, which features voice commands. It will help visually impaired users to type in English and Bangla. Users will be able to listen whatever they will type, bringing conversation closer to the visually challenged world. The keyboard is developed to help carry out various day-to-day activities on PC, like browsing interenet, sending emails and the likes.

Source : DIGIT

Google’s new Street View app – upload your own 360-images

Google’s mobile Street View app is getting a big update on iOS and Android today: you can now contribute your own 360-degree photos to Google Maps.

Screen-Shot-2015-09-03-at-11.31.33-AM-1200x1048It works with any cellphone using Google’s photo sphere stitching technology, but the app also now supports dedicated 360-degree cameras, like Ricoh’s Theta S camera, announced earlier today.

Meanwhile, a new ‘Explore’ section lets you see explore both official content from Google, as well as images contributed by the public.

The new functionality helps Google flesh out its Street View content without sending out more 360-degree camera rigs, it could be especially useful for mapping the interiors of businesses and restaurants. That said, there’s no word on how the images are being curated, but we imagine Google will want to prevent poor quality or inappropriate images from staying on Maps.

The new app is rolling out to the iOS App Store and Google Play today.

Introducing the new Street View app from Google Maps [Google Maps Blog]