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OSH Park “After Dark” Package!

An exciting morning as Alex opens up a new PCB shipment from OSH Park! Let’s get the package open and have a look at the circuit.

// https://blog.oshpark.com/2019/10/10/introducing-our-after-dark-black-fr-4-service/
// https://docs.oshpark.com/services/afterdark/
// PCB art in KiCad, with Andrew Sowa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-QPkSICzRDk
// https://www.hackster.io/glowascii/wonder-woman-mind-tiara-e702e3

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August Update: Exposure Notification Apps in the US

As summer approaches a close and academic campuses begin to open, more states are announcing launches or formal plans to launch their COVID-19 tracking apps. North Dakota led the way, followed by Alabama and Virginia. You can check out ProgrammableWeb’s coverage of those launches here, and hereProgrammableWeb has a working list of APIs launched with the aim of assisting the effort to battle COVID-19. 

As we come to the end of August, a few more states have launched official exposure notification/tracing apps. Some of the apps use the powerful Apple-Google APITrack this API, taking advantage of the free software. Some states are still opting to develop their own software, citing concerns about the decentralization of data, or discomfort with possibly abuse of the software tracking users, et cetera. 

Pennsylvania rolled out a pilot test of their exposure notification app in the week of 24 August, 2020. According to Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, the app (COVID Alert PA) will be generally available in September 2020. The tracing app was built with the Apple Google API framework and uses the same anonymous Bluetooth token tracking technique we’ve seen deployed in other states. This design hinges on users self-reporting a positive test result, so that the tokens can be used to track exposure. The state of Pennsylvania partnered with the University of Pennsylvania, and experts at MIT to develop the app. Irish software company NearForm has a $1.9 million contract to deploy and maintain the app, following their success with developing the official contact tracing app used in Ireland.  

Building on the power of the decentralized Apple Google API, COVID Alert PA will be interoperable with the upcoming exposure notification app in Delaware (as well as two more unnamed states with apps in development). This means that a Pennsylvania resident using the app could be in Delaware and seamlessly keep up with exposure notifications. While no confirmation has come from the state of Delaware, one can infer that easy interaction with COVID Alert PA means that Delaware will also be using the Apple Google API. 

On August 19, CovidWatch launched an exposure notification app for students at the University of Arizona. The app was built by CovidWatch using the Apple Google API, in collaboration with the University of Arizona. In a phone call to the university, the campus medical office confirmed that the app would be available to in and out-of-state students coming back to campus. 

CovidWatch has plans to expand much further beyond the University of Arizona: 

The Covid Watch Platform’s global interoperability would allow an Arizona student going home to California for the weekend to select and change their region with ease, and return back to campus again, once the laundry’s all done. The same app and the same data will be interpreted through the lens of the updated region; no potential exposures are lost or blocked, providing the user with peace of mind that their health or the health of others will not be compromised simply by traveling outside the app’s reach. 

ProgrammableWeb will loop back with updates when the app expands beyond the University of Arizona campus.

Wyoming has released an exposure notification app as well. Mark Gordon, governor of the Cowboy State, announced the availability of the app in Wyoming on Friday, 14 August. The app, Care 19 Alert, uses the Apple Google API and was built with help from ProudCrowd, the same software company at the heart of the exposure app built for North Dakota.

This app, like the other apps using the Apple Google framework, uses random Bluetooth tokens which change every 10-20 minutes. After installing the app, iOS and Android devices anonymously share the tokens if the smartphones (and presumably, their owners) remain within six feet of proximity for at least 15 minutes.

The app downloads a daily list of the tokens associated with positive COVID-19 results. The success of the app hinges on users reporting a positive test result, so that their Bluetooth tokens can then be checked against the list of anonymous tokens the user has encountered in the previous 14 days before reporting.

Rounding out the launches in August is a release from the state of Nevada, where an exposure notification app using the Apple Google API has gone live. The app is called COVID Trace, and according to StateScoop, the app “was developed in tandem with a trio of independent software engineers from Seattle who had been trying to build an open-source contact tracing app, but could not make it available in Apple’s App Store because the company limits such programs to government health authorities.” This app functions with the same anonymous Bluetooth tokens and self-reporting requirements as other states using the Apple Google API. 

This brings the total current number of states with official exposure/tracing apps up to seven, with two more officially pending, per government sources (as of Wednesday, 26 August 2020). We invite you to check back regularly for more news and updates in our coverage.

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Author: <a href="https://www.programmableweb.com/user/%5Buid%5D">Katherine-Harrison-Adcock</a>

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Unsplash Open Sources its Image Library

Unsplash, an online image provider, has released an open image dataset. The new library currently contains over 2 million high quality images, with 16GB of accompanying data. The accompanying data includes keyword-image conversions (in search results), community and AI-generated keywords, EXIF, location and landmarks, image categories/subcategories, user-generated collection, image views, and download statistics.

Unsplash separates itself from other open source image libraries based on the quality of the pictures and the accompanying data. The dataset is free to use for anyone conducting research, and the company thinks it will be especially helpful for researchers in artificial intelligence and machine learning. A subset of the library is available for commercial use.

Over 200,000 photographers have contributed to the creation of the new dataset. This represents billions of searches from thousands of applications in various use cases and contexts. To get started, users need a developer account. From there, the Docs include how to instructions including setting up an application, searching by keyword, new photos, and random photo selection.

The Docs are also available through GitHub. The Unsplash team welcomes feedback on the project and encourages developers to share this new tool. Unsplash is pitching it as “the most complete high-quality open image set ever released” and hopes it will be as successful as the Unsplash API released in 2016.

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Author: <a href="https://www.programmableweb.com/user/%5Buid%5D">ecarter</a>

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Mode App Adds Open Banking, Top Up Feature

Mode, a digital banking app, is launching its first open banking feature. The feature allows users to connect external banking accounts with the Mode app, specifically enabling quick top ups. The feature is made possible through its partnership with Modulr.

“We see huge potential in ‘Open Banking’, and we’re delighted to showcase our early promise to what we believe to be the next generation of banking,” Janis Legler, Mode Chief Product Officer, commented in a company announcement. “We’re putting this feature at the very core of our customer journey, and it marks the first step of our mission to leverage the potential of ‘Open Banking’ technology and progressive regulation to provide further novel and innovative features.”

The top up capability is currently available to UK customers. Top ups are made into Mode Sterling accounts. The connection between the app and bank accounts is secure in line with open banking standards. At launch, the following banks are supported: Santander, Barclays, Lloyds, NatWest, and RBS. Mode plans on adding to that list in coming weeks.

Adding the feature to the Mode app takes on a few taps from the user. The user selects the bank. Next, top up account details are entered. Finally, transactions are approved. Users no longer need to remember their account information. The underlying infrastructure is provided by Modulr and the Faster Payments network.

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Author: <a href="https://www.programmableweb.com/user/%5Buid%5D">ecarter</a>

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​GT Software Launches New Open Banking Platform: SmartBridge

GT Software, a mainframe modernization software company, announces today the launch of Open Banking SmartBridge. This new offering will provide banks and financial institutions with a quick and secure way to connect their legacy IT systems to the multitude of ever-changing third-party apps and services as the U.S. moves closer to open banking adoption.

Until now, the pace of modernization has been frustratingly slow. Ninety percent of the world’s financial transactions are processed on mainframes every day, but this legacy technology is notoriously bad at talking to external applications and systems. When connecting the old with the new, traditional banks often hit a major roadblock due to the legacy technology on which their apps and processes are built.

The Open Banking SmartBridge brings speed, flexibility and compatibility to the mainframe by:

  • Allowing users without mainframe experience to build and maintain complex integrations through a drag and drop platform
  • Reducing the labor required to create APIs by up to 90 percent
  • With a single API, connecting legacy applications to multiple external systems, including anti-money laundering, fraud detection services and other third party banking standards

The SmartBridge easily connects core systems with open banking standards and APIs. This allows banks to integrate FinTechs and their legacy systems using industry-standard APIs without typical developer resources or timeframes. For inbound calls, third-parties have instant mainframe access to look up balances or verify account information and initiate transactions directly from legacy apps. SmartBridge also allows for real-time outbound calls from COBOL and PL/I applications to KYC, AML and fraud-detection systems without writing any code.

The Open Banking SmartBridge works in real-time to:

  • Allow legacy banking systems the power to initiate calls or call out to FinTechs and third parties
  • Use drag and drop workflows to match API granularity with developers’ needs
  • Create APIs using industry-accepted specifications and standards, including OpenAPI document ingestion
  • Add or replace fraud detection layers and other external calls without touching legacy code
  • Protect valuable consumer data with mainframe security integration
  • Deploy the API runtime on a mainframe or cloud containers like Red Hat Open Shift to ensure elastic scalability
  • Enable cross-functional dev teams through low code application platform

GT Software developed the backbone of Open Banking SmartBridge over the past decade, using its 35 years of mainframe expertise to test the software rigorously.

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Author: <a href="https://www.programmableweb.com/user/%5Buid%5D">ProgrammableWeb PR</a>

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3D Printing Industry

Registration opens for ISS U.S. National Lab’s “Additive Manufacturing in Space” workshop

The International Space Station’s U.S. National Laboratory has announced that registration is open for the upcoming “Additive Manufacturing in Space” workshop.  Hosted by the managers of the ISS National Lab, the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), the workshop will discuss how developments in 3D printing are creating new opportunities both on Earth […]

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Author: Paul Hanaphy

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Co-Operative Bank Kenya Announces Open APIs

Co-operative Bank Kenya has announced a suite of open APIs to help developers integrate and manage payments in web or mobile applications. As is true of so many open banking solutions, the bank’s stated goal is to take care of the robust programming resources necessary to securely and efficiently incorporate modern payment services so customers can focus on their core products and services.

“We believe in the creation of technologies that support innovation and in the creation of systems that will positively impact the lives of the people in our society,” the bank states in its open API introduction. “We believe in continuous innovation to open up the banking space using the latest and thoroughly tested technologies.”

The APIs are RESTful and fall into two categories: account information services APIs and transactional APIs. Account information services APIs allow users to retrieve information such as account balance inquiry, cleared balance, booked balance, blocked balance, available balance, arrears amount, uncleared balance, overdraft limit, account transaction inquiry, account mini statement, exchange rate enquiry, account validation, and status enquiry. The transactional APIs allow users to perform functions such as internal funds transfer, pesalink send to account, instant notification services, and send money from a co-op bank to a Mpsesa wallet.

To learn more, visit the developer site. There, those interested can sign up for an account and review the API docs. The bank also offers a sandbox environment for developers to test out the suite of APIs.

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Author: <a href="https://www.programmableweb.com/user/%5Buid%5D">ecarter</a>

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FIME Announces Automated Testing Tool for Open Banking

FIME has announced the availability of TrustAPI, a fully automated test tool for open banking APIs. Banks and Third-Party Providers (TPPs) can now quickly verify APIs against PSD2-compliant standards, fast-tracking the launch of open banking services.

The test suites are powered by the newly-launched FIME Test Factory 4.0, enabling automation, digitalization and customization of the open API testing process.

TrustAPI supports testing in-line with the STET – a major European automated clearing house – open-access API standard. Work is also underway to incorporate other standards into the test library, including the Berlin Group’s NextGenPSD2 and the Open Banking UK (OBUK) API standards. Fully customizable and user-friendly, the tool enables players to quickly test APIs in-line with specific needs and business requirements. Users can also validate against multiple API standards and PSD2’s third party access to account (XS2A) requirements.

“Open banking API standards are proving increasingly popular to efficiently achieve regulatory compliance, interoperability and safe data transfer,” comments Reza Rahmani Fard, Head of Payments Marketing at FIME. “This industry-first test platform is smoothing the path to open banking. Harnessing the power of these standardization efforts, we’re enabling stakeholders to deliver new open-access services quickly and cost-effectively – without compromising on quality.”

FIME’s experts are supporting several open banking standardization initiatives. FIME is helping STET create its standard open-access API and participating in the Berlin Group’s NextGenPSD2 task force. It’s also working with banks and TPPs across the world to define, design, deploy and validate their open API strategy. Find out more about how we can support your projects here.

Source: Finextra

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OpenAI Announces API Access to New AI Models

OpenAI has announced an API for accessing new AI models it develops. OpenAI is known for open sourcing most of its AI tools, but it has taken a different approach with this particular project. The company has decided to commercialize this product to ensure that it can be controlled from a privacy and safety standpoint, and help fund its broader mission to put artificial intelligence in the hands of as many developers as possible.

The new API takes a different approach from typical AI systems. Most AI systems are designed for specific use cases. OpenAI considers it’s offering a “general-purpose” AI system provided by a “text in, text out interface.” In sum, users can try the text in, text out interface for essentially any English language task. After any text prompt, the API will return a text completion.

The text completion is based on the API attempting to match the pattern delivered. Developers can pre-program the pattern with examples, or allow the engine to naturally learn. The API uses models with weights from the GPT-3 family. Delivering this AI through an API will also allow OpenAI to keep up to date with the constantly evolving tech behind AI and machine learning.

The API is currently in beta. Those interested in participating should apply here. Companies already in the beta include AlgoliaQuizlet, and Reddit, and researchers at institutions like the Middlebury Institute. Check out the blog post announcement for more API details.

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Author: <a href="https://www.programmableweb.com/user/%5Buid%5D">ecarter</a>

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API Fortress Announces New API Debugging Gateway: Bloodhound

API Fortress has announced Bloodhound, a lightweight API debugging gateway that is free to download and open source. In less than 3 minutes, developers and engineers can begin using a powerful, purpose-built tool for API transaction debugging. Watch the Bloodhound Demo video.

Bloodhound allows teams to route API calls to any logger for comprehensive analysis to uncover solutions to difficult bugs, or test an API in ways not possible before. This gives QA teams the insights to ensure that microservices and database-connected APIs behave as they should in real-world conditions.

Patrick Poulin, co-founder and CEO at API Fortress remarks: “It’s never been easier to build new APIs. But the mindset of how we test and monitor them hasn’t evolved. Writing a handful of functional tests using a small subset of fake data against a staging environment is not enough. With Bloodhound, you can do more. In capturing and transforming your APIs, you can reproduce real world scenarios, and find clarity while trying to debug any problem.”

Before the generally available release of Bloodhound, the gateway was deployed to several API Fortress customers that are among the world’s largest retail, financial services, healthcare, and telecom companies. While the platform is flexible and creating addons is simple, several out-of-the-box use cases included:

  • Transforming Databases to APIs: Create data-driven functional tests when test data is locked in a database (PostGres, MySQL, MS SQL Server, MongoDB, Redis, and more).
  • Testing APIs Beyond a Normal Functional Test: Extend what can be tested by transforming the API into unique scenarios such as throttling, broken or unexpected headers, invalid payloads, and status code changes, etc.
  • Detecting Signals from Noise: Understand the interdependencies in complex API call arrays to help teams create or improve documentation for new API projects.
  • Acting as an Echo Server: Understand what requests look like from an API server’s POV to capture issues not revealed during a send or receive.
  • Internal Policy Enforcement: Add authorization layers to unsecured APIs – popular when exposing APIs to third parties or contractors.
  • Live Contract Validation: Compare Swagger/OpenAPI specs to live API transactions to detect potentially dangerous anomalies.

Source: wfmz.com

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