Archive for the ‘Software’ Category

Mozilla Fathom – framework for classifying the web semantically

Fathom is a JavaScript framework for extracting meaning from web pages, identifying parts like Previous/Next buttons, address forms, and the main textual content—or classifying a page as a whole. Essentially, it scores DOM nodes and extracts them based on conditions you specify. A Prolog-inspired system of types and annotations expresses dependencies between scoring steps and […]

Windows is Bloated, Thanks to Adobe’s Extensible Metadata Platform – Thurrott.com

I put together a tool that scans files for PNG images containing Adobe metadata and was surprised that Windows is host to a lot of this gunk. […] Windows Explorer, for example, is a critical Shell component in the startup hot path. But despite its importance, it’s comprised of ~20% pure garbage. ApplicationFrame.dll, responsible for […]

Google Open Sources guetzli jpeg encoder

Guetzli is a JPEG encoder that aims for excellent compression density at high visual quality. Guetzli-generated images are typically 20-30% smaller than images of equivalent quality generated by libjpeg. Guetzli generates only sequential (nonprogressive) JPEGs due to faster decompression speeds they offer.

Guacamole – Logmein alternative

Apache Guacamole is a clientless remote desktop gateway. It supports standard protocols like VNC, RDP, and SSH.We call it clientless because no plugins or client software are required.Thanks to HTML5, once Guacamole is installed on a server, all you need to access your desktops is a web browser. Source: Apache Guacamole (incubating) You set up […]

New smartphone app looks inside objects, shows what else is in there

A new app from Fraunhofer development engineers looks directly inside objects and displays specific constituents. It has numerous uses: For instance, apples can be scanned for pesticide residues. Applications will be added successively following the Wikipedia principle. […] Such scans usually require a special hyperspectral camera: It adjusts to different colored light each time and […]

google/glazier: A tool for automating the installation of the Microsoft Windows operating system on various device platforms.

Glazier Glazier is a tool for automating the installation of the Microsoft Windows operating system on various device platforms. Why Glazier? Glazier was created with certain principles in mind. Text-based & Code-driven With Glazier, imaging is configured entirely via text files. This allows technicians to leverage source control systems to maintain and develop their imaging […]

Wine 2.0 Released

The Wine team is proud to announce that the stable release Wine 2.0 is now available. This release represents over a year of development effort and around 6,600 individual changes. The main highlights are the support for Microsoft Office 2013, and the 64-bit support on macOS. It also contains a lot of improvements across the […]

dataviz.tools – a curated guide to the best tools, resources and technologies for data visualization

This site features a curated selection of data visualization tools meant to bridge the gap between programmers/statisticians and the general public by only highlighting free/freemium, responsive and relatively simple-to-learn technologies for displaying both basic and complex, multivariate datasets. It leans heavily toward open-source software and plugins, rather than enterprise, expensive B.I. solutions. Why? Well, information […]

7 free video editing proggies

Er is zoveel meer dan “de grote drie”. Source: 7 gratis video-edit-pakketten Videosoft’s Video Editor (VSDC) (win) VideoPad Video Editor (win, osx, ios, android) Wevideo (android, ios) OpenShot (linux, win, osx) Kdenlive (linux, osx) Lightworks (win, osx, linux)

KLIC-WIN shows the underground infrastructure of your neigbourhood – in NL

De graafsector heeft het initiatief genomen voor het programma KLIC-WIN. Dit programma moderniseert de uitwisseling van kabel- en leidinginformatie volgens de WION en sluit systemen en processen beter aan op de Europese richtlijn INSPIRE. Op deze manier bereiden de graafsector en het Kadaster zich voor op de toekomst. De naam KLIC-WIN is een samenvoeging van […]

Bufferbloat

Bufferbloat is the undesirable latency that comes from a router or other network equipment buffering too much data. The Bufferbloat projects provide a webspace for addressing chaotic and laggy network performance. We have a number of projects in flight: The Request to FCC for Saner Software Policies is a response to Docket ET 15-170 which […]

IOActive Labs disects a Panasonic Inflight Entertainment System

These guys have had a poke around some publically available firmwares and describe how it works Source: IOActive Labs Research: In Flight Hacking System

Everything finds every file you search for in your Windows

“Everything” is search engine that locates files and folders by filename instantly for Windows.Unlike Windows search “Everything” initially displays every file and folder on your computer (hence the name “Everything”).You type in a search filter to limit what files and folders are displayed. Source: Everything

Google’s Photo Scan App Makes Backing Up Old Snapshots Easy as Hell

The Photo Scan app launched by Google today for iOS and Android lets you scan printed photos in just a couple of seconds, using machine learning to correct imperfections in the capture process that they look great every time. Here’s how it works: Download the app, and open it up. You’ll see a viewfinder. Hold […]

Spotify is writing massive amounts of junk data to storage drives

For almost five months—possibly longer—the Spotify music streaming app has been assaulting users’ storage devices with enough data to potentially take years off their expected lifespans. Reports of tens or in some cases hundreds of gigabytes being written in an hour aren’t uncommon, and occasionally the recorded amounts are measured in terabytes. The overload happens […]

Lipreading software is 93.4% accurate

Traditional approaches separated the problem into two stages: designing or learning visual features, and prediction. More recent deep lipreading approaches are end-to-end trainable (Wand et al., 2016; Chung & Zisserman, 2016a). All existing works, however, perform only word classification, not sentence-level sequence prediction. Studies have shown that human lipreading performance increases for longer words (Easton […]

The Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit now on Github: deep learning AI that recognises human speech at very low error rates

The Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit—previously known as CNTK—helps you harness the intelligence within massive datasets through deep learning. Source: The Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit – Microsoft Research They also offer RESTful APIs on another site, Cognitive Services, with applications you can tap into and APIs for vison, speech, language, knowledge and search. They usually offer free testing, […]

Google offers fuzzing tool for Chrome for automated testing

fuzzing involves sending random data at a piece of software to crash it and capturing the conditions at the time of the crash. […] libFuzzer attacked individual components of Chrome, sending the random data directly to the API. It’s a coverage-guided fuzzer, meaning it measures “code coverage for every input, and accumulate test cases that […]

Control multiple PCs with one mouse / keyboard

You used to be able to use synergy, but that has become non-free. Now you have the following two free alternatives: Input Director enables the control of multiple Windows systems using the keyboard/mouse attached to one computer Switch control between systems either by hotkey or by moving the cursor off the screen edge on one […]

Someone built an AI chatbot from a text message database of a dead man, works quite well

It had been three months since Roman Mazurenko, Kuyda’s closest friend, had died. Kuyda had spent that time gathering up his old text messages, setting aside the ones that felt too personal, and feeding the rest into a neural network built by developers at her artificial intelligence startup. She had struggled with whether she was […]

Virtual machine calculator now open source

The myvirtucalcloud.net VDI Calculator has been used by thousands of users over the years to size VDI deployments using tradicional and hyper-converged infrastructures Source: GitHub – aleibovici/vdicalc

KLM to use AI on social media

In a test lasting until December this year, KLM will be using an AI to answer questions from a pool of 60000 responses in the database. It will learn from user responses to these questions. Currently KLM is answering 100000 user queries per week on social media, so this must make a huge saving! Source: […]

Vectr – Free Vector Graphics Editor

Free vector graphics editor. A simple yet powerful web and desktop cross-platform tool for everyone. Source: Vectr – Free Online Vector Graphics Editor You don’t have to use the online version, you can also download the offline client.

Lexus Owners Experiencing A Nationwide Blackout Of Nav Systems

Across the nation, and also on Twitter, Lexus owners say the navigation systems in their luxury cars suddenly stopped working today for some as-of-yet unknown reason. Source: Lexus Owners Experiencing A Nationwide Blackout Of Nav Systems It seems a software update was the cause – QA testing fail!

WebGazer.js: Democratizing Webcam Eye Tracking on the Browser

WebGazer.js is an eye tracking library that uses common webcams to infer the eye-gaze locations of web visitors on a page in real time. The eye tracking model it contains self-calibrates by watching web visitors interact with the web page and trains a mapping between the features of the eye and positions on the screen. […]

 
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