ICYMI: Coral protector bot, non-ugly wearable glasses & more

Today on In Case You Missed It: The nation's largest vision insurance company, VSP, is beta-testing wearable health-tracking glasses and somehow they don't even look ridiculous. An autonomous robot submarine is patrolling coral reefs and killing th...


Saturday’s Best Deals: $19 Bias Light, Fitbit Charge HR, KitchenAids, and More

Here are the best of today’s deals. Get every great deal every day on Kinja Deals, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to never miss a deal, join us on Kinja Gear to read about great products, and on Kinja Co-Op to help us find the best.

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IFA Day 3: TVs, TVs and more TVs

At long last, today is the day that the general public is allowed into the hallowed halls of Berlin's Messe to bask in the glory that is IFA. Unfortunately, much of that glory is old and we've seen a big chunk of it before. Still, you should take...


Uber pulls down ‘share your ETA’ links that went public

Uber has pulled down the searchable database people found at "trip.uber.com," which contained details of trips people unknowingly made public by using the "Share your ETA" feature. That's one of the app's functions that sends a link with all pertin...


‘Halo,’ ‘Destiny’ composer Marty O’Donnell wins lawsuit against Bungie

Developer Bungie's former in-house composer Marty O'Donnell had his day in court and it's time for Bungie to pay the piper. In addition to the initial payout of $142,500 he's owed as a profit-sharing program, O'Donnell also gets to hold onto what V...


Android 6.0 Marshmallow supports systemwide translation with Google Translate update

Android 6.0 Marshmallow statue

Android 6.0 Marshmallow includes a lot of new features, including native fingerprint reader support, native USB Type-C support, Doze power saving, and more. And now it looks like it’s going to get another big feature thanks to Google Translate.

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‘Star Wars’ BB-8 toy torn apart to see how it works

If your social feeds are anything like mine, they're full of folks squeeing with delight over their new BB-8 droid today. The folks at uBreakiFix got one too, but instead of playing with Star Wars: The Force Awakens' charmer, they cut it apart to s...


Play ‘Evolve’ free this weekend on Xbox One and PC

Wondering what to do with your three day weekend? Turtle Rock Studios is hoping you'll (re)visit its co-op shooter Evolve, courtesy of a few days of free access on Xbox One and PC. Even if you already own it, it may be time to knock the dust off be...


This Incredibly Popular Antec Bias Light Kit is Back Under $20, If You Hurry

We’ve all heard that watching TV in the dark can be pretty tough on the eyes, but an ambient bias lighting setup can make the experience much more palatable. This basic USB-powered kit from Antec is only $19 right now, and takes just a few seconds to install.

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This Labor Day Fitbit Deal Will Get Your Heart Pumping

Need a little push to get off the couch, or just want to recreate a viral web stunt? The Fitbit Charge HR is the best fitness tracker for most people, and you can get one for just $110 today ($40 off), which is the best deal we’ve seen on the heart rate-tracking model. [Fitbit Charge HR, $110]

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Samsung Gear S2 vs Apple Watch

Samsung Gear S2 vs Apple Watch

Samsung Gear S2 vs Apple Watch! Our review of the Gear S2 is coming soon, but you can check out our Apple Watch review! The Gear S2 is the latest smartwatch from Samsung with Tizen and an interesting rotating bezel. 

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I Wanna Fly Through This Gate to The Stars

Today’s APOD feature has just left me speechless. What is this astronomical beauty, this celestial rose, this heavenly gate I am staring at in this photo, taken after sunset on September 1, above the cold Chilean highlands?

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‘Halo,’ ‘Surgeon Simulator’ devs join the War Child game jam

War Child, a London-based charity that aims to improve the lives of children affected by war, is collaborating with influential developers to create a collection of games titled HELP: Real War is Not a Game. Participating developers include 343 Ind...


Check Out These Fantastic Urban Makeovers Documented By Google Street View 

Everyone loves a good before/after image, whether it’s a house flip or the makeover montage from Clueless. A group of Brazilian urbanists are expanding the genre to include public space transformations—as documented by Street View.

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Older Apple TVs can get YouTube back, but it will cost you

A few months ago Google made changes to its YouTube app and pulled it from old second-generation Apple TV boxes (as well as some other older smart TVs). Now, if you're longing for the heady days of 2007 and aren't ready to upgrade (probably a good...


Google Street View app launches on Android and iOS

Google Street View app Android iOS

Street View has long been a part of Google Maps, letting you check out the real world and see exactly what a location looks like. This week Street View got a promotion, as Google gave the feature its very own app.

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The Best of Gizmodo This Week

This week saw the debut of some exciting gadgets — a new Moto X, Intel’s latest processor, Google’s wifi router — but the Star Wars BB-8 toy droid stole the show. We reviewed it and found it to be the Best Toy Ever. Here are the highlights from this week.

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Twitter clutters up iOS and Android timelines with ‘Who to Follow’

Twitter really wants new users to stick around. Now that means helping them find interesting accounts by placing "Who to follow" in the timeline of its iOS and Android apps. So now when you load Twitter on your phone you can expect to see in your t...


Here’s How Acer Plans To Consume Your Gaming Hardware Budget

Acer doubled down on gaming at the IFA tech show in Berlin, unveiling a barrage of new gaming gear including a Predator tablet and phone, 15- and 17-inch gaming laptops with Intel’s new Skylake processors, and powerful PCs—plus a 200Hz ultra-wide curved display.

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Plan for the Distribution of Your Content Accordingly

Now that most businesses understand the importance of incorporating storytelling into their marketing efforts, it's essential to strike the right balance of creating valuable content worth consuming and effectively distributing this content where your audience is most active.

In the beginning stages of content planning, work with freelance talent to understand how content for your business, whether it is a blog post, case study, landing page, video, infographic or other type, will be distributed after publishing, especially among their audience.

Discuss how the resource will be marketed ahead of time, because the way in which it is distributed could impact formatting considerations, the topics chosen and the elements included.

Will this content live on a landing page? Will you promote this resource on Facebook? Understanding how an influential content creator will make use of their audience in the distribution process is a necessary step in ensuring the most results from the partnership.

"A brand should understand and align with the domain expertise of the influential content creator, details of what they have published in the past (which might differ slightly from their domain expertise), as well as the professional objectives of the content creator to best determine how the brand should collaborate with this individual," said Neal Schaffer, speaker, author of Maximize Your Social, teacher at Rutgers University and the founder of the Social Tools Summit and the Social Media Center of Excellence.

"Only in this way can the brand be assured of collaborating and receiving content that is of the highest level because the goals of the brand as well as the creator are the same -- and this ensures that the influencer would naturally promote it to his or her own network as if it was his or her own work," he added.

According to Viveka Von Rosen, LinkedIn marketing expert, speaker and author, here's what you should be thinking about to sync your distribution efforts from the beginning: ™

Your Audience. Who is your audience for each platform (I guarantee they will differ somewhat, if not greatly)? What are they interested in? Who are they interested in? Would the person you interview on your Google Plus hangout also be fascinating to your Facebook group? ™

The Medium. Be clear on which medium to use. Can you save a Periscope "scope" to YouTube? Transcribe a Blab and make it an interview for LinkedIn Publisher? ™

Timing. What topics are trending? What events or holidays are happening? Is there someone you should interview who is an authority in a trending topic? How soon should you book the interviews? Will the influencer need to approve it?™

Content. Above all things, plan what your content will focus on, and if you are using influencers, how to work with them to best form that content. Should you try interviews? A "best of" list? A book review? A top tips roundup? Do you need their buy-in, or are you just reporting?

Accounting for these elements can help your business find worthwhile content to create as well as help with generating content with greater visibility and opportunities for amplification.

Using influential content creators as a part of your overarching content strategy is an effective way to strike a strong balance between content production and content distribution. A little planning can make a big difference in both the quality and quantity of your ongoing content efforts.

This article is an excerpt from the ClearVoice resource, How to Successfully Integrate with Influential Content Creators.

Brian Honigman is the CEO of Honigman Media, a content marketing consultancy that provides strategy on content distribution and content creation. Subscribe to his newsletter to become a better marketer.

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Weekend Roundup: China Bares Its Teeth

China's reformist leader Deng Xiaoping famously counseled that his nation should "hide its strength and bide its time" as it grew to the top ranks of the global economy. President Xi Jinping has taken a different course. He is seizing the moment and baring China's teeth.

Not unlike Ronald Reagan who declared in the 1980s that "America is back -- standing tall," Xi is signaling that the Middle Kingdom has returned and finally straightened its spine after being bent over by national humiliation going back to the Opium War, Western colonialism and Japanese occupation.

Xi's stance was on display for all the world to see in the vast military spectacle on Tiananmen Square this week marking the 70th anniversary of the Allied defeat of Japan in World War II. That President Xi appeared alongside Vladimir Putin -- with no prominent Western leaders from the U.S., Europe or Japan in attendance -- was not only reminiscent of the Cold War, but a worrying premonition that the world once again risks dividing up into geopolitical blocs.

Writing from Beijing, Qin Xiaoying argues that "Western indifference" to China's commemoration "is a foolish mistake" that only convinces the Chinese that the U.S. is out to contain China's rise. The PLA Academy's Ma Jun says China's unprecedented military parade was an "act of transparency." Looking on from Seoul, Key-young Son cites editor Andreas Herberg-Rothe and argues "that any future war in Asia. . . will not be a war of conflicting interests, but 'a cultural war for mutual recognition.' From Hong Kong, Lawrence J. Lau says there have been enough apologies from Japan and what is needed now is simply to tell the truth about what Japan's army did during WWII. WorldPost China Correspondent Matt Sheehan reports on how a now 99-year-old Chinese veteran who fought Japan alongside the U.S. is finally getting his due. He also explains why the Chinese authorities have turned the "victory over Japan" commemoration into an extravaganza.

As tragedy in Europe spills over from summer into fall, Sebastian Matthes writes from Munich that Germany faces a challenge as never before in sticking to its post-war humanitarian ethos as anti-foreigner sentiment rises in the wake of the current refugee crisis. Germany, which is set receive the most refugees and asylum seekers of all EU member states by the end of the year, stepped up its game this week. As photos of drowned Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi shocked the world, other European countries felt the pressure. In light of this, The WorldPost breaks down Europe's asylum process. We also speak with migration expert Hein de Haas, who explains why he believes the debate over Europe's migration crisis is full of myths.

In a more uplifting twist to the tragedy, Nick Visser details how Iceland's citizens are accepting Syrian refugees with open arms. Writing from Brussels, Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth says the number of refugees in Europe is like a "trickle," not a "wave" and thus more of a political crisis than one of logistical capacity. A young Syrian refugee sums up the sentiments of his countrymen in a short video, saying, "We don't want to go to Europe. Just stop the war." Journalist Khazar Fatemi recalls her own life as a refugee and gives us a glimpse of some of the refugees she's met recently in Iraq, Turkey and Syria.

Today's refugee crisis is not only limited to Europe. Writing from Johannesburg, Scott Warren sees "a new apartheid" in the making as South Africa struggles with its own immigration challenges. In a photo essay, Ioana Moldovan takes us to the front lines of the war in Ukraine.

In an interview with the Huffington Post's Sam Stein, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the fate of the Iran nuclear deal is sealed. He also says the U.S. could play a greater role in the Syrian refugee crisis.

To kick off our series this month on exponential technologies, Nicholas Agar ponders how intelligent human collaboration with robots can better our lives. Germany's most controversial philosopher, Peter Sloterdijk, says in an interview that he sees humans and technology fusing into one being. Antonia Blumberg reports on a video presentation by famed Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, on how he sees life after death after experiencing a severe brain hemorrhage last year.

Mouaffaq Nyrabia of the Syrian National Coalition appeals for a "no-fly zone" to stop Assad's "slaughter." Rodger Shanahan worries that Australia's possible decision to bomb ISIS in Syria could end up helping Assad. As reports of foreign fighters heading to Syria and Iraq to join ISIS and other extremist groups continue to circulate, we look at, in this week's "Forgotten Fact," the American civilians and veterans who are making the same journey to fight against those groups.

UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake writes an open letter to children of the future about sustainable development. Former Finnish President Tarja Halonen links promotion of women's rights in poor rural countries to food security. Based on his experiences in India, Microsoft founder Bill Gates writes that poor farmers will suffer the worst from climate change. Larry Summers and Gavin Yamey say they believe sustainable health goals can be met by new technologies. Hillary Clinton and Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin call for restoring trust in government by slowing down Wall Street's revolving door.

In multimedia posts this week, we check out the perfect symmetry of China's WWII parade, see a modern slave tell her story in a preview of the documentary "The Storm Makers" and capture photos of the hundreds of migrants and refugees making their way from Hungary to Austria on Friday.

Fusion provides a guide to some of the most popular TV shows from South Korea that have 2 billion viewers in China and are smuggled into North Korea. Nina Ansary presents an intro for her new book, "Jewels of Allah," the untold stories of women in Iran. Aaron Pomerantz looks at a new 50-cent paper microscope he says could "democratize science." Lastly, our Singularity series this week reports that a new "once-in-a-lifetime" flu vaccine is in the works.


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CORRESPONDENTS: Sophia Jones in Istanbul; Matt Sheehan in Beijing.

EDITORIAL BOARD: Nicolas Berggruen, Nathan Gardels, Arianna Huffington, Eric Schmidt (Google Inc.), Pierre Omidyar (First Look Media) Juan Luis Cebrian (El Pais/PRISA), Walter Isaacson (Aspen Institute/TIME-CNN), John Elkann (Corriere della Sera, La Stampa), Wadah Khanfar (Al Jazeera), Dileep Padgaonkar (Times of India) and Yoichi Funabashi (Asahi Shimbun).

CONTRIBUTING EDITORS: Moises Naim (former editor of Foreign Policy), Nayan Chanda (Yale/Global; Far Eastern Economic Review) and Katherine Keating (One-On-One). Sergio Munoz Bata and Parag Khanna are Contributing Editors-At-Large.

The Asia Society and its ChinaFile, edited by Orville Schell, is our primary partner on Asia coverage. Eric X. Li and the Chunqiu Institute/Fudan University in Shanghai and Guancha.cn also provide first person voices from China. We also draw on the content of China Digital Times. Seung-yoon Lee is The WorldPost link in South Korea.

Jared Cohen of Google Ideas provides regular commentary from young thinkers, leaders and activists around the globe. Bruce Mau provides regular columns from MassiveChangeNetwork.com on the "whole mind" way of thinking. Patrick Soon-Shiong is Contributing Editor for Health and Medicine.

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From the Europe group, these include: Marek Belka, Tony Blair, Jacques Delors, Niall Ferguson, Anthony Giddens, Otmar Issing, Mario Monti, Robert Mundell, Peter Sutherland and Guy Verhofstadt.

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This Is What It’s Like To Be a Colorblind Designer

What Is It Like To Be A Color Blind Designer? originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question.

Answer by Abhinav Sharma, Product Designer, on Quora

I'm red-green color blind and I work as a Product Designer at Quora. My color blindness is on the stronger side (~1% of all men instead of a more common kind that affects about 5%).

My short answer for this is that in the grand scheme of things, making a color choice between a green and brown is the kind of decision we make rarely enough that you can ask for help and it really isn't a big deal.

Make no mistake, it is a handicap, but for me a minor one. I do wonder what it's like to be, for example, a fashion designer or interior designer, where you're making a lot more color decisions. I'd imagine it would be harder.

When people first find out, I often get a "You're a color blind designer, WHAT?!" reaction. My usual response is two part:

Color blindness is really hard to describe if you don't have it. My closest experience to not being color blind is wearing EnChroma glasses, through which I can distinguish between green and brown, as well as see red as a much stronger color than I do otherwise. It was while wearing those that I first understood why a red dress is such a powerful image. My reaction to most of the spectrum, with the exception of red, green, and brown is like anyone else's.
Most of the time, I'm using a color from a palette that we've already agreed upon. Sometimes, we have a problem for which I'd have to create a palette. I usually know when I'm getting close to a color I'm weak with and just ask for help.

Overall, I feel like the handicap makes me a better product designer (emphasis on product because I'm not sure it would make me a better fashion or interior designer), for the following two reasons:

I have to be more disciplined with color, and rely on systems and patterns more. This helps ensure consistency.
I represent 5% of the male population within a design team, so 2.5% of potential users. I can tell the other designers when we make something that is not color blind friendly. I once took over a webpage which was full of a brown text that to me seemed closer to red and really "popped" as if everything was calling out for attention in red. For 95% of people, this was "meh, doesn't matter, we could've picked any of these colors and we'd be fine" but for a small minority, it was a really janky experience.My favorite story about this is that Facebook is blue because Mark Zuckerberg is red-green colorblind and just didn't want to deal with it. Nobody's really complaining about it ten years down the line.

On that note, I'd like to add that designing for color blind people is not that hard — tools like ColorSchemeDesigner have a color blind friendly mode that simply won't let you pick a palette that's inaccessible. I really recommend using these on any product.

Color blindness is a huge consideration when building a safety-related product. You really don't want to use the wrong red and green on a stop/go sign for example (for the record, traffic lights are very, very easy to distinguish between).

That's really the gist of it. To answer the last point, yeah, I've generally made it pretty clear upfront when looking for  jobs that I'm color blind, and most good employers start out asking if it has affected my work in the past.

An immediately negative reaction is usually a sign of incomplete understanding of how color blindness works.

I'm really curious to hear if there are color blind designers in fashion, interior, or graphic design and how this affects their work.

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The New Moto 360 Has Been Revealed

Moto 360 2015

Moto 360 2015

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There are many circular-screened smartwatches coming to market, but the original Moto 360 started the trend last year. Now, Motorola’s introduced the sequel at IFA 2015.

The Moto 360 2 (which is actually called just the Moto 360) brings some interesting changes to Motorola’s smartwatch offering. Many of version one’s shortcomings have been addressed in this latest iteration. Some users took issue with the device’s large size. In the 2015 version of the Moto 360, users can choose between 42 mm and 46 mm models. Lugs on each side of the device make strap replacement much easier than in the past, while still adhering to basic band standards—unlike the Apple Watch or select versions of Samsung’s Gear S2, which use their own proprietary bands.

But other nitpicks related to previous Moto 360 have made their way over to the upcoming version. Mainly the "flat tire" — the Moto 360 has a round display, but doesn’t actually span a full 360 degrees. The bottom of the Moto’s screen brings a black bar, containing display drivers usually bordering the screen, as well the ambient light sensor. It was less of an issue when the Moto 360 was the only round smartwatch out there, though with every manufacturer from LG to Huawei bringing fully round displays to wrists via Android Wear, many hoped to see this change.

Moto 360 2015

Moto 360

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The new Moto 360 offers a greater level of customization

Aside from the return of the hated black bar, the new Moto 360 offers better battery life (1.5 to 2 days, depending on size) and greater customization. Along with the Moto 360, Motorola is introducing the new 360 Sport, a more durable option. The silicone band is more resilient, but can’t be changed like the Apple Watch Sport can.

And for those people with an iPhone who've already decided against a Pebble or Apple Watch, they can look forward to the Moto 360 too: Motorola’s device is among the smartwatches that run the newest version of the Android Wear operating system, which is compatible with Apple's iOS. Using Google’s companion app, Moto 360 wearers can connect to their iPhone. That gives the Moto 360 a clear compatibility advantage over Samsung’s Gear S2 watch, which runs Samsung's Tizen operating system.

The 2015 Moto 360 will also get a bump in processing power with a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor. The 2014 model shipped with subpar specs from day 1, so it's nice to note that the same can’t be said for the latest version. While both old and new Moto 360 brought 46mm screens, only the second boasts a 233 pixels-per-inch in the same physical area (the first display contains 205-ppi). All these upgrades come at a cost, however: double the starting price from last year — from $150 to $300. That said, those wanting the latest and greatest Motorola wearable have a clear choice.

The Moto 360 will begin shipping late September.

Moto 360 Sport 2015

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Playdate: Trying out ‘Super Time Force Ultra’ and ‘Grow Home’

Here's a tough choice: would you rather play a game about a gardening robot that experiments with new methods of character animation, or a ridiculous time-travel action game that throws paradoxical caution to the wind? Lucky you -- you don't have t...


NASA’s bouncing ‘Hedgehog’ robot is designed to explore comets

The last time humanity tried to explore a comet, things didn't go so well -- the ESA comet lander Philae bounced during touchdown and wound up under a cliff, unable to right itself. Eventually its batteries ran down we lost contact. A sad way to en...


How Could Google’s New Logo Be Only 305 Bytes When Its Old Logo Was 14,000 Bytes?

The old logo uses a complicated serif font which can only be created using bezier curves. All together, it has 100 anchor points, resulting in a 6 KB (6,380 bytes) file. When compressed, the size comes down to 2 KB (2,145 bytes).

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We Tried LG’s Roll-Up Tablet Keyboard

In the middle of the throng at LG’s IFA 2015 booth, one little gadget got a surprisingly large amount of tech geek attention. The compact, portable and aptly named LG Rolly Keyboard is a super-convenient contrivance for tablet and smartphone typists.

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‘Bedtime Stories for Awful Children,’ a free ebook from ‘Year Walk’ devs

The dark, freezing woods of Sweden are the perfect breeding ground for terrifying tales of naughty children who get what they deserve. This week, Simogo -- the developer of beautifully macabre game Year Walk, and mysterious narrative experiences De...


Navigation Device Lets You Feel Your Way Through A City

The Animotus Device

Courtesy of Adam Spiers

Navigating through a crowded city like New York or London can be a challenge, especially for those who are visually impaired. Adam Spiers, a postdoc in robotics at Yale University, set out to create a tool that helps visually impaired individuals easily follow navigation instructions. His tool, a 3D printed device called Animotus, sits in the palm of your hand and changes shape to guide you to your destination by touch.

The Animotus communicates in two ways. The top piece twists right and left to indicate the direction the traveler should turn, and slides forward to show how far in that direction the user should move. Once it's ready for the next directional step, the top piece slides back into its original place.

“The idea is that it relies only on the sense of touch,” Spiers said. Spiers opted out of using vibrations or sounds as they can quickly become distracting for visually impaired individuals, especially in a big city where pedestrians are constantly bombarded by noise.

How the Animotus device works

Courtesy of Adam Spiers

The project was funded by NESTA, an independent charity organization in the United Kingdom. To test out his product, Spiers partnered with the British theater company Extant, and adapted a version of Flatland--a satirical novel about a fictional two-dimensional world--around the Animotus device. Audience members, both sighted and visually impaired participants, became the actors and were guided around a pitch-dark stage (which happened to be the inside of an old church). They followed the Animotus device’s instructions to reach various destinations. In addition, participants listened to other actors read the narrative and heard sound effects that told the rest of the story. By the end of the play, participants became so comfortable with their Animotus devices that they didn't want to give them up, said Spiers. "It was quite endearing for me to see them become so attached to to the device."

An audience member using the Animotus device in the play

Courtesy of Adam Spiers

The current version of Animotus works with wireless location sensors mounted on the walls of the space where it operates. The ideal next step, according to Spiers, will be to enable it to connect to smart phones and other GPS devices so that it can be used as an alternative to staring at a screen to find a new location. He also hopes to see how the device works when used in the middle of a busy street as well as with different terrains, such as a hiker using it to find her way. While the Animotus is still far from mass production, Spiers envisions the tool as an easier way for both visually impaired and sighted individuals to find their way.



A Beginner’s Guide to American Gin

Gin is a divisive drink. It has been for centuries. Responsible for an early booze-fueled crisis in England, the botanical-infused distilled spirit was once seen as scourge on society. Three hundred years later, it’s become the elegant answer to vodka and, increasingly in the US, an artisanal concoction.

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A survey of Apple’s input innovations

With Force Touch rumored to arrive on the new iPhones next week, let's take a look back at some of Apple's other notable input methods. Cupertino has always offered a unique spin on the norm, whether it's a mouse with no buttons, multi-touch gestur...


We Should Be Planting More Trees, Purely For Selfish Human Reasons

Yesterday we learned that humans have killed half of the Earth’s trees , which today number in the trillions. At the same time, there’s been a boom in scientific studies showing that humans are healthier and happier when exposed to our leafy friends.

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Alcatel OneTouch Pop Star has an optional denim back

Alcatel OneTouch Pop Star denim large

Most smartphones are made of plastic, glass, or metal, but a couple of years ago, Motorola introduced a new material into the mobile world by offering wood backs for the Moto X.

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What’s New With Parrot’s Zik 3 Wireless Headphones?

Parrot just revealed the third generation Zik headphones. The Zik 3.0 will look very familiar if you’ve ever seen the Zik 2.0 , since the design remains largely unchanged, it’s just available in some gaudy new styles. But a couple of tiny tweaks like wireless charging and USB audio make them even more futuristic.

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Forecast Report -Smartphone Operating System Market Size, Share, …

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Sony Xperia Z5 Compact Hands-On: Small But Mighty

Sony’s smaller version of the Xperia Z3, the Xperia Z3 Compact, was a fantastic phone. It was the first time we saw a major manufacturer pack all the high-end goodness of a flagship phone into a smaller form package, and we liked what we saw .

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Toyota teams up with MIT and Stanford for AI research

Artificial Intelligence is big deal (even if Elon Musk thinks it will doom us all) and today Toyota announced that it is collaborating with MIT and Stanford to accelerate its own AI research. The goal of the collaboration is to advance artificial i...


Toyota teams up with MIT and Stanford for AI research

Artificial Intelligence is big deal (even if Elon Musk thinks it will doom us all) and today Toyota announced that it is collaborating with MIT and Stanford to accelerate its own AI research. The goal of the collaboration is to advance artificial i...


Let’s Talk About Whatever You Want Right Now

TGIFF! That’s two Fs given for #ForceFriday. Some of us have been up all night gathering alllllll the new Star Wars merch : the good, the evil , the items more expensive than the price Jabba put on Han Solo’s head .

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Samsung Shows Off At IFA 2015 With Gear S2, SmartThings Hub, And More

Samsung Gear S2

Xavier Harding

The Gear S2 will bring added competition to the smartwatch scene

Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin, or IFA for short, is the biggest tech trade show in Europe (not to mention one of the oldest). It's a place where numerous leading tech companies come to show off their latest and greatest devices. IFA 2015, held this week, was no exception. But among the crowd of device-makers vying for the attention of gadget-heads and reporters, one company clearly stood head and shoulders above the rest: Samsung. The South Korean tech giant showed off new mobile devices, a new wearable, and a fleet of new connected devices in the Internet-of-Things category. Here’s what we got:

Gear S2 (Price unannounced)

The Gear S2

Xavier Harding

Hints of the round Samsung smartwatch could be seen leading up to IFA 2015, but now it’s finally arrived. The follow-up to last year’s Samsung Gear S has taken an entirely new form factor—opting for the round screen instead of rectangular. The Gear S2 will support Samsung phones as well as Android devices running Android 4.4 and above. But the operating system that powers the watch is still Samsung's own Tizen, which means Android Wear fans are out of luck.

Along with the 1.2 inch circular screen with AMOLED display, other important specs include the 250mAh battery, IP68 certified dust and water resistance and NFC for Samsung Pay. Specs don’t vary between models, of which users get three: the Gear S2, Gear S2 Classic and the Gear S2 3G. The latter comes equipped with a cellular radio.

The Gear S2 sets itself apart from the competition and its predecessors in a few key ways. For one, the rotating bezel allows users to choose from menu items in addition to the touchscreen. The dial offers a more integrated solution than Apple’s digital crown. Like most smartwatches, the device makes use of inductive charging.

However, because it uses Samsung's proprietary Tizen OS, it won't work on the Apple iPhone or any iOS device. That means If you want to use Samsung’s latest and greatest smartwatch, you’ll have to be on Android. That limitation is especially pronounced in the wake of Google's recent move to allow its own wearable OS — Android Wear — to work with iOS devices, meaning customers who have a Motorola smartwatch will be able to use it with an iPhone. The same can't be said for the Gear S2, unfortunately.

SmartThings Hub, $99

Samsung is taking on Wink with the announcement of their SmartThings Hub. The South Korean phone maker acquired SmartThings last year for $200 million and has fleshed out the hub device for your connected home. SmartThings’ latest hub—which works with iOS and Android—can now continue to work for 10 hours even if power is lost due to a built-in battery. The SmartThings Hub also brings along a beefier CPU and doesn’t require the cloud to function.

As the SmartThings Hub trailer shows, users will be able to control lights and door locks from their phone. While away, users can unlock the door for guests or even be a fly on the wall as activity takes place within the home all when you’re away. The ability to have video recorded following specific events like the activating motion sensors or detection of smoke or fire. The sensors will run you an extra $30 to $55 on Amazon.

Galaxy View Tablet Teaser (price unannounced)

Samsung Galaxy View

Samsung

Not much is known regarding the View tablet

Much like a Marvel movie's post-credits scene, Samsung concluded its IFA 2015 with a teaser for its next project. Not much was said about the Galaxy View, but a photo offered by Samsung tells us a lot. The tablet will likely be a large one, and ships with a kickstand. The company did tell fans to “think bigger” and mentioned “a new dimension of entertainment” in relation to the tablet. Perhaps the company is looking to release a touchscreen device meant for viewing entertainment.

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Samsung didn’t just stop at the big announcements. Other products revealed at the Berlin tech show includes SleepSense: a sleep tracker that turns off your TV, lowers lights, adjusts the AC and more once it detects you’ve gone to bed. The WW8500 AddWash is a front-loading washing machine that allows you to add clothes even after a load begins. The two products didn’t make as big of a splash at IFA 2015 compared to the Gear S2 but in the case of the AddWash it seems that’s the point.



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This Scooter Though….WOW

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I recently wrote a blog entry about hover boards and discussed how futuristic the new self balancing scooters are. Writing that article really got me thinking; not about the future but about the past.

I remembered having kick scooters as a kid and I don't mean the razor one with the little wheels either, I had a Mongoose with big beefy tires and a nice wide platform that was comfy to stand on and do trick. I would use it to ride up to La Cuisine deli on Waverly Avenue with Glenn and Mike; I'd bunny hop the curb, put down the kickstand and run inside; scooters had kickstands back in the day! First I would grab a cold grape soda, order a roast beef sandwich on white bread with mayo and then eat a Charleston Chew from the freezer while we waited for them to make it. I was always amazed how damn hard it was to bite the Charleston Chew. Mike loved a good bagel dog and sugar water in the little plastic jug or maybe it was me who loved the bagel dogs but anyway, the lady Louise always took good care of the kids from the neighborhood. Glenn was a sucker for Big League Chew, he loved that stuff. I really miss New York Deli's. They tore down that one and built a 7 Eleven. What a shame.

Ok, back to talking about scooters now...

Fast forward twenty something years and I decided to do what any grown man would do as I reminisced about being a kid in New York. I poured a big glass of Dr. Brown's Cream Soda (diet of course) and googled kick scooter, quickly realizing that the scooters of my childhood were now "vintage collectables" and all replaced by tiny compact scooters with wheels that look like they belonged on roller blades or even on a suitcase, but not a scooter! Then it appeared...from out of the blue, and I knew that I had to have it right away. A scooter called ETWOW Booster and wow baby did I need this puppy! I rationalized about the $1,000 price tag, I mean, this was something "I needed" for trips in my Jayco Melbourne RV which doesn't even work at the moment because North Trail can't seem to fix it; even more reason to need a scooter. What if I had an emergency and had to get somewhere without gas?! Ok, but I have a job so I can buy whatever I want. Right babe? It seemed to be big enough for a chubby old hip hop guy like me and sturdy enough for the huge Wrestlers at my shows to take it for a spin. I swear, I am going to get Goldberg on this thing when he's in Miami for our Legends of Wrestling show at the Miccosukee Resort and there will be video! Coolest thing though was that it could be used as a kick scooter (for those with range anxiety like me) or...wait for it: it's electric (boogie woogie woogie). This baby hits 18MPH so I can use it in the hot Miami heat with minimal shvitzing (that's sweating by the way).

So ummm, yeah, I got one (duh) and charged it right up; took less than two hours. I unfolded it, hopped on and rode it 2 miles; unfortunately not to a NY Deli but I'm old now, so I got a skinny vanilla latte and then rode it home where I plugged it back in before my afternoon nap. Next step, I'm gonna do a bunny hop!!!!

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I Quit My Job to Manage My Dog

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I always had a rehearsed answer to the question "what do you do for a living?" Whether I said that I'm a full-time student or that I work at a record label, I always answered that question with certainty.

Suddenly, I no longer have a rehearsed answer to the inevitable question that all strangers or rarely-seen relatives ask. I am the happiest I have ever been, work the hardest that I've ever worked, and yet my response to that question now leaves people shocked, puzzled, and leaving with the agenda to look my dog up on the internet.

I guess you could say I am a Momager.

My Doug the Pug journey started by accident. I had wanted a pug since I was 13-years-old, always printing out photos of pugs to put in my locker or paste on my Mom's bathroom mirror so that she would hopefully get the hint. The name "Doug the Pug" had also stuck with me since that age, and I'm happy to say that the 13-year-old me made a great decision by choosing it.

I got Doug as a puppy in the Summer of 2012. His breeder was from Ohio and she drove him to Nashville for me. We met in a Wal-Mart parking lot off the highway. I was equally excited and terrified when she put him in my arms, as I was suddenly responsible for the life of a little dog that greatly resembled a pig. Doug immediately peed on my front car seat and the reality of potty training set in.

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My very first photo with Doug


Doug's puppyhood was filled with a lot of adventures, but none that were documented on Instagram. At the time I didn't even have an Instagram account for myself, as I swore that I didn't need yet another social media outlet to take over my life. I worked for a record label / artist management company as the Director of New Media / Assistant Manager, so it was my job to manage the social media pages of other artists as well. I was the assistant to the artists that I listened to almost religiously in high school, including Mat Kearney, Mayday Parade, and Five For Fighting. Since I went to college for music business, and was one of the few to land a job in the industry while I was school, I gave my all to impress my boss, who is one of the best artist managers in the business.

It didn't take long for me to finally give in to the pressures of being a millennial on the internet, and I got an Instagram account for myself.

Soon enough I became the classic dog owner on the internet. I was always posting photos of Doug, and it was almost addicting to see how much higher the engagement was on photos of him as opposed to my life. Once I realized how great he was in front of the camera, I began adding props, photos, and funny captions, and Doug was getting featured on major dog accounts across the internet. My friends soon gave me the ultimatum that I either make Doug his own Instagram or that they'd unfollow me due to the fact that his wrinkles took over what was supposed to be my personal account.

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(Photo by Rae Marshall)

PR was a part of my job at the record label, and in my free time I began applying the same aspects of artist management to Doug's Instagram. Cold email after cold email, my goal was for someone to believe in Doug's account in the sense that it was special, and that he was the future face of the pug breed. Nothing came through until Brian Koerber from Mashable emailed me back and loved Doug -- he wanted to do a list feature.

The article did quite well, and other press outlets began to take notice. Cosmopolitan, TIME, Buzzfeed, Huffington Post and Elite Daily posted articles about Doug in the following months, and his Halloween photos were even featured on Good Morning America. The slight press that we had at the time only made me want to become better at managing his account and getting more creative with his photos and videos.

My boyfriend Rob, a touring drummer, moved to Nashville in February of 2015. He had always been completely supportive of Doug and me while he was on the road, but it wasn't until he moved to my city that he wanted to be a bigger part of the team. We started going on photo and video adventures after I'd get off of work, and he would edit the videos that I would later post on Doug's social media.

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One video in particular went viral without any expectation of it doing so. Rob had just thrown Doug and I a party to celebrate 100,000 Instagram followers, and for the occasion he bought a pug balloon. We filmed a video of Doug running around the park with that pug balloon tied to his waist with the song "Best Friend" behind it. It has now gained over 20,000,000 views.

In March of 2015 Doug had 3,000 likes on Facebook. It's currently September and he now has over 2.2 million. Doug the Pug has become a household name and people recognize us on the streets of Nashville, in New York City, and in airports. I mustered up the courage to quit my job and start my own business, with Doug as my main client and a freelance graphic design business on the side. As hard of a decision as that was, it didn't take much for me to realize that building the brand of Doug the Pug was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. With the blessing of my parents and the encouragement of my friends, I made one of the hardest but most rewarding decisions of my life by ending the security of a set monthly paycheck.

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Doug makes people happy, and that's my ultimate motivation throughout all of this. I have gotten emails from Leukemia patients that rely on Doug's photos for a boost in morale each day, and been touched by emotional stories like one of a little boy who's Mom unexpectedly died; he put Doug's photos in her casket just in case she woke up.

My dream, as unconventional as it is, is becoming a reality. I'm lucky enough to do it alongside my little pug, who just so happens to be my very best friend.

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How to Hire a C# Developer

C# is famous as a modern, general purpose, object-oriented, strongly-typed programming language. In January of 1999, Microsoft started building a new language, called Cool, that was an acronym for "C-like Object Oriented Language", later to be renamed C#. Despite many criticisms that C# was just an imitation of Java, it continues to win over developers all over the world.

Many years and five versions later, C# is today one of the most popular languages in the industry. C# can be used to build any type of application, from desktop to mobile, and is even widely used in server environments to power modern web applications.

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Image Credit: Toptal

Yet, despite the success of the C# language, companies looking to reap the benefits by using it on their projects are faced with a dilemma. Finding an expert C# developer is extremely difficult, both because demand far outweighs supply, and because telling a talented C# developer apart from an amateur is no trivial task.

To give you a leg up in your hiring search, here is the vital guide on how to hire a C# developer. Follow these tips to help yourself make a confident, speedy hire for your next C+ project.

1. Understand That Distribution of Available C# Developers is not Uniform
Plenty of people post their job descriptions on LinkedIn or some other platform and are baffled when they either don't get any responses, or worse, get back hundreds of responses from unqualified candidates. Given the high demand for talented developers, the odds of finding a great C# developer in tech hotspots like San Francisco is very, very slim. However, remember that there are incredibly talented C# developers in plenty of places all over the world in which the tech industry is lagging. Expand the geographical scope of your search and you'll see the results. Check out conferences such as Microsoft Ignite and Microsoft Build if you don't know where to start.

Moreover, virtual distribution of C# developers is also not uniform. The average developer has plenty of opportunities and spends almost no time on general job platforms like LinkedIn. Instead of taking the traditional approach, look for candidates in online places that have strong C# communities, like Stack Exchange.

But understanding these important points is only half the battle. Even if you know where to look, you still need to make sure you are piquing the interest of the caliber of candidates that you'd like to hire. This begins with your job description. Too many companies put no thought into their job listings and find themselves buried in useless applications. Begin with a C# job description template to save yourself time and ensure that you don't miss any of the basics. Don't forget to add a clear description of your company with a compelling explanation why you're an amazing place where top developers will want to work.

Your description also needs to weed out unqualified candidates before they even apply. A great C# developer should be capable of writing declarative, functional, generic, object-oriented code, and should be able to develop an application that performs well and is scalable and secure. Be sure your job description lays out these requirements in sufficient detail. If you're too vague in your requirements, you'll find your inbox overflowing with hundreds and hundreds of applications. Even if one or two happen to be qualified, you'll never locate them amidst all the noise.

2. Prepare And Test Your Interview Questions
Interviewing a C# developer is significantly different than interviewing nearly any other type of developer. As many non-technical people fail to note, C# has a sizable array of important features that any good C# developer should understand deeply, including generics LINQ, and much more. Keep the following in mind when planning out your interviews:

Make sure your candidates follow C# Coding Conventions. The last thing you want is a poor team player coming in and attempting to convince your other developers to change their paradigms.

In addition to questions that test raw intelligence and problem-solving ability, you'll need to ask a variety of carefully thought out C#-specific questions. Make sure that these questions are as relevant as possible to your project, and above all, avoid random brain teasers or questions that require applicants to recall random C# facts from memory. This is an immediate signal to any seasoned developer that you're lost.


3. Include Your Existing Developers In The Hiring Process

For talented developers, being asked to babysit someone who doesn't know what they're doing is a nightmare, and is also a great way to bring progress on your project to a screeching halt. Unfortunately, telling the difference between a truly talented C# developer and one who just picked the language is pretty impossible for non-technical people, and can only really be properly done if you're a seasoned C# developer yourself.

To ensure good chemistry between your existing team and your potential hire, get your trusted developers involved in the interview process, and make sure they check the candidate's past work for any signs of common C# mistakes. Hiring someone who will avoid these mistakes will save you enormous amounts of time and will prevent many errors and faulty features down the line.

Consult your developers on which skills are most needed for your current projects, and make sure they quiz your candidates on thing like how they'd implement relevant features without unduly impacting performance or compromising testability. Devising solutions to such scenarios should be trivial for elite C# developers. It is also wise to ask your candidates how they'd organize your development team, given a hypothetical project. Hiring candidates with excellent critical thinking and decision-making skills will pay countless dividends down the line when it comes to making architectural and task prioritization decisions.

In Closing
C# is a powerful language with many mechanisms and paradigms that can greatly improve productivity. The best C# developers understand the language at its core and have an enormous amount of passion and technical expertise, outstanding problem solving skills, and an excellent knack for communicating complex ideas in simple ways.

Hiring developers is hard. Plan a thoughtful approach to hiring a C# developer and you will reap the rewards.

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How to Hire a C# Developer

C# is famous as a modern, general purpose, object-oriented, strongly-typed programming language. In January of 1999, Microsoft started building a new language, called Cool, that was an acronym for "C-like Object Oriented Language", later to be renamed C#. Despite many criticisms that C# was just an imitation of Java, it continues to win over developers all over the world.

Many years and five versions later, C# is today one of the most popular languages in the industry. C# can be used to build any type of application, from desktop to mobile, and is even widely used in server environments to power modern web applications.

2015-09-03-1441300897-7196784-HiringaCDeveloper.PNG
Image Credit: Toptal

Yet, despite the success of the C# language, companies looking to reap the benefits by using it on their projects are faced with a dilemma. Finding an expert C# developer is extremely difficult, both because demand far outweighs supply, and because telling a talented C# developer apart from an amateur is no trivial task.

To give you a leg up in your hiring search, here is the vital guide on how to hire a C# developer. Follow these tips to help yourself make a confident, speedy hire for your next C+ project.

1. Understand That Distribution of Available C# Developers is not Uniform
Plenty of people post their job descriptions on LinkedIn or some other platform and are baffled when they either don't get any responses, or worse, get back hundreds of responses from unqualified candidates. Given the high demand for talented developers, the odds of finding a great C# developer in tech hotspots like San Francisco is very, very slim. However, remember that there are incredibly talented C# developers in plenty of places all over the world in which the tech industry is lagging. Expand the geographical scope of your search and you'll see the results. Check out conferences such as Microsoft Ignite and Microsoft Build if you don't know where to start.

Moreover, virtual distribution of C# developers is also not uniform. The average developer has plenty of opportunities and spends almost no time on general job platforms like LinkedIn. Instead of taking the traditional approach, look for candidates in online places that have strong C# communities, like Stack Exchange.

But understanding these important points is only half the battle. Even if you know where to look, you still need to make sure you are piquing the interest of the caliber of candidates that you'd like to hire. This begins with your job description. Too many companies put no thought into their job listings and find themselves buried in useless applications. Begin with a C# job description template to save yourself time and ensure that you don't miss any of the basics. Don't forget to add a clear description of your company with a compelling explanation why you're an amazing place where top developers will want to work.

Your description also needs to weed out unqualified candidates before they even apply. A great C# developer should be capable of writing declarative, functional, generic, object-oriented code, and should be able to develop an application that performs well and is scalable and secure. Be sure your job description lays out these requirements in sufficient detail. If you're too vague in your requirements, you'll find your inbox overflowing with hundreds and hundreds of applications. Even if one or two happen to be qualified, you'll never locate them amidst all the noise.

2. Prepare And Test Your Interview Questions
Interviewing a C# developer is significantly different than interviewing nearly any other type of developer. As many non-technical people fail to note, C# has a sizable array of important features that any good C# developer should understand deeply, including generics LINQ, and much more. Keep the following in mind when planning out your interviews:

Make sure your candidates follow C# Coding Conventions. The last thing you want is a poor team player coming in and attempting to convince your other developers to change their paradigms.

In addition to questions that test raw intelligence and problem-solving ability, you'll need to ask a variety of carefully thought out C#-specific questions. Make sure that these questions are as relevant as possible to your project, and above all, avoid random brain teasers or questions that require applicants to recall random C# facts from memory. This is an immediate signal to any seasoned developer that you're lost.


3. Include Your Existing Developers In The Hiring Process

For talented developers, being asked to babysit someone who doesn't know what they're doing is a nightmare, and is also a great way to bring progress on your project to a screeching halt. Unfortunately, telling the difference between a truly talented C# developer and one who just picked the language is pretty impossible for non-technical people, and can only really be properly done if you're a seasoned C# developer yourself.

To ensure good chemistry between your existing team and your potential hire, get your trusted developers involved in the interview process, and make sure they check the candidate's past work for any signs of common C# mistakes. Hiring someone who will avoid these mistakes will save you enormous amounts of time and will prevent many errors and faulty features down the line.

Consult your developers on which skills are most needed for your current projects, and make sure they quiz your candidates on thing like how they'd implement relevant features without unduly impacting performance or compromising testability. Devising solutions to such scenarios should be trivial for elite C# developers. It is also wise to ask your candidates how they'd organize your development team, given a hypothetical project. Hiring candidates with excellent critical thinking and decision-making skills will pay countless dividends down the line when it comes to making architectural and task prioritization decisions.

In Closing
C# is a powerful language with many mechanisms and paradigms that can greatly improve productivity. The best C# developers understand the language at its core and have an enormous amount of passion and technical expertise, outstanding problem solving skills, and an excellent knack for communicating complex ideas in simple ways.

Hiring developers is hard. Plan a thoughtful approach to hiring a C# developer and you will reap the rewards.

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Girls in Tech Announces Keynote Headliners for Lady Pitch Night USA

Lady Pitch Night SF 2015 has announced keynote speakers Jennifer Tejada, former President & CEO of Keynote and Yvonne Wassenaar, CIO of New Relic, to kick off Girls in Tech's annual half-day pitch competition for early-stage startups for female entrepreneurs to be held at the NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center in San Francisco on November 10, 2015.

Girls in Tech, an organization focused on empowering, engaging women in tech, along with NASDAQ, Genentech, H&R Block -- Small Business, LoopUp, YouNoodle and Go Daddy, is hosting the North American launch of this global event. The winner will receive a $25,000 cash prize and additional resources such as office space for six months provided by RocketSpace and laptops for the winning team to move their startup forward.

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Keynote Speaker Jennifer Tejada says:

Women entrepreneurs have much to offer the business world and I'm honored to be part of a meaningful group of women who serve as an incredible force with their diverse backgrounds and skills. Being a leading voice for women in technology is especially important to me, and Girls in Tech Lady Pitch Night celebrates the accomplishments of women and inspires us all to continue educating the next generation of women.

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Keynote Speaker Yvonne Wassenaar adds:

My perspective is at least 50 percent of entrepreneurs should be women, but today women start businesses at roughly half the rate of men. I am excited to be part of the Girls in Tech Lady Pitch Night USA to help us get a step closer to making my dream a reality. Collectively, we can turn the tide by providing much needed visibility and support to today's female entrpreneurs.

Jennifer Tejada brings over twenty years of experience growing global companies through product innovation, marketing, sales and strategic innovations and has held senior companies with industry leaders across venture, private equity and public sectors in consumer goods, retail, telecom and tech industries. Prior to her tenure at Keynote, she served as Executive VP and Chief Strategy Officer for Mincom, a global enterprise software company acquired by ABB and VP of Global Marketing at i2 Technologies. She has held several non-executive director and advisory roles in private equity and venture backed businesses including oOh Media, Gizmo, Pollonizer and Foundation 9 Entertainment. Tejada has a BA in business management and organizational behavior from the University of Michigan.

Keynote speaker Yvonne Wassenaar is Chief Information Officer at New Relic where she is building a unified tech platform designed to catalyze the company's growth. Wassenaar is also the exec sponsor of New Relic's Non-Profit program and diversity efforts. A tech industry veteran, she has worked across the US, Asia and Europe, spending 17 years at Accenture where she started her professional career as a programmer and was ultimately promoted to Partner in the Communications & High Tech Strategy practice. She continued her tech/strategy focus for four years at VMware where she took on a number of exec roles to help the company scale and diversify business. Wassenaar received her undergraduate degree and MBA from UCLA, where she graduated with top honors.

To date, the competition has close to 100 entrants who will present their ideas in front of a panel of experienced tech pros and investors, including Alison Wagonfeld, Operating Partner of Emergence Capital and co-founder of QuickenLoans; Duncan Logan, Founder and CEO of RocketSpace, a tech camp in the heart of San Francisco that has fueled the success of over 700 startups including Uber, Spotify and Leap Motion and more than 75 corporate partners including Accenture, Converse and British Airways; Jonathan Abrams, Founder & CEO of Nuzzel, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Founders Den and Founder & CEO of Socializr, Friendster and HotLinks; and Denise Terry, CEO of Embrace Health who has led product and sales teams for high tech startups across mobile, consumer Internet, social media and SaaS.

Lady Pitch Night will be emceed by Emmy Award-winning anchor & entrepreneur Kym McNicholas, host of Tech2Show (Channel 5), founder of Kymerview and Executive Director of Extreme Tech Challenge.

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For more information on Lady Pitch Night and Girls in Tech or to apply, visit the website.

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