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How the Google App can help you

There are thousands of apps that provide features like planning a day or checking on the weather or even planning a route. The problem is these are all individual apps and they end up clogging a device. The Google App offers many of these features and more.

Manage your work day

With Google calendar synched to your Gmail and Google Plus accounts, crafting your schedule becomes much easier. Stay on top of what’s happening in your life: know what you need to do, where you need to be, and how to get there. Reminders of when and where your next appointment is ensure you’ll never be late again (just keep your finger off the snooze button!).

Plan your outfit

Google provides a ten day weather forecast of any city of your choosing, enabling you to plan your outfit for the day, or your packing if you’re travelling.

Be informed.

There’s always a lot going on the world, and you don’t want to be left in the dark. Up-to-the-minute reports of news breaking locally and internationally mean you’ll be be able to keep track, from your phone.

Be multilingual.

Break through any language barrier with Google Translate – ideal whether corresponding with locals with another home language or overseas business partners in Europe. Convert entire web pages into English or simply learn how to ask “where is the nearest pub?” while wandering the streets of Madrid.

Be a local.

Whether you’re looking to get out and about in your hometown or find yourself in a foreign city with nothing to do, Google will list all the popular events taking place in your vicinity – from concerts to art exhibitions to night club parties.

Know what your money is worth.

If you’re an avid traveller, online shopper or investor, you need to know if you’re getting good value for your money. Find the exchange rate for everything from the US Dollar to the Bhutanese Ngultrum, updated in real-time

Calculate your restaurant tips

Calculating the bill is everyone’s least favourite part of dinner, and there’s always someone who skimps on the tip. By typing “calculate tip” into Google, you’ll be presented with a tool that will split the tab for you. (Yes, it calculates in dollars, but the numbers are still applicable to any other currency).

Explore.

Find your way around a new city on foot, using public transport or by car using Google Maps voice-guided, turn by turn navigation.

View art galleries from around the world.

Google Art Project lets you view high quality images of artworks from nearly 600 international galleries.

Take a virtual tour.

Google’s Cultural Institute has many of the world’s historical and cultural treasures mapped – you can take an interactive tour of places like Robben Island, guided by a former political prisoner (https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/u/0/exhibit/robben-island-prison-tour/mQIim-e6wopSJw), the Kenya National Archives (https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/u/0/collection/kenya-national-archives) or Machu Piccchu (https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/u/0/entity/%2Fm%2F0krfy) amongst many others.

Cruise Control

Before you leave the Google app can remind you of flight times, to check in online, remind you to confirm your accommodation and even warn you of any expected delays. On your way to the airport, you can get information about the quickest route with the least traffic, as well as your estimated time of arrival at your destination.

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Veeam passes $1bn, prepares for cloud’s ‘Act II’

Leader in cloud-data management reveals how it will harness the next growth phase of the data revolution, writes ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK

Veeam Software, the quiet leader in backup solutions for cloud data management,has announced that it has passed $1-billion in revenues, and is preparing for the next phase of sustained growth in the sector.

Now, it is unveiling what it calls Act II, following five years of rapid growth through modernisation of the data centre. At the VeeamON 2019conferencein Miami this week, company co-founder Ratmir Timashev declared that the opportunities in this new era, focused on managing data for the hybrid cloud, would drive the next phase of growth.

“Veeam created the VMware backup market and has dominated it as the leader for the last decade,” said Timashev, who is also executive vice president for sales and marketing at the organisation. “This was Veeam’s Act I and I am delighted that we have surpassed the $1 billion mark; in 2013 I predicted we’d achieve this in less than six years. 

“However, the market is now changing. Backup is still critical, but customers are now building hybrid clouds with AWS, Azure, IBM and Google, and they need more than just backup. To succeed in this changing environment, Veeam has had to adapt. Veeam, with its 60,000-plus channel and service provider partners and the broadest ecosystem of technology partners, including Cisco, HPE, NetApp, Nutanix and Pure Storage, is best positioned to dominate the new cloud data management in our Act II.”

In South Africa, Veeam expects similar growth. Speaking at the Cisco Connect conference in Sun City this week, country manager Kate Mollett told Gadget’s BRYAN TURNER that the company was doing exceptionally well in this market.

“In financial year 2018, we saw double-digit growth, which was really very encouraging if you consider the state of the economy, and not so much customer sentiment, but customers have been more cautious with how they spend their money. We’ve seen a fluctuation in the currency, so we see customers pausing with big decisions and hoping for a recovery in the Rand-Dollar. But despite all of the negatives, we have double digit growth which is really good. We continue to grow our team and hire.

“From a Veeam perspective, last year we were responsible for Veeam Africa South, which consisted of South Africa, SADC countries, and the Indian Ocean Islands. We’ve now been given the responsibility for the whole of Africa. This is really fantastic because we are now able to drive a single strategy for Africa from South Africa.”

Veeam has been the leading provider of backup, recovery and replication solutions for more than a decade, and is growing rapidly at a time when other players in the backup market are struggling to innovate on demand.

“Backup is not sexy and they made a pretty successful company out of something that others seem to be screwing up,” said Roy Illsley, Distinguished Analyst at Ovum, speaking in Miami after the VeeamOn conference. “Others have not invested much in new products and they don’t solve key challenges that most organisations want solved. Theyre resting on their laurels and are stuck in the physical world of backup instead of embracing the cloud.”

Illsley readily buys into the Veeam tagline. “It just works”. 

“They are very good at marketing but are also a good engineering comany that does produce the goods. Their big strength, that it just works, is a reliable feature they have built into their product portfolio.”

Veeam said in statement from the event that, while it had initially focused on server virtualisation for VMware environments, in recent years it had expanded this core offering. It was now delivering integration with multiple hypervisors, physical servers and endpoints, along with public and software-as-a-service workloads, while partnering with leading cloud, storage, server, hyperconverged (HCI) and application vendors.

This week, it  announced a new “with Veeam”program, which brings in enterprise storage and hyperconverged (HCI) vendors to provide customers with comprehensive secondary storage solutions that combine Veeam software with industry-leading infrastructure systems. Companies like ExaGrid and Nutanix have already announced partnerships.

Timashev said: “From day one, we have focused on partnerships to deliver customer value. Working with our storage and cloud partners, we are delivering choice, flexibility and value to customers of all sizes.”

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‘Energy scavenging’ funded

As the drive towards a 5G future gathers momentum, the University of Surrey’s research into technology that could power countless internet enabled devices – including those needed for autonomous cars – has won over £1M from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and industry partners.

Surrey’s Advanced Technology Institute (ATI) has been working on triboelectric nanogenerators (TENG), an energy harvesting technology capable of ‘scavenging’ energy from movements such as human motion, machine vibration, wind and vehicle movements to power small electronic components. 

TENG energy harvesting is based on a combination of electrostatic charging and electrostatic induction, providing high output, peak efficiency and low-cost solutions for small scale electronic devices. It’s thought such devices will be vital for the smart sensors needed to enable driverless cars to work safely, wearable electronics, health sensors in ‘smart hospitals’ and robotics in ‘smart factories.’ 

The ATI will be partnered on this development project with the Georgia Institute of Technology, QinetiQ, MAS Holdings, National Physical Laboratory, Soochow University and Jaguar Land Rover. 

Professor Ravi Silva, Director of the ATI and the principal investigator of the TENG project, said: “TENG technology is ideal to power the next generation of electronic devices due to its small footprint and capacity to integrate into systems we use every day. Here at the ATI, we are constantly looking to develop such advanced technologies leading towards our quest to realise worldwide “free energy”.

“TENGs are an ideal candidate to power the autonomous electronic systems for Internet of Things applications and wearable electronic devices. We believe this research grant will allow us to further the design of optimized energy harvesters.”

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