How to break into machine learning

Pete Warden's blog

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An engineer recently asked me how she could turn an interest in machine learning into a full-time job. This can be a daunting prospect, because the whole field has until recently been very separate from traditional engineering, with only a few specialists at large companies using it in production, often far from traditional product teams. I took a very random path to focusing on deep learning full time, but so did most of the people I work with. It’s not clear that there is one good route, but I wanted to share the advice I had to offer in case it’s helpful to others.

Become a Designated Machine Learner

Every manager should point at one member of their team and say “You are now our machine learning expert”. If your manager doesn’t do that for you, announce it yourself to anyone who will listen. This may sound like madness…

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Give PowerShell a Voice Using The SpeechSynthesizer Class

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Besides using PowerShell for the usual work related things, we can also have some fun with it by tapping into various .Net classes to do things such as letting PowerShell talk to us. There are quite a few examples of this floating around and this is my turn at talking about it and showing what you can do as well as showing off one of my functions. This is also one of many articles that I have had on the backburner while working things that I felt were more important to post, but felt like I had better get this out before I wait much longer.

Back in the day, one would have looked towards using a COM object (sapi.spvoice) to make this happen. But I won’t be touching that in this article but instead will be looking at the System.Speech.Synthesis.SpeechSynthesizer class instead. At the end I will point you…

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[spmarket 2]Spotify says hello to the iPod[/spmarket][spmarket 9]Spotify accueille l’iPod[/spmarket][spmarket 10]Spotify: “hola iPod”[/spmarket]

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[spmarket 2]At Spotify it’s always been our mission to provide you with the best all-round music experience on the planet. For Spotify Premium subscribers, a huge part of that experience is taking your playlists with you wherever you go. However, for the rest of our users, listening to their favourite playlists on the move hasn’t been possible.

You’ve been telling us how much you love discovering, sharing and talking about music in Spotify – and you’ve created well over 200 million playlists to prove it. But you’ve also said you’re listening to a huge amount of music on your iPods, and that getting your Spotify playlists onto them as MP3s has been a serious hassle, forcing you to juggle multiple music players. That’s until now…

As of today, Spotify is making it possible for everyone to take their playlists with them in one lean, green music machine.

New features include:

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Convert files by email

The Zamzar Blog

We’re really excited to announce a brand new feature which allows you to convert files by email.

Instead of using the Zamzar website to convert files you can send files from your email account to:

format @zamzar.com
(e.g. pdf@zamzar.com, gif@zamzar.com etc)

… we’ll convert them in lightning quick speed and email back a link to your converted file.

So what’s the beef ?

Let’s look at what you can do:

  1. Email any file which is a supported “from” format on our conversion types page to the format you want it converted to – For example to convert a PDF into a Word Doc (.doc file) email your PDF file to doc@zamzar.com
  2. Forward email which has been sent by friends and colleagues to the email address of the format you want it converted to.
  3. Send multiple files in the same email message for conversion (as many as you want if…

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Hands on with Apple’s CarPlay in the Chevy Corvette

Fortune

When GM [fortune-stock symbol=”GM”] demonstrates another company’s connected car technology, it does everything it can to make sure the infotainment system doesn’t overshadow its ride. That’s why it demoed Apple’s CarPlay in Chicago alongside two 2016 Chevy Corvettes.

GM’s top-line sports car wasn’t on hand solely for flash though. The Corvette was one of the first 4G cars GM debuted this year, and among the first vehicles to get the upgrade allowing it to support both CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto. I was one of the few to get a hands-on demo of CarPlay in the Corvette and even test out the system with my own iPhone.

Though I didn’t spend enough time with CarPlay to formulate a full opinion, my initial impressions were positive, although I did experience a glitch with Apple Music. There’s nothing mind-blowing about CarPlay’s interface or design, but its simplicity is what’s most…

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Procurify Raises $4M To Make Purchasing Easier For Businesses

TechCrunch

Procurify, a Vancouver, Canada-based startup that aims to make purchasing — and the expense reports that go with it — easier for small- and medium-sized businesses, today announced that it has raised a $4 million seed round.

Investors in this round include Point Nine Capital, Nexus Venture Partners and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC). Hootsuite’s CEO Ryan Holmes and its chief revenue officer Steve Johnson also participated in this round.

streamlineThe company, which graduated from Vancouver’s GrowLab accelerator program in 2013, had previously raised $1.2 million in another seed round that also included the BDC and Nexus Venture Partners, as well as Mark Cuban.

The Procurify team says that it will use this funding round to invest in its sales, marketing and product development teams for its cloud-based platform.

Procurify promises to help businesses streamline their purchasing and expense workflow. This includes requisition orders, manager approval and…

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Reinvented Video for WordPress

The WordPress.com Blog

Today, we’re announcing a complete overhaul of VideoPress, the service that has powered more than 3,000,000,000 video plays on WordPress.com and Jetpack-connected self-hosted WordPress sites around the world. We’ve made the next-generation VideoPress dynamic, responsive, and lightning fast to support the ever-evolving needs of content creators everywhere.

Take a peek at what’s under the hood!

Embed anywhere, play anywhere

Out of the box, the new VideoPress is lightweight and responsive for beautiful playback on any screen, from smartphones to desktops. VideoPress works on all modern browsers and devices, and gives blog and site authors the power to engage their audiences no matter where they are.

Not only do videos look amazing on WordPress sites, but you can also embed your videos anywhere on the web — other websites, social media, chat services — by using a permalink or a snippet of code.

Major speed enhancements

VideoPress now takes a fraction…

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