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Daily Tip: Prep for That Coding Test

Posted In Job Hunting
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A coding interview is one of the most stress-inducing tests a developer can face on the path to a new job. The hiring manager not only wants to know if you have the analytical and coding skills to handle the position; he or she also wants to get a sense of how well you’d fit within the company’s culture. To find developer jobs, click here. With that in mind, here are some tips for handling a coding test: Be Specific:… continue…

Amazon WorkMail Seeks Business Email Crown

Posted In Working in Tech
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As if it didn’t have enough going on already, Amazon has decided to plunge into the corporate-email game. Amazon’s cloud-based WorkMail boasts all the features that corporate email users expect, including public folders, distribution lists, calendar sharing, Out-of-Office messages, and more; it works with Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and other popular browsers. Inboxes can store up to 50GB of messages and attachments, while individual messages can total up to 30MB. The platform costs $4 per month per seat, or $6 if… continue…

Should Employers Use Hackathons to Find Tech Pros?

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Pop quiz: What’s the best way for employers to find suitable tech pros? A.) Post a job, sort through resumes, and interview candidates. B.) Host a hackathon, and interview those individuals who do well at it. Staffup Weekend is a startup (“it might evolve into a nonprofit, a shareholder corporation, or even a benefit corporation,” its website helpfully offers) devoted to a variation on Option B. It works like this: An employer presents a small project, which candidates tackle in… continue…

Daily Tip: Think Like a Scientist

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How often do you receive productivity tips from one of history’s legendary scientists? Over at LifeHacker, there’s an interesting rundown of the advice that Carl Sagan offered over the years for squeezing the most out of your efforts. As befitting an analytical thinker, one of the top points is diversifying your knowledge base: Maintaining a curiosity in subjects outside your field of mastery can pay off by enlarging your skill set and boosting your overall knowledge. Maintaining a scientist’s mindset… continue…

In the Mobile App Market, Few Get Mega-Rich

Posted In Mobile Development
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Apple paid out $10 billion to third-party developers last year, industry analyst Horace Dediu wrote in a much-circulated blog posting this month. Combined with Apple’s cut of developer revenues, that’s more than Hollywood earned from the U.S. box office in 2014 (according to Dediu). Whatever the comparison, it’s clear that the app market is huge, and rapidly growing as the years pass. But as Charles Perry pointed out on the corporate blog of app-builder Metakite Software, those developer revenues aren’t… continue…

3 Tips for Reopening a Salary Negotiation

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Your search succeeded: You found the right job, accepted the salary proposal and agreed on a start date. And then… another company makes you a better offer. While some people might tell you the better deal always wins, you’re actually in a delicate position. The manager who hired you has stopped interviewing candidates, and is certainly planning for the day you’ll start work. If you back out of your commitment, there’s every chance that others in the IT world (and… continue…

Next Up for Oculus Rift: Movies

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For years, developers and early adopters have talked at length about Oculus Rift’s ability to immerse users in virtual-world games and even business applications. Now Oculus VR, the Facebook subsidiary that builds the Oculus Rift headset, is working on yet another angle: VR movies. The idea certainly makes sense, especially as virtual worlds become more realistic. The new Oculus Story Studio has already produced a five-minute film, “Lost,” directed by Pixar veteran Saschka Unseld. Story Studio must not only demonstrate… continue…