Will Microsoft Wreck ‘Minecraft’ by Acquiring It?

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Microsoft is reportedly in discussions to purchase the studio behind the popular game Minecraft for $2 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal (which drew its information from an anonymous source). Markus Persson, who goes by the online handle Notch, wasn’t expecting to set the video-gaming world on fire when he released the Minecraft beta in 2010. The game was a side-project, something he cobbled together in his free time. Once the game became a hit, he quickly grew ambivalent… continue…

Does Your Recruiter Have the Skills to Get You the Right Job?

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A recruiter who uncovers the right opportunities can quickly become a job hunter’s best friend. But not all recruiters boast an insider’s knowledge of the tech industry, much less the deep technical understanding necessary to properly vet opportunities as they arise. In light of that, when you meet with a recruiter, it’s worth asking some questions that go beyond job requirements and salary. Here’s a few you might consider. How long have you been a recruiter? Can you tell me… continue…

Avoiding an Online Interview Disaster

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Imagine this scenario: A job candidate logs into Skype for an interview with an HR director. The candidate’s username is “BadWolf11,” which he thought was a pretty cool handle when he set up the account. Except it’s not so cool now—the interview hasn’t even started, and the interviewer is already put out. Yes, there are many mistakes you need to avoid in job interviews that take place via online video. While having a neutral username will help you dodge some… continue…

Apple Watch: Worth Your Development Hours?

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Although Apple revealed quite a bit about its new timepiece at yesterday’s keynote event, it didn’t offer much detail about the device’s developer SDK. Click here to find Apple-related jobs. But as the Apple Watch heads for release sometime in 2015, the role of developers in the device’s ecosystem will only increase in importance. Developers who take the plunge into smart watches will face some key challenges: Screen Size: The Apple Watch, along with rivals such as the new Moto… continue…

Penetration Testing Is a White-Hot Industry

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In the wake of high-profile IT breaches at Target and other major corporations, penetration-testing firms are more popular than ever. Companies and government agencies have woken up to the fact that a cyberattack on their data is all but inevitable, and they need employees and contractors capable of discovering vulnerabilities before hackers do. In other words, it’s a potentially lucrative time to explore penetration testing as a career. You could work for the security offshoot of a well-established firm such… continue…

Google Employees Used Perks to Live House-Free

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In a bid to keep its employees on campus for as long as possible, Google’s Mountain View headquarters offers a variety of perks, including free food, gym facilities, and dry cleaning. But according to Business Insider (which drew its sourcing from a Quora thread), some employees are using those perks to never leave the office. “[One] guy lived in the camper for 2-3 years. Showered at the gym. Did his laundry on campus. Ate every meal on campus he could,” wrote… continue…

Apple Watch Promises New App Ecosystem

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To nobody’s surprise, Apple CEO Tim Cook and other company executives unveiled two new iPhones and a “smart watch” at a high-profile Sept. 9 event in California. The iPhone 6 boasts a 4.7-inch screen (1334 x 750 pixels); its larger cousin, the iPhone 6 Plus, measures 5.5 inches (1920 x 1080 pixels). Despite the larger screens, both phones are thinner than previous iPhone models: The iPhone 6 is 6.9mm thick, while the iPhone 6 Plus is a positively slim 7.1mm.… continue…

How Automation Is Dooming Entry-Level IT Jobs

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On one hand, there’s more demand than ever for specialized IT staff. But many of the jobs that IT professionals once used to gain the experience to get them are in danger of being eliminated. Welcome to the newest paradox of tech employment. IT vendors everywhere tout the benefits of IT automation, usually in the form of software-defined data centers that operate at “Web scale.” However, that automation of IT infrastructure reduces the need for lower-level IT administrators and other… continue…

What Capital One Looks for in Technology Hires

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Capital One Financial Corporation is a U.S.-based bank holding company that specializes in credit cards, home loans, auto loans, banking and savings products. Headquartered in Tyson’s Corner, Va., it’s a pioneer in the mass marketing of credit cards—so much so that the company is now the fourth largest customer of the U.S. Postal Service. The company has approximately 45,000 associates and major operations in 15 cities across the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Nearly 5,800 people comprise the tech team,… continue…

3 Interview Qs About the Waterfall Development Model

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Sometimes an old-fashioned approach is the most effective. Take the Waterfall model, for instance. Although the process of sequential software development has been around since 1970, it’s more effective than newcomer Agile… under the right circumstances. “Waterfall is still a sound methodology,” said Dennis Kayser, CEO of Forecast.it, a project solutions firm based in Copenhagen. “PMs really need to know several methodologies and when to use them, because Waterfall might produce better results depending on the nature of the project.”… continue…