Specialized Bicycles gave us an inside-look at the secret sauce involved in making their awesome bikes.
Oh yeah, and they also showed us their custom-designed WIND TUNNEL.
Go, take a look, we’ll wait.
In the nine years since Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook out of his Harvard dorm room — Monday marks the anniversary of the service — it has evolved into more than just the world’s most popular social network. Zuckerberg and company have also built one of the most sophisticated engineering operations on the planet — largely because they had to. Facebook is faced with a uniquely difficult task — how to serve a personalized homepage to one billion different people, juggling one billion different sets of messages, photos, videos, and so many other data feeds — and this requires more tech talent than you might expect.
Yes, Facebook’s engineering army includes people like Lars Rasmussen who create web applications like the company’s Graph Search tool — the stuff you can see on your Facebook page. It includes other software engineers who fashion the tools and widgets needed to build, test, and deploy those web applications. And nowadays, it includes hardware engineers like Amir Michael who design custom servers, storage devices, and, yes, entire data centers.
But it also spans a team of top engineers who deal in data — an increasingly important part of modern online operations. Scuba is just one of many “Big Data” software platforms Facebook has fashioned to harness the information generated by its online operation — platforms that push the boundaries of distributed computing, the art of training hundreds or even thousands of computers on a single task.
Meet the data brains behind the rise of Facebook over @ Wired Enterprise.
What if large groups of people could go beyond ridesharing – replacing traditional car ownership altogether through on-demand access to the cars they want: a convertible in the summer, an SUV for winter ski trips?
What if driving skills could be computed as a score that warned us of bad drivers nearby – real time, on the road – also enabling navigation systems to offer safer alternative routes? Imagine if we could get rid of traffic jams and accidents altogether. Or how about if our cars picked up our groceries on their own – and dropped us off at the airport like a self-contained limo service?
What if automakers could subsidize our car purchases by working with telecommunications and other companies that want to capitalize on the lifetime revenue opportunity of a connected driver? Consider also the possibilities for insurance providers to charge higher premiums (for those who drive their cars themselves), or for local governments to monitor personal CO2 usage (in exchange for not taxing or tolling public roads).
Whether you embrace or object to these scenarios, they’re not too far away. This isn’t just an evolution of technology-enabled, connected vehicles. This goes beyond self-driving cars. And it’s more than a simple sensor-network: This is the era of smart mobility — an Internet of Cars.
It’s the hack that sent ripples of panic (and a healthy helping of schadenfreude) throughout the internet: On August 3, hackers used simple social engineering to trick Amazon and Apple into providing information that would allow them to take over the AppleID of Wired reporter Mat Honan. Within minutes of securing his digital identity, the hackers erased all of Mat’s cloud accounts and assumed control of his Twitter stream.
And now this Friday [TOMORROW TOMORROW TOMORROW!] we’ll be interviewing him in a Google+ Hangout that everyone can watch and contribute to.
The video Hangout will occur at 10 a.m. Pacific time, Friday, August 17, on Wired’s Google+ page, which can be accessed here. Please add Wired to your Google+ circles, and listen tomorrow while we interview the new (and reluctant) poster boy for digital identity theft.
OR BETTER YET, TUMBLR: What do YOU want to ask Mat Honan?
In Singapore, it is a common practice for entire families to gather on special occasions for a formal picture, often at a studio, with the resulting image framed and prominently displayed at home. The growing tendency of younger family members to take jobs abroad, however, has left many modern portraits missing a relation or two. So the Singaporean photographer John Clang devised a solution, piggybacking on the video-calling technology that already helps ease the dislocation of separated family members: Skype.
Picture perfect portrait of how technology can bring us together, when we’re so far apart.
Can anyone say ‘overkill’?
GOOGLE QUEST VIEW MODE!?!?!?!??!1?!1!?
Finally, the world how WE see it.