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Top Tech Degrees for 2015 (and Beyond)

Posted In Looking in Tech
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Technology degree programs of all types may enjoy booming enrollments these days, but which diplomas are the most useful for next year’s grads? While computer science is a perennial favorite (and always a good choice for students), other paths of inquiry are rapidly gaining in popularity among those who want lucrative and fulfilling careers once they graduate school. These five top tech degrees for 2015 (and beyond) are shaped by changes in the global economy, industry and technology. They may… continue…

Things Just Got Way Harder for the Next Pebble

Posted In Looking in Tech
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Wearable electronics, long the subject of considerable hype from the tech press, now seem on the verge of entering the mainstream. Samsung, Apple, Google, Motorola, and other tech giants all want consumers to strap a “smart watch” to their wrist; Google continues to push Google Glass, its augmented-reality headset; and Facebook bet $2 billion that Oculus Rift, its latest acquisition, can guide the future of virtual reality. Wearable electronics becoming the Next Big Thing could present loads of opportunities to… continue…

How Many iWatches Will Apple Actually Sell?

Posted In Living in Tech
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If you believe the ever-churning rumor mill, Apple will unveil its long-awaited “iWatch” in late 2014. But how many units will the “smartwatch” actually sell? According to Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty, Apple could rack up sales of 30 million to 60 million units within the iWatch’s first 12 months of release. How does she arrive at that astronomical figure, especially considering that no “smartwatch” currently on the market has proven a breakaway hit? “Brand loyalty” to Apple, Huberty wrote,… continue…

Chromebooks and Cheap Windows PCs: It’s War

Posted In Living in Tech
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In a bid to counter the rising number of Google Chromebooks on the market, Microsoft plans on releasing a series of ultra-cheap Windows laptops near the end of the year. Hewlett-Packard, Toshiba and Acer will issue laptops priced between $199 and $249 for the holiday shopping season, all with wildly different specs—the Acer Aspire ES1, for example, will feature a 15.6-inch screen paired with a 2.16 GHz Intel Celeron processor, while Toshiba’s unit will boast an 11.6-inch screen. “We are… continue…

A New Use for Oculus Rift: Driving a Tank

Posted In Looking in Tech
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The Oculus Rift headset immerses its wearer in a virtual world, a fact that excites game developers. But the Norwegian Armed Forces might have a more practical use for Oculus Rift than playing war games—it’s testing whether troops can use the hardware to drive actual tanks. Part of the motivation behind the test is cost: An Oculus Rift headset, combined with a handful of $2,000 cameras and a commercial PC, is far cheaper than equivalent hardware built for military use.… continue…

‘Net Should Brace for More Giant DDoS Attacks

Posted In DataCenter
Fourteen Internet protocols could be used for large-scale DDOS attacks; six could be used as amplifiers pushing attacks orders of magnitude beyond the norm. continue…

Security, Privacy Concerns Could Block Big Data Growth: Report

The “Big Data” market could hit $50 billion by 2017, unless concerns over the sanctity of data get in the way. continue…

Building a Simple Slider Servo Control

Posted In Linux, Working in Tech
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In the remote control, physical computing and Internet of Things ecosystem, it’s frequently convenient to command something to move using an on-screen slider. In my case I’d like to control a pair of servos from my Linux notebook for an Internet-enabled prototype I’m working on. Sometime in the future I’ll port the sliders over to a little app on my Galaxy S3. This article covers how to hack together a rudimentary notebook user interface connected to an Arduino microcontroller using… continue…

IBM Planning to Sell Off Semiconductor Manufacturing: Rumor

Big Blue seems intent on ridding itself of large swaths of its hardware business. continue…

Google Datacenter No. 1: Ugly, Small, Needed Cables Jiggled

Posted In DataCenter
The architect of Google’s global datacenter network blogged nostalgically on the 15th anniversary of the day he first saw Google’s tiny, PC-filled server cage. continue…