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Android Developers: Get to Know KitKat

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The latest version of the Android OS has gained market-share over the past few months, according to the latest data from Google. Android 4.4 (“KitKat”) now runs on 5.3 percent of Android devices, up from 1.4 percent earlier this year. KitKat features tight integration with Google Now, Google’s voice-activated digital assistant; thanks to Google’s attempt to minimize resource-hungry processes, the operating system can also run on low-end hardware, opening up broad swaths of the mobile-device market to its use. Click… continue…

Why App Developers Face Such Long Odds

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Why did the app developer move back home with his mom? Sure, that sounds like the setup for a joke—but for many developers, it’s also reality: despite the much-publicized stories of app-builders and startup founders making millions (or even billions) off the software they’ve built, the substantial majority earn only just enough to get by, according to a new column in the Harvard Business Review. Click here for app development jobs. “Encouraging kids to blow off schoolwork to write apps,… continue…

5 Alternatives to Office for iPad

Posted In Working in Tech
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Microsoft finally decided to bite the (proverbial) bullet and release Office for iPad, with a catch: anyone who downloads Word, Excel, or PowerPoint for Apple’s popular tablet will need to purchase an Office 365 subscription if they want to actually edit documents. Had Microsoft released Office for iPad a few years back, it might have instantly seized a considerable portion of the tablet-productivity market. As it stands, however, “iOffice” is now something of an underdog, albeit one jacked on serious… continue…

The Opposing View: How Tizen Could Win

Posted In Looking in Tech
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Samsung expanded the horizons of wearable computers this month with a trio of fitness-oriented smartwatches running two different operating systems—neither of which is Android. Two of the three, the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear Neo 2, run the open(ish)-source, Linux-based Tizen operating system. The other, a fitness tracker named the Samsung Gear Fit, uses a customized version of the Real Time Operating System (RTOS), a lightweight OS designed to run so quickly and use so little computing power it can… continue…

Office for iPad Is Here… With a Catch

Posted In Living in Tech
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After years of debate over whether Microsoft will actually release a version of Office for the iPad, the company is ready to make that move. As expected by many in the tech press, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella took to a San Francisco stage March 27 to explain the company’s strategy under his watch; a few minutes into the presentation, Julia White (general manager of Microsoft Office) joined him to demonstrate Office for iPad, and announce that Word, Excel, and PowerPoint… continue…

Should You Develop for Tizen?

Posted In Working in Tech
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Launching a brand-new mobile operating system is, to put it mildly, a difficult endeavor. It takes years of development, hordes of devoted programmers, a couple hardware partners, and a willingness on the part of the developer community to build third-party apps that’ll actually attract users. Given those challenges, a new mobile operating system emerges only once in a long while, although the past few quarters have seen the rise of some notable contenders: Ubuntu Touch for smartphones, first unveiled by… continue…

What the Next 18 Months Hold for Software Careers

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It’s easy to put your head down and focus on the work that you have to do today. To think about the job you’re doing now. To think about the technology you know already. To understand the team structure you’re currently in. That’s what’s now. But what’s next? Let’s take a walk through the next 18 months and see where engineering is going. Focus on Learning What’s Going On: Hiring managers have figured out that tomorrow’s skills won’t be today’s… continue…

Nokia Launches Android-Powered Smartphones

Are Nokia’s latest devices a weird misfire, or a counterintuitive stroke of genius? continue…

Follow Investors’ Dollars to Job Opportunities

Posted In Looking in Tech
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“Follow the money” is a phrase many still associate with corruption scandals. But the same principle works for tech investments. If you want to know what’s really happening — and why — the money trail will lead you to answers. The recent Consumer Electronics Show, for example, spotlighted big trends that are getting big funding and will create potentially big hiring. Analyst Tim Bajarin, who has attended the last 30 of these shows, says the key trends in 2014 are… continue…

Innovation, Consulting Reshaping IT Job Market

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For IT professionals, this year ahead is likely to be a transformative one. Big Data, mobile development, the cloud and security will not only continue to drive changes in business, they’ll also reshape the tech job market. More than ever, IT professionals will be required to straddle the line between IT and business expert. Tried and true positions, such as software developers and engineers, will still be in demand. Meanwhile newer jobs, like UI and UX developer, will also see… continue…