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Daily Tip: Don’t Make This Resume Mistake

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What’s the worst resume mistake you could make? There’s a long list of contenders: misspellings, neglecting to include vital information (or packing in too much that’s unimportant), not tailoring the resume to the position, and so on. But there’s one resume mistake that, in many ways, lords above all the rest: People often forget that all those job descriptions and bullet-points need to come together into a cohesive whole. Your resume is selling a story—the story of you. As such,… continue…

What Your Car Could Look Like in 2030

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What will cars look like in a few decades? That’s anyone’s guess—if old science-fiction movies have proven anything, it’s that visions of automobile design thirty or fifty years down the road (pun intended) tend to be far, far different than the eventual reality. (Blade Runner, for example, posited that the skies above Los Angeles would swarm with flying cars by 2019.) By taking current ideas about self-driving cars, and combining them with the very human need to get as much… continue…

Substitute PostgreSQL for Your NoSQL Needs

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Over the past five years or so, NoSQL databases have enjoyed a spike in popularity compared to relational (i.e., SQL-driven) databases, thanks in large part to industries such as online gaming. A typical NoSQL database can write data 10 or 20 times faster than a relational one, although this speed comes at a price: The data is cached in memory longer before being written to disk, so the data update remains inconsistent longer. As a result, applications that require fast… continue…

Certifications With the Highest Demand

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For years, cynical IT pros have maintained that certifications aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. But recruiters and analysts report a growing interest in IT certification. While it’s true that employers still want to see experience, certification can provide outside validation of your skills… and signal a commitment to furthering those skills. Certifications in these areas are showing some of the sharpest growth in demand: Security The recent breaches at Target, Home Depot and the almost-daily privacy and security… continue…

Daily Tip: Still Watching What You Say Online?

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Last week, Twitter rolled out a new feature that made researchers and archivists very excited: a powerful search engine that can surface virtually every single tweet ever posted. While Twitter already had a “real-time index” with a week’s worth of tweets, this full index is roughly 100 times as large, and grows at a rate of “several billion Tweets a week,” according to the company. In a highly technical corporate blog posting, Twitter suggested that the new search is good… continue…

Obama’s Immigration Overhaul Will Affect Tech

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President Obama’s plan to overhaul the nation’s immigration policies could not only save up to five million people from deportation, it will also affect the U.S. tech industry. Obama will rely on an executive action for immigration reform, rather than working with Congress. In a Nov. 20 speech, he asserted that his actions are lawful. “To those members of Congress who question my authority to make our immigration system work better, or question the wisdom of me acting where Congress… continue…

Why Apple Made That Weird App Store Change

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If you visit Apple’s App Store, you’ll notice a small but significant change: The “Free” label beside free-to-download apps has been changed to “Get.” Click here to find mobile-development jobs. Why did Apple make such a move? It could have a lot to do with the European Commission (EC), the European Union’s antitrust body, which has pressured tech companies to do more about in-app purchases; the commission views the term “free” as misleading if an iPhone or iPad owner (or… continue…