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Amazon Hiring Drone Pilots

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Amazon Drones
If you’re an aerospace engineer with experience in drones, Amazon might have a job for you. According to a handful of recent job postings, the company’s Amazon Prime Air Team wants “flight operations and certification personnel for flight testing our UAS technologies,” including flight operations engineers and senior technical program managers. Click here to find drone-related jobs. For flight operations engineers, desired qualifications include more than five years of lead flight experience, a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering or a… continue…

Americans Fear for Their Privacy Online: Report

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Pew Word Bubble
Americans fear for their privacy online, according to a new survey of 607 Americans by the Pew Research Center. Given the amount of publicity surrounding last year’s revelations about the extent of the National Security Agency’s spying, it’s no wonder that 87 percent of Americans have heard anywhere from “a little” to “a lot” about the government’s mass collection of electronic communications and telephone calls. (A mere 5 percent had heard “nothing at all.”) For more privacy-related jobs, click here.… continue…

Google Android ‘Lollipop’ vs. iOS 8: Battle Royale

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Google Android Lollipop
With the debut of Android 5.0 (also known as Lollipop, in keeping with Google’s habit of naming each major OS upgrade after a dessert), it’s worth taking a moment to break down how the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system matches up against Apple’s iOS 8. After years of battle, the two are… remarkably similar. Aesthetics This year, Google is pushing a visual language it calls “Material Design,” which it claims “synthesizes the classic principles of good design with… continue…

Watch This Robot Kick Like the ‘Karate Kid’

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Google Boston Dynamics
Robots: They roll, crawl, walk, and even gallop. But now a Google-built machine has taken the evolution of mechanical movement to the next glorious stage. In the above video, the humanoid Atlas robot (created by Google subsidiary Boston Dynamics) not only balances one-legged on a short pillar of cinder blocks, it also imitates Ralph Macchio’s iconic “crane” pose from the 1984 hit The Karate Kid. Humanity, rejoice! Our robots can now perform selected bits from 80’s movies, for our amusement,… continue…

Obama Speaks Up for Net Neutrality

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Obama
President Obama wants the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to preserve net neutrality. Click here to find telecommunications jobs. While the FCC is an independent agency, Obama hopes he can sway the commission to reclassify Internet service providers as “telecommunications services,” which would give the government greater powers of regulation. At the moment, Internet service providers fall under the umbrella of “information services,” allowing them considerable leeway to determine how they provide the Internet to end-users. Upload Your ResumeEmployers want candidates… continue…

Can Microsoft Survive on a Freemium Model?

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Microsoft Productivity
When Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer ran Microsoft, profit was king. As far back as 1976, with Gates’ “Open Letter to Hobbyists” memo, the company focused on getting as many dollars as possible in exchange for its software and hardware. Under new-ish Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, the focus is still on making money; the company’s shareholders and board wouldn’t tolerate anything different. Nonetheless, Microsoft’s recent decision to allow iPad and Android tablet users to create and edit Office content without… continue…

Amazon’s Echo Enters Digital-Assistant Fight

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Amazon Echo
Imagine a device in your home that passively listens to everything you say. In past decades, you might have called such a device a “bug,” and it was probably installed without your knowledge. But in the brave new world of 2014, this device is called Amazon Echo, and it’s apparently here to help. Click here to find mobile-development jobs. Echo is a black cylinder that can go pretty much anywhere in a house or apartment, and responds to a variety… continue…

Yep, Amazon Goofed on the Fire Phone

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Amazon Fire Phone
Amazon’s vice president of devices in Europe just admitted that the first generation of the company’s Fire Phone hasn’t performed well on the open market. “In an honest assessment of the Fire Phone, we’ve learned a lot on this one,” Jorrit Van der Meulen told the Guardian. “We’re undeterred, but we’re not immune to the criticism either.” Click here to find mobile-related jobs. In October, the online retailer announced a $170 million write-off stemming largely from the Fire Phone, which… continue…

You Can Bid for Atari’s Long-Lost ‘E.T.’ Game

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Atari ET Game
In the early 1980s, Atari made what seemed like a slam-dunk bet: a game based on E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, one of the most beloved (and highest-grossing) films of all time. The company was so sure it had a hit in the making, in fact, that it manufactured millions of E.T. game cartridges, which flooded store shelves just in time for holiday shopping in December 1982. Click here to find game-development jobs. The game sold well at the outset, but it… continue…

SourceForge Q&A: YouTube Subtitle Conversion

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Google2SRT
SourceForge’s “Staff Pick” Project of the Month for November is Google2SRT, a conversion tool that allows you to download, save, and convert subtitles from YouTube and Google Video to SubRip (.srt) format. Google2SRT administrator kom shared his thoughts about the project’s history, purpose, and direction. Click here to find video-related jobs. Tell me about the Google2SRT project, please. Google2SRT is a tool that downloads XML CC (Closed Captions/ subtitles) from a former Google Video or YouTube and converts them to SubRip (SRT),… continue…