Google Maps available offline in India.

It’s not uncommon to have a spotty internet connection in India and this can be really frustrating when you’re trying to find your way to a new place or looking for your next turn while driving. From today, Google makes it easier with the launch of new offline functions on Google Maps.
One can now download an area of the world to the phone, and the next time there’s no connectivity, Google Maps will continue to work.
Now turn-by turn-driving directions, search for specific destinations and useful information about places can be obtained without an internet connection.
Google-Map-Logo
 
Say you’re flying to Delhi airport and will need to find your way to a few new places when you arrive. Before you leave, you can download the area by searching for Delhi, and then tapping “Download”.
Alternatively, you can go to “Offline Areas” on the Google Maps menu and tapping on the “+” button. Once you’ve downloaded your map, Google Maps will still work when you’re making your way around Delhi, even when you’re somewhere with spotty service or no connectivity at all.
 
When a connection is found, it will switch back online. Google Maps will, by default, download areas to your device only when you are on a Wi-Fi connection.
 
“Having a spotty internet connection shouldn’t mean you miss your next turn. With the launch of these new offline features, like turn-by-turn navigation and the ability to search for places, we hope it will be easier for people in India to find their way using Google Maps,” explains Suren Ruhela, director, Google Maps.
 
Source – Ranjani Ayyar | TNN | Nov 19, 2015, 03.01 PM IST
https://www.facebook.com/affluentglobal/photos/a.747981775235637.1073741825.522110381156112/1061888493844962/?type=3&theater

These 14 Short Stories Shared By Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella Are Really Worth Reading

Hyderabad-born Satya Nadella’s elevation as the CEO of Microsoft has not only made Indians proud but it will definitely inspire many youngsters with humble backgrounds, industry leaders feel. He became role model for youngsters. Here we listed 14 short stories shared by Satya Nadella, CEO Microsoft which are really worth reading.

Satya-Nadella

1. Fall and Rise

Today, when I slipped on the wet tile floor a boy in a wheelchair caught me before I slammed my head on the ground. He said, “Believe it or not, that’s almost exactly how I injured my back 3 years ago”.

2. A father’s advice

Today, my father told me, “Just go for it and give it a try! You don’t have to be a professional to build a successful product. Amateurs started Google and Apple. Professionals built the Titanic”.

3. The power of uniqueness

Today, I asked my mentor – a very successful business man in his 70’s – what his top 3 tips are for success. He smiled and said, “Read something no one else is reading, think something no one else is thinking, and do something no one else is doing”.

4. Looking Back

Today, I interviewed my grandmother for part of a research paper I’m working on for my Psychology class. When I asked her to define success in her own words, she said, “Success is when you look back at your life and the memories make you smile”.

5. Try and U shall know

I am blind by birth. When I was 8 years old, I wanted to play baseball. I asked my father- “Dad, can I play baseball?” He said “You’ll never know until you try.” When I was a teenager, I asked him, – “Dad Can I become a surgeon?”. He replied “Son, you’ll never know until you try.” Today I am a Surgeon, just because I tried!

6. Goodness & Gratitude

Today, after a 72 hour shift at the fire station, a woman ran up to me at the grocery store and gave me a hug. When I tensed up, she realized I didn’t recognize her. She let go with tears of joy in her eyes and the most sincere smile and said, “On 9-11-2001, you carried me out of the World Trade Center.”

7. Love Conquers Pain

Today, after I watched my dog get run over by a car, I sat on the side of the road holding him and crying. And just before he died, he licked the tears off my face.

8. A door closes to open another

Today at 7AM, I woke up feeling ill, but decided I needed the money, so I went into work. At 3PM I got laid off. On my drive home I got a flat tire. When I went into the trunk for the spare, it was flat too. A man in a BMW pulled over, gave me a ride, we chatted, and then he offered me a job. I start tomorrow.

9. Looking Back

Today, as my father, three brothers, and two sisters stood around my mother’s hospital bed, my mother uttered her last coherent words before she died. She simply said, “I feel so loved right now. We should have gotten together like this more often.”

10. Affection

Today, I kissed my dad on the forehead as he passed away in a small hospital bed. About 5 seconds after he passed, I realized it was the first time I had given him a kiss since I was a little boy.

11. Innocence

Today, in the cutest voice, my 8-year-old daughter asked me to start recycling. I chuckled and asked, “Why?” She replied, “So you can help me save the planet.” I chuckled again and asked, “And why do you want to save the planet?” “Because that’s where I keep all my stuff,” she said.

12. Joy

Today, when I witnessed a 27-year-old breast cancer patient laughing hysterically at her 2-year-old daughter’s antics, I suddenly realized that I need to stop complaining about my life and start celebrating it again.

13. Kindness

Today, a boy in a wheelchair saw me desperately struggling on crutches with my broken leg and offered to carry my backpack and books for me. He helped me all the way across campus to my class and as he was leaving he said, “I hope you feel better soon”.

14. Sharing

Today, I was traveling in Kenya and I met a refugee from Zimbabwe. He said he hadn’t eaten anything in over 3 days and looked extremely skinny and unhealthy. Then my friend offered him the rest of the sandwich he was eating. The first thing the man said was, “We can share it.”

Cheers to life.

 

By: JADHAV DIVYA

Courtesy: Allindiaroundup.

Microsoft Pushes Deeper Into Linux, Containers, IoT

MIcrosoft announced a slew of corporate cloud solutions at AzureCon.

“The value for IoT is in control, data collection and analysis, and Microsoft is apparently building a cloud service that can do all three, and wrapping it with enterprise-level security,” said Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group.

Microsoft announced a new open Azure Container Service that will let enterprises deploy and configure Apache Mesos to cluster and schedule Dockerized apps across multiple virtual hosts. It will be available for preview by year end.

“I found it interesting that [Microsoft is] going to ship Linux cluster container management on Linux ahead of Windows,” said Al Hilwa, research program director at IDC.

azure

This is “definitely the new Microsoft trying hard to be as platform-agnostic as it can in the cloud in order not to be left behind,” he told the E-Commerce Times.

The Azure IoT Suite

The Azure IoT Suite integrates with a company’s existing processes, devices and systems, allowing it to use preconfigured solutions to build and scale projects for the Internet of Things. It is now available for purchase.

“Think of the suite as the Windows platform for IoT,” said Dilip Sarangan, industry principal for the Internet of Things at Frost & Sullivan.

“It will help developers by bringing together some critical hardware and software elements to build a solution on top of,” he told the E-Commerce Times.

IoT projects can be “anything that requires the use of devices and software, from fleet management to monitoring sensors or tracking people or objects,” Sarangan said, and a suite like this “is long overdue.”

Microsoft’s IoT Projects Ecosystem

Microsoft also announced the Azure Certified for IoT Program ecosystem of partners, whose offerings have been tested and certified.

Members include BeagleBone, Freescale Intel Corp., Raspberry Pi, Resin.io, Seeed Technology and Texas Instruments.

There’s a lack of understanding of IoT, and the certification of partners “means Microsoft is ensuring the component will work, removing some of the risk to buyers — most of whom won’t have the skills, time or breadth of experience to do so,” Enderle told the E-Commerce Times.

Expect more partners to join Microsoft’s IoT ecosystem.

“It would not surprise me to hear of some Fortune 500 companies joining hands with Microsoft soon to accelerate the adoption of the Azure IoT Suite,” Frost’s Sarangan predicted.

Data and Virtual Machines

Microsoft announced the expansion of Azure Data Lake to include Data Lake Analytics and Data Lake Store, as well as U-SQL, a new programming language, and Azure HDInsight’s general availability on Linux.

Data Lake makes big data processing and analytics easier and more accessible.

The company introduced the N-series family of new Azure virtual machines powered by Nvidia GPUs, which will be available for preview in a few months.

Keeping Things Safe

Microsoft announced enhanced cloud security through the Azure Security Center, which integrates security solutions from Barracuda, CheckPoint, Cisco Systems, CloudFlare, F5 Networks, Imperva, Incapsula and Trend Micro.

Solutions are available as virtual clients running inside Azure, said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft’s Cloud + Enterprise Division.

By analyzing information from customers’ deployments and comparing it with the global threat intelligence Microsoft aggregates, the security center can warn of attacks or point out gaps in customers’ infrastructure.

The enhancements made in Azure Active Directory “are an improvement from on-premises AD and will make Azure more secure,” Stealthbits Product Manager Alex Berger told the E-Commerce Times.

The Azure Security Center will be available broadly by the end of the year.

Fighting for the Market

IBM offers IoT Foundation Services within Bluemix. Over time, IBM and Microsoft “will likely start to work together,” as they have done in other markets, Frost’s Sarangan suggested.

However, “IBM will likely choose carefully what kinds of opportunities they want and then execute sharply,” as it’s “more deeply and broadly entrenched with more mature offerings like Smarter Cities,” Enderle predicted, while Microsoft, Amazon and Google will take the shotgun approach.

 

By Richard Adhikari

Courtesy: Ecommercetimes

Saving Apple in 1997 Was the Craziest Thing Microsoft Ever Did, Ballmer Says

Short Bytes: During a recent interview with Bloomberg, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer targetted Microsoft’s rivals Apple and Amazon. He said that Microsoft did a crazy thing saving Apple from bankruptcy in the past and bashed Amazon for its work environment.

bill-gates-steve-jobs-

 Everybody knows the famous story of Bill Gates investing $150 million in its rival Apple to save it from bankruptcy. This happened right after Steve Jobs returned to the company.

In a recent interview with Bloomberg, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said that was one of the craziest things Microsoft ever did. Steve Ballmer chose to talk on numerous topics in the interview- ranging from Microsoft giving Apple a run for their money- to Amazon being a not-so-nice place to work.

When asked about Apple’s current position, Ballmer said, “Microsoft will give them a good run for their money” and that “nobody else has really tried to compete with them anymore really seriously in hardware.”

He didn’t stop there. Targeting Amazon CEO Jeff Benzos’ past comments about Microsoft’s work environment, Steve Ballmer said that Amazon isn’t a place where people want to work.

He added, “anybody who ever left Microsoft [to work at Amazon], we could count on them coming back within a year or two because it’s not a great place to work.”

 

BY

Courtesy: Fossbytes

India’s public cloud services to touch $730 million in 2015: report

Public cloud services revenue poised to reach $731 million due to key demand segments like IaaS, SaaS and cloud security services

Public cloud services revenue in India set to reach $731 Million by the end of 2015 (Source: Wikipedia)

cloud-computing-main

Public cloud services revenue in India is forecast to touch USD 731 million by the end of 2015, growing more than 31 per cent over last year, research firm Gartner said.

High rates of spending on cloud services in India to continue through 2019 when the market is expected to reach USD 1.9 billion, Gartner said in a statement.

The revenues, which stood at USD 555 million in 2014, are expected to be driven by high growth rates in key market segments like cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS), cloud management and security services and software as a service (SaaS), it added.

Gartner forecast spending on IaaS to total USD 100 million in 2015, an increase of 25 percent over last year.

Spending on cloud management/security will grow 36.6 per cent to USD 82 million, and SaaS will grow 33.4 per cent to USD 302 million this year, Gartner added.

“The forecast for cloud services vary based on local factors, including supply and demand within the local markets, country-specific economic conditions, currency exchange rates, and other global market factors,” Gartner Research Director Sid Nag said.

The explosive growth of IaaS and SaaS in the India market is an indication that enterprises in India are moving away from building their own on premises infrastructure, as well as migrating from the traditional software licensing model, to a SaaS model served up by cloud providers, Nag added.

By: PTI | Updated: October 26, 2015

Why Microsoft Just Created the Quietest Place on Earth and Made World Record

Short Bytes: A new chamber in the Building 87 in Redmond, is the new quietest place on Earth. But why did Microsoft build this? Read more to know the whole story.

Come to Microsoft’s Building 87 in Redmond if you are tired of all the hustle-bustle around you, coupled with the constant complaining voices of people around you. You can also consider planning a visit if you wish to listen your heartbeats and breathing without a stethoscope.

 

 

A new chamber in the Building 87 in Redmond, is world’s new quietest place. This is an anechoic chamber, i.e. a room that doesn’t allow echoes.

The company has also released a video to provide a sneak peek inside the room. This chamber is created by the team that works inside Microsoft’s Audio Lab and has done work on the Surface tab’s sound systems and the Cortana personal digital assistant.

This anechoic chamber currently holds the record of achieving a -20.6 dbA sound level, which is a lot more than the previous record of -13dbA.

Also read: Microsoft Explains: “We Are Not Spying On You With Windows 10”

“We are the edge of what is the limit of physics in that sense. We have exercised attention to every detail as much as we can. These labs are about creating a rock solid acoustically-controlled environment,” Microsoft researchers explain.

The sound level of -20.6dbA is much closer to the complete emptiness of sound as per the Brownian motion that records a level of -23dbA.

Why did Microsoft create this quietest place on Earth?

Many of you would be wondering that Microsoft is a multi-billion dollar company and they created something cool, just for the heck of it. But, this isn’t the case.

The software giant tests the noise generated by its devices like the Surface tablet and use the precise sound measurements in the future.

BY · OCTOBER 2, 2015

Courtesy : fossbytes

Building a Windows Phone 7 Twitter Application using Silverlight

 

On Monday Microsoft had the opportunity to present the MIX 2010 Day 1 Keynote in Las Vegas (you can watch a video of ithere).  In the keynote Microsoft announced the release of the Silverlight 4 Release Candidate (we’ll ship the final release of it next month) and the VS 2010 RC tools for Silverlight 4.  Also had the chance to talk for the first time about how Silverlight and XNA can now be used to build Windows Phone 7 applications.

During Soctt talk he did two quick Windows Phone 7 coding demos using Silverlight – a quick “Hello World” application and a “Twitter” data-snacking application.  Both applications were easy to build and only took a few minutes to create on stage.  Below are the steps you can follow yourself to build them on your own machines as well.

Building a “Hello World” Windows Phone 7 Application

First make sure you’ve installed the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP – this includes the Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone development tool (which will be free forever and is the only thing you need to develop and build Windows Phone 7 applications) as well as an add-on to the VS 2010 RC that enables phone development within the full VS 2010 as well.

After you’ve downloaded and installed the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP, launch the Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone that it installs or launch the VS 2010 RC (if you have it already installed), and then choose “File”->”New Project.”  Here, you’ll find the usual list of project template types along with a new category: “Silverlight for Windows Phone”. The first CTP offers two application project templates. The first is the “Windows Phone Application” template – this is what we’ll use for this example. The second is the “Windows Phone List Application” template – which provides the basic layout for a master‑details phone application:

image

After creating a new project, you’ll get a view of the design surface and markup. Notice that the design surface shows the phone UI, letting you easily see how your application will look while you develop. For those familiar with Visual Studio, you’ll also find the familiar ToolBox, Solution Explorer and Properties pane.

image

For our HelloWorld application, we’ll start out by adding a TextBox and a Button from the Toolbox. Notice that you get the same design experience as you do for Silverlight on the web or desktop. You can easily resize, position and align your controls on the design surface. Changing properties is easy with the Properties pane. We’ll change the name of the TextBox that we added to username and change the page title text to “Hello world.”

image

We’ll then write some code by double‑clicking on the button and create an event handler in the code-behind file (MainPage.xaml.cs).

image

We’ll start out by changing the title text of the application. The project template included this title as a TextBlock with the name textBlockListTitle (note that the current name incorrectly includes the word “list”; that will be fixed for the final release.)  As we write code against it we get intellisense showing the members available.  Below we’ll set the Text property of the title TextBlock to “Hello “ + the Text property of the TextBox username:

image

We now have all the code necessary for a Hello World application.  We have two choices when it comes to deploying and running the application. We can either deploy to an actual device itself or use the built‑in phone emulator:

image

Because the phone emulator is actually the phone operating system running in a virtual machine, we’ll get the same experience developing in the emulator as on the device. For this sample, we’ll just press F5 to start the application with debugging using the emulator.  Once the phone operating system loads, the emulator will run the new “Hello world” application exactly as it would on the device:

image

Notice that we can change several settings of the emulator experience with the emulator toolbar – which is a floating toolbar on the top right.  This includes the ability to re-size/zoom the emulator and two rotate buttons.  Zoom lets us zoom into even the smallest detail of the application:

image

The orientation buttons allow us easily see what the application looks like in landscape mode (orientation change support is just built into the default template):

image

Note that the emulator can be reused across F5 debug sessions – that means that we don’t have to start the emulator for every deployment. We’ve added a dialog that will help you from accidentally shutting down the emulator if you want to reuse it.  Launching an application on an already running emulator should only take ~3 seconds to deploy and run.

Within our Hello World application we’ll click the “username” textbox to give it focus.  This will cause the software input panel (SIP) to open up automatically.  We can either type a message or – since we are using the emulator – just type in text.  Note that the emulator works with Windows 7 multi-touch so, if you have a touchscreen, you can see how interaction will feel on a device just by pressing the screen.

image

We’ll enter “MIX 10” in the textbox and then click the button – this will cause the title to update to be “Hello MIX 10”:

image

We provide the same Visual Studio experience when developing for the phone as other .NET applications. This means that we can set a breakpoint within the button event handler, press the button again and have it break within the debugger:

image

Building a “Twitter” Windows Phone 7 Application using Silverlight

Rather than just stop with “Hello World” let’s keep going and evolve it to be a basic Twitter client application.

We’ll return to the design surface and add a ListBox, using the snaplines within the designer to fit it to the device screen and make the best use of phone screen real estate.  We’ll also rename the Button “Lookup”:

image

We’ll then return to the Button event handler in Main.xaml.cs, and remove the original “Hello World” line of code and take advantage of the WebClient networking class to asynchronously download a Twitter feed. This takes three lines of code in total: (1) declaring and creating the WebClient, (2) attaching an event handler and then (3) calling the asynchronous DownloadStringAsync method.

In the DownloadStringAsync call, we’ll pass a Twitter Uri plus a query string which pulls the text from the “username” TextBox. This feed will pull down the respective user’s most frequent posts in an XML format. When the call completes, the DownloadStringCompleted event is fired and our generated event handler twitter_DownloadStringCompleted will be called:

image

The result returned from the Twitter call will come back in an XML based format.  To parse this we’ll use LINQ to XML. LINQ to XML lets us create simple queries for accessing data in an xml feed. To use this library, we’ll first need to add a reference to the assembly (right click on the References folder in the solution explorer and choose “Add Reference):

image

We’ll then add a “using System.Xml.Linq” namespace reference at the top of the code-behind file at the top of Main.xaml.cs file:

image

We’ll then add a simple helper class called TwitterItem to our project. TwitterItem has three string members – UserName, Message and ImageSource:

image

We’ll then implement the twitter_DownloadStringCompleted event handler and use LINQ to XML to parse the returned XML string from Twitter.  What the query is doing is pulling out the three key pieces of information for each Twitter post from the username we passed as the query string. These are the ImageSource for their profile image, the Message of their tweet and their UserName. For each Tweet in the XML, we are creating a new TwitterItem in the IEnumerable<XElement> returned by the Linq query.

We then assign the generated TwitterItem sequence to the ListBox’s ItemsSource property:

image

We’ll then do one more step to complete the application. In the Main.xaml file, we’ll add an ItemTemplate to the ListBox. For the demo, I used a simple template that uses databinding to show the user’s profile image, their tweet and their username.

<ListBox Height="521" HorizonalAlignment="Left" Margin="0,131,0,0" Name="listBox1" VerticalAlignment="Top" Width="476">
    <ListBox.ItemTemplate>
        <DataTemplate>
           <StackPanel Orientation="Horizontal" Height="132">
              <Image Source="{Binding ImageSource}" Height="73" Width="73" VerticalAlignment="Top" Margin="0,10,8,0"/>
              <StackPanel Width="370">
                 <TextBlock Text="{Binding UserName}" Foreground="#FFC8AB14" FontSize="28" />
                 <TextBlock Text="{Binding Message}" TextWrapping="Wrap" FontSize="24" />
              </StackPanel>
           </StackPanel>
        </DataTemplate>
     </ListBox.ItemTemplate>
</ListBox>

Now, pressing F5 again, we are able to reuse the emulator and re-run the application. Once the application has launched, we can type in a Twitter username and press the  Button to see the results. Try my Twitter user name (scottgu) and you’ll get back a result of TwitterItems in the Listbox:

image

Try using the mouse (or if you have a touchscreen device your finger) to scroll the items in the Listbox – you should find that they move very fast within the emulator.  This is because the emulator is hardware accelerated – and so gives you the same fast performance that you get on the actual phone hardware.

‪#‎silverlight‬ ‪#‎windowsphone‬ ‪#‎dotnet‬ ‪#‎visulastudio‬

BY : Scott

Credit : Weblogs