Google has a new GitHub competitor known as Cloud Source Repositories

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Google sometimes launches new products and services without trying to give them much attention. That is the case with its new code repository platform, which it put into beta under the radar earlier this year. Its Cloud Source Repositories is a service that allows users to store, edit and share code based on Google’s cloud apps.

While Google seemingly admitted defeat with its Code service after being put in the shadows by competitors like GitHub and BitBucket, it looks as though the company will be taking another stab at it, but from a different angle. The ever expanding service is, at this point, centered around Google Cloud Platform, but can act as a remote for Git repositories and is likely to only grow from there.

As many have suggested, Cloud Source’s closest competitors come in the way of Amazon Web Services and Microsoft’s Azure cloud/Visual Studio Online.

Google describes Cloud Source as a one-stop shop for everything Google Cloud Platform. It also promises a private Git repository that supports most of your existing tools, as well as a high degree of encryption to keeps things safe. There will be a beta API launching later this year and a new Google Cloud Debugger.

Along with a series of improvements as the service nears full launch, you can expect an official announcement from Google and in all likelihood, a fee to use it.

Source: Techspot

Word nerd holy grail adds 500 new terms including ‘photobomb’ and ‘sexting’

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Roughly 500 new words and phrases have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary via its quarterly update. The latest members of the word nerd holy grail include autotune, crowdfunding, deep web, e-cig, kryptonite (how is this just now making it in?), photobomb, retweet, webisode, meh, vaping, sexting and twerk.

As has been the case for several years now, the latest update is heavily influenced by pop culture and the online world. One word in particular, twerk, was popularized by Miley Cyrus a few years back but its origin dates back much further than most are aware of.

Katherine Conner Martin, Head of US Dictionaries at Oxford English Dictionary,notes that the use of twerk to describe a type of dancing originated in the early 1990s in the New Orleans bounce music scene.

The word itself, however, was first used way back in 1820 as a noun to refer to a twisting or jerking movement. It was originally spelled “twirk.” The term wasn’t used as a verb until 1901. Twerk as we know it today found its way to the Oxford Dictionaries Online a couple of years ago.

Previous tech-related / geek culture additions to the Oxford English Dictionary include LOL, OMG, heart (as a verb), IMO and BFF.

A full list of the June 2015 additions can be found by clicking here.

Source: Techspot

This Range Rover Prototype Can Be Driven With A Smartphone App

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

There are remote control cars and then there are Remote Control Cars. This is the latter of the two. Range Rover UK developed a prototype system that allows a Range Rover Sport to be controlled remotely through a smartphone app. And not just the door locks. The vehicle can be driven from the app.

As the video here shows, this functionality allows drivers to safely traverse treacherous terrain or tight parking spots.

It seemingly works as expected. The app control’s the vehicle’s speed and direction. Speed is limited to 4 mph and the smartphone needs to be within 10 feet of the vehicle.

The company says that it could eventually build voice commands into the system.

Right now this is just an engineering prototype so don’t expect to go down to your local Range Rover dealer and try this out. Range Rover didn’t specify if or when this technology will…

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Google’s cofounder wrote an essay about how the world has changed since the company started

Google is known for its ambitious projects, and cofounder Sergey Brin highlights exactly where the company is going in an addition he wrote to the company’s proxy statement.

The statement doesn’t reveal anything new — but it shows how Google sees the technology industry evolving.

While things like search and Gmail were essentially considered yesterday’s moonshots, technology is advancing at such a pace that computerised contacts and self-driving cars are bound to be a big part of our future, according to Brin.

The self-driving car project seems to be particularly important to Brin.

“We hope to make roadways far safer and transportation far more affordable and accessible to those who can’t drive,” he wrote.

Here’s the essay in full. It’s worth a read if you need a reminder of where Google’s priorities lie.

When Larry and I founded Google in 1998, many elements came together to make our work possible. Like other companies at the time, we benefited from the increasing power and low cost of computation and from the unprecedented shift of information to the internet. We shared a profound belief in the power of technology to make life better for people everywhere and imagined what life could be like 10, 15, 20 years down the road. Nevertheless, now that we are here, I am amazed at the progress and opportunities. For example, I could not have imagined we would be making a computer that fits in a contact lens, with the potential to make life better for millions of people with diabetes.

Yet, this is something we are working on today. Our glucose-sensing contact lens is being developed in partnership with Novartis. A tiny chip, using power measured in nanowatts, is embedded into the lens in order to monitor glucose levels continuously. This technology, and others like it being developed today, was made possible through continued improvements in electronics and the ever-accelerating pace of technological progress. As computers get smaller, cheaper, and more powerful, their potential gets larger and the world is transformed.

Larry and I were lucky to participate in one such period of transformation nearly two decades ago: search engines made a leap from modest-sized ones that would search over limited, separate corpuses, to those we know today that attempt to search all the world’s knowledge. Just as advancements in miniaturization and power consumption have made the contact lens possible, it was similar progress in computing power and cost that allowed us to create comprehensive search, and make it accessible to anyone with an internet connection. It was the right time for search to become a universally available tool for bringing all the world’s information to your home, to your school, to your pocket.

These advances also made it possible to provide enterprise class email, featuring vast storage and search capabilities, to anyone in the world – for free; that’s why we created Gmail. And, if you fast-forward to today, we recently harnessed continued improvements in storage cost and machine learning to create Google Photos, which lets everyone in the world safely keep, and search through, a lifetime of photos and videos.

The increasing power of computation extends well beyond the internet. One example close to my heart is our self-driving car project. The goal is to make cars capable of driving themselves entirely without human intervention. We hope to make roadways far safer and transportation far more affordable and accessible to those who can’t drive.

To do this, we can now rely on immense processing power and advanced sensors that would not have been possible only a few years ago. And while it will still take time before we see self-driving cars everywhere on our streets, over a million auto fatalities per year worldwide make this a risk worth taking. As I write, our cars have just crossed 1 million miles of autonomous driving, and our fully self-driving vehicle prototype is about to begin testing in our hometown.

This project and others like it are very challenging, and the outcomes are far from certain. But, just like when we started nearly two decades ago, it is possible to create the technology that allows people to lead healthier, happier lives. And, along with our incredibly passionate employees, I am humbled and excited to try.

Sergey Brin

Source: Business Insider AU