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Report: Xbox Originals operation "off to a rough start"

Posted April 29, 2014 - 6:11 am

Yesterday saw a lot of coverage of Microsoft's Xbox Originals TV-style content, but one report claims things aren't going smoothly for the team.

NPR reminds us of life when the Internet was new

Posted April 29, 2014 - 6:00 am

An internal memo from 20 years ago shows us what it was like when the Internet was just coming into the workplace

8 ways to provide great IT client service

Posted April 28, 2014 - 2:19 pm

Great IT Client service is much more than just fixing someone’s PC, writing the software they specifically request, flawlessly execute nightly production, and/or provide a stable general computing environment. These are, of course, incredibly important and the basis of IT’s value to the organization, but they are not the whole story.

Has social media become the wild, wild west for marketers?

Posted April 28, 2014 - 12:03 pm

Despite all the work and investment that has gone into social media, simplicity is still elusive for many marketers and brands. Executives from Facebook and Twitter talk about the challenge to make things less complex.

Gaming your grocery shopping with Amazon Prime Pantry

Posted April 25, 2014 - 6:03 am

You might think Amazon's new Prime Pantry service is a great way to get heavy, bulky grocery items delivered to your home. In fact that's exactly wrong.

Google's real plan behind the purchase of the Nest thermostat

Posted April 25, 2014 - 6:00 am

Google purchased Nest back in January this year for $3.2B and people everywhere are still wondering why. The Nest is a handsome device to be sure, but at around $250 a pop, it’s not exactly a household name. To recover its purchase price, Google would have to sell a lot of Nests...except they won’t have to.

How the collaborative economy will change the way you do business

Posted April 24, 2014 - 2:17 pm

The Internet puts the goods, services and expertise you need at your fingertips. Some call it a 'collaborative economy' focused less on transactions and more on trades. Others see a throwback to the early days of economic exchange. Either way, it's quickly changing the way we do business.

Career alert: A Master of analytics degree is the ticket -- if you can get into class

Posted April 24, 2014 - 1:50 pm

The toughest part about earning a Master of Science in Analytics at North Carolina State University may be deciding which job to accept.

Is there any digital marketing value in new breed of social apps?

Posted April 24, 2014 - 1:36 pm

The road to revenue for ephemeral and anonymous apps like Snapchat, Secret and Whisper is uncharted. How these social apps will ever achieve a level of revenue that would justify their sky-high valuations is foggy at best.

Survey respondents shun much-hyped mobile shopping technologies

Posted April 24, 2014 - 10:24 am

Most unaware of, uninterested in, or hostile to mobile tracking, paying.

HBO wises up; brings its content to Amazon Prime Instant Video

Posted April 24, 2014 - 6:11 am

I've long called for HBO to make its content available to stream for people with no cable subscription. Finally we're making some progress!

7 ways to advance your project management career

Posted April 23, 2014 - 2:41 pm

Project management experts and executive IT recruiters provide tips to project managers on what they can do to give their careers a boost.

4 ways to use square in your small business (or your global business)

Posted April 23, 2014 - 1:39 pm

Small businesses increasingly turn to Square to process payments without the hassle (and expense) of custom card-reading hardware. There are other benefits to the service, including analytics and online sales modules, as well as opportunities for larger enterprises to better serve customers.

H-1B loophole may help California utility offshore IT jobs

Posted April 23, 2014 - 12:42 pm

It is the second major utility in a year to announce IT outsourcing.

6 Ways Great Personal Client Service Can Help Your Career

Posted April 22, 2014 - 8:14 pm

As the worlds of IT and business continue to converge, the more important it becomes to provide quality client service.

In programming, a little guidance goes a long way

Posted April 22, 2014 - 8:00 am

When I started out programming, everything was unknown to me. Getting the computer to do anything was exciting. My breadth of knowledge was narrow and the depth was shallow. This meant that each new problem, no matter how trivial, was a monumental undertaking to solve. Building on that issue was the fact that I’d succumbed to a common pitfall of rookie developers, I built everything from scratch using only what I knew.

Netflix is about to raise prices by as much as 25%

Posted April 22, 2014 - 6:05 am

Net income is up, yet the company says it needs to raise subscription fees.

Business liaison: A role that combines technical know-how and the conversation chops to translate it

Posted April 21, 2014 - 6:22 pm

Companies must get their smart people off the keyboard and focused on strategy. Those techies who can talk to the business will be in demand.

A closer look at AMD earnings

Posted April 21, 2014 - 12:42 pm

Console sales are bringing in the bucks. How else is the rest of the business?

A close look at Intel earnings

Posted April 21, 2014 - 12:41 pm

The company did well, but there were a few devilish details.

Google’s smart contact lenses could aid the visually impaired

Posted April 21, 2014 - 6:00 am

In today's accessible technology roundup: Google wants to embed cameras in contact lenses, Apple gets a patent for a new GUI for touch devices to improve accessibility and a hacker develops a virtual cane for the blind

Twitch not content being the idiot box of gaming, expands to sales and funding

Posted April 17, 2014 - 6:03 am

Streaming your games for others to watch on Twitch is a big fad these days, but it looks like the company is taking the first tentative steps towards branching into other areas.

A simple cure for the cybersecurity skills shortage

Posted April 16, 2014 - 9:10 pm

An approach that has worked for centuries in all sorts of industries is just as applicable to the security field.

How to get a job in manufacturing IT

Posted April 16, 2014 - 9:03 pm

To excel in manufacturing, tech workers need to be one part tinkerer and one part visionary, with a bit of analytical acumen thrown in as well.

By the numbers: Detroit offers a bright future for technology professionals

Posted April 16, 2014 - 3:19 pm

A recent report reveals a promising tech bubble in Detroit and surrounding areas.
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