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Category: Computer Engineering

Engineering Ethics Blog: Facebook’s Frankenstein Effect

The Frankenstein story, as so vividly penned by Mary Shelley in 1820, came at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution which brought the fruits of scientific knowledge to the masses.  Victor Frankenstein’s sub-creation monster turns against him, and the scientist and inventor rues the day he brought it to life. At a November 2017 conference in New York City sponsored by the Clinton Foundation, two inventors who were there at the creation of Facebook expressed similar regrets for what they…

Importance of Email Validation in Email Marketing

One of the biggest mistake a business owner can do is believe that email marketing is not useful anymore. There are marketers who have given up the email campaign scheme in favor of social media advertising, but they are losing a great deal, because email marketing is three times more effective than social media. Email marketing involves sending a promotional message or an ad to a subscriber, through email. Many organizations have become aware of the benefits of having an…

SEO Performance in 2018 Using Cloudflare

For some businesses SEO is a bad word, and for good reason. Google and other search engines keep their algorithms a well-guarded secret making SEO implementation not unlike playing a game where the referee won’t tell you all the rules. While SEO experts exist, the ambiguity around search creates an opening for grandiose claims and misinformation by unscrupulous profiteers claiming expertise. If you’ve done SEO research, you may have come across an admixture of legitimate SEO practices, outdated optimizations, and…

Lessons learned from adding Site Search 360 on Cloudflare Apps

This is a guest post by David Urbansky, CEO and Co-Founder of SEMKNOX and Site Search 360. David is a search enthusiast having built natural language search experiences for e-commerce sites and recipe search engines. As a startup founder, there are always key product decisions to be made when Site Search 360, our key product, is embedded in one context versus another. I’d like to share some experiences, choices, and challenges in our process packaging Site Search 360 for Cloudflare…

Four lessons in making Pinterest faster on Android – Pinterest Engineering – Medium

Arla Rosenzweig & Lin Wang | Performance TPM, Performance engineer As engineers, we intuitively know that a faster app is a better experience for Pinners, but we also have proof that when web pages load faster, user growth improves. Last year, we doubled down on performance across our platforms so that wherever our 200 million monthly active users were around the world, and regardless of their device, Pinterest would help them discover and do what they love — hopefully without waiting too…

The magic of movies not tied to using latest technology according to new research — ScienceDaily

In the nearly 60 years between the 1939 release of Hollywood’s first animated movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and modern hits like Toy Story, Shrek and more, advances in animation technology have revolutionized not only animation techniques, but moviemaking as a whole. However, a new study in the INFORMS journal Organization Science found that employing the latest technology doesn’t always ensure creative success for a film. In his study, “Drawing Snow White and Animating Buzz Lightyear: Technological Toolkits…

Evolving the Slack API – Several People Are Coding

You know how to design a good API, but how do you evolve that API when it’s time to make changes? We’ve faced this with each major feature release here at Slack over the past few years, most recently while working on the highly anticipated Shared Channels feature. Using shared channels, two organizations connect directly in Slack and work together from the comfort of their own workspaces. The idea seems simple, but building it wasn’t easy. From a user’s perspective,…

How to Make & Design An Excellent Logo

Do you want a logo? Do you want your brand stands out? If the answers are “Yes”, then you won’t want to miss the following contents. It’s a step-by-step guideline to design an excellent logo in a minute. We all know that designing an excellent logo can be a very knotty issue that almost all green hands will encounter. Logo, as the representative of your company, brand, quality so well as your products, can spread spirit and culture to all…

New sensor for measuring electric field strength

Tiny new sensor — compared to a one-cent-coin. Credit: TU Wien Accurately measuring electric fields is important in a variety of applications, such as weather forecasting, process control on industrial machinery, or ensuring the safety of people working on high-voltage power lines. Yet from a technological perspective, this is no easy task. In a break from the design principle employed by all other measuring devices to date, a research team at TU Wien has now developed a silicon-based microelectromechanical (MEMS)…

Under the hood: Multilingual embeddings | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

More than half of the people on Facebook speak a language other than English, and more than 100 languages are used on the platform. This presents us with the challenge of providing everyone a seamless experience in their preferred language, especially as more of those experiences are powered by machine learning and natural language processing (NLP) at Facebook scale. To better serve our community — whether it’s through offering features like Recommendations and M Suggestions in more languages, or training…