Daily Tip: Clean Desk, Clean Mind

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People spend lots of time keeping their virtual desktops clean and their email boxes as empty as possible—but what about their real-world space? While some of your colleagues and friends are very good at maintaining a rigorously spare work environment, you doubtlessly know more than a few whose desks are total disaster zones. Upload Your ResumeEmployers want candidates like you. Upload your resume. Show them you’re awesome. Disorganization can slow you down, result in losing vital documents, and make you… continue…

Microsoft Smartwatch Imminent: Report

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Microsoft is the latest tech company attempting to beat Apple to the market with a “smartwatch,” according to Forbes. The magazine’s anonymous sources suggest that Microsoft will launch a “smartwatch” at some unannounced point in the next few weeks. The software will reportedly integrate with Google Android smartphones and iPhones in addition to Windows Phones, which is probably for the best considering Microsoft’s share of the smartphone market remains negligible. According to the Forbes report, the hardware may measure the… continue…

Google’s Ex-CEO on Building a Strong Company

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As part of the effort to promote their new business-management book, How Google Works, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and former SVP of Product Jonathan Rosenberg put together a huge slide-deck—complete with cute cartoon illustrations—that shows how to build a company in this tech-empowered age. They shared that deck with Business Insider, which printed it in its 54-slide entirety. While those slides provide only a quick overview into the thinking processes that underlie the creation of a company, they do contain… continue…

Daily Tip: End the Day With a ‘To Do’ List

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Lots of us keep ‘To Do’ lists, and rely on them as a way to organize our activities throughout the day. Often the creation of these lists is a somewhat slapdash affair—when you realize the need to do something, you jot a note about it in your notebook or phone. That inevitably leads to forgetting things. The solution? Consider setting aside some time at the end of every workday to reflect on everything you did, and use those reflections to… continue…

Why Apple Needs to Win in the Cloud

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Apple officially has cloud religion. Its latest Mac OS X upgrade (“Yosemite”) introduces Continuity, a feature that blurs the line between the company’s desktops and mobile devices. Users can take phone calls on their Mac, or seamlessly transfer documents for further editing between laptop and tablet. Yosemite also encourages users to rely on Apple’s iCloud Drive to store documents and other vital files in the cloud. Click here to find Mac-developer jobs. Apple didn’t have an easy road to the… continue…

Developers, IT Still Racking Up High Salaries

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As part of its continuing exploration of income in the United States, NPR used data from the American Community Survey to create a graph of the 10 most popular jobs in each income bracket. Software development and IT remain common jobs among those in the higher brackets, although not the topmost one. Among those earning between $58,000 and $72,000, IT was the sixth-most-popular job, while software developers came in tenth place. In the next bracket up (earning between $72,000 and… continue…

Best Advice for Startups Is Also Most Obvious

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What’s the secret to succeeding in the startup world? According to serial entrepreneur Justin Kan, the answer is simple: perseverance. Click here to find a tech job at a startup. “If you look at all startup stories, it’s not a straight line… to success,” he told the audience at this year’s Disrupt Europe 2014, according to TechCrunch. Kan should know: It took eight years from the time he founded online-streaming service Justin.tv until the platform’s offshoot, Twitch, sold to Amazon for… continue…

Daily Tip: How to Ask for a Raise

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Last week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made waves in the wrong sort of way, when he told an audience of women tech pros at the annual Grace Hopper Celebration that they should trust the system to give them a raise, instead of just asking for one. While Nadella quickly walked back his comments, his gaffe raises an interesting point: How exactly does one go about asking for a raise? Taking a few simple steps could help boost your chances of… continue…

Android Lollipop Offers API Sweetness for Developers

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When Google unveiled the next version of its Android operating system at its I/O conference this summer, it chose to stay a little cagey about the name, referring to the upgrade simply as “L.” With the software set for release “in coming weeks,” Google has finally revealed the full name: “Lollipop.” That’s not much of a surprise, considering how Google names each successive generation of Android after a different dessert—maybe “Lemon Meringue Pie” or “Licorice” could have substituted, but the… continue…

Zen and the Art of Machine Learning

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If there is anything that I have enjoyed about being in software, it is the inexorable change, and emergence of new technologies and opportunities. I am often heard saying, “I love living in the future.” Just looking at the past few years, the advent of virtualization and cloud computing has opened up new job types, areas of expertise and ways to make money or find satisfying employment. One area in particular has emerged recently, a field of mathematics reborn with… continue…