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Why avatars are usually awful…and how Snappr fixed it

Guest post by Matt Schiller, Co-founder & CEO, Snappr Avatars and profile pictures are everywhere on the web. But aside from being pretty, they serve two important functions. First off, they’re easier than written names for the human eye to identify and secondly, they take up less real estate on cluttered screens. Getting users to upload an avatar, […]

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Use Spot Instance pricing for your video encoding workflows with Bitmovin Containerized Encoding

Guest Post by Daniel Hoelbling-Inzko, Solution Architect, Bitmovin Video encoding can be a time-consuming proposition. Every creative professional who has ever fallen asleep while exporting their Premiere or Final Cut master knows this. When encoding a video for adaptive bitrate streaming, most people do essentially the same thing: start ffmpeg and wait for it to […]

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Analytics is Simpler Than You Think with Metabase

Guest post by Sameer Al-Sakran, CEO, Metabase If you spend any time reading on the internet, you’ve probably noticed that the subjects of analytics and business intelligence tend to take on very complex overtones. Big data analytics. Stream processing. Real-time analytics. Machine learning. Machine learning to learn your machine learning parameters. Meanwhile, everyone else’s engineering blogs […]

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Create Post-Purchase Notifications using AWS Lambda & Amazon API Gateway with ClaudiaJS

Guest post by Richard Moot, Developer Evangelist, Shippo An easy way for an ecommerce store to improve customer retention is to provide a better post-purchase experience. If you improve the experience for customers after they purchase your product, it increases the likelihood that they will purchase from you again. One solution is to connect Shippo’s […]

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From monoliths to microservices at Zocdoc

Guest post by Chris Smith, Principal Engineer, Zocdoc Over the last two years, the Zocdoc Engineering team has been decomposing our monolithic web application into a set of isolated microservices. We’ve put thousands of engineering hours into this transition to increase the velocity with which our teams are able to deliver products to patients and […]

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Send data-over-voice using Alexa with the Chirp Toolkit

Guest post by Tomasz Kurzydym, AWS Professional Services Consultant and Dinu Chiriac, Senior Engineer at Chirp Imagine if you could use Alexa to send data over sound to any nearby audio-capable devices that share the same physical space—but might not be known on the network, logged-in, authenticated, or otherwise affiliated with the Amazon account of the […]

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Bringing art to Amazon Alexa on AWS Lambda

Guest post by Daniel Doubrovkine, CTO, Artsy At a recent Artsy board meeting an investor asked, “You’ve shipped a tremendous amount of software in 2016 with a very small team. How did you do that?” Indeed, in 2016 we’ve built a new live auctions service and executed over 40 auctions for major auction houses, including […]

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