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A new way for developers to monetize on Square’s platform

Following our announcement in September that we’re working with Eventbrite to expand our offering for marketplaces, we’re excited to share that now marketplaces and platforms using our eCommerce API or Square Checkout can pay out their merchants and get paid themselves. In the last few months we’ve worked closely with several developers and partners including Weebly and Schedulicity to test, refine, and provide feedback about the product. Using Square Multi-Party transactions, Weebly was able to expand Square’s offering to all…

Engineering Uber’s On-Call Dashboard – Uber Engineering Blog

Uber’s on-call engineers facilitate seamless experiences for riders and drivers worldwide by maintaining the 24/7 reliability of our apps. To execute on this reliability, however, we need to ensure that our on-call teams are set up for success. Until January 2016, our on-call toolbox was dispersed across several systems, making it difficult for engineers to respond to alerts quickly and efficiently. Compounding this was the inability of the tracking solution we were using at the time—email reports—to effectively relay contextual…

Constructing buildings with re-useable components

The Institute for Civil Engineering and Environment (INCEEN) at the University of Luxembourg have signed a “memorandum of understanding” with the Suisse Federal Laboratories of Materials Science and Technology (Empa) of the domain of ETH Zürich to collaborate on research on energy efficiency in the construction sector. As the building sector is generating a large amount of CO2 emissions, resource consumption and waste production, new eco-construction approaches are needed. Therefore, the first collaboration project entitled “Eco-Construction for Sustainable Development” (ECON4SD)…

Researchers achieve 4-D printing of programmable shape-changing structures

3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing is the only peer-reviewed journal focused on the rapidly moving field of 3D printing and related technologies. Credit: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers A new study describes 3D printing of Shape Memory Polymers to produce active meta-materials that can be programmed to form versatile shapes and are then able to recover their original state when heated to above their activation temperatures. This innovative combination of 3D printing, thermoviscoelastic meta-materials, and programmable design to create 4D…

AR glasses help surgeons when operating on tumors

AR glasses enable the doctor to precisely locate the site of the lymph node during surgery. Credit: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Malignant tumors often form metastases that spread to other parts of the body via the lymphatic system. High surgical skills are required to identify the precise location of the affected lymph nodes, enabling them to be completely removed. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a navigation aid that simplifies such interventions. 3-D-ARILE is an augmented reality (AR) system that superimposes a virtual image of…

Integrated technologies to recover metal and plastic from electronic waste

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a new electronic waste recycling concept that combines a range of technologies and reduces waste. One of the technologies included in the concept is gasification, which is used to recover not only metals and rare-earth elements from the waste but also organic components that can be used to produce energy or products, such as plastic and chemicals. VTT has brought together a group of Finnish partners to promote material-efficient production. Vast amounts…

Stem cell laboratory in a bag

The mini laboratory is 150 mm long, 120 mm wide and 20 mm high. The screw cap is made using 3D printing. Hydrophilic spots are visible on the upper interior surface of the bag. Credit: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Human stem cells are considered a major new hope in the field of medicine. In the future, it is expected that they will make it possible to treat a wide range of ailments such as neurodegenerative diseases. With LabBag, Fraunhofer researchers have developed an…

Simple, rapid determination of cable properties

The tests run automatically – all the user needs to do is clamp in the cable and press the start button. Credit: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Trying to fit all the necessary cables into a car is anything but an easy task. Simulations can be helpful, but the properties of each cable need to be precisely defined up front. The automated MeSOMICS measurement system enables carmakers, for the first time, to define these parameters simply and rapidly, without having to call on outside…

A powerful duo

Bracket with EWOD chip and connections for probe injection and the circuits. Credit: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft An important aspect of pharmacology is understanding how active drug ingredients cross-react with endogenous molecules. But until now, such reactions could only be determined after the event. The precise details of the interacting factors remained unclear. Fraunhofer researchers have developed a new technology that enables biochemical reactions to be monitored from start to finish at the single-molecule level. All that is needed to perform such tests…

The future for defense drones may be under the oceans

The next frontier for unmanned military drones may not be solely in the skies. It could be undersea. The U.S. Navy and defense contractors such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin and others are increasingly focusing on ocean drones as the next big market for unmanned technology. Lockheed Martin Ventures in September month invested an undisclosed amount in San Diego-based Ocean Aero, a 25-employee startup that is developing the Submaran—a solar and wind powered ocean drone capable of operating above and…