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Category: Computer Engineering

A deep dive into authorization and delayed capture.

In this post we’ll dig into what options are available in holding an amount from a card and capturing or cancelling it later. Placing a hold on a card, or “pre-auth”-ing a transaction is very similar in practice as charging a card directly with the APIs. When to delay capture? Choosing to delay capture on a transaction instead of directly charging is usually decided by the type of business you have. You could place a hold on someone’s card while they borrow…

Open sourcing ptracer, a syscall-tracing library for Python

Elvis Pranskevichus, Pinterest engineer, Core Experience Making Pinterest faster and more reliable is a constant focus for our engineering team and using hardware resources more efficiently is a major part of this effort. Improving efficiency and reliability requires good diagnostic tools, and today we’re announcing our newest tracing tool: ptracer, which provides granular syscall tracing in Python programs. In this post we’ll cover background on Pinterest’s codebase, why we needed a better tracer and how ptracer can help solve certain…

Getting to Know Lauren Caponong

Prior to working in design and engineering, she obtained a degree in fine arts, with concentrations in painting, drawing, and digital art. Why are you so passionate about video?Bringing video to LinkedIn is rather exciting for me because video truly has transformed the way people receive, process, and internalize information. It enables people to connect in much more engaging ways—spurring creativity, new ideas, and action. On a professional network such as LinkedIn, there are endless possibilities of what can be…

Research shows drones could help crop management take off

Shawn Butler, a graduate student at the University of Tennessee College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, analyzes cotton research plots from his laptop thanks to images obtained with an unmanned areial system (UAS), also called a drone. This research could help farmers improve crop monitoring. Credit: Ginger Rowsey Unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones, could help farmers determine if their crop is growing satisfactorily, according to a recent study conducted by University of Tennessee Institute of…

New method analyzes corn kernel characteristics

Kernel maps of all maize ears. If no multi-counts occurred, the kernels are shown in black. In case of multi-counts, the kernels are shown in grey, and the multi-counted kernels in black. Credit: University of Illinois An ear of corn averages about 800 kernels. A traditional field method to estimate the number of kernels on the ear is to manually count the number of rows and multiply by the number of kernels in one length of the ear. With the…

Best New Technology of 2017 and Beyond

With the ever-changing world of technology, sometimes it can be hard to keep up with the latest trends. Here is a list of the top must-have gadgets for 2017 and what could be in store for next year! iPhone 8 Apple continues to surprise us with some of the latest and greatest technologies out there, coming out with a new iPhones what seems like every month. But this year Apple launched the newest generation of iPhone, the iPhone 8. The…

Using Technology To Elevate Your Business

Never underestimate the power of technology and what it can do for your business and sales numbers. Even if you’re not that familiar with all of the benefits, it’s always smart to be reading up on the latest trends and improvements. You can’t sit back and wait for people to find your business. As a leader of the company, it’s your job to get in front of the right people at the right time. Technology is a great way to…

High-performance OLED microdisplays for next-generation smart glasses

Credit: Uwe Vogel A consistent trend across the tech sector is the one-upmanship of increasingly high screen resolution and larger display size. Yet, the fact that the former increases faster than the latter means that manufacturers must achieve ever-higher pixel density. Large OLED microdisplays developed under the LOMID project could help solve that problem, thereby providing Europe with a competitive edge. They are increasingly considered as a must-have for near-eye applications such as virtual reality glasses: within the next few…

Best Practices for Cloud Data Recovery and Data Protection

Data recovery has always been a critical consideration for organizations just because IT crises are commonplace. The IT team, charged with the responsibility of keeping everything moving, often faces the daunting task of keeping systems up and running against unexpected outages so that it is possible to ensure that data always remain accessible. Hardware can fail; users might inadvertently delete or overwrite files, and even file corruption is a reality. In the age of ransomware, it is also possible that…

What’s new in version 2.5.0 of our client SDKs. – Square Corner Blog – Medium

The latest version of our SDKs includes our big release of multi-party transactions. Here’s a rundown of the changes: Multi-Party transactions: This has been a big feature request from developers like you, as well as larger marketplaces and other platforms looking to integrate with Square. You can read more about this exciting release here: A new way for developers to monetize on Square’s platform. Improved SDK generation instructions: If you didn’t know already, we use Swagger/OpenAPI to generate the SDKs…