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Anaxi brings more visibility to the development process

Anaxi‘s mission is to bring more transparency to the software development process. The tool, which is now live for iOS, with web and Android versions planned for the near future, connects to GitHub to give you actionable insights about the state of your projects and manage your projects and issues. Support for Atlassian’s Jira is also in the works.

The new company was founded by former Apple engineering manager and Docker EVP of product development Marc Verstaen and former CodinGame CEO John Lafleur. Unsurprisingly, this new tool is all about fixing the issues these two have seen in their daily lives as developers.

“I’ve been doing software for 40 years,” Verstaen told me.” And every time is the same. You start with a small team and it’s fine. Then you grow and you don’t know what’s going on. It’s a black box.” While the rest of the business world now focuses on data and analytics, software development never quite reached that point. Verstaen argues that this was acceptable until 10 or 15 years ago because only software companies were doing software. But now that every company is becoming a software company, that’s not acceptable anymore.

Using Anaxi, you can easily see all issue reports and pull requests from your GitHub repositories, both public and private. But you also get visual status indicators that tell you when a project has too many blockers, for example, as well as the ability to define your own labels. You also can define due dates for issues.

One interesting aspect of Anaxi is that it doesn’t store all of this information on your phone or on a proprietary server. Instead, it only caches as little information as necessary (including your handles) and then pulls the rest of the information from GitHub as needed. That cache is encrypted on the phone, but for the most part, Anaxi simply relies on the GitHub API to pull in data when needed. There’s a bit of a trade-off here in terms of speed, but Verstaen noted that this also means you always get the most recent data and that GitHub’s API is quite fast and easy to work with.

The service is currently available for free. The company plans to introduce pricing plans in the future, with prices based on the number of developers that use the product inside a company.


Source: TechCrunch

Alivecor gets a green light from FDA to screen for dangerously high potassium levels in the blood

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted AliveCor the designation of ‘breakthrough device’ for it’s ability to detect a rare but dangerous blood condition called hyperkalemia without taking any blood from the patient.

Hyperkalemia is a medical term describing elevated potassium levels in the blood and is usually found in those with kidney disease. The correct amount of potassium is critical for the function of nerve and muscles in the body, including your heart muscle. A blood potassium level higher than than 6.0 mmol/L can be dangerous and usually requires immediate treatment, according to the Mayo Clinic.

A surprising 31 million people in the U.S. suffer from chronic kidney conditions leading to potentially elevated levels of potassium. Nearly 500,000 of those with the condition are on dialysis as their kidneys are no longer able to function.

AliveCor is able to detect elevated levels of potassium in the blood using the company’s specifically trained deep neural network and data from its electrocardiograms (ECG) technology, similar to those captured by AliveCor’s KardiaMobile and KardiaBand devices.

The new designation means the FDA will begin to fast track the technology, enabling patients with kidney disease to use AliveCor for home-based detection of elevated potassium levels.

AliveCor was cleared late last year by the FDA to use its Kardiaband technology as a medical device for the Apple Watch to detect abnormal hearth rhythm. Allowing kidney and heart patients to use this technology at home would potentially save lives by detecting and warning them that something is wrong before heading into the doctor’s office to get checked.

“We are gratified that the artificial intelligence work we’re doing at AliveCor has been deemed so meaningful that it has achieved FDA ‘Breakthrough Device’ status,” AliveCor CEO Vic Gundotra said in a statement. “We view it as a key milestone in our corporate history and look forward to the further development of our non-invasive Hyperkalemia detection tools.”


Source: TechCrunch

Facebook’s ‘Rosetta’ system helps the company understand memes

Memes are the language of the web and Facebook wants to better understand them.

Facebook’s AI teams have made substantial advances over the years in both computer vision and natural language recognition. Today, they’ve announced some of their latest work that works to combine advances in the two fields. A new system, codenamed “Rosetta,” helps teams at Facebook and Instagram identify text within images to better understand what their subject is and more easily classify them for search or to flag abusive content.

It’s not all memes, the tool scans over a billion images and video frames daily across multiple languages in real time, according to a company blog post.

Rosetta makes use of recent advances in optical character recognition (OCR) to first scan an image and detect text that is present, at which point the characters are placed inside a bounding box that is then analyzed by convolutional neural nets that try to recognize the characters and determine what’s being communicated.

via Facebook

This technology has been in practice for a while — Facebook has been working with OCR since 2015 — but implementing this across the company’s vast networks provides a crazy degree of scale that  pointed the company to develop some new strategies around character detection and recognition.

If you’re interested in some of the more technical details of what they did here, check out the team’s research paper on the topic.

Facebook has plenty of reasons to be interested in the text that is accompanying videos or photos, particularly when it comes to their content moderation needs.

While identifying spam is pretty straight forward when the text description of a photo is “Bruh!!! 🤣🤣🤣” or “1 like = 1 prayer,” but videos and photos that employ similar techniques seemed to be more present in timelines as Facebook tweaks its algorithm to promote “time well spent.” The same goes for hate speech which can much more easily be shared when all the messaging is encapsulated in one image or video which makes text overlays a useful tool.

The company says that this system presents new challenges for the company in terms of multi-language support as it’s currently running off a unified model for languages and the bulk of available training data is currently in the Latin alphabet. In the company’s research paper, the team details that it has some strategies to conjure up new language support by repurposing existing databases.

As Facebook looks to offload work from human content moderators and allow its news feed algorithms to sort content based on assigned classifications, a tool like this has a lot of potential to shape how Facebook identifies harmful content but also put more interesting content in front of you.


Source: TechCrunch

Samsung opens its largest worldwide store in former opera house – CNET

The company is trying to beat Apple and Chinese rivals in the world’s second biggest smartphone market.
Source: CNET

Ahead of Pixel 3 event, Google updates USB-C headphone adapter – CNET

The more efficient dongle now costs $12, up from $9.
Source: CNET

MacBook Air 2018: All the rumors on specs, price and Touch ID possibilities for Sept. 12 – CNET

Will a new MacBook Air equipped with Touch ID make an appearance at Wednesday’s big event?
Source: CNET

Volvo idles new SC plant over Hurricane Florence fears – Roadshow

The Swedish automaker’s new Charleston plant has only been building cars for a couple of weeks.
Source: CNET

Watch Moritz Simon Geist's Sonic Robots Play Thumping Techno Music in His Video for 'Entropy'

The German musician builds robots that make sound, then orchestrates them to create unique and funky dance tracks.
Source: Wired

LA's Teaming up With Other Cities to Get Cheaper EVs

It’s leading a group of 30 cities that will work together to get better deals on electric cars.
Source: Wired

Why an Army of Small Companies Is Defending The Sprint/T-Mobile Merger

Mobile Virtual Network Operators, which serve largely low-income users, have little to gain from the Sprint/T-Mobile merger. They’re advocating for it because of a secret agenda: fear of the new telecom overlords.
Source: Wired

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