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The step-by-step guide to quickly realizing value from data mesh


Thoughtworks | By John Spens, Kiran Prakash

May 14, 2024

  • Data mesh is a modern approach to data management that aims to make data easily accessible and usable for all users in an organization.
  • It allows businesses to quickly realize value from their data by adopting a decentralized and federated architecture.
  • By dividing data into smaller, manageable units called domains, data mesh empowers users with the ability to find, access, and share data in a more efficient and agile manner.
  • This enables organizations to unlock the full potential of their data and make informed decisions faster, ultimately driving innovation and growth.

How We Built Slack AI To Be Secure and Private


Slack | By @Kelly Moran

April 18, 2024

Cloud
AI
Security
  • At Slack, we put customer data privacy first.
  • When we use new technology like AI, we ensure it adheres to our strict security and privacy standards.
  • We've developed Slack AI principles to guide us, such as never letting customer data leave our network and not training our AI models on customer data.
  • We use secure methods to connect with top-of-the-line AI models and ensure that Slack AI operates only on data that users can already access.
  • Additionally, Slack AI complies with all our enterprise-grade security and compliance requirements.
  • This ensures that Slack remains your trusted AI partner, protecting your data every step of the way.

NVIDIA Blackwell Platform Pushes the Boundaries of Scientific Computing


Nvidia | By Dion Harris

May 13, 2024

Performance
Hardware
  • NVIDIA Blackwell and NVIDIA Quantum-X800 InfiniBand networking enhance the speed and efficiency of data analysis and scientific computing.
  • Blackwell utilizes advanced technology to accelerate database queries and improve performance in data analytics and data science.
  • The Quantum-X800 platform provides exceptional throughput, enabling high-bandwidth data transfer and reducing completion times for scientific computing tasks.
  • This combination of technologies significantly reduces costs and improves the efficiency of large-scale data processing.

Fixed-Power Designs: It’s Not IF You Peek, It’s WHAT You Peek at


Spotify | By Spotify Engineering

May 15, 2024

  • Traditional experimental designs either have fixed predetermined sample sizes or adjust sample sizes based on significance, which can bias results.
  • The fixed-power design offers a compromise by starting without a specified sample size and estimating the required sample size as data accumulates.
  • When the current sample size exceeds the estimated required sample size, the experiment stops, ensuring accurate results without incurring the pitfalls of other sequential designs.
  • This design is particularly beneficial in dynamic environments where historical data may not accurately predict outcomes, as it allows for adjustments based on real-time data.
  • Additionally, it eliminates the issue of not knowing the required sample size in advance, allowing for timely adjustments and informed decision-making during product development.

Migrating Your Existing ELT Data Pipeline to PyAirbyte | Airbyte


Airbyte

May 15, 2024

Database
Backend
Data Engg
  • PyAirbyte is a tool that helps you connect to different data sources (like GitHub) and bring the data into your own system.
  • To get started, you first set up the source connector by providing the necessary parameters and ensuring the connection is correct.
  • Then, you can select the data streams you want to pull from the source and start transforming, manipulating, and analyzing the data using SQL or Pandas.
  • One of the key advantages of PyAirbyte is that it uses incremental reading, which means it only brings in new records each time you read the data, making subsequent reads more efficient.
  • Once the data is cached, you can convert it into Pandas DataFrames or SQL tables, giving you the flexibility to work with the data using various data manipulation and visualization libraries.
  • By integrating PyAirbyte into your data pipelines, you can simplify data ingestion and improve the efficiency of your ETL processes.

The WCAG 3 Working Draft update is ready for your review


W3C | By Shawn Lawton Henry

May 16, 2024

Web
  • The Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (AG WG) has released an updated draft for WCAG 3, which aims to improve the accessibility of web content for users with disabilities.
  • This draft includes potential outcomes that the group is exploring to address user needs, and they are seeking feedback to identify any missing outcomes, available research to support or refute the outcomes, and whether any outcomes are outside the scope of accessibility standards.
  • Those interested in providing input can submit issues on GitHub or send emails to the specified address, ensuring to create separate messages for each topic.
  • The final set of outcomes in WCAG 3 may differ from the current draft as they are edited, combined, or removed based on feedback and research.

How to Create a Pop-up Image in Your Spreadsheet


freeCodeCamp | By Eamonn Cottrell

May 16, 2024

Web
  • An image lightbox allows you to display a larger version of an image when you hover or click on it.
  • There are two ways to do this in a spreadsheet: using built-in functions or using Apps Script.
  • The built-in function method involves using the XLOOKUP function to display a larger image in a designated area, while the Apps Script method creates actual pop-up windows on top of the spreadsheet.
  • Both methods can be used to enhance the user experience and make your spreadsheets more visually appealing.

Gemini 1.5 Flash is now available for Google AI Studio


Zapier | By Krystina Martinez

May 15, 2024

AI
  • Google's Gemini AI can assist podcasters in streamlining their production workflow.
  • It can identify unnecessary filler words in audio recordings and automatically export the timestamps for editing.
  • With Zapier, you can create automated processes that send editing notes to your team for quick action.
  • Additionally, Gemini can help repurpose podcast content into short videos for social media promotion.
  • It can also generate draft social media posts tailored to specific platforms, saving you time and effort in marketing your podcast.
  • By leveraging these AI-powered tools, podcasters can focus on creating compelling content while reducing the burden of production tasks.

Merging Remix and React Router


Remix

May 15, 2024

Web
Backend
Algorithms
  • For years, the developers of React Router, a popular tool for building websites with React, also worked on a more powerful framework called Remix.
  • Recognizing that Remix essentially enhanced React Router with extra features and a better setup process, they decided to merge the two.
  • This means that the next version of React Router will include all the advantages of Remix, like easier data loading and better performance.
  • Users of both React Router and Remix will benefit, as the upgrade will be smooth and involve simply changing a few code imports.
  • While the Remix name won't disappear entirely, the focus now is on making React Router incredibly powerful and easy to use for everyone.
  • The team behind both projects is excited about the future and plans to share more exciting developments soon.

C++ at VS Code Day 2024


Microsoft Devblogs | By Alexandra Kemper

May 16, 2024

  • Please provide me with the content you'd like me to summarize.
  • You wrote "at@VisualC.
  • Summary:", but there's no actual content for me to work with.
  • Tell me what "at@VisualC" refers to, and I'll be happy to create a simple and concise summary for a beginner.

How to capitalize all letters in Word, Excel, and other apps


Zapier | By Jessica Lau

May 17, 2024

Web
  • Capitalization can be frustrating when you're working with large titles or have accidentally turned on Caps Lock.
  • However, you can easily capitalize all letters in most text editors, including Word, Google Docs, Excel, and macOS.
  • Word and Google Docs have dedicated "Change Case" tools, while Excel requires you to use functions like "=UPPER".
  • macOS includes built-in transformations that allow you to capitalize, lowercase, or use Title Case.
  • Sublime Text also offers a "Convert Case" option for various capitalization formats.
  • If you need to change capitalization on a web app, TitleCase and Convert Case are handy tools.
  • Additionally, you can use Zapier's Formatter tool to automatically capitalize text as it's transferred between apps.

Newsletter #36: Latest Speech-to-text Model Benchmarks


Assembly AI | By Smitha Kolan

May 17, 2024

Web
AI
  • AssemblyAI's weekly update introduces new product features, tutorials, and community events.
  • Explore the AssemblyAI Benchmarks page for details on Speech-to-Text API performance and enhanced features like Speaker Diarization and PII Redaction.
  • Discover step-by-step instructions and in-depth information on the AssemblyAI JavaScript SDK 4.4.3.
  • Enhance your products with AssemblyAI's advanced speech recognition.
  • They offer insightful blog posts covering topics such as automatic video sectioning, PII redaction in audio, and audio data integration in LlamaIndex.
  • Stay updated through their trending YouTube tutorials on using AssemblyAI's tools for transcription, understanding audio data, and building talking AIs using LLAMA 3.
  • By signing up, you'll receive the latest updates on AssemblyAI's product developments and educational content.

Saluting Notion’s winter interns


Notion | By Shivani Patel

April 25, 2024

AI
  • Notion, a popular workspace app, recently completed its second engineering internship program, where students worked on projects such as enhancing button colors, improving image quality, and aiding search functionality.
  • The interns were mentored by Notion teams and learned valuable lessons about collaboration, feedback, and the importance of being both kind and direct.
  • Each intern had the opportunity to showcase their work at a company meeting and contribute to the app's development, often impacting features used internally by all Notion employees.
  • Some interns shared their favorite Notion features and how they use them, highlighting the app's versatility and the passion of its users.
  • Notion encourages student applications for its next round of internships, offering an opportunity for aspiring engineers to gain hands-on experience and make a lasting impact on a widely used productivity tool.

Server bootstrap optimization using RocksDB


Flipkart | By Rahul Arora

May 15, 2024

Backend
Data Science
Coding
  • To improve server speeds, Flipkart implemented RocksDB, a database that allowed them to store data locally.
  • They reorganized their data into smaller batches and sorted it, reducing the amount of random disk access required.
  • This reduced bootstrap time from 15 minutes to 6 minutes.
  • While deploying RocksDB, they encountered a memory leak issue.
  • They traced the issue to RocksDB's Java library creating too many objects for its C++ component.
  • By understanding RocksDB's memory management and fixing the code to close all objects properly, they solved the memory leak.
  • The deployment process for Mustang, which utilized RocksDB, was significantly accelerated, taking only 3 hours to deploy across all shards.
  • This optimization demonstrates Flipkart's dedication to enhancing their infrastructure's efficiency.

How to insert a Google Sheet into a Google Doc


Zapier | By Jessica Lau

May 16, 2024

  • You can easily embed a Google Sheet into a Google Doc to display data from your spreadsheet.
  • Highlight the desired data in your spreadsheet, copy it, and paste it into your Google Doc while selecting the "Link to spreadsheet" option.
  • This creates a linked table that updates automatically with changes in the spreadsheet.
  • Additionally, you can insert a chart created in Google Sheets into your Google Doc.
  • Simply select the chart and import it using the "From Sheets" option.
  • To keep your data connected and automated, you can use Zapier to create workflows between Google Sheets and Google Docs, eliminating the need for manual copying and pasting.

Hugging Face x LangChain : A new partner package in LangChain


HuggingFace

May 14, 2024

Cloud
DevOps
Backend
  • LangChain has teamed up with Hugging Face to introduce the "langchain_huggingface" package, which effortlessly integrates Hugging Face's advanced language models and other features into the LangChain ecosystem.
  • This allows users to leverage the latest developments in Hugging Face, including text generation, translation, and embedding models, directly within LangChain.
  • The package includes various classes like HuggingFacePipeline and HuggingFaceEndpoint, providing seamless access to these models and streamlining the workflow for various language-related tasks.
  • It also offers a dedicated class, "ChatHuggingFace," specifically designed for generating chat-style prompts, ensuring optimal model performance.
  • Additionally, the package includes classes for utilizing Hugging Face's powerful embedding models, making it a comprehensive solution for enhancing text-based applications within the LangChain ecosystem.

Fire It Up: Mozilla Firefox Adds Support for AI-Powered NVIDIA RTX Video


Nvidia | By Brian Choi

May 15, 2024

AI
Hardware
Algorithms
  • Firefox, a popular browser, now incorporates NVIDIA RTX Video, an AI-powered technology that enhances the quality of videos streamed on Windows PCs.
  • RTX Video Super Resolution upscales low-resolution videos to appear sharper and clearer, while RTX Video HDR adds depth and vibrancy to standard videos, making them look like they've been remastered.
  • To enable RTX Video, update to the latest NVIDIA drivers and ensure HDR features are turned on.
  • You can find the settings in your NVIDIA Control Panel.
  • Firefox joins other browsers like Chrome and Edge in supporting RTX Video, and it's also available in video players like VLC.
  • RTX Video HDR requires an HDR-compatible monitor or TV connected to an NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPU.

What is Google Gemini?


Zapier | By Harry Guinness

May 16, 2024

Web
AI
Backend
  • Google Gemini is the foundation for Google's vision of future AI called Astra.
  • Gemini is being integrated across Google's products, including Chrome, and developers can also use it to enhance their apps and services with AI capabilities.
  • Subscribers can access Gemini through its chatbot, while developers can test it through Google AI Studio or Vertex AI.
  • Gemini allows developers to further train the model with their own data, enabling them to build powerful AI tools.

Why I’m Joining Mozilla as Executive Director


Mozilla | By Nabiha Syed

May 15, 2024

  • When I was young, I was overjoyed when my parents got me a Compaq Deskpro 386 computer.
  • It was love at first sight, especially after we connected it to the Internet.
  • The pure joy I experienced from exploring the virtual world ignited my passion for technology and inspired me to join Mozilla as Executive Director.

The best Asana alternatives in 2024


Zapier | By Nicole Replogle

May 15, 2024

  • Choosing the best project management tool for you and your team requires understanding what's lacking in Asana, your current tool.
  • By testing different alternatives, you can find a solution that meets your specific requirements.
  • Unlike Asana, some tools offer features like unlimited users, customized user roles and permissions, and additional capabilities to enhance your project management experience.

The CLS Cheatsheet (Vol. 4)


Housing.com | By Aseem Upadhyay

May 15, 2024

  • On Medium, readers can engage with articles by highlighting passages that spark their interest and sharing their thoughts.
  • This creates a dialogue where readers can discuss and expand on the original topic, deepening their understanding and fostering a sense of community.

Bahmni-SNOMED International, a collaboration centered on privacy


Thoughtworks | By Gurpreet Luthra

May 14, 2024

  • Bahmni-SNOMED International is a partnership focused on protecting patient privacy.
  • SNOMED International is a global organization that develops and maintains a comprehensive set of medical terms known as SNOMED CT.
  • By integrating SNOMED CT into Bahmni, a widely used open-source electronic health record (EHR) system, the collaboration aims to enhance patient data privacy by enabling the use of standardized medical terms.
  • This ensures that patient information is recorded and communicated more accurately and consistently, protecting patient privacy and improving healthcare outcomes.

How to use Inspect Element in Chrome, Safari, and Firefox


Zapier | By Bryce Emley

May 14, 2024

Web
  • Inspect Element allows you to modify a website's appearance and functionality.
  • By right-clicking on elements in the web page and selecting Force state, you can change colors, backgrounds, and even images.
  • You can also test how the site will look on different devices and network speeds.
  • Additionally, Inspect Element lets you interact with motion-sensitive websites and change your location for a more realistic user experience.
  • With its intuitive interface and keyboard shortcuts, Inspect Element empowers you to explore and modify web pages easily, making it a valuable tool for website development and troubleshooting.

First Block with Notion Co-Founders Ivan Zhao and Simon Last


Notion | By Anastasia Crew

March 21, 2024

  • "First Block" is a podcast series where successful founders share their experiences building companies.
  • In the final episode of Season 1, Notion co-founders Ivan Zhao and Simon Last talk about Notion's journey, from its early beginnings to its current success.
  • They discuss the challenges they faced along the way, such as finding product-market fit and scaling company culture, and the lessons they learned from each experience.
  • The episode concludes with a glimpse into the future of artificial intelligence and a peek into the daily lives of the founders.

Custom TensorFlow Lite model implementation in Android


Walmart | By Dheeraj Kumar

May 17, 2024

Mobile
  • This guide shows you how to use custom TensorFlow Lite models in your Android app.
  • These models can be used for various tasks, such as detecting human faces and bodies, recognizing images, understanding gestures, and identifying objects.
  • By following the steps provided, you can easily integrate any TensorFlow Lite model into your app, making it more intelligent and capable.

Introduction to Using the EXPLAIN Command in PostgreSQL | Airbyte


Airbyte

May 16, 2024

Database
  • Query plans provide insights into how PostgreSQL optimizes and executes queries.
  • You can use the PSQL command-line interface or the pgAdmin IV GUI to run EXPLAIN commands.
  • With the PSQL interface, prefix any query with "EXPLAIN" to generate a plan.
  • The pgAdmin IV Query Tool allows you to view plans without executing queries.
  • Both interfaces display execution stages, costs, and other details.
  • While the PSQL command line offers more flexibility and a wider view of query plans, the pgAdmin IV GUI provides a graphical and user-friendly interface.
  • Ultimately, the choice between PSQL and pgAdmin depends on personal preference and specific requirements.

Needle-Moving AI Research Trains Surgical Robots in Simulation


Nvidia | By Isha Salian

May 15, 2024

AI
Hardware
  • NVIDIA and researchers have developed ORBIT-Surgical, a virtual training program for robots.
  • This program simulates surgical procedures, allowing robots to gain proficiency in manipulating medical tools and performing complex maneuvers.
  • The program utilizes advanced graphics technology to create realistic simulations, which help robots learn more quickly and efficiently.
  • By reducing the burden on surgeons and increasing robot precision, ORBIT-Surgical aims to enhance surgical outcomes while advancing the field of robotics in healthcare.

NVIDIA, Teradyne and Siemens Gather in the ‘City of Robotics’ to Discuss Autonomous Machines and AI


Nvidia | By Gerard Andrews

May 15, 2024

AI
DevOps
Backend
Robotics
  • Robotics is advancing rapidly, as evidenced by the launch of Teradyne Robotics' new headquarters in Odense, Denmark, a hub for the industry.
  • AI is playing a crucial role in enhancing advanced robotics, enabling them to understand, learn, and make decisions.
  • Partnerships between companies like NVIDIA, Siemens, and Teradyne Robotics are driving innovation and collaboration, leveraging AI and computing technologies to transform robots into intelligent partners.
  • These collaborations aim to solve industry challenges, such as variability in manufacturing, and optimize workforce efficiency.
  • AI allows robots to operate autonomously and navigate complex environments, making them valuable in areas such as manufacturing, where they can enhance productivity and safety while addressing the challenges of shrinking workforces.

Beginner's Guide to React useId Hook


Refine.dev

May 14, 2024

Web
  • React's `useId` hook simplifies the generation of unique identifiers.
  • It assigns a unique ID to each rendered element, eliminating the need for managing global state or counters.
  • This enhanced method is compatible with React's rendering lifecycle and Concurrent Mode, making it a reliable tool for creating distinct IDs.
  • Keep in mind potential issues with Server-Side Rendering (SSR) and client-side uniqueness limitations.
  • The `useId` hook is particularly beneficial for improving accessibility and code maintainability, allowing developers to build more robust applications with ease.

[Week of 5/13] LangChain Release Notes


Langchain | By LangChain

May 17, 2024

AI
Robotics
  • LangSmith has introduced new features for Enterprise users, including custom roles for granular access control, revamped API keys (Personal Access Tokens and Service Keys), and Pairwise Evaluation to compare text generation outputs.
  • They've also made it easier to manage personal prompts, separating them from the LangChain Hub.
  • LangSmith showcases real-life use cases of building LLM apps with LangChain, LangGraph, and LangChain-Huggingface.
  • These examples include multi-agent applications like autonomous research assistants and customer support bots.
  • They also highlight new GPT-4o testing capabilities, including regression testing for RAG apps.
  • LangSmith provides tutorials and documentation for utilizing these features effectively.
  • Finally, they celebrate their partnership with MongoDB as AI App Framework Partner of the Year and highlight community contributions, encouraging users to explore the LangChain blog, YouTube channel, and Discord community for further learning and engagement.

Making Marketing More Effective with AI


Oreilly | By Mike Loukides

May 14, 2024

Web
AI
  • Marketing teams have been leveraging machine learning for over a decade, using data to improve their productivity.
  • Now, generative AI tools like LinkedIn's Sales Navigator and 6Sense's AI Email Assistant are emerging in marketing and sales.
  • Sales Navigator streamlines research by providing insights about organizations.
  • The AI Email Assistant automates initial prospect communications by drafting emails and classifying responses.
  • However, it's crucial to involve humans in the process to edit messages, prevent errors, and ensure the conversation remains aligned with the client's needs.
  • The key benefit of these tools is time savings, allowing salespeople to focus on closing deals instead of mundane tasks.
  • While AI can't replace human interaction in sales, it enhances efficiency by automating early-stage prospect filtering and management, ultimately leading to more qualified prospects and closed deals.

Unlocking the Potential of Private Data Sharing using Databricks Private Exchanges


Databricks

May 17, 2024

  • Databricks Marketplace now has a new feature that makes it easy for beginners to create private exchanges, allowing them to seamlessly connect and collaborate with specific partners in a secure environment.
  • This simplifies the process of exchanging data and applications within a controlled ecosystem.

Nova-2 Speech-to-Text Now Supports 36 Languages (and Counting)


Deepgram | By Josh Fox

May 16, 2024

  • Deepgram is thrilled to announce that its advanced speech-to-text model, Nova-2, now understands 36 languages, including Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin.
  • This means Nova-2 can convert spoken words into written text for an even wider range of languages, outperforming previous models.
  • You can find a complete list of supported languages on Deepgram's website, which is constantly being updated with new additions.
  • If you're already using Deepgram and want to upgrade, simply reach out to your Deepgram contact.
  • For those eager to explore this technology, visit the API Documentation or sign up to receive $200 in free credits.
  • Deepgram values your feedback, so feel free to share your thoughts through GitHub discussions or contact their product experts directly.

Simplified State Management


Microsoft Devblogs | By Peter Lasne

May 17, 2024

Backend
Algorithms
  • Imagine you're building an app that needs to stay connected to receive messages.
  • This involves multiple connections, like subscribing to a service and maintaining a live connection.
  • Each connection can have its own complexities, like what happens if the connection fails or is interrupted.
  • Instead of managing each connection separately, which can lead to errors and confusion, this pattern suggests combining all connection states into one simple state: "connected" or "disconnected".
  • This means a loop constantly checks if all connections are working.
  • If any connection fails, the state immediately changes to "disconnected", alerting the user quickly.
  • This loop also handles reconnecting and ensures the user is always informed about the connection status.
  • This approach simplifies the code, makes it easier to understand and troubleshoot, and ensures a smoother user experience by quickly identifying and addressing connection problems.

Research Focus: Week of May 13, 2024


Microsoft Research | By Brenda Potts

May 15, 2024

Web
AI
Backend
Hardware
Robotics
  • Jacdac is a system where a microcontroller connects to modules, which offer services representing different hardware functions, such as buttons or sensors.
  • The microcontroller also runs a user's program that can use these services.
  • Several companies have created kits with Jacdac modules, like KittenBot and Forward Education.
  • In another development, researchers have created a platform called Pariksha to evaluate Indian language models.
  • This platform helps identify the strengths and weaknesses of these models by conducting human and computer-based evaluations.
  • Lastly, researchers have developed a large dataset called MS MARCO Web Search, which helps train AI models to provide accurate and up-to-date information from the web.

AcademyAI: A Generative AI Application in HubSpot Academy


Hubspot | By Mehmet Aydar

May 14, 2024

AI
Backend
  • HubSpot has implemented a new feature called AcademyAI, which uses artificial intelligence to provide immediate answers to business-related questions from HubSpot Academy's vast library of videos.
  • This feature combines a large language model (LLM) with a database of indexed video captions, allowing users to ask natural language questions and receive relevant and accurate responses.
  • To improve accuracy, the LLM is augmented with video captions and uses a method called Retrieval Augmented Generation.
  • The system stores these captions in a vector database and runs user queries against them to retrieve relevant information.
  • The results are then fed into the LLM, which generates a detailed answer.
  • To ensure accuracy, each answer includes references to the specific video segments that provided the information.
  • Additionally, caching mechanisms and integrations with other HubSpot tools make the service fast and accessible.
  • While generative AI has limitations, such as token size constraints and feedback mechanisms, it has significantly enhanced the usability of Academy's video content, providing a valuable resource for users seeking immediate assistance.

5 easy tips to improve your personal website performance


Sentry

May 16, 2024

Web
Backend
  • Developers should create personal websites to showcase their work and skills.
  • These websites are low-risk environments for experimentation and learning, and they can help improve web performance skills.
  • One way to enhance website performance is to serve static HTML files instead of building pages on the server, which reduces the time it takes for the browser to receive the first byte of content.
  • Optimizing images by converting them to next-gen formats, such as WebP or AVIF, can also reduce page load time.
  • Using system fonts, which are already installed on most devices, avoids the need to download fonts, minimizing delays and layout shifts.
  • Removing render-blocking resources, especially JavaScript, also speeds up page loading.
  • By following these tips, developers can create high-performing personal websites that are fast, efficient, and tailored to their specific needs.

How to use Browse AI to scrape data from any website


Zapier | By Ryan Kane

May 17, 2024

Web
AI
DevOps
Algorithms
  • Browse AI simplifies web scraping by allowing even beginners to extract data from websites.
  • You can use prebuilt robots for common tasks like scraping company information from LinkedIn.
  • Bulk scraping lets you automate the scraping of up to 50,000 items, taking about a minute and a half per task.
  • Monitoring robots can keep an eye on specific data on competitors' websites and notify you of changes.
  • Workflows connect multiple robots to perform complex tasks, such as extracting initial data and then gathering additional details from each webpage.
  • Browse AI's data is organized in tables and can be exported or integrated with other tools like Google Sheets or Airtable.

Databricks Is a Glassdoor Best-Led Company in 2024


Databricks

May 15, 2024

  • Databricks, a leading data platform company, has been recognized as one of the top-performing organizations in terms of leadership.
  • According to Glassdoor's Best-Led Companies in 2024 Award List, Databricks has been ranked #2, showcasing the company's commitment to creating a positive and effective work environment for its employees.

How We Use Deep Learning for Swipe Typing on the Grammarly iOS Keyboard


Grammarly

May 10, 2024

AI
  • To improve the accuracy of a swipe-typing model, its input data is preprocessed to ensure consistent measurements.
  • Multiple datasets are combined, including real-world user gestures and synthetically generated gestures.
  • Data is cleaned to remove invalid gestures, and common words are limited to prevent overfitting.
  • To enhance the training data further, transformations like stretching and rotation are applied.
  • The model is trained using cross-entropy loss and various optimization techniques.
  • The model's predictions are used to generate multiple candidate words, which are then evaluated based on their similarity to the predicted word and their appropriateness in context.
  • This process produces a ranked list of words, with the top candidates being presented to the user.

Speeding up C++ build times


Figma | By Isabel Ren,Â

April 25, 2024

  • To speed up C++ build times, Figma employed various strategies, including creating "Fwd.h" files.
  • These files separate header file declarations and definitions, making the codebase easier to read and reducing the build process duration.
  • Additionally, automated tools like DIWYDU and includes.py were developed to identify unnecessary code inclusions, further optimizing build times.
  • These efforts have significantly reduced build times by 50% and prevented potential build slowdowns, enhancing developer productivity.

How to Join the freeCodeCamp Discord Server and Chat with Fellow Campers


freeCodeCamp | By Quincy Larson

May 16, 2024

  • freeCodeCamp offers a thriving online community through Discord, a platform where you can connect with fellow students and technology enthusiasts.
  • Whether you're seeking assistance with coding queries, enhancing your English proficiency, or embarking on the 100DaysOfCode Challenge, this Discord community provides support and encouragement.
  • Simply click the provided link to join and experience a welcoming environment for your coding journey and language development.

Revealing Einstein’s Blueprint for Creating the New, Unified AI Platform from Siloed Legacy Stacks


Salesforce | By Scott Nyberg

May 15, 2024

AI
Security
Backend
Algorithms
  • Salesforce has created a new AI Platform led by Indira Iyer, aiming to simplify AI usage for customers and internal teams.
  • This platform unifies features previously scattered across multiple legacy AI stacks, ensuring consistent availability, compliance, and trust information.
  • The migration involved careful planning and a framework to smoothly transfer workloads and applications without customer disruption.
  • To build powerful generative AI capabilities, the team integrated a Large Language Model Gateway to support generative AI workloads and connected it to existing cloud applications and microservices.
  • The new AI Platform allows Salesforce to leverage AI capabilities across different applications, addressing integration challenges and improving overall productivity.

Welcome Dave Rosenthal


Sentry

May 15, 2024

Web
DevOps
Backend
Algorithms
  • Recently, a conversation about software design led to a revised definition of a bug: anything where the system performs unexpectedly.
  • This simple yet insightful definition has guided Sentry's CTO, Dave Rosenthal, in his work on challenging foundational technology projects.
  • As Sentry expands its reach to a growing number of developers, it recognizes the need to adapt and enhance its products to address the evolving complexity of modern software development.
  • While error monitoring remains a core focus, Sentry is also prioritizing debuggability across application issues, including improving context and actionable insights.
  • The company welcomes feedback and collaboration from users to shape its product development and address any concerns or frustrations.

Automate to validate


McDonald's Tech Blog | By Global Technology

May 14, 2024

  • To enhance email testing, a new queue called "newTest" was added to an existing SNS topic.
  • This allows messages to be sent to both the original email generation queue and the new test queue.
  • Automated testing scripts can then receive and validate the email content from the test queue, providing rapid feedback on any changes made to the email system.
  • This setup ensures prompt validation, reducing the risk of deploying faulty email configurations to higher environments.
  • The implementation process involved creating the test queue and adjusting existing testing scripts, making it a straightforward solution for streamlining automated validation processes.

Learn how to build an AI-powered lead qualification system with Zapier


Zapier | By Ryan Richards

May 14, 2024

AI
Data Science
  • During Zapier's May 2024 AI Showcase, Ryan Richards guided attendees through building an automated lead management system using AI.
  • The system captures leads through a trained chatbot, qualifies them based on email type, and nurtures qualified leads with personalized emails generated by ChatGPT.
  • Attendees were also presented with additional ideas for extending the system's functionality, such as adding further qualification criteria, updating lead records with additional information, and notifying sales teams via Slack.
  • Participants were encouraged to apply the concepts learned to create their own AI-powered workflows.

Building for the Fortune 500,000: 80% to go…


Sentry

May 15, 2024

DevOps
Coding
  • Sentry, a developer-centric company, has dedicated itself for twelve years to simplifying debugging.
  • With over 100,000 organizations and millions of developers using Sentry, it focuses on helping developers quickly find and fix software issues.
  • Sentry aims to be the ideal developer assistant, providing relevant context and tools to debug any kind of problem.
  • Despite its success, Sentry believes in prioritizing product excellence and serving both large and small organizations.
  • As the software landscape evolves, Sentry remains committed to supporting developers and providing innovative solutions to match their modern workflows.
  • To celebrate its milestones, Sentry is giving away $100,000 in swag to its community, recognizing their role in its journey and its commitment to supporting their evolving needs.

Use Semantic Kernel to create a Restaurant Bookings Sample with Java


Microsoft Devblogs | By Sophia Lagerkrans-Pandey

May 17, 2024

Cloud
  • This document explains how to set up and use a system that can book restaurant reservations for you.
  • To make it work, you need to provide some information like your Azure client key, endpoint, and model ID for OpenAI.
  • You'll also need Graph configuration details such as tenant ID and client ID.
  • For booking specifically, you'll need a business ID and service ID.
  • Lastly, ensure the redirect URL matches your Azure AD app registration.
  • Once set up, you can ask the system to book a table, providing details like the restaurant name, date, time, and number of people.
  • It will then confirm your booking.
  • You can also view your current bookings and even cancel them using this system.
  • If you have any questions, there's a Semantic Kernel GitHub Discussion Channel where you can reach out for help.

What are AI agents? A comprehensive guide


Zapier | By Miguel Rebelo

May 17, 2024

AI
  • AI agents, artificial intelligence helpers, are rapidly improving and could soon become widely available.
  • These agents will have a significant impact on our lives and work, though the extent of their capabilities remains uncertain.
  • While it's unclear if AGI, or artificial general intelligence, will ever emerge, the rapid advancement of AI technology is undeniable.
  • If machines ever achieve human-like intelligence, it may challenge our understanding of what it means to be human.

ETL DataFlow — BigQuery to MS SQL


Walmart | By Baskar Gopal

May 16, 2024

Database
  • To transfer data from Google's BigQuery to Microsoft's SQL Server, a template is first created in Google's Dataflow platform.
  • Then, using the Google Cloud Platform Console interface, a new job can be set up based on the template.
  • This job will move the data from BigQuery to SQL Server.

Mozilla Foundation Welcomes Nabiha Syed as Executive Director


Mozilla

May 15, 2024

AI
  • Mozilla, a non-profit organization dedicated to internet health, has appointed Nabiha Syed as its new Executive Director.
  • Syed, a former CEO of The Markup, is a public interest tech advocate who believes in harnessing collective power to ensure the trustworthy development and use of Artificial Intelligence (AI).
  • In her role at Mozilla, she will focus on deepening the organization's efforts to promote ethical and responsible AI practices that support the public good.

How to create recurring tasks in Notion with a template


Zapier | By Nicole Replogle

May 16, 2024

  • Notion does not have built-in functionality for creating recurring tasks.
  • However, you can now create recurring task templates.
  • Set the due date property to "Today" or "Now." Save the template and set its repeat frequency.
  • Notion will automatically create new tasks from the template on the specified schedule.
  • Creating individual templates for multiple tasks can be tedious.
  • Alternatively, you can use the Zapier service to automate the process by creating a filter that identifies completed tasks with recurring due dates.
  • It will then create a new task in Notion based on the specifications of the original task, ensuring its completion on the next due date.

How We Solve Load Balancing Challenges in Apache Kafka


Agoda | By Agoda Engineering

May 16, 2024

Performance
Algorithms
  • To improve the performance of Kafka systems, two dynamic load balancing approaches have been developed: lag-aware producers and consumers.
  • Lag-aware producers monitor the number of messages waiting to be processed in different partitions and adjust their publication rate accordingly.
  • This helps prevent slow partitions from delaying the entire system.
  • Lag-aware consumers, on the other hand, are used when lag-aware producers are not suitable.
  • They proactively unsubscribe from high-lag partitions, triggering a rebalance that distributes the load more evenly across available resources.
  • Both approaches aim to ensure that partitions are processed at roughly the same rate, improving overall system efficiency and reducing latency.

Join us for Framework by Figma: Our global design systems event


Figma | By Chris Felix

April 3, 2024

  • Design systems, which were once simple style guides, have become essential foundations for building successful digital products.
  • Figma's Framework event on April 16th aims to empower design systems teams with the tools and knowledge they need.
  • With in-depth explorations of new features, insights from industry leaders, and talks from Figma's product teams, attendees can learn about the latest advancements in design systems.
  • The event will also focus on uniting designers and engineers, showcasing the importance of cross-functional collaboration.
  • Whether you're in London, Tokyo, or attending the virtual stream, Framework is a global celebration of the design systems community, providing a platform for sharing ideas and shaping the future of design systems.

Day in a Life of a Principal Security Engineer


Reddit | By /u/securimancer

May 13, 2024

Web
Cloud
Security
Backend
UI/UX
Algorithms
  • A Securimancer at Reddit is like a superhero for online safety.
  • Their day is a mix of protecting Reddit users, collaborating with other engineers, and constantly learning.
  • They start by taking care of their family and catching up on news and tech updates.
  • Then, they prioritize tasks like reviewing code, designing security systems, and putting out any "fires" that pop up.
  • They spend a lot of time in meetings, working with other teams to make sure security is built into everything Reddit does.
  • They're also active in Slack, staying connected to various discussions and helping teams work together.
  • While they're responsible for all aspects of security, from web applications to cloud infrastructure, they also spend time on "security things" like implementing new systems and migrating to better technologies.
  • They believe in sharing their knowledge, so they train other engineers and build tools that make everyone's job easier.
  • Despite being very busy, they find time to work on personal projects and stay up-to-date with the latest technologies.
  • They believe security is a team effort and are excited to continue building a strong security team at Reddit.

4 ways to automate Growbots with Zapier


Zapier | By Nicole Replogle

May 15, 2024

AI
  • Growbots is a tool that helps small businesses find and automate their sales outreach.
  • By combining Growbots with Zapier, an automation software, you can save even more time.
  • Automation allows you to streamline tasks like sending follow-up emails, updating databases, and keeping your team informed.
  • You can set up automated actions to send chat or email notifications for new messages in Growbots.
  • You can also connect Growbots to Google Sheets or your CRM to store data and create new contacts.
  • These integrations can help you stay on top of important conversations, keep everyone informed, and free up your time to focus on more strategic tasks.

Building DBRX-class Custom LLMs with Mosaic AI Training


Databricks

May 14, 2024

AI
  • DBRX is a cutting-edge tool that uses language to understand and respond like a human.
  • It has been trained using a massive dataset and fine-tuned to meet various needs, making it a versatile assistant for a wide range of tasks, from writing and translation to research and analysis.

Integrating LangChain with Azure Container Apps dynamic sessions


Langchain | By Ankush Gola

May 16, 2024

Cloud
Backend
  • Azure Container Apps has a new feature called dynamic sessions which allows you to securely run code generated by Large Language Models (LLMs).
  • While LLMs are great at solving complex problems, they can struggle with simple computational tasks like calculating the average of a set of numbers.
  • Dynamic sessions solves this by letting the LLM write Python code which is then executed in a secure, isolated environment.
  • This environment is managed by the platform, starts up quickly, and can handle large-scale code execution.
  • A new integration with LangChain makes it easy to use this feature.
  • With a few lines of code, you can send Python code to dynamic sessions and receive the results.
  • This combination is powerful for building data analysis tools, for example, you can create an agent that analyzes large datasets using code generated by the LLM and executed by dynamic sessions.

How to remove duplicates in Excel


Zapier | By Jessica Lau

May 16, 2024

  • If you've encountered duplicate data in your Excel spreadsheets, there are ways to find and remove them to enhance their usefulness.
  • The "Remove Duplicates" feature lets you automatically delete duplicates after selecting the relevant columns.
  • Alternatively, the "UNIQUE" function can display a unique list of values without altering your existing data.
  • For a visual representation, you can use conditional formatting to highlight duplicates in a chosen color scheme.
  • If you want to automate the process, consider connecting Excel to other apps using Zapier to streamline your tasks and minimize human errors.

Using Semantic Kernel to create a Time Plugin with Java


Microsoft Devblogs | By Sophia Lagerkrans-Pandey

May 17, 2024

AI
  • Semantic Kernel's plugins let you add extra functionality, like getting the current time.
  • The demo shows a Time Plugin, written in Java, which has functions for retrieving the date and time.
  • This plugin is added to a Kernel, which acts like a central hub.
  • Once added, you can use special commands in your prompts to trigger the plugin's functions.
  • For example, a prompt asking for the date in French will automatically use the Time Plugin to get the date and then translate it.
  • The Kernel can even decide to use the plugin on its own, like when asked for the current time at UTC.
  • This allows for more dynamic and interactive prompts.

License to Call: Introducing Transformers Agents 2.0


HuggingFace

May 13, 2024

Web
Backend
  • The Transformers Agents framework has released version 2.0, introducing two new agent types that can iterate and learn from past observations.
  • These agents empower Large Language Models (LLMs) with tools to solve complex tasks.
  • Key features include clarity, modularity, and sharing options.
  • Agents work by providing information about tool usage to the LLM and executing the generated actions.
  • Use cases include self-correcting Retrieval-Augmented-Generation and efficient web browsing through multi-agent setups.
  • The framework has been tested on the agents_reasoning_benchmark and GAIA, where it outperforms GPT-4-based agents with Llama-3-70B-Instruct as the LLM engine.
  • Moving forward, the package will prioritize improving agents, developing better tools, and enhancing long-term memory management and multi-agent collaboration.

Improving Text2SQL Performance with Ease on Databricks


Databricks

May 13, 2024

  • Using a large language model called Llama3 8B, we achieved a remarkable 79.9% accuracy on the Spider dev dataset.
  • Our approach involved crafting clever prompts and fine-tuning the model on Databricks, a cloud platform for data analytics.
  • This combination of techniques enabled Llama3 to effectively interpret and answer complex natural language questions requiring intricate reasoning and logical deductions.

Pairwise Evaluations with LangSmith


Langchain | By LangChain

May 15, 2024

  • Evaluating the output of large language models (LLMs) is crucial for building good applications, but human preferences are hard to capture with simple rules.
  • Instead, comparing two LLM responses head-to-head (pairwise evaluation) helps teach LLMs what humans like.
  • This technique is used in training LLMs and in popular benchmarks like Chatbot Arena, where people choose the better response.
  • LangSmith, a platform for building LLM apps, now offers a way to do custom pairwise evaluations.
  • You can define your own criteria for judging responses and see which LLM consistently performs better when compared directly against others.
  • This is especially useful for tasks like writing creative text or tweets, where there's no single right answer.
  • By comparing responses side-by-side, you get a clearer picture of which LLM is best for your specific needs.

8 new accessibility updates across Lookout, Google Maps and more


Android | By Eve Andersson

May 16, 2024

  • In honor of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, we're pleased to announce updates to our accessibility products.
  • These enhancements aim to improve the user experience for individuals with disabilities, making our products more inclusive and easy to navigate.
  • By embracing accessibility, we strive to empower everyone to access and interact with our products without barriers.

Coding at the Speed of Innovation: AI and more with Azure SQL Database


Microsoft Devblogs | By Asad Khan

May 17, 2024

Web
Database
Cloud
AI
DevOps
Data Engg
  • As the era of AI-driven applications rapidly evolves, Azure SQL Database emerges as a powerful platform for innovation.
  • Offering hyperscale performance, it allows businesses to leverage their data for intelligent applications, outperforming competitors in both speed and value.
  • Azure SQL Database seamlessly integrates with AI tools like Azure OpenAI and Azure AI Search, empowering users to build intelligent applications that leverage generative AI and advanced data analysis.
  • This integration simplifies tasks like creating product recommendations based on user reviews or training large language models on custom datasets.
  • Developers can also leverage Microsoft Copilot for streamlined database management and query generation.
  • Real-time data insights are readily available through Microsoft Fabric, which mirrors Azure SQL data for easy access without complex data transfers.
  • Azure also prioritizes responsible AI practices by offering robust security features and compliance measures, ensuring data protection and ethical AI development.
  • To embark on your AI journey with Azure SQL Database, a free trial is available along with informative video resources and the opportunity to attend the upcoming Microsoft Build conference for the latest advancements.

Zustand vs useState – How to Manage State in React Apps


freeCodeCamp | By Ijeoma Igboagu

May 15, 2024

Web
  • State management in React has evolved with the introduction of functional state hooks like useState().
  • However, for complex applications, more robust solutions like Zustand are available.
  • Zustand allows for global state management, eliminating prop drilling and simplifying state access across different components.
  • While useState() is simpler and built into React, Zustand provides benefits such as centralized state, middleware support, and developer tools.
  • When choosing between the two, consider the complexity of your state needs, team skills, potential app growth, community support, and performance requirements.

10 updates coming to the Android ecosystem


Android | By Menaka Shroff

May 15, 2024

Mobile
  • Android 15 is set to introduce new features that will enhance the security, functionality, and user experience of Android devices.
  • These include a theft detection lock for increased device protection, casting capabilities on Rivian vehicles for seamless media streaming, and Wear OS 5 updates for improved smartwatch integration and functionality.
  • These advancements will provide users with a more secure, connected, and personalized Android ecosystem.

Ineffective scaled agile: How to ensure agile delivers in complex systems


Thoughtworks | By Verena Schwarzer

May 14, 2024

  • Scaling agile practices in complex systems can be challenging, often leading to ineffective implementation.
  • To ensure agile delivers its benefits in these environments, focus on a few key principles: clear communication, adaptation to change, and a lean mindset.
  • Avoid common pitfalls such as over-centralized decision-making, bureaucracy, and rigid adherence to processes.
  • By embracing these principles, organizations can successfully scale agile and unlock its transformative potential in complex systems.

Generating Science: NVIDIA AI Accelerates HPC Research


Nvidia | By Geetika Gupta

May 13, 2024

Cloud
AI
  • Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a cutting-edge technology being used in various fields to enhance research and business applications.
  • For instance, at Sandia National Laboratories, researchers aim to create code automatically using a specialized programming language called Kokkos.
  • Scientists employ AI models to generate and connect a database related to this language.
  • In weather forecasting, the CorrDiff generative AI model enables more accurate and detailed predictions, expanding the scale and accuracy of forecasting models.
  • Additionally, at Argonne National Laboratory, researchers use generative AI to generate gene sequences, aiding in the understanding of viruses like COVID-19.
  • Microsoft Research has showcased the use of generative AI to design new materials with specific properties.
  • Generative AI holds significant potential in the realm of High-Performance Computing (HPC) and scientific research, with upcoming hardware advancements further enhancing its capabilities.

How to share audio on Zoom


Zapier | By Jessica Lau

May 16, 2024

  • For Zoom calls where you want to play music, you can choose between sharing your screen and audio or just sharing your computer audio.
  • To share only your audio, open the Share menu in Zoom, click Advanced, then Computer Audio, and start playing music in any music app.
  • Everyone on the call will hear it.
  • To share your screen and audio, select the screen you want to share and enable Share sound in the Options.
  • To avoid problems, do a trial run, check volume levels, and consider using headphones to prevent echoes.

Why can’t I find the injected name of a templated class’s templated base class?


Microsoft Devblogs | By Raymond Chen

May 17, 2024

  • In C++, you can use simplified class names within a class definition thanks to a feature called "injected class names".
  • However, this can cause issues when dealing with inheritance and templates.
  • If a base class depends on a template parameter, the compiler sees its injected name as a "dependent type".
  • This means the compiler can't be sure the simplified name will always exist.
  • To solve this, you can either use the full, complex name of the base class, or you can make the name lookup happen later by explicitly using "this->" or the class name itself.
  • These techniques ensure the compiler understands the dependent type and can resolve the name correctly.

Four key elements to building an AI team


Notion | By Shir Yehoshua

April 5, 2024

AI
UI/UX
Robotics
  • The author, Shir Yehoshua, discovered her passion for solving complex math problems in high school and pursued it in college.
  • Later, she joined Google and encountered limitations in developing a voice-activated assistant.
  • At Waymo, she realized the importance of clarity in overcoming technical challenges.
  • Currently leading Notion's AI team, Yehoshua emphasizes the significance of flexibility, humility, clarity, and speed in making progress.
  • She believes that remaining flexible allows for the exploration of different approaches, while humility helps acknowledge limitations.
  • Clarity enables alignment on solutions, and speed drives innovation by facilitating rapid iteration and decision-making.
  • By embracing these principles, the Notion AI team aims to push the boundaries of what is possible with AI technology.

PostgreSQL Query Plans for Reading Tables | Airbyte


Airbyte

May 17, 2024

Algorithms
  • Query plans are executed to read data from tables.
  • These plans contain different scan types, each with advantages and disadvantages.
  • A sequential scan reads every row in the table, while an index scan uses an index to quickly find the relevant rows.
  • A bitmap scan combines aspects of both types, creating a bitmap of pages containing relevant rows.
  • When the query retrieves indexed columns, an index-only scan is used, which avoids reading entire rows.
  • The planner considers factors like the number of returned rows and overhead costs when choosing the optimal scan type.
  • For small tables and queries returning a large percentage of rows, a sequential scan may be more efficient.
  • Using the correct scan type can significantly improve query performance.

How to Use WordPress with AI Tools


freeCodeCamp | By Beau Carnes

May 14, 2024

AI
  • WordPress, the leading website creation platform, is now featured in a free course on the freeCodeCamp.org YouTube channel.
  • This comprehensive course guides beginners through the basics of using WordPress to create websites, even without technical skills.
  • Additionally, the course covers the integration of AI tools from Hostinger to streamline blog content creation, making the process faster and more efficient.
  • Whether you're starting a personal blog or an online store, this course empowers you with the knowledge and tools to build and manage a professional-looking website with confidence.

LLM Fine Tuning Series


Walmart | By Shubhagyta Jayswal

May 17, 2024

Performance
Hardware
Algorithms
  • Low-Rank Adaptation (LoRA) is a fine-tuning technique for large language models (LLMs) that strikes a balance between efficiency and adaptability.
  • Unlike full fine-tuning, which replaces all model weights, LoRA introduces low-rank matrices into existing model layers.
  • This adaptation allows the model to capture task-specific features more effectively while reducing the number of trainable parameters.
  • By integrating these low-rank matrices, LoRA can adapt large language models to specific tasks without the need for extensive computational resources.
  • It preserves the model's pre-trained knowledge while customizing it for specialized applications.
  • LoRA's efficiency, coupled with its ability to preserve model structure, makes it a valuable approach for fine-tuning LLMs on resource-constrained devices or for tasks that require tailored language models.

Cutting deep through Blade


Razorpay | By Abinash Shaw

May 13, 2024

  • Developing a design system, like Blade, involves challenges such as onboarding new developers and balancing custom and existing components.
  • Extensive surveys and focus group discussions provide valuable insights for improvements and justify investments.
  • Creating a brand and merchandise helps establish Blade's identity.
  • Recognizing individuals who actively promote the system fosters a collaborative environment and motivates others.
  • Despite adoption challenges, Blade has matured and supports numerous products across the organization.
  • Its strong foundation enabled a seamless visual refresh and open-source release of its Figma library.
  • Industry recognition and collaboration with Figma showcase Blade's impact.
  • The team's efforts have been instrumental in its success, and the future holds exciting possibilities for Blade.

Top 10 questions I hear from Postman users


Postman | By Senthil Avinash

May 15, 2024

AI
Security
  • Postman streamlines your quality assurance (QA) process by integrating with common CI tools and allowing you to view build execution statuses directly within the application.
  • It also recommends utilizing mock servers to simulate API behavior and Postman Monitors to schedule collection runs and receive notifications.
  • Postman's built-in functions enable customization, chaining requests, and stopping execution.
  • Postbot, the AI assistant, accelerates test creation.
  • Postman dynamically generates API documentation, and Postbot assists in documentation generation.
  • The Postman Private API Network allows stakeholders to discover and consume API assets.
  • For enterprises, Postman offers features such as single sign-on, user provisioning, role-based access control, partner collaboration, and admin controls.

Gemma, Meet NIM: NVIDIA Teams Up With Google DeepMind to Drive Large Language Model Innovation


Nvidia | By Dave Salvator

May 14, 2024

Web
AI
Backend
Hardware
  • NVIDIA, collaborating with Google, has optimized several new AI models.
  • Gemma 2 excels in various use cases with its advanced architecture.
  • PaliGemma focuses on vision-language tasks, while RecurrentGemma specializes in text generation tasks like question answering.
  • NIM microservices simplify model deployment.
  • Additionally, RAPIDS cuDF, a GPU-accelerated dataframe library, is now available on Google Colab, enabling data scientists to speed up their analysis by up to 50 times.
  • Lastly, Google and NVIDIA's Firebase Genkit collaboration allows developers to integrate AI models into mobile and web apps, providing custom content and enhanced search capabilities.

From Code to Quill: Embark on a Legendary Kubernetes Quest with SIG Docs


Kubernetes

May 16, 2024

Coding
  • Contributing to open source projects like Kubernetes goes beyond coding.
  • It encompasses a wide range of skills, including documentation and collaboration.
  • By joining Special Interest Group (SIG) Docs, you can contribute your expertise in simplifying complex concepts and ensuring documentation accuracy and clarity.
  • As a reviewer, you'll enhance your Kubernetes knowledge, improve your technical writing skills, and contribute to the community by making documentation accessible to users of all levels.
  • To embark on this journey, familiarize yourself with the Kubernetes documentation contribution process, join the Kubernetes Slack community, review pull requests, and participate in SIG Docs meetings.
  • With consistent contributions and a commitment to quality, you can progress from a newcomer to an advanced contributor and make a meaningful impact on the Kubernetes ecosystem.

Introducing Databricks Assistant Autocomplete


Databricks

May 20, 2024

  • Databricks is excited to announce a new feature called Databricks Assistant Autocomplete, which is now available for anyone to try.
  • This feature uses the power of artificial intelligence to act as your assistant, helping you in real-time as you work.

RASCAL: Novel robotics for scalable and highly available automated storage and retrieval


Microsoft Research | By Brenda Potts

May 14, 2024

Performance
Backend
  • Robotics has become crucial for storage systems in industries like manufacturing and warehousing, improving efficiency and speed.
  • However, existing automated storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) face challenges with scalability and maintaining access to stored items.
  • Researchers have developed RASCAL, an untethered robot designed to address these issues.
  • RASCAL operates on parallel shelves and rails, providing high redundancy and easy serviceability.
  • Its innovative design ensures that single robot failures do not hinder access to items, making it suitable for scenarios like managing archival storage media.
  • With its modularity, RASCAL can be adapted for various applications, further advancing the use of robotics and automation in storage and retrieval operations.

Microsoft at CHI 2024: Innovations in human-centered design


Microsoft Research | By Brenda Potts

May 15, 2024

AI
  • Technology's usefulness and popularity depend on how people interact with it.
  • Human-computer interaction (HCI) ensures that technology aligns with human experiences and abilities, making it accessible for all.
  • A major forum for HCI research, the ACM CHI Conference, showcases Microsoft's innovations in human-centered design.
  • This year, Microsoft researchers have presented their work on personalizing user experiences, enhancing virtual reality, and studying how people engage with technology.
  • These projects include using large language models to address procrastination, boosting realism in virtual environments, and investigating the impact of generative AI on social media use.
  • By understanding human behavior and designing technology that meets individual needs, HCI helps create more inclusive and engaging experiences for everyone.

NVIDIA’s Dominance and the RTX 40 Series: The growth of AI Hardware


Deepgram | By Samuel Adebayo

May 13, 2024

AI
Hardware
  • Graphics cards, initially designed for computer graphics, are now commonly utilized for general computing tasks like artificial intelligence (AI).
  • NVIDIA's CUDA allows programmers to harness the power of NVIDIA graphics cards for AI computations.
  • GPUs have evolved significantly, with the H100 being the most powerful data center GPU and the RTX 4090 being the most potent consumer graphics card.
  • Other hardware accelerators for AI include ASICs (custom-designed chips) and FPGAs (reconfigurable chips).
  • As AI models grow larger, new GPU architectures like NVIDIA's Blackwell are being developed to meet increasing performance demands.
  • Despite NVIDIA's dominance in AI hardware, competition is growing from companies like AMD and Intel with their open-source alternatives to CUDA.
  • AI hardware has become essential for the AI revolution, enabling a wide range of applications.

New capabilities for Microsoft Graph APIs for Teams meetings with external attendees


Microsoft Devblogs | By Benjamin Olson

May 17, 2024

Web
Backend
  • Microsoft has released new tools that make it easier for businesses to use Microsoft Teams for online meetings with customers.
  • These tools allow developers to send SMS text notifications and reminders to attendees.
  • The notifications include a link to join the meeting, which works on both phones and computers.
  • This helps reduce the number of people who miss their appointments and makes the whole experience smoother for customers.
  • These features work in various fields, like healthcare, finance, and retail.
  • Developers can easily integrate these tools into their applications with minimal setup, making them quick to deploy and benefit from.

How to remove table borders in Google Docs


Zapier | By Jessica Lau

May 16, 2024

  • Despite being familiar with Google Docs, removing table borders was a hidden trick.
  • It's surprising how Google, known for its user-friendly features, made this task complex.
  • To make your tables borderless, highlight the cells, right-click, and select "Table properties." In the "Table border" section, change the border color to white or set the width to 0 points.
  • You can also check hidden borders by hovering your cursor over the first row of text, which will display a table formatting icon.
  • By automating tasks with Zapier's Google Docs integrations, you can improve your workflow and move your business forward.

Raphael Mimoun on creating tech for human rights and justice, combatting misinformation and building a privacy-centric culture


Mozilla | By Aron Yohannes

May 13, 2024

  • Mozilla's Rise 25 Awards recognize and celebrate individuals who leverage technology to make a positive impact on the world.
  • These leaders, including storytellers, innovators, activists, and artists, strive to make the internet more inclusive, combat false information, and promote privacy.
  • They champion human rights, social justice, and the responsible use of technology, recognizing that collaboration is crucial in shaping a better digital future.

18 Ways Businesses are Launching New Products with Speech AI


Assembly AI | By Jesse Sumrak

May 14, 2024

Performance
AI
Hardware
Robotics
  • Speech AI technology, including voice-to-text, understanding audio, and advanced language models, is transforming various industries.
  • Here are some notable ways Speech AI is being used today: automated meeting notes and analysis, personalized tutoring systems, brand safety filtering for digital advertisements, automated data analysis, call analytics for improved customer support, video editing with AI-generated captions and chapters, recruitment with automated interview transcriptions, realistic voice-overs in different languages, AI-powered chatbots in games, accessibility tools for the visually and hearing impaired, mental health monitoring through speech analysis, real-time translation, autonomous retail assistants, communication assistance for the elderly, emergency dispatch with real-time call transcription, sales coaching with call analysis, voice ordering systems, and media and archive search.
  • These use cases showcase the limitless potential of Speech AI and its role in automating tasks, enhancing experiences, and improving efficiency.

Research Survey: Productivity benefits from Databricks Assistant


Databricks

May 14, 2024

  • In today's rapidly evolving world of data management, it's essential to incorporate Artificial Intelligence (AI) to boost efficiency.
  • AI tools, like those we've seen emerge, play a vital role in streamlining processes, enhancing decision-making, and unlocking new possibilities in data science and engineering.

Completing the largest migration in Kubernetes history


Kubernetes

May 20, 2024

Algorithms
  • Kubernetes, the platform for managing containerized applications, has undergone a major transformation to become more vendor-neutral and easier to maintain.
  • This involved removing the built-in integrations for specific cloud providers, such as Google Cloud and AWS, and replacing them with external plugins.
  • This massive effort, which involved streamlining millions of lines of code, resulted in a smaller and more efficient Kubernetes core.
  • Key to this transformation was the development of four new subsystems: cloud controller manager, API server network proxy, kubelet credential provider plugins, and a migration to the Container Storage Interface (CSI).
  • These subsystems allow Kubernetes to interact with different cloud providers without needing built-in knowledge of each one.
  • This change not only simplifies Kubernetes but also opens the door for better integration with a wider range of cloud environments in the future, making Kubernetes more versatile and robust.
  • The focus now shifts to improving Kubernetes' ability to work seamlessly in hybrid cloud setups and to provide better tools for developers integrating with various cloud providers.

Firefox at the Webbys: Winners talk internet red flags and what they’d rather keep private online


Mozilla | By Damiano

May 14, 2024

Web
  • At this year's Webby Awards, the Firefox team asked winners about their strategies for success online.
  • Attendees discussed concerns they have about the internet, such as the spread of misinformation, and also shared what they value most about privacy and keeping certain aspects of their lives hidden from public view.

Landing Flutter 3.22 and Dart 3.4 at Google I/O 2024


Flutter | By Michael Thomsen

May 14, 2024

  • "2024" was initially published on the Flutteron Medium platform.
  • There, readers can engage with the article by highlighting its key points and responding to its content, fostering an ongoing discussion and exchange of ideas among the community.

What we launched at Framework


Figma | By Jacob Miller

April 16, 2024

UI/UX
  • Figma's design systems aim to enhance teamwork and productivity.
  • To increase adoption and utilize their full potential, they've implemented marketing strategies and collected community feedback.
  • New features like variables, advanced prototyping, and Code Connect streamline code access for developers, making design systems more accessible and useful.
  • Typography and gradient variables offer greater control and flexibility over text and color schemes.
  • Additionally, the Library Analytics API enables in-depth data analysis for Enterprise customers.
  • With these advancements, Figma empowers teams to create and maintain robust design systems that promote collaboration and ensure consistency throughout organizations.

How to train ChatGPT on your own data


Zapier | By Jessica Lau

May 14, 2024

AI
  • ChatGPT can provide ideas, generate content, and improve customer experiences.
  • However, it lacks knowledge specific to your business.
  • To customize ChatGPT, you can add custom instructions to guide its responses.
  • Alternatively, you can build your own custom ChatGPT using OpenAI's GPT builder, which allows you to upload specific knowledge files.
  • If you prefer a more comprehensive solution, Zapier Chatbots and Zapier Central offer the ability to create automated chatbots that connect with your existing apps, streamlining tasks and eliminating the need for manual data transfer.

See what’s changing in Firefox: Better insights, same privacy


Mozilla

May 14, 2024

  • Mozilla is making changes to better understand how users interact with Firefox.
  • These changes are designed to help Mozilla develop new features and products that better meet users' needs.
  • However, Mozilla insists that user privacy remains their top priority and any data collected will be done so with privacy in mind.

Enhanced autoscaling with VASIM: Vertical Autoscaling Simulator Toolkit


Microsoft Research | By Alyssa Hughes

May 13, 2024

  • Microsoft is introducing a new tool called VASIM to improve system performance monitoring.
  • VASIM will help users understand how well their systems are performing and make better decisions about how to manage them.
  • This will allow for more efficient and effective use of resources, leading to improved overall performance.

Linux Foundation Newsletter: May 2024


Linux Foundation | By andrewb@proximabiz.com (The Linux Foundation)

May 13, 2024

Web
Performance
Cloud
AI
DevOps
Security
Backend
Robotics
  • The Linux Foundation presents updates and highlights from their May newsletter, featuring project announcements, surveys, training deals, and upcoming events.
  • The High Performance Software Foundation (HSP) aims to establish a neutral space for pivotal projects in the high-performance computing ecosystem.
  • Paraglider simplifies network setup and management across clouds.
  • Two surveys seek feedback on cloud native security and open standards adoption.
  • The LF Europe Community shares updates on events, policies, and opportunities in Europe.
  • LF projects showcase advancements, including Delta Lake's new release and eBPF Foundation's research fund.
  • Various LF initiatives, such as FinOps, Hyperledger, LF AI & Data, LF Edge, LF Energy, LF Networking, Open 3D Foundation, Open Mainframe Project, Open Programmable Infrastructure, OpenJS Foundation, OpenSSF, Overture Maps Foundation, PyTorch Foundation, RISC-V, SONiC, Trust Over IP, Ultra Ethernet Consortium, Zephyr, StrimziCon, Xen Project Summit, KuberTENes Birthday Bash, The Premiere of Powering the AI Revolution – A Documentary Film, and AI_dev: Open Source GenAI & ML Summit Europe, are highlighted.
  • The Linux Foundation also encourages following them on various social media platforms for real-time updates and announcements.

NVIDIA to Help Elevate Japan’s Sovereign AI Efforts Through Generative AI Infrastructure Build-Out


Nvidia | By Masataka Osaki

May 14, 2024

AI
  • NVIDIA will collaborate with leading Japanese companies like SoftBank and KDDI to create an advanced AI infrastructure in Japan.
  • This initiative, backed by government funding, aims to make Japan a hub for AI development and economic growth.
  • By building AI "factories" with high-powered computing resources, Japan can harness vast data to create intelligent solutions.
  • The government's investment will accelerate AI adoption, enhance workforce skills, support Japanese language AI models, and strengthen resilience against disasters.
  • Japan joins a growing number of countries recognizing AI's potential and investing in domestic AI infrastructure to capitalize on its economic and technological benefits.

How Notion Calendar helps you manage your time more effectively


Notion | By Ellen Minkin

April 18, 2024

Backend
  • Time management can be overwhelming, but Notion Calendar aims to simplify it.
  • By connecting your calendars and tasks, you can avoid double-booking and easily find the best meeting times.
  • A scheduling snippet helps you share your availability with others, while keyboard shortcuts speed up event creation and meeting setup.
  • You can also view your schedule and join virtual meetings directly from your computer's menu bar.
  • Notion Calendar integrates seamlessly with your Notion workspace, allowing you to track project milestones and deadlines in one convenient location.
  • This makes it easier to stay organized and manage both your personal and professional life effectively.

Rethinking Text Resizing on Web


Airbnb | By Steven Bassett

May 16, 2024

Web
  • To improve accessibility for users with low vision, Airbnb increased the default font size on its website.
  • They used a technique called "rem units" to make this change, which allowed them to easily adjust the font size across the entire site without affecting the existing layout.
  • By using a resize observer, they can also detect if the default font size changes again and adjust it accordingly.
  • This change significantly improved the legibility of the website for users with low vision, while still supporting scalable fonts for those who prefer larger font sizes.
  • Airbnb's efforts in enhancing accessibility through font resizing serve as a valuable example for other organizations seeking to make their digital experiences more inclusive.

Growing Our Movement — and Growing Mozilla — to Shape the AI Era


Mozilla | By Mark Surman

May 15, 2024

AI
  • Mozilla, a renowned organization in the tech realm, has welcomed Nabiha Syed as its new executive director.
  • Syed, a seasoned media executive and staunch advocate for technology in the public interest, will lead Mozilla's efforts to shape the upcoming era of artificial intelligence (AI).
  • Her addition to the team marks a significant step in Mozilla's mission to cultivate its movement and expand its influence.

How our inventions beat us at our own games: AI Game Strategies


Deepgram | By Samuel Adebayo

May 15, 2024

AI
Hardware
Coding
Algorithms
  • AI has revolutionized game-playing, enabling AI agents to make strategic decisions and challenge players.
  • AI techniques like Monte Carlo Tree Search, neural networks, and reinforcement learning help these agents analyze game states, predict moves, and learn from experience.
  • AI agents control non-player characters (NPCs) and enhance gameplay by providing realistic and challenging opponents.
  • Despite challenges such as limited adaptability, computational cost, and ethical concerns, AI brings significant benefits to the gaming industry, including improved testing, localization, customer support, and game development assistance.
  • AI game-playing agents demonstrate the advancements in AI and offer a glimpse into the future of gaming and AI symbiosis.

Kubernetes Monitoring - What to Monitor, Tools and Best Practices


SigNoz

May 13, 2024

Performance
DevOps
Backend
Hardware
Algorithms
  • Monitoring Kubernetes requires tracking metrics from its various components, including pods and containers.
  • Monitoring pods provides insights into pod health, resource usage, and network traffic, while container metrics delve into individual container performance and resource utilization.
  • Challenges arise from Kubernetes' complexity, vast metrics generation, and the ephemeral nature of pods and containers.
  • Best practices include identifying relevant metrics, using tags and labels, implementing single-pane-of-glass monitoring, and choosing the right monitoring tool based on performance, ease of use, and integration capabilities.
  • Popular tools include Prometheus, Grafana, New Relic, and SigNoz, which offers open-source flexibility and seamless Kubernetes integration.
  • By monitoring Kubernetes effectively, teams can gain valuable insights, proactively identify issues, and ensure the smooth operation of their infrastructure.

Platforms can now white label payment workflows in record time


Stripe

May 15, 2024

Algorithms
  • Embedded components from Stripe Connect streamline payments for platforms by providing pre-built solutions that simplify complex workflows.
  • They enable platforms to create localized onboarding experiences, manage disputes with customized logic and prebuilt interfaces, expand customer reach with a diverse range of payment methods, and improve payout visibility and timing.
  • These components eliminate the need for extensive engineering resources and ongoing maintenance, allowing platforms to focus on delivering exceptional user experiences and reduce operational overhead, making it easier for businesses to tap into embedded payments revenue.

Important Nodes of the Query Plan Tree in PostgreSQL | Airbyte


Airbyte

May 17, 2024

Database
Backend
Algorithms
  • To execute a database query, a sequence of steps called a query plan is used.
  • This plan is organized as a tree, where each step (represented by a node) corresponds to an internal operation performed by PostgreSQL.
  • There are three main types of nodes: scan nodes, which read data from tables; join nodes, which combine data from multiple tables; and auxiliary nodes, which perform additional processing on the data.
  • Some common auxiliary nodes include aggregation nodes for grouping data, sort nodes for ordering data, gather nodes for combining results from parallel processes, limit nodes for restricting the number of rows returned, materialize nodes for caching data, and memoize nodes for optimizing index scans in nested loop joins.
  • Each node plays a specific role in processing the query and producing the final results.

What is GPT-4o? OpenAI's new multimodal AI model


Zapier | By Harry Guinness

May 15, 2024

AI
  • GPT-4o is an upgraded version of the popular AI tool, ChatGPT.
  • It's now available for a fee, with features like writing multiple perspectives and understanding images.
  • You can try it through ChatGPT if you're a subscriber or through an API for developers.
  • The full set of features may not be available yet, but it's expected to roll out over time, including a desktop app that integrates with your computer screen.
  • If you want to automate GPT-4o for your business, you can use Zapier's integration to connect it with other apps and streamline your workflows.

How AMD IT uses AI to optimize EDA HPC compute capacity


AMD | By Ramki_Balasubramanian

May 15, 2024

AI
  • AMD uses artificial intelligence (AI) to predict the demand for computing power in its data centers.
  • This helps AMD optimize its resource allocation, reducing both wasted resources and the risk of project delays.
  • AI helps AMD forecast future usage based on historical data and real-time information, improving the accuracy of demand predictions.
  • Additionally, AI can guide users on how to use the computing resources effectively and assist with user inquiries.
  • By using AI, AMD ensures that it has the right amount of computing power at the right time, which supports both cost optimization and the timely delivery of innovative products.

Deploy Stable Diffusion ComfyUI on AWS elastically and efficiently


AWS Architecture | By Wang Rui

May 16, 2024

Cloud
Hardware
Coding
  • To deploy ComfyUI on EKS, first set up an S3 bucket and a Lambda function to sync models.
  • Then, build and push a Docker image, deploy Karpenter for GPU instance scaling, and create S3 PV and PVC.
  • Next, configure EKS S3 CSI Driver with IAM and create a role and service account for it.
  • Install the aws-mountpoint-s3-csi-driver addon and deploy ComfyUI deployment and service.
  • Finally, use the provided commands to invoke the ComfyUI API.
  • You can also delete all deployed resources using the commands provided.
  • By combining instance store and S3, this solution optimizes performance, reduces costs, and enables global distribution.
  • It also automates model syncing and infrastructure management with code.

The best help desk software and customer support apps in 2024


Zapier | By Luke Strauss

May 13, 2024

AI
  • Help desk software like Freshdesk streamlines customer service by managing tickets and providing a unified interface for communication.
  • The Standard plan offers advanced features with an annual billing option, while the Basic plan is free for up to 10 agents, also with annual billing.
  • These tools have evolved with technology, incorporating AI and automation capabilities.
  • By integrating with Zapier, you can further automate your customer support team, increasing efficiency for both agents and customers.

Semiconductors on the Data Intelligence Platform


Databricks

May 16, 2024

  • In the semiconductor industry, data gathered from various activities, including research, production, and planning, can be combined to establish an "intelligent semiconductor enterprise." By effectively utilizing this data, semiconductor companies can significantly improve their efficiency.
  • This leads to faster product availability, increased manufacturing success rates, and enhanced product dependability.

How a Leading Venture Capital Firm is Building GenAI with Databricks


Databricks

May 15, 2024

AI
  • Building effective GenAI applications involves more than simply employing advanced models.
  • It demands the creation of complex AI systems that seamlessly combine various components, such as deep learning models, probabilistic models, and reinforcement learning algorithms.
  • This comprehensive approach ensures the exploitation of synergies between these elements and the construction of more robust and versatile GenAI applications.

Microservices vs Monoliths: Benefits, Tradeoffs, and How to Choose Your App's Architecture


freeCodeCamp | By Daniel Adetunji

May 14, 2024

Backend
  • Microservices are small, independent software components that each perform a specific task.
  • They're different from a "monolith," where all the code for an application is bundled together.
  • Microservices can be independently deployed, making it easier to scale and upgrade.
  • Startups often prefer monoliths for their simplicity and lower cost, while established companies with larger needs for scalability and flexibility may choose microservices.
  • Ultimately, the best choice depends on the specific needs of the application and the development team's capabilities.

The right code for your design system


Figma | By Emil Sjölander

April 16, 2024

Backend
  • Code Connect is a new tool that helps designers and developers work together seamlessly.
  • It lets designers share approved code samples and documentation directly from their design system.
  • This ensures that developers have access to the most up-to-date and accurate information, reducing errors and inconsistencies.
  • As teams grow, Code Connect helps keep everyone on the same page, preventing silos and ensuring everyone is working from the same source of truth.
  • In the future, Code Connect could enable even deeper integrations between design and development workflows, including automatic audits, analytics, and streamlined approval processes.
  • Beta access is available now for certain Figma plans, with general availability planned later this year.

PIX 2405.15: Agility SDK 1.614 support and misc bug fixes


Microsoft Devblogs | By Sam Freed

May 16, 2024

  • A new version of PIX, a tool used by developers, has been released with the version number 2405.15.
  • This update fixes some issues and adds support for a newer version of the Direct3D 12 Agility SDK (version 1.614), which is a set of tools for working with graphics.
  • This updated SDK allows for the use of a new texture format called 999e5.
  • You can download the new PIX version and learn more about the Agility SDK and its downloads on the official website.

The 5 best team chat apps for business in 2024


Zapier | By Justin Pot

May 15, 2024

  • For a seamless cloud-based chat solution with video calls, consider Element.
  • If you prefer self-hosted options, Rocket.Chat, Mattermost, and Zuli are suitable alternatives, though they may not offer the same level of streamlined experience as Element.
  • Business chat apps are essential for modern workplaces, enabling effective communication and productivity.
  • Choosing the right tool is crucial to meet your organization's specific needs and enhance overall collaboration.

Learn the Algorithms Behind Quantum Computing


freeCodeCamp | By Beau Carnes

May 15, 2024

Algorithms
  • Quantum computing, a cutting-edge field, harnesses the principles of quantum mechanics to perform computations at astonishing speeds.
  • Unlike traditional computers, quantum computers utilize "qubits" that can exist in multiple states at once and interact in a phenomenon called quantum entanglement.
  • This enables them to solve complex problems in cryptography, optimization, and simulations that are currently intractable for classical computers.
  • The freeCodeCamp.org YouTube channel offers a comprehensive course on quantum computing, guiding beginners through foundational concepts such as complex numbers and matrices, and then delving into the mechanics of quantum computers, exploring qubits, superposition, and various quantum gates.
  • The course culminates in advanced topics including quantum algorithms like Shor's Algorithm, showcasing the potential of quantum computing to revolutionize fields such as cryptography and optimization.

pfl-research: Simulation Framework for Accelerating Research in Private Federated Learning


Apple ML Research

May 14, 2024

AI
Backend
  • Federated Learning (FL) allows many devices with their own private data to work together to create a better model without sharing any of their data.
  • Researchers use simulations to test new ideas in FL, but existing tools are not efficient enough for large, real-world simulations.
  • To solve this, researchers created pfl-research, a faster, more comprehensive Python framework for simulating FL.
  • Pfl-research works with different machine learning libraries and privacy algorithms.
  • It is up to 72 times faster than other open-source frameworks, significantly boosting research productivity and enabling the testing of hypotheses on larger, more realistic FL datasets.

KV-Runahead: Scalable Causal LLM Inference by Parallel Key-Value Cache Generation


Apple ML Research

May 14, 2024

  • Language models predict subsequent words based on the preceding ones.
  • To speed up this process, researchers have come up with a technique called KV-Runahead.
  • It involves using multiple computers to work together to prepare data that the model can use to predict subsequent words.
  • This data is stored in a special memory called a KV-cache.
  • KV-Runahead makes the model work faster by ensuring that the data is ready when the model needs it.
  • Compared to other methods of speeding up the model, KV-Runahead is more efficient and easier to implement, resulting in a significant increase in speed.

Tabular Data, RAG, & LLMs: Improve Results Through Data Table Prompting


Intel

May 14, 2024

  • Use tools like Medium, LinkedIn, and podcasts to learn about using tabular data with RAG (red, amber, green) and LLMs (large language models) to improve data table prompting, which can help you get better results from your data.
  • People are discussing this topic in the online conversation started on Intel Techon Medium.

Keeping it 100(x) with real-time data at scale


Figma | By Arushi Bandi

May 17, 2024

Web
Database
Backend
Algorithms
  • Figma's LiveGraph provides real-time data updates through a data-fetching service that uses GraphQL-like queries to return data as JSON trees.
  • To improve scalability, Figma embarked on a "LiveGraph 100x" initiative to enhance the service's ability to handle increased client sessions and database updates.
  • This involved redesigning the architecture using a global invalidation-based cache sharded by query hash and a stateless invalidator aware of database topology.
  • The new architecture eliminates excessive fan-in and fan-out, supports database sharding, reduces memory usage, and improves resilience to transient failures.
  • Despite challenges in handling complex queries, the development team utilized caching tricks to effectively invalidate and re-fetch queries without infinite fan-out.
  • Careful synchronization during the "read-invalidation rendezvous" ensures that queries remain up-to-date.
  • With LiveGraph 100x, Figma has achieved significant scalability improvements, enabling independent scaling of its services and handling exponential growth in user traffic and active queries.

How to Deal with Traffic Surges in Distributed Systems


freeCodeCamp | By Anant Chowdhary

May 17, 2024

Web
Performance
Cloud
Backend
  • Traffic in distributed systems involves data exchange between users and a system's entry point.
  • Traffic surges can cause congestion, load imbalances, and cascading failures, threatening system stability.
  • To handle these surges, techniques like horizontal scaling (adding more resources) and load balancing (distributing traffic evenly) are crucial.
  • Caching can minimize traffic by storing frequently requested data closer to users.
  • Exponential backoff, a strategy for retrying failed requests with increasing delays, helps prevent cascading retries and improves system resilience.
  • By employing these solutions, distributed systems can effectively manage traffic spikes and maintain their performance and availability.

HBase Deprecation at Pinterest


Pinterest | By Pinterest Engineering

May 13, 2024

Database
Backend
UI/UX
  • Pinterest has replaced its old HBase data storage with Goku and KVStore for certain types of data.
  • For the remaining data that requires both high scalability and powerful querying capabilities, they have chosen TiDB, a NewSQL database that combines the best features of both NoSQL and RDBMS.
  • This move allows Pinterest to improve performance, reliability, and flexibility while also simplifying its data storage architecture.

Measuring Marketing Effectiveness in a Cookie-Less World


Grammarly

April 29, 2024

Data Science
  • To measure the impact of YouTube advertising on Grammarly's new active users, a counterfactual analysis was conducted using a geo split experiment.
  • Candidate splits were generated to isolate the impact of YouTube ads, and the top-performing split, determined by historical performance and predicted performance, was selected.
  • The experiment revealed a significant incremental lift in new active users during the off-season, but a moderation during the seasonal peak.
  • This insight can help Grammarly optimize its media spend and focus on the most efficient channels, considering the incremental cost per new user.
  • The experiment also suggests that the video channel may be more direct in driving conversions than previously thought.
  • The approach provided valuable insights into marketing effectiveness, highlighting the importance of data-driven experimentation in a cookieless world.

AI is Overrated – Why ThePrimeagen Ripped Out GitHub Copilot From His Code Editor [Podcast #124]


freeCodeCamp | By Quincy Larson

May 17, 2024

AI
  • This week's freeCodeCamp podcast features an interview with The Primeagean, a software engineer who left his job at Netflix to stream his coding full-time.
  • The episode explores Prime's inspiring journey from being told he'd never succeed to working at a top tech company.
  • They discuss his passion for challenging video games and how that drive helped him excel at coding.
  • Prime also shares his experience of live streaming to thousands of viewers and his decision to relocate his family to a South Dakota horse ranch.
  • The conversation delves into AI, with Prime arguing that it will create more developer jobs than it destroys, a point the host agrees with while remaining cautious about the hype surrounding AI's potential.
  • The episode emphasizes the importance of strong foundational skills for developers and encourages listeners to check out Prime's work on Twitch, YouTube, and GitHub.

CaLLM, Cool and Connected: Cerence Uses Generative AI to Transform the In-Car Experience


Nvidia | By Norm Marks

May 14, 2024

AI
  • The future of driving is being shaped by AI, particularly through advanced driver assistance systems and intuitive human-machine interfaces.
  • Cerence, a leader in AI-powered mobility solutions, is partnering with NVIDIA to revolutionize in-car experiences.
  • Cerence's automotive-specific AI model, CaLLM, is powered by NVIDIA's cloud and edge technologies.
  • This model enables vehicles to understand and respond to human language accurately, transforming how drivers interact with their cars.
  • Cerence aims to give vehicles the cognitive abilities to assist drivers seamlessly in their daily driving routines.
  • NVIDIA's technology provides the processing power and scalability needed to deliver real-time performance.
  • With generative AI at the forefront, the future of driving will offer personalized, connected, and enhanced safety for drivers and passengers alike.

Announcing the winners of the Global Gamers Challenge


Flutter | By Kelvin Boateng

May 14, 2024

Hardware
  • Despite the conclusion of the Global Gamers Challenge, the movement for sustainable games continues.
  • By joining eco-conscious game design communities, playing sustainability games, sharing knowledge, and prioritizing climate and sustainability concerns, individuals can contribute to the growth of this field.
  • Green game design involves understanding the audience, focusing on specific areas of change, promoting actionable knowledge, and avoiding superficial sustainability efforts.
  • Flutter, a development platform, simplifies the game creation process by enabling single-codebase development and offering learning resources, allowing developers to focus on crafting impactful gaming experiences that promote positive environmental change.

Mastering the art of OKRs


Notion | By Drew Evans

May 15, 2024

  • Notion experienced rapid growth, leading to a need for improved goal-setting processes.
  • They adopted OKRs, a popular system that connects company goals with individual work plans.
  • To make OKRs effective, Notion advises using a template, linking goals to people and work, aiming for ambitious goals, and checking in regularly.
  • By connecting OKRs to a central hub and syncing them to important meetings, the company ensures transparency and alignment.
  • OKRs act like a roadmap, providing direction and metrics to track progress.
  • Notion emphasizes using a database to create a comprehensive OKR system that scales to meet the company's evolving needs.
  • This system allows everyone to clearly understand their contributions to the company's goals and track their progress toward achieving them.

Behind the scenes of Threads for web


Facebook

May 14, 2024

Web
Mobile
  • Threads, a popular mobile messaging app, recently launched a web client in response to user demand.
  • The team behind the web client faced a tight deadline, but they successfully delivered a basic version in under three months.
  • To do this, they took advantage of Meta's shared infrastructure and the engineering practices used by the iOS and Android Threads teams.
  • Balancing the need for new features with the desire for exciting experiences, the team worked diligently to bring Threads to the web.

Java Visual Studio Code Extension Update


Java | By ["ArvindAprameya"]

May 17, 2024

Backend
  • Oracle has updated its Java extension for Visual Studio Code, bringing exciting new features for developers.
  • The update supports the latest Java 22 features, including tools for interacting with non-Java code and improved ways to manage concurrent programming.
  • You can now even run programs spread across multiple files.
  • There are also numerous improvements like compatibility with upcoming Java versions, better control over code suggestions, and smoother code refactoring.
  • To get the latest features and enhancements, download the updated extension from the Visual Studio Code Marketplace and check the changelog for a detailed list of changes.

Developer Blog: Build a Chatbot with Ryzen™ AI Processors


AMD | By AMD_AI

May 14, 2024

AI
Backend
Hardware
  • AMD Ryzen AI technology combines processors and software to enhance personal computing on AI PCs.
  • By utilizing the built-in Neural Processing Unit (NPU) and software development kit (SDK), developers can optimize and deploy AI applications on their Ryzen AI laptops.
  • As an example, building an AI chatbot using a pre-trained OPT1.3B model becomes possible solely on a Ryzen AI laptop.
  • By following three steps of downloading, quantizing, and deploying the pre-trained model, you can create a local AI chatbot that runs efficiently without cloud support.

Notion on Android is now more than twice as fast to launch


Notion | By Karn Saheb

May 1, 2024

Mobile
  • To make the Notion app faster, the team identified areas for improvement and created a system to track changes.
  • They measured the performance of each release using tests and custom metrics to track specific parts of the app's startup process.
  • By continuously monitoring and adjusting the code, they were able to double the app's startup speed and improve scrolling in key sections like the Home and Search Tabs.
  • This ongoing effort ensures that using Notion will continue to be a smoother and more responsive experience for users.

A journey as co-author of Tech Radar


Thoughtworks | By Camilla Falconi Crispim, Gabriela Alves

May 13, 2024

  • Co-authoring Tech Radar is an exciting journey that involves researching, analyzing, and reporting on the latest technology trends.
  • It requires staying abreast of advancements in various areas of technology, such as smartphones, laptops, gaming consoles, and software.
  • The goal is to provide readers with insightful and up-to-date information and recommendations, helping them make informed decisions about their technology purchases and usage.

Android’s theft protection features keep your device and data safe


Android | By Suzanne Frey

May 15, 2024

Mobile
  • Android has introduced new theft protection features to protect your personal data in case your device is stolen.
  • These features safeguard your information before, during, and after a theft incident, giving you peace of mind and helping you minimize the impact of the loss.

3 ways to automate Fireflies.ai


Zapier | By Michael Toth

May 17, 2024

AI
  • Keeping track of meeting decisions and taking actionable steps can be a hassle.
  • Using the AI assistant Fireflies.ai, you can automatically record, transcribe, and summarize your meetings, ensuring important insights are captured.
  • By integrating Fireflies.ai with Zapier, an automated workflow software, you can streamline information flow throughout your organization.
  • For example, you can set up notifications in Slack or emails to keep everyone updated on new meetings and meeting details.
  • Additionally, you can automatically add follow-up tasks to task management systems like Google Tasks or OneNote.
  • Furthermore, you can enrich customer and sales meeting details into your CRM to strengthen client relationships.
  • By leveraging Fireflies.ai and Zapier together, you can streamline your team's meeting management process, enhance communication, and ensure that important meeting insights are translated into actionable tasks, boosting productivity and maximizing the value of your meetings.

Introduction to JDK Mission Control


Java | By ["BillyKorando"]

May 18, 2024

Performance
Coding
  • JDK Mission Control (JMC) is a powerful tool that helps you understand how your Java programs are performing and find any problems they might have.
  • While it offers a lot of information, it can be a bit confusing at first.
  • This video provides a simple introduction to JMC 9, the latest version, showing you how to do common things like opening a recording of your program's activity, connecting to a special interface for managing your application, and using JMC to identify areas where your program might be slow or have errors.
  • You can find more details in the show notes.

Release Management For Scale Mobile Platforms


Jio Cinema | By ARNAV GUPTA

May 13, 2024

  • Hiring for engineering teams to conduct user experience experiments for new applications.
  • If you're interested in participating in these experiments, they encourage you to reach out to them.

4 ways to automate Podio with Zapier


Zapier | By Hannah Herman

May 17, 2024

  • Podio is a digital project management tool that connects to other essential business apps.
  • By integrating Podio with Zapier, you can automate processes and streamline your work.
  • For instance, you can create new tasks from form submissions, receive notifications for new Podio tasks, turn sales calls and emails into tasks, and generate tasks from webhooks.
  • These capabilities help project managers better track and manage their tasks, freeing up their time to focus on more important aspects of their roles.

How to type an em dash symbol on a Mac or Windows


Zapier | By Justin Pot

May 17, 2024

  • Typing em dashes can be tricky because they're not easily accessible on keyboards.
  • On a Mac, use Option+Shift+Dash for an em dash and Option+Dash for an en dash.
  • On Windows, press Alt+0151 for an em dash or Alt+0150 for an en dash.
  • You can also hold down the Windows key and press period (.) to open the emoji keyboard and find the dash symbols under "Symbols." Another option is to use Microsoft Office apps like Word or Outlook, which automatically insert em dashes when you type two or one dash between words.
  • If these methods don't work for you, consider using text expansion apps like PhraseExpress to create your own custom keyboard shortcuts for dashes.

Why am I not getting Quincy Larson's email anymore?


freeCodeCamp | By Quincy Larson

May 16, 2024

  • If you used to receive Quincy Larson's weekly email featuring free learning resources from freeCodeCamp but stopped, it's because the mailing list was reset.
  • To start getting the emails again, fill out the opt-in form.
  • Larson initiated a double opt-in system to ensure that only recipients who genuinely want the email receive it.
  • This reduces the number of emails sent and costs associated with them.
  • The emails are plain text, accessible, and privacy-conscious, not using any tracking or HTML.
  • The entire archive of past emails is available online for your reference.

Does your marriage need a template? Notion superuser Ben Lang built one.


Notion | By Danielle Ito

May 17, 2024

  • Ben Lang, previously a staff member at Notion, is now known for creating a popular Notion template called "Couple's Home Base." This template, which helps couples organize their lives, became a viral sensation after Ben shared it on Twitter.
  • The template demonstrates how Notion, a customizable workspace tool, can be used by creators to connect with their audiences.
  • Ben's journey began when he became an avid Notion user, creating a website and Facebook group for enthusiasts.
  • He eventually joined Notion as their Head of Community, where he played a key role in supporting the community and introducing the concept of templates.
  • Ben's passion for templates stems from their ability to simplify Notion's blank canvas nature, allowing users to easily duplicate pre-built structures.
  • Despite receiving both positive and negative reactions, Ben's template has resonated with couples looking for an organized way to manage their relationship.

The Faces Behind Palantir’s Early Talent Program


Palantir

May 13, 2024

  • As a Hiring Manager, I connect with exceptional individuals, including diverse candidates, to enhance our team.
  • I believe in supporting people even if they differ from the traditional mold, promoting inclusivity.
  • Mentoring has taught me the value of observing others' problem-solving approaches and valuing those who pause to absorb information, leading to insightful discoveries.
  • One memorable moment was when I enthusiastically sang karaoke at a holiday party, showcasing my hidden talent and fostering a sense of camaraderie with my future mentor.

Experience Google AI in even more ways on Android


Android | By Sameer Samat

May 14, 2024

AI
  • Google AI has found its way onto Android devices, enhancing their capabilities through on-device AI.
  • This technology allows your smartphone to perform various tasks without relying on an internet connection.
  • As a result, you can enjoy a faster and more efficient mobile experience, tapping into the power of AI right from your phone.

Module Imports in Java 23 - Inside Java Newscast #69


Java | By ["NicolaiParlog"]

May 16, 2024

Backend
  • Java 23 is introducing a new way to use APIs more efficiently.
  • It lets you import all the packages from a module with a single line of code, like "import module $moduleName".
  • This is particularly helpful when working with single files and can reduce the amount of code you need to write.
  • For more details, you can refer to the "show-notes".

How to automate ChatGPT


Zapier | By Elena Alston

May 14, 2024

AI
DevOps
  • ChatGPT has been upgraded to be more powerful and efficient with the integration of OpenAI's latest model, GPT-4o.
  • By connecting ChatGPT to your workflows through Zapier, you can automate tasks such as answering questions in Slack, generating content, summarizing business information, and streamlining customer communication.
  • This integration allows you to customize ChatGPT's responses by providing tailored training instructions and incorporating company-specific information.
  • Compared to the OpenAI integration, which generates text and includes features like transcription, the ChatGPT integration is primarily designed for conversations and can remember previous discussions.
  • With the ChatGPT integration, you can build AI assistants in other apps like Slack and Gmail, nurture sales leads, generate and share content, create prompts and code snippets, summarize business information, streamline customer communication, manage projects and tasks, and receive event reminders.

Introducing the Open Arabic LLM Leaderboard


HuggingFace

May 14, 2024

AI
  • The Open Arabic LLM Leaderboard (OALL) aims to provide a platform for evaluating and comparing the performance of Arabic Large Language Models (LLMs).
  • It utilizes a diverse range of datasets and metrics to assess model accuracy in various tasks such as reading comprehension, sentiment analysis, and question answering.
  • The OALL seeks to promote research and development in Arabic NLP by highlighting the unique linguistic and cultural characteristics of the Arabic language.
  • Contributors are encouraged to submit models, suggest new benchmarks, and participate in discussions to advance the field of Arabic NLP and bridge the gap in resources traditionally dominated by English-centric models.

Agility SDK 1.614.0: R9B9G9E5 support for Render Targets and UAVs


Microsoft Devblogs | By David Cook

May 16, 2024

  • The 999E5 texture format is a space-saving way to represent colors in computer graphics, balancing visual quality and resource usage.
  • It uses a shared exponent for red, green, and blue values, offering some benefits of floating-point representation but using fewer bits than traditional formats.
  • While this compression leads to some limitations, 999E5 retains a good dynamic range for vibrant visuals.
  • This format is now more widely supported in Direct3D 12, allowing its use for render targets and unordered access views, making it easier for developers to integrate it into their applications.
  • The latest Agility SDK and PIX tools provide support for 999E5, along with updated drivers from AMD and WARP, allowing developers to take advantage of its efficiency.
  • Support from Intel and NVIDIA is expected in the future.

Generalizing diffusion modeling to multimodal, multitask settings


Amazon Science

May 17, 2024

AI
  • In the world of machine learning, just like in many real-world scenarios, multitasking and handling various data types can actually improve performance.
  • This is true even for diffusion models, a recent advancement in generative AI.
  • By using our unique approach, we developed a new type of diffusion model that can handle multiple data types and tasks.
  • This model has shown impressive results in tests, performing as well as or even better than models designed for specific tasks.
  • Our work opens up new possibilities for using diffusion models to solve complex problems involving multiple types of data and tasks.

Fight for Honor in ‘Men of War II’ on GFN Thursday


Nvidia | By GeForce NOW Community

May 16, 2024

AI
Hardware
  • GeForce NOW is introducing five new games to its cloud gaming service this week: "Men of War II," a historical real-time strategy game; "Palworld," an action-adventure survival game where you can capture and train creatures; "Die by the Blade," a samurai punk fighting game; "Colony Survival," a colony management simulation; and "Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition." Whether you're seeking thrilling battles, heartwarming friendships, or competitive challenges, GeForce NOW offers a range of games to suit your preferences.
  • With different membership options, you can customize your gaming experience, from free play to extended sessions and enhanced graphics quality.

Welcome Randy, Notion's Head of Design


Notion | By Akshay Kothari

May 16, 2024

  • As Notion's Head of Design, Randy Hunt has designed and built products, brands, and businesses for decades.
  • He embraces diverse perspectives in design, from everyday objects like apartments to intangible concepts like content.
  • Hunt's design philosophy balances intellectual depth with a playful spirit.
  • He understands the importance of understanding the mechanics of a medium, as it allows for more flexibility and innovation.
  • Hunt believes that design cannot compensate for poor content and that hospitality can inspire creativity.
  • He aims to foster a unique design culture at Notion that prioritizes user experience and endures over time.
  • Ultimately, Hunt seeks to create products that are essential, nourishing, and empowering, bridging practicality with joy.

Device Permission Prompt API available for Office Add-ins on the web


Microsoft Devblogs | By Ester Bergen

May 16, 2024

Web
  • Microsoft is increasing the security for Office Add-ins, which are extra features that enhance Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook, especially when used online.
  • Now, if an add-in needs to use your computer's camera, microphone, or location, it has to ask your permission first.
  • You'll see a pop-up that tells you which add-in wants access, what it needs to use, and you can choose to allow it, allow it just once, or deny it.
  • This applies to the web versions of Office that run in browsers like Chrome and the new Outlook for Windows.
  • Once you make a choice, it's saved so you won't be asked repeatedly.
  • To change your mind, you can reinstall the add-in or clear your browser's data.
  • This change doesn't affect add-ins used in Office on Windows computers or Macs, or in browsers like Safari.

Mastering the art of the content calendar


Notion | By Drew Evans

April 11, 2024

  • A content calendar is crucial for marketers to ensure seamless execution and coordination within their teams.
  • It provides transparency by outlining every aspect of upcoming campaigns, ensuring every team member is aware of deadlines, target audience, and distribution channels.
  • The key to an effective content calendar is the setup, which should capture mission-critical information while keeping detailed tactics accessible.
  • It should serve as a hub by linking to the overall team calendar and embedding it in all communication channels.
  • By creating a central source of information, the content calendar reduces chaos and helps teams stay on track during product launches and other important events.
  • By streamlining communication and providing an overview of upcoming tasks, it empowers marketers to achieve successful outcomes.

Dial It In: Data Centers Need New Metric for Energy Efficiency


Nvidia | By Jeremy Rodriguez

May 13, 2024

AI
Hardware
  • To improve energy efficiency, data centers need a new dashboard that tracks progress with real-world applications.
  • While Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) has been helpful, it doesn't measure the actual work being done.
  • Instead, we need metrics that focus on energy consumption and the useful work accomplished.
  • This could include benchmarks tailored to specific workloads, such as AI or scientific research.
  • By measuring the energy efficiency of different systems and applications, data centers can optimize their performance and reduce their environmental impact.
  • Experts agree that new metrics are crucial, and the industry needs to collaborate to develop and implement them.
  • By working together, data centers can achieve greater energy efficiency and sustainability.

What’s new in Flutter 3.22


Flutter | By Kevin Chisholm

May 14, 2024

Web
Mobile
AI
Backend
UI/UX
Hardware
Coding
  • Flutter 3.22 brings significant updates to its rendering engine, Impeller, including the completion of the Vulkan backend on Android for enhanced graphics and performance.
  • Impeller also introduces optimizations for blur effects and complex path rendering.
  • Developers can now test with Impeller using an experimental API in flutter test.
  • Additionally, WidgetState has been moved outside of the Material library and renamed to improve accessibility.
  • Dynamic view sizing, form validation, and covariants in 2D APIs have been enhanced.
  • Flavor-conditional asset bundling and transformation of assets using Dart packages provide developers with more flexibility.
  • For Android, support for Gradle Kotlin DSL, flutter tool enforcement of version requirements, and a fix for a bug in Android 14 have been implemented.
  • On iOS, platform view performance has been improved, especially within scroll views.
  • DevTools offers enhanced performance, polish, and new features.
  • Google Mobile Ads for Flutter has been updated with expanded mediation partners and UMP SDK support.
  • ColorScheme.fromSeed has been updated to improve color fidelity.
  • Breaking changes include the removal of v1 Android embedding and deprecations from v3.19.

MatterSim: A deep-learning model for materials under real-world conditions


Microsoft Research | By Brenda Potts

May 13, 2024

AI
Robotics
  • Predicting material properties before they are created is challenging due to the vast number of elements and conditions that can affect their behavior.
  • Microsoft Research has developed MatterSim, a deep-learning model that can accurately simulate and predict material properties across various elements, temperatures, and pressures.
  • MatterSim leverages large-scale synthetic data and active learning to provide customizable predictions for specific design tasks.
  • It also bridges the gap between atomistic models and real-world measurements, enabling accurate material property predictions from structural data.
  • Future advancements in MatterSim include experimental validation and integration with generative AI and reinforcement learning, opening up possibilities for systematic material design for applications in sustainability, energy storage, and nanotechnology.

Mitra Collective: Raising LGBTQIA+ awareness in India


Thoughtworks | By Dipsi Kundal, Karthik Damarsetti

May 14, 2024

  • Mitra Collective is an organization dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of LGBTQIA+ issues in India.
  • They aim to create a safe and inclusive space for LGBTQIA+ individuals to express themselves and advocate for their rights.
  • Through workshops, training programs, and community outreach, Mitra Collective empowers LGBTQIA+ individuals and allies to break down barriers and create a more inclusive and just society in India.

Learn College Precalculus with Python


freeCodeCamp | By Beau Carnes

May 17, 2024

Backend
  • Precalculus, a fundamental course for advanced math, is now available as a free online course on freeCodeCamp.org YouTube channel.
  • This course, taught by an experienced instructor, covers essential topics like functions, trigonometry, matrices, and complex numbers.
  • You'll learn to gather and graph data effectively, solve equations, tackle triangles, and explore the basics of probability.
  • With clear explanations and practical examples, you'll gain a strong understanding of precalculus, which is vital for success in fields like engineering, physics, and computer science.
  • The course includes 12 hours of video lessons and additional resources for a comprehensive learning experience.

Build an AI chatbot that captures leads


Zapier | By Elena Alston

May 17, 2024

AI
  • Building chatbots is now accessible to beginners with Zapier's simple platform.
  • In just minutes, you can create custom chatbots tailored to your lead collection needs.
  • These bots can provide instant support, answering customer queries and qualifying potential leads efficiently.
  • Whether you aim to improve lead nurturing or accelerate lead qualification, Zapier Chatbots simplify the process.
  • For more in-depth guidance, consult our comprehensive step-by-step guide and explore related resources to build AI-powered chatbots that automate your lead management and elevate your business.

What’s Your Story: Jacki O’Neill


Microsoft Research | By Alyssa Hughes

May 16, 2024

  • Microsoft Research presents a glimpse into the life and work of Jacki O'Neill, a software engineer who is passionate about creating innovative and accessible technology.
  • O'Neill shares her journey, highlighting her experiences and contributions, and inspires others to pursue their dreams in the field of technology.

PaliGemma – Google's Cutting-Edge Open Vision Language Model


HuggingFace

May 14, 2024

DevOps
Blockchain
Hardware
  • PaliGemma is a set of vision language models that combine image and text understanding capabilities.
  • These models can perform various tasks, such as image captioning, visual question answering, object detection, and document understanding.
  • PaliGemma comes in three types: pretrained, mix, and fine-tuned, each suited for specific purposes.
  • You can use the pretrained or mix models for general-purpose tasks, while the fine-tuned models are optimized for specific academic benchmarks.
  • To access PaliGemma, you must accept the Gemma license terms.
  • You can easily incorporate PaliGemma into your projects using the Transformers library, allowing you to fine-tune the models for your own applications.

12 Linkedin Lead Gen Form examples to inspire your next campaign


Zapier | By Danielle Antosz

May 15, 2024

  • LinkedIn Lead Gen Forms offer various options for capturing leads, including custom questions, targeted information for audience qualification, and video content promotion.
  • To effectively use these forms, it's important to: customize questions to gather relevant information; ask for specific details to qualify leads; promote content that addresses potential concerns; use a conversational tone on the form to establish a personal connection; include specific dropdown questions for improved lead qualification; request additional information only when necessary; and utilize automation tools to streamline the process and enhance lead management.

How to Read PostgreSQL Query Plans | Airbyte


Airbyte

May 16, 2024

Database
Backend
Algorithms
  • Aviation data is organized into tables: 'flights' (flight details), 'bookings' (reservations), 'tickets' (passenger information), 'ticket_flights' (ticket-flight pairings), and 'boarding_passes' (ticket-flight-seat associations).
  • To understand the database structure, you can use the "EXPLAIN" command, which provides estimated execution costs and execution plans.
  • The EXPLAIN ANALYZE command executes the query and shows actual execution times, while EXPLAIN (ANALYZE, BUFFERS) additionally displays how data is retrieved from cache and disk.
  • By understanding these tables and using these commands, you can gain a comprehensive view of the aviation data and optimize query performance.

How to start a successful side hustle


Zapier | By Leanna Lee

May 14, 2024

  • Starting a side hustle requires careful planning.
  • Consider your available energy and the potential compromises you might make, such as reducing social life or taking a less demanding job.
  • Determine if you should disclose your side hustle to your employer based on factors like conflicts of interest, scheduling, and public visibility.
  • Treat your side hustle as a business by registering or licensing it, setting income goals, and syncing schedules.
  • Establish clear boundaries to prioritize your health, relationships, and milestones.
  • Use technology to automate tasks and free up time for important activities.
  • Be realistic about your long-term sustainability and consider if your side hustle is aligned with your goals.
  • If it becomes unsustainable, reevaluate your options and explore alternative revenue streams.

How Basecamp Research Helps Catalog Earth’s Biodiversity


Nvidia | By Kristen Yee

May 15, 2024

AI
  • Basecamp Research aims to capture vast biological data to advance fields like medicine and conservation.
  • They collect biodiversity data from nature parks and use AI to analyze it.
  • This data is used for purposes such as protein structure prediction and gene editing.
  • AI has significantly enhanced Basecamp's work, ethical data governance is crucial, and technological advancements continue to drive the future of AI in biology.

Drug Discovery, STAT! NVIDIA, Recursion Speed Pharma R&D With AI Supercomputer


Nvidia | By Rory Kelleher

May 13, 2024

AI
  • Today, Recursion unveils BioHive-2, the pharmaceutical industry's most powerful supercomputer, ranked among the world's fastest.
  • This massive computing system uses AI to accelerate drug discovery by simulating the complex interactions in biology.
  • Recursion, partnering with companies like Bayer and Roche, has built a vast database of biological data to train AI models.
  • One such model, Phenom, can analyze cellular images to assist in identifying potential drug candidates.
  • The combination of BioHive-2's raw power and NVIDIA's AI tools enables Recursion to advance drug discovery significantly, reducing the time and expenses associated with traditional laboratory testing.
  • Together with NVIDIA, Recursion aims to revolutionize healthcare by using AI to make drug design more efficient and personalized, potentially leading to better treatments and improved patient outcomes.

Stripe Organizations: A new way to power the world’s most complex businesses


Stripe

May 14, 2024

Database
Security
  • Stripe Organizations is a new feature that allows large businesses to manage multiple Stripe accounts under one umbrella.
  • This allows businesses to streamline team and role management, search for customer and payment information across all accounts, and run unified reports across their entire business.
  • This eliminates the need for multiple account logins and saves businesses time by consolidating financial reporting and simplifying administrative tasks.
  • Organizations also extends the power of Stripe products, such as Sigma, across all accounts, allowing businesses to aggregate data, run custom queries, and download consolidated reports.
  • By centralizing team management and search functionality, Organizations reduces operational overhead and improves efficiency for complex businesses.