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Certifications With the Highest Demand

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For years, cynical IT pros have maintained that certifications aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on. But recruiters and analysts report a growing interest in IT certification. While it’s true that employers still want to see experience, certification can provide outside validation of your skills… and signal a commitment to furthering those skills. Certifications in these areas are showing some of the sharpest growth in demand: Security The recent breaches at Target, Home Depot and the almost-daily privacy and security… continue…

Are Mobile Apps the Future of Applying for Jobs?

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While traditional recruiting and application practices are unlikely to disappear in the near future, mobile technology is influencing the job-search process in new and unexpected ways. A whopping 43 percent of current job seekers use mobile at some point during a job search, according to Jobvite’s recently published 2014 Job Seeker Survey. If you’re a Millennial or Gen Y, relying on your smartphone or tablet to apply for a position will seem like a matter of course—but for everybody else,… continue…

In Search of the Next-Generation Mainframer

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Not too long ago, IT organizations that had invested in mainframes were afraid that IT people with the expertise required to run those systems were about to “age out” and retire. As a result, many firms decided to examine their platform options, which contributed in no small part to a wave of defections to distributed computing-systems platforms. A recent survey of 350 CIOs, conducted by Compuware, had 66 percent reporting that they feared the impending retirement of the mainframe workforce… continue…

Amazon’s Echo Enters Digital-Assistant Fight

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Imagine a device in your home that passively listens to everything you say. In past decades, you might have called such a device a “bug,” and it was probably installed without your knowledge. But in the brave new world of 2014, this device is called Amazon Echo, and it’s apparently here to help. Click here to find mobile-development jobs. Echo is a black cylinder that can go pretty much anywhere in a house or apartment, and responds to a variety… continue…

How Apple Watch Is Like an Ancient Timepiece

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Apple CEO Tim Cook admitted during a Q&A at the WSJD Live Conference that the upcoming Apple Watch would need to be charged once a day. Apple had spent the past month playing coy about the Apple Watch’s battery life, which led some pundits and bloggers to hope that the company had figured out a way to make the device’s battery last at least a few days between charges. Given the sophisticated hardware (the small form-factor packs in a heart-rate… continue…

You’ve Built Your App. Here’s How You Market It

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It takes blood, sweat, and tears—or at least a whole lot of programming knowledge, late nights, and energy drinks—to build a good mobile app. With all the energy devoted to bringing something new into the world, however, it’s sometimes easy to forget that the world won’t see your creation unless you spend an equal effort in marketing it. Every so often, an app builder gets lucky, and their app goes “viral” (a good candidate for 2014’s most overused term) without… continue…

The Weirdness of Microsoft Garage

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Back in the day, Microsoft employees had to hide their iPhones, lest senior management see them toting a competitor’s device. Nor was that the only case of Microsoft showing a corporate aversion to rival products: Former CEO Steve Ballmer refused to launch Office for the iPad, for example, for nearly four years after Apple’s bestselling tablet made its debut. But under new CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has made some pretty big changes in how it interacts with outside platforms and… continue…

A ‘Smart Bracelet’ That Tells You to De-Stress

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The jury’s still out on whether wearable electronics will grow into a huge market, but that hasn’t stopped manufacturers and designers from rushing into the space. Apple, Motorola, Samsung, Nike, and other big-brand tech names have devices either in development or available to purchase—if you want to record your activity, while receiving email notifications via a hunk of metal and plastic strapped to your wrist, you now have a variety of options, all capable of doing a great variety of… continue…

Smartwatches (and App Builders) Face Challenges

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At least one research firm really does think wearable electronics will become the Next Big Thing. Analysts at IHS believe that the wearable-electronics market will increase to 800 million units shipped in 2023, a stratospheric increase from the 54 million units shipped this year. Over the next nine years, segment revenue could rise from $300 million to $22.7 billion. Click here to find wearable electronics-related jobs. But that rise isn’t inevitable: According to IHS analyst Sweta Dash, wearable electronics such… continue…

Do Mobile App Developers Need a Lawyer?

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Activity trackers, “smartwatches,” wearable electronics, and smartphones all come with more than the ability to record your daily steps taken or calories burned; the devices’ ability to record the nuances of daily activity—thanks in large part to a growing collection of third-party apps—has subjected them to quite a bit of privacy-related scrutiny. In a recent study, the Federal Trade Commission found 12 mobile health and fitness apps sending users’ personal information to 76 different third parties. Another study of the… continue…