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Daily Tip: Go Easy on the Email

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Sometimes it seems as if we’ve collectively surrendered to the urge to check email every 30 seconds, thanks to the proliferation of smartphones and tablets. People even treat email on their phones as a time-killer, something to do while they’re trapped in a boring meeting or slow-moving line. For years, you might have operated under the assumption that ubiquitous access to email was the best thing ever. Who wouldn’t want to fire off ten pithy messages while waiting for the… continue…

The Key to Steve Jobs’ Management Genius

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People like to call Apple co-founder Steve Jobs a “genius,” but he wasn’t a genius in the same way as, say, Alan Turing. He wasn’t a legendary developer, and he didn’t spend years perfecting hardware designs—instead, he had lots of employees who handled all aspects of Apple’s product portfolio. What made Jobs so successful, in the opinion of author Malcolm Gladwell, was his sense of “urgency,” an overpowering urge to get things done. “It’s attitude,” he told the audience at… continue…

Microsoft CEO Gaffe Highlights Gender Pay Issues

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke to an audience of female tech pros at the annual Grace Hopper Conference, and things didn’t quite go as planned. During an onstage question-and-answer session, Nadella suggested that female employees trust “karma” to get them the salary raise they deserve, rather than actually asking for one: “It’s not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along.” That ignited… continue…

The Importance of Mapping Business Concepts

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Analyzing business information is the first and often weakest link in the business-analysis process. The “as-is” of the business situation is typically ill-defined and in need of reworking. As a result, business analysis should be viewed as a meaningful and creative learning process. Businesses Are Run by People Getting actual involvement from businesspeople on business analysis and business development projects is usually a large challenge. Capturing and retaining the attention of those key people, who know what the business is… continue…

Is Apple’s Swift Worth Your Development Time?

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At the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June, Apple surprised many developers when it announced Swift, a new programming language for iOS and OS X. For the past several months, more developers have been using Swift side-by-side with Objective-C, Cocoa, and Cocoa Touch to build apps, giving them a chance to see what Apple believes will serve as its future framework for all software produced by third-party developers. The big question on the minds of many in the industry, however,… continue…

SourceForge Interview: Open App Launcher

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SourceForge’s “Community Choice” project for September is PortableApps.com, an open-source application launcher that users can install via USB or a cloud drive. The software’s creator, John Haller, shared some thoughts with SourceForge’s editors about the project’s past and future. Click here to find open source developer jobs. Tell me about the PortableApps.com project, please. PortableApps.com is designed to allow Windows apps to move with the user so people can take their own personal PC wherever they go. The apps as… continue…

SourceForge Interview: Open-Source Messaging

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SourceForge’s “Staff Pick” Project of the Month is Miranda IM, an open source, multi-protocol instant-messaging client. Its creators built the software with efficiency, speed, and community customization in mind. SourceForge sat down with project leader Robert Rainwater, who’s been with the project for a decade, to discuss Miranda IM’s background and future direction. Click here to find open source developer jobs. Tell me about the Miranda IM project, please. Miranda IM is an instant messenger application created in 2000 by… continue…

Why App Developers Need to Understand HIPAA

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The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is complicated, and comes with hefty penalties for violations. As developers build more and more apps that leverage users’ personal and health data, they need to understand how this law works. HIPAA protects personal health data during transactions between entities such as insurance companies, hospitals and doctors. It was amended last year to require those covered entities to also vouch for the privacy and security practices of their business associates: companies that… continue…

Take Dice’s Annual Salary Survey

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Ever wanted to know how your salary measures up against others in your profession? Take our annual survey to help us track compensation throughout the tech industry, so we can continue to share the most accurate information on salary trends, industry averages, and the highest-paying skills for tech pros. As an added bonus, you’ll be automatically entered to win one of four $250 Amazon gift cards. Please click here for the survey. It should take 3-5 minutes to complete.

Do Mobile App Developers Need a Lawyer?

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Activity trackers, “smartwatches,” wearable electronics, and smartphones all come with more than the ability to record your daily steps taken or calories burned; the devices’ ability to record the nuances of daily activity—thanks in large part to a growing collection of third-party apps—has subjected them to quite a bit of privacy-related scrutiny. In a recent study, the Federal Trade Commission found 12 mobile health and fitness apps sending users’ personal information to 76 different third parties. Another study of the… continue…