Amazon’s Echo Enters Digital-Assistant Fight

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Imagine a device in your home that passively listens to everything you say. In past decades, you might have called such a device a “bug,” and it was probably installed without your knowledge. But in the brave new world of 2014, this device is called Amazon Echo, and it’s apparently here to help. Click here to find mobile-development jobs. Echo is a black cylinder that can go pretty much anywhere in a house or apartment, and responds to a variety… continue…

Daily Tip: List Only Relevant Skills

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A minefield lurks right at the top of your resume, and it’s one that many job candidates ignore or misuse at their peril: the skills section. Many candidates cram this section with every process or piece of software they’ve touched over the past twenty years. They write, “Proficiency with Microsoft Word” with a straight face. They list a dozen programming languages, even if their ability to actually code in eight of them is weak at best. They cite certifications for… continue…

Sample Resume: Big Data Engineer

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Raj Patel 000.555.1212 Providence, Rhode Island www.portfoliolink rpatel@email.com Big Data Engineer Designer, builder and manager of Big Data infrastructures A collaborative engineering professional with substantial experience designing and executing solutions for complex business problems involving large scale data warehousing, real-time analytics and reporting solutions. Known for using the right tools when and where they make sense and creating an intuitive architecture that helps organizations effectively analyze and process terabytes of structured and unstructured data. Competency Synopsis  Data Warehousing Proven history of… continue…

Yep, Amazon Goofed on the Fire Phone

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Amazon’s vice president of devices in Europe just admitted that the first generation of the company’s Fire Phone hasn’t performed well on the open market. “In an honest assessment of the Fire Phone, we’ve learned a lot on this one,” Jorrit Van der Meulen told the Guardian. “We’re undeterred, but we’re not immune to the criticism either.” Click here to find mobile-related jobs. In October, the online retailer announced a $170 million write-off stemming largely from the Fire Phone, which… continue…

Google’s New Employee Perk: DNA Tests

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Google’s known for offering great perks to employees, from dry cleaning and free food to gym facilities. The perks are so great, in fact, that some employees do their best to never leave. But now the company’s offering something a little more unconventional: DNA tests from Foundation Medicine for any employees (and employees’ relatives) suffering from cancer. To find healthcare IT jobs, click here. According to Reuters, Google will begin offering the benefit at the beginning of next year. Foundation… continue…

3 Things Business Analysts Should Know About Agile Methodology

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Over the past few years, software development has moved more rapidly toward Agile practices. This change impacts how business analysts perform their role. Click here to find business analysis jobs. Here are three key aspects of how business analytics works differently in an Agile environment: 1. The Analyst Evolves to Become a Key Player in Helping Companies Avoid Costly Software Development Problems There are many definitions of “software architecture,” but its ultimate point is to make sure that the development… continue…

Daily Tip: In Presentations, More Isn’t Better

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We’ve all sat through the dreaded 300-slide PowerPoint presentation, which has a peculiar ability to warp time: Maybe 50 slides in, the minutes seem to stretch into hours, and everybody around the conference table begins to wonder whether they could fake a convincing-enough bout of food poisoning to escape out the door. Don’t be that type of presenter. Even without PowerPoint, the best presentations are (relatively) short. Don’t load up your visuals with too much text or content; if you’re… continue…

You Can Bid for Atari’s Long-Lost ‘E.T.’ Game

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In the early 1980s, Atari made what seemed like a slam-dunk bet: a game based on E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, one of the most beloved (and highest-grossing) films of all time. The company was so sure it had a hit in the making, in fact, that it manufactured millions of E.T. game cartridges, which flooded store shelves just in time for holiday shopping in December 1982. Click here to find game-development jobs. The game sold well at the outset, but it… continue…

Why Millennials Won’t Be Like Your Old Boss

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The Millennials are growing up. That’s not to say they’re changing their ways: They’re still hyper-connected, and still want flexibility, balance and meaning from their jobs. But after years of challenging recruiters and HR with their unique approach to the workplace, the older members of Gen Y are leveraging their experience into management positions. That’s right. Soon, you could be working for a Millennial. Click here to find IT management jobs. Like any generation, Millennials vary in their expectations and… continue…

Daily Tip: Book Downtime for Yourself

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You know everybody needs downtime in order to recharge. But there’s a significant gap between knowing you need downtime, and actually scheduling that downtime. Too many things seem to get in the way: meetings, appointments, business trips, errands, and all the other tasks that fill up a schedule. What’s the solution? Take back the schedule: book 15- to 30-minute increments of free time into your schedule, and don’t allow anyone or anything to take them away from you. Use that… continue…