Metal Toad Blog

Learn more about the latest Media & Entertainment industry and AWS trends from the Metal Toad blog. If you prefer to browse by category, all of our posts are organized under the help section.

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Creating a Scavenger Hunt on Android With TensorFlow

Prior to Google IO 2017, I would have expected creating an image classifier that functions on an Android device to either not work, be terribly slow, or be completely inaccurate.  Fortunately, with the current Machine…
James Simshaw
March 10th, 2020
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HPA Tech Retreat 2020

Exhilarating, overwhelming, and immensely inspiring—the HPA Tech Retreat (February 17–20 in Palm Springs, CA) is one of our favorite events of the year.
Joaquin Lippincott
February 19th, 2020
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AWS Media Symposium—Miami 2020

We’re excited about the AWS Media Symposium in Miami this year (February 13, 2020). It will be a full day for AWS partners, experts, technologists, and leaders in the M&E industry to learn and connect.  Here’s an…
Joaquin Lippincott
February 13th, 2020
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How to become a User Experience Researcher?

This blog, like the previous related to UX frequently asked questions, is best left to the experts.  Below, I have shared some related suggestions from User Experience experts out in the world: Springboard
Ali Meechoovet
February 11th, 2020
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AWS re:Invent Insights—Amazon Rekognition

As the CEO of an AWS managed services company I go to a lot of events and conferences (talking to fellow cloud evangelists is one of the best parts of my job) and AWS re:Invent is the show of the year when it comes to sheer…
Joaquin Lippincott
January 22nd, 2020
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AWS Partner Requirements Expand Metal Toad's Knowledge

Early last year, AWS drastically increased the requirements for becoming certified as  a partner in the AWS Partner Network (APN). Highlights of the change included:
Nathan Wilkerson
January 15th, 2020
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AWS re:Invent Insights—Amazon Forecast

I was excited to join a group of Toads attending AWS re:Invent. Five days of fascinating product announcements, keynote speeches, and networking with other cloud engineers was the perfect way to cap off the year. I left the…
Nathan Wilkerson
January 8th, 2020
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How to Choose the Right Cloud Provider

The promise of cloud technology has spawned tremendous innovation by some of the biggest, most powerful companies in the world. Choosing a cloud provider is a very important undertaking and not everyone can afford engaging a…
Nathan Wilkerson
January 3rd, 2020
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ReactJS Amplify App Pt II - Storage

The banner and food feed have placeholder images that are ready to accept an avatar image. Now on to storing and retrieving an avatar in an s3 bucket using Amplify Storage, and displaying it using Amplify React S3Image!
Joe Matthies
December 23rd, 2019
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2019 Metal Toad Diversity Report

Dear Community, Attached you will find our survey results from the annual 2019 TechtownPDX survey on diversity in our community and our company.
Joaquin Lippincott
December 5th, 2019
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Give it a KISS
Ali Meechoovet
December 1st, 2019
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ReactJS Amplify App Part I - Overview and Auth

This is a three part post about our experience using AWS Amplify to develop a food logging app for the Metal Toad hackathon. Here in part one we cover the initial project overview/setup and our experience implementing…
Joe Matthies
November 28th, 2019

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