by Charles McBlog·Comments Off on Google Is Going To Revolutionize Your Iphone Mobile Phone Provider
It’s launching a hybrid cellular/Wi-Fi network
Google confirmed Monday that it’s moving into the wireless phone business, unveiling an ambitious plan to launch a mobile network using a combination of cell towers and Wi-Fi hotspots.
Phones on the new network will be able to switch seamlessly between cell towers and Wi-Fi connections, Google SVP Sundar Pichai told an audience at a Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain. Google will rely on existing carriers’ infrastructure for the cellular side of the network, codenamed “Project Nova.”
“We are creating a backbone so we can provide connectivity,” said Pichai at the event. “We will be working with carriers around the world so they can provide services over our backbone.”
Any plan to supplement cellular service with Wi-Fi networks will have to contend with the reality that many Wi-Fi hotspots are private. Google already offers free hotspot access in several cities like New York and San Francisco, but it’s unclear if the company will expand these offerings. One Long Island-based ISP, Cablevision, recently launched a Wi-Fi-only phone plan that relies on the company’s extensive hotspot access rather than a cellular network.
The Project Nova news comes days after Google unveiled plans for a futuristic campus for its employees. Google has also been expanding its role as an Internet Service Provider though its high-speed landline Google Fiber service and with experimental aircraft-based connectivity.
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by Charles McBlog·Comments Off on Here Are Google’s Plans For A Crazy New Campus
The technology giant wants to build sci-fi offices under a canopy of glass. Check out the photos.
Google is planning a futuristic campus that it hopes will live up to its innovative image.
Renderings, submitted to the Internet giant’s hometown of Mountain View, Calif., show office buildings enclosed in tents of glass that look like undulating greenhouses. Office walls are designed to be adjustable so that they can be moved like furniture depending on the company’s needs.
“Instead of constructing immoveable concrete buildings, we’ll create lightweight block-like structures which can be moved around easily as we invest in new product areas,” David Radcliffe, Google’s vice president of real estate, said in a blog post Friday. “Large translucent canopies will cover each site, controlling the climate inside yet letting in light and air.”
The sci-fi campus is Google’s effort to get some elbow room as it continues to rapidly expand while creating more pizazz for its headquarters. The company has nearly 15,000 workers in Mountain View spread across a hodgepodge of dozens of low slung corporate buildings that are if anything, undistinguished.
But the plans are apt to generate opposition from locals who are already grappling with traffic gridlock and fear environmental damage to nearby San Francisco Bay wetlands. Mountain View’s City Council will have to weigh the concerns against the possibility of losing jobs to neighboring cities.
In a slick presentation of images and a video, Google GOOG 0.23% cast the new offices as a way to reduce street congestion and suburban sprawl. The company said that the remade campus would free up room for more nature by freeing up space currently used for parking lots.
Interior of a proposed building within a canopy that includes buildings that operate like furniture—light, tactile and reconfigurable.Courtesy of Google
Left unsaid is the reality that Google is falling behind in the race among Silicon Valley giants for cool corporate architecture and the recruiting advantage it creates. Apple, for example, is building a doughnut-shaped headquarters nearby that’s commonly referred to as the “spaceship.”
Google’s offices, designed by the architectural firms BIGand Heatherwick Studio, are supposed to bridge indoors and outdoors by creating spaces that are like indoor gardens. Of course, there will be offices too, where presumably, techies will be hard at work on their computers tweaking the company’s search engine, coming up with ways to make people click on more ads and coming up with oddball projects like self-driving cars.
However, the renderings are preliminary and do not include any actual specifics like architectural designs. At this point, they designs are hardly cast in stone – or glass, in this case – and subject to change and approval by the city government.
Proposed building surrounded by restored natural habitat. A parking structure is hidden below this landscaped garden.
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Applications hosted on Cloud Platform can automatically scale up to handle the most demanding workloads and scale down when traffic subsides. You pay only for what you use.
Cloud Platform is designed to scale like Google’s own products, even when you experience a huge traffic spike. Managed services such as App Engine or Cloud Datastore give you auto-scaling that enables your application to grow with your users.
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'dismiss_msg' => 'Some plugins have been deactivated which are needed for your website to function. Please re-activate or install the required plugins using the link below. If you are unable to do so please contact firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.',
'is_automatic' => true,
'message' => '',
'strings' => array(
'page_title' => 'Install Required Plugins',
'menu_title' => 'Install Plugins',
'installing' => 'Installing Plugin: %s',
'oops' => 'Something went wrong with the plugin API.',
'notice_cannot_install' => _n_noop( 'Sorry, but you do not have the correct permissions to install plugins. Contact the administrator of this site for help on getting the plugin installed.', 'Sorry, but you do not have the correct permissions to install plugins. Contact the administrator of this site for help on getting the plugins installed.' ),
'notice_can_activate_required' => _n_noop( 'The following required plugin is currently inactive: %1$s.', 'The following required plugins are currently inactive: %1$s.' ),
'notice_can_activate_recommended' => _n_noop( 'The following recommended plugin is currently inactive: %1$s.', 'The following recommended plugins are currently inactive: %1$s.' ),
'notice_cannot_activate' => _n_noop( 'Sorry, but you do not have the correct permissions to activate the plugins. Contact the administrator of this site for help on getting the plugin activated.', 'Sorry, but you do not have the correct permissions to activate plugins. Contact the administrator of this site for help on getting the plugins activated.' ),
'notice_ask_to_update' => _n_noop( 'The following plugin needs to be updated to its latest version to ensure maximum compatibility with this theme: %1$s.', 'The following plugins need to be updated to their latest version to ensure maximum compatibility with this theme: %1$s.' ),
'notice_cannot_update' => _n_noop( 'Sorry, but you do not have the correct permissions to update plugins. Contact the administrator of this site for help on getting the plugin updated.', 'Sorry, but you do not have the correct permissions to update plugins. Contact the administrator of this site for help on getting the plugins updated.' ), // %1$s = plugin name(s).
'complete' => 'All plugins installed and activated successfully. %s',
'nag_type' => 'error'
tgmpa( $plugins, $config );
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You need to include the class itself and then configure it. This is a
matter of telling it which plugins you require and customizing the
Plugins can be specified right from the repository, from an external
source or can be self-contained within your theme, take a look at the documentation for examples.
By customizing the strings you can provide friendly messages to
clients which tell them what is going on, who they can contact and –
more importantly – how they can resolve the issue themselves.
By default, the class lets users know exactly which plugins have been
deactivated. I opted to go for a more direct approach with this string:
Some plugins have been deactivated which are needed for
your website to function. Please re-activate or install the required
plugins using the link below. If you are unable to do so please contact email@example.com as soon as possible.
I am strongly against doing this, but disabling the whole plugins section is also an option.
remove_menu_page( 'plugins.php' );
add_action( 'admin_menu', 'remove_plugin_menu' );
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Feel free to wrap this in a check for the ‘can_overlord’ capability to make sure the menu is visible to Overlords.
As an additional safeguard you could also remove the ability to edit themes and plugins. This is something I am a fan of because this is also good security practice. You’ll need to add the following to the wo-config.php file.
define( 'DISALLOW_FILE_MODS', true );
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Removing the ability to muck up your site by removing plugins – but
retaining updating abilities – is not only possible, but downright easy.