We sold our home to build a social network

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The Hughes family in Manchester have quit their jobs and put everything they own into building a social network aimed solely at sports fans. But can they take on the giants?  “We see ourselves sitting at the top table with the big boys,” says father Perry Hughes confidently.  “We don’t think we’re taking on the… Read more »

The Next Big Blue-Collar Job Is Coding

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WHEN I ASK people to picture a coder, they usually imagine someone like Mark Zuckerberg: a hoodied college dropout who builds an app in a feverish 72-hour programming jag—with the goal of getting insanely rich and, as they say, “changing the world.” But this Silicon Valley stereotype isn’t even geographically accurate. The Valley employs only… Read more »

How ‘robo recruiters’ could affect your job prospects

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Next time you apply for a job, it could be a computer algorithm deciding whether or not you fit the bill.  This is because clever, self-learning programs are getting better than human recruiters at analysing vast amounts of data gleaned from application forms, CVs (curricula vitae or resumes), and social media profiles. Source: BBC Technology Date: May… Read more »

Coal miners become computer coders

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After five back-breaking years in a coal mine, Laucher feared his job would be next to be cut. Then the unthinkable happened: Laucher learned how to write computer code.  “I could barely get to a website, let alone build one,” says Laucher, 33.  Now he also supports his family with a second job building websites for… Read more »

15 Questions with Mark Luckie

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People like Mark Luckie have made diversity in tech a big topic of conversation this year. Luckie, 32, left his job as manager of journalism and news at Twitter in May. In September, he penned a widely circulated Medium post on what it was like to work at a tech firm as a black man. Source: CNN Date: January 29th, 2019 Link: http://money.cnn.com/interactive/technology/15-questions-with-mark-luckie/index.html Discussion 1) “A major… Read more »

IBM’s “Hack a hairdryer” campaign aimed at women backfires

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A video created by American computing giant IBM aimed to “reengineer misperceptions about women in tech, and to focus on what really matters in science”. Women working in science and tech were asked to “hack a hair dryer”, then share their work on the IBM website. Source: BBC Technology News Date: December 8th, 2015 Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-35027902 Discussion 1)… Read more »

How do you turn your tech start-up into a global giant?

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Turning your “killer app” or web service into a global giant attracting millions of users and stratospheric valuations is much more difficult.  Yes, we’ve had the likes of Google, Facebook, Airbnb, Uber, and Spotify, but the reality is that 90% of all early stage businesses fail, whether through lack of investment, customers or sales. Source: BBC… Read more »

Are we addicted to technology?

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“The thing many of my patients have in common is the fact that they are in front of screens all the time. Even when they try to sleep at night. It has become so pervasive,” says Dr Ramlakhan who works at the privately run Nightingale Hospital, and is a member of its technology addiction treatment… Read more »