This week, researchers at the Turing Institute, a data science and artificial intelligence hub in London, United Kingdom, published a report aptly titled: “Where are the women? Mapping the gender job gap in AI”. Their findings, while saddening, are far from surprising: women are severely under-represented in the UK and around the world, making up around 20% of the AI workforce. As a woman in data science, I almost didn’t even open this article. I know. I know it must be true. …
We’ve all been there: whether you like to use Windows, Linux or Mac, something doesn’t feel quite right when certain apps run at the same time. Be it the fans inexplicably kicking in at idle, or noticeable sluggishness in an otherwise fast machine, RAM hogging apps can cause some inconveniences. The most obvious offender is Google Chrome: it’s long been reported by users that Chrome (and its several helpers) consumes upwards of 500 MB of RAM.
Me from 6 months ago would shudder at the title. Back when I was using my mid-2012 MacBook pro for all day professional and personal use, performance optimisation was everything. And I mean, everything. My old Mac, at its modest 2 CPU cores and abysmal integrated graphics, could use any help it could get. I would obsessively close any processes apart from what I was using actively. I would avoid unnecessary multitasking and I would never download any widgets.
Things have changed now. With my brand new 2020 Intel MacBook Pro, I have every reason to keep my most important…
I was privileged enough to attend university. Furthermore, I was also privileged enough to attend university out of genuine academic interest in my subject. I was always going to make a career out of my degree.
However, many students have to manage an intellectually demanding workload while simultaneously broadening their skills and extending their network beyond academia. The modern-day university student does two courses in the span of a single one. On one hand, you have to become a versed scholar in your chosen field (and have the grades to prove it). …
I got great comments from readers on my MacOS apps articles to date, for which I am very humbled and grateful. It is always a pleasure to see what other power users recommend in terms of tools.
What better way to celebrate these wonderful, helpful comments than to highlight some of the apps favoured by my readers? For weeks, I tried every single app recommended to me in my story responses. Here are all the contestants, rated out of ten for my workflow and preferences. …
Last week, I said goodbye to my (fully functional) Samsung Galaxy A70 and unboxed the iPhone 12 Pro. I would be lying if I said I didn’t look forward to it. Even though transferring data across platforms is a painstaking process, I was positively giddy: I couldn’t wait to see what I’ve missed during the past two years of iOS upgrades.
However, it’s fair to say that the iPhone fell short in several ways.
I shouldn’t even have to say this, but I paid a fraction of the price for my Galaxy A70 smartphone. Using a cheap phone is incredibly…
Part of the human experience is to have moments when we’re ready to turn to anything that can shine some light on our struggles. The world can be a scary place. No matter your political beliefs, background or ethnicity, it can feel as though we don’t understand the world we live in anymore. Perhaps we never have.
I’ve tried virtually everything to get out of a slump like this, whenever it comes. The worst I’ve done, though, was read the wrong books at the wrong time. I found that consuming self-help books with the wrong mindset can promote toxic positivity…
1. Instax Film vs Polaroid Film
2. Instax Cameras vs Polaroid Cameras
∘ Entry Level Cameras
∘ Cameras with Advanced Features
3. Recommended Use Cases: Instax vs Polaroid
∘ Capturing Memories
∘ Experimental Photography
Instant photography has gained significant traction over the past few years, as shown by a 2021 market research report. Coupled with Polaroid’s revival from the Impossible Project in 2017, instant photography is now a fun, quirky hobby. Market research suggests there are more and more camera companies working on products in this photography niche. …
I’m a data scientist. That being said, I am not a huge fan of spreadsheets. Despite its impressive data handling and manipulation powers, Excel is not a tool I like to use unless I have no choice.
My sentiments toward spreadsheets changed when I started using the MacOS app Numbers. It feels almost inappropriate to call Numbers documents spreadsheets.
Numbers, without oppressive row and column numbers framing the page and infinite grids eating up space, is a great way to stay organised without whacking out an Excel document. It allows you to collage together text, tables of any dimensions, images…
I am startled out of my thoughts by a loud rapping sound coming from my computer. I am on a Zoom meeting, and the speaker’s voice is very quiet. Earlier, I had to turn up my volume all the way up to make out their words. Now, the otherwise inoffensive sound of a Slack message notification is enough to make me jump out of my skin. I read it on the banner in the corner:
“Are you okay there? You don’t look okay.”
One of my colleagues on the call looks at me with concern as they type into Slack…
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