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Reflecting On One Year of Remote Work

  • And while both of those things are great perks, learning to love the remote life took some time.
  • To be completely honest, there was a point where I didn't enjoy working remotely.
  • I like to have some downtime in the mornings so I wake up a few hours before I need to start working, jump in the shower, eat breakfast and get ready for the day.
  • Being at home, it's super tempting to eat at your desk and work through lunch but it's important to take that time for yourself.
  • The difference they make is huge and I really suggest to have an offsite if you work on a remote team.
  • I felt so much better after my first offsite, which happened to be one week after I joined the team.

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London street named for Freddie Mercury

  • The street, now called Freddie Mercury Close, is located in Feltham, west London, which is where Mercury's family settled after moving from Zanzibar.
  • However, Mercury, born Farrokh Bulsara, did not grow up on that street.
  • The neighborhood, which is close to Heathrow Airport, is also home to a community of Zoroastrians -- the faith that Mercury's family practiced.
  • Before forming the rock band Queen in 1970, Farrokh Bulsara worked as a baggage handler at the airport.
  • After touching down at Heathrow and popping over to Feltham to visit Freddie Mercury Close, Queen fans can head into central London to the newly opened Hard Rock Hotel to see the Kirkwood piano on which the teenage Bulsara practiced in the family home.
  • Mercury's last home was Garden Lodge, a high-walled mansion in the well-heeled London neighborhood of Kensington.

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New Chip Brings Ultra-Low Power Wi-Fi Connectivity to IoT Devices

  • These could all be made possible thanks to a new ultra-low power Wi-Fi radio developed by electrical engineers at the University of California San Diego.
  • The Wi-Fi radio runs on extremely low power by transmitting data via a technique called backscattering.
  • Bharadia (center), with graduate student researchers Rohit Kumar (left) and Manideep Dunna (right), displaying a setup in which the Wi-Fi radio would be backscattering between two Wi-Fi compatible devices.
  • The UC San Diego team’s improvements to the technology also feature a custom integrated circuit for backscattering data, which makes the whole system smaller and more efficient, and thus enables their Wi-Fi radio to operate over longer communication range (21 meters).
  • Paper title: “A 28µW IoT Tag that can Communicate with Commodity WiFi Transceivers via a Single-Side-Band QPSK Backscatter Communication Technique.” The student researchers include Po-Han Peter Wang, Chi Zhang, Hongsen Yang and Manideep Dunna, UC San Diego.

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New Chip Brings Ultra-Low Power Wi-Fi Connectivity to IoT Devices

  • These could all be made possible thanks to a new ultra-low power Wi-Fi radio developed by electrical engineers at the University of California San Diego.
  • The Wi-Fi radio runs on extremely low power by transmitting data via a technique called backscattering.
  • Bharadia (center), with graduate student researchers Rohit Kumar (left) and Manideep Dunna (right), displaying a setup in which the Wi-Fi radio would be backscattering between two Wi-Fi compatible devices.
  • The UC San Diego team’s improvements to the technology also feature a custom integrated circuit for backscattering data, which makes the whole system smaller and more efficient, and thus enables their Wi-Fi radio to operate over longer communication range (21 meters).
  • Paper title: “A 28µW IoT Tag that can Communicate with Commodity WiFi Transceivers via a Single-Side-Band QPSK Backscatter Communication Technique.” The student researchers include Po-Han Peter Wang, Chi Zhang, Hongsen Yang and Manideep Dunna, UC San Diego.

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Australia is changing its visa rules so backpackers can help rebuild the country in the aftermath of bushfire devastation

  • For decades, Australia has offered international visitors ages 18 to 30 from 40 partner countries the opportunity to visit and work in Australia on a Working Holiday Maker visa.
  • Earlier this month, the country extended the visa timeframe from six months to a full year in order to allow visitors to aid in bushfire recovery efforts.
  • Backpackers and other "working holiday makers" will be able to travel to areas affected by fires and help to rebuild homes, repair roads, and clear land, Tudge said.
  • On January 17, the Australian Tourism Export Council estimated that the bushfires will have a $4.5 billion AUD ($2.9 billion USD) impact on the country's tourism industry over the course of 2020, Raini Hamdi reported for travel news site Skift.
  • Two days later, the Australian government announced a $76 million AUD ($50 million USD) tourism recovery package in response to bushfire-related cancellations.

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Chinese smartphone challenger Realme's first 5G flagship model is poised to disrupt the global market

  • Just one month after launching its first 5G smartphone — the mid-range Realme X50 5G, exclusive to China — the company announced its first 5G flagship for the global market: the high-end Realme X50 Pro 5G.
  • Realme will initially launch the X50 Pro 5G in Europe, China, and India; and while pricing isn't confirmed for each market, the company told The Verge that the starting price will be around €550 to €650 ($600 to $700), making it one of the most affordable 5G flagships on the market.
  • By Q3 2019, Realme had become the fastest-growing smartphone brand globally — even though more than 80% of its device sales in Q3 were concentrated in India and Indonesia.
  • As Realme continues to roll out new devices in Europe, specifically 5G models, we think the company will rapidly grow its market share in the global smartphone market.

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Processing and visualizing multiple categorical variables with Python — NBA’s schedule challenges

  • For our first visualisations, let’s take a look at how many games fall into each categories for rest days, and travel.
  • On the other hand, flipping that around, a home team on no rest & travel day wins 69% of 83 games (I will leave that as an exercise — have a look for yourself here).
  • In both plots, it is clear that a much bigger impact on win percentages generally come from the amount of rest, and simply being home or away, rather than from whether they travelled at all.
  • In the second graph, the overall winning percentages for days of rest are drastically different for all boxes, for instance away games with 0 days of rest being the worst (as we saw earlier in the parallel categories graph).

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Deep learning advances are boosting computer vision — but there’s still clear limits

  • In recent years, computer vision has taken great leaps thanks to advances in deep learning and artificial neural networks.
  • Google uses machine learning and computer vision to search the content of images even if you haven’t tagged them.
  • Adobe’s Enhance Details technology, featured in Lightroom CC, uses machine learning to create sharper zoomed images.
  • Image editing tool Pixelmator Pro sports an ML Super Resolution feature, which uses a convolutional neural network to provide crisp zoom and enhance.
  • But in recent years, thanks to advances in computer vision algorithms, facial recognition has found its way into various computing devices.
  • A very remarkable example is Google Lens, which uses computer vision algorithms to perform a variety of tasks, such as reading business cards, detecting the style of furniture and clothes, translating street signs, and connecting your phone to wi-fi networks based on router labels.

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Processing and visualizing multiple categorical variables with Python — NBA’s schedule challenges

  • For our first visualisations, let’s take a look at how many games fall into each categories for rest days, and travel.
  • On the other hand, flipping that around, a home team on no rest & travel day wins 69% of 83 games (I will leave that as an exercise — have a look for yourself here).
  • In both plots, it is clear that a much bigger impact on win percentages generally come from the amount of rest, and simply being home or away, rather than from whether they travelled at all.
  • In the second graph, the overall winning percentages for days of rest are drastically different for all boxes, for instance away games with 0 days of rest being the worst (as we saw earlier in the parallel categories graph).

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This dog crate doubles as an end table — most of my guests don't even realize what it is

  • Thankfully, while in a frantic online search, I found the Casual Home Wooden Dog Crate.
  • Ours fits nicely next to our large brown leather couch, and most of our friends who visit have no idea that it's our dog's crate and at first glance, they assume it's just a piece of our living room furniture.
  • I should point out that the sturdy wood makes it difficult to move around, so once you've decided on a spot for the crate, it'd be hard to keep pushing it around your home.
  • The other thing we love about this piece is that it does double duty as our dog's den and a frequently-used end table.
  • If you want to expand the crate's usage, Casual Home also makes other items like a wood lattice pet gate and pet feeder.

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