This Startup Wants to Build a “GitHub for Data”

· Andrew Orr · Link

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A startup called Gretel wants to build a “GitHub for data” so developers can safely access sensitive data.

Often, developers don’t need full access to a bank of user data — they just need a portion or a sample to work with. In many cases, developers could suffice with data that looks like real user data.

This so-called “synthetic data” is essentially artificial data that looks and works just like regular sensitive user data. Gretel uses machine learning to categorize the data — like names, addresses and other customer identifiers — and classify as many labels to the data as possible. Once that data is labeled, it can be applied access policies. Then, the platform applies differential privacy — a technique used to anonymize vast amounts of data — so that it’s no longer tied to customer information.

 

Reinstalling macOS? Here's How to Choose the Version You Want

· Melissa Holt · Quick Tip

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If your machine shipped with Yosemite, for example—and you’d like to wipe its drive and reinstall that version of the Mac’s operating system—there’s a keyboard shortcut for that! In this Quick Tip, we’ll tell you how to do so, along with giving you some other neat startup tricks.

How to Re-enable the Startup Chime on Late 2016 MacBook Pro Models

· Jeff Gamet · Quick Tip

Re-enabling the new MacBook Pro startup chime

The new 15-inch and 13-inch Touch Bar Retina MacBook Pro, along with their 13-inch function key sibling, do away with the Mac startup chime. Turns out the chime isn’t gone, but is only disabled—and it’s easy to re-enable with a quick trip to the Terminal. Read on to learn how.

Apple Kills Start Up Chime in New MacBook Pro Models

· Jeff Gamet · News

No more startup chime for new Retina MacBook Pro models

Apple has been on a killing spree of sorts with its new MacBook Pro models. The physical Escape key and function keys are gone, the traditional USB A and mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt 2 ports are gone, the SD Card slot and MagSafe are gone, and the iconic startup chime is missing, too. It’s sad to see—or hear—the startup chime go, but it seems Apple has a reason for axing the sound.