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Seven best practices for inclusive product design – Pinterest Engineering – Medium

Long Cheng | Pinterest Lead Designer, Core Experience At Pinterest, our mission is to help you discover and do what you love. We’re building a product for everyone, because the best Pinterest is inclusive and easily usable for people with all levels of abilities. That’s why today we’re sharing our learnings and best practices we developed over the last year as we redesigned Pinterest to be more accessible for people who are blind and visually impaired. 1. Increase color contrasts…

Essential HR Issues Which Technology Can Track

Staying on top of human resource (HR) issues can be a big challenge, whether you run a start-up with only five employees or are part of a larger corporation. There are many common HR issues which business owners should track, and thanks to advancements in technology most of this can be done quickly and easily. If you want to get on top of your HR processes in an efficient manner, then start to use some of the specifically designed software…

Safety Awards Presented at Driller’s Annual Ceremony

Members and guests of the International Association of Drilling Contractors, North Sea Chapter (IADC NSC) gathered for their Annual Safety Awards Ceremony on 20 April at the Ardoe House Hotel, Aberdeen. Peter Wilson, Rowan Drilling and Chair of the IADC NSC welcomed a capacity audience to celebrate the safety achievements of members. “This event is our opportunity to applaud the efforts of our workforce in the vital area of safety,” said Peter Wilson. “Despite continuing challenging times, we should take…

Aspectus Group’s energy earnings hit £1m mark on anniversary of Aberdeen launch

25 April 2018, Aberdeen and London, UK: Aspectus Group is celebrating on multiple fronts as the energy, oil and gas practice marks the second anniversary of its Aberdeen office by reporting £1 million in annual revenues, and over £5 million globally.  This milestone represents the third consecutive year of 20 per cent year-on-year growth. Furthermore, increasing revenues are reflected in a growing team of eight full-time specialist energy communications and digital marketing consultants, three of whom are permanently based in…

Ampelmann opens dedicated offshore wind base in Hamburg

Ampelmann, the global leader in offshore access solutions, has opened its first office in Germany, in response to growing business in the offshore wind sector. The new base, located in Hamburg, will be led by Tim Börner, who has been appointed as Business Development Manager Offshore Wind Germany for Ampelmann. Mr Börner joins the company from Global Renewables Ship Brokers GmbH where he most recently held the role of Offshore Shipbroker for more than five years, focusing on the offshore…

Total to develop AI solutions with Google Cloud

Total and Google Cloud have signed an agreement to jointly develop artificial intelligence (A.I.) solutions applied to subsurface data analysis for oil and gas exploration and production. The agreement focuses on the development of AI programs that will make it possible to interpret subsurface images, notably from seismic studies (using Computer Vision technology) and automate the analysis of technical documents (using Natural Language Processing technology). These programs will allow Total’s geologists, geophysicists, reservoir and geoinformation engineers to explore and assess…

Oil price breaks through $75

Oil prices hit $75 a barrel, their highest level since November 2014, on Tuesday after US President Donald Trump called the Iran nuclear deal “insane” adding to fears the US could impose further sanctions on the nation. Brent Crude spiked to $75.5 a barrel before falling back below the $75 barrier while West Texas Intermediate (WTI) traded as high as $69.4 a barrel. They are currently trading at $73 and $67.8 a barrel respectively. A rise in geopolitical tensions has…

Facebook video adds AV1 support | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

The recent release of AV1, a new open, royalty-free video format, promises to be an important step forward in compression efficiency. Following our publication of detailed real-world AV1 benchmarking tests, Facebook is now adding trial support for the AV1 format to Facebook video. This allows engineers and the general public to view sample AV1 content today. Browser support for the official AV1 release version is still under development, and encoding speed still lags behind current encoder alternatives, such as x264…

Arrested Chevron workers could face treason charge in Venezuela

Two Chevron Corp. employees detained in Venezuela last week could be charged with treason for refusing to sign a parts contract for a joint venture with state-owned oil company PDVSA, according to two sources familiar with draft charges against the U.S. firm’s executives. The arrests, by national intelligence agents, marked the first at a Western oil firm in Venezuela and represent a dramatic escalation of growing tensions between PDVSA and foreign companies over control of supply contracts, the sources told…

Shell authorizes Vito deepwater project

Royal Dutch Shell said Tuesday it’s authorizing the multibillion-dollar Vito project in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico – the first major Gulf project announced this year. Although the offshore energy sector continues to languish after the recent oil bust, Big Oil players like Shell are now beginning to move forward with big new projects at dramatically reduced prices. While Shell isn’t revealing the project cost, Shell said it has cut the Vito cost estimate by 70 percent from the initial…