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Google Cardboard: The Android of VR?

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When Facebook dropped a cool $2 billion to purchase virtual-reality firm Oculus VR earlier this year, it was seen as a way for CEO Mark Zuckerberg to take an early position in what could become one of the dominant technologies of the next decade. But what if Oculus VR, even with all of Facebook’s money, didn’t end up as the competitor to beat? What if a piece of cardboard, supported by some APIs and an ecosystem of third-party developers, become… continue…

Robin Williams Topped Google’s 2014 Searches

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A lot of interesting stuff occurs in any given year, and a lot of people decide to Google that interesting stuff in order to find out more about it. But what did we Google the most in 2014? According to the search-engine giant, queries concerning a certain comedian beat out not only the World Cup, but also Ebola, the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight 370, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and Flappy Bird. Click here to find SEO jobs. Without… continue…

Google, Apple, Others Top List of Best Workplaces

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Google, Facebook, Adobe, Qualcomm, Apple, and LinkedIn are the tech companies topping Glassdoor’s list of the best places to work in 2015. Glassdoor based its rankings on employee evaluations. Google came in first thanks to its combination of fun (but intense) working environment, great perks, and a sense of overarching mission that motivates employees. Facebook came in 13th, followed by Qualcomm at 14th, Adobe at 18th, Apple at 22nd, and LinkedIn at 23rd. Employee reviews for all these firms focus… continue…

Google PM Talks Hiring at the Tech Giant

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Earlier this year, Google Senior Vice President Laszlo Bock, who heads up personnel hiring at the search-engine giant, told The New York Times that securing a job with the company required a combination of cognitive agility, creativity, and intellectual ability; it simply wasn’t enough to code well. Bock suggested that Google’s hiring processes are built to determine whether candidates’ reasoning is rigorous enough to succeed in an environment where cutting-edge thinking is considered the norm. “I’m not saying you have… 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…

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…

Check Out Sony’s New E-Paper Watch

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Sony is testing out a timepiece made entirely from e-paper, the same material used in e-readers such as Amazon’s Kindle. Click here to find wearable electronics jobs. According to The Verge and the Wall Street Journal, Sony already has a working version of the device, developed through a startup subsidiary called Fashion Entertainments. The watch began life as a Japanese crowdsourcing project, almost certainly so that Sony could see whether an e-paper timepiece would prove attractive to a mass audience.… continue…

Here’s What Some Silicon Valley Interns Make

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Curious about how much an intern at a prestigious Silicon Valley tech company gets paid? Well, wonder no longer: A list of (supposedly genuine) internship offers has leaked online, and the average seems to be roughly $7,500 a month—before you throw in the generous housing stipend. Tiffany Zhong, who posted the list on Twitter and reportedly works for Glimpse Labs, claimed that the data came from a friend assembling “top internship offers.” Jane Street, the global trading firm, came in… continue…

Why Apple Made That Weird App Store Change

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If you visit Apple’s App Store, you’ll notice a small but significant change: The “Free” label beside free-to-download apps has been changed to “Get.” Click here to find mobile-development jobs. Why did Apple make such a move? It could have a lot to do with the European Commission (EC), the European Union’s antitrust body, which has pressured tech companies to do more about in-app purchases; the commission views the term “free” as misleading if an iPhone or iPad owner (or… continue…