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Category: Computer Engineering

💚 → 👏 👏 👏 – Medium Engineering

A product engineering tale Back in the heady days of early July 2017, I was tasked with adapting the Medium 💚 system into something that allowed variable input. With the binary 💚 button, users could tell us when they liked a story, but we wanted to know how much they liked it, in comparison with other stories. In theory, this new data would allow us to surface truly good content over shiny clickbait. It was also the first piece of…

A disposable alcohol test reveals whether you are fit to drive within two minutes

The Finnish company Goodwiller has launched a rapid alcohol test it has developed in collaboration with VTT that measures the blood alcohol content from saliva. A disposable test fits easily into a small wallet and reveals the user’s fitness to drive within couple of minutes. Goodwiller Oy’s Promilless test was developed in cooperation with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. The test is based on the use of printed biochemical ingredients. “On the basis of a saliva sample, the…

Flaw detector for testing composite aircrafts

Thermal flaw prototype detector. Credit: Tomsk Polytechnic University A thermal flaw detector developed at Tomsk Polytechnic University will be used in the manufacturing of a new aircraft to replace the AN-2. The new model fully consists of composite materials and is developed by the Siberian Aeronautical Research Institute S. A. Chaplygin (SibNIA), Novosibirsk, Russia. The thermal flaw detector developed at TPU allows technicians to detect structural damage to aircraft both during manufacture and operation. The development involves an advanced set…

7 Brilliant Ways that EdTech Benefits Teachers and Students

Technological advancement cuts across all aspects of the society, providing solutions to existing challenges and also availing new and better ways of doing things. Education has greatly benefited from the application of technology in its discourse. Not only positivity comes along with the touch of tech in classrooms, it is worth to recognize its impact in the 21st-century classroom in the effort of reducing the negative impacts. It’s inevitable for technology to step into the classrooms now. It greatly benefits…

Info Gathering Insights – 4 Methods of Gathering Business Intelligence Online

Nowadays, the amount of information we have access to is simply staggering. Who would have thought, just a short few years ago, that we would have so many intelligent, automated systems to make our lives easier? Even better! As individuals, we are not always aware of how much of this information is recorded and analysed in order to improve your next experience. How much time you spent on a website, what time you carried out a task, or even how…

Easing your development with ngrok – Square Corner Blog – Medium

ngrok let’s you easily test your local code, webhooks & more with one a simple command. Last week I was working on a presentation for PDX PHP about how to accept in person payments using a PHP-based point of sale and Square’s APIs. Most PHP development workflows involve using a local development server and then pushing to your production server when you are sure everything is good to go. This can be a little onerous when you are trying to…

A Brief History of Open Source from the Netflix Cloud Security Team

by Jason Chan This summer marks three years of releasing open source software for the Netflix Cloud Security team. It’s been a busy three years — our most recent release marks 15 open source projects — so we figured a roundup and recap would be useful. Penetration testing tools, vulnerabilities, and offensive security techniques have dominated security conferences and security-related open source for some time. However, in recent years, more individuals and organizations have been publishing “blue team” and defensive security tools and talks.…

Wireless motion capture device with widespread applications in fitness, health

Credit: Deakin University A new “Fitbit for biomechanics” designed by researchers from Deakin University’s School of Engineering has potential for industries from healthcare to sport. The result of a three-year research project, BioKin is a low-cost wireless motion capture device that weighs under 20 grams, and easily attaches to clothing. It can use a number of wireless 3-D motion sensors to cover the full body and specialist software to capture data that can be easily accessed in real-time via…

Cyber Command Gets a Promotion

On Friday, Aug. 18, President Trump announced that the Defense Department’s U. S. Cyber Command would be elevated to the status of a “unified combatant command,” joining the nine other commands such as the U. S. Central Command (CENTCOM) that oversees all military operations in the Middle East, and the U. S. Strategic Command in charge of nuclear weapons.  The heads of these commands are just below the Secretary of Defense in the chain of command, and each unified combatant…

Low-cost prostheses offer Indian amputees a second chance

In this photograph taken on June 13, 2017, a technician adds a battery to prosthetic hands at the Bhagwan Mahaveer Viklang Sahayata Samiti non-profit organisation’s main branch in Jaipur Vishnu Kumar had barely reached adulthood when he lost his limbs in a freak electrical accident, seemingly condemning him to the life of penury endured by millions of amputees in India. A year later, the 22-year-old is preparing to walk again with the aide of a “Jaipur Foot”—a no-frills prosthetic made…