You’ve Seen Drones Fly. Now Watch Them Dance.

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Drones serve a lot of uses these days. The U.S. military relies on flying ones for battlefield activities; hobbyists around the world also send machines skyward, sometimes to take a look at things like Apple’s $5 billion “spaceship” headquarters under construction in northern California. Rolling drones clean our houses and chase our pets around (the latter for fun, of course). Click here for drone-related jobs. But we’re betting you’ve never seen drones dance. Fortunately, Cirque du Soleil, ETH Zurich, and… continue…

The ‘New’ Apple Apologizes Early and Often

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Whereas the “old” Apple under Steve Jobs was famously (or infamously) stingy with its official apologies and patches, Tim Cook’s “new” Apple practically stumbles over itself to fix whatever’s wrong. Within a few hours of users reporting issues with iOS 8.0.1, Apple yanked the update and offered a temporary fix: “We have a workaround for you if you have an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and you lost cellular service and Touch ID functionality today after updating to iOS… continue…

Is an Ethical Hacking Certification Worth Earning?

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It seems like every other month that a major corporation suffers an epic hack, with millions of customers’ data stolen. In the aftermath of those attacks, many companies are turning to ethical or “white hat” hackers to test their defenses. But is ethical hacking an effective counter to unethical hacking, especially when those who practice the latter can do pretty much whatever they want with a wide variety of tools? Ethical hacking’s cause isn’t helped by the fact that the… continue…

Is Cyber-Liability Insurance Worth the Cost?

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A growing number of companies ask vendors to buy cyber-liability insurance—and for a tech startup or an independent IT consultant, that cost can put a real dent in the bottom line. Cyber-liability insurance might include coverage for losses related to denial-of-service attacks, threats to intellectual property, business interruption, cyber extortion, and a variety of security breaches. An advisor such as an attorney or insurance agent can help firms properly assess the type and amount of cyber-liability insurance they might need,… continue…

5 More Things to Learn About Computer Science Degrees

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Thanks to offshoring and other trends, there’s precious little job security in IT—or that’s the perception that many people have of the industry, at least. The reality is, (nearly) every tech company wants to produce a quality product, and they’re willing to pay generously in order to make that happen. “Rumors about offshoring continue to be fiction,” said Dr. H. E. Dunsmore, associate professor of computer science, and chair of the College of Science Undergraduate Education Policy and Curriculum Committee,… continue…

Facebook’s Plans for a Jetliner-Sized Drone

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Facebook’s made no secret of its intention to eventually launch unmanned aerial vehicles—also known as drones—into the atmosphere. Once circling the earth at an extremely high altitude, those vehicles will “beam” the Internet down to under-served countries in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. In order to remain aloft for extended periods of time, the vehicles will rely on solar power. Although relatively lightweight, they’ll also be the size of a 747, according to Facebook Connectivity Lab Engineering Director Yael Maguire,… continue…

Demand for Tech Pros Still High in Seattle

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Seattle needs tech workers. That’s the conclusion reached by King 5, NBC’s Seattle affiliate, which paints a picture of six-figure starting salaries for software engineers, startups fighting over the most proficient tech pros, and job offers sprinkling from the sky like rain. Click here to find tech jobs in Seattle. But is that report accurate? Seattle’s insatiable demand for tech workers is nothing new. In January, startups and well-established tech companies alike reported a desperate need for thousands of tech… continue…

BlackBerry Passport: Does Anyone Care?

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BlackBerry’s newest smartphone, the Passport, is defiantly retro: It features a hard keyboard, an element that virtually every other smartphone producer has discarded in favor of touch-screens. Click here to find BlackBerry-related jobs. That’s not the Passport’s only old-school detail: The device looks and works like something that BlackBerry might have produced back when it was still Research In Motion, including a 4.5-inch square display and a blocky, heavy body. But unlike the BlackBerry devices of old, which focused on… continue…

Shortage of Women in Tech Kills Productivity

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In recent months, it’s become more apparent than ever that the culture inside many IT organizations isn’t welcoming to women. Whether the result of benign neglect or outright failure to call misogynistic behavior to account, the end result is that there are fewer women as a percentage of the IT workforce: a recent New York Times article reported that women hold only 25 percent of IT jobs, and that roughly half will eventually quit to pursue a completely different line… continue…

4 Interview Questions for Data Miners

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Data miners gather project specifications, create robust predictive models, and offer business managers reliable, insightful data and problem-solving analysis. A data miner needs an in-depth understanding of database structures and algorithms, but it’s their “Columbo-like skills” that really sets them apart, according to Dean Abbott, co-founder and chief data scientist for Smarter Remarketer Inc., a marketing intelligence firm headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind. Click here to find data-mining jobs. “Average data miners run down a checklist to create a predictive model,”… continue…