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Creating a personalized, professional ticketing experience for any business, powered by Square APIs

SimpleTix is growing their platform through a differentiated experience and leveraging the new multi-party settlement feature through Square’s E-commerce API. Building a unique product SimpleTix founder Aron Kansal first started tinkering with an event ticketing solution in college, over ten years ago. What began as a ticketing page he built in Adobe Dreamweaver for a small theater in Canada has now evolved into a flexible, full-service ticketing platform for thousands of venues. “I learned through my work as a freelance…

Screaming Circuits: Stage Three Marketing

As an engineer entering the land of entrepreneurship, you know (over simplification warning) design can be split into two philosophies: hack & patch, or engineer it. I suspect that all but lazy people would prefer the “engineer it” method over “hack & patch.” Unfortunately, we aren’t’ always given enough time or resources to do it right, which leads to the common expression: “Never time to do it right, but always time to do it over.” A similar concept applies in…

Spotify Spotlight: Interview with Product Manager Sabrina Aronson

This is part 1 in our new interview series called “Spotify Spotlight.” In these interviews, we showcase Spotifiers working in a range of different tech roles, and learn more about their journey to Spotify and what they love about working here. What’s your name and where are you from? My name is Sabrina Rabello Aronson. I was born and raised in Brazil, but my life has sort of turned me into a real-life version of “Where’s Waldo?”. Since leaving Brazil,…

Invention detects black ice in traffic

Credit: Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) A new Finnish invention by EEE Innovations Ltd and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland revolutionizes the way black ice is detected and provides several other improvements in traffic safety as well. The software installed in vehicles can also guide drivers to drive more economically. Software-based, the invention can be installed into a majority of heavy vehicles in particular with no additional equipment. The new invention allows slippery road conditions to be detected…

Uber Under Pressure for Data Breach

In recent years, the rideshare-app company called Uber has not led anyone to believe they would win a corporate personality contest.  Their aggressive growth and shouldering aside of municipal regulations and the charges of sexual harrassment that ultimately led to the resignation of Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick last June have now been followed by a revelation that Uber had a massive data breach in October of 2016, over a year ago, and didn’t make it public till last week.  Besides…

Researchers measure magnetic moment with greatest possible precision — ScienceDaily

High-precision measurement of the g-factor eleven times more precise than before / Results indicate a strong similarity between protons and antiprotons. The magnetic moment of an individual proton is inconceivably small, but can still be quantified. The basis for undertaking this measurement was laid over ten years ago, and physicists of the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz (JGU), the Max Planck Institute for Nuclear Physics, GSI Darmstadt, and the RIKEN research institute in Japan are still performing experiments to measure this…

Drones, high-tech camera revamp archaeology

In this Nov. 14, 2017 photo, Dartmouth’s Chad Hill readies a drone to be flown over a site of a Shaker Village in Enfield, NH. Hill and his Dartmouth colleague Jesse Casana are using drones equipped with thermal imaging cameras to study a half-dozen archaeological sites around the world. The cameras use heat differences between stone and the soil surrounding it to identify structures below the surface like foundations of buildings, which then can be further explored. (AP Photo/Michael Casey)…

The sky’s the limit for sustainable wooden skyscrapers

5 King St in Brisbane will be the world’s tallest timber commercial building. Credit: University of Queensland Australia will soon hold the record for the world’s tallest timber office building at 5 King St Brisbane, and with the help of The University of Queensland’s new research hub, wooden skyscrapers could become the norm. ARC Future Timber Hub (Australian Research Council) which launched today will be Australia’s leading timber research collaboration, bringing together experts from industry, government and academia. Structural…

Incremental Data Capture for Oracle Databases at LinkedIn: Then and Now

We designed and developed an independent framework to propagate Oracle schema changes (DDLs) to Kafka. It allows near-synchronous propagation of schema changes through integration with the Oracle release framework. It also makes APIs available for on-demand invocation by downstream (e.g., Brooklin) consumers. Reliability: Operability, scalability, metrics The building blocks for our data capture “Version 2.0” discussed in detail above build several key capabilities to ensure the smooth running and operation of our data capture system. Monitoring and auto-remediation: We can…

The New DDoS Landscape

News outlets and blogs will frequently compare DDoS attacks by the volume of traffic that a victim receives. Surely this makes some sense, right? The greater the volume of traffic a victim receives, the harder to mitigate an attack – right? At least, this is how things used to work. An attacker would gain capacity and then use that capacity to launch an attack. With enough capacity, an attack would overwhelm the victim’s network hardware with junk traffic such that…