Working in Tech

Best practices, new technology and products, and tips to help you stay on the cutting edge.

Daily Tip: Divide and Conquer

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Big tasks can prove overwhelming for anyone. “Build an app!” or “Turn around a struggling startup!” are the sorts of orders that would give even the most battle-hardened manager, executive, or developer a serious panic attack. As Kevin Spacey’s character said in House of Cards, the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. If you find yourself overcome by the scope of a big project, grab a whiteboard or a large piece of paper and… continue…

Daily Tip: Embrace the Chunk

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For years, people advocated the benefits of multitasking. Spending time on just one task is too inefficient, they argued. Instead, do your best to do two, or three, or four things at once. You’ll get more done that way! But a series of studies have shown that multitasking is just a really good way of making your day more inefficient. Pile on the overlapping tasks, and it becomes harder to concentrate, memorize, and manage. What’s the solution? Devote discrete blocks… continue…

Daily Tip: Limit Meeting Time

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Remember the last time you endured a three-hour marathon of a meeting? Then you’ll remember how everybody in the room—including you, most likely—began to fade out after the first hour or so. The fact is, while face-to-face meetings remain an excellent way to deal with issues and coordinate efforts, they quickly drain energy and the ability to concentrate. As Inc. once pointed out, Renault and Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, who seems like one of the busiest executives on the planet,… continue…

Should Game Developers Build Exclusives?

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Sony’s PlayStation 4 has beaten the Xbox One in sales for most of the past year, but Xbox fans don’t have to worry about their favorite hardware losing out on third-party games. Console makers try to differentiate themselves with exclusive titles, but market share isn’t the only—or even the primary—consideration for developers deciding which consoles to target. To find gaming-related jobs, click here. Not surprisingly, it comes down to money. Developers “don’t do exclusives because it’s a better console,” Wedbush… continue…

Apple’s Market-Share Is Good News for iOS Devs

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Apple has managed to seize a bit more of the worldwide market for smartphones, according to the latest data from research firm Gartner. The firm estimates Apple’s current share of the market at 12.7 percent, an incremental increase from the 12.1 percent it held in the third quarter of last year. That places it second behind Samsung, whose market-share declined from 32.1 percent to 24.4 percent over the past 12 months. Other ranked manufacturers included Huawei (5.3 percent), Xiaomi (5.2… continue…

Daily Tip: Switch Off Notifications

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Want to be more productive? Pull out your smartphone and/or tablet, and turn off all the notifications. By eliminating all those annoying messages that pop up on your screen at inopportune moments, you’re more likely to stay on-task, boosting your productivity. The exceptions to this rule, of course, are those people whose job requires they rapidly acknowledge and respond to any incoming messages. But for anyone who doesn’t deal with real emergencies on a daily basis, having no pop-up notifications… continue…

Daily Tip: Work-Life Balance During the Holidays

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The holidays are upon us, and all the joy and stress that come with them. Unless you work at a company that deals with retail in some way, chances are pretty good that you’ll experience a bit of a workplace slowdown during the final two weeks of the year. This is a good thing because, as Fast Company describes in a new column, a slower pace gives you the chance to re-balance your professional life a bit. How do you… continue…

Here Are Google’s Top Apps of 2014

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Not to be outdone by Apple releasing its list of 2014’s top apps, Google has just published its list of the apps most downloaded from Google Play, its online apps storefront, over the past twelve months. As subdivided by category: Education: Duolingo Health & Fitness: MyFitnessPal Music: Pandora Photography: Flipagram Social: Facebook Entertainment: Netflix Sports: NFL Mobile Travel: TripAdvisor Health & Fitness represented Google’s fastest-growing app category, which isn’t shocking in light of the number of fitness trackers and health monitors that have appeared (for all… continue…

Mobile App Development’s Brewing Crisis

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Mobile developers aren’t just in short supply relative to the white-hot demand for building new apps; many of them also find themselves at odds with the mobile strategies set by the organizations for which they work. At the core of the growing dispute: a disconnect over who actually sets mobile agendas, as well as a spirited debate over the tools used to create apps. A recent survey of 8,010 mobile developers and 121 IT decision-makers, conducted by International Data Corp… continue…

Daily Tip: Don’t Check Email First Thing

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When lots of people wake up in the morning, the first thing they do is check their phones for new messages. Arriving at the office, they spend the initial moments of their workday answering emails. On the surface, this seems like a logical and productive use of time: How will you know what to do if you can’t see what’s up in your world? While it may seem counterintuitive, placing “check email” a little further down your daily priority list… continue…