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Free-floating Ubuntu social bot chats up astronauts on International Space Station

An Ubuntu-powered social robot called CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile CompaniON) has begun work on the International Space Station. The self-navigating bot recognizes faces and answers questions relayed to a ground-based IBM Watson computer. A social robot with an Ubuntu OS has launched on the International Space Station (ISS) to answer astronauts’ questions via voice and […] Read More »

Unwrap your fasta

FASTA is a plain-text file format for DNA sequences, but the sequences are often wrapped to a fixed line length. This post explains 3 Linux command-line methods for joining the sequence lines end-to-end. Read More »

Create a sliding drawer interface in Android

Applications that used Android's SlidingDrawer library enabled users to hide content offscreen, then drag it onscreen using a “handle” when they wanted to use it. Unfortunately, the library was deprecated in Android 4.2, JellyBean (API 17), but independent developers have stepped in to create alternative versions for those who miss the cool animation and better UI experience it offered.read more Read More »