Month: June 2018

Gaming Gets X-Rated–and Very Profitable

In the game Armor Blitz, players assemble an army of anime “tank girls.” When the game debuted on Google Play in November 2016, it grossed just $23,400 in six months, less than half its production cost. Then the same game...

/ June 30, 2018

GitHub Developers Are Giving Microsoft a Chance

Earlier this month Microsoft announced plans to buy the code-hosting and collaboration site GitHub for $7.5 billion. It’s hard to overstate how important GitHub is to modern software development. The service boasts about 28 million users and hosts 85 million...

/ June 30, 2018

Friday’s Comcast Outage Was Caused by Cut Fiber Cables

Widespread internet outages around the United States on Friday afternoon quelled productivity and sent irate customers to Twitter to complain. Comcast and Xfinity suffered the biggest service interruptions across its internet, cable, and landline products. The company, which has more...

/ June 30, 2018

3 Leading Fintech Trends For Businesses To Capitalize On Now

Financial services including banking and insurance are not just facing changes to their operations, as in the past. This time, entire business models are facing disruption. Let’s review the latest fintech trends and analyse their impact on businesses. Technology has...

/ June 29, 2018

Why Tech Employees Are Rebelling Against Their Bosses

Silicon Valley has a long and secretive history of building hardware and software for the military and law enforcement. In contrast, a recent wave of employee protests against some of those government contracts has been short, fast, and surprisingly public—tearing...

/ June 29, 2018

Pyenv – Install Multiple Python Versions for Specific Project

Managing multiple versions of Python on a Linux system is not an easy task, especially for beginners. Sometimes it even gets worse when you want to develop and run multiple projects with different Python versions on the same server. However,...

/ June 29, 2018

Facebook Continues Transparency Push With View Ads Feature

Facebook is debuting a raft of new features aimed at bringing more transparency to advertising on the platform, in the wake of an ongoing scandal in which Russian trolls were able to purchase ads targeting the US electorate in the...

/ June 29, 2018

AWS Lambda Adds Amazon Simple Queue Service to Supported Event Sources

We can now use Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS) to trigger AWS Lambda functions! This is a stellar update with some key functionality that I’ve personally been looking forward to for more than 4 years. I know our customers are...

/ June 29, 2018

Most Republicans Think Tech Companies Support Liberal Views

A strong majority of Americans think social media companies intentionally censor political viewpoints, but Republicans believe they have it worse, according to a new Pew Research Center survey about public attitudes towards big tech. Seventy-two percent of all respondents said...

/ June 29, 2018

How to Fail at Analytics

Have you taken the plunge and invested in analytics yet? Are you a large company getting ready to take on a data science initiative? Are you a small, growing company looking for an edge? Are you a data scientist by...

/ June 28, 2018

“Hello,” from the Mobile Side: TensorFlow Lite in Speaker Recognition

The Alibaba tech team explored a new approach to voice recognition on mobile, addressing main challenges in this field Voice biometrics, or voiceprints, are already used by banks such as Barclays and HSBC to verify customer identity. As the technology...

/ June 28, 2018

MTR – A Network Diagnostic Tool for Linux

MTR is a simple, cross-platform command-line network diagnostic tool that combines the functionality of commonly used traceroute and ping programs into a single tool. In a similar fashion as traceroute, mtr prints information about the route that packets take from...

/ June 28, 2018

Kali Linux 2: Windows Penetration Testing Book

Penetration Testing (commonly known as Pentesting) is a the art of finding vulnerabilities in computer systems, networks or websites/applications and attempting to exploit them, to determine whether attackers could exploit them. There is no other operating system better than Kali...

/ June 28, 2018

Amazon Comprehend Launches Asynchronous Batch Operations

My colleague Jeff Barr last wrote about Amazon Comprehend, a service for discovering insights and relationships in text, when it launched at AWS re:Invent in 2017. Today, after iterating on customer feedback, we’re releasing a new asynchronous batch inferencing feature...

/ June 28, 2018