Meet HoloLens, Microsoft’s Attempt to Win the Future

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Microsoft’s HoloLens seems like something out of a sci-fi movie—maybe Minority Report, or the remake of RoboCop. You slip the black plastic headset over your eyes, and the lenses overlay holographic images onto your surroundings: You can play Minecraft in your living room, for instance, or display a 3-D mockup of a vehicle design on your desk at work. Microsoft showed off HoloLens as part of its broader Windows 10 unveiling Jan. 21. In theory, a camera embedded in the… continue…

Finding Your Way as an Enterprise Architect

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Aspiring enterprise architects (EAs) have to navigate a winding, unmarked career path littered with inconsistent job titles, diverse duties and a plethora of frameworks in order to stake their claim in this emerging but confusing field. Brian Cameron, founder of the Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations (FEAPO) and executive director of the Center for Enterprise Architecture at Penn State University, thinks enterprise architecture is a hodgepodge of fiefdoms that desperately needs consistency: “The architectural frameworks and skill requirements vary… continue…

Daily Tip: Debug Early, Debug Often

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Over the past month, online pundits have drawn attention to what they perceive as a growing number of flaws with Apple’s iOS and Mac OS X operating systems. Both platforms are buggier by the year, they argue, as a consequence of Apple’s laser focus on producing major updates every autumn or so. If you’re a programmer or developer, bugs are a part of life. But when major bugs crop up in a shipped product, it can create huge problems: You… continue…

Dice Salary Survey: Good Times for Tech Pros

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Technology pay in the United States saw another year of hikes with technology professionals earning $89,450 on average annually, up 2 percent from 2013, according to Dice’s annual salary survey.   More than half (61 percent) of technology professionals earned higher salaries in 2014, most frequently citing a merit raise as the reason for the increase. Another 25 percent say they received higher wages due to changing employers within the year. Also, technical recruiters saw a significant jump (19 percent) in… continue…

Daily Tip: For Concise Cover Letters, Try This

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What’s the secret to a great cover letter? Brevity. While nobody’s going to attempt the job-application equivalent of War and Peace and submit a cover letter that’s dozens of pages long, some do have a tendency to ramble a bit. If you think your cover letters jabber a bit too much, try this exercise: Edit down the document so it’s a half page of text, tops. Keep everything important; just try to figure out how to say it all as… continue…

What Google Glass 2.0 Needs to Succeed

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As previously rumored, Google has discontinued selling Google Glass, its augmented-reality headset. The company put a positive spin on its decision: “Glass was in its infancy, and you took those very first steps and taught us how to walk,” reads a posting on the Google+ page for Glass. “Well, we still have some work to do, but now we’re ready to put on our big kid shoes and learn how to run.” Formerly a project of the Google X research… continue…

The Most Popular Bad Passwords of 2014

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Despite near-constant news of high-profile hacks, and the omnipresent threat of identify theft, millions of people around the world persist in using terrible passwords. SplashData just released its annual list of the 25 most common passwords (a list it compiled from 3.3 million leaked passwords over the course of 2014), and the results are depressing, to say the least: 1. 123456 2. password 3. 12345 4. 12345678 5. qwerty 6. 1234567890 7. 1234 (Up 9) 8. baseball 9. dragon 10.… continue…

Why Haven’t You Started Your Job Search?

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The economy is improving and the unemployment rate in IT remains dramatically low—2.6 percent during 2014′s third quarter, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Developers, engineers and security specialists are in high demand. For tech professionals, it would seem like an ideal time to look for a new job. So why do some hesitate? The reasons vary, recruiters suggest. Of course, some people are happy where they are; but others who’ve kept their skills current, worked on cutting-edge… continue…

What to Expect From Windows 10

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On Jan. 21, Microsoft plans on giving the world a more in-depth look at Windows 10, the next major version of its primary operating system. While many features of the new operating system remain under wraps, enough details have leaked out of Microsoft to give an idea of what’s in store when the software makes its marketplace debut later this year. Click here to find Windows-related jobs. For starters, Windows 10 will almost certainly include a new browser, Spartan, with… continue…

Watch Super Mario Gain Artificial Intelligence

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Super Mario, arguably the most iconic video-game character of all time, is developing a mind of his own thanks to a team of artificial-intelligence researchers at the University of Tubingen, Germany. Those researchers took a copy of Super Mario Advance, a Mario adventure for the Game Boy Advance, and integrated it with CMUSphinx speech-recognition software developed by Carnegie Mellon. According to CNET, Mario will not only listen and respond to a human controller’s instructions, but will act on his own… continue…