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Galaxy Nexus Smartphone Meant to Feint Patents

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Not a long time ago, a patent fairytale started, with Apple’s iOS on one side and Google’s Android on the other. Nobody knows who the winner will be, but few argue anymore that the patent system is broken. In Germany and Australia, Apple won one skirmish. As as result, Samsung can’t sell its Galaxy Tab — the court agreed with Apple the device copies many aspects of the iPad. The battle continues every day but now, with the Galaxy Nexus… continue…

Amazon’s Lunatic Idea for 3-D Printing’s Future

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While 3-D printers haven’t yet hit the mainstream, innovators and entrepreneurs are busy experimenting with potential uses for the technology, from building airline engines to creating food. But few of those concepts are as weird—or potentially as brilliant, depending on your point of view—as the one proposed by Amazon in a recent series of patent applications. According to the Wall Street Journal, which dug those patents up, the company is thinking about placing 3-D printers inside trucks. When a customer… continue…

Silicon Valley’s Car Dreams Could Boost Your Career

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The big news in the technology world this week is Apple’s reported decision to start some sort of automobile division, staffed with some very smart people who specialize in electric batteries and other components. According to The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and other sources, Apple is building an electric, possibly self-driving vehicle that could compete with Tesla, arguably the world’s premier maker of electric automobiles. Apple isn’t the only tech giant exploring the possibilities of the automotive… continue…

Is Apple Working on an ‘iCar’?

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Last week, a flurry of articles and blog postings—sparked in large part by a report in the Wall Street Journal—suggested that Apple is hard at work on an electric car that will compete with Tesla’s luxury models. According to the original Journal article, the Apple project—codenamed Titan—has been underway for more than a year and involves hundreds of employees. A separate report from Reuters, which cited an anonymous source in the auto industry, suggested that Apple is scoping out production… continue…

Tesla Poaching Apple’s Top Talent

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Apple employees are getting poached… but the chief culprit isn’t Google, or another smartphone maker like Samsung. According to a new Bloomberg report, Tesla has hired more than 150 former Apple employees to fill its various divisions, and it’s almost certainly hunting for more. Those former Apple employees designed the 17-inch control screen of Tesla’s Model S sedan; fill the car-maker’s legal and engineering teams; and handle crucial aspects of its manufacturing. Tesla CEO Elon Musk is reportedly “enamored” with… continue…

Is Apple Building a Stylus for the iPad Pro?

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Apple co-founder Steve Jobs hated the very concept of a stylus. When introducing the iPhone in 2007, he famously declared the human finger far superior to a plastic pen. “Nobody wants a stylus,” he told the crowd at the event. “We’re going to use a pointing device we’re all born with—born with ten of them.” But Jobs’ successors at Apple might think a stylus isn’t such a bad thing: According to the latest rumors percolating around the Web, the company… continue…

Apple’s ‘GoPro Killer’ Shows Price of Disruption

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Earlier this week, news leaked that Apple had patented a sports camera, and the stock price of GoPro—currently the reigning champ of sports cameras—plunged. But as several publications have noted, the patent in question was not only filed 2012, it didn’t even come from inside Apple—rather, it was one of many patents that Apple acquired from Kodak when the latter was selling off its intellectual property in a bid to stay solvent. For more camera-related jobs, click here. As Apple… continue…

Chicago: Strong in Healthcare and Big Data

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  What’s New This Quarter Over the past couple of years, the evolution of Chicago’s Motorola Mobility division has made headlines time and again. Now things may be settling down: In October, Lenovo Group completed its purchase of the Libertyville-based company from Google, a $2.91 billion deal that guarantees the unit will stay in Chicagoland. As part of the deal, Google will keep many patents and license them to Lenovo, while about 2,000 patents will go to the latter. Lenovo… continue…

10 Resume Buzzwords That Have Lost Their Sizzle

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Your resume should always address the IT manager’s needs, and showcase your mastery of the latest technical tools and techniques. But peppering your career history and cover letter with random buzzwords could make you seem phony and dated. Buzzwords are empty adjectives or terms that are trite, overused, or no longer relevant. Instead of making your resume stand out, they make your documents look boilerplate and unimaginative. “If you really want to use a cliché like ‘innovative’ or ‘outside-the-box thinker,’… continue…

Tesla Hype Machine Gears Up With Elon Musk’s ‘D’

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Elon Musk Tweet
Earlier this week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk (who’s also CEO of private-space-flight firm SpaceX) issued a cryptic Tweet. “About time to unveil the D and something else,” it read, accompanied by a photo of a garage door rising to reveal part of a shadowy vehicle: So what will Tesla unveil? Over at car blog Jalopnik, the assumption is that “D” refers to an all-wheel-drive vehicle equipped with dual motors, the better for cruising around in cold, icy conditions; other websites… continue…