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C# Developer

Posted in Jobs on 25 July 2014
Senior Lead C# Developers needed.
 
For more information on these positions please contact 'Hazel'.
 
*Great opportunity to work with Typescript*
 
Main requirements:
 
- C#, .NET, Javascript, Typescript, AngularJS, JQuery, SQL, ASP.NET 4.5, MVC, Azure, TFS, Visual Studio 2012, CodedUi, MongoDB, Typescript, Knockout .js
- 5+ years of industry experience Front End and Back End development
- Proficient in web technologies
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Excellent influential skills
- Passion for quality
- Ability to work independently and be self-driven.
- A Bachelor or higher degree in Computer Science or related field
 
Nice to have:
 
- Agile scrum master certification
- Experience Windows Azure
 
 

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Java Developer - Cork

Posted in Jobs on 25 July 2014
Company: VCE
Location: BALLINCOLLIG, CO. CORK
 
Think you are up to the challenge of VCE? Globally we are experiencing growth that has exceeded all expectations. Not surprising when you consider that we are the people driving the future of Cloud Computing. It’s an industry with over $400 billion at stake and no one is in a better position for success than VCE. It’s time to take your career to the next level and join a collaboration of bold thinkers who are developing the world’s most advanced converged infrastructure. It’s time to take your career to the Cloud.
 
Our company was formed by Cisco, EMC and VMware with investments from Intel. It’s a combination that has led to explosive growth with our best still yet to come.
 
Java Developer
 
As a strongly funded joint venture, we’re experiencing significant growth in every division, in particular, Product Management, Platform Engineering, Solutions Engineering and Software Development.
 
Do you have a passion to work in cutting edge cloud technologies? Do you have a desire to influence evolving cloud initiatives? VCE is looking for an exceptional and highly motivated team player to build, execute and deliver software stack for Vblock.
 
As a member of the VCE Cloud Service, Management and Orchestration Development Teams, you will be play a critical role by integrating parent and key technology partner software solutions with VCE’s Vblock platform, as well as by helping design and develop new and innovative software offerings in the Cloud Service and Management Automation space.
 
Your responsibilities will include design, development, unit testing, and performance tuning of enterprise-class integrations and new applications. You will be in a position to utilize your technical background and strong communication skills as you interact with both VCE colleagues and customers throughout the entire software development lifecycle.
 
Responsibilities:
 
- Executes software development plans to insure high quality of Vblock foundation platform.
- Participate in the design of general integration strategies and propose/develop specific point integrations within the general framework.
- Ensure all designs are version-proof as integrated products follow their own roadmaps/life cycles.
- Develops Use Cases and other analysis / design artifacts that ensure requirements and score are clearly defined.
- Works under limited direction. Determines and develops approach to solutions. Work is evaluated upon completion to ensure objectives have been met.
- Ability to professionally manage multiple priorities with minimal supervision and on schedule.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills required. Must have strong documentation skills and the ability to understand software functional specifications.
 
 

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Database Developer

Posted in Jobs on 25 July 2014
Global Data Analytics Company in Dublin has an immediate contract requirement for a Database Developer.
 
The successful candidate will:
Take responsibility for designing and developing new Databases Write data base queries (in SQL) and write SQL to populate database tables Participate in the design of a new important Software as a Service (SaaS) Deploy and provide support to databases in the SaaS Produce reasonable estimates for tasks and meeting project schedules
 
Skills & Experience Required :
Minimum of 3 years of relevant industry experience Third level degree in computer science or computer engineering or equivalent Strong Experience of PostreSQL on Linux Expertise in SQL Track record of designing scalable database solutions (>100 Gb database with tables of >10million rows.) Experience running a production PostgreSQL database including upgrade, installation, replication and security Excellent interpersonal, communication and organizational skills
 
Advantageous but not required:
Proficiency in Java or other in programming languages such as Ruby would be an advantage but is not required Knowledge of other relational database systems especially MySQL and possibly Infobright or InfiniDB or Vectorwise would be an advantage but is not required Knowledge of NoSQL databases such as Cassandra or Mongo; Some knowledge of Hadoop. These are not expected but would be an advantage. There will be opportunities to work with such databases.
 
 

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6 Tips That Will Make Every Employer Hire You

Posted in Tips on 25 July 2014

Do you keep wondering why you get rejected on every job interview you went to? I am sorry to break it down to you, but it is highly possible that you are responsible for your failure. No matter if you have good qualities, skills that employers need and experience, you can still get rejected if you mess things up. This is why you need to think this through to the smallest detail and go fully prepared. Read and learn.

 

Competence

 

No one is going to hire you if you are not competent for the job. If you keep trying to get jobs that you know nothing about, you are going to fail - that is just common sense. Employers all around the world only seek quality because they are motivated by success and employing someone who isn’t going to benefit them is just an extra expense. The only advice for this one is to strive for more in life and work on those things that interest you as much as you can, since with practice

 comes perfection.

 

Preparedness

 

This is at least quite easy to achieve. Do research on the internet and go through all the potential interview questions. Depending on the job you are applying for, you could even think of some possible questions the interviewer is going to ask you, or ask someone who had a similar experience in their life. As an addition, you can think of some questions that you are going to pose to the person interviewing you. This will show that you really have interest in getting this job and that you have put in some effort to prepare - everyone appreciates that.

 

Confidence

 

Confidence will help you a lot with handling a job interview in the right manner. Your potential future employer will get the impression that you are confident not only about yourself but also about the job. Various analyses show that people who look confident on their job interviews will get the job in 90 % of cases. You can practice speaking to yourself in front of a mirror while trying to avoid little bad habits like biting nails or scratching, or you can ask a friend or a family member to help you practice. Role playing can help overcome obstacles such as nervousness and fear.

 

Composure

This one comes in hand with the previous one. If you can manage to fight your own fears and flaws, there is a possibility that you are going to have a successful job interview. Try not to talk fast, and speak in short sentences rather that those long ones that can make you look confused. If you have a thought that you want to transfer, be clear and composed. No one likes clumsy employees, and your speech can say a lot about your personality. Breathing practice at home can help you prepare for this if it seems as something intimidating to you.

 

Physical Appearance

 

Some employers will notice the way you are dressed and other little things that shouldn’t really matter - but, they definitely do. Try to dress simply, without accessories and anything shiny, in other words, wear something appropriate for a job interview that will make you look presentable and serious. However, this also depends on the type of job you are applying to. If you are a woman, avoid going to a job interview with too much make-up, messy hair, worn nail polish, etc. This will only show that you don’t take care of yourself and that you possible have a problem with organirezing your schedule.

 

Resume

In order to get to the point where you are going to be interviewed as a potential new employee, you need to admit a well written resume. Boosted resume can make things a lot easier for you as this is your first step towards success. Here, you will be able to boast about yourself and your accomplishments as much as you want without risking to sound conceited and haughty. If you are smart enough to put things that are really relevant for this particular job then you will save your employer from reading a boring and long resume where he/she isn’t going to find things that are important.

 

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Pinterest Hires Axe Genius to Bring Male Users to Site

Posted in News on 25 July 2014

Pinterest has hired a man’s man to head its marketing department in a bid to attract more males to the social network predominantly used by women.

David Rubin, who is best known for his sexist Axe advertisements — ads that, of course, appealed to men due to the beautiful, scantily-clad women in them — will become Pinterest’s head of brand.

Rubin’s Axe ads may have been sexist, but no one can deny he knows his stuff — his advertising campaign for Unilever over the past decade-and-a-half has transformed the Axe brand into a multi-million dollar empire.

Rubin will head a team of 20 whose job it is to make Pinterest uers’ demographics a little more even. Currently 68.2 percent of the virtual pin-up board’s users are women, meaning men make up only 31.8 percent of the site’s membership.

Pinterest told Marketing Magazine Rubin will head its global brand marketing and help “define” the firm’s brand strategy and key audiences as well as manage its marketing initiatives.

 

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New App Aims to Help Users With Their Problems

Posted in News on 25 July 2014

I'm Listening Gives Voice to Those With Issues

 

Technology, it is said, is making the world smaller with the ability to reach out, instantaneously, to people across the globe.

earA new app is using that ability for positive results hoping to connect people facing similar issues, allowing them to share their stories and, it is hoped, help one another. Im Listening is currently available on iOS and is “a space where like minded people share their problems and help each other by realising that they are not alone with their issues.”

Users have the option to either record their concerns and have others listen to them or, like other networking sites, simply enter their post and have it posted to the site.

The idea, the app’s site explains, came as a result of founders Russ Holland and George Spitaliotis having a combined interest in the health of the human mind and how technology can be used to help others.

“The statistics are frightening. The Mental Health Foundation suggests that one in every four people in the UK will experience some kind of mental health problem in the course of a year. These figures are similar in the US,” Im Listening‘s site states.

“Yet, there is an enormous stigma attached to mental health issues. It is our hope, that with I’m Listening we have created a space for people to vocalise their problems and receive advice from people who care. Even if it is a simple as being told that you may need professional help.”

Users of the new app remain anonymous and are able, if they want, to follow other users who they feel may be able to help them with their problems.

The developers have “invested heavily” to ensure a clean design in a project they feel can help people.

 

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Amazon Sales Rise, But Records $126M Loss

Posted in News on 25 July 2014
There’s a whole lot of money coming into Amazon, but there’s even more flowing out.
 
The eCommerce giant posted second-quarter results Thursday evening that revealed a more than healthy revenue of $19.34 billion. Yet, despite the multi-billion dollar haul, the company still managed to have a loss of $126 million.
 
That, according to Reuters, is due to the speed with which the firm has invested in new business ventures such as digital content and same-day delivery. News of Amazon’s loss did not sit will with shareholders, either, causing shares to dip 10 percent in after-hours trading.
 
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos remained upbeat in his comments, but did reference just where it is all the firm’s money is going.
 
“We continue working hard on making the Amazon customer experience better and better,” said Bezos. “We’ve recently introduced Sunday delivery coverage to 25 percent of the U.S. population, launched European cross-border two-day delivery for Prime, launched Prime Music with over one million songs, created three original kids TV series, added world-class parental controls to Fire TV with FreeTime, and launched Kindle Unlimited, an eBook subscription service. For our AWS customers we launched Amazon Zocalo, T2 instances, an SSD-backed EBS volume, Amazon Cognito, Amazon Mobile Analytics, and the AWS Mobile SDK, and we substantially reduced prices. And today customers all over the U.S. will begin receiving their new Fire phones — including Firefly, Dynamic Perspective, and one full year of Prime — we can’t wait to get them in customers’ hands.”
 
The third quarter’s outlook will not be any better as Amazon continues to spend money on improving its services.
 
The company forecast an operating loss of between $810 million and $410 million — a definite increase from the $25 million loss in the same quarter last year.
 
 

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Yahoo! Voices Closing: Could We Be Approaching the End of User-Generated Content?

Posted in News on 24 July 2014
On July 2, Yahoo! – one of the largest Internet corporations in the world – announced a round of product changes and cuts in an effort to refine their focus for moving forward in the future. One of the biggest surprises? The announcement that Yahoo! Voices and the Yahoo! Contributor Network would be shut down, effective 11:38 p.m., July 31 and an undisclosed date in August, respectively.
For many individuals, the implications of this announcement go far beyond a simple product change; could this signal the beginning of the end of user-generated content?
 
A Brief Look at Yahoo Voices
 
Yahoo! Voices is the current home of millions of user-generated articles generated by members of the Yahoo! Contributor Network.
The network was introduced in December of 2011 as the replacement for Associated Content. It was designed to serve as the official digital library of Yahoo!. According to the corporation, Yahoo! Voices encompassed “the best content we’ve published over the years,” and was designed to grow with new articles, videos and slideshows submitted by contributors.
 
Yes, it grew. From its start, the network published 10,000 articles per week, a figure which rapidly grew along with the contributor network. Contributors could register on the contributor network and produce content – for free or by assignment starting around $1.50 per piece – which was then published on Yahoo! Voices.
 
The Benefits to Yahoo!
 
Yahoo! Voices offered more than an open publishing source for writers and contributors looking to increase their portfolios. Like the majority of large web search corporations, Yahoo!’s true profits stem from advertisers.
 
This meant that Yahoo! was able to produce content on a massive scale – through low-paying assignments and contributors willing to write for free – while drawing advertisers interested in the specific subjects being written about. Yahoo! Voices quickly became a multi-million dollar revenue source for the company.
 
It was – until this announcement – a draw for both contributors and the network, a win-win.
 
A Shutdown? Why?
 
With the announcement that both the Yahoo! Contributor Network and Yahoo! Voices would be shut down came the notice that all content published through it would be removed from the web except for some of the “work for hire” content that the service generated. On the surface, it seems like a drastic move. What fueled it? Why?
 
It all comes down to search engines and the algorithms that they use to search the web and to generate results and rankings. The initial switch from Associated Content to Yahoo! Voices came around the same time that Google’s Panda algorithm was released in 2011. It was designed to target “content farms” that produced content on a massive scale without quality checks and assurance. When this algorithm came out, the amount of content started to matter less than the quality of content. The move from Associated Content was accompanied by the deletion of 75,000 articles. Sounds awfully familiar.
 
The familiarity likely means that the latest announcement, the closure of Yahoo! Voices is likely fueled by a similar algorithm change. While Google updates its search algorithms an estimated 400 times per year, the latest release to cause a major stir was Panda 4.0, released on May 20 of this year.
 
The algorithm is designed to help boost quality content sites while lowering the rankings of low-quality content sites. Lower rankings means less advertising revenue and lower quality scores across the board. It’s likely that the open-content sourcing of Yahoo! Voices allowed for the mass production of content deemed low quality by the algorithm. The network had come under fire in this area previously.
 
Does This Signal the End of User-Generated Content?
 
The real answer to this question has yet to be seen, and honestly, it could go either way. To find an answer, it’s important to step back and to look closely into all of the details mentioned previously. To sum it up:
 
- Algorithms that track content quality – rewarding high-quality and punishing low-quality will continue to evolve over time.
- Companies will continue to look for ways to drive advertising revenues.
- Contributors will consistently be in need of locations to publish content.
 
When these three facts are combined, the most probable answer to whether user-generated content is set to fail becomes clearer: the content will continue, but the quality must improve.
 
A company can depend on user-generated content; in fact, content from a variety of authors provides a sense of relevancy that can be hard to match. However, when quantity becomes more of a focus than quality, the network will start to fail. It seems as though that is the case with Yahoo! Voices.
 
To improve quality, and the potential for success with user-generated content, it’s important to consider the following factors and to put these safeguards in place:
 
- What is the driving factor? Is it the quantity of articles? If so, the effort will fail.
- Are the writers pre-qualified to write? Are articles checked prior to publishing? Fact checking, proper source citation and plagiarism checks must be in place to be sure the content helps search engine rankings rather than hurts them.
- Are the writers well-compensated for their work? When writers receive compensation based on the quality of their work, they are likely to be more experienced and to produce higher-quality content.
- Is the content that is produced valuable? If it’s designed to increase site activity or just to sell, it’s less likely to be seen as valuable by search algorithms. If, however, the content is produced to provide valuable, well-researched information that is beneficial to readers, its potential for success is much higher.
 
User-generated content is not coming to an end, however, the methodology and reasoning behind its creation must evolve to move into the future and to work with search algorithms as opposed to against them. The shutdown of Yahoo! Voices is a clear signal of this much-needed change.
 
 

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Foursquare Gets Major Overhaul

Posted in News on 24 July 2014

 

Foursquare logo

Foursquare debuted its head-to-toe makeover Wednesday, but many are wondering if the site refresh is enough to transform its from a check-in app to an online discovery destination.

The change, which includes a new logo is a bid by Foursquare to turn itself into the next Yelp, according to critics.

FoursquareBut Foursquare bills the changes as a way to make its service all about its users and their needs and wants.

“Everyone explores the world differently – guided by their own unique tastes, their friends, and the people they trust. Local search has never been good at this,” the company blog post reads. “It doesn’t get you, and, as a result, everyone gets the same one-size-fits-all results. Why should two very different people get the same recommendations when they visit Paris? Or the same list of places when they’re looking for a bar?  We’re about to change that. In a couple weeks, we’re rolling out a brand new version of Foursquare that’s all about you.  Tell us what you like, and we’ll be on the lookout for great places that match your tastes, wherever you are.”

The changes include a new reliance on its new app: Swarm. Beginning today, Foursquare is moving all check-ins to Swarm. Users past check-ins, friends and photos, will all automatically make the transition.

Swarm, which has been created to work seamlessly with Foursquare, was introduced in May in a bid to enable users to easily determine which friends are at a nearby location, message friends to find out who wants to get together later and share what they are doing more easily than they could with Foursquare.

Those who have yet to switch to Swarm will need to download the app to continue to check in.

“No two people view the world exactly the same, so no two people will have the same experience with the app,” the company said. “Once you teach Foursquare a couple things about you – add tastes, follow experts, or even just walk around for a few days – the app will be 100 percent yours.”
To accompany the new app is the new logo which is changing from the check-in checkmark to be a mixture of a map pin and superhero emblem. “We’ve always thought of Foursquare as giving you superpowers to explore your city, and our new logo reflects that vision,” the blog post reads. “It’s coming soon to a homescreen near you.”

 

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Yahoo Gives Mobile a Boost With Purchase of Flurry

Posted in News on 24 July 2014
 
Flurry
Yahoo is acquiring mobile analytics and ad platform Flurry for an unknown sum although it is being reported to be anywhere from $300 million to as much as $1 billion.
 
Flurry optimizes the mobile experience through better apps and more personal ads and is a leader in mobile analytics. In fact, Flurry Analytics is currently the industry standard in mobile, and supplies more than 170,000 developers with their business data.
 
“Over the past couple of years, Yahoo has been focused on re-imagining our users’ daily habits, and mobile is at the center of everything we do. Today, I’m excited to announce the next step in our vision, that we have reached a definitive agreement to acquire Flurry, the industry leader in mobile analytics,” Yahoo advertising technology senior vice-president Scott Burke said in a blog post.
 
“When completed, our acquisition of Flurry will be a meaningful step for the company and reinforces our commitment to building and supporting useful, inspiring and beautiful mobile applications and monetization solutions.”
 
Flurry, originally, had been planning an IPO, so the deal with Yahoo will offer it the resources it needs to improve its service. The Flurry team will remain in its present offices and will continue to “operate and innovate” with Yahoo’s support.
 
“With Yahoo, we will have access to more resources to speed up the delivery of great products that can help app developers build better apps, reach the right users for their apps and more importantly, make money from ads that look great and blend into the app experience,” Flurry’s CEO and founder Simon Khalaf said.
 
Yahoo CEO Marissa Miller has been focusing her efforts on mobile, a sector that had largely been ignored by her predecessors and left the tech firm lagging behind its rivals like Google.
 
And although she has bought other start-ups to improve Yahoo’s offerings, Flurry is expected to really kick-start her efforts.
 
 
 

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