New Google Map

Google has updated Google Maps. From the Verge:

Google spruced up its Maps app on Android and iOS yesterday, as well as its web counterpart, in a bid to make it easier to understand. The updated Google Maps has removed road outlines and changed typography, alterations that Google says make it easier for users to see traffic information and make out points of interest, train stations, and other key spots easily. The company is also taking advantage of this cleaner look to highlight new areas of interest, shading districts with a lot of stuff to see and do in orange, and allowing users to explore their contents. These areas of interest are determined algorithmically, using an automated process to pick out areas with the most stores, restaurants, or bars, but Google says it’s also using a “human touch” in high-density areas — like New York City — to point people to the coolest locations. The app’s color palette has also been tweaked slightly. Freeways and highways are now shaded in oranges and yellows, hospitals and schools in beige and gray, and parks and water features in green and blue, respectively. You’ll see these changes live in both the app and web version of Google Maps now.

Check out Google Maps.

Xbox One Only $249

Microsoft is now selling the 500GB Xbox One for just $249. Will you get one? The reason for the price cut is, there’s a new version of the Xbox coming out in a few days. It’s scheduled to be released in stores by August 2. The new Xbox version is called Xbox One S. The 2TB model will retail for $399. In addition to the 2TB model, there will be two other models with less storage. The 500GB models will sell for 299, while the 1TB model will retail for $349.

As far as the older 500GB Xbox One, Dell has quite a deal at the moment:

Alongside a 500GB Xbox One, gamers can choose the digital download code for one of four titles—Forza Motorsport 6, Rise of the Tomb Raider (pictured), Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, or Rare Replay$29.99 at Dell. The bundle also includes a black wireless controller, AC power cable, HDMI cable, and 14-day free trial of Xbox Live Gold.

Microsoft Azure Double Compute Usage

Microsoft announced this week that Azure has doubled its cloud compute usage over a year ago. Azure is currently ranked #2 behind Amazon AWS in terms of cloud computing usage and revenue. Microsoft added that revenue growth rates has doubled over a year ago. Microsoft’s meteoric rise has been mostly due to its support of Linux platforms. Azure compute usage have shot up since Linux distros have been made available.

Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise

According to ZDNet, Microsoft is making the Windows 10 Enterprise edition available to business users for $7 per user per month, or $84 per user per year. The licenses are going to be available through Microsoft resellers. There will be two versions: E3 and E5.

Secure Productive Enterprise E3 — the bundle formerly named “Enterprise Cloud Suite” — will include Windows 10 Enterprise E3, Office 365 E3, and Enterprise Mobility + Security E3. (Enterprise Mobility + Security is the bundle formerly known as Enterprise Mobility Suite, if you’re still with me here.) There also will be a Secure Productive Enterprise E5 bundle, which will come with Windows 10 Enterprise E5, Office 365 E5, and Enterprise Mobility + Security E5.

ownCloud vs Nextcloud

ownCloud and Nextcloud are essentially the same for now. Up to about to about ownCloud 9.0 mainly because they share the same code base and history. With ownCloud 9, users can access both for the next two year, since the end of life ownCloud 9 is 18 months. After that users will need to decide which one to take. It is a fork on the road after all.

What will be the difference between projects?

According to ownCloud forums:

ownCloud GmbH focuses on the file sharing feature. The community provides additional apps (calendar, contacts, bookmarks, news). However, the company’s developers helped to build some of the apps (calendar, contacts). The enterprise version contains a number of exclusive features that are not available in the community version (Shibboleth authentication, File Drop, File Firewall, Auto-Tagging).

Nextcloud doesn’t exclusively focus on file sharing, they also provide support for apps such as the popular calendar, contacts app, and a communication platform (Spreed.ME). There won’t be enterprise-only apps. Enterprise users will benefit from professional support.

Netflix Raising Price To $9.99

Starting August 3, 2016, I received a note from Netflix that they are raising my price to $9.99. They do give you some options if you don’t like the offer. Current Netflix users do have 3 choices, they can go with the (1) Basic Plan for $7.99, (2) HD Plan for $9.99, (3) or the Ultra HD Plan for $11.99.

Interestingly enough, there’s already a class-action suit against the price increase accusing Netflix that it has breached their contract. The original promise was that Netflix users can keep their current contract for a lifetime as long as that user does not suspend their account.

Google Calendar

Several news reports are coming in that Google Calendar was down this morning for two hours. I use Google Calendar, but I didn’t notice and was unaffected by the downtime. I guess I don’t use it often enough. However, many people use Google Calendar for personal and for work since it integrates well with mobile devices and other apps. Thankfully, the downtime was minimal without any loss of data.

Google Undersea Cable

After two years of construction, Google Undersea Cable between the West Coast of the United States and Japan is now complete. Located between Oregon and in Chiba and Mei prefectures in Japan, the 5600 mile connection has a bandwidth of 60 terabytes per second. One terabyte is 1000 gigabytes. Read from PCMag.

Git 2.9

Git 2.9 is now available, which ends the development of Git 2.9 development branch. Some of the new features include the implementation of git-multimail for sending notification emails for pushes to a Git repository, a brand new “interactive.diffFilter” configuration which gives developers the ability to customize the diff displayed in “git add -i” sessions.

The following core commands have received improvements as part of the Git 2.9 release:

  • git p4
  • git tag
  • git merge
  • git pull
  • git apply -v
  • git worktree add
  • git mergetools
  • git pull –rebase
  • git send-email
  • git rerere
  • git clone
  • git commit