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‘No Google Glass on the Hyperloop’: Signs From the Future

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There’s a good deal of talk about technology that might become commonplace over the next several years—things such as particle-sized robots, or augmented-reality headsets like Google Glass, or the high-speed Hyperloop proposed by Elon Musk. Once those technologies are widely deployed, of course, society will need to indicate their presence. Thirty years from now, security checkpoints could warn anyone passing through to turn off any chips implanted in their brains; on the street, signs could show which roads are specially… continue…

Want to Help Lock Down Google’s New Chrome Extension?

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Google wants its developer community to pick through its latest Chrome extension, End-to-End, for potential vulnerabilities. End-to-End, currently in Alpha release, allows users to encrypt, decrypt, digitally sign and verify signed messages within the browser. It implements the OpenPGP standard, IETF RFC 4880. As part of its security process, Google has posted the source code on code.google.com, and it wants those with the skills to give it a thorough looking-over. Click here to see security jobs. “One of the reasons… continue…

Do You Want Google to Forget You?

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On the Internet, the truism goes, content lingers forever. But now Google—under pressure from the Court of Justice of the European Union—will give anyone living in the EU the opportunity to delete the search-engine results leading to that content. Thanks to the Court’s recent ruling, EU citizens can ask Google to remove results on the grounds of the associated links being “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes for which they were processed.” Click… continue…

Tech Firms Top List of Best-Paying Companies

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Glassdoor’s just unveiled a list of top companies for compensation and benefits. The point of the survey isn’t to measure “happiness”—there’s another list for that—but instead to shed light on whose employees are the most satisfied with the very basic foundation blocks of employment: pay, benefits and perks. Fourteen of the 25 companies listed are in tech, including four of the top five: Google topped the list, Facebook was No. 3, followed by Adobe and Epic Systems (Costco held the… continue…

Google’s Workforce Reflects Tech’s Diversity Challenge

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Bowing to increasing pressure on technology leaders to disclose details of their workforce diversity, Google says that just 30 percent of its employees are women, 3 percent are Hispanic and 2 percent are black. In technical roles, 60 percent of its employees are white and 17 percent are women. The numbers are based on the 44,000 people working at Google at the beginning of the year, and don’t include those working for Motorola Mobility, which is being sold to Lenovo.… continue…

What We Could See at Apple’s WWDC

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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…

Apple Eyeing iPhone as ‘Smart Home’ Controller

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  As tech companies rush to capitalize on the so-called “Internet of Things,” many have taken an interest in the idea of a “smart home,” in which most appliances and devices are connected to the Web and each other. A new rumor suggests that Apple is planning to make the iPhone into a control for the connected home. Imagine tapping a button on your screen to control your security system, or your washer. In theory, the iPhone could signal various… continue…

Google’s Self-Driving Cars: Perfect Safety Record?

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Google’s self-driving cars have spent the past year cruising the roads of Mountain View, California. Google engineers use the data from those drives to make the cars’ onboard computers more sophisticated. But how good are the cars’ driving records? Pretty flawless, according to the local cops. “We have not cited any Google self-driving cars,” Sergeant Saul Jaeger, the press information officer at the Mountain View Police Department, told The Atlantic. He also claimed that no special understanding about the cars… continue…

Google: Ads Coming to the Internet of Things

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Google’s bottom line depends on advertisements, and its all-consuming quest for revenue might one day drive it to serve up ads on everything from car dashboards to thermostats, according to a letter the company submitted last year to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). “We expect the definition of ‘mobile’ to continue to evolve as more and more ‘smart’ devices gain traction in the market,” reads an excerpt from the letter, which was originally submitted to the SEC in December… continue…

What Are the Next Big Developer Skills?

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The latest data from Dice suggests that employers want software developers who’re experts in well-established technologies such as .NET, C++, and HTML. But IT is a rapidly evolving field, which begs the question—what will the employers of tomorrow want, skills-wise, from developers? Before taking a stab at that question, it’s worth examining the particular skills currently in demand by employers. On Dice, hiring managers searched thousands of times between January 1 and April 15 of this year for software developers,… continue…