Google enhances Cloud Spanner and other databases

Google updated its cloud database portfolio with a series of incremental improvements to Cloud Spanner and other data management services. 

The cloud database updates, revealed Aug. 18, came during week six of the Google Next conference that started on July 14 with the unveiling of BigQuery Omni for multi-cloud data analytics.

Google Next 2020 is a virtual event this year, with each week focused on a different set of technologies. Among the updates revealed this week, in addition to new capabilities for the Cloud Spanner database, were updates to the Bigtable data store and Firestore mobile database.

Google also used the event to showcase customers that use its cloud database services.

Among them are ShareChat, which is a social media platform based in Bengaluru, India that supports over 140 million monthly active users. During a user session at Google Next, Venkatesh Ramaswamy, vice president of engineering at ShareChat, explained why and how his organization moved away from cloud database services on Amazon Web Services to Google Cloud database services.

Why ShareChat moved to Google Cloud Spanner and Bigtable

Ramaswamy said ShareChat was finding scalability challenges with the way it had configured its services to run on the DynamoDB NoSQL

COVID Robocop: The Droid That Reminds You to Wear Your Mask

Engineers have developed a robot that can detect whether people are wearing a mask to guard against COVID-19 and, if not, politely remind them to put one on.

The feature is an upgrade of Pepper, a 120 centimetre (47 inch) high robot with human-like features that is already in operation in some countries welcoming visitors to shops, exhibitions and other public spaces.

Pepper’s camera scans the faces of people approaching it, and if it detects the lower half of their face is uncovered, it pronounces the phrase: “You have to always wear a mask properly.”

If it sees that the visitor then puts on a mask, the robot follows up with the phrase: “Thank you for having put on your mask.”

The idea is not to have a robot police whether people are wearing masks, but to provide a friendly reminder, said Jonathan Boiria, head of sales in Europe for SoftBank Robotics, the company behind Pepper.

“Shops have to assign people at the entrance, a lot of people, to ensure respect for the wearing of masks, and sometimes that is a stretch,” Boiria told Reuters in Paris.

“A robot allows you to free up some people so they

HTC Phones Overview

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