Inside Xbox is Back with Its First New Episode of 2019 – Xbox Wire

Inside Xbox returns Tuesday, February 5 at 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET with an all-new episode featuring exclusive news, content, reveals, interviews and footage you won’t see anywhere else!

With the February 15 release of Crackdown 3 available with Xbox Game Pass and on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, you can expect it to take center stage in the February episode of Inside Xbox. We’ll have Creative Director of Crackdown 3, Joseph Staten, on hand to divulge details on the game’s campaign mode and more.

And that’s just the start! We’ve got reveals and new info to share on Mortal Kombat 11, The Division 2, Sea of Thieves, Astroneer, Journey to the Savage Planet, Jump Force, Metro Exodus, and of course, Xbox Game Pass and bunch of news under lock and key so be sure to tune in on Tuesday, February 5.

You will find the show live on Mixer, Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. We want you to watch the show where you want to watch it, but we hope you’ll check us out on Mixer for some exclusive behind-the-scenes content and a super-top-secret MixPot that will give you free stuff just for logging in. We’ll have more details on these exciting (and did we mention free?!?) giveaways before the show airs, but if you don’t already have a Mixer account, now’s the perfect time to head over to our streaming service on your Xbox, PC or mobile device and get logged in with your Microsoft account so that you’re all set on show day.

Set your alarm for Tuesday, February 5 at 2 p.m PT / 5 p.m. ET. See you then!

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Google Cloud Firestore points NoSQL database at mobile, IoT

Google Cloud Platform has fired another shot at rivals AWS and Microsoft Azure with the general availability of Google Cloud Firestore — a fully managed NoSQL document database, with particular relevance for mobile and IoT-centric applications.

Now generally available after 15 months in beta, Google Cloud Firestore is a successor of sorts to Realtime Database, which is part of Google’s Firebase mobile and web application development platform. Developers can use their normal tool chain when they interact with Cloud Firestore, which also includes an iOS software development kit and web SDK.

Other supported languages include Node.js, Ruby, Python and Java. Cloud Firestore also offers offline capabilities through the Android SDK, so apps continue to work in areas with unreliable network coverage.

Google Cloud Platform still supports Realtime Database for now, but Cloud Firestore improves upon Realtime with richer query capabilities and better scalability, according to a GCP FAQ.

Google Cloud Firestore was available in three regions during the trial, but it has since expanded to nine more regions and added a multi-regional instance option, GCP said. Google will offer new regional instance pricing of up to 50% off, as well as service-level agreements of five nines for multi-region deployments and four nines for single-region ones.

Customers face choices, as cloud NoSQL options proliferate

There are close similarities between Google Cloud Firestore and AWS DocumentDB and Azure Cosmos DB, and customers likely will gravitate toward wherever they already have cloud workloads, said Nick Heudecker, a Gartner analyst.

GCP has a strong story to tell, with multi-region resiliency and the robustness of its underlying network architecture, Heudecker said.

On the general topic of NoSQL versus relational data stores, there are important points to consider.

“Document stores are the top reason I draw the distinction between ‘structured data’ and ‘structured databases,'” said Curt Monash, an analyst at Monash Research in Acton, Mass. “Relational databases have a lot of structure so that the data doesn’t have to. Document databases are the other way around.”

Determining which one is better depends largely on two related factors, Monash said. First, consider whether you want to combine the jobs of programmer and database administrator or separate them. “NoSQL prospered where the separation wasn’t wanted,” he said.

If a company wants to run many applications against the same data set, relational databases offer advantages, he said.

Database management systems with support for occasionally connected scenarios — such as the ones offered by Google Cloud Firestore and Sybase’s SQL Anywhere database — are valuable, but customers have come to expect always-on connectivity, Monash said

“I hope that changes, because forced always-on connectivity makes it easier for vendors to enforce practices that are bad for users in terms both of privacy and of flexibility as to what software they use,” he said.

Hawkin Dynamics finds growth engine in Cloud Firebase

Hawkin Dynamics, which makes force plates and related mobile software to measure athletic performance, is an early customer of Cloud Firebase.

Chris Wales, CTO, Hawkin DynamicsChris Wales

Cloud Firestore and its close proximity to other GCP products solved a lot of problems for Hawkin Dynamics, said Chris Wales, CTO of the startup in Westbrook, Maine.

“You can just sort of reach for the next thing that you need as you grow,” he said. Examples of this include GCP’s authentication SDK and Cloud Functions, he said.

Hawkin’s hardware and software objectively quantifies the amount of force produced by athletes in motion. It’s used by strength and conditioning coaches, mostly at the professional and elite college levels, to track the progress of athletes.

Force plates are not new, but Hawkin’s goal is to build a system that tackles thorny problems faced by previous iterations of the idea. For example, some force plate systems use wired connections to tie in athletes, and this isn’t ideal, he said. Hawkin’s mobile app circumvents the issue.

Hawkin initially began to build its mobile app with Realtime Database, but switched to Cloud Firestore because more advanced features would be easier to implement, Wales said. Specifically, Hawkin wanted to move from an app that could show results of force plate tests to one that could support more ambitious goals, such as longitudinal analysis of an athlete’s performance over time.

Meanwhile, GCP’s auto-scaling capability solves other problems, Wales said. “It’s like having your own ops team out there doing your work on your behalf.”

GCP’s multi-region and failover features also mean Hawkin can add customers around the world without concern for how its products will perform, Wales added.

Wales also highlighted Cloud Firebase’s offline capabilities. “In a gym, you don’t want coaches worrying about whether the Wi-Fi is working or not,” he said.

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Inside Xbox is Back with Its First New Episode of 2019 – Xbox Wire

Inside Xbox returns Tuesday, February 5 at 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET with an all-new episode featuring exclusive news, content, reveals, interviews and footage you won’t see anywhere else!

With the February 15 release of Crackdown 3 available with Xbox Game Pass and on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC, you can expect it to take center stage in the February episode of Inside Xbox. We’ll have Creative Director of Crackdown 3, Joseph Staten, on hand to divulge details on the game’s campaign mode and more.

And that’s just the start! We’ve got reveals and new info to share on Mortal Kombat 11, The Division 2, Sea of Thieves, Astroneer, Journey to the Savage Planet, Jump Force, Metro Exodus, and of course, Xbox Game Pass and bunch of news under lock and key so be sure to tune in on Tuesday, February 5.

You will find the show live on Mixer, Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. We want you to watch the show where you want to watch it, but we hope you’ll check us out on Mixer for some exclusive behind-the-scenes content and a super-top-secret MixPot that will give you free stuff just for logging in. We’ll have more details on these exciting (and did we mention free?!?) giveaways before the show airs, but if you don’t already have a Mixer account, now’s the perfect time to head over to our streaming service on your Xbox, PC or mobile device and get logged in with your Microsoft account so that you’re all set on show day.

Set your alarm for Tuesday, February 5 at 2 p.m PT / 5 p.m. ET. See you then!

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Google Voice for G Suite expected to launch this spring

Google is gearing up to launch its cloud telephony service for businesses this spring. Google Voice for G Suite will be available in at least nine countries at launch.

The service should appeal to small businesses with basic telephony needs, particularly those already using Google’s web conferencing and messaging apps, Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat. Google will offer three tiers of the service for an additional cost to G Suite customers.

The release of a business edition of Google Voice comes as the vendor continues to push G Suite as an alternative to Microsoft Office 365. Microsoft is already an established player in the unified communications market with Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams.

The growing cloud voice market is too big for Google to ignore, said Jim Lundy, CEO of Aragon Research, based in Morgan Hill, Calif. “They probably should have done this two years ago, but it’s never too late,” he said.

Google started beta testing Google Voice for G Suite in July 2018, after first revealing its intention to offer cloud calling plans to business customers in 2017. The vendor has provided a free voice service for consumers in the United States since 2009.

Some businesses are already using the consumer offering for specific calling needs. The enterprise version will offer more advanced calling features and IT controls.

Google Voice has beta users in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark and Switzerland. Smita Hashim, director of product management for Google Voice, said the service could become available as soon as the early spring.

Google Voice for G Suite seeks niche in SMB market

Many businesses are unlikely to view Google Voice as a serious alternative to full-fledged calling platforms from companies like Cisco, Avaya and Microsoft, said Irwin Lazar, analyst at Nemertes Research, based in Mokena, Ill.

But the way companies use voice is changing. Many employees now talk on the phone primarily through online meeting platforms, such as Zoom or Hangouts Meet. In that sense, Google Voice for business is analogous to Zoom’s new cloud PBX offering.  

“I think it’s a compelling alternative for mostly small businesses or those who need to provide some bare-bones calling,” Lazar said.

In beta, Google Voice supports the following basic features: caller ID, call forwarding, call screening, do not disturb, emergency dialing, Wi-Fi calling, spam detection, call blocking and custom greetings. IT administrators can manage users and numbers, generate call history and usage reports, and delegate administrative controls to others in the organization. Google wouldn’t confirm how many of those features would be available when it launches the product.

Google Voice is the latest expansion of G Suite to meet business demands. Google trails Microsoft in the business market for cloud-based productivity tools and has struggled to attract larger organizations to G Suite.

Google avoids competition with contact center partners

In July, Google released a set of developer tools for building AI apps for use in the contact center. Its partners include Cisco, Genesys, Mitel, Five9, RingCentral, Vonage and Twilio.

Google Voice could be configured to meet the needs of a small support or sales team, but Google does not intend to offer a version of the service for use as a contact center, Hashim said.

“In terms of the contact centers, that is a very specialized use case, and we have excellent partners that are already doing contact centers,” she said.

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