Living in Tech

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Adult Women Outnumber Teenage Boys Among Gamers

Assassin's Creed
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

Amazon Fire Phone
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…

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…

Introducing Slashdot’s New Build Section

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Maker Faire Robot
Slashdot has nearly two decades of spotting and showing off interesting projects, inventions, technologies, and hobbies. Some of them are strictly personal, some are frankly commercial, and some are the fruits of ambitious organizations (or tiny teams) motivated by curiosity and passion, politics, or just plain fun. The site’s new Build section (build.slashdot.org) offers, under one big virtual roof, everything from makerspace visits and interviews with technologists and innovators, to hands-on projects and inventions. Not everything you’ll find in the… continue…

Microsoft Pulls Latest Windows Update

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File this one under “Whoops”: Microsoft has rescinded its latest Windows update after it reportedly caused users’ PCs to either crash or spit back error messages about fonts. The issues with the August update affects Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, and Windows Server 2003, 2008, and 2008 R2. (In other words, those who refuse to give up Windows XP, despite Microsoft pulling official support for that aging operating system, are safe from this latest snafu.) Click here… continue…

Women in Tech Triumph in Kickstarter Funding

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Women outpace men when it comes to raising money for technology projects through crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter, according to a new study by researchers at New York University and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Jason Greenberg (NYC) and Ethan Mollick (Wharton/UPenn) chose 1,250 Kickstarter projects in five categories: games and technology, where founders were predominantly male; film, with an even gender distribution; and fashion and children’s books, both populated with more female founders and backers. They… continue…

Tech Titans Participate in #IceBucketChallenge

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What do Tim Cook, Mark Zuckerberg, Satya Nadella, and Dick Costolo have in common, besides running massive tech companies? All three participated in the #icebucketchallenge, an attempt to raise awareness of ALS, also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease. Just in case you haven’t logged into Twitter or Facebook over the past few days and seen dozens of people participating in the challenge, here’s how it works: you announce that you’re supporting the need for more awareness,… continue…

Uber and Lyft Attempt to Disrupt Each Other

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Having disrupted the car-for-hire market—at least in some major cities—Uber and Lyft are progressing to the next logical stage: Doing their best to disrupt each other. Lyft has accused Uber of requesting and canceling more than 5,000 rides in the past year, costing its drivers precious time and money. In addition to denying the accusation (“Lyft’s claims against Uber are baseless and simply untrue”), Uber charges Lyft with engaging in the same underhanded behavior: “Lyft’s own drivers and employees, including… continue…

Apple’s New iPads Face a Challenging Market

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Apple iPad
Apple has kicked off production on its next generation of iPads, according to a new report from Bloomberg. In addition to a new version of the full-sized iPad, Apple reportedly has a refresh of the 7.9-inch iPad Mini in the works. Bloomberg’s anonymous sources believe the devices will arrive on store shelves by the end of 2014, where they will join a new iPhone (which Apple could unveil Sept. 9) and the long-rumored “iWatch.” Click here to find iOS-developer jobs.… continue…

Why Silicon Valley’s ‘Attitude’ Isn’t Such a Bad Thing

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In Silicon Valley they think differently, and if that leads to arrogance, so be it. At least that’s what Bloomberg Businessweek’s Joel Stein implies in his long meditation on the area’s outlook on technology, money and changing the world. For better or worse, technology is driving the area’s economy: Private pay and benefits are rising more quickly there than in any other major metropolitan area in the country, reports the Oakland Tribune. “The Bay Area has one of the strongest… continue…