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+ - How Techies Should Pick A City To Live In->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "You've just graduated from college with a technical degree, and you're more mobile than you've ever been in your life or ever will be again. How do you decide where to settle? If you're trying to advance your technical career, you might want to try working through the checklist offered by Fred Shilmover. Shilmover is the CEO of a cloud-based company but his guidelines could apply to anyone in a technical field. (He picked Boston, by the way.)"
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+ - Dell's Unexpected Next Act: Stylish, High-Quality Tablets And PCs

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jfruh (300774) writes "If Dell has a reputation in the PC market, it's as the company that got low-end PCs to customers cheaply. But after the great drama of founder Michael Dell taking the company private, the company is following a new path, adding higher-quality (and more expensive) products like the Venue 8 7000, the thinnest tablet on the market today, to its lineup. One analyst notes that "Because they are no longer reporting to Wall Street, they can be more competitive.""

+ - IEEE Standards Group Seeks To Impose Order On The Internet Of Things->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "The so-called Internet of Things (IoT), under which tens of thousands of smart objects will interact with each other seamlessly, has a problem: a lack of uniform communication standards that will allow all those things to speak a common language. The IEEE is embarking on an ambitious effort to solve this problem, creating a standards group to bring order to IoT chaos."
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+ - Braving Dengue Fever To Buy New iPhones In Tokyo->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Do you think sitting on a cold sidewalk for a few days in a true testament to how much someone wants to be the first to get a new iPhone? But people lining up outside an Apple Store in Tokyo have an extra hazard to deal with: Japan's first outbreak of Dengue fever in 70 years, spread by mosquitos making their home in a nearby park."
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+ - Inside Shenzen's Grey-Market iPhone Mall->

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jfruh (300774) writes "Despite being largely manufactured in China, iPhones are still too expensive for most Chinese to afford — new ones, anyway. That's why thousands come to a bustling marketplace in Shenzen that specializes in older grey-market iPhones. Many of them are damaged phones that have been refurbished by enterprising merchants."
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+ - Ex-Nokia Staffers At Microsoft Brace For Wave Of Layoffs->

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jfruh (300774) writes "As Microsoft's planned mass layoffs — which were announced months ago though no details as to exactly who will be laid off were clear at the time — kick into high gear, it is looking more and more like former Nokia staffers will be feeling the brunt of the purge. Rumor is that Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella never thought the Nokia merger was a good idea inthe first place, and may be looking to get out of the handset business Microsoft so recently got into."
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+ - College Students: Want To Earn More? Take A COBOL Class->

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jfruh (300774) writes "With a lot of debate over the value of a college education, here's a data point students can use: at one Texas college, students who took an elective COBOL class earned on average $10,000 more a year upon graduation than classmates who hadn't. COBOL, dropped from many curricula years ago as an outdated language, is tenaciously holding on in the industry, as many universities are belatedly starting to realize."
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+ - Facebook Leads Coalition To Make Open Source Easier For Corporations To Use->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Open source code are used by just about every large organization in existence, but sometimes it's difficult to sync up the ad hoc nature of open source project management with the needs of large companies. Now Facebook is spearheading a group called TODO, with sign-on from other industry giants, to help make open source easier to manage. TODO will help identify actively maintained open source projects that are ready for prime-time use, and also exhange best practices among members."
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+ - The Weird Cell Phones Of 2004->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "2014 may be the golden age of smartphones, as handset companies have a handle on what people want and are selling it to them by the million. Ten years ago, though, the landscape was weirder and more interesting, with a host of Asian handset manufacturers trying to one up each other on new and sometimes bizarre features. Offerings ranged from the ahead-of-their-times (TV on your phone ... via a satellite connection) to the laughable (a phone you could hold against your forehead to take your temperature)."
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+ - HP Pleads Guilty To Bribing Russian Officials->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Hewlett-Packard has admitted in a U.S. court that its Russian subsidiary paid millions in bribes to Russian officials in order to win a contract. The scheme involves selling HP products to a reseller and then buying them back, with money shuffled through various shell corporations and proceeds spent on 'luxury automobiles, expensive jewelry, clothing, furniture and various other items' by Russian officials. Ironically, the contract HP was going for was with the Russian federal prosecutor's office."
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+ - Matrox Returns With Graphic Card That Can Drive Six 4K Displays->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "If you were a gamer in the '90s, you remember the time when owning a Matrox Millennium card meant you were hardcore. Since then, the company has retreated into specialized niches, supporting high-end applications on desktops and owning only a tiny market share, but it's making a bold bid for a comback: a passively cooled AMD-based graphics card that can support up to six 4K displays simultaneously."
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+ - HP Buys Cloud Provider, Gets Marten Mickos To Head Its Cloud Division->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "In 2010, HP tried to buy its way into the analytics game by shelling out billions for Autonomy, a deal that was a famous disaster. But that isn't stopping the company from making big buys: it will be buying Eucalyptus, a cloud provider headed by ex MySQL AB CEO Marten Mickos, and bringing Mickos in to head the new HP Cloud division."
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