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Laser Pointers Power a 1Gbps Wireless Network

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Laser pointers at the cutting edge of innovation? Quite possibly. A team of engineers from the National Taipei University of Technology in Taiwan has managed to transmit data using red and green laser pointers. It’s an outstanding achievement because it transmits twice as fast as USB or a Wi-Fi router, is cost-effective, and can be used in places where radio transmitters aren’t allowed, like airplanes and hospitals. How do they do it? In a $600 experiment, engineers used red and… continue…

Gecko Inspired Sticky Stuff Holds 700 Pounds

Posted In Working in Tech
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A group of researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has developed a novel adhesive material that is based on gecko feet. The tape, which they have dubbed “Geckskin,” is capable of holding 700 pounds on a smooth wall. From biologist Duncan Irschick’s explanation of the properties of gecko feet, it is easy to see why the researchers were interested in emulating them: Amazingly, gecko feet can be applied and disengaged with ease, and with no sticky residue remaining on the… continue…

He Beat Spam. Can He Crack the HIV Code?

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Microsoft’s David Heckerman might seem an unlikely candidate to be conducting research into a possible cure for HIV–he’s the guy that designed the software giant’s spam filter. So what do junk email and the virus that wreaks havoc on the human immune system have in common? Very little, or a lot–depending on how you look at the situation. Heckerman, a Distinguished Scientist with Microsoft Research, has a large number of applications to his name, including the first machine-learning spam filter,… continue…

Help Me Out: How Do You Keep Up with Tech?

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It’s been 25 years since I ventured into the world of computers and technology, and let me tell you… I’m exhausted. How can I claim to be an “expert” about anything when everything is changing all the time? How do any of us keep up? I had my latest emotional crisis upon the launch of the beta of Google+ last week. Google what? I’ve spent years trying to keep up with Google’s innovations. Mail, Buzz, Docs, Apps, you name it.… continue…

The Best IT People Have Business Savvy and They Don’t Even Realize It

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You could be the IT professional businesses are looking for, and you’re not even in IT. This was the unfortunate realization uncovered in “Choosing IT as a Career: Exploring the Role of Self-Efficacy and Perceived Importance of IT Skills” written by K.D. Joshi and Sterling McPherson of Washington State University, and Eileen Trauth, Lynette Kvasny, Sadan Kulturel-Konak, and Jan Mahar of Penn State University. There’s a pervasive stereotype that to be successful in IT you should only have necessary technical… continue…

Internet and E-Commerce: A Range of Opportunities

As the total number of Web sites worldwide inches toward the 200 million mark, it is important to remember the sites people regularly visit for information, entertainment, and shopping are only part of the Internet story. Virtually every company large and small is online in some form, and most use an assortment of Net-based services to run their businesses. continue…

Check Online Conversations to See What Working at a Company is Really Like

Posted In Looking in Tech
CIOs are paying more attention to virtual water cooler chatter about an organization, because it can impact their ability to recruit top-notch talent. And top-notch talent is paying attention to the chatter too, because if a company’s current talent is happy, it’s more likely a new recruit will be happy.   continue…

How to Capitalize on Emerging Industries and Technologies

One way to maximize earnings and remain marketable is by jumping into emerging industries and learning hot technologies. But job seekers often refrain because job postings request previous experience, even though few candidates meet the criteria. When you face that, keep in mind that a posting is really a wish list. While some might wait for the requirements to change, assertive job seekers are knocking on doors and accepting offers – without having prior experience. continue…

Sorry, Natural Geniuses. Developing Your Talent Takes Work

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As IT changes at an ever-increasing pace, we need to adjust how we learn. We can no longer peg ourselves to an application or piece of hardware – We have to learn how to apply that app or hardware to the next wave. continue…

Dice News Update: Software Engineers Needed by New York Start-Ups

New York start-ups need software engineers… Outsourcing firms are staffing up… and why Forrester Research seems all excited. continue…