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Category: Computer Engineering

Making the World Better by Breaking Things

Ben Sadeghipour, Technical Account Manager, HackerOne, and Katie Moussouris, Founder & CEO, Luta Security Moderator: John Graham-Cumming, CTO, Cloudflare Photo by Cloudflare Staff JGC: We’re going to talk about hacking Katie Moussouris helps people how to work around security vulnerabilities. Ben Sadeghipour is a technical account manager at HackerOne, and a hacker at night JGC: Ben, you say you’re a hacker by night. Tell us about this. BS: It depends who you ask: if they encourage it; or, we do…

What Will AI Mean for Everyday Life?

Willie Tejada, Chief Developer Advocate, IBM and Anthony Goldbloom, CEO, Kaggle Moderator: Jen Taylor, Head of Product, Cloudflare Photo by Cloudflare Staff JT: Our focus today is really what does AI mean for everyday life. I’m hearing a lot about AI. What is your assessment about where we are and how it is making a difference? WT: we’re in an unprecedented, interesting era. From a consumer perspective, negative connotation. It’s an interesting era we are in; these technologies are going…

Building for an omni-channel business with Square’s APIs has never been easier

Now, you can use the full power of Square’s Connect APIs and reporting tools to supercharge your online or multi-channel business. Starting with the launch of our E-Commerce API, we’ve worked to create a powerful commerce platform for both online-only and multi-channel businesses. In the last few months we’ve introduced our Catalog API, a tool to help businesses manage their products more efficiently, as well as Square Checkout, an out-of-the-box, hosted checkout for Square developers. And today, we are tying…

The View from Washington: The State of Cybersecurity

Avril Haines, Former Deputy National Security Advisor, Obama Administration Moderator: Doug Kramer, General Counsel, Cloudflare Photo by Cloudflare Staff Avril began her career on the National Security Council, and went on to become the first female deputy at the CIA. DK: How will cyber will play a role in military operations? AH: We look at it from the perspective of “asymmetric threats”; state actors (those who have high-value assets that they can hold at risk with no threat to them).…

How Uber Engineering’s Roche Janken Channels Creativity into Code

Roche Janken is an engineer on Uber’s Privacy Engineering team, responsible for developing features that ensure compliance and protect user privacy. In this article, she discusses her unconventional path to programming and explains how her career as a dancer inspires her to think creatively about her work at Uber. When I meet new people and they ask what I do, I tell them, “I’m an engineer on the Privacy Team at Uber.” I always use that exact phrase. I lead…

Researchers identify opportunities to improve quality, reduce cost of global food assistance delivery

Mark Brennan (left) and Prithvi Sundar are graduate students working with MIT’s Comprehensive Initiative on Technology Evaluation to better understand and evaluate the food aid supply chain. Credit: MIT D-Lab Food assistance delivered to the right people at the right time and in the right place can save lives. In 2016 alone, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) delivered over 1.7 million metric tons of food assistance to over 30 million people in 50 countries around the world. However,…

The Ember Run Loop and Asynchronous Testing – Square Corner Blog – Medium

You can’t run away from the Run Loop This summer, I interned on the Square Seller Dashboard team, which works on the web application that Square merchants use for everything from checking sales, to managing their payroll, to signing up for Square Capital. For some context, I’m a rising senior at the University of Chicago and before this summer I’d never worked on a web application. Image: A screenshot of the Square Seller Dashboard Dashboard is built with Ember — an open-source web…

Transitioning from v1 Items to Catalog APIs – Square Corner Blog – Medium

Item management can be an important piece of any application. Here is what you need to know if you are moving from the v1 items APIs to the new Catalog endpoints. Earlier this year, Square released new catalog endpoints to help manage your items in a more streamlined and scalable way. You might be familiar with the v1 endpoints create,retrieve, update and delete (CRUD) operations with items and their associated variations, modifier lists, modifier options, discounts, fees, etc. Catalog endpoints…

Artificial ‘skin’ gives robotic hand a sense of touch

Researchers from the University of Houston have reported a breakthrough in stretchable electronics that can serve as an artificial skin, allowing a robotic hand to sense the difference between hot and cold. Credit: University of Houston A team of researchers from the University of Houston has reported a breakthrough in stretchable electronics that can serve as an artificial skin, allowing a robotic hand to sense the difference between hot and cold, while also offering advantages for a wide range of…

New manufacturing process for SiC power devices opens market to more competition

Silicon carbide power devices, like the one shown here, are more efficient than their silicon counterparts. Credit: NC State University Researchers from North Carolina State University are rolling out a new manufacturing process and chip design for silicon carbide (SiC) power devices, which can be used to more efficiently regulate power in technologies that use electronics. The process – called PRESiCE – was developed with support from the PowerAmerica Institute funded by the Department of Energy to make it easier…