Building Apps in Swift: Using Storyboards

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In our previous article on building apps with Apple’s Swift, we demonstrated how to use view controllers and views in code to craft a simple app. Before we begin with this next lesson, using storyboards to build an app in Swift, it’s worth revisiting that first piece. (The code that accompanies the piece is stored on SourceForge as “First Example.zip.”) Remember that view controllers in Swift manage two roles: they controls views on a page or part of a page,… continue…

Do Employees Really Want Unlimited Vacation?

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Sir Richard Branson, founder of the multinational Virgin Group, has decided to give his employees as much vacation time as they want. His inspiration? Netflix, which did away with scheduled vacation days in favor of giving its workers all the downtime they need. “It is left to the employee alone to decide if and when he or she feels like taking a few hours, a day, a week or a month off,” Branson wrote on Virgin’s corporate blog, “the assumption… continue…

How to Land a Tech Job at Fujitsu

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Fujitsu is a leading global information and communication technology (ICT) company; its U.S.-based operation, Fujitsu America, Inc. (FAI), is one of more than 10 of its North American-based subsidiaries. Considering its mandate and the more than 165K employees worldwide, it’s no surprise that approximately 85 percent of all Fujitsu employees work in some type of technology-related function. Click here to find IT jobs. Per James Meason, senior director of staffing for Fujitsu America, Inc., FAI is currently focused on filling… continue…

Google’s Eric Schmidt’s 9 Tips for Happy Emailing

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If any two people know something about email, it’s Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg, two former Google executives who’ve published a book titled How Google Works. Schmidt, now Google’s executive chairman, served as the company’s CEO during the years that Gmail grew into a popular communications tool; Rosenberg once served as senior vice president of products, which means he spent every day figuring out how people interface with software. Click here to find Google-related jobs.  How Google Works is meant… continue…

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…