Biometrics — Can You Afford to Lose a Finger?

Biometric authentication has been attracting a lot of attention recently. Every day you see people deftly swiping their thumbs over their phones to unlock them using fingerprint recognition. Iris scanning technology is being introduced to India’s national biometric ID system. It’s the largest such system in the world—with over a billion users—and is used to […]
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Build Your Very Own Electron Cross-Platform Desktop App Using JavaScript

Cross-platform technologies are popular right now. Microsoft seems to be embracing non-Windows OSes—e.g. porting flagship projects such as .NET and SQL Server to Linux/macOS. Most of this activity is around server and mobile technologies. Windows still has a commanding share—89% in 2016)—of the desktop, with macOS on just under 10% of desktops in the same […]
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Creating a Web Service in R

R is a powerful language and environment for statistical computing. It excels at crunching data and performing complex modeling. In application development, its strength is in creating the “back end” components. Shiny Server allows R developers to create web applications using R. It provides R functions to create pretty sophisticated user interfaces and link them […]
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New Features in C# 7

In this article, we’ll look at some of the new language features of C# 7 that will help us write cleaner, less buggy code in a shorter time. Binary literals In C# 6 we can currently represent integers in decimal or hexadecimal formats. int d = 42; int h = 0x2A; In C# 7, we […]
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Why You Must Manage Packages in R—and How to Do It

Reproducibility is a critical component of data science. In fact, it’s critical to all research—witness the reproducibility crisis currently engulfing academic research. It equally important in software development. We all expect our applications to work the same way…time after time. Software that operates erratically is undesirable. The unyielding regularly with which computers perform tasks could […]
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