Apache recently released the first 2.x line of Apache Spark. Of the many updates that improve performance, a number of API changes tell the story of the move to 2.0. A new Structured Streaming API and the consolidation of existing APIs provide new capabilities and simplified use.
Google Cloud Vision API is a REST API that will help developers analyse images like never before. It supports various features like Entity identification, Facial Detection, Landmark Detection, Logo Detection, OCR and Identifying Explicit content. It is available in Limited Preview for now.
TensorFlow, Google's machine learning software library, has reached 1.0 status and now packs support for a wider selection of APIs for ingesting and analyzing Big Data. The tool's pre-1.0 life found it helping researchers, engineers, students, and others in scouring data for patterns and insight.