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5 key points from day 3, Google I/O 2017

In continuation of the last two days the IO event became more detail oriented with deep dive technical sessions covering various aspects of the improvements in Google products and enhanced capabilities that developer can access.

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Here is our summary of some important discussions.

1.Improved sign-in, payments and forms in Apps

Google is trying to tackle the challenges of critical flows like login, payments and forms by using new APIs. Android now has Autofill, Google Smart Lock, and Backup and Restore APIs for your apps. These new APIs will help users

1) The login and payment experience,

2) Seamlessly syncing logins between your website and mobile app, and

3) Preventing users from getting locked out when they switch devices.

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2. Android meets TensorFlow

TensorFlow is powering google AI. A detailed session on AI technology for production Android apps was conducted. One of the main benefits of TensorFlow is Portability. You can easily move the neural network model to Android and run the prediction inside mobile phones, to do many AI tricks things like image recognition, motion recognition and etc.

Google provided the tips and tricks to overcome the challenges of the model size and CPU consumption for neural network prediction.

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3. Performance and Memory improvements in Android Run Time

Android Run Time (ART) is getting major improvements like the new concurrent copying garbage collector (GC) based on read barriers, and improvements to the ahead-of-time (AOT) and just-in-time (JIT) compiler. The new GC will reduce pause times and heap sizes compared to its predecessor.

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4. Kotlin

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Kotlin is now an officially supported language for Android. Kotlin is a language that runs on the JVM (Java Virtual Machine), and it’s already possible to use Kotlin and many other JVM languages for Android development.  This is the Link https://youtu.be/X1RVYt2QKQE to know the tips for developers to get started with it.

5. Machine Learning APIs

Google has introduced new machine earning APIs that provide access to pre-trained machine learning models with a single API call. Now you can make use of Google’s machine learning expertise to power your applications. Google Cloud Platform (GCP) offers five APIs that provide : Google Cloud Vision API, Cloud Speech API, Cloud Natural Language API, Cloud Translation API and Cloud Video API. Using these APIs, you can focus on adding new features to your app rather than building and training your own custom models.

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Google I/O day 2 highlights: 3 latest technologies for VR and AR

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Day 2 of Google I/O 2017 has completed. We’ve got all of the details on day 2 rounded up just in case you happened to miss anything. Mostly  Keynote speech and bigger announcements happened on the first day.

There were multiple tracks on the second Day of I/O and we chose to focus on the AR/VR related topics.

Google is working on the whole spectrum on Reality as we know. From Real world problem solutions to using AR for enhancing real world environments and VR to complete virtual experience of the real world.

Google Tango

This is a very interesting project building on the AR capabilities for Smartphones. Google calls it WorldSense. It uses SLAM( Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping). The smartphone AR powered by Tango has Depth sensing, wide angle tracking camera and relocalisation capabilities. This allows greater capabilities for AR/VR developers. This technology can provide you with directions indoors and combined with AR, it can also create things which aren’t there.

Expeditions AR

This is the new version of the earlier Expeditions VR experience Google launched a few years ago. It is powered by the virtual positioning system. The VPS you to navigate through a store with the help of Tango — combined with image recognition systems that can track where you are. It enhances the interaction with the real world with low latencies. Developers can also build these AR Expeditions.

Daydream

Google calls its VR program, Daydream. Daydream 2.0, Euphrates, comes with support for standalone headsets.
In Euphrates, the focus is on standalone support and sharing the VR experience. Three important features showcased are
  • Software support for standalone headsets
  • Making VR content front and centre
  • Making it easy to share your VR exp
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Some Google VR capable devices are already available in the market from ASUS, Motrola with some more slated to come from Samsung.

 VR/AR developer tools

Google announced new tools to take advantage of the new platforms.

Instant Preview –

Allows Faster iteration — Google wants to speed up iteration times for building VR apps. With Instant Preview, which is deeply integrated into the editor and mobile device, developers can now make changes and see them in VR right away. No need to wait minutes to recompile an application.

Immersive web —

WebVR , brings the full Chrome browser to VR, using the Daydream controller. Google is also building WebAR into the browser. That way, you can preview what a new coffee table would look like on your phone — and it would know what actually fits between your couch and table.

Seurat for High fidelity graphics—

What you can render in real time depends on the amount of power you have available.” On mobile, you can’t get desktop-quality graphics.  A new tool for simplifying 3D scenes so they still look great but only need a little bit of rendering power compared to the full scene. It will bring cinema level quality to desktop graphics.

 For more updates, stay tuned for Day 3.

Google I/O 2017 highlights – Day 1

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Do you want to know the big announcements at Google’s annual I/O developer conference.? We have covered few main take aways from the event, in case you missed it. Right from Google Lens to Android Go, everything has been beautified and advanced.

Here is the brief summary from day 1 of Google I/O:

Google Lens

This is a set of vision based computing capabilities for the Camera that can understand what you’re looking at and help you take actions based on that information. Machine learning system that can tell you things about what your camera is seeing — is also coming into Google Photos, allowing you to ask questions about pictures you’ve already taken.

  • Now you can remove the abstraction from the image and enhance them.
  • You will be able to point your camera at an item and learn things about it.

Google Assistant

Assistant is becoming more conversational and it can pick up your voice accurately even from the noise.  The voice recognition is getting smart recognise each person of the family with their voice.

It’s awkward talking to your phone when you are in crowd so now you’ll be able to type to Google Assistant. Knowing about real world around you would be easier when google assistant is used with the lens, then, you’ll be able to ask Assistant about real world. The is not only available to android but iOS as well so you can enjoy convenience of Google Assistant on iPhone.

Google Home

Home is even more powerful with Proactive Assistance. It will gauge your needs before you need them. It can provide even more services like hands-free calling, Visual Responses and providing more control over your favourite entertainment by support of more music/video services to your chromecast or TV.

Google Photos

Google Photos will identify your best photos and offer them up as physical, printed photo books. It allows Shared Libraries so you can select to automatically share photos of specific people with specific friends.

Google AI

Google is focusing on three areas: Research, Tools, and Applied AI. This is being powered by a new computational architecture called CTPU (Cloud Tensor Processing Units). Machine Learning powered algorithms would help solve multiple use cases like identifying cancer, learning about new molecules and helping you draw.

Android O and Go

The new version of Android is O. This is currently in developer preview mode. It will speed up Android boot time, the Pixel, for example, will start up 2x as faster. O will now support the Kotlin programming language.

For Affordability, limited network connection and multilingual capability, a lighter version on O is available and Google calls it Go.They are introducing Android Go. It will be complete with lightweight versions of Google’s own apps and a Play store that focuses on apps that play friendly with lower-spec devices  (under 1GB of memory).

 

Stay tuned for more updates from Day 2 and Day 3.

Why We Love Workplace Culture (And You Should, Too!)

We understand that the workplace should not be something that people dread every day. Employees should look forward to going to their jobs. In fact, they should have a hard time leaving because they enjoy their work, their co-workers, and the environment. Jobs shouldn’t provoke stress in employees. While the work may be difficult, the culture shouldn’t add to the stress of the work. Because culture sustains employee enthusiasm.
 

“Being a great place to work is the difference between being a good company and a great company.” – Brian Kristofek, CEO, Upshot

 These are some elements which make our workplace awesome.

            We are a TEAM and not a bunch of Individuals

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Our work place is FUN

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   We believe in improving Employee Engagement

Boring office culture is one of the reason for employee attrition. There are many ways where your employees can take a break from their stressful work. Small events can be arranged such as having small monthly get- together in office, dress day or playing foosball or Table Tennis. Having fun together not only breaks up the routine but also encourages creativity and collaboration.

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We celebrate each and every moment

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Festivals are fun when they are celebrated with your friends and colleagues. We shall not miss the fun of the festivals and celebrations of important occasions. This comes about by beautifully decorated office or a party to celebrate an occasion.

A celebration after the completion of a major work project gives the team a chance to bond and reminisce on the project’s successes.

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F8 Developer Conference 2017 : Big on Augmented Reality

 

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If you are wondering what happened at the F8 2017 and missed the whole conference, do not worry, we have it covered here.

Facebook announced that is going big on the Augmented Reality applications. The Camera, yes the camera in all the FB apps is the start of that journey. The camera, again, is an open platform for developers around the world to contribute to AR based applications using it.

The basic use cases laid out in F8 were about mixing the physical and digital reality by:

  • Overlaying Information – maps, directions, weather information
  • Digital Objects – Create new digital object based on context.
  • Enhancement – Enhance the images and videos based on context.

These basic use cases pose a variety of great applications that can be made using the Open AR platform the FB is providing.

A huge amount of AI is going to be used to make all this a reality. The future according to Mark is about helping people sharing anything and everything on the platform with ease. Some of the applications using the above mentioned use cases are already in beta testing and may see the light of the day soon.

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The AR applications showcased at the F8 were

1) Using Precise location – Build 3D objects in mapping using AI technique (SLAM) for localisation and mapping.

2) Create 3D effects from 2D photos – 3D scene created from photos can be managed to give it a panoramic effect, or change the lighting or any effect that allows your to express more.

3) Real time visual understanding using object recognition.

There are updates on Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram, Oculus, Facebook for Work, Facebook Lite, and the rest of the company’s portfolio.

The vision for FB going forward is bringing the communities together with use of Augmented Reality, AI and Virtual Reality technologies.

XAVI : Your new smart home

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In this world of technologies you can imagine almost anything. Let’s take your home for example. After coming from your hectic day at work, home is the place where you want to spend your time in front of TV, watching your favourite channel peacefully without any distraction. On this very moment what if you need to move to switch on/off the light? Turn on the AC or check the time. What would you possibly think? Oh I wish i had a genie. Yes!! here is the genie to take away your pain and to make your life easy and simple.

Xavi is Mantra Labs’s proprietary software and hardware smart-home platform, letting you control many of your smart-home devices, including lights, TV, Air-conditioner and thermostats. It can be controlled not only via an app but also with your voice.

It is a device which makes for a much smarter TV viewing experience with the consumer querying the mobile app for things to watch or switch to a certain serial.

Currently, you can simply talk to Xavi via your app and ask it “Show me a list of English Action movies starting in next 15 minutes” and it will automatically list it down. Be it switching to your favorite show or watching yet another Friends rerun – just talk to the App and it will do the rest.

XAVI brings smart remote, smart bulb and smart clock for an automated home.

Xavi Remote: Xavi Remote can control TV’s, Air Conditioners and Bulbs for now. It gives you the three way pleasure that you might have only dreamt of, with a single gesture you can adjust your home’s temperature and switch off the lights to enjoy a peaceful movie. Yes! That’s how simple it becomes, when you have a Smart Remote.

Xavi Bulb: Xavi Bulb offers, dimming the light through buttons/sliders built within the application that controls it. Changing colors of the lights according to your mood is another thing a Smart Bulb is usually capable of.

Xavi Clock: Xavi clock could read your notification alerts and check other daily tasks. For example at evening, if you are coming from office, as soon as you are near your home- around 200-400 metres away, the clock would notify that your are about to reach home.

XAVI is in Prototype state however it won’t be long when it will be unleashed for consumers with an overall improved functionality.

Apart from these there are many other smart devices available in the market. See these 10 smart devices to make your home more smarter.

Latest Javascript frameworks in 2017

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Java script evolution continues

If you have been using Javascript you probably are aware but if you are picking it up again for another project of yours this article will help you know the best things that have happened to the technology recently.
Javascript has been constantly evolving to meet the challenges of the newer applications that use it. Listed below are some of the most important technologies to know this year.

JavaScript fundamentals

ES6:

Is a major update to JavaScript that includes several of new features. The current version of JavaScript is ES7 .

Built-in methods:

The beauty of these function are, you can use these functions with any Javascript built in object such as String , Number, Date, RegExp, Array.

Callbacks:

The functions are used to send messages about task completion to take further actions, for further processing based on the task.

Most popular javascript Frameworks

React

React makes it painless to create interactive UIs. React is based on component logic so you can easily pass rich data through your app and keep state out of the DOM. React can also render on the server using Node and power mobile apps using React Native.

Here are some of the React tools that are going to stay relevant for at least another year

Chrome dev tool:

Set of web authoring and debugging tools built into Google Chrome. Use the DevTools to debug and profile your site.

Babel:

This compiler used to compile ES6 and writing next generation javascript

Webpack:

Webpack is a module builder for latest JavaScript applications. It’s a project builder, Used to build React web app and angular projects also.

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AngularJS has become one of the most popular open source JavaScript frameworks of web application development. Angular 2+ is the successor to the Angular framework.

Yoemon:

Angular project generator

Grunt:

Runs angular project in local server and compiles angular project

Bower:

Download required libraries for angular project throw Bower.

                                             

Node.js

Modernizing systems and processes has become a top priority for businesses across all verticals. In simplest terms, digital transformation is “the use of technology to radically improve performance or (business) reach.” Node.js is emerging as the de facto choice for companies looking to build the apps to achieve greater agility and drive Digital Transformation.
There are many great reasons to use Node.js. Here are two main of them, why you should love Node.js

  • If you are already a javascript developer or you know a javascript then you should start writing an API’s using Node.Js.
  • Node.Js is fast. It’s a JavaScript runtime that uses the V8 engine which allows you to build fast.

Keep checking back for more information on tech trends in Javascript, PHP and AI on http://www.mantralabsglobal.com/

Latest PHP trends in 2017

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In the PHP world, the release of PHP 7 is a major accomplishment.  The language now has a substantial increase in performance with an optimized memory usage. This improved nature results in making PHP more suitable for Internet of Things solutions too.

Why PHP?

  • Faster and leaner PHP 7: PHP 7 looks familiar for developers, but it is targeted at high performance. A growth in PHP 7 adoption rate is forecasted by experts. Almost a double gain in performance of the applications using PHP 7, a decrease of 50% in consumption of RAM during request processing and numerous error fixing techniques are amongst the few reasons for such assumption. Most major popular frameworks are ready for PHP 7, backed by most popular CMS like WordPress, Magento and Symphony.
  • PHP for the Internet of Things: Analysts claim the connected devices to reach the mark of 6.5 billion by the starting of 2017. This makes PHP and IOT go hand in hand. Thanks to icicle, one can write asynchronous code using synchronous coding techniques in PHP. It means that now the PHP code is able to run several tasks by using the same script. Methods of asynchronous programming provide better data exchange between connected gadgets. Some hardware platforms such as Arduino already support PHP, and you can control Arduino board with your PHP-based script. There is also a possibility to build a PHP application that uses GPS data gathered from an IOT device. Like the GPS sensor on your Android phone can send its location to the Bluemix cloud, and the PHP application is able to publish this data on your website.
  • Market forecast and further trends: By 2025 half of American enterprises are expected to run more than 10 applications. PHP is still holds the lead position in the development of tech startups. With PHP, one can quickly build a viable application in a short-term period to see which way a project should move forward.

Latest Framework trends in PHP

Numerous PHP frameworks are available in PHP development, each PHP framework has advantages and disadvantages. The core programming development is very complex and time consuming, frameworks help in developing an application faster. They help you to organize your code better and also in application maintenance.

PHP Trends for User Interface

  • Responsive Web Design: Accessing the web services like Facebook, twitter, e-mails and even for purchasing something the use of mobile and tablets is a common thing lately. In order to provide user satisfaction and gain profit, these service providers must ensure that more interactive platforms are made available on mobiles and tablets.
  • Flash: Flash will continue to create 3D interaction on websites look eye catching, these could be banners- ads ,Facebook modules or games, Flash is still the best tool available for a QOS providers.
  • Online Presentation: Online websites focusing on the presentation work has led them to captivate the user as soon as he enters the website. The use infographs can be another way to save the extra surfing time.
  • Special Effects: The users will experience special effects on websites, like with Parallax scrolling the images and banners are placed in a specific way and scrolled down slowly, to give a 3D experience.
  • Fixed Header Bar:  Not only a fixed header makes it easier to access the services offered but it also helps brand promotion. The brand name can be placed on the header to attract users, thereby enabling superior brand promotion.

PHP will remain the most popular Server-Side Programming language of this new, advanced era. If you would like to extend the discussion on PHP trends, please leave a comment below!

2016 – A big leap for Mantra Labs

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When this year started Mantra Labs was adjusting to the new world view of technology. We were embracing IOT, AI and cloud along with our core strengths in Mobile and Web technologies.

It is a pleasure to look back and reflect on what we have achieved in this year.

  • Started Mantra.AI to solve business problems through the use of Artificial Intelligence techniques.
  • Initiated Mantra IOT labs to start creating working prototypes for some cool ideas on home automation
  • Started an office in USA to drive our business in the North American market.
  • We added multiple client to our portfolio in AI, enterprise and consumer internet including industry leading health insurance provider.
  • We are now accredited partners for
  • Strategic partnerships with
    • Toshiba for IOT in USA
    • WD Creative for Analytics in  USA
    • CP Moksha for Financial Technology in UK
    • Finocracy for Financial Technology in Middle East
  • We prominently focused in following media events
    • JS framework Meetups
    • Hackathon based on IBM Watson
    • Partnered for Startup Master Class.

While the year was great we aim to achieve even more in 2017.

The areas to look for would be:

  • The products incubated by us.
    • SellfashAutomating Supplier-Reseller Chain. 350+ Suppliers already onboard.
    • TouchkinAl healthcare startup – raised seed funding
  • IOT products for home automation

For more information http://www.mantralabsglobal.com

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Marketing, Telecom, Healthcare, IT services, FinTech, supply chain management : Which one is bullish on data science?

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Leap of faith has been coming from almost all sectors. Marketing, e-Commerce, Telecom, Healthcare, IT services,FinTech, Blockchain and supply chain management are apparently more strong than others at present as these sectors have huge customer base and have many competitors. They have been trying anything and everything to delight and retain customers, to maximize revenue by data-driven upsell and cross-sell strategies, to understand trends & patterns and to make the best possible strategies . Every business entity is eventually going to adopt big data analytics to survive and prosper in the market.

Almost everyone is optimistic on big data analytics/ data science. Return on investment on data science is very high and perhaps, that is why every business entity and sub-entity want to leverage big data analytics – a combination of data science and big data technologies. Everyone wants to streamline business, minimise the wastage & cost ,maximise the revenue, profit and customer delight in the competitive world. This can happen only when we start automating the process and promote data-driven decision making process.

If you want to know what customers are talking about your product/service/event, please use this API Social Media Sentiment Tracker

If you want to know how healthcare is using data science, please use this API 

If you want to know how Telecom is using data science/network visualization, please use this API

If you want to know how supply chain management is utilizing data science, please use this article

If you want to know how Blockchain/Bitcoin is utilizing data science, please use this API

If you want to know more about the perspective of a data scientist , please use this article