Saturday, June 10, 2017

Home Pod


If you look back Apple's history, it is really interesting.

At Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in 2014, Apple dipped its toes into the nascent smart home market with the launch of HomeKit, a developer program for hooking up smart devices in iOS. It was Apple's typical closed-garden approach: developers had to integrate a dedicated authentication chip into their device and go through extensive certification testing through the MFi ("Made for iPhone/iPod/iPad") program.

As every one (including Microsoft) opens its gate, Apple is opening up the doors a bit.

In this week conference, Apple said that HomeKit is now open to any Apple developer to tinker around with. Developers no longer have to get an MFi license to start controlling prototypes of smart home gadgets. They can even develop prototypes on top of popular developer boards like Raspberry Pi and Arduino. But once these developers want to bring a product out commercially, they still have to go through MFi certification.

Apple's announcement includes HomePod, a speaker powered by Apple's voice assistant, Siri. The HomePod has a six-microphone array to pick up the user's voice from anywhere in a room.

Smart speakers from Amazon and Google have been catching on lately as the hot new tech gadget and they've become a popular platform for controlling smart home devices.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

TensorFlow


TensorFlow is an open source machine learning platform for anyone and everyone by Google. Few key technical features are:
  • By design, it is quite fast, flexible and production-ready. 
  • It has the scalability degree from PoC (Proof of Concept) to Production.
  • By data structure, it has been built using computational graph with the best fit for deep learning and artificial intelligence.
  • It supports CPU to GPU/TPU; iOS/Android
  • To program, you can use most of popular/powerful languages C#, Java,Python, Go,etc.
  • Google internal products (search, gmail, map, youtube, etc.) leverages TensorFlow
Performance benchmark is available at https://www.tensorflow.org/performance/benchmarks

Official web site is https://www.tensorflow.org/

Thursday, May 18, 2017

AI First


Start of my career, technology swifts by every decade; now by year.  Some times, itz so fast by months.

A couple of years ago, most of the companies lived by the slogan ‘digital first’.  Recent time, it has been shifted towards 'mobile first' mantra.  You know what??  Again therez a change in the slogan 'AI first'

It was reflected in this special week.  As part of I/O 2017, Google CEO Sundar demonstrated their emerging product lines like Google Lens with the fundamental theme of AI First.  In the similar fashion, Microsoft CEO shared their vision around AI.

The biggest technology companies in the world (like Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon, etc) already made the switch towards AI first. For them it's not the future, it's today's reality.

Artificial intelligence won’t take over the human aspect of IT services, but it definitely will add a layer to it that will increase customer experience quite a bit.

So, basically, itz the right time to start thinking about how the firm will create strong customer relations in an AI first world.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Ransomware


This week had started with so much of panic in Computer world.  New shocking buzz word is termed as Ransomware.

Actually, virus attackers used a tool allegedly stolen from the U.S. National Security Agency.  In this process, it took advantage of flaws in Microsoft Windows systems to spread malware around the world on Friday.

In terms of impact, this virus encrypts files, effectively hijacking computer systems, and demands money, in the form of bitcoin, in exchange for decrypting them. Microsoft Corp. had issued a fix, or patch, for the flaw on March 14.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Technology Map


Technology needs to enable the business.  It is one of key success context in the current industry.

Recently, I came to know about an interesting map relating technologies to their impact on the business.

On observing the attached map, you can easily notice that advanced robotics are expected to be emerging technologies in 2019 and beyond, as well as smart machines and brain computer interfaces.  Cognitive computing is placed at the edge between high impact and transformational and 5G is considered as having a high impact.

All of these emerging and disruptive technologies are placed under the area of transformational, meaning that they will result in a disruption from the present way of doing business.

In recent IT industry evolution, we can easily observe the necessity of automation in every opportunity; doesn't matter testing, deployment, development, etc. 

Change is inevitable and buckle up yourself.  All the best !!!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Triple Century


Dear Friends,

7 years back, kick started this weekly tech blog with inspiration from my industry mentors.  It has been inked at http://ganesansenthilvel.blogspot.in/2010/04/kick-off.html

Now, glad to touch the key milestone of "Triple Century" with your encouragement and support.  Keep motivating me to go beyond and learn more to me.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Book Release


Recent times, Microsoft is participating into Crowd Source strategy by breaking its closed tradition. It is getting reflected their product shift from .NET to .NET Core framework and its related technologies.

Earned an opportunity to write (close to a year) international book on "Enterprise Application Architecture with .NET Core".

Book is launched now and available at https://www.packtpub.com/application-development/enterprise-application-architecture-net-core

Amazon Kindle edition is ready at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M18CQNP/

As quoted in Authors' note, all my well wishers' support/encouragement is vital to proceed during this journey.

Secret of Success is Consistency of Purpose. Thanks to Almighty.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Best Article Award



Today, I'm pleased to receive the best article award from CodeProject.  Thanks for your support and encouragement.

Article Ref: http://www.codeproject.com/Articles/1120056/Evolution-of-Microsoft-Bot-Framework

My Inbox has the below note:

Hi Ganesan Senthilvel,
Congratulations! You have won CodeProject Best "Everything Else" Article of March 2017 Second Prize.
Type: Article
Location: Evolution of Microsoft Bot Framework 

Again - thanks for your contribution to the CodeProject community.
Best regards,
Sean and the CodeProject Team

Note: This message has been sent from an unattended email box.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Hadoop 2 vs 3


After Doug Cutting released Hadoop - working with Yahoo, Big Data industry had the breaking point to adapt easily and fast.  Even after a decade, Hadoop is highly adapted in the industry with so much major releases.

Here is an interesting learning material to compare Hadoop 2.x and 3.x by DataFlair.  Ref: http://data-flair.training/blogs/comparison-difference-between-hadoop-2-x-vs-hadoop-3-x/

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Vascular Biometrics


Recent technology invention is a biometric identification and security device known as PalmSecure. It works by identifying the vein pattern in the palms of our hands.

Similar to our fingerprints, vein patterns are unique to each individual. The purported advantages of this technology is that it is less expensive, easier to manage, and is more reliable than traditional methods of identification.

Vein recognition, otherwise known as vascular biometrics, refers to technology that measures parts of a subject’s circulatory system which is a s unique to her as a fingerprint. Segmented into different sub-modalities, vascular biometrics solutions use optical scanning technology to capture vein images in your palm, finger, or eyeball.

Because of the sub-dermal nature of veins, vascular biometrics are considered to be a highly secure modality. Whereas other types of biometrics, particularly where the cheaper consumer grade is concerned, have proven vulnerable to presentation attacks, vein patterns are virtually un-spoofable, especially considering that some vein readers require scanned veins to have blood flowing through them

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

IJCIR First Release


International Journal of Computational Intelligence Research (IJCIR) is a peer reviewed international journal with a key objective to provide the academic and industrial community a medium for presenting original cutting edge research related to computational intelligence and its applications.

IJCIR invites authors to submit their original and unpublished work that communicates current research on computational intelligence both the theoretical and methodological aspects, as well as various applications in real world problems from science, technology, business or commerce.

Glad to share the news about my first research publication at IJCIR.  Ref: https://www.ripublication.com/ijcir17/ijcirv13n2_01.pdf

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Airbnb Open Source


Airbnb created an internal Knowledge Repo, combining git version control and Markdown templates for reporting results. Airbnb recently open-sourced its Knowledge Repository Beta, seeking contributors to help move the project forward.

Git allows the same sort of peer review and version control that developers typically use to collaborate on code, while Markdown offers a mixture of text and code in a single, easily reproducible file. You can see RStudio's tutorial on R Markdown for more info of what Markdown in general can do. Markdown is available for other languages such as Python as well.

The Airbnb framework setup requires Python and supports "knowledge posts" in several formats.

A next-generation curated knowledge sharing platform for data scientists and other technical professions, is available at https://github.com/airbnb/knowledge-repo

Thursday, March 16, 2017

2021 IT Trends


1. Internet-of-things (IoT) software and solutions: IoT will be driving new levels of customer insight and engagement for some by 2021, but technology diversity and the need for organizational changes will still stymie or delay many firms.

2. Intelligent agents: Intelligent agents and related robots will have eliminated a net 6% of jobs by 2021.

3. Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR): By 2021, AR will be commonplace, while VR will remain niche.

4. Artificial intelligence (AI) and cognitive technology: Solutions powered by AI/cognitive technology will displace jobs with the biggest impact felt in transportation, logistics, customer service, and consumer services.

5. Hybrid wireless: 5G will be rolling out by 2021, creating a high-bandwidth cellular backbone to support IoT devices. In addition, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi will expand their capabilities to support IoT devices.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Google Kaggle


Couple of days ago, Google acquired a coding competition platform called Kaggle.

Founded in 2010, Kaggle allows developers and data scientists to run machine learning contests, host datasets, and to write and share code. The platform reportedly has half a million data scientists that Google would try to capitalise on in some way.

Kaggle has raised $12.5 million (£10.3 million) in investment from the likes of Index Ventures, Google chief economist Hal Varian, and Russian investor Yuri Milner. 

Google reportedly teamed up with Kaggle earlier this month to run a $100,000 (£82,000) machine learning competition around classifying YouTube videos.

Kaggle CEO Anthony confirmed the news in the company blog - I’m proud and excited to share that Kaggle is joining Google Cloud.  Ref: http://blog.kaggle.com/2017/03/08/kaggle-joins-google-cloud/


Saturday, March 11, 2017

SanDisk in India


This week, SanDisk has announced the launch of three new products in India, including Extreme Pro and Extreme Go USB 3.1 flash drives, and a 256 GB microSD card with A1 SD specifications.

Extreme Go is a high-speed flash drive, up to 35x faster than standard 2.0 drives, and enables users to copy data quickly. 

SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1 Solid State Flash Drive has reading speeds up to 420 MB per second and writing speeds up to 380 MB/s while the Extreme Go USB 3.1 has reading and writing speeds up to 200 MB/s and 150 MB/s, respectively.

256 GB SanDisk Ultra microSD card is the world's first microSD card with Application Performance Class 1 (A1) standardisation. It is compatible with the SanDisk Memory Zone app for Android for backing up and managing content, which can be downloaded from Google Play Store. 

It has been indicated that the microSD card will be available from April 1, pricing at Rs 18,990.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Making Time


One of the famous quote is ringing back in my mind “It is not about having time; it is about making time”

College of Engineering Guindy (CEG) is a top most engineering institute in my state Tamilnadu, INDIA. Itz not only brightest but also one of the oldest engineering college, founded in 1794.

CEG used to conduct the national level technical symposium during the first quarter of every year. This year, it was scheduled between Mar 1 and Mar 3 at CEG campus of Anna University, Chennai.

This well renowned national level event is a platform for the student/research communities to gain insight of the contemporary technical contraptions. My strong belief is that Industry and Institutes must have stronger collaboration on day to day business. Apparently, it provides an opportunity to triumph in this fast pacing disruptive digital world.

As every engineering department was hosting their relevant areas, CS (Computer Science) engineering executed their sessions for IT geeks to take a plunge on IT innovation. It creates an opportunity for the demanding industry needs. CS department had TWO days workshop on IoT (Internet of Things), which is an emerging technology in the current industry.

Back to me. I always crazy about prime institutes, since my childhood days. CEG is one among them. With high degree of aspiration / passion, became CEG alumni through my degree between 2008 and 2010. Today, Time promoted me to be the chief guest of this great institute with high degree of blessings. Thanks Almighty!

Being hot core IT product engineer, blessed with multiple opportunities / challenges to work around the emerging disruptive technologies like IoT and BigData, for last 5 years; prior to my .NET space. With great amount of learning from my beloved colleagues/mentors, drafted a practical approach presentation entitled “Big Data weds IoT”. CEG session was well received by the enthusiastic researchers, which got reflected in multiple smart shoots of questions. Happy learning to me!

With this nostalgic feeling, time to appreciate all time, environment, mentors for my transition. Thanks with closing note: “Time is always with the people who have courage to fly.“

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Angular Releases


The fact that breaking changes will arrive, doesn’t mean they will arrive every other week. The Angular team committed to time based releases that occur in three cycles:
  1. patch releases every week,
  2. 3 monthly minor release after each major release and
  3. major release with easy-to-migrate-over breaking changes every 6 months.
The next 3 months will be dedicated to finalizing Angular 4.0.0.

After Angular 4.0.0, the tentative schedule is shared in the attached image for further releases.
Due to this misalignment of the router package’s version, the team decided to go straight for Angular v4.

In this way again, all the core packages are aligned which will be easier to maintain and help avoid confusion in the future. 

Also it is important to understand how Angular is being used and integrated inside Google.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Angular 4


Angular is a JavaScript framework to develop web apps. You must have used web apps in your daily life like Gmail, Facebook, Google+, Linkedin. Then, i must tell you that developing a web app is more complex than developing a simple website.

Thatz why we have many frameworks in the market available to manage the complexity like Angular, Backbone, Ember, React etc.  Now what is Angular 4?

There were tons of frameworks all around and different ways to make web applications, but few years back Google started Angular - a framework that is visionary about future changes in the web APIs and receptive to it.

Back in September when the new Angular was finally released, the Angular team also announced they will switch to Semantic Versioning (SEMVER). 

As the name already explains, Semantic Versioning is all about adding meaning to version numbers. This allows developers to not only reason about any upgrade we do, but we can even let tools such as NPM do it in a automatic and safe manner for us.

A semantic version consists of 3 major breaking change, 2 minor new features and 1 patch bug fixes.

Stay tuned for more updates in couple of days !!!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Pega Stock


PEGA was a big mover last session, as its shares rose over 8% on the day. The move came after the company announced robust fourth-quarter 2016 earnings. This led to far more shares changing hands than in a normal session. This breaks the recent trend of the company, as the stock is now trading above the volatile price range of $38.25 to $41.30 in the past one-month time frame.
None of the estimates for this stock were revised over the past 30 days. The Zacks Consensus Estimate also remained unchanged over the same time frame. Yesterday’s price action is encouraging though, so make sure to keep a close watch on this firm in the near future.
Pegasystems currently sports a Zacks Rank #3 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Spark Summit East


Spark Summit East is just three weeks away; itz time to register your spot.

Apache Spark is a powerful open source processing engine built around speed, ease of use, and sophisticated analytics. It was started at UC Berkeley in 2009 and is now developed at the vendor-independent Apache Software Foundation.

Since its release, Spark has seen rapid adoption by enterprises across a wide range of industries. Internet powerhouses such as Yahoo, eBay and Netflix have deployed Spark at massive scale, processing multiple petabytes of data on clusters of over 8,000 nodes. Apache Spark has also become the largest open source community in big data, with over 1000 contributors from 250+ organizations.

You don’t want to miss talks from some of today’s most innovative companies as they share how they rely on Apache® Spark™ and Databricks to make their transformative use cases a reality.

You can join on February 7-9 in Boston and hear from executives and technology leaders from Databricks customers including Salesforce.com, McGraw-Hill, Capital One, and others.

Schedule is listed at https://spark-summit.org/east-2017/schedule/

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Marathon Lessons


First of all, wish you a happy and prosperous new year 2017.

Today, itz been an awesome moment during Chennai Wipro Marathon. It was 10 KM race in a beautiful morning near world's second longest beach - Marina.

Though my presence is the first time for this event, itz been a lot of lessons learnt here with different dimensions. Wish to align Top-5 list with my career line.

1. Consistency
As Benjamin said, "Secret of Success is Consistency of Purpose" Though I follow this discipline in my career, itz a different mix of experience in Today's Marathon.  One of my friend (Kannan) is pretty good marathanist. In the absence of my professional preparation, just pair program with him for 70% route. Consistent phase without break, hits decent scorecard of 9 KM/hour. It leads to finish in Top 450 list.

2. Collaboration
During this run, itz evident of many humanity activities by participants, volunteers, supporting people, etc.  It was too encouraging to the event runners by various social support groups. We termed as the highest degree of Collaboration in our industry to boost the business result. As depicted in this section snap, "Alone we can do little; together can do much".

3. Device Driven
Being an IT engineer, I always worried about technology usage gap between end customer and tech firm. As an example, we use the high end tech gadget in home; whereas IT customers are not delivered with that level.  In Today's event, I've observed this use case. Every participant is given with wearable connected smart device to track completely. In key spot of the route, the sensor data receivers were deployed to collect the individual track record. Itz termed as Internet of Things (IoT), an emerging disruptive technology platform in the current IT industry.

4. Real time Update
Big Data is a game changing technology in IT and its related business. Being hot core engineer and pursuing Doctorate in this space, I was font of implementing the solutions. Though, firms are facing so much challenges to roll-out, I'm witnessing the effective usage here. All athletes are requested to register for the recommended application with their BIB no or picture code through a widget(small form) placed on the race website. Once the photos are automatically tagged by the system, the branded photos will be uploaded directly to athletes personal Facebook profile even with creating an individual race album.

5. Social Cause
Over the years, itz been the tremendous support from the people of Chennai. Different people choose different ways to contribute to society, some choose to donate money, some choose to raise money by reaching out to their inner circle, some volunteer their time and skills.  This event provides a platform for everyone to find a perfect match in terms of the manner in which they want to give back to society.

As the closing note, finished 10 KM category in decent time of an hour and 6 minutes. In spite of my first attempt, managed to position in Top-450 list out of 20 Thousands Chennai runners.

See you next year with better scorecard !!