IKEA’s ‘Shining’ Spoof Would Make Kubrick Laugh

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A few of you may have seen this video already, but in light of Halloween it’s well worth revisiting: Some splendidly twisted soul at IKEA Singapore decided to recreate the more iconic bits of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining in the store’s labyrinthine hallways. While it’s nowhere near as freaky as the original film (and how could you top Jack Nicholson with the axe?), the 90-second spot manages to pack in a lot of visual zingers into its short running time.… continue…

Daily Tip: Forget Life-Work Balance

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Workplace advisors have spent the past several years beating the proverbial drum about the need to achieve a good “work-life balance.” And on paper, such a thing certainly sounds like a solution for all the ills of modern life: Who wouldn’t want to split time equally between family and work obligations, with at least some time set aside every week for fun? The problem is that proper work-life balance isn’t really achievable for most people. “If you’re an executive, manager,… continue…

Fed Policy Subjects H-1B Records to Destruction

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The U.S. Department of Labor plans on destroying H-1B records after five years, in accordance with a new policy. In an Oct. 17 posting on its website, the Department of Labor also noted that the Labor Condition Applications Online System, which contains many of the Labor Condition Applications (LCA) used by prospective H-1B employers, has been shut down. The Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) will “no longer respond to inquiries to search for records in response to FOIA requests,… continue…

Lack of Mentorship Hobbles Women in Tech

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New research from nonprofit firm Catalyst suggests that women who earn their MBA are far less likely than men to use that degree within a “tech intensive” industry. According to the firm’s latest survey, any blame for a lack of women in tech-intensive industries shouldn’t rest with the education system, which is the frequent target of executives who complain about gender discrepancy in tech; instead, women decline to participate in those industries due to a lack of role models, concerns… continue…

Daily Tip: Negative Thinking Could Do You Good

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There’s a lot to be said for thinking positive. But what about thinking negative? According to Psychology Today, letting a little darkness into your thought process can do you some good in the long run. Psychology Today cites two new books (The Upside of Your Dark Side and Rethinking Positive Thinking) that suggest a little pessimism can serve as an excellent motivator for accomplishing tasks throughout the day, while a touch of anxiety can make people more detail-oriented. Other benefits… continue…

This Firm Tried to Pay Tech Workers $1.21 an Hour

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What’s the minimum that some companies are trying to pay workers in Silicon Valley? If you guessed “the required minimum wage for the state of California,” you’d be wrong: Electronics for Imaging Inc. paid eight Indian technicians $1.21 per hour, for as many as 122 working hours per week, with no overtime. The company claimed that the low salary was “unintentional,” and that it originally paid the IT workers what they earned as their regular salary in Bangalore. To find… continue…

You’ve Built Your App. Here’s How You Market It

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It takes blood, sweat, and tears—or at least a whole lot of programming knowledge, late nights, and energy drinks—to build a good mobile app. With all the energy devoted to bringing something new into the world, however, it’s sometimes easy to forget that the world won’t see your creation unless you spend an equal effort in marketing it. Every so often, an app builder gets lucky, and their app goes “viral” (a good candidate for 2014’s most overused term) without… continue…

Here’s Why Apple Rejected Your iOS App

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After six years, do you think the number of submissions to the App Store has stayed level, climbed, or fallen? As demonstrated by this chart of the App Store’s metrics (hat tip to Pocket Gamer), the number of submissions per day continues to rise, likely driven by a combination of new apps and updates of existing apps. (There was also a surge over the summer as developers prepared for the launch of iOS 8, the latest version of Apple’s mobile… continue…

5 Behaviors That Can Derail Your Career

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Maybe you were passed over for a promotion or received a skimpy annual raise. Why? If your performance and technical skills are up to snuff, the reason might be your on-the-job behavior. Research suggests that emotional maturity and the way you treat your co-workers and boss may play a greater role in determining your success than having a high IQ. At their most extreme, undesirable behaviors can lead to disciplinary action and even termination. Here are some of the common… continue…

Daily Tip: In Interviews, Don’t Diss Your Old Job

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In the course of a typical job interview, questions about your previous employer will come up. If your old job caused you immense frustration, you might find yourself tempted to use those questions as an excuse to rant about the horribleness of your former boss, working environment, colleagues, tasks, and so on. Succumbing to such temptation would prove a mistake. A prospective employer doesn’t want to hear candidates talk about everything wrong with their old jobs. At the very least,… continue…