Allie Untracht

Allie Untracht is the Assistant Editor of Dice. She graduated Cum Laude from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a Bachelor of Science in Electronic Media, Arts and Communications, and minors in Computer Science and Social Psychology. She has a range of experience in film and TV production with contribution on such titles as NBC’s the Voice. A geek at heart, she appreciates the victory of a well written piece of code, and is comfortable writing in Java, C++, JavaScript, OpenGL, HTML/CSS, and a little assembly language. She lives in Queens and enjoys sunshine, long walks and cooking local food.

Startups Outsource, Too

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Have you ever called up customer service at Uber? How about at Tinder? Most likely, you haven’t. In fact, you probably couldn’t find a phone number for these companies’ customer-service departments if you tried; they go out of their way to solve all of your problems over email. While a quick, documented response is (sometimes) great for customers, it turns out it’s great for startups such as Uber and Tinder, too: Eliminating a customer-service number means these companies don’t need… continue…

Lyft CEO: Self-Driving Cars Aren’t the Future

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Google, Tesla, Mercedes and others are working hard to build the best self-driving car. But will anyone actually buy them? In a Q&A session at this year’s South by Southwest, Lyft CEO Logan Green insisted the answer is “No.” Green still thinks the transportation world will undergo a massive shift over the next few years, with more and more people opting to hail a car rather than own one. Eliminating vehicle ownership has apparently been Lyft’s mission all along, even… continue…

SXSW Session Shows Diversity Issues in Tech

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Improving the male-to-female ratio in the technology industry emerged as a big theme at South by Southwest this year—especially after a panel in which a prominent female executive, United States CTO Megan Smith, found herself repeatedly interrupted by Google executive chairman (and former CEO) Eric Schmidt. The session, titled “How Innovation Happens,” also included Aspen Institute CEO and author Walter Isaacson, perhaps most famous for his controversial biography of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. The event was advertised as a “conversation”… continue…

SXSW: Do Androids Dream of Being You?

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Digital-assistant software such as Siri and Google Now has become progressively more mainstream over the past few years, showcasing some significant gains in the field of artificial intelligence. But as with any industry, there exists a substantial gap between the mass-produced products already on the market, and what’s theoretically possible with bleeding-edge technology. Within the artificial-intelligence community, a prime example of the latter is Bina48. (Who, as the above image demonstrates, comes with pretty realistic eyes for an automation.) In… continue…

The Skills You Need to Work at Building-Systems Developer TEC Systems

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Few people think of buildings as high-tech, but they are: everything from communications and fire control systems to HVAC are computer-controlled, relying on advanced networks and complex software to do their jobs. Click here to find jobs working on embedded systems. With a team that includes developers, engineers and project managers, New York’s TEC Systems specializes in implementing the systems that keep offices humming. We visited the company’s headquarters in Long Island City, N.Y., to get a feel for what’s… continue…

How One App Hit 30 Countries in 3 Months

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How’s this for performance? New York’s driving analytics app-developer Dash got thousands of U.S. users and has been downloaded in more than 30 countries — all within three months of its launch. The company’s located at the WeWork co-working space in lower Manhattan, which gives it the flexibility to grow without investing in a new real estate – not to mention a community of startups and an office space with pinball, beer and all the other startup essentials. What makes… continue…

Intel and Skype Execs Jump Ship; Zynga’s New COO

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A quick look at some of the movement among IT people this week. After 34 years of employment at Intel, Dadi Perlmutter resigned from his position as executive vice president and general manager of the Intel Architecture Group. Once seen as a likely candidate for Intel’s CEO job, he’s credited with the company’s success in the PC and server processor markets. His last day has been set for Feb. 20of next year, at which point he’ll begin to pursue other… continue…

Changing Leadership at HTC, eBay’s Redesign

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A quick look at some of the movement among IT people this week. HTC Chairwomen Cher Wang has begun overseeing the smartphone maker’s marketing, sales and supplier relations, spending six days a week at the company compared with the two days she had been spending previously. While HTC claims that CEO Peter Chou invited her to become more engaged so he could focus on product development and innovation, the proximity of the news to the company’s quarterly results — which… continue…

People Moves: Hulu’s New CEO; Twitter Hires a Female Exec

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A quick look at some of the movement among IT people this week. Hulu named 21st Century Fox Head of Distribution Mike Hopkins Chief Executive Officer. He takes over for acting CEO Andy Forssell, who stepped in to lead the company when Original CEO Jason Kilar left in March. [Bloomberg Businessweek] Twitter added former NBC News Chief Digital Officer Vivian Schiller as Head of News, to serve as a liaison with news agencies. In addition to NBCUniversal, she’s held senior… continue…

Samsung CPO Leaves; Groupon Poaches More Amazon Execs

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A quick look at some of the movement among IT people this week: Kevin Packingham left his position as Chief Product Officer for Samsung Electronics’ Mobile Division. It’s unclear whether or not his departure was voluntary or who will take over the role. [The New York Times] Groupon poached Amazon Prime VP Robbie Schwietzer for its Vice President of Operations position. He reports to Chief Operating Officer Kal Raman, another former Amazon exec. Also newly reporting to Raman is Lisa… continue…