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The Battle to be the Uber of the Skies

Many people dream of taking to the skies in a private jet, but this is often seen merely as a fantasy. Flying in a private jet is deemed to be an experience reserved exclusively for the rich and the famous, but this is now changing and it is becoming a realistic form of transportation for many. On-Demand Flights This is thanks to the rise of on-demand services in recent times. Using your smartphone to order food, arrange dates and book…

Simplify Your Marketing Workflow With a Single View Dashboard

Take the Next Step for a Clear and Holistic Customer Focus Single Customer View provides complete and simplified information, allowing you to understand your customers and meet their needs better than ever. These days, organisations accumulate more customer data than ever before. It comes from all manner of directions – orders, purchases, marketing communications, social media engagement, email exchanges, online reviews and many more. For many companies, all this information is gathered and stored by different systems in different locations.…

Which create less carbon pollution?

These heat maps show carbon dioxide emission differences between drone and truck deliveries as a drone’s energy requirements (measured in watt-hours per mile) and the number of stops on a route increase. Red areas reflect conditions in which drones emit less carbon dioxide than trucks (lighter packages, fewer stops), while blue areas denote conditions in which drones emit more (heavier packages, more stops). Credit: University of Washington Delivering packages with drones can reduce carbon dioxide emissions in certain circumstances as…

Square’s Register API is now Point of Sale API – Square Corner Blog – Medium

We recently announced a new name for the Square Register app to better reflect everything it can do to help run your business: Square Point of Sale. You can use the app to take payments, track sales, manage customers and employees, and more — everything you need from a complete point of sale. As part of this broader change, we are also renaming Register API to Point of Sale API. The Square Point of Sale API uses inter-app communication to let your…

Selection Bias in Online Experimentation – Airbnb Engineering & Data Science – Medium

What Is It? As a statistician who moved to work in data science in industry less than two years ago, it is inspiring to see the almost universal adoption of experimentation to guide product and business decisions. Statistical inference and hypothesis testing are ingrained in our daily work, and an appreciation of randomness informs much of our decision making. However, the era of big data and A/B testing at scale present new challenges to our old methodologies. If you have experience…

Rattan Khosa highlighted by Chicago Booth

The Founder/President of AMSYSCO has been highlighted by The University of Chicago Booth School of Business for his charitable donations to his alumna mater.  The article can be read here.  It discusses his path starting from humble beginnings towards entrepreneurial success in the post-tensioning industry. ____________________________________________ Copyright © 2017 by AMSYSCO, Inc. All rights reserved. Source link…

Reducing Image File Size at Etsy

Serving images is a critical part of Etsy’s infrastructure. Our sellers depend on displaying clean, visually appealing pictures to showcase their products. Buyers can learn about an item by reading its description, but there’s a tangibility to seeing a picture of that custom necklace, perfectly-styled shirt, or one-of-a-kind handbag you’ve found. Our image infrastructure at its core is simple. Users will upload images, we convert them to jpegs on dedicated processing machines (ImgWriters) and store them in large datastores (Mediastores).…

Laser weapons could go from big screen to battlefield with engineers’ help

John Ballato, left, and Lin Zhu are taking two separate but complementary paths to creating lasers that can be deployed to the battlefield for defense purposes. Credit: Clemson Unviersity The rebels and the empire used laser cannons to shoot it out on the big screen in “Star Wars,” but the weapons could soon move to the battlefield with the help of two Clemson University engineers who are receiving a combined $3.2 million from the Department of Defense. John Ballato and…

A 3-D-printed rocket engine just launched a new era of space exploration

Credit: RocketLab The rocket that blasted into space from New Zealand on May 25 was special. Not only was it the first to launch from a private site, it was also the first to be powered by an engine made almost entirely using 3-D printing. This might not make it the “first 3-D-printed rocket in space” that some headlines described it as, but it does highlight how seriously this manufacturing technique is being taken by the space industry. The team…