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We are Gregarious Mammal, a pair of tech writers, journalists and developer experience experts based in Berlin, Germany. Here you can listen to our podcast, read our writing(s) and much more.

  • The Future of Work, Interview with Postman, and Skilled Migrants

    In this episode Cate and Chris speak with Abhinav Asthana from Postman, discuss the future of work, and skilled migrant visas.

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  • An Introduction to Speech Synthesis Markup Language

    Speech synthesis is a not a new technology — computers have been attempting to speak to us for decades — but with the recent rise of voice-activated appliances, speech synthesis is undergoing a renaissance. At more than one meetup I heard Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML) mentioned for modeling computerized speech and thought it warranted further investigation.

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  • What exactly is BioHacking?

    In this episode Cate and Chris speak with Paul Lauener from BioMonkey about BioHacking to improve your physical and mental self and what (if anything) it has to do with embedding microchips in your body.

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  • Docker for Windows, Linux, and Mac

    Released earlier in 2017, Docker’s new native applications for Windows and Mac replaced the older methods for running Docker on Windows and Mac and created a better experience for developers using those platforms.

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  • Real-Time OCR for Mobile Apps With RTR SDK

    I remember the first time I tried the image recognition technology in the Google translate app, snapping a poster to instantly translate what it said into a language I understood. It was far from perfect, but it was cool, and it showed the potential of what more traditional optical character recognition could be used for.

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  • Preventing SQL injections in Ruby (and other vulnerabilities)

    Ruby is a wonderful language for beginner coders to start with and scale to large, distributed Web and Desktop applications. It has an accepting and helpful community and strives to keep itself up to date to match the needs of developers.

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  • The realities and challenges of being a digital nomad

    You jet around the world, a road and sky warrior armed with a laptop in search of a power socket and decent WiFi. No ties, no responsibilities; work when you need it and when you’re bored, you move on. Sounds perfect, doesn’t it?

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  • Logz.io, Tech in Israel, Robots for Seniors and is the Laptop dead?

    Logz.io, Tech in Israel, Robots for Seniors and is the Laptop dead?

    In this episode Chris and Cate interview Asaf from Logz.io, discuss the Israeli tech scene, robots for seniors and the death of the laptop.

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  • JVM-Free Kotlin With Kotlin/Native

    I would never call myself a real programmer, but I have a healthy obsession with studying new languages that emerge, especially those that arrive with little baggage and attempt to solve current problems and new use cases. This brought about my explorations in recent years of Swift and Kotlin, both initially aimed to fix issues with the languages traditionally used in their worlds, but rapidly became used in more widespread contexts, and generally, have enthusiastic communities.

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  • Enterprising Israel

    Much has been written already about Israel’s incredibly successful and mature tech startup scene, but I was lucky enough to be asked to speak at Codemotion in Israel, so thought I would line up interviews with local entrepreneurs, catch some sun, and enjoy the food that Tel Aviv is famous for (and I wasn’t disappointed on that front). I barely scratched the surface of what the city (and country) has to offer, but I hope you will find those I spoke to interesting and useful.

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  • Tech Salary Trends in 2017

    Stack Overflow's 2017 developer survey crossed my desk at the same time as a report on tech wage trends from Dice.com, who I’d never heard of before, but the report echoed many of my own observations, so I read further. It’s only from US data, but again, I have seen similar trends in other countries, so thought I’d share insights with you, in case, you know, you’re looking for a change, or are inquisitive about your worth.

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  • CeBIT 2017 - Business as Usual

    I’ve never been to CeBit before, but it’s reasonably well-known on the tech conference circuit for announcements, and as it’s only a two-hour train ride from home, I jumped on a Deutsche Bahn and headed to the Worlds largest fairground in Hannover.

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  • The Internet of Industrial Things

    When most people think about the Internet of Things (IoT), it likely conjures ideas of activity-monitoring wearables like Fitbit or home devices for home security (iSmart), lighting (Hue), and coffee makers (Nespresso Prodigio). It’s a mixed opinion on the success of consumer IoT devices, but IoT is making its biggest impact in the industrial realm, where it’s used to reconcile problems that have plagued workplaces for centuries. Industry can use sensor technology to increase efficiency, improve supply chains, reduce waste and increase safety and speed. Last week, I attended the Connected World event from Bosch and bring a selection of companies and activities in what I will term, “The Internet of Industrial Things” (IoIT).

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  • Blockchain, music and tech cooperatives with Resonate

    Blockchain, music and tech cooperatives with Resonate

    Chris talks with Peter Harris from Resonate about music streaming on the blockchain, tech cooperatives and much more.

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  • Berlin-the blockchain capital of the world?

    With the UK exiting the European Union, Germany is jostling to become the new FinTech capital of the EU. Frankfurt has the history and established finance industry, but Berlin is more affordable, is larger, and has a more diverse population, looking at challenges from different perspectives. With at least six regular blockchain and cryptocurrency related meetups, founding members of Ethereum and Monax present in the city, and countless cryptocurrency related projects, analysts are beginning to call Berlin “the blockchain capital of the world.” As this year’s FinTech Safary threw the doors of organization and co-working spaces open, I met with a small selection of people involved in the scene to see how true this claim is.

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  • Docker Secrets Management

    I’m sure we’ve all been there. That moment when you realize that important and sensitive access details have leaked online into a public space and potentially rendered your services to unrequited access. With the ever-growing amount of services we depend on for our development stack, the number of sensitive details to remember and track has also increased. To cope with this problem, tools have emerged in the field of “secrets management.” In this post, I am going to look at Docker Secrets, the new secrets management feature available in Docker 1.13 and higher.

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  • What's Next? Google Announces New Features for its Cloud

    What's Next? Google Announces New Features for its Cloud

    Cloud Next is Google’s regular conference that covers all their cloud-related products. That’s something of a vague and overarching classification, but I squeezed into the Google office in Berlin to watch a live stream of the event and will get you all up to speed.

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  • Teaching Children to Code

    Teaching Children to Code

    Two experiences in my life have shaped the way I try to talk about technology. One was over ten years ago when I taught a room full of retirees, long-term unemployed, and recent immigrants basic computer skills. I realized that I could throw many of the subjects I had studied out of the window and that the best way to teach people was to give them a reason to learn. Fast forward to last year (and a subject I wrote previously on SitePoint) when I taught programming to a group of recent Syrian refugees. Again, I had to throw away much of my own learning and preconceptions and think afresh.

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  • Chris and Cate do MWC

    In this episode Chris and Cate attend Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and discuss smart city tech, security, robots, and machine learning.

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  • WTD Episode 4: Continuous Integration and Docs like Code

    WTD Episode 4: Continuous Integration and Docs like Code

    In this episode, we talk about continuous integration strategies for docs (for style, screenshots, and REST calls). We also dive into discussions around docs as code, including how encourage developer collaboration, how to stay informed about code updates developers make, and more.

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  • The Highlights of Mobile World Congress 2017

    The Highlights of Mobile World Congress 2017

    There is a lot to see, hear, and discover at Mobile World Congress (MWC) and its many side events. From helping the developing world, to brain imaging, and sensors on seals, these are some of my highlights.

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  • Mobile World Congress 2017

    Mobile World Congress 2017

    2016 was quite a year for technology and its impact on the world. Subconsciously or not, nestled amongst the booths of generic Chinese handsets and app marketing companies were many projects and people at MWC that sought to accomplish something more meaningful. Here are some of the themes and concepts I feel will shape 2017 and 2018.

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  • Preventing SQL injections in Python (and other vulnerabilities)

    Preventing SQL injections in Python (and other vulnerabilities)

    Python is a wonderful language, ideal for beginners, and easy to scale up from starter projects to complex applications for data processing and serving dynamic web pages. As you increase complexity in your applications, it can be easy to inadvertently introduce potential problems and vulnerabilities. In this article, I will highlight the easiest to miss that can cause the biggest problems, how to avoid them and tools and services that help you save time doing so.

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  • Setapp aims to solve the App problem for Macs

    Setapp aims to solve the App problem for Macs

    There are currently two major issues and trends with application development. One is users finding your efforts, and the other is then making money when they do.

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  • A switchers tale - My week(s) with Linux

    A switchers tale - My week(s) with Linux

    After using macOS for over 20 years I was interested to get new perspectives and try other operating systems in my daily work. In this second part, I spend a month with Linux.

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