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Category: Electronics Engineering

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…

Better, cheaper bio-ink may be used to create artificial organs

UBC Okanagan’s Keekyoung Kim has great hopes for the bio-ink he is researching in his lab. Credit: UBC Okanagan A new bio-ink that may support a more efficient and inexpensive fabrication of human tissues and organs has been created by researchers at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Keekyoung Kim, an assistant professor at UBC Okanagan’s School of Engineering, says this development can accelerate advances in regenerative medicine. Using techniques like 3D printing, scientists are creating bio-material products that function alongside living…

The next tech transportation race

In this Aug. 15, 2017 photo, computer scientist Mohamed Saad Ibn Seddik, of Sea Machines Robotics, uses a laptop to guide a boat outfitted with sensors and self-navigating software and capable of autonomous navigation in Boston Harbor. The boat still needs human oversight, but some of the world’s biggest maritime firms have committed to designing ships that won’t need any captains or crews – at least not on board. (AP Photo/Steven Senne) Self-driving cars may not hit the road in…

Localizing Slack – Several People Are Coding

Localization is so easy! …said no one ever. This week, we launched French, German, and Spanish localization in Slack. I’d like to share some of the lessons learned, tooling, and processes we put in place to complete this project and build localization into our ongoing workflow. Handling Strings The first step in localizing Slack was to prepare the strings in our codebase for localization. While mobile platforms provide clear frameworks for localization that keep strings separate from code, our web…

Tumblr Engineering — Flow and TypeScript

One of the Core Web team’s goals at Tumblr is to reduce the number of runtime issues that we see in our React codebase. To help move some of those issues from runtime to compile time, I evaluated the two leading type systems, Flow and TypeScript, to see if they could give us more type safety. I did a bit of background reading about the differences between Flow and TypeScript to see what the community had to say about them.…

Drones help scientists check the health of Antarctic mosses, revealing climate change clues

Mosses are sensitive to even minor changes in their living conditions. Credit: Sharon Robinson, Author provided Drones are helping scientists check the health of Antarctic mosses, revealing clues on the pace of climate change. Mosses are sensitive to even minor changes in their living conditions, and scientists traditionally tramped through difficult terrain to collect data on them. Using the specially-designed drones is faster, kinder to the environment and delivers detailed images that satellite imagery cannot match. Drones also…

Scaling Event Sourcing for Netflix Downloads, Episode 1

by Karen Casella, Phillipa Avery, Robert Reta, Joseph Breuer Early in 2016, several Netflix teams were asked the question: “What would it take to allow members to download and view content offline on their mobile devices?” For the Playback Licensing team, this meant that we needed to provide a content licensing system that would allow a member’s device to store and decrypt the downloaded content for offline viewing. To do this securely would require a new service to handle a…