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Submitting Your Links to Multiple Social Bookmarking Sites

To make the most of social bookmarking regarding building backlinks and increasing your site’s SEO, you need to be an active and contributing member of your network. There are times, though, when you simply cannot afford to manage your bookmarks or participate in discussions for several consecutive days, or even to write new articles since you may be leaving for vacation or having other offline issues keeping you busy. Thankfully, to an extent and for a limited period, your bookmarks…

Why Some Phishing Emails Are Mysteriously Disappearing

Phishing is the absolute worst. Unfortunately, sometimes phishing campaigns use Cloudflare for the very convenient, free DNS. To be clear –– there’s a difference between a compromised server being leveraged to send phishing emails and an intentionally malicious website dedicated to this type of activity. The latter clearly violates our terms of service. In the past, our Trust and Safety team would kick these intentional phishers off the platform, but now we have a new trick up our sleeve and…

Scientists design an instrument to identify unexploded artillery shells

Credit: University of Helsinki Society faces threats through the malicious use of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and/or explosive (CBRNE) materials. The detection of illicit trafficking or other criminal acts, as well as many security and safety applications, call for novel material analysis techniques and instruments. These detection systems should be non-destructive but still be able to detect and identify the threat objects, even from inside a shielding or masking enclosure. Active interrogation methods that use penetrative particle beams can reveal…

Scientists print 3-D models of children’s hearts for urgent operations

3-D model of a children’s heart. Credit: Tomsk Polytechnic University Scientists from Tomsk Polytechnic University are creating 3-D-printed models of children’s hearts based on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of real patients. These models are used as simulators for cardiac surgeons to plan forthcoming operations. The first 3-D-models of adult hearts were printed at TPU last summer. Now, TPU scientists will start 3-D printing of children’s hearts. Tomsk cardiologists have wide variety of patients, including elderly people who have lived to…

How soundscapes and vibrations are helping blind people see the world

Glasses with special cameras could enable blind or visually impaired people to build a picture of the world around them. Credit: Eyesynth Glasses that translate images of physical objects into soundscapes and a belt that turns images into vibrations are helping blind people build up a real-time 3-D picture of the world around them, and the technology could hit the market as soon as next year. According to the World Health Organization, there are about 285 million visually impaired people…

Voice-Controlled Device Automates Window Blinds

Many homeowners have struggled with, and given up on, conventional blinds for one simple reason: the outdated and cumbersome pull cord. A key component in the proper functioning of the window blind, the pull cord can become unwieldy, often getting tangled or simply becoming a jumbled eyesore in an otherwise finely appointed room. For those that can afford to do so, replacing conventional blinds with a high-end motorized and automated alternative can more than adequately address these issues. For those…

The FCC Wants to Kill Net Neutrality

TL;DR – Net neutrality is under attack. There’s an app on Cloudflare Apps that empowers site owners to host a popup on their sites, encouraging users to contact their congresspeople to fight back. Everyone should be doing this right now, before the December 14th FCC vote. Use Battle for the Net to Call your Congressperson » Attend Cloudflare’s Save the Internet! Net Neutrality Call-A-Thon » The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has scheduled a vote to kill its net neutrality rules…

Cloudflare opens 119th Data Center just north of the Mexico border

Five key facts to know about McAllen, Texas McAllen, Texas is on the southern tip of the Rio Grande Valley The city is named after John McAllen, who provided land in 1904 to bring the St. Louis, Brownsville & Mexico Railway railway into the area McAllen, Texas is named the City of Palms The border between Mexico and the USA is less than nine miles away from the data center McAllen, Texas is where Cloudflare has placed its 119th data…

2017 Year in review: Data centers | Engineering Blog | Facebook Code

This week we’re publishing a series of posts looking back at the technologies and advancements Facebook engineers introduced in 2017. Come back each day to learn about a different part of the stack. Data centers are the foundation of our global infrastructure. Meeting the growing demands of serving more than 2 billion people every month comes with the dual challenges of increasing our total capacity while keeping our energy footprint low. This year we announced four new data center locations…