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Chinese online retailer developing one-ton delivery drones

In this image taken from a Nov. 9, 2016 video footage by AP Video, a drone takes off to deliver JD.com parcel from Tiantong’an village near Suqian city in eastern China’s Jiangsu province. China’s biggest online retailer, JD.com Inc., announced plans Monday, May 22, 2017 to develop drone aircraft capable of carrying a ton or more for long-distance deliveries. (AP Video via AP) China’s biggest online retailer, JD.com Inc., announced plans Monday to develop drone aircraft capable of carrying a…

Join Us at the 10th Annual Hadoop Summit /…

We’re excited to co-host the 10th Annual Hadoop Summit, the leading conference for the Apache Hadoop community, taking place on June 13 – 15 at the San Jose Convention Center. In the last few years, the Hadoop Summit has expanded to cover all things data beyond just Apache Hadoop – such as data science, cloud and operations, IoT and applications – and has been aptly renamed the DataWorks Summit. The three-day program is bursting at the seams! Here are just…

Automation as a Service — Introducing Scriptflask – Netflix TechBlog – Medium

Authors : Fazal Allanabanda and Vilas Veeraraghavan Introduction Less than a year ago, we shared our testing wins and the challenges that lie ahead while testing High Impact Titles (HITs) globally. All this while ensuring the pace of innovation at Netflix does not slow down. Since then, we have made significant enhancements to our automation. So in this post, we wanted to talk about our evolution since last year. Our team’s focus still remains on providing test coverage to HITs globally…

A leap for 3-D printing

Tresa Pollock stands next to an electron microscope linked to a custom-made table mounted with a chamber used for advanced 3-D printing. Credit: Matt Perko When the Space Shuttle hit the Earth’s atmosphere on its return trip from the cosmos, it was traveling at 17,000 miles per hour—25 times the speed of sound. Were it not for the protection of the ceramic tiles that acted as heat shields, the entire spacecraft would have burned to nothing. Talk about extreme conditions.…

Under the hood: Photo Search | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

Today, the volume of photos taken by people with smartphone cameras challenges the limits of structured categorization. It is difficult for one person to categorize their own repository of smartphone photos, much less to define a structured taxonomy for everyone’s photos. On Facebook, people share billions of photos every day, making it challenging to scroll backward in time to find photos posted a few days ago, let alone months or years ago. To help people to find the photos they’re…

World’s first demonstration of multicolor 3-D in vivo imaging using ultra-compact Compton camera

The Compton camera only weighs 580g and is palm-sized, making it the world most compact medical gamma-ray detector. Credit: Waseda University As represented by conventional radiograph, radiological images provide only black and white figures in 2D space. The situation is basically the same for Single photon emission tomography (SPECT) and positron emission tomography (PET), which are the two most common molecular imaging techniques used in nuclear medicine. PET is used especially for early cancer and Alzheimer’s disease detection, but radioactive…

Engineering Ethics Blog: Your Money Or Your Data: The WannaCry Ransomware Attack

On May 12, thousands of users of Windows computers around the globe suddenly saw a red screen with a big padlock image and a headline that read, “Ooops, your files have been encrypted!”  It turned out to be a ransom note generated by an Internet worm called WannaCry.  The ransom demanded was comparatively small—about US $300—but the attack itself was not.  The most critical damage was caused in Great Britain where many National Health Service computers locked up, causing delays…

Smartwatches: Fading Fad or Must-Have Wearable Tech?

With the rise of Twitter’s instant trend-setting, real-time information broadcast platform, the necessity of a “right-now” information diet is highlighted by its user popularity and $2.5 billion global revenue. Consumers are no longer content to settle for next-day-information, and instead have pushed for access to a relentless 24/7 news cycle covering everything from foreign affairs to celebrity gossip. The trend which merges ease of access with availability has pushed the top tech development companies to tailor their products to satisfy…

ICICI Lombard Stepping Up Customer Experience using Technology

We all are aware of the name ICIC Lombard, it provides insurance solutions, protection solutions for business, personal and project liabilities across rural and urban areas in India. But do you know, how ICIC Lombard is adapting technology for a better customer engagement? This article will revolve around the steps taken by ICICI Lombard to adopt technology in its solutions to offer a holistic customer experience. Website and Mobile App ICIC Lombard has gone through a revamp and created a…

What Is Dripping and Is It Safe?

You may have heard of the term ‘dripping’ when used in connection to smoking and vaping, but many people aren’t aware of what it is, what it does and why others are doing it. Dripping has been around for a while now, but recently it has gained popularity and has become a trend among young people. In fact, a study shows that 1 in 4 of those under 20 who smoke e-cigarettes have tried it. Despite its seemingly increasing popularity,…