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Adult Women Outnumber Teenage Boys Among Gamers

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More adult women play video games than boys 18 or younger, according to a new study by the Entertainment Software Association (PDF). That might come as a surprise to casual followers of the video-game industry, which relies on games seemingly tailor-made for teenage boys to fuel its burgeoning bottom line. Not only do women constitute 48 percent of everybody tapping away at a game controller, but the number of female gamers aged 50 and over jumped 32 percent between 2012… continue…

Millennials: Ready to Lead Your Company?

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A new survey suggests that Millennials are on track to become tomorrow’s leaders, provided organizations can retain them long enough. The survey (PDF) is a joint production of HR consulting firm DDI and The Conference Board, the latter a business-research association, and incorporates responses from 13,124 “leaders” and 1,528 “global human resource executives” at 2,031 organizations. Many of those surveyed felt that their organizations needed to retain and develop effective leaders, and only a minority—40 percent—rated the overall quality of… continue…

Push for Pizza: The App That Does Exactly One Thing Well

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Ordering food via a smartphone? Easy, thanks to a growing variety of apps like GrubHub, which allow you to order takeout (or delivery) from a plethora of restaurants. But a group of teenagers decided to make the process even simpler—provided you really, really, really like pizza. Click here to find app-developer jobs. Like many a minimalist smartphone app, Push for Pizza cuts everything down to the essentials: push the giant pizza logo, select a nearby pizzeria, choose a pizza, and… continue…

Why Your Mobile App Isn’t Making Any Money

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There’s a dream in the tech world—and not an uncommon one—that building a mobile app will translate into immense riches. That dream has led developers around the world to pour countless hours into conceiving, programming, and marketing everything from mobile productivity software to games. But while mobile apps have made a few companies and indie developers immensely rich (Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen reportedly earned more than $50,000 a day from his little game before pulling it from the iOS… continue…

California, New York Face Competition on Tech-Hiring Front

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Ask anyone to name the country’s hotbed of tech-hiring activity, and chances are good they’ll say “California” or “New York,” homes of, respectively, Silicon Valley and Silicon Alley. But according to a Dice analysis of data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, New York comes in sixth place, and California in eleventh, among the fastest-growing states for technology jobs. Texas comes in first, with a 5.99 percent increase in tech jobs since the beginning of the year, followed by… continue…

For Software Developers, Key to Retention Isn’t Just Money

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What leads an employee to stay with a company, especially when the labor market is good? For many companies seeking to retain their best and brightest, the answer often comes down to tangible perks such as cash or more vacation time. Faced with a tightening market for anyone who can build mobile apps or e-commerce websites, for example, some companies have developed specialized bonus programs for software developers: A recent Dice survey of 700 employers revealed that 16 percent had… continue…

IT Hiring Increases Across Sectors

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IT hiring is on the rise across sectors, according to research firm Computer Economics. Of the 200 midsize to large U.S. and Canadian employers it polled, 52 percent said they plan to increase IT staff, the first time since 2007 that more than half of IT organizations said they’ll increase headcount. Hiring is taking place primarily in large organizations, according to the report, with financial services leading the way with 5 percent growth in headcount, followed by healthcare providers at… continue…

More MBAs Pursue Opportunities in Technology

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Wall Street isn’t any longer the default destination for newly graduated MBAs: More of them are opting for jobs in technology. Indeed, tech companies are snapping up MBAs at a growing rate in both the U.S. and the UK, according to the Financial Times. At Stanford, for example, the number of MBAs joining technology firms jumped for the second year in a row last year, with 32 percent of 2013’s class taking jobs in the sector. That’s up from 24… continue…

June 2014: Dice Hiring Survey

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Hiring for technology professionals is moving full-steam ahead in the second half of 2014, according to more than 700 hiring managers and recruiters who primarily focus on these professionals. The majority (70%) of hiring managers intend to hire more technology professionals in the next six months, as compared to the first half of the year, according to Dice’s semi-annual hiring survey. That’s a slight dip from year end, when 73 percent anticipated more hiring in the first half of the… continue…

Tech Pros Think Java/J2EE, SQL, .NET Key to Careers

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Tech pros feel that mastery of Java/J2EE, SQL and .NET are key to their careers, according to a new survey by Dice. Although the survey’s sample size was small, at 200 pros, the results nonetheless echo those produced by other Dice analyses over the past few months. Around 37 percent of respondents indicated they thought Java/J2EE was most in demand among popular skill sets, followed by SQL with 29 percent, .NET with 19 percent, C++ with 9 percent, and C#… continue…