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Google Introduces Neural Networks API in Developer Preview of Android 8.1

Google Introduces Neural Networks API in Developer Preview of Android 8.1

Android’s Neural Networks API

Google has recently released the beta version android 8.1 Oreo and with this release, google also introduced a neural network API. A neural networks API is said to take the load of the CPU or processor in a mobile phone. With the neural networks API complex operations can now be performed in a more efficient manner and also a lot faster.

Benefits of an Neural Networks API:

The neural networks API not only keeps sensitive data on the phone itself but also reduces the load on the network. The neural networks API is a base layer of functionality for frameworks like Caffe2, Tensor Flow Lite and many others. Neural Network API is available for devices running android 8.1 and above. The neural networks API supports inferencing like classifying images and predicting user behavior. By supporting inferencing a neural network API reduces latency, can run even when it is outside network coverage, Can increase speed of processing, it ensures  the security of an individual’s data and there will not be a need of a sever when all computations will be performed on the phone itself.

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How does Neural Networks API Function?

The neural network API needs the help of a CPU or special AI chip to function, such as that in the recently released Pixel 2 phones. As of now the AI chip in the google pixel 2 phones were dormant but with the release of the android 8.1 oreo beta version it is said that the AI chip in the phone will be activated.

Neural Networks API for Basic Phones:

Google plans on using the neural network API to help developers in making apps more suitable for basic versions of smartphones. Google is going to do this by releasing more optimizations for android go.  Android Go is meant for phones with poor specifications, low memory that is running on 1 GB RAM or less and has bad connectivity.

With the release of android 8.1 Oreo Google has also introduced updates to autofill which will make life simpler for password managers while using the framework.

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How will a Neural Networks API affect a Developers Work?

A Neural networks API is said to involve a lot of operations that will be performed locally rather than needing a server this means that developers will have to monitor a battery’s usage when developing an app.

Also developers will have to keep track of their app’s size and many users would not prefer a single app taking up a lot of space on their phones.

Actual release of 8.1 Oreo:

Right now if you are a developer you can sign up to the beta version of android 8.1 Oreo, while customers or end users have to wait for December to update their android.

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Cisco and Google Find Mutual Interest in Cloud Computing

Cisco and Google Find Mutual Interest in Cloud Computing

What is Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing is a way of managing IT resources. Cloud Computing is a service delivered over a network by using the hardware and software. It is the use of virtual servers, by accessing the internet. The basic equipment required for Cloud Computing is a computer connected to the net. It does away with complicated equipment and hardware. The “Cloud” is not a place, but the hardware and software that is used to help the user in various computing aspects such as storing documents, pictures and file backup as a service provided online.

Advantages of Cloud Computing

In Cloud Computing, there is an online service provider, that stores the data of its users. The service provider guarantees security to the customers. They can have backup files too and can access the data via the internet. This becomes cheaper and easier for the customers as they do not need any extra hardware or security or maintenance of their equipment. The added advantage, is that, the user can access their files or data from anywhere and from any device connected to the internet. Cloud Computing has also increased security as well as greater storage space for individual and business files. Big businesses too can save on unnecessary expenditure on the infrastructure and maintenance. They can concentrate on their business and all the applications running smoothly and at a much faster rate, with the added assurance of security.

Private,  Public  and Hybrid Cloud Computing

In a Private Cloud, for example, we would consider enterprises that utilize Microsoft Exchange, whereby the user can access it by using a secure VPN connection. In this case, all the files, storage, applications and all other services are protected within a firewall, which will be under the control of the corporate IT department.

On the other hand, a Public Cloud is wherein all the files, storage, documents and other applications are provided to the public by accessing the internet. A good example of Public Cloud is the Gmail provided by Google.

Hybrid Cloud is a combination of Private and Public Cloud. In the hybrid Cloud, businesses have more flexibility and deployment options, by enabling the data and applications to move between the public and private clouds. Hybrid clouds allow for public and private clouds to be bound by technology and hence data and applications can be shared between them.

Different Types of Cloud Computing Services

Based on your personal or business goals, the computing services are divided into three types – PaaS, IaaS, SaaS

Platform as a Service PaaS

In this case, while accessing the internet, you purchase the resources and pay for it as much as you need from a cloud service provider. You can avoid all the unnecessary expenses of paying for and managing the infrastructure and other resources. You only need to manage the applications and services you develop, while the rest is taken care of by the cloud service provider.

Infrastructure as a Service IaaS

Here the IT infrastructure  which consists of servers, virtual machines, storage, operating systems are rented from a cloud service provider by paying for it as and when you need.

Software as a Service SaaS

The software applications are delivered over the internet by subscribing to it. In this service, the user connects via the internet with the help of a web browser on their PC, phone or tablet.

Cisco was the main company from whom business enterprises were paying heavily to get their hardware. They are now turning to companies like Amazon, who are providing them with cloud services.  Cisco has close ties with the big corporates. Hence, Google along with Cisco are getting into the market of Cloud Computing services, by either helping the business enterprises to manage their software and technology in their data centers or in places operated by external cloud service providers.

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Android Oreo:12 Best Features of New Android Operating System

Android Oreo:12 Best Features of New Android Operating System

Android 8.0 Oreo is already official: All News

Google is long dressed to present its new operating system packed with new features aimed at improving the user experience, aesthetics, and performance of their devices called Oreo. Do you want to know what all the news is?

After months talking about it, we finally know the definitive name of Android O, and as many already expected, it is Android 8.0 Oreo. This update comes to revolutionize the Android terminals, implementing great improvements that will directly affect the performance of our devices, a more satisfactory user experience and a modern, useful and intuitive aesthetic. A wonder you can not miss.

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Using TOR: Is it Worth the Risk, or the Time?

Using TOR: Is it Worth the Risk, or the Time?

Online security has become a hot topic in the recent due to immense number of cyber attacks and privacy intrusions being launched almost every day. VPN might be an expensive for most of the users therefore using TOR network has emerged as a simple, reliable and highly secure platform for most. Currently there are innumerable numbers of people who are eagerly looking at the opportunity of snooping upon the online activities of the users which includes not just the cyber criminals but even the popular tech companies.

Using TOR is good for safeguarding the privacy

As stated earlier there are a number of tools which are quite helpful in covering the digital tracks but nothing is completely secure like The Onion Router (TOR) underground network. The best way to make use of the TOR is to install a customized and locked down version of the popular Firefox browser.

Now using this underground network will ensures that the internet connection is wrapped under multiple layers. This makes the data to bounce through random servers placed all around the world. This gives a complete blanket of protection from the potential eavesdroppers.

How does TOR works?

As the name suggests TOR literally takes the onion metaphor and puts it to a good use. In this system a layer of encryption is stripped at each step on the way to accessing the target while using it. In this way a chain is formed around the server and no one is able to comprehend where a user is going and what he is doing at any given moment.

TOR came into being as a safe and secure network especially for the whistle blowers and the political activists for heightened online safety. But currently it is being utilized by a number of public users to access websites without being spied upon. It is not completely secure as the final server present in this chain can easily reveal the website or link visited by the user if it gets compromised.

TOR being used for rogue purpose

Within a short time of its existence TOR has emerged as a popular way of diving into the dark underbelly of the internet. It also serves as a home for innumerable number of illicit sites which remains hidden from the outside users.

Law enforcement authorities had quite a hard and tough time in dealing with it and there have been very few cases whether they had been successful in their attempt. They have been to exploit the vulnerabilities present in the TOR to take down the pedophile rings as well the popular blackmarket called The Silk Road.

Using it will ensure that your online activities remains safely hidden from the usual tracking activities and eavesdropper but it can’t hoodwink the intrusive tracking or high end web tracking. In case you are looking forward to a higher level of security then opt for the VPN as they happen to run faster and easy to manage than using TOR.

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Windows 10 Tips and Tricks: The Best Hidden Features

Windows 10  Tips and Tricks: The Best Hidden Features

Windows 10 Tips and Tricks

In Windows 10 are some hidden features, of which you may have not heard anything yet. However, these features are often very helpful, which is why we will introduce you to the best hidden features through Windows 10 tips and tricks

Call up a new start menu in Windows 10

Finally, a start menu is again on board: With this Windows 10 tips and tricks we are announcing that the Windows 10 users call it by clicking on the start button or by pressing the Windows button. Another way that is largely unknown: Press Ctrl and Escape at the same time.

Expand the Start menu

Similar to the Windows 10 predecessors, it is easy to customize the Start menu. To add a program, a file, or a folder, right-click on it, and select Attach to “Start”. If you search for an object in the Windows 10 start menu and right-click on the hit, the same context menu entry appears for attaching.

Try out Edge in Windows 10

Microsoft integrates Internet Explorer, another Windows-based: Edge. It is visually slim and fast. To try out the innovative on-board device, click on the IE-like blue icon or on the corresponding Start menu tile. Alternatively, type Edge in the Start menu search box. There are not many setting options. In addition to calling websites, it is a good idea to perform a tempo test on pages such as Peacekeeper: the higher the score is, the faster you are on the web.

Flexible drag-and-drop in the Start menu

You want to convert a list entry from the Start menu to a tile that appears to the right of the menu? Click on the desired entry on the left and drag it to the right to the right with the mouse button pressed. For freshly installed programs, this is recommended: they appear temporarily under Recently Added, otherwise (at least if the Anniversary Update is missing) nowhere in the Start menu. Because, as with Windows 8.1, applications have no authority to place themselves in the Start menu as tiles.

Remove Internet Explorer

Through our Windows 10 tips and tricks announce, that the IE is abolished,( is not true): the program is still exists in Windows 10. The new default browser is Edge. Anyone who wants to get rid of the little improved Internet Explorer will disable it. The required window appears when you press the Windows key and R, and then type the command optionalfeatures and click OK. After removing the check mark in front of the browser entry, mouse clicks are still visible, click Yes, OK and Restart Now.

Start menu programs easier to start

A practical function, which is probably hardly noticed: Invoking programs by Windows 10 start menu also works by mouse wheel. Move the mouse pointer over one of the tiles on the right, and then press the mouse wheel to open the selected object. This works with programs and apps as well as with files and folders.

Drag apps from the Start menu to the desktop

Starting installed apps via desktop, Windows 8 succeeded only with tricks. They are invalid: In Windows 10, if you drag a Start menu app to the desktop with the mouse button pressed, a new icon appears. You can use this function to double-click.

Install apps from the Start menu in Windows 10

For the first time, the Windows Start menu will find applications and web content. For example, if you enter finances in the search function, the system will then offer you “Postbank Financial Assistant” or “MSN Finances” to download. Clicking on such an entry will open the Store app that will run the installation

Start menu without tiles

If you prefer the plain look of Windows XP or 7, create a start menu: To do this, click on all app icons with the right mouse button and choose from “Start”. The empty space remains unused for non-current Windows 10; To shrink the software menu as needed, click the right margin and move it to the left with the left mouse button held down.

If the Anniversary Update is installed, dragging the mouse pointer is no longer required. On the other hand, what is more, the start menu is a little smaller from top to bottom.

PC or Internet

The system shows you apart from hard disk files and folders content from the Internet. To view only local objects, click on one of the icons below after entering a search term. The right-hand character picks up the Bing web service. To confirm your appearance, press Enter.

Windows 10 Language assistant Cortana

Through our Windows 10 tips and tricks we announce here that it has a comparable feature has been already in Vista in the operating system, as smart as in Windows 10, but the function has never been. Cortana is to help plan appointments, retrieve the weather forecast and bing searches. The function usually initiates internet searches in the case of hearing problems. To use, click into the Taskleist search box and log in with a Microsoft account. They call Cortana by clicking on the search field, formulate your request and see if Cortana can help.

The Cortana Intelligence is best developed with a USB microphone or headset. Computing tasks that you tap into the start menu are processed by the digital lady without voice input

Adjust the size of the start menu

How big should the Start menu be? The user has the choice of whether the software menu appears in full-screen mode or much more compact. By means of our Windows 10 tips and tricks we guide you to set the setting, right-click the desktop, and then select Customize> Start, and then click to select the Start menu in the Full Screen mode. Moving the mouse pointer to the upper and right sides of the menu turns it into an arrow.

Split the start menu into categories

There are so many icons placed in the right-hand start menu area. You can get a little more transparency by creating categories. To create headlines for tile icons, first open the Start menu. Match thematically matching symbols. Then double-click the free space above a program group. You then enter a heading and confirm with Enter. You want to change an existing category name? To do this, press the Delete key, type the new text and press Enter

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