Terabit.ca is Hiring!

Posted on: Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Terabit.ca is growing and with a new office location to suit our larger team, we are looking to hire more dedicated and innovative individuals to join the team! We are currently looking for experienced front end developers, as well as web and app developers. If this is of interest to you, check out the job descriptions below. We would love to hear from you!

Front End Developer

Job Description: We are looking to hire a talented front-end developer to join our team. Successful candidates will be able to work both in a group environment and independently.  They will possess working knowledge of front end technologies such as Bootstrap and jQuery. As the industry is constantly evolving, successful candidate should also be excited to explore new technologies as needed.

Front-end developers are required to use Photoshop, HTML5, CSS3, Javascript and Jetbrains IDE as well as other tools in their daily work.  They are actively involved in the mock up, implementation and maintenance/modification of web sites.

Job Requirements:

Must have great working knowledge of Responsive Design, HTML5, CSS3 and javascript (jQuery) as well as Bootstrap.

  • Ability to produce a coded website from a PSD or mock up image
  • Ability to work on a team as well as independently
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to work well within fixed deadlines
  • Strong customer service, organizational, and problem-solving skills
  • 2 years of experience minimum

Assets:

  • College degree
  • Familiarity with front end css frameworks such as Foundation, Milligram etc. is an asset
  • Familiarity with front end JS frameworks such as jQuery, React, Angular etc. is an asset
  • Familiarity with CMS systems such as WordPress, Joomla, Drupal is an asset

Website/ App Developer

Job Description: Developers work interactively with a small team and independently on projects designing websites for various clients. They are required to use PHP, CSS3, HTML5, MySQL, JavaScript, jQuery, phpMyAdmin and JetBrains IDE in daily work. Developers are involved in the implementation and maintenance of websites and are required to use creative programming and debugging skills on various projects.

Job Requirements:

  • must have good working knowledge of PHP, MySQL, jQuery
  • knowledge of the following is an asset: Laravel, React, REST, MongoDB, Node.js, GitHub
  • WordPress, Magento, Joomla, Drupal experience an asset
  • ability to work on a team and independently
  • project management an asset
  • strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • ability to work well with fixed deadlines
  • strong customer service, organizational, and problem solving skills

Assets:

  • 2 years of related experience
  • College degree or equivalent in website/app development

Additional Information:

  • Extended health, vision, drug, and dental benefits available after probation period completed.
  • Applications should include both a portfolio and resume.
  • Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Thank you to all candidates for their interest, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please email your resume and portfolio to careers@terabit.ca.


Talk to Books with Google’s AI Tool

Posted on: Sunday, April 15, 2018

Whether you’re writing a report, doing research, or just wanting to expand your knowledge, keyword searches don’t always deliver the most applicable and useful results. What if there was a way to change this? Google is tackling this issue right now with the use of natural language processing within the realm of artificial intelligence (AI).

Google’s new search tool, “Talk to Books,” was announced on April 13th, 2018. The new search tool will allow individuals to browse passages from all different book sources, thanks to AI. Moreover, according to Quartz, once a question is inputted into the Talk to Books search engine, over 100,000 Google Books will be scanned to then generate a list of relevant material pertaining to the question.

Source: 9TO5Google

The AI powered tool makes it easy for users to search, as Talk to Books works more effectively when users speak to it in sentences and in natural language. According to Google, this is because the artificial intelligence is trained to understand human speech, unlike keyword searches.

Additionally, according to Google, Talk to Books may take some practice in order to generate the most desired results. To do so, Google’s Talk to Books webpage has sample questions to play around with, which you can check here. Lastly, it is important to note, Talk to Books is more of a creative tool than a strict research tool, which is what keyword searches are for!


Instagram Emulates Snapchat ‘Snapcode’ with ‘Nametags’

Posted on: Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Snapchat and Instagram are two social media platforms that were created for varying purposes, but now share quite a few similarities and are often caught emulating each other. Stories, facial recognition filters, tags and so on are simple examples of the similarities between Instagram and Snapchat.

Just when user’s thought the two apps couldn’t get more similar, TechCrunch announced the launch of Instagram Nametags. Nametags allows users to provide an image with a link to their profile and in turn, others can use their story camera to scan the image to easily follow the user. This concept likely sounds familiar to Snapchat users, whom are used to utilizing the ‘snapcode’ feature that can be scanned to follow friends more efficiently on the app.

Source: TechCrunch 
Via: Josh Constine

Nametags allow Instagram users to create a customizable tag for their profile, using a selfie, filter or emoji. Instagram will provide a Nametag button on the top of the user’s profile, which will display the customizable tag for others to scan, making it easier for individual users and businesses to gain followers.

It is not clear when the feature will be rolling out to all users, but we will keep you posted with updates regarding Nametags.


New App Limits Filter Bubbles on Reddit

Posted on: Friday, April 6, 2018

Whether it was before of after the Cambridge Analytica scandal, many internet users have realized that a considerable amount of promotional collateral and information is specifically tailored to one’s interests and previous search history. While this may benefit users in some ways, it also has numerous consequences, as internet users are exposed to the same information and opinions, making it difficult to develop unbiased opinions.

Although this problem appears to be quite prevalent, unfortunately, major tech companies aren’t doing much to solve it. However, a new app has come to surface called Burst. Burst aims to remove people from the filter bubble that often blindly traps people online. 

Source: burstapp.io

Burst’s target right now is Reddit. Rather than having users only read the subreddits they select to view, Burst discovers the various subreddits and combines all the comments and insights into one. Doing so will allow users to view the post from different perspectives, despite whether they agree with what is being said or not. In turn, users will not be confined to a limited bubble on Reddit, and rather gain from the addition of more insight and knowledge from others that they wouldn’t have seen before.

The app boasts useful features, such as force touch, a minimalistic design, quick swipes and a unified search.

The app is available to iOS users for free. However, it is currently in beta for android users.


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