Monday, 1 September 2014

Android Studio



Android Studio
Android Studio is a fresh Android development platform or you can say it is Android developing environment which is based on IntelliJ IDEA. It delivers new concepts and features and also it gives new improvements over Eclipse ADT and soon it will be the official Android IDE once it is completely built. On top of the proficiencies you expect from IntelliJ the Android Studio has some amazing built-in features which provides:
  • A very flexible Gradle-based framework system.
  • Build modifications and numerous APK generations.
  • Comprehensive template provision for services like Google Services and numerous device types.
  • It also provides great layout editor with supporting feature of theme editing.
  • It also offers amazing lint tools to track the presentation, version compatibility, usability and other such problems including interface.
  • One of the best features that it provides is ProGuard and app-signing abilities.
  • It provides integral provision for Google Cloud Platform, which makes easy to assimilate Google Cloud Messaging and App Engine together.
But before you start with this amazing Android Studio please note that it is currently available in beta version. So it is possible that some structures are not yet applied in it and there is a possibility that you may find some errors and bugs. So if you feel that you are not relaxed in using this partial product then you can continue Eclipse platform with ADT.

Android studio beta v0.8.6 download package:

  • Includes the Android Studio Beta.
  • It also includes all the Android SDK Tools that are used to design, develop, test, and debug the application created.
  • The download also contains a flavored version of the Android platform that will help you to compile the applications that you will develop.
  • The package will also include a version of the Android system image that will allow you to run and test your developed app in the emulator.
In case you previously have Android Studio installed in your system so what happens is that in most scenarios you can possibly upgrade to the advanced or latest version by simply downloading and installing a patch. Just go within Android Studio and simply choose and select Help > Check for updates to keep track and monitor if any update or advance version is available. In case if an update version does not exist then simply click the top button displayed above to download and substitute your current installation package.

But guys there is one caution that you all must be aware of and it is that by substituting your current installation of Android Studio will eliminate any extra SDK packages that you have mounted. The examples of such packages that can get deleted are target platforms or user system images or model applications. Soto reserve these simply copy them from your existing SDK manual under Android Studio to a momentary position before mounting the update. Then simply move them back once the update gets successfully completed. And if by chance you flop to copy these items and tools then you have only one option left i.e. you can download them again with the help of Android SDK Manager.

So if you have any good experience of using Android Studio beta version then please comment below and let everyone know and in the later posts we will discuss about some more features of this tools so till then stay connected.

LiveCode

LiveCode
LiveCode is a software development platform which allows creating applications for any platform like apple or android or windows. Developing applications in LiveCode is very easy and very simple hence it’s a flexible platform to develop apps. Today lots of people from all around the world are using mobile applications that are developed using LiveCode.

With the capability to organize your apps to all the general platforms LiveCode provides infinite possibilities for developing mobile applications. Whether it’s an application that is developed for making life simpler and easier or whether it’s related to improve your business stats or solving a problem or just an experiment LiveCode is no doubt the best and perfect tool to construct or develop your remarkable app.

LiveCode consist of three key concepts for the application development process. They are: the user interface, the coding language and lastly the live coding part. You have to first start with the interface section. Simply open a new project and then by dragging items onto it on the required area.

You can also add a button or a field or even a scrollbar without actual coding. You can alsogive it different styles like color, shadows, resizing etc. with just a single click. So thus you can make your app look jazzy in just the same way you want it. So it’s all about imagination that will come true with this LiveCode.


LiveCode is filled with bunch of features and functions. What this actually means is it provides you accurately hundreds and thousands of objects,functions, hooks, commands and before-made functionality to do just anything and everything you might want to do with your next app.

You can also link and connect apps to your databases i.e. you can simply add your videos and images with simple steps or you can work with different websites and you also have tool to fetch content from above your application. Lay out grids and creating tables, fantastic text, animating objects is also possible here without much coding. And the list of functionality provided by this tool is very long list.

LiveCode is open source software meaning that it is available for free for basic use. It is existing under a dual license and these two licenses are GPL3 and Commercial license. Basically it means that any person can download and access LiveCode for free and start developing applications.

You also have right to contribute to LiveCode by accessing and observing the source code of it. You can also fix bugs; add more fantastic features or building different components. The open source version of this LiveCode software allows you to redistribute the software that you've created as long as that software is also developed as open source under the terms and conditions of the General Public License or GPL. If in case you want to develop a closed source version of this software then you can simply purchase a commercial based license. And then you can term it as closed source version.

So I think all the developers must try LiveCode at least once. Maybe they will feel more comfortable with this software as compared to others because this tool is really very simple to use. If you want then you can share your experience with LiveCode here with everyone so that all may get deep insight about this amazing developing tool.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

`Project Wing’ - Google’s Project Flight

Project Wing
Google has recently revealed that it has been privately working for two years to build self-flying vehicles. `Project Wing’, being their secret drone project is aimed in bringing drone delivery nearer to reality and has also uploaded a video on YouTube explaining that the team at Google X are working on a drone delivery project which has been dubbed `Project Wing’.

The two minute video shows some basic package delivery which seems like the tech giant is competing with Amazon’s Prime Air drone delivery service. Google X’s Astro Teller explained to BBC that another big goal of Project Wing is for disaster relief situation and the project has also been in development during the past two years.

Google’s ambitious program announcement has escalated its technological arms race with rival Amazon.com Inc which has also been experimenting with self-flying vehicles to carry merchandise bought by customers of its online store.Its secretive research laboratory is aiming to build a fleet of drones which are designed to bypass earthbound traffic so that packages are delivered to people in the quickest possible time frame.

Latest Project Compared to `Moonshots’

However, Google would take some more years before its fleet of drone get totally operational and the company states that test flights in Australia had delivered a first aid kit, candy bars, dog treats and water to a couple of farmers after travelling a distance of around one kilometre or half a mile just two weeks ago.

Project Wing
Project Wing being the latest project from Google’s X laboratory has been working on self-driving cars together with other far flung innovation which Larry Page, the company’s CEO has compared to `moonshots’ that pushed the technological envelope while the lab’s other work includes Internet connected eye wear known as Google Glass, Internet beaming balloons known a s Project Loon and high tech contact lens which monitors glucose levels in diabetics patients.

According to Google it states that they are aiming to improve society with the X lab’s research though the Glass device has been targeted to criticism by some, while investors seems apprehensive, expressing frustration on the funds that Google has put into the X lab without any guarantee of its success.

New Approach to Moving Goods

Drone could probably help Google in the expansion of their existing service which delivers goods purchased online on the day that they are ordered with Google offering the same day delivery service by automobiles in parts of San Francisco Bay Area, New York and Los Angeles.

According to Google’s statement in a pamphlet describing Project Wing, it states that `the self-flying vehicles could also open up a new approach to moving goods which could include options that are cheaper, less wasteful, faster and environmental friendly than what is presently prevailing’. Besides this, Google also seems to see its drone as a another step in e-commerce delivery where the aerial vehicle could make it possible and easier for people to obtain certain items like power drill, which may be needed periodically as well as emergency supplies to areas that could have been affected by earthquakes, hurricane or other natural calamities.

 According to Google, a team led by Nick Roy, aeronautics professor of Massachusetts Institute of Technology had been working on Project Wing for two years though the Mountain View Californian company refrained from disclosing much about the cost of the project.

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Microsoft Research Invented Video Game Time Travel to Repair Cloud Gaming


Cloud Gaming
In spite of huge efforts from companies like OnLive and Nvidia, the cloud based gaming still seems to be difficult dream to be fulfilled. Even though there are latency issues, remote server based games are now making more sense at a time when low power Smartphone’s and tablets are continuing to grow. Microsoft’s research team seems to have got solution in video game time travel. They are calling it DoLorean.

Existing cloud gaming platforms might have to strike a balance between value and latency. Based on the user input and the data transfer over internet before you can get the end result seem to be causing quite a long delay. This is basis for the frame to get rendered. To keep the round trip time (RTT) sensible, Cloud gaming will have to rely on rough compression and low resolutions. DoLorean has been developed keeping all these factors on mind.

How DoLorean works? 

It actually performs four tasks which have been developed to improve response and lower the RTT. The tasks are

1. Future input prediction

2. State space sub sampling

3. Mis-prediction compensation, and

4. Bandwidth compression


These tasks will improve and eliminate the lag upto 250ms and it will be cloud based game accessible even on mobile connections example being Doom 3 and Fable 3. Let’s say if a person is playing a cloud based shooter game, before anything can be done, DoLorean based server will be able to initiate three of the slaves in one instance. These are used for rendering frames as you progress in the game. These are all saved in the main server and it will send the correct frame whenever there is an input sent from the player’s end. Depending on the past behaviors, algorithm method has been used to make this as accurate as possible. The space sub sampling along with GPU computation play a significant part.

What to expect? 

If only few known instances of the cloud game, DoLorean seem to unable to deliver all likely future. Mis-prediction compensation comes into existence if the prediction of the future is no correct but it is close to the correct answer. DoLorean can use the interpolation to match the output with the rendered frame. This is very fast when compared to rendering on frame from initial point. It can also opt to compression of bandwidth to maintain a lower latency. According to Microsoft, video encoding system can get this job done even with fewer artifacts. 

Very high end software was being used by Microsoft to get the DoLorean running. This server comprises of quad-core Intel Core-i7, RAM of 16GB and Nvidia GTX680 along with VRAM of 4GB. In order to get the game running on DoLorean, the server was manually configured to artificially develop delays; a slight change might be required though. But still the future of gaming might be lying on this at the moment.

Apple Planning 12.9-Inch iPad for 2015


Apple is now planning to promote and launch it’s much whispered 12.9-inch iPad in initials of 2015 as reports received from Bloomberg. Intimations of the tablet, which has been labeled as the "iPad Pro" in gossips and rumors was firstly made available i.e. it appeared around mid-2013, with a forthcoming 2014 launch date. Latest gossips and rumors suggested that targets and plans for the tablet had been put on halt.

The new iPad is expected to have a screen measuring approximately 12.9 inches crossways, as said by the members, who specially asked not to be getting identified publicly because the details aren't open yet. Apple is currently producing iPads with range varying between 9.7-inch and 7.9-inch displays. The Cupertino, California-based Corporation has been working with providers for at least a year to create and develop a new wide range of bigger and larger touch-screen devices as said by them.

Conferring to buzzes, the bigger 12.9-inch iPad will comprise a high pixel density with a display that approaches ultrahigh definition feature. It will most probably implement many of the design fundamentals that are offered in the existing iPad Air and iPad mini like an ultrathin framework and slender side bezels.

Bloomberg recommends that the bigger tablet is a power to wobble up the iPad streak as deals of the iPad have been on the deterioration situation for the previous two quarters. The bigger tablets may demand profoundly to businesses, a marketplace that Apple is also targeting for with its latest IBM enterprise.

Along with a bigger iPad Pro Apple is also occupied working on a second-generation iPad Air and Retina iPad mini both of which are likely to comprise highly advanced processors and provision for the Touch ID fingerprint sensor application. Even this concept of apple is amazing and high tech driven.

So let’s hope that both of these products will be launched soon in the market. But the main criteria is budget because now there are many brands which provide awesome features and that too in very low and cheap price with good quality but no doubt the apple market has never been affected by any brands because it’s quality and features are far ahead from any other brands. The user interfaces of apple products are considered to be the best of all. So no doubt people buy it without even giving it a second thought.

So these are some latest gossips about the 12.9 inch iPad which apple is planning to launch in the start of 2015. The protocols and features have been set into action although it is known that the work is on hold for some time but we never know that what apple is planning inside so let’s get prepare for the surprise.

Hope apple will launch its new product soon and no doubt the competition will reach the peak if it will be success. So that’s all about the tech gossips and If you have any other news related to this topic then please share it with everyone by commenting below.