Use feature flags to make your website more accessible

Being able-bodied is a temporary condition.  Some of us are born with disabilities, and some of us develop them. At some point in your life, you will get old enough to need reading glasses, or you will break your arm, or you will develop hearing problems. Are you reading this page through glasses? Are you […]

Zynga’s acquisitions push it to record bookings of $628 million for Q3 2020

Zynga reported revenue and bookings today that beat expectations for its third quarter that ended September 30, as pandemic gaming held up and revenue from acquisitions rolled in. The San Francisco-based social gaming company reported bookings of $628 million, up 59% from the same quarter a year ago. Revenues (which do not include deferred revenues […]

Researchers find flaws in algorithm used to identify atypical medication orders

Can algorithms identify unusual medication orders or profiles more accurately than humans? Not necessarily. A study coauthored by researchers at the Université Laval and CHU Sainte-Justine in Montreal found that one model used by physicians to screen patients performed poorly on some orders. It’s a cautionary tale of the use of AI and machine learning […]

Vote count livestreams are here to stay

Not all livestreams are on YouTube. Several municipalities have opted for home surveillance cameras; Arizona’s hotly watched Maricopa County uses Google’s Nest to keep an eye on the counting (you can watch here). Washington’s King County installed cameras not too different from store surveillance equipment (you can watch here). And Union County in New Jersey […]

Californians reject Prop 25 push to replace cash bail with algorithms

California voters rejected Prop 25, which would have replaced the state’s cash bail system with algorithmic assessment tools. With 100% of precincts in the state reporting and more than 11 million ballots cast, about 55% of people voted against Prop 25, according to the California Secretary of State website. Californians also voted to reject Proposition […]

The FBI Says ‘Boogaloo’ Extremists Bought 3D-Printed Machine Gun Parts

Adding an auto sear to a semi-automatic AR-15 takes a matter of minutes, says John Sullivan, the director of engineering at Defense Distributed, a DIY gunsmithing and gun access group. 3D-printing the auto sear itself would take around 10 minutes, Sullivan says, given that it’s less than a cubic inch of material. “It’s a single […]

Forrester: How to address today’s technology problems to prepare for tomorrow’s future

While the pandemic has proven you can’t plan for everything, the research firm Forrester still wants to make sure business and technology leaders prepare as much as possible. The firm discussed the top technology challenges facing businesses today and how they can address them at its Technology & Innovation Global virtual conference happening this week.  […]

Google launches Document AI suite of parsing and processing tools in preview

Google this morning launched the Document AI (DocAI) platform, a console for document processing hosted in Google Cloud, in preview. The company says it’s aimed at automating and validating documents by extracting data from documents and making them available to business apps and users. Companies spend an average of $20 to file and store a […]

MIT CSAIL researchers claim their algorithm helps doctors pick the right antibiotics

Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) say they’ve developed a recommendation algorithm that predicts the probability a patient’s urinary tract infection (UTI) can be treated by first- or second-line antibiotics. With this information, the model makes a recommendation for a specific treatment that selects a first-line agent as frequently as possible, […]

Amazon MQ Update – New RabbitMQ Message Broker Service

In 2017, we launched Amazon MQ – a managed message broker service for Apache ActiveMQ, a popular open-source message broker that is fast and feature-rich. It offers queues and topics, durable and non-durable subscriptions, push-based and poll-based messaging, and filtering. With Amazon MQ, we have enhanced lots of new features by customer feedback to improve […]