Yahoo! Ousts Bartz as CEO, Fired by Phone

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Yikes! Embattled Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz was ousted by telephone and told her staff via her iPad. Here is what she emailed: “To all, I am very sad to tell you that I’ve just been fired over the phone by Yahoo’s Chairman of the Board. It has been my pleasure to work with all of you and I wish you only the best going forward. Carol Sent from my iPad” The board cited a disappointment in the company’s performance claiming… continue…

Steve Jobs Resigns as Apple CEO, Tim Cook to Replace Him

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UPDATED: Steve Jobs’ resignation as CEO was not prompted by any worsening of his condition, insiders say, and he worked a full day yesterday despite his announcement. The day of the announcement, Jobs was in Apple’s Cupertino, California office for the entire work day, and he attended a regularly scheduled board meeting, according to a person close to Jobs, who was not authorized to speak about the executive’s health. While Jobs has been housebound for the last few weeks and… continue…

Condiment Gun Makes a BBQ Statement

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Who says Americans have a little obsession problem with guns? Lighten up! Today, we found the condiment gun on Amazon. Looks like a revolver but shoots ketchup and mustard onto your burgers and dogs. Of course , if you have kids, we can only imagine the hilarity that will ensue, and the horrors of doing the post-BBQ laundry, but that’s what summer fun is all about. $21 Condiment Gun Amazon.com One Word of Caution: Pair this with the shotgun shell… continue…

Amazon’s New Kindle Cloud Reader Bypasses Apple App Store

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Frustrated (or dare I say furious) by Apple’s move to generate revenue from in-app purchases, Amazon took a bold and innovative move today and released a cloud-based, browser-based Kindle reader for PCs, Macs and iPads. In fact, the Ipad version is the nicest of the lot. I kicked the tires this morning and found it fast and easy to use. The Kindle Cloud Reader works on the following browsers: Chrome (Mac, PC, Linux),   Safari (Mac, PC), and Safari (iOS… continue…

Top 10 Most Common iPhone Passcodes

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Protecting your iPhone with a numeric passcode is a no-brainer, but put a little more thought into the code you select. Sadly, the most common passcodes include the ever-popular “0000,” and “1234″ or about as hard to crack as using “password” as your password. According to Daniel Amitay, “Formulaic passwords are never a good idea, yet 15% of all passcode sets were represented by only 10 different passcodes (out of a possible 10,000). The implication? A thief (or just a prankster) could… continue…

Dice Report: Employers Say Good Tech Talent is Still Hard to Find

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The competition for technology talent continues to escalate, despite a surge in hiring that has pushed the tech unemployment rate below 4 percent. According to nearly 900 hiring managers and recruiters that source, recruit and hire IT professionals, 65 percent anticipate hiring more technology professionals in the second half of 2011 than the preceding six months. The growth has reached a level where positions are staying open for months due to a shortage of qualified technology professionals. Of those respondents… continue…

The Dice Report: The Pipeline Problem

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There are more technology job openings in a single day on Dice than there are computer science grads ready to join American businesses.  In California, that ratio is three to one.  The fact is, the number of computer-related bachelor’s degrees conferred has plummeted in nearly every state, creating a pipeline problem that leads from corporate America through college campuses to primary schools nationwide. As outlined in our special report America’s Tech Talent Crunch, 18 states and Washington, D.C., have shortages… continue…

Brazil Ranks First in Global Consumer Electronics Race

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Here is some interesting news on Brazil taking the lead on world-wide gadget and general consumer electronics use. According to Accenture research across eight countries, Brazilians have the highest consumer electronics ownership and spending in 15 product categories. More than half (55 percent) of Brazilian consumers have bought a mobile phone during the past year, compared to the international survey average of 32 percent. Similarly, 40 percent of Brazilian consumers plan to buy HDTVs this year compared to 25 percent… continue…

TelePrompTer Inventor “Hub” Schlafly Dies

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It’s not a gadget or live-saving medical device, but the teleprompter (or TelePrompTer as it is officially named) is credited as being a game-changer technology in public oratory. Hubert J. “Hub” Schlafly invented the device in the 1950s when he was working as a TV engineer. He designed the TelePrompTer to help soap opera actors remember their lines. But the device quickly took off with politicians, and every U.S. president since Eisenhower — with the exception of Nixon — has… continue…

Does the E la Carte Tabletop PC Spell the End of the Waiter/Waitress?

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Virgin America made ordering in-flight snacks and drinks a truly self-serve concept. Today a new Y Combinator backed start-up is hoping to revolutionize the restuarant industry with a little tabletop PC called the E la Carte. (Truly awful name, but let’s keep going.) The concept is simple: Browse the PC’s menu and make your selections – you can specifiy how well you want your steak cooked, salad dressing on the side and so on, and the device also cleverly ups… continue…