‘Angry Birds’ Layoffs Hint at Danger Facing Big Apps

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Rovio Entertainment, the studio behind the mobile-game hit Angry Birds, has announced that it will lay off 110 workers, or approximately 14 percent of its workforce, as part of a game-studio shutdown. Four years ago, the idea of Rovio cutting workers and consolidating its operations might have come off as a joke. Originally released in 2009, Angry Birds quickly grew from popular mobile game to pop-culture franchise, spawning not only a handful of branded spinoffs (Angry Birds Star Wars, Angry… continue…

Cover Letter: Experienced Game Designer

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Kelly Clark Portfolio Link 123 Easy St. Apt. 213 ■ Venice, CA 00000 000.555.1212 ■ email address Video Game Designer Dec. 5, 2014 Mr. Bob Jones Game Producer TOTALLY AWESOME GAMES 123 Hollywood Blvd. Ste. A Hollywood, CA 00000 Re: Game Designer, Hollywood Adventures, Position No. 12345 Dear Mr. Jones, As a video game designer whose creative flair contributed to the success of War of the Worlds III and Urban Saga, I’d love to elevate my career by sharing my… continue…

Google Building Kid-Friendly YouTube, Chrome

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Google wants to make a selection of its products more kid-friendly. In an interview with USA Today, Google Vice President of Engineering Pavni Diwanji suggested that versions of Google search, Chrome, and YouTube designed for the 12-and-younger set could appear within the next year. “We want to be thoughtful about what we do, giving parents the right tools to oversee their kids’ use of our products,” she told the newspaper. “We want kids to be safe, but ultimately it’s about… continue…

Cloud Computing’s Race to the Bottom

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Amazon Web Services reportedly boasts more than a million active customers, and untold numbers of websites and apps rely on its cloud-computing power to deliver content and serve customers. Despite that massive footprint, however, Amazon executives may be feeling the pressure from Google, which has made a very public show of selling its own cloud services for cheap—a new price restructuring for AWS services, announced this week, could end up saving some customers a lot of money. Under this streamlining,… continue…

Sample Resume: Game Designer

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Kelly Clark [Portfolio Link] 123 Easy St. Apt. 213 ■ Venice, CA 00000 000.555.1212 ■ email address Video Game Designer Profile Creator of colorful, enticing fantasy worlds enjoyed by avid players of video, computer and online games. Fully capable of turning the vision of programmers, producers and engineers into a working game in which fascinating characters fend off evil villains in search of valuable treasures. Experience: Concept Design, Prototyping, User Experience, Content Design, Game Rules, Mobile, Character Design, Props, User Interfaces, Setting Design, Tuning and Testing, Scripting and Debugging… continue…

Daily Tip: Eat the Frog

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Here’s a phrase that neatly—and memorably—summarizes the concept of bumping tasks you hate to the top of your to-do list: eat the frog. The phrase derives from a quote attributed to Mark Twain: “Eat a live frog first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” Making a habit of tackling big, difficult, time-consuming tasks first, before your daily schedule fills up with noise and distraction, is an excellent way to curb… continue…

Microsoft CEO Pledges More Company Diversity

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Microsoft will look less white and male in coming years, according to CEO Satya Nadella. Speaking at the company’s annual shareholder meeting, Nadella emphasized the Microsoft’s commitment to a “more diverse workforce” and “creating opportunities at every level of the company for all of Microsoft’s employees,” according to Business Insider. Nadella finds himself under a particular microscope after his comments at this October’s Grace Hopper Conference, in which he suggested that female employees trust in “karma” to secure them raises… continue…

Google Wants to Nuke CAPTCHA for Good

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We’ve all filled out those CAPTCHA tests that websites place at the end of online forms to determine whether we’re human or a bot. Pretty much everyone can agree those tests are annoying—who wants to spend even a few seconds peering at a mush of distorted letters, trying to figure out whether a particularly troublesome one is an “a” or an “o”? Click here to find bot-related jobs. Google’s reCAPTCHA project wants to save the Web from CAPTCHA. The underlying… continue…

SourceForge Q&A: SCons Construction Tool

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For SourceForge’s December “Community Choice” Project of the Month, the website’s community elected SCons, a software construction tool implemented in Python. In a wide-ranging interview, the SCons team shared their thoughts about the project’s history, purpose, and direction. To find programming jobs, click here. Tell me about the SCons project, please. Well, first, many thanks to the SourceForge community for choosing SCons as “Community Choice” Project of the Month! It’s an honor. SCons is a software construction tool (build tool, or… continue…

Daily Tip: Never Use These Passwords

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Sony suffered a massive hack late last month, which resulted in a hacker collective not only dumping five of the company’s unreleased films online, but also leaking internal documents. Those documents contained salary data and other employee information. According to Mashable, the hacked files included a folder marked “Passwords,” containing employee usernames and passwords in plain text. Some of the passwords in that folder are truly awful: “Password,” “s0ny123,” and so on. (It’s unclear whether the hackers used that information… continue…