Watch This Guy Survive a Fireworks Blast in a Metal Suit

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Labor Day is nigh, and with it the official end of summer. It’s time to pack away the umbrellas and beach towels, and perhaps spend a few minutes flipping through photos of all the fun times you had over the past couple months: the grilling, the trips, the fireworks… oh yes, the fireworks… Lots of people love fireworks. Chances are pretty good that you’ve set off more than a few in your time. But Colin Furze, the British inventor and… continue…

Apple iWatch Coming Sept. 9: Report

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Apple will unveil a smartwatch alongside two new iPhones on Sept. 9, according to Re/code. The general assumption is that the two new iPhones will measure 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, respectively. Although Apple dominates the higher end of the smartphone market, the recent success of oversized smartphones, such as Samsung’s Galaxy S4, has reportedly compelled it to make the next iPhone even bigger. Click here to find iOS-related jobs. The timing of the iPhones’ release isn’t surprising. Throughout the… continue…

Adult Women Outnumber Teenage Boys Among Gamers

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More adult women play video games than boys 18 or younger, according to a new study by the Entertainment Software Association (PDF). That might come as a surprise to casual followers of the video-game industry, which relies on games seemingly tailor-made for teenage boys to fuel its burgeoning bottom line. Not only do women constitute 48 percent of everybody tapping away at a game controller, but the number of female gamers aged 50 and over jumped 32 percent between 2012… continue…

Amazon’s Fire Phone Might Be a Flop

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In June, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos introduced the Fire Phone, the online retailer’s first smartphone. Unlike Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets, which compete at the low end of the touch-screen market, the Fire Phone is a premium device, built and priced to challenge Apple’s iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy line. It runs Fire OS 3.5.0, an operating system built atop Google Android, and features apps such as Firefly, which detects objects in the environment and tells you whether they’re for sale… continue…

The Average Tech Worker in San Mateo Makes WHAT?

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The average tech worker in San Mateo County, California made $291,497 last year, according to a new analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data. There’s just one catch: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was responsible for more than $80,000 of that average, thanks to his decision to exercise $3.3 billion in Facebook stock options last year. Once you cut him from the mix, the average tech worker’s salary in San Mateo drops to “only” $210,000, which is nonetheless more in… continue…

Watch Twitter’s Hilarious Recruitment Video

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A couple years ago, Twitter decided to have a bit of fun with its employee-recruitment process, producing a hilarious parody of those cheesy recruitment videos we’ve all sat through: It takes a very special kind of company to laugh at itself in public. You can’t imagine, say, IBM uploading a three-minute mishmash of corny graphics, bad editing and worse acting to YouTube. But Twitter has always prided itself on having a bit of iconoclasm in its DNA—it’s a “disruptive” firm,… continue…

‘Swing Copters’ and the Danger of App Copycats

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Game developer Dong Nguyen has launched Swing Copters, a follow-up to his blockbuster Flappy Bird. Within a day of Copters hitting the iOS and Android app stores, rival developers released what seemed like dozens of clones, many of which made only the slightest alterations to Nguyen’s game—an altered color here, or a slightly different design there. Click here to find game development jobs. The same thing happened with Flappy Bird once that game became a raging success, and developers realized… continue…

Should Microsoft Change Internet Explorer’s Name?

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Should Microsoft change Internet Explorer’s name? Over the past three years, Internet Explorer’s share of the worldwide browser market crumbled from above 40 percent to just over 20 percent today, according to Internet statistics firm StatCounter. Over that same period, Google Chrome rose to become the dominant Web browser, with 45 percent of the market in July 2014. Apple’s Safari browser, inching upward in the rankings, now tops 10 percent. Click here to find browser-related jobs. Faced with that downward… continue…

Post-Healthcare.gov, U.S. Government Wants to Fix Its Websites

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Several months after the Healthcare.gov debacle, it seems the federal government wants to make sure its websites and mobile applications operate as smoothly and seamlessly as possible. To that end, the government has launched the U.S. Digital Service, headed by developer Mikey Dickerson, formerly of Google and the Obama for America campaign. Dickerson will manage a small team tasked with guiding government agencies in finding more effective ways to operate online. Click here to find government IT jobs. The first… continue…

Uber Opens Its API. But Will People Build With It?

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In the five years since its creation, Uber has grown to an $18.2 billion company that threatens to subvert the traditional taxi industry in many cities around the world. Uber’s popularity stems largely from its ease of use—with a few taps of a mobile app, anyone can order a car-for-hire to his or her location. Like many a tech company, Uber needs to grow by a healthy percentage every quarter in order to satisfy its investors and fend off competition.… continue…