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Toronto To Be Home To Alphabets Biggest Smart City Project Yet

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 18, 2017 by itnerd

Sidewalk Labs, the smart city subsidiary of Alphabet (the parent company of Google) with the stated goal of “reimagining cities from the Internet up,” now has a very big sandbox in which to conduct its high-tech experiments:

That’s obviously an ambitious project, but some of the groundwork is already being laid: Alphabet’s Google will be the flagship tenant for the new neighbourhood, anchoring the easter waterfront, to be called “Quayside,” and Sidewalk Labs has committed $50 million to kick off pilot testing and planning in partnership with the City of Toronto. Sidewalk Labs won the contract through its response to a Request for Proposals issues by Waterfront Toronto, and organization created by the Canadian federal government, the Ontario provincial government and the City of Toronto together to foster development of Toronto’s lakefront areas in ways that address urban sprawl while respecting the realities of climate change and taking into account the ability of the city’s residents to get around efficiently. The area involved in the RFP that Sidewalk Labs will work with the government coalition to develop spans around 800 acres (though 12 acres are specified for the initial project), and is one of the largest underdeveloped urban areas in any North American city, making it a good target for Sidewalk’s ambitious vision, which involves building smart cities holistically from the very start. Ultimately, the partners hope to turn the area into a “place for tens of thousands of people to live, work, learn and play — and to create and advance new ideas that improve city life,” according to a release from Sidewalk.

Now being from Toronto, I should be happy about this. But to be honest I am not sure about this. Sidewalk Labs thinks it can use new technology and great reams of data to create a neighbourhood that demonstrates innovative solutions to problems that cities like Toronto suffer. I’d be interested to know what else Sidewalks Labs will do with that data besides building a smart city. After all, Alphabet AKA Google makes piles of cash from data. That’s why I will reserve judgement on this for now and take a wait and see approach.

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Telus Announces Pre-Orders For Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Posted in Commentary with tags , on October 4, 2017 by itnerd

With so much excitement surrounding Google’s announcements today, Telus is proud to confirm that both the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are now available for pre-order. Pixel 2 will be available for purchase in-store and online at telus.com on October 19 followed by the Pixel 2 XL next month.

To enrich their experience even more, Teluscustomers who pre-order the new Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, will also receive a Google Home Mini! To take advantage of Telus’s seamless pre-order experience, customers can simply visit our website at telus.com

Google Maps Now Tells You How Difficult It Will Be To Park At Your Destination

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 29, 2017 by itnerd

Google has announced its “parking difficulty” indicator in Google Maps for iOS and Android will now appear in 25 additional cities around the world. Those cities are:

  • Alicante
  • Amsterdam
  • Copenhagen
  • Barcelona
  • Cologne
  • Darmstadt
  • Düsseldorf
  • London
  • Madrid
  • Málaga
  • Manchester
  • Milan
  • Montréal
  • Moscow
  • Munich
  • Paris
  • Prague
  • Rio de Janeiro
  • Rome
  • São Paulo
  • Stockholm
  • Stuttgart
  • Toronto
  • Valencia
  • Vancouver

What this feature does is shows a “P” icon with a difficulty level such as “moderate” or “limited,” based on how easy it will be to find parking at the destination entered. The feature is based on historical parking data and machine learning. That way you can figure out where to park your car long before you arrive at your destination and save time.

You can download this Google Maps update today from Google Play and the App Store.

 

Intuit & Google Team Up To Address The Invoicing Challenges That Many SMBs Face

Posted in Commentary with tags , on August 29, 2017 by itnerd

Intuit and Google have rolled out Invoice with Google Calendar to help small business owners save time on invoicing and ensure they’re being paid accurately and on time for their hard work.

Finding the right partners is just as important for driving innovation as building new products, and Intuit and Google’s partnership is a prime example of how big tech players are increasingly coming together to help solve entrepreneurs’ most pressing issues. The app builds on Google’s previous QuickBooks integration, introducing a reimagined user experience and allowing entrepreneurs to easily import their event details directly from their synced Google Calendar to create and send invoices instantly – all within QuickBooks Online – so they can invoice, and get paid faster.

Why else should small businesses use Invoice with Google Calendar?

  • Saves time: No more time spent on double entries. You can easily import details from Calendar to create and send invoices instantly – all within the QuickBooks invoice section.
  • Gets you paid for the time you work: Maximize billing potential, and don’t sweat trying to find all the hours worked by digging through emails and calendar appointments.
  • Improves the accuracy of invoices: QuickBooks automatically finds and summarizes invoiceable hours. You can also search and choose items manually.

Over the past four years, Intuit has expanded its ecosystem from four to over 200 app integrations on Apps.com, more than any other small business accounting solutions company in the market. In addition to Google, Intuit has partnered with industry leaders like Square, Shopify, and DreamPayments among many others, to better meet small businesses’ needs.

For more information, you can also check out the following blog and landing page.

VMware & Google Expand Partnership To Enable Enterprise-Wide Management of Chrome Devices

Posted in Commentary with tags , on August 24, 2017 by itnerd

VMware has announced it will become the first unified endpoint management (UEM) provider with full Chrome device management capabilities. VMware Workspace ONE, a digital workspace platform powered by VMware AirWatch UEM technology, will enable customers to unify management of Chrome devices alongside all other endpoints from a single console.

Customers will be able to manage Chrome devices alongside all other endpoints in Workspace ONE due to the functionality of VMware’s UEM technology, AirWatch. Starting from out-of-the box on-boarding, configuration and policies, provisioning apps, auditing and tracking; all the way to end device wipe, IT can secure and enable Chrome devices using a simplified approach. With new enterprise-ready capabilities from Chrome Enterprise License, organizations will be able to deliver device policies using customizable assignment of groups based on geography, device platform, department, role, and more, simplifying policy enforcement across an enterprise.

Building on previously released integrations of Workspace ONE with Chrome OS, IT also will be able to provide employees with access to all enterprise applications – cloud, web, native Android, virtual Windows – from a single app catalogue to deliver a consistent experience to employees anywhere, anytime, on any device. Chrome device users will even be able to access full Windows desktops and applications and use these devices as next-generation thin clients, helping to accelerate the adoption of Chrome devices in the enterprise. Workspace ONE will be able to deliver a unified platform to both manage and deliver any app to Chrome devices.

Management of Chrome devices with Workspace ONE will be available in September 2017.

Citrix & Google Announce Enhancement To Their Strategic Relationship

Posted in Commentary with tags , on July 22, 2017 by itnerd

Businesses today must quickly adapt to the demands of a global economy and workforce. Success is increasingly defined by the ability to optimize and protect the information surrounding people, organizations and devices. To help businesses tackle these challenges and fully embrace the benefits of flexibility and scale that cloud delivers, Citrix has announced extensions to its long-term strategic relationship with Google. Customers will be able to use Citrix Cloud to provision and manage secure digital workspaces, including Citrix Workspace Service, on Google Cloud Platform. Citrix and Google are working together to bring cloud delivery of applications and desktops, and secure cloud-optimized endpoints to their enterprise customers who are increasingly looking to both public and hybrid clouds to solve their business requirements for secure digital workspaces.

Along with these new cloud solutions, Citrix and Google also announced new integrations, available today, between Citrix ShareFile and Google G Suite that enable follow-me-data when using Citrix workspace solutions. A new ShareFile plug-in that allows the secure sharing of files via Gmail and a ShareFile connector to Google Drive provides users with one place to find all their documents. In addition, Citrix NetScaler CPX is available now on Google Cloud and is targeted for availability in the Google Cloud Launcher marketplace by the end of the quarter. Google Cloud’s emphasis on containers and the Kubernetes orchestration system will allow the developer community to use NetScaler CPX to easily build and scale secure applications in the cloud.

With Citrix Cloud services integrated with Google Cloud, Google customers will have the ability to easily add virtual apps and desktops that run on Google Cloud and use them alongside the G Suite productivity suite.

Citrix and Google continue to work on delivering secure end point solutions for accessing digital workspaces with the recently announced Citrix Receiver for Chrome 2.4, which offers true multi-monitor support on Chromebooks. Google recently announced official Chrome Browser support for Citrix along with graphics optimizations available only on XenApp. Google and Citrix product teams continue their collaboration to enhance and optimize XenApp delivery to Chrome OS based devices for enterprise customers with ongoing Receiver for Chrome updates.

Google Home Lands In Canada…. And It Speaks Canadian French

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 26, 2017 by itnerd

Google Home is available from Canadian retailers as of today. The key thing to note is that Google Home now speaks Canadian French. But other than that, it’s the same Google Home device that Canadians have been wanting for some time as it includes the following key features:

  • Google Assistant – Get real-time answers including the latest on weather, traffic, finance, sports, and local businesses. With your permission, Google Home will learn about you and retrieve your calendar information, set alarms and timers, and even tell you about the traffic on your way to work.
  • Music – A simple voice request triggers Google Home to play music, podcasts or radio from services like Google Play Music, Spotify and more.
  • Smart Home Control – Connecting seamlessly with smart devices like Nest and Philips Hue, you can use your voice to set the perfect temperature or turn down the lights.

Telus reached out to me to say that they will have Google Home available for $179.99 at Telus stores or online at telus.com. But you can also pick it up at the Google Store, Bell, Best Buy, Fido, Indigo, London Drugs, Rogers, Staples, The Source, and Walmart among other retailers.