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The Firefox UI Is Now Built with Web Components

A couple of weeks ago, we landed a commit that took years of effort at Mozilla. It removed “XBL”, which means we’ve completed the process of migrating the Firefox UI to Web Components. It wasn’t easy - but I’ll get to that later. The Firefox UI can be thought of as a very large single…
Can AI Built to ‘Benefit Humanity’ Also Serve the Military?

Can AI Built to ‘Benefit Humanity’ Also Serve the Military?

Microsoft’s recent victory in landing a $10 billion Pentagon cloud-computing contract called JEDI could make life more complicated for one of the software giant’s partners: the independent artificial-intelligence research lab OpenAI.OpenAI was created in 2015 by Silicon Valley luminaries including Elon Musk to look to the far horizon, and save the world. The newborn nonprofit…
Ford Built a Bonkers 900-HP Electric Mustang With a Six-Speed Manual for SEMA – RoadandTrack.com

Ford Built a Bonkers 900-HP Electric Mustang With a Six-Speed Manual for SEMA –...

Ford is going electric for SEMA this year with its freshly announced Mustang Lithium. The pony car is an all-electric one-off with over 900 horsepower and 1000 lb-ft of torque, a bunch of aftermarket add-ons, and a six-speed manual transmission. Hell yeah. The Mustang Lithium was built by Webasto, the company that developed the car's…
How We Built a Vectorized SQL Engine – Cockroach Labs

How We Built a Vectorized SQL Engine – Cockroach Labs

Get blog posts to your inbox. CockroachDB is an OLTP database, specialized for serving high-throughput queries that read or write a small number of rows. As we gained more usage, we found that customers weren’t getting the performance they expected from analytic queries that read a lot of rows, like large scans, joins, or aggregations.…
How Scientists Built a ‘Living Drug’ to Beat Cancer

How Scientists Built a ‘Living Drug’ to Beat Cancer

In 2010, Emily Whitehead was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, a cancer of certain cells in the immune system.This is the most common form of childhood cancer, her parents were told; and Emily had a good chance to beat it with chemotherapy. Remission rates for the most common variety were around 85 percent.It would be…
How 9 People Built an Illegal $5M Airbnb Empire in New York

How 9 People Built an Illegal $5M Airbnb Empire in New York

Like many homes in popular tourist destinations, the boxy red brick townhouse on 31st Drive in Astoria, New York was listed on Airbnb. City records indicate that the three-story building was designed as three separate apartments, but they didn’t last.Paris Martineau covers platforms, online influence, and social media manipulation for WIRED.A May visit from a…
Boeing Built Deadly Assumptions Into 737 Max, Blind to a Late Design Change

Boeing Built Deadly Assumptions Into 737 Max, Blind to a Late Design Change

ImageAfter Boeing removed one of the sensors from an automated flight system on its 737 Max, the jet’s designers and regulators still proceeded as if there would be two.CreditCreditRuth Fremson/The New York TimesSEATTLE — The fatal flaws with Boeing’s 737 Max can be traced to a breakdown late in the plane’s development, when test pilots,…
How We Built Uber Engineering’s Highest Query per Second Service Using Go

How We Built Uber Engineering’s Highest Query per Second Service Using Go

In early 2015 we built a microservice that does one thing (and does it really well), geofence lookups. One year later, this service is Uber’s highest queries per second (QPS) service out of the hundreds we run in production. Here’s the story of why we built this service, and how the relatively recent Go programming…
Whoever Built the Boston Marathon Bombs is Still on the Loose, Able to Kill Again

Whoever Built the Boston Marathon Bombs is Still on the Loose, Able to Kill...

At 2:40 a.m. on June 9, 2013, Sergeant Detective Gary Hayward was dispatched to an address near the center of the tony town of Topsfield, in the North Shore region of Massachusetts. There, he found an elderly woman on a bench outside the town library in her bathrobe, sobbing, her disheveled and distraught companion beside…

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How to add Apple Pay to your Watch ahead of your...

Welcome to TNW Basics, a collection of tips, guides, and advice on how to easily get the most out of your gadgets, apps, and other stuff. Apple today revealed it’s offering a rewards program to incentivize going to the gym by making certain ones “Apple Watch Connected.” Now when you make more of an effort to close…

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