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Necessary Skills for Database Analysts Despite an ever-increasing number of specializations within the Big Data space, there’s still an overwhelming need for traditional database analysts.... continue...
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Interview Qs for TOGAF Enterprise Architects Enterprise architects with TOGAF experience are in high demand. In fact, The Open Group Enterprise Architecture Framework (TOGAF) was recently... continue...
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For Women in Tech, DC Might Be Best City What’s the best U.S. city for women in tech? According to personal-finance site SmartAsset, which pulled the data from the... continue...

Guess What Apple’s Unveiling March 9

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Apple has sent out invites for a March 9 event at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center. The invite, with minimalism typical of the company, says only: “Spring forward.” Considering that the Apple Watch is slated to start shipping in April, and the time-related quip on the invitation, it’s a near certainty that Apple will use the event to unveil more about its upcoming timepiece. The bigger question: What new features and apps—if any—will Apple choose to unveil? Check out the… continue…

Will Anyone Care About Android for Work?

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Android remains the most popular mobile platform in the world, despite a recent market-share surge by Apple’s iOS. But that’s evidently not enough for Google, which wants more businesses to adopt Android as a vital tool. As part of that broader aim, Google has launched Android for Work, an initiative to push the OS into the hands of more hardcore enterprise users. It’s not just about interoperability with Exchange and other, rival platforms; the latest version of Android can partition… continue…

Is Android Fragmentation a Justified Dev Fear?

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The dreaded term “fragmentation” has been applied to Android more times than anyone can count over the past half-decade. Apple’s iPhone and iPad present developers with a limited number of devices and screen sizes, with most users running the latest major version of the operating system thanks to Apple’s total control over software updates. Android, meanwhile, asks developers to build applications that work on thousands of devices with different screen sizes and hardware configurations, with carriers and different handset manufacturers… continue…

Google’s New AI Will Beat You at Video Games

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Google has created artificial intelligence software that can play video games better than you. The project originated in DeepMind Technologies, a machine-learning startup that Google acquired in 2014 for $500 million. Of course, Google didn’t blow a cool half-billion on a company whose sole goal is building software capable of playing retro Atari games with the speed and skill of an over-caffeinated 15-year-old; in theory, a system capable of mastering a game like Pong on its own can also learn… continue…

Twitter CEO Suggests IT Managers Take Tips From Improv

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When Twitter CEO Dick Costolo advises managers on how to help run his company, he falls back on advice he learned in a somewhat unconventional place: an improvisational comedy stage. Check out the latest social media jobs. “One of the things that you’re always trying to make sure you really pay attention to in improv is being in the moment and listening,” he recently told an interviewer with The New York Times, adding: When I was first learning the trade,… continue…

Interview Qs for Ubuntu Developers

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It’s a good time for developers to learn Ubuntu. Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu Linux, recently announced plans to turn Ubuntu Core into an operating system for the Internet of Things. Canonical has also built a mobile-friendly version of Ubuntu that Spanish manufacturer BQ Aquaris installed on a smartphone earlier this year. Check out the latest Ubuntu-related jobs. So what do hiring managers want out of a candidate skilled in all things Ubuntu? Jono Bacon, the senior director of community… continue…

Valve’s VR Plans Could Prove Good for Devs

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If virtual reality is going to become the Next Big Thing, Valve wants a piece of the action. Valve is famous in gaming circles for its Half-Life, Portal, and Left 4 Dead games. It also runs the Steam network, a growing channel for distributing games, and maintains SteamOS, a Linux-based operating system for the upcoming Steam Machine game consoles. Given that increasingly pervasive reach, it’s perhaps no surprise that the company would extend its ambitions to virtual reality. Check out… continue…