November 2016 Articles

Citymaps — “Vietnam”: Tracking Down An Elusive Bug

Bob Matsuoka posted November 22, 2016
In our experience a serious bug -- particularly one pushed in production code -- tends to get found and solved quickly, and is in fact relatively straightforward to reproduce and isolate.  We encountered one recently, however, that did not fit this model, and it ended up causing us a few weeks of frustration as well as some work probably could have been avoided. Background About a month ago, we pushed a fairly…
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Building Skills for Amazon Echo

Irena Shaigorodsky posted November 6, 2016
I am a proud owner of a pre-ordered Amazon Echo (or Alexa). It's a lot of fun for guests and the family alike. It claims to have been born on Nov. 6, 2015, and generally tries to act like an AI. Its voice recognition is pretty decent, especially with accents. When it was released, there was none like it and now Google, and Apple, and various other startups are rushing…
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