Living in Tech

The latest gadgets, games and toys, not to mention the generally cool stuff we do outside of work.

Are Periscope and Meerkat the Next Big Thing?

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The ability to live-stream something isn’t new; many a person has used Google Hangouts or YouTube to share in real-time with his or her followers. Last year, Amazon spent nearly a billion dollars on Twitch.tv, a forum where people can watch gamers play live. Innumerable tech conferences allow remote viewing. Although live-streaming wasn’t exactly difficult before, there were also opportunities to make it far easier for anyone to do, which is why Twitter and Meerkat (the latter a startup) have… continue…

Millennial Tech Workers Losing Ground in U.S.

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Millennial tech workers are entering the U.S. workforce at a comparable disadvantage to other tech workers throughout the industrialized world, according to study from Educational Testing Services (ETS), a nonprofit skills assessment service. Despite higher spending than any other developed nation on education and a world-class collegiate system, America’s young workers are reportedly lagging further and further behind in core skills. “A relatively large percentage of our young adults cannot perform literacy tasks that ask them to ‘identify, interpret, or… continue…

Amazon: FAA Slowing Drone Development

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Amazon might be a few steps closer to filling the skies overhead with delivery drones, but it couldn’t resist taking a few swipes at the FAA’s slowness in approving the machines for commercial use. Paul Misener, Amazon’s vice president of global public policy, told a Senate subcommittee this week that other countries’ regulatory agencies move much faster in approving drones for testing, placing the U.S. at risk of falling behind in this technology segment. Check out the latest UAV jobs.… continue…

VR Presents Potential UX Issues for Designers

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Over the years, software UX has evolved in ways instantly familiar to anyone who’s ever used a PC or tablet. A great many applications and operating systems feature bars along the top or bottom, loaded with icons or interactive menus. Lots of software also features dynamic left and right rails, similarly thick with clickable elements. The point of this design is to leave the center of the screen free for whatever actions the user wants to take, and it’s worked… continue…

A Bechdel Test for Tech?

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In order for a movie or television show to pass the Bechdel Test (named after cartoonist and MacArthur genius Alison Bechdel), it must do three things: Feature two female characters Have those two characters talk to one another Have those characters talk to one another about something other than a man A lot of movies and shows don’t pass. How would programming culture fare if subjected to a similar test? One tech firm, 18F, decided to find out after seeing… continue…

See How Google, ‘Minecraft,’ Others Got Their Start

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Everybody had to start somewhere—even tech luminaries whose websites and platforms have radically altered how we live and work. Carlcheo.com dug up some early postings by Google CEO Larry Page, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Linux creator Linus Torvalds, all asking for help on their respective projects. Those tiny undertakings eventually snowballed into gargantuan efforts, something that none of the three could have predicted at the time. (The possible exception is Bezos, who refers to his nascent startup as having… continue…

Microsoft: Pirates Still Get Free Windows 10

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Did you pirate your copy of Windows? (It’s okay, you can tell us.) If so, Microsoft will still give you a free upgrade to the upcoming Windows 10, due sometime this summer. “We’re upgrading all qualified PCs, genuine and non-genuine, to Windows 10,” Terry Myerson, Microsoft’s executive vice president of operating systems, told Reuters in a phone interview. Microsoft likely hopes the move will increase Windows 10 adoption in China, where a large percentage of PCs run pirated versions of… continue…

Why I Choose PostgreSQL Over MySQL/MariaDB

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For the past ten years, developers and tech pros have made a game of comparing MySQL and PostgreSQL, with the latter seen by many as technically superior. Those who support PostgreSQL argue that its standards support and ACID compliance outweighs MySQL’s speed. MySQL remains popular thanks to its inclusion in every Linux Web hosting package, meaning that many Web developers have used it; but ever since Oracle bought Sun, which owned the MySQL copyright and trademark, there have been widespread… continue…

Ding-Dong, Internet Explorer is Dead

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Internet Explorer, the browser that many a techie loved to hate for nearly two decades, is about to experience the most existential 404 of all. According to The Verge, Microsoft marketing executive Chris Capossela told an audience at the Microsoft Convergence conference that the company’s next browser, codenamed Project Spartan, will represent a clean break with Internet Explorer. Microsoft has yet to give a formal name to the new browser, which will appear with Windows 10 and (per the screen-shot… 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…