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Spare parts go digital—a boost for the industrial spare parts business

Credit: Aalto University Currently, 5 percent of spare parts could be stored in digital warehouses. This would make parts more quickly and easily available, while creating considerable cost savings. Digitalisation will also enable individual customisation and an increase in the intelligence of parts. A two-year project involving companies, and led by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Aalto University, investigated how businesses can gain a competitive advantage from digital spare parts. Spare parts and all of the…

High speed video recording precisely measures blood cell velocity

Nailfold capillary network obtained by new system. Credit: Igor Gurov Scientists from ITMO University created a high-speed video capillaroscopy system that enables direct measurement of red blood cell velocity. Coupled with sophisticated software, the system can improve the accuracy of vascular condition assessment. Such a system could be useful for monitoring the efficiency of certain therapies. The results of the research were published in Optics and Lasers in Engineering. Capillaroscopy systems are commonly used either to determine the shape and…

Voice impersonators can fool speaker recognition systems

Skilful voice impersonators are able to fool state-of-the-art speaker recognition systems, as these systems generally aren’t efficient in recognising voice modifications, according to new research from the University of Eastern Finland. The vulnerability of speaker recognition systems poses significant security concerns. Mobile devices are increasingly equipped with applications that function with voice commands. The user is able to dictate messages, translate phrases and do search queries by voice only. The widespread use of electronic services has increased the demand of…

Unifying text and camera search

Eric Kim and Kelei Xu | Pinterest engineers, Visual Search In February we launched Lens to help Pinners find recipes, style inspiration and products using the camera in our app to search. Since then, our team has been working on new ways of integrating Lens into Pinterest to improve discovery in areas Pinners love most–particularly fashion–with visual search. What we’ve learned is some searches are better served with text, and others with images. But for certain types of searches, it’s…

7 Cloudflare Apps Which Increase User Engagement on Your Site

Cloudflare Apps now lists 95 apps from apps which grow email lists to apps which acquire new customers to apps which help site owners make more money. The great thing about these apps is that users don’t have to have any coding or development skills. They can just sign up for the app and start using it on their sites. Let’s take a moment to highlight some apps which increase a site’s user engagement. Check out more Cloudflare Apps which…

Save Money & Offer a Better Experience — It Can Be Done

Everyone has experienced the tension between Finance and Product: saving money is often in conflict with providing customers with a better experience. But better customer service is not a zero-sum game. At Lyft, we found a way to reduce our costs AND provide a measurably improved customer service experience by enhancing our automation in support ticket handling. Support teams often come up with ingenious workflows using a very limited toolkit; they want to provide customers with the best experience at…

Building Pincodes, scannable codes for Pinterest boards & profiles

Cindy Zhang | Pinterest engineer, Search Earlier this year we introduced camera search to help Pinners find ideas to try using what they see in the real world to search–whether it’s a recipe made with new in-season produce or clothing matching a specific pattern. Today we’re taking another step in connecting the real world with the ideas on Pinterest with the launch of Pincodes. Pincodes are custom codes you can scan to discover curated ideas and products from brands and…

Updates on Netflix’s Container Management Platform – Netflix TechBlog – Medium

We continue to share lessons learned from scheduling and executing containers in production at scale. This blog posts summarizes not only recent publications on our container management platform (Project Titus) but also future collaboration opportunities. Titus Publications We were honored when the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) asked for us to write for their bimonthly ACM Queue publication, and recently published our article entitled “Titus: Introducing Containers to the Netflix Cloud”. In the article, we talk about why we designed…

The Super Secret Cloudflare Master Plan, or why we acquired Neumob

We announced today that Cloudflare has acquired Neumob. Neumob’s team built exceptional technology to speed up mobile apps, reduce errors on challenging mobile networks, and increase conversions. Cloudflare will integrate the Neumob technology with our global network to give Neumob truly global reach. It’s tempting to think of the Neumob acquisition as a point product added to the Cloudflare portfolio. But it actually represents a key part of a long term “Super Secret Cloudflare Master Plan”. CC BY 2.0 image…

Solution enables compact devices for telecommunications, security camera applications at even higher frequencies

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a new manufacturing technology for the integration of very high-frequency terahertz systems. This enables the cost-effective development of telecommunications and imaging solutions and space instruments that are even smaller and have higher frequencies. VTT’s technology was awarded at the European Microwave Conference. The use of systems operating at frequencies exceeding 100 gigahertz is limited by the expensive manufacturing methods. Additionally, the current waveguide-based systems are too large for wide scale use. …