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What We Could See at Apple’s WWDC

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WWDC 2014
Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is scheduled to take place June 2-6 in San Francisco, and whatever the company unveils on stage is likely to send tech punditry into its usual froth of speculation and angst. For developers and programmers who work regularly with either iOS or Mac OS X, though, the conference serves a much more practical purpose, offering a preview of whatever Apple has in its pipeline. So what’s Apple likely to show off this year? Click… continue…

Will Your Next Job Involve Drones?

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Drones
The Federal Aviation Administration has approved the first of six testing sites for commercial drones. Testing of the Draganflyer X4ES small UAS (Unmanned Aircraft System) will begin the week of May 5 at the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site in North Dakota. That testing will focus, in part, on the collection of safety-related operational data. “The information will help the FAA analyze current processes for establishing small UAS airworthiness and system maturity,” read the FAA’s release on the… continue…

In Seattle: Amazon Expands, Microsoft Adapts

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Seattle Skyline
What’s New This Quarter Should Microsoft leave Seattle and head for Silicon Valley? That was the provocative question raised by Peter Cohan in a February Forbes column. His theory: Microsoft can no longer innovate, and its best hope is to immerse itself in the feverish environment of the Valley. “The lack of competing opportunity for Microsoft’s talent spurs complacency by employees and management,” he wrote. Of course, Seattleites immediately fired back. “In my opinion, being outside the echo chamber of… continue…

Amazon’s Fire OS: Worth Your Development Time?

Kindle Fire
If rumors (and The Wall Street Journal) prove correct, Amazon will release a smartphone near the end of 2014. Those rumors have percolated for quite some time; in early 2013, for example, Amazon hired a former manager of Microsoft’s Windows Phone developer experience to work on “something secret,” which sparked a flurry of publications proclaiming that such a device was in the works. Click here to find mobile development jobs. Amazon already has a handful of branded devices on the… continue…

Amazon’s Fire TV Offers Big Opportunity for Game Developers

Amazon Fire TV
Amazon is serious about conquering the living room: the online retailer has launched Fire TV, a set-top box that not only allows viewers to stream content, but also play games. That streaming-and-gaming capability makes Amazon a threat to Apple, which rumors suggest is hard at work on an Apple TV capable of doing the same things. In addition, Fire TV puts the screws to other streaming hardware, including Roku and Google’s Chromecast, as well as smaller game consoles such as… continue…

Amazon’s Hiring Is Just One Sign of Retail’s Tech Focus

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Sale Sign
Amazon’s IT recruitment efforts in 2013 dramatically outpaced those of all of its competitors, according to a report published on the industry website Retail Information Systems News. During the year, the company posted about 17,000 tech jobs, more than 57 percent of all postings among the top 10. That’s a lot of postings, and we should note the report didn’t provide a definition for what jobs it considers “tech” or how it counted the ads. Still, the number is an… continue…

Amazon Game Controller Images Leak Online

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If genuine, the images suggest the online retailer is indeed hard at work on an Android-based gaming console. continue…

How Does Any Cloud Startup Battle AWS?

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Small cloud-infrastructure providers such as DigitalOcean rely on a mix of cheap prices and advanced features to compete with the major vendors. continue…

Amazon Offers Developers Better Cross-Platform Tools

Amazon Analytics
Amazon wants integration with its services to be easy for developers and consumers alike, so it’s enticing developers to create better cross-platform experiences by opening GameCircle, Whispersync, Analytics and in-app purchasing to new platforms. So now developers can take advantage of Amazon services on mobile (Android, iOS) and desktop apps (Mac, Windows). iOS is limited to GameCircle, Whispersync and Analytics. The hoped-for result: Developers have a stable back-end platform while Amazon consumers get a frictionless buying process. Extending Amazon’s application… continue…

Amazon Hiring at Liquavista & Lab126

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Amazon Kindle
Word on the street is that Amazon is hiring IT professionals, as it ramps up its Kindle research and development efforts. According to Good E-Reader, Amazon is working on a full color e-reader with a six-inch screen, similar to the resolution offered with its existing Kindles. Some of the positions Amazon is seeking to fill include process quality engineer, product test engineer, process development engineer, product development manager, and an Asia-based operations program manager. The new senior level positions will… continue…