Mint (for Android)

The Mint app for Android does an excellent job of giving you insight to how much money you have, how much you owe, and where you spend it. Mint is the best mobile app for keeping your personal finances under control.

The Mint app for Android does an excellent job of giving you insight to how much money you have, how much you owe, and where you spend it. Mint is the best mobile app for keeping your personal finances under control.

Microsoft fine-tunes WebAssembly for Edge browser

WebAssembly, the portable binary format for improving web application performance, is being tweaked by Microsoft for its Edge browser.With the browser featured in the recent Windows 10 Creators Update, the Chakra JavaScript engine defers parsing Web…

WebAssembly, the portable binary format for improving web application performance, is being tweaked by Microsoft for its Edge browser.

With the browser featured in the recent Windows 10 Creators Update, the Chakra JavaScript engine defers parsing WebAssembly functions until called; other engines parse functions at start time.

"We've observed startup time as a major headache for large web apps and have rarely seen runtime performance being the issue from our experiences with existing WebAssembly and asm.js workloads," said Limin Zhu, program manager for the Chakra team at Microsoft, this week. "As a result, a WebAssembly app often loads noticeably faster in Microsoft Edge."

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H-1B visa demand slips; analysts see Trump effect

The U.S. government today said it received 199,000 H-1B visa petitions for the upcoming 2018 fiscal year — 37,000 less than in 2016.The government will issue 85,000 visas distributed via a computer-generated lottery. The winners will be able to use…

The U.S. government today said it received 199,000 H-1B visa petitions for the upcoming 2018 fiscal year -- 37,000 less than in 2016.

The government will issue 85,000 visas distributed via a computer-generated lottery. The winners will be able to use their visas at the start of the federal fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.

Industry analysts see President Donald Trump's actions and campaign rhetoric as having had an impact on the offshore outsourcing industry, which includes the largest users of H-1B visa workers. Firms considering shipping IT jobs overseas appear now to be more cautious than in recent years.

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Why happiness matters more than compensation

Google is allegedly fighting all attempts to get them to disclose what they pay women. You can probably guess why. As a group, women are paid less than men. This isn’t big or new news and remains one of the biggest problems for most industries. Fixing this problem is almost impossible because with very few exceptions we don’t know what someone should be paid for a job.

So, let’s talk about the trouble with compensation, how employees and managers are impacted by the issue and how it is far more painful a problem than you likely think.  

The inherent unfairness of compensation

Let’s take two hypothetical people doing the same job, man or woman. If one of them started right out of college and worked hard, but never changed jobs their salary 20 years into the job will be based on the raises (performance, advancement, cost of living) they got during that period. But if they changed jobs every few years their compensation will likely be based on increases they were given every time they changed companies. Doing the same job, the person who was disloyal and changed firms, can make up to 2x what the person who didn’t change makes. Granted, it is generally more like 20 percent to 30 percent more, but that is a huge discrepancy for the same work.

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Google is allegedly fighting all attempts to get them to disclose what they pay women. You can probably guess why. As a group, women are paid less than men. This isn’t big or new news and remains one of the biggest problems for most industries. Fixing this problem is almost impossible because with very few exceptions we don’t know what someone should be paid for a job.

So, let’s talk about the trouble with compensation, how employees and managers are impacted by the issue and how it is far more painful a problem than you likely think.  

The inherent unfairness of compensation

Let’s take two hypothetical people doing the same job, man or woman. If one of them started right out of college and worked hard, but never changed jobs their salary 20 years into the job will be based on the raises (performance, advancement, cost of living) they got during that period. But if they changed jobs every few years their compensation will likely be based on increases they were given every time they changed companies. Doing the same job, the person who was disloyal and changed firms, can make up to 2x what the person who didn’t change makes. Granted, it is generally more like 20 percent to 30 percent more, but that is a huge discrepancy for the same work.

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IDG Contributor Network: How to eliminate enterprise shadow IT

Gartner studies have found that shadow IT is 30 to 40 percent of IT spending in large enterprises, and our research at Everest Group finds it comprises 50 percent or more. Either way, I believe these statistics are an understatement of the shadow IT ecosystem — spending on IT that doesn’t go through the sanctioned enterprise IT shared service function. It’s a big issue, and increasingly complicated. Historically, the increase in complexities, the need for greater security or the need to operate at enterprise-wide scale drove shadow IT out of departments and into the administration of the IT group. That’s no longer the case; thanks to SaaS and cloud products/services, shadow IT can now operate securely at scale. So how can a CIO address the risks and expense of shadow IT?

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Gartner studies have found that shadow IT is 30 to 40 percent of IT spending in large enterprises, and our research at Everest Group finds it comprises 50 percent or more. Either way, I believe these statistics are an understatement of the shadow IT ecosystem — spending on IT that doesn’t go through the sanctioned enterprise IT shared service function. It’s a big issue, and increasingly complicated. Historically, the increase in complexities, the need for greater security or the need to operate at enterprise-wide scale drove shadow IT out of departments and into the administration of the IT group. That’s no longer the case; thanks to SaaS and cloud products/services, shadow IT can now operate securely at scale. So how can a CIO address the risks and expense of shadow IT?

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Vivo V5 Plus IPL Limited Edition smartphone in Matte Black color announced, available from April 10

Vivo just introduced limited IPL Edition version of the V5 Plus smartphone that was launched earlier this year. It was launched by Bollywood actress Soha Ali Khan along with Rahul Johri, CEO of BCCI. It has the same specifications as the V5 Plus, including 20-megapixel front-facing camera with Sony IMX376 1/2.78″ sensor, f/2.0 aperture and an 8-megapixel secondary font-facing … Continue reading “Vivo V5 Plus IPL Limited Edition smartphone in Matte Black color announced, available from April 10”

Vivo just introduced limited IPL Edition version of the V5 Plus smartphone that was launched earlier this year. It was launched by Bollywood actress Soha Ali Khan along with Rahul Johri, CEO of BCCI. It has the same specifications as the V5 Plus, including 20-megapixel front-facing camera with Sony IMX376 1/2.78″ sensor, f/2.0 aperture and an 8-megapixel secondary font-facing … Continue reading "Vivo V5 Plus IPL Limited Edition smartphone in Matte Black color announced, available from April 10"

Amazon’s Alexa lands on the Mate 9 at last, but with more hoops and fewer skills

Hot on the heels of its addition to the Amazon app on the iPhone, Alexa is looking to make its presence known on Android, too. Huawei has announced that the virtual assistant is on its way to the Mate 9, making it the first Android phone to receive Amazon’s AI aide.

With Alexa on the Mate 9, you’ll be able to do many of the things the Echo and Dot can do, including control your home automation devices while you’re away. Huawei is touting its smart home capabilities as the flagship feature of Alexa on the Mate 9, but it can also handle many of the other skills Alexa has on Amazon’s devices, including the ability to play games, shop at Amazon.com, get news updates, track your workouts, and play podcasts.

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Hot on the heels of its addition to the Amazon app on the iPhone, Alexa is looking to make its presence known on Android, too. Huawei has announced that the virtual assistant is on its way to the Mate 9, making it the first Android phone to receive Amazon’s AI aide.

With Alexa on the Mate 9, you’ll be able to do many of the things the Echo and Dot can do, including control your home automation devices while you’re away. Huawei is touting its smart home capabilities as the flagship feature of Alexa on the Mate 9, but it can also handle many of the other skills Alexa has on Amazon’s devices, including the ability to play games, shop at Amazon.com, get news updates, track your workouts, and play podcasts.

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U.S. bans tablets and laptops from 10 airports, mainly in Middle East

After banning immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries at the beginning of this year, the U.S. government has now announced that it will start restricting passengers from carrying electronics like tablets and laptops on inbound flights from 10 airports in the Middle East and Africa, starting March 21. A government official told CNN that the U.S. will bar passengers … Continue reading “U.S. bans tablets and laptops from 10 airports, mainly in Middle East”

After banning immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim countries at the beginning of this year, the U.S. government has now announced that it will start restricting passengers from carrying electronics like tablets and laptops on inbound flights from 10 airports in the Middle East and Africa, starting March 21. A government official told CNN that the U.S. will bar passengers … Continue reading "U.S. bans tablets and laptops from 10 airports, mainly in Middle East"

Xilinx AI Engines Steers New Course

Combining computer vision with machine learning mostly remains a theoretical and elusive goal for many system designers. Xilinx is hoping to change this perception by rolling out “reVision” stack, offering resources for platforms, algorithms and applic…

Combining computer vision with machine learning mostly remains a theoretical and elusive goal for many system designers. Xilinx is hoping to change this perception by rolling out “reVision” stack, offering resources for platforms, algorithms and application development.