Google I/O 2017 : Things That Are Most Expected

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Google’s annual I/O 2017 festival was held on last night at shoreline amphitheater in California, the festival will last for May 17 to 19. Google is often announcing some of the new product development plan in the I/O festival. Let’s see what are the I/O will be worth waiting for.

Google Announced Launched more New Features

Machine learning—those two words included the theme of this I/O. Sundar Pichai, the Google CEO, who said machine learning is turning “AI First” from “Mobile First”. This year of I/O meeting is a comprehensive embrace to AI gesture in order to enable developers to understand the I/O; this is also the difference of the current session .

As the opening speech, Google has announced many new products, Sundar Pichai and other project director of Google focus on the highlight of this meeting. Among them, Google launched Google Assistant, Google Home, Google Photos with a series of upgrades of android, as well as TPU hardware ushered in the second generation.

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Daydream and Project Tango

After the pushout of I/O 2016, Daydream has not set off revolution in mobile VR revolution as some people expected, and it also failed to catch up with the market leader in the field of Gear – Samsung VR.

Last day, Google announced Samsung as well as LG S8 next generation flagship will join the support of Daydream. In addiction, Google announced that it will launch integrated VR based on Daydream in late 2017, built-in processor, which does not require an external PC and provides a one-stop complete VR experience, like game consoles only for its unique features and optimizations.

Project Tango, one of the most interesting news is about visual positioning system “VPS“, which is called “Visual Positioning Serivce”. Google said, GPS provides accurate positions of outdoor, while VPS will use machine learning, computer vision technology and Google Lens to offer locations of indoor, including the detailed location of interior objects. This new technology is expected to integrate with Google Maps, which will probably assist disabled persons with visual disabilities in the future.

Want to get more new features of Google, let’s continue to pay close attention to Google I/O 2017.

LivingSocial comes to death ends for the massive expansion

LivingSocial, the second largest American group purchasing website, comes to death ends and plans to sell itself to Groupon after several job cuttings.

Groupon is known to all, while many of us learn little about LivingSocial. LivingSocial has raised funds of about $ 930 million so far. Its value of assessment once reached $ 6 billion. LivingSocial and Groupon once obtained over 80% of American market share together in this field.

LivingSocial did not reveal the acquisition amount yet. After all, it is not a good news to sell itself to rival.

The original of LivingSocial was called Hungry Machine. It was established by 4 co-founders in 2007, they are Aaron Batalion, Tim O’Shaughnessy, Eddie Frederick and Val Aleksenko. It specialized in launching apps associated with Facebook application, such as voting app. Then it turned its business to promote sales emails to clients for merchants. They renamed Hungry Machine as LivingSocial in 2009.

LivingSocial started the massive expansion when it began to do group purchase business. It spent a lot of money for tv advertisement to enhance its popularity and acquired startups in many countries to quick up the expansion in new markets. It added many new products category for group purchase such as traveling and food delivery to strengthen competitiveness.

What LivingSocial did was to obtain more users and expand market. Though LivingSocial competed hard with Groupon for financing and expansion, it was still beated by Groupon.

LivingSocial once made deal with Amazon to power its competitiveness. Amazon invested $ 175 million on LivingSocial to hold 31% of its share.

In 2012, the value of assessment for LivingSocial reached $ 6 billion. However, its value of assessment declined under $ 1.5 billion one year later.

Though Amazon invested it, it faced pressure to make profit. The revenue of LivingSocial in 2012 was $ 387 million, however, the total loss was $ 767 million. Its performance turned better in 2013, with revenue of $ 384 million and loss of $ 110 million.

Google Express expands to more states to rival with Prime Now

Google announced on Wednesday to expand the delivery areas of Google Express. Now, most of east coast regions are available with Google Express.

The covered areas included Connecticut, Delaware,Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hamsphire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and West Virgina. Google Express will serve about 70 million users.

Google released Google Express in 2013 and started on trial in San Francisco and Los Angeles regions from February. Users can place orders on Google Express for electric products, garments, health care & beauty products, home supplies, and grocery through its official website or mobile app device.

The orders will be delivered on the same day after they make orders in the urban areas, while it will take two or three days to deliver goods to countryside areas.

This service make threats to Amazon Prime Now. Prime Now can deliver goods for clients on the same day in most urban cities. Both of its urban and suburban users can enjoy the overnight delivery service for millions of orders with Prime subscribers.

Google Express also offers same-day delivery and overnight delivery services. Its users can pay $95 subscription fee to enjoy a whole year free delivery service or pay $4.99 freight for each order. Some goods have minimum consumption limitation to enjoy its delivery.

Google Express stopped selling fresh fruit, vegetables and milk and converted to grocery selling and distribution business. It meant that Google won’t compete with AmazonFresh, Instacart and Peapod.

The reason why Google expands its Express service is that more and more consumers search products through Amazon which affects Google search business.

According to a latest survey, over 55% of American online shopping consumers use Amazon to search products, increased by 44% yoy. The traffic of Google Search business dropped to 28% from 34% yoy.

From now on, users live in the mentioned 13 states make place orders with Express from retailed stores as Google Express teams up with Staples, Costco, Kohl’s, Petsmart and Whole Foods Market.

Hewlett-Packard Enterpriser acquires SGI for $275 million

It is reported that Hewlett-Packard Enterprise announced to acquire SGI for $275 million on Thursday. HPE claimed that this acquisition would be accomplished in Q1 2017 if it is approved by regulators.

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HPE has been splitting  some unwanted business sections in past months. For example, it sold the controlling interest of Mphasis for $825 million in April. Its IT service was split off in May and integrated to Computer Sciences as a new associated enterprise.

It was rumored in July that HPE would sell a software department of Autonomy to private equity. It even rumored some private equities would acquire the whole HPE.

As far as it concerned, HPE seemed to promote its data analysis business and super computer system by acquiring SGI. Antonio Neri claimed:”SGI has innovative technology and service, inducing the first-class huge data analysis and high performance computing solution. It offers the supplements of mature data center solutions.”

SGI was established in 1981 and named Silicon Graphics, Inc.. In the past years, lots of SGI former employees sought jobs in other large-scale technology companies, such as Intel, NIVIDA and Cray.

SGI has facing pressure from Sun Microsystems. It applied bankruptcy protection in 2009 and sold its business to Rackable Systems. Rackable Systems then integrated SGI technology to its product lines and renamed it as “SGI”.

HPE has great interest in in-memory super computer of SGI. Such UV super computer must be applied with IMDB. IMDB increases data processing speed which is suitable for data analysis. May SGI brings new breakthroughs for HPE business.

Box will release Shuttle service to assist data transfer to cloud platform

Box, cloud file synergistic and shared service provider, announced to release Box Shuttle service. This new service will put software and consulting work together in order to help enterprises to transfer data to Box effectively. Until now, this service is still on trial and is supposed to introduce it on the market in autumn.

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Box will make full use of Box Shuttle service to help enterprise to realize the data transfer by offering advice. This service plays an important role to those enterprises do not reply much on their own storage infrastructure. So far, Box attracted some top 500 enterprises, including Coca Cola, Eli Lily, GE and Pfizer. Box has a promising prospective.

Aaron Levie, CEO of Box, expressed during the interview of VentureBeat that it encountered the next problem is how clients to obtain and save their data from the database and transfer those data to cloud platform.

Box avails of Shuttle service to integrate software business, consulting business and some other sections to solve the difficulties that may meet during the data transfer.

In fact, the other cloud providers apply their own means to help enterprises to transfer data to cloud platform as well. Google for Work has a lots of partners to support the promotion of Google Drive. Microsoft also has its own partner to promote OneDrive service. Besides, Amazon AWS released the Snowball service which enabled enterprises to upload data on Snowball, then transfer to AWS. However, Shuttle applies another means to transfer data. Levie claimed that enterprises could transfer data all at once to its platform.

Levie assumed that its clients might avail Snowball service some day to upload data from AWS S3 and then to transfer it to Box. He claimed that the Box Shuttle service charges at least $ 2,000.

Apple teams up with SAP to explore users for iPhone and iPad

Apple just made a deal with German database giant SAP in order to introduce more iPhone and iPad devices to enterprises around the world.
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This is the latest agreement concerning enterprises-focused that Apple signed. Apple already teamed up with IBM and Cisco. To increase its revenue and profit, Apple has been working hard to attract more major clients and establish business relations with them.

The cooperation between Apple and SAP will be concentrated with HANA platform. HANA is the interacted database system that SAP uses for accounting projects. The database aims to store a great amount of business data, including the inventory level, transaction information and other details. It is so called Enterprises Resource Management.

Tim Cook stated in the statement that:” As a leader of enterprise software industry and 76% of trade transactions have been done via SAP system, therefore, SAP becomes the ideal cooperative partner to Apple. SAP system would help us change global modes of business for iPhone and iPad devices.”

In fact, SAP developers would help Apple to launch new iOS applications which are compatible with SAP data based on this cooperation. The latest SDK software will accelerate the launch of those applications.

SAP will develop the localized applications for iPhone and iPad in accordance with the terms they signed. SAP claimed that the localized applications will be designed on the basis of Swift. Swift is the programming language that launched by Apple.

This cooperation is another milestone to Apple. Even though Apple has enrich experience in selling iPhone and iPad to enterprises, it is still lack of knowledge, skills and experience in building database which could compete with SAP. The cooperation with SAP will be a important part for Apple’s sustainable development.

Microsoft’s focus on Windows 10 upgrades is a mistake

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When Microsoft didn’t use the opportunity to push customers to buy new hardware, it made a mistake at its recent developers conference an analyst said today.

“On behalf of the Windows 10 team, we’re happy to welcome all of these customers to Windows 10, whether they have a new PC, a five-year-old PC, or a Mac [emphasis added],” said Terry Myerson, the executive who leads the company’s devices and operating systems group, after touting a new number of active Windows 10 users. Continue reading

IBM acquired Cleversafe to accelerate the development of Hybrid Cloud business

The report that IBM submitted to SEC on Tuesday indicated that its acquisition deal of Cleversafe was over $1.3 billion. Cleversafe’s data storage software can be used in public and private cloud computing system.

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IBM announced to acquired Cleversafe in last October but it did not reveal the specific details. According to its latest report, Cleversafe acquisition was the biggest merger deal IBM made last year. IBM spent over 1.3 billion to acquire it, reputation is included into the cost.

With the decline revenue of IBM existing products and services, its CEO Ginni Rometty wishes to make more profit by promoting cloud computing business. It focuses on building internet services to connect the private or exclusive servers with the public data center. IBM is eager to split off from Amazon or other cloud server providers.

Most of cloud computing revenue of 2015 were from basic services, including software, hardware and private cloud services. The IBM report showed that the revenue of cloud computing business reached $10.2 billion last year, including $5.6 billion basic service revenue.

Cleversafe was established in 2004 for launching the data storage system that used for enterprises and public cloud servers. Pitchbook predicted that the market value of Cleversafe would be over $ 200 million based on the financing value of 2013.

The report indicated that it spent $3.6 billion to complete 14 acquisitions in 2015. The second large acquistion went to Merge Healthcare. It might spend over $1 billion to acquire.

IMB supports Swift language, competing Amazon’s cloud computing with Apple

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The cooperation between IBM and Apple again made a great progress – IBM Cloud became the first cloud computing plat that supports Apple’s Swift programming language.

Swift has earned its own development space through iPhone’s application developers. And with the help of IBM, Swift will push harder to the market of enterprise users, providing IBM Cloud with a unique function that competitors like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft don’t have.  Continue reading

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