Postgres 11 – a First Look
- Postgres 11 is almost here, in fact the latest beta shipped today, and it features a lot of exciting improvements.
- Small usability features, such as this and watch in an earlier release, are often lost in the highlighted features which talk about performance or new data types.
- Brandur had a great in depth write-up on this feature already, but it falls somewhere into the category of the above as well as a performance improvement.
- Previously when you added a new column that was NOT NULL with a default value Postgres would have to take a lock and re-write the entire table.
- With Postgres 11 you can add a new column to a table that is not null with a default value.
- Meanwhile we have a great set of new features to improve user experience as well as help performance with parallelism.
Skype support coming to Alexa later this year
- Later this year you'll be able to say "Alexa, call Mom on Skype" and have Amazon's digital assistant do the right thing with Microsoft's messaging network.
- Earlier in the year, Cortana and Alexa gained the ability to talk to each other (albeit with some limitations), and the Skype integration is another sign of cooperation between the two companies.
- Any Alexa-enabled device will support voice calls, and hardware with screens and cameras, such as the Echo Show, will also support video calling.
- The Skype support includes SkypeOut support calls to phone numbers, and you'll be able to receive incoming calls on Alexa hardware, too.
- In times gone by, Skype was integrated into all sorts of platforms, particularly "smart" TVs. As it modernized and upgraded the Skype platform, Microsoft killed off most of these integrations: many of those devices couldn't use the new Skype network, and most offered no convenient path for software updates.
US Navy Explores Blockchain to Enhance Tracking of Aviation Parts
- The U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) is currently exploring the blockchain technology for tracking aviation parts throughout its lifecycle, according to its press release.
- The Navy has partnered with Indiana Technology and Manufacturing Companies (ITAMCO) under the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement, NAVAIR hopes to get “access to cutting-edge chain code” as well as innovative protocols that can “recall large data sets” swiftly and securely.
- ITAMCO developed SIMBA Chain, a blockchain as a service platform which allows for tracking secure messages using blockchain for the United States military.
- According to the press release, ITAMCO will help the Navy understand how to leverage the distributed ledger for its operations and in return, the startup will get to understand how the Navy operates so it can create a “conceptual architecture” for what a “connected and visible supply chain” could look like when fully developed.
Google is bringing support for all Android apps to Daydream VR
- Describing three new features as “experimental” for testing by developers, Google is adding Android app support to all Daydream devices, and the Lenovo Mirage Solo is getting both six degree of freedom (6DoF) controller support and a “see-through” mode.
- New APIs will support positional control tracking with six degrees of freedom, enabling users’ hands to move more naturally within a 3D VR space — but there’s a catch.
- But Google expects that See-through Mode will also enable Mirage Solo to offer mixed reality features, blending real world visuals with augmented ones akin to the Magic Leap One — without the latter’s severely limited augmented window size.
- The Android App support and See-through Mode are coming for all developers to try “soon.” Applications for Google’s 6DoF controllers are being accepted now, with no specific ship date.
Cisco UCS 480 ML M5 Server – Performance and Capacity for AI
- The C480 ML M5 rack server, developed in partnership with NVIDIA, a leader in AI computing, supports eight NVIDIA Tesla V100 Tensor Core GPUs with NVIDIA NVLink interconnect.
- It provides a holistic and unified approach to managing distributed computing environments regardless of the server form factor, workload, or location.
- Only Cisco can deliver AI/ML/DL solutions delivered as part of an integrated system that supports processing data whether it is at the edge or in the datacenter regardless of which server in the portfolio is the best match to solve your problem.
- Regardless of industry, you won’t do better than the C480 ML M5 with the NVIDIA Tesla V100 Tensor Core GPUs. The system provides maximum performance that’s easy to consume as part of the UCS platform with the industry’s only uniform, cloud-powered, automated operations model.
Democrats pour big money into Texas race
- Washington (CNN) - Democratic outside groups have largely sat on the sidelines when it came to attacking Republican incumbent Will Hurd in the Texas 23rd District.
- The group "Women Vote!" has reported a half-a-million-dollar ad buy aimed at opposing Hurd, who is facing an increasingly competitive race with Democratic challenger Gina Ortiz Jones.
- So far, both the Hurd and Jones campaigns have spent more than $1 million this cycle, with outside groups pouring in hundreds of thousands as well.
- But while Republican groups have had the clear advantage in spending, mainly because Democrats hadn't gone after Hurd himself (they have spent roughly $300,000 supporting Jones), the picture is now much more even after the move by Women Vote!, which is an affiliate of Emily's List and aims to elect Democratic candidates who support abortion rights.
Hadoop Architecture: Is the Bloom off the Rose?
- Use of HDFS, the Java-based file system that has become nearly synonymous with the so-called big data revolution, has been declining over the last few years.
- Its easy to imagine how many organizations may have found out the hard way that the SQL on Hadoop engine they purchased was not well suited to their big data project.
- While it is worth noting that Amazon does support Hadoop and Spark through Amazon EMR, EMR is not Amazon’s only solution for organizations that need big data analytic capabilities.
- Besides, uploading massive amounts of data to the public cloud can be cost prohibitive and may also pose logistical problems.
- Having said that, it is becoming increasingly common for new big data projects to be born in the cloud, and IT pros are increasingly finding that cloud-native big data tools are easier to use and more effective than Hadoop.
Guitar Hero TV’s planned shutdown spurs false advertising lawsuit
- A customer who bought Guitar Hero Live late last year has brought a proposed class-action lawsuit against Activision accusing the publisher of false advertising and other violations regarding the coming December shutdown of the game's online streaming "Guitar Hero TV" (GHTV) mode.
- Guitar Hero Live's shut down will come more than three years after the game was originally released, providing a decent amount of value for those who purchased it at the outset (although those who purchased the game just before the shutdown was announced in June won't even get six months of online access).
- Legal particulars aside, the case gets into the important question of how much online gameplay support a consumer can reasonably expect a publisher to provide alongside a game purchase.
Everydays can help you notify friends and family of a loved one’s passing
- Losing a loved one is hard enough without the added challenge of keeping close friends and family members informed.
- Everydays, which is available on the web and as a mobile app for Android and iOS, lets users quickly create support groups as large as 20,000 people.
- When a family or employer publishes an announcement — one either created themselves or provided by a funeral home — algorithms help propagate notifications throughout, keeping people in the loop every step of the way.
- And built-in planning tools let them send events, donation requests, obituaries, and other information in subsequent alerts.
- More than 1.5 million people have connected through Everydays announcements so far, Alhermizi said.
- About 800 funeral homes have started using the service, according to Alhermizi, and more than 4,000 have committed to trialing it in the weeks and months ahead.
First release candidate for TimescaleDB 1.0
- If you have time-series data and are looking for a performant, easy-to-use, SQL-centric, and enterprise-ready database, and would like to learn more, then please read on.
- Instead of having to wait the 5–10 years that it typically takes for a new database to become “production-ready”, TimescaleDB has been ready for production workloads right from the start, and from launch has been able to offer the largest ecosystem of tools and connectors of any time-series database.
- We are building TimescaleDB to accommodate this growing need for a performant, easy-to-use, SQL-centric, and enterprise-ready time-series database.
- TimescaleDB is the first open-source time-series database that natively supports full SQL at scale and is deployed in production across industries all around the world for powering applications in DevOps, IoT, SaaS, and Machine Learning.