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Cloud Efforts Drive Hiring in Seattle

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In June, the New York Times affirmed what the Puget Sound tech community already knew: Cloud technology is turning out to be Seattle’s hottest commodity. “It’s like Detroit used to be for car companies,” Bill Hilf, Hewlett-Packard’s vice president of cloud product management, told the newspaper. “The galactic players are here, and they are creating lots of little companies.” Hilf, a Microsoft alum, is helping to launch HP’s new HP Helion cloud computing initiative in Seattle, with $1 billion of… continue…

How IBM’s Apple Deal Could Affect You

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Apple and IBM have joined in a global partnership that will see Big Blue pushing iOS devices to its enterprise customers, while Apple focuses on the creation of industry-specific native apps. In addition, IBM will tweak its cloud services, including analytics and IT security, for iOS. Apple, which already has a significant presence in the enterprise, will build a business-centric AppleCare service-and-support hub. Both tech firms will, presumably, profit. Click here to find mobile development jobs. “For the first time… continue…

How Would You Respond If Watson Did Your Performance Review?

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An Oxford University study titled The Future of Employment: How Susceptible Are Jobs to Computerisation? concludes than nearly half of American jobs are at risk of being computerized within two decades. Positions that were once thought immune to the trend could be taken over by computers and robots.­ The first of these professions are in logistics, transportation and administrative support. Jobs like engineering, creativity and social intelligence could potentially be automated in the longer term. Click here to find robotics-related… continue…

Chromebooks and Cheap Windows PCs: It’s War

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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…

Does Microsoft CEO Memo Hint at Massive Layoffs?

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella released a public memo outlining his company’s future course. Whether this new direction will mean layoffs or massive restructuring is an open question (and, for Microsoft employees, a pressing one); the memo itself is a lengthy mash of buzzwords. “At our core, Microsoft is the productivity and platform company for the mobile-first and cloud-first world,” the July 10 memo states, in one of many sweeping statements about Microsoft’s coming evolution. “We will reinvent productivity to empower… continue…

Which Cloud-Storage Option Is Cheapest?

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Over at Technologizer, Harry McCracken has assembled a chart comparing the major cloud-storage services by price, mobile support and other metrics. For anyone debating whether to put massive amounts of data in the cloud, it’s a potentially useful breakdown of the options out there. On a price-per-gigabyte basis, purchasing the Personal version Office 365 (Microsoft’s cloud-based version of Office) is the best option, as it comes with a terabyte of OneDrive storage for $6.99 per month; the Home version of… continue…

PHP vs. .NET: Which Should You Learn?

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If you’re a software developer, there simply isn’t enough time in the world to learn every single technology, language and platform you might need for work, or to land a better job; at some point, you’re going to have to decide in what direction you want to expand your knowledge base. The choices you make in that regard will have a huge impact on your life. If you devote too much time to learning a technology that’s on the verge… continue…

Microsoft Launches Internet Explorer Developer Channel

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Since Satya Nadella ascended to the CEO role at Microsoft, he’s made a very public effort to position the company as a mobile- and cloud-friendly entity, not to mention something of an underdog in the fight against Apple and Google. Nadella and his executives know that the key to seizing market-share in both mobile and the cloud is to create platforms that third-party developers actually want to use, including tools that allow them to effectively test and verify products before… continue…

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3: Third Time’s the Charm?

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Microsoft has unveiled the Surface Pro 3, its third attempt at a sleek laptop-tablet hybrid. Despite a well-funded marketing campaign, the first generation of Surface devices (an ARM-based version hit store shelves in late 2012, followed by its x86-based cousin in early 2013) proved a famous failure, selling in such miniscule quantities that Microsoft took a $900 million write-down on the remaining units. In the wake of that debacle, tech pundits wondered whether Microsoft should abandon its attempts to remake… continue…

Here’s How to Develop a Successful Game for the PS4

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Sony’s PlayStation 4 boasts an early lead in the console wars, having sold 7 million units in its first five months of release (along with 20.5 million games). Compare that to its biggest rival, Microsoft’s Xbox One, which has sold 5 million units since its November rollout. Both Sony and Microsoft encourage third-party developers to build games for the online store that accompanies their console. But what does it actually take to build an indie game that becomes profitable? Adam… continue…