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Category: Computer Engineering

The next tech transportation race

In this Aug. 15, 2017 photo, computer scientist Mohamed Saad Ibn Seddik, of Sea Machines Robotics, uses a laptop to guide a boat outfitted with sensors and self-navigating software and capable of autonomous navigation in Boston Harbor. The boat still needs human oversight, but some of the world’s biggest maritime firms have committed to designing ships that won’t need any captains or crews – at least not on board. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Self-driving cars may not hit the road in…

Localizing Slack – Several People Are Coding

Localization is so easy! …said no one ever. This week, we launched French, German, and Spanish localization in Slack. I’d like to share some of the lessons learned, tooling, and processes we put in place to complete this project and build localization into our ongoing workflow. Handling Strings The first step in localizing Slack was to prepare the strings in our codebase for localization. While mobile platforms provide clear frameworks for localization that keep strings separate from code, our web…

Tumblr Engineering — Flow and TypeScript

One of the Core Web team’s goals at Tumblr is to reduce the number of runtime issues that we see in our React codebase. To help move some of those issues from runtime to compile time, I evaluated the two leading type systems, Flow and TypeScript, to see if they could give us more type safety. I did a bit of background reading about the differences between Flow and TypeScript to see what the community had to say about them.…

Drones help scientists check the health of Antarctic mosses, revealing climate change clues

Mosses are sensitive to even minor changes in their living conditions. Credit: Sharon Robinson, Author provided Drones are helping scientists check the health of Antarctic mosses, revealing clues on the pace of climate change. Mosses are sensitive to even minor changes in their living conditions, and scientists traditionally tramped through difficult terrain to collect data on them. Using the specially-designed drones is faster, kinder to the environment and delivers detailed images that satellite imagery cannot match. Drones also…

Scaling Event Sourcing for Netflix Downloads, Episode 1

by Karen Casella, Phillipa Avery, Robert Reta, Joseph Breuer Early in 2016, several Netflix teams were asked the question: “What would it take to allow members to download and view content offline on their mobile devices?” For the Playback Licensing team, this meant that we needed to provide a content licensing system that would allow a member’s device to store and decrypt the downloaded content for offline viewing. To do this securely would require a new service to handle a…

3-D LiDAR sensor enabling detection of distances with wide angle of view

Credit: Panasonic Panasonic Corporation announced today that it has developed a 3-D LiDAR sensor that accurately measure the direction of and distance to objects with a wide angle of view, which is critical for autonomous operation of mobile robots. Employing Panasonic’s propriety laser-scanning technology, this 3-D LiDAR is capable of scanning the laser as wide as up to 60 degrees vertically and 270 degrees horizontally to achieve stable operation of autonomous robots. Sample shipments will start in January 2018. Panasonic…

Brain Composer—’thinking’ melodies onto a musical score

Gernot Müller-Putz, head of TU Graz’ Institute of Neural Engineering and expert on brain-computer interfaces. Credit: Lunghammer – TU Graz TU Graz researchers develop new brain-computer interface application that allows music to be composed by the power of thought. They have published their results in the current issue of the journal PLOS ONE. Brain-computer interfaces (BCI) can replace bodily functions to a certain degree. Thanks to BCI, physically impaired persons can control special prostheses via their minds, surf the internet…

Internet Marketing Glossary: 20 Terms Every Blogger & Business Owner Should Know

No amount of entrepreneurial spirit can prepare a small business owner for the fast-changing, often intimidating world of online marketing. Even veterans of this still relatively young industry find it hard to keep up with the latest innovations and constant changes that happen on a daily basis. However, this doesn’t mean that you, as a small business owner, shouldn’t take matters into your own hands and start reaping the merits of online marketing. With a few inside tips and tricks,…

Hurricane Irma

Yesterday, we described how Hurricane Irma impacted several Caribbean islands, with the damage including a significant disruption to Internet access. Source: accuweather.com As Irma is now forecast to hit southern Florida as category 5 this weekend with gusty winds reaching up to 155mph, it is also expected that Internet infrastructure in the region will suffer. At the time of writing, we haven’t noticed any decrease in traffic in the region of Miami despite calls to evacuate. Contrary to popular belief,…