The Download: Retrofitting cities, and Alexa mimics the dead

This is today’s edition of The Download, our weekday newsletter that provides a daily dose of what’s going on in the world of technology.

How to retrofit a city

The scars and pockmarks of the aging apartments and housing units under the purview of the New York City Housing Authority don’t immediately communicate the idea of innovation. The largest landlord in the city, housing nearly 1 in 16 New Yorkers, NYCHA has seen its buildings literally crumble after decades of deferred maintenance and poor stewardship. All told, this forsaken subsidized housing is in the midst of what local planners …

The future of urban housing is energy-efficient refrigerators

The scars and pockmarks of the aging apartments and housing units under the purview of the New York City Housing Authority don’t immediately communicate the idea of innovation. The largest landlord in the city, housing nearly 1 in 16 New Yorkers, NYCHA has seen its buildings literally crumble after decades of deferred maintenance and poor stewardship.

Just as the physical infrastructure has broken down, leading to busted elevators, picked-apart playgrounds, and crumbling façades, the agency has weathered a series of scandals in recent years over mold infestations and faked lead inspections. Hurricane Sandy in 2012 just added to the …

Common Laptop Expertise Interview Questions

Students build an entire Web-based software that comes with three-tier development together with client-side, server-side, and database processing. Students explore SQL and PL/SQL database programming because it relates to the Oracle database setting. Students create PL/SQL blocks that embody program control constructions, embedded SQL, cursors, and exception handling; create saved procedures and functions; create packages; and implement database triggers. Oracle Application Express is used for PL/SQL growth. Concepts regarding the Oracle PL/SQL certification exam have been integrated into this course for those college students wishing to pursue certification.

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