This Is How You Shut Down a Kickstarter Project

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Late last year, sci-fi author Neal Stephenson had bad news for the thousands of people who’d supported his CLANG project on Kickstarter: Despite making its funding goal, the project itself would be placed on indefinite hold. CLANG (9,023 backers on Kickstarter, contributing $526,125) was a video-game platform that—had it seen the proverbial light of day—would have allowed players to duel like medieval knights, using a hardware controller to swing a virtual sword. Click here to find developer jobs. In a… continue…

Microsoft’s Clippy Making a Comeback?

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Remember Clippy? The animated character tortured many a Microsoft Office user during its late-90s heyday, popping up uninvited to “help” write letters and other documents. Microsoft finally administered Clippy a well-earned coup de grâce in the mid-2000s, but not before it had evolved into a cultural laughingstock. Click here to find Microsoft-related jobs. Like the nigh-invincible creature in a horror movie, though, Clippy is back from the dead… sorta. The next version of Office won’t feature an animated paperclip bounding… continue…

One-Third of Americans Now Freelancing

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Roughly 34 percent of Americans earn money though freelancing rather than a full-time position, according to new data from the nonprofit Freelancers Union. That’s a slight uptick from the 31 percent reported in 2006 by the U.S. General Accountability Office, suggests The Wall Street Journal. Given the trends of the past few years, any sort of increase seems, in retrospect, inevitable: The Great Recession forced many unemployed workers to seek freelance work, while the rise of “sharing economy” firms such… continue…

Python Snakes Up List of Fastest-Growing Skills

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The most recent Dice Report offered a list of the fastest-growing tech skills, including cybersecurity, Puppet (an open-source IT automation tool), Hadoop, and Big Data. One programming language appeared on that list: Python, which enjoyed 21 percent growth year-over-year (as of Sept. 2), based on mentions in Dice job postings. (Skill requests had to appear in at least 1,000 job postings on a given day to qualify for the analysis.) Click here to find Python jobs. That growth is no surprise. Python,… continue…

The Best Kind of Office? No Office at All

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What’s the best kind of office? For a handful of companies, the answer is: “No office at all.” As described in a recent article in Quartz, Automattic—which created the ubiquitous blogging platform WordPress—allows its dispersed workforce of 260 employees to work from pretty much anywhere they want. When employees need to get together for a few days, the company schedules “meet-ups” at a central location. The company saves money, and employees can work on their own schedule. Click here to… continue…

iOS 8 Release Day: What You Need to Know

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It’s September, which means it’s time for Apple to release the latest version of its mobile operating system. If everything goes according to plan, everybody who owns an iPhone, iPod or iPad (or at least certain generations of those devices) will have the ability to download iOS 8 for free once it becomes available Sept. 17. In reality, the crush of people attempting to download the software will almost certainly lead to delays, device crashes, angry Tweets and Facebook postings,… continue…

How a Startup Can Ruin Your Life

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Over on Medium, Ali Mese has some words of advice for anyone thinking of abandoning a regular job for the startup life: be prepared. Be very, very prepared. Click here to find a tech job at a startup. Once upon a time, Mese was a corporate consultant for a global firm, raking in enormous amounts of cash and jetting around the world. But the constant grind of that lifestyle didn’t sit well with him, so he decided to become the… continue…

Things Just Got Way Harder for the Next Pebble

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Wearable electronics, long the subject of considerable hype from the tech press, now seem on the verge of entering the mainstream. Samsung, Apple, Google, Motorola, and other tech giants all want consumers to strap a “smart watch” to their wrist; Google continues to push Google Glass, its augmented-reality headset; and Facebook bet $2 billion that Oculus Rift, its latest acquisition, can guide the future of virtual reality. Wearable electronics becoming the Next Big Thing could present loads of opportunities to… continue…

Rest in Peace, iPod Classic

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The iPod Classic officially passed away this week at the age of 12, a victim of inevitable obsolescence. Apple removed the iPod Classic from its online store Sept. 9, the same day it unveiled its latest iPhones and the new Apple Watch. Considered a revolutionary device upon its release in October 2001, the iPod’s mechanical spin wheel and tiny screen made it seem like an antique over a decade later. Click here to find Apple-related jobs. While it took a… continue…

Will Microsoft Wreck ‘Minecraft’ by Acquiring It?

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Microsoft is reportedly in discussions to purchase the studio behind the popular game Minecraft for $2 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal (which drew its information from an anonymous source). Markus Persson, who goes by the online handle Notch, wasn’t expecting to set the video-gaming world on fire when he released the Minecraft beta in 2010. The game was a side-project, something he cobbled together in his free time. Once the game became a hit, he quickly grew ambivalent… continue…