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Throwback Thursday: Need to know? Yes!

New-hire IT pilot fish is assigned as contact person on a job that's already in progress. But the contact person on the other side isn't exactly the communicating type.

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Blockchain moves into top spot for hottest job skills

Blockchain development is now the hottest skill in the freelance job market, growing more than 6,000% since this time last year and putting it on pace to be the new “cloud” of the 21st Century, according to a new report.

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Top R language resources to improve your data skills

From books to videos to online tutorials -- most free! -- here are plenty of ideas to burnish your R knowledge.

Picomanagement, defined

Programmer pilot fish for a big electronics company finally remembers to make a small software fix for one of his programs -- and now there's just one thing left to do.

Throwback Thursday: Just a basic project

Consultant gets the order to build an online store for a major client. But when he asks for specifications, he's told it's nothing special -- just a basic shopping cart.

Guess who didn't take care of it?

This software team supports a big financial application for Microsoft and Oracle databases -- and that's a problem when the Oracle code becomes an afterthought.

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Now every Swift developer can build AI apps, thanks to Apple and IBM

IBM and Apple announce new machine intelligence solutions that let developers deploy Watson and Core ML to create mobile, enterprise-grade AI apps.

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China’s moves against cryptocurrencies could affect blockchain growth

As China clamps down on the use of bitcoin, other nations and businesses are also seeking to more heavily regulate cryptocurencies and, more generally, blockchain-based networks.

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Hey, Siri: Give me a product development road map for AI

Infighting, rushed development, and lack of vision have damaged Apple’s Siri development, claims a new report, citing Apple employees involved in Siri's development.

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Tech Talk: The fate of developers (and the future of mobile)

These could be the best of times, or the worst of times to be a developer, given how fast technology (and skills) change. Our experts weigh in on that conundrum – and on what we learned from Mobile World Congress.

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Google's Chromium browser explained

Chrome is the most popular browser in the world, but there would be no Chrome without Chromium, the open source project that underpins it. Here's what Chromium is, where you can download it and how it shapes your online experience....

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The blockchain market is hot; here's how to learn the skills for it

While most techies who add blockchain to their skillset are versed in programming languages, it’s by no means a prerequisite for learning the technology. Here’s why the blockchain market is hot and how to take advantage of the current...

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Interview: Khronos brings Vulkan applications to Macs, iPhones, iPads

Khronos introduced new open-source tools to port Vulkan applications to Apple's platforms. In this Q&A, Khronos Group President Neil Trevett explains the project and why it matters.

Kids! Do NOT try this in 2018!

Fresh-from-school pilot fish gets a job in the late 1980s that includes importing data from 9-track tapes to a newfangled relational database -- preferably using Fortran.

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IBM sees blockchain as ready for government use

In testimony before a congressional committee, IBM's Jerry Cuomo warned against over-regulation because of cryptocurrency volatility, said the government should embrace the distributed ledger technology and encouraged its use in the...

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Microsoft wants to use blockchain to secure your identity

Microsoft plans to pilot a blockchain-based digital ID platform that would allow users to control access to sensitive online information via an encrypted data hub.

How to win friends and influence software schedules

Regional building-supplies chain wants a major software enhancement from its turnkey business systems vendor, but the project just doesn't seem to be moving along.

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Tech Talk: What's trending for 2018?

The end of passwords may – or may not – be nigh. Blockchain is clearly evolving, as is 'serverless' computing. And our panel remains convinced Apple's HomePod is late to the game.

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Spending on blockchain technology to double this year to $2.1B

Led by financial services, industries are ramping up spending on blockchain distributed ledger technology at unprecedented rates; 2018 will mark the move from pilot programs to real-world rollouts.

Priorities

Programmer is assigned to improve an ancient Visual Basic app with 500 users -- and also to whip up a quick web demo for the boss. Guess which project gets the kudos?

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