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LinkedIn Makes Mobile Profiles More Tantalizing

Posted in News on 30 July 2014
LinkedIn is making introductions a little more personable via mobile with amped up profiles that it promises will make you “look ridiculously good.”
 
The new profile styles tells your story to anyone who searches for you on their Smartphone or iPad. And, if there are some holes in your profile, LinkedIn will let you know what’s missing and tell you how you can add it. The new profile includes professional and personal details as well as “in common” and endorsements sections.
 
“What if, minutes before you met me for the first time, someone whispered in your ear and reminded you not only where I work (LinkedIn) and what I do (product management), but also who we both know in common, whether we overlapped any years in school, or if we worked at the same company?” LinkedIn mobile product manager Charlton Soesanto said in a blog post.
 
“If you knew what we had in common or any of my interests (say biking or Latin poetry), chances are that we’ll probably have a pretty great first conversation.”
 
The new profile, Soesanto said, is a “great ice breaker” because you can actually learn a bit about a colleague before meeting him or her for the first time — meaning you can “talk about something other than the weather.”
 
The new profile experience is coming to mobile first, accommodating the 43 percent of members using their Smartphones to access the professional social network. It is available to English speaking Android and iPhone users and across all languages for iPad users.
 

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BlackBerry to Acquire German Encryption Firm Secusmart GmbH

Posted in News on 30 July 2014
BlackBerry’s security offerings are receiving a boost as the Canadian Smartphone maker prepares to purchase German voice and data encryption specialist Secusmart GmbH.
 
The acquisition is a good move for BlackBerry, which is renewing its focus on clients such as government agencies that require top-notch security.
 
According to BlackBerry CEO John Chen, the deal is proof positive of the firm’s commitment to being the best in enterprise mobile security.
 
Secusmart is known globally for its anti-eavesdropping solutions for government organizations, enterprises and telecommunications service providers.
 
“We are always improving our security solutions to keep up with the growing complexity of enterprise mobility, with devices being used for more critical tasks and to store more critical information, and security attacks becoming more sophisticated,” Chen said in a press release. “The acquisition of Secusmart underscores our focus on addressing growing security costs and threats ranging from individual privacy to national security. This acquisition bolsters our security solutions with leading voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping technologies, and furthers BlackBerry’s security leadership in end-to-end mobile solutions.”
 
BlackBerry and Secusmart have partnered in the past and last year offered the SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10 — a solution used by Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security for classified communications for the country’s highest public officials, including Chancellor Angela Merkel.
 
“This transaction is a fantastic opportunity to accelerate growth in the market for high-end secure communications solutions, driven by the need to combat electronic eavesdropping and data theft,” said managing director Secusmart Dr. Hans-Christoph Quelle. “Secusmart and BlackBerry’s solution already meets the highest security requirements of the German federal authorities and NATO for restricted communications. We see significant opportunities to introduce Secusmart’s solutions to more of BlackBerry’s government and enterprise customers around the world.”
 
The deal, the terms of which were not revealed, must still receive regulatory approvals before being finalized.
 

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Apple Makes Upgrades, Lowers Price

Posted in News on 30 July 2014
Faster, more memory and cheaper.
 
It’s not the slogan but it’s a pretty accurate summary on Apple’s news regarding MacBooks as the new 15-inch model Retina’s were given a bit of an overhaul and the non-Retina MacBook Pro 13-inch model received a $100 price slash.
 
In a press release issued Tuesday, Apple’s senior vice-president of worldwide marketing said the popular computers will only get better as upgrades roll out in the fall.
 
“People love their MacBook Pro because of the thin and light, aluminum unibody design, beautiful Retina display, all day battery life and deep integration with OS X,” said Philip Schiller. “The MacBook Pro with Retina display gets even better with faster processors, more memory, more affordable configurations and a free upgrade to OS X Yosemite this fall.”
 
The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display features dual-core Intel Core i5 processors up to 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.3 GHz and 8GB of memory, up from 4GB in the entry-level notebook. The 13-inch model can also be configured with faster dual-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 3.0 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5 GHz. The top-of-the-line 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has a new, lower starting price of $2,499. The 15-inch model features faster quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7 GHz, 16GB of memory, up from 8GB in the entry-level notebook, and can be configured with quad-core Intel Core i7 processors up to 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.0 GHz.
 
As reported by The Register, the timing of the news could be linked with the end of summer nearing.
 
The updated models are scheduled to arrive just in time for school bells to begin ringing again meaning many students will be asking their parents for a new computer.
 
This summer has seen Apple working behind the scenes to upgrade a variety of its hardware and products. On top of the MacBook Pro update, Apple has improved the iPod Touch and worked on an option on the iMac desktop which is cheaper.
 

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Frontend Software Developer

Posted in Jobs on 29 July 2014

Company: BearningPoint, Dublin

The Role 
 
Responsibility for design and implementation of software projects and play a key role in ensuring the quality of solutions we build. 
 
The candidate must possess: 
- At least 3 years design and development experience in enterprise solutions using modern web technologies based around HTML, CSS and Javascript (up to latest versions)
- Experience with frontend based frameworks such as:
  -- Angular, Ember, Backbone, JQuery, Bootstrap or similar
- Strong foundation in Javascript programming with good working knowledge of either .NET or Java
- Experience with frontend integration using:
  -- AJAX, HTTP, JSON and REST based architectures
- Understanding of UI/UX design concepts
- Good understanding and experience in Test Driven Development, Automated Testing Frameworks and Continuous Integration using tools.
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Practical experience in all phases of development lifecycle
- Estimation and risk escalation knowledge and experience
- Strong organisation and co-ordination skills
 
The candidate should possess: 
- Knowledge of mapping tools and frameworks such as Google Maps, ArcGIS and Leaflet
- Cloud deployments and associated tooling
- Understanding and experience of Agile based development methodologies
- Experience in a client facing environment
- Experience with issues diagnosis and performance optimisation
 

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Java Developer

Posted in Jobs on 29 July 2014

Location: Limerick

JEE, Spring, Hibernate, Design patterns, API, SQL, JAVASCRIPT
 
Experience & skills required:  
- Passion for software
- 4+ years’ experience in JEE environment.
- Good knowledge of design patterns
- Good knowledge of Spring and Hibernate
- Familiarity with Java annotations and dependency injection
- Good knowledge of RESTful API
- Very good knowledge of SQL including stored procedures
- Good knowledge of JavaScript frameworks (AngularJS, ExtJS, jQuery)
- Knowledge of web technologies (HTML5, CSS, CSS3)
- MongoDB knowledge
 
Excellent opportunity to join a technology driven company, and work in a cross functional and collaborative environment, in a role that will allow you to have a great deal of influence. As a  Senior Software Engineer you have a strong passion for software technology, an ability to directly contribute to product development, and will make sure that the delivered product is highly reliable and of good quality. 
To apply for this exciting new role please contact Laura Guiney- laura[at]frsrecruitment.com with an updated cv. You must be eligible to work in the EU for any employer.
 

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Yelp Adds Video Function to Review Site

Posted in News on 29 July 2014
Yelp is turning to video to enable users of its site to personalize their reviews.
 
The online review site has updated its iPhone app to give its users the chance to post three- to 12-second video reviews of local eateries, hotspots and other businesses.
 
Visuals are important, Yelp said in a blog post, noting that 23,000 photos are uploaded daily from mobile apps. In fact, Yelp users spend 2.5 times longer on business pages with pictures than on those that have none.
 
Kicking it up a notch with video better enables users to capture details of an establishment that photos alone can’t.
 
The feature is not meant to be an oral video review but, rather, an opportunity to show the décor, ambiance and size of an establishment.
 
“These short videos are great for conveying the atmosphere of a business, which helps others anticipate their experience before stopping by,” Yelp said in the blog post. “For instance, imagine scrolling through pics of delicious dishes at a new bistro but not really being able to tell if the ambiance is more ‘date night’ or ‘family friendly.’ Yelp video is here to help.”
 
Although the feature is currently only available for iPhone users, the tool is coming soon Android.
 

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Samsung's Operating System Delayed Again

Posted in News on 29 July 2014

Tizen-Operated Phones Won't Roll Out This Quarter

Does it really matter anymore?
 
SamsungThat question seems even more relevant with news that Samsung has delayed the launch of Tizen, it’s operating system that would challenge both Google’s Android operating system and Apple’s iOS. The system had been scheduled to first roll out in Russia sometime this quarter but that launch date has been pushed back.
 
Initially, as ZDNet reports, Samsung had said the first line of Tizen-operated devices would be available in 2013. That, obviously, didn’t happen and the company has now said more time is needed to develop the system.
 
It seems a stretch to imagine a third, popular operating system on the market, especially one from Samsung. The company has, as reported earlier this year, maintained its spot as the top provider for mobile phones with a nearly 31 percent hold on the market.
 
What system do Samsung phones use now? Android.
 
Tizen is Samsung’s second attempt at creating its own operating system, as noted by USA Today, and has been in development since 2011. Those delays seem to have taken a toll as, in January, Japan’s largest mobile carrier, NTT DoCoMo, put off its plan to sell Tizen handsets.
 
Don’t count Samsung out, though.
 
While Tizen phone’s have yet to see the light of day, other devices relying on the system have been made available. A Smartwatch and a Samsung camera both use the system.
 
But, as Pop Herald reported, the idea of its own operating system is likely linked to cash for Samsung. With its phones depending on Android most users purchase apps for their devices from Google’s Play Store. That’s the Android store which is operated through Google.
 
Samsung isn’t making nearly as much money from those apps as it would if it had its own app store and operating system.

 

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Mozilla Chooses Interim Boss Chris Beard as CEO

Posted in News on 29 July 2014
Mozilla’s acting CEO has been handed the job full-time.
 
The maker of Firefox — which chose former marketing chief Chris Beard to serve as its interim top boss in April after the position was vacated by the embattled Brendan Eich — has made the promotion permanent.
 
“The Mozilla board has reviewed many internal and external candidates – and no one we met was a better fit,” said Mozilla board chairwoman Mitchell Baker in a blog post.
 
“Over the years, Chris has led many of Mozilla’s most innovative projects. We have relied on his judgment and advice for nearly a decade. Chris has a clear vision of how to take Mozilla’s mission and turn it into industry-changing products and ideas.”
 
The decision to hand Beard the top spot brings an end to the drama-filled days of co-founder Eich’s tenure as CEO.
 
Eich was forced to resign after less than two weeks in office over his gay marriage stance. Liberal groups and gay activists demanded Eich step down after it became public knowledge that he supported the passage of California’s Proposition 8, a state-wide initiative to ban gay marriage, with a $1,000 donation in 2008.
 
After just 11 days as CEO, Eich, in a blog post April 3, confirmed he was not only leaving his post as CEO, but leaving the company he helped found altogether.
 
Mozilla then found itself under attack for not supporting Eich, who had always kept his personal opinions separate from his work. Many said Mozilla’s chairwoman’s lack of support for Eich was unfair and he was being victimized for his belief in traditional marriage.
 
But now, four months later, Mozilla seems to have put the past behind it and is now looking to a future with Beard at the helm.
Baker, in her blog post, described Beard as the best person for the job.
 
“Chris has a keen sense of where Mozilla has been – and where we’re headed,” she said. “He has unique experience connecting with every constituency that touches our products, including consumers, partners and community members. There’s simply no better person to lead Mozilla as we extend our impact from Firefox on the desktop to the worlds of mobile devices and services.”
 

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Google to Acquire Video Game Firm Twitch for $1B in Cash

Posted in News on 28 July 2014
Google is shelling out a massive $1 billion to buy video game-broadcasting company Twitch, according to news reports.
 
Sources “familiar with the matter” told Venture Beat the deal has been signed and that Google-owned YouTube is in charge of the purchase.
 
News of the deal is not much of a surprise. Variety reported in May Google had reached a tentative all-cash deal to buy Twitch for $1 billion to give YouTube a boost. Unnamed sources told Variety that, if the cash offer went through, it would be the most significant acquisition in the Google-owned company’s history.
 
Neither Google nor Twitch would comment on the deal.
 
Twitch, which was launched in June of 2011, is currently the most popular Web service on the market for watching and broadcasting video game-plays streamed through Xbox and PlayStation consoles.
 
The San Francisco company said more than 45 million monthly users and in excess of one million members are uploading videos each month.
 
 

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Bose Suing Beats for Patent Infringement

Posted in News on 28 July 2014
Sound system and headphone kingpin Bose is suing arch-rival Beats, accusing the company, which was recently purchased by Apple for $3 billion, of patent infringement of its noise-canceling technology.
 
Bose, in its lawsuit against Beats, accused the company of violating 50 years’ worth of its noise-canceling research, development and engineering.
 
Bose said its current products uses “at least 36 U.S. patents and applications,” made up of 22 granted patents and 14 applications currently under review.
 
The Beats Studio line, which includes the new Studio Wireless Bluetooth headphones is one of the products named in the lawsuit, according to CNBC.
 
The complaint, which names Beat Electronics and Beats Electronics International as defendants, asks for an injunction against any products that infringe its patents.
 
Bose is also seeking damages including court costs and “other relief” at the court’s discretion.
 
All things considered, it looks like Apple will be back in court once again to fight the infringement changes.
 
As part of the acquisition, Apple is to acquire the Beats headphones business, the new, but well-received subscription service Beats Music and, most importantly, music heavy weights and Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre.
 
 

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