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Tech Skills Ruled 2013

by | Posted January 20th, 2014

As the presence of companies grows online, they are constantly looking for web developers with the skills to get the job done. Although preference in development software varies, there was a significant spike in searches for a particular set of skills. According to Stack Overflow’s statistics, a culmination of frequently searched keywords by companies to find job applicants, Java was the #1 searched skill keyword. Taking a look at the infographic below, out of the top ten searched developer skills of 2013 Java took first place by a solid 10%. Even development abilities in iOS and Android aren’t preferred nearly as much. Despite this, knowledge in Java is relevant for the development of Android systems. Regardless, technological skills, especially web development, are highly valuable in the ever-growing World Wide Web. Read more about skills that are in-demand at Readwrite’s article here.

Source: Readwrite

Source: Readwrite

Snapchat is hacked, there is much flack

by | Posted January 18th, 2014

Source: Readwrite

Source: Readwrite

Although the popular social app was hacked earlier this month, Snapchat has received much criticism for their blasé response to the security breach. “Our team continues to make improvements to the Snapchat service to prevent future attempts to abuse our API.” Only after more than four million Snapchat phone numbers were published by an anonymous hacker did Snapchat respond to the potential hack alerts. The app’s choice of action was to announce that they would fix the Find Friends feature that supposedly allowed the hack in the first place. For more on this story, visit Readwrite’s article here.

Top 5 Most Persuasive English Words

by | Posted January 17th, 2014

Source: Copyblogger.com

Source: Copyblogger.com

You’d think the most persuasive words, the ones that have the most impact on us, would be impressive and lengthy and foreign-sounding; you’d need to roll your tongue and take on a fake accent in order to reach the word’s high level of persuasion. However, that couldn’t be farther from the truth. The truth is – these words are commonplace. They’re used every day in everyday conversations. It’s probably really disenchanting how overused they are. Nonetheless, the trick is how they’re being used that makes them so persuasive – it’s the rhetoric. The way they are presented and pitched, greatly affects how the audience perceives not only the words but also the content. There is an art to persuasiveness and it lies in the creative process of the copy. Every word must keep in mind the content, purpose, and audience in order to succeed in persuasion. You can find the 5 compelling words at Copyblogger’s article here.

The Science Behind Inspiration and How to Make the Most of It

by | Posted January 16th, 2014

Source: Lifehacker

Source: Lifehacker

If you’ve ever stared at a blank Word document, you know that achieving inspiration is harder than it sounds. Ideas don’t come easily, especially when you force them. Instead, allow yourself to be lazy. Let the ideas come to you. Or, get feedback on the ideas you already have, even if they aren’t very good. Knowing where or how your best ideas come to you is highly beneficial. And no matter how you go about searching for inspiration, make sure you have a strategy for documenting your ideas at any moment.

But what is inspiration? Well, there are a lot of brain waves and neural connections involved, but basically, the more you work your brain, the better it becomes at generating ideas. Our brain is a map of connections, each thought attached to another in a never-ending field of associations. The more we use those connections, the stronger they become and the easier it is to create new ones. Keeping your brain active is essential to this process. We’ve all heard of the numerous benefits of exercising and meditating. However, here’s an excuse to be even lazier: reading and playing video games also offer opportunities to create new neural connections. “Dude, how do you have time to play Assassin’s Creed 4, again?” “I’m strengthening neural connections and establishing new pathways in my brain every time I kill someone.” Yeah, you’re welcome. Read up on inspiration at Lifehacker.

From NBC: Why Johnny can’t write, and why employers are mad

by | Posted January 15th, 2014

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Showcasing your skills and presenting yourself in the best way to your employers is challenging. However, students in the Professional Writing major might not have it quite as hard. Nowadays, employers are complaining that they can’t find job candidates despite the high unemployment rate. They say that this is because candidates don’t have near satisfactory writing skills. Many new hires received excellent grades all throughout school; however, they didn’t develop their writing and it left them behind all the other candidates. Some say that the root of the problem is in college curriculums; others say it stems earlier than that, but they all agree that the education systems aren’t doing enough to focus on written and oral communication.

The Graduate Management Admission Council conducted a survey in 2011 reporting that 86% of corporate recruiters said “strong communication skills were a priority”. Jobs now are mostly text based; communication occurs through emails, memos, reports, and other documents of the like. When that much of the daily conversation within and outside the company occurs in a documented format, it is vital that an employee’s written skills are up to par in order to assure the company is being represented appropriately. As a result, communication is one of the most sought after skills for employees and a major key to success in the employed world. For more details, check out the article at NBC News.

Customize WordPress Themes in 4 Easy Steps

by | Posted January 14th, 2014

Everyone realizes it at some point – my WordPress theme is being used by thousands of other bloggers. So, how do you make your blog standout? Most people shy away from customization of their layouts because they believe it takes exceptional coding skills and mastery of all computer languages. Well, they’re wrong. There are a few simple things you can tweak on your blog to make it match your own individual flair. From fonts to images to colors to the basic layout of your blog, there are many ways to make your blog stand apart from the rest. Check out more tips on Copyblogger.

Is Netflix threatening movie theaters?

by | Posted January 14th, 2014

Source: thenextweb.com

Source: thenextweb.com

Whether you’re part of the majority that have given in and bought Netflix accounts or you’re the one standing alone in the movie theater left to watch the glory of films on the old-fashioned big screen by yourself – in both cases, you’re not alone. The film industry has feared that the rise of video distribution sites such as Netflix would damage film attendance; however, the number of moviegoers has only decreased slightly over the past few years and ticket sales have been fairly consistent (although the rise of ticket prices has yet to slow down). The real threat to the cinema is home entertainment.

Nowadays, it’s so easy to access movies and TV shows with the click of your remote. Through platforms such as Comcast Xfinity, Apple TV, and HBO, there’s no longer any need to wait in line or choose a movie time or pay way too much for a bucket of popcorn. Movies are available (most of the time cheaper than at the theater) to view from the comfort of your own home. The convenience of a home theater is not the only draw though, Adam Leipzig, former Senior VP of Walt Disney Studios, explained that the competitiveness also has to do with the quality between content. “The best writing and the best character development is generally happening on Web series, or television series… [better] than we see in most studio movies.” So, just how will these new technologies at home affect the movies? Read more on thenextweb here.

Long Live Printed Books!

by | Posted January 13th, 2014

Source: investopedia.com

Source: investopedia.com

With the ever-growing world of eBooks, the lifespan of printed books are dwindling. As a frequent bookstore visitor, I loathe the day printed books die out. I think it’s still a long time coming, but it stills gives me panic attacks whenever I think about it. (And then I proceed to run to the nearest Barnes & Noble and breathe in the soothing smell of freshly printed books – seriously, that needs to be a body spray or something.) But in the meantime, we need to focus on the benefits of physical books versus the cheap imitations of the real book-reading experience. Nothing beats the feel of quickly fanning the pages of a new book or hearing the spine crinkle when you open it or perusing the aisles of an entire building dedicated to only books. And then there’s the satisfying feeling you get when you close a book after you’re finished reading. EBooks just don’t quite live up to the experience that is reading a physical book. Read the complete list of reasons at Thought Catalog.