Google Cardboard: The Android of VR?

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When Facebook dropped a cool $2 billion to purchase virtual-reality firm Oculus VR earlier this year, it was seen as a way for CEO Mark Zuckerberg to take an early position in what could become one of the dominant technologies of the next decade. But what if Oculus VR, even with all of Facebook’s money, didn’t end up as the competitor to beat? What if a piece of cardboard, supported by some APIs and an ecosystem of third-party developers, become… 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…

Tech Hiring Set to Rise in 2015: Dice Survey

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Demand for tech professionals isn’t slowing down anytime soon, according to nearly 800 tech-focused hiring managers. In fact, tech-hiring intentions for the first half of 2015 are record breaking. Heading into the new year, 75 percent of recruiters anticipate hiring more tech professionals in the first six months of 2015 than the last six months of 2014, an all-time high for Dice’s semi-annual hiring survey. That’s five points greater than mid-year and two points greater than December 2013. Nearly three… continue…

Interview Qs for PHP Developers

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Resolving stakeholder issues can turn an average PHP coder into an expert developer, according to Dallas-based Web developer and PHP aficionado Chris Cornutt. And he should know, as he’s worked with the open-source language (as well as the users who rely on it) for over 13 years. “Nine-to-five coders only see a piece of the puzzle,” Cornutt said in an interview. “When you delve a little deeper to solve a user’s problem, you not only gain an in depth understanding… continue…

Is Microsoft Truly Embracing Open Source?

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Back in the day, Microsoft viewed open source and Linux as a threat and did its best to retaliate with FUD and patent threats. So it must have been galling to its executives as, over the past 20 years, the bulk of the Internet came to rely on Apache Web servers; while Microsoft now leads in hostnames (according to Netcraft), Apache remains ahead in terms of hosted active sites. And then a funny thing happened: Whether in the name of… continue…

Robin Williams Topped Google’s 2014 Searches

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A lot of interesting stuff occurs in any given year, and a lot of people decide to Google that interesting stuff in order to find out more about it. But what did we Google the most in 2014? According to the search-engine giant, queries concerning a certain comedian beat out not only the World Cup, but also Ebola, the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight 370, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and Flappy Bird. Click here to find SEO jobs. Without… 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…