AI-powered Google for Jobs has work for everybody

While the technology industry is a goldmine of employment, for anyone not developing an app or working on AI, finding a job can be tough. This is especially true for folks looking for entry-level positions. Craigslist decimated the classified section…
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ARM targets your brain with new implantable chips

Elon Musk isn't the only one getting into the wetworks game. Chip manufacturer ARM announced on Wednesday that it is pairing with the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE) at the University of Washington to develop a line of brain-implant…
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Google makes Android Studio 3.0 preview available for download; 20+ new features include new performance profiling tools, Instant Apps, Java 8, and Kotlin (Emil Protalinski/VentureBeat)

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Google makes Android Studio 3.0 preview available for download; 20+ new features include new performance profiling tools, Instant Apps, Java 8, and Kotlin  —  At its I/O 2017 developer conference, Google today unveiled Android Studio 3.0, the latest version of its integrated development environment (IDE).

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Amazon's Australian Expedition to Rattle Retailers

Amazon is preparing to bring its full retail offering to Australia, signaling a major competitive threat to the country’s retailers and an important new beachhead for its global distribution network.
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The Hearthstone features you’ve been asking for are finally on their way

Hearthstone Update Deck Importing

Crafting that elusive perfect deck to take you straight to Legendary can be a real drag, if you’re one of the more competitive 70 million Hearthstone players out there, always looking for new deck ideas to improve your win rate. Blizzard has heard you, and it’s soon going to help you take deck management to a whole new level, with a simple feature that’s still absent from the game.

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AMP pages from Google Search now load twice as fast

At its I/O 2017 developers conference today, Google announced that its fast-loading Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) accessed from Google Search now load twice as fast.

Google first unveiled the open source AMP Project in October 2015. Since then, the company has been working hard to add new features and push AMP across not just its own products, but the larger web.

Google Search only launched AMP support out of developer preview in September 2016. 8 months later, and Google has already cut the time it takes to render content in half.

The company explains that this is possible due to several key optimizations made to the Google AMP Cache. These include server-side rendering of AMP components and reducing bandwidth usage from images by 50 percent without affecting the perceived quality.

Also helpful was using the Brotli compression algorithm, which resulted in a reduced document size by an additional 10 percent in supported browsers (even Edge uses it). Google open-sourced Brotli in September 2015 and considers it a successor to the Zopfli algorithm.

Speed aside, Google also shared that new platforms and websites have joined the AMP ecosystem. There are already over 2 billion AMP pages and 900,000 domains with AMP on the web. Even within the search sphere, Google isn’t the only one supporting AMP: Bing, Baidu, Sogou, and Yahoo Japan are also all on board.

China’s largest social network Tencent Qzone and the country’s third largest, Weibo are adopting AMP pages. Tumblr says it is publishing 340 million blogs across 500,000 domains in AMP starting this week. Twitter is linking to AMP pages from their new mobile web app, and will be launching AMP support in their Android and iOS apps. eBay plans to use AMP across all its product pages and Zalando is implementing AMP for its 250,000 product pages.

In short, Google has managed to keep AMP momentum going. Next week, the company will release the AMP Project roadmap for the upcoming quarter.

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Nvidia launches inexpensive GeForce GT 1030 GPU for esports games

You don’t have to risk second-hand PC components if you’re trying to build a new, affordable gaming rig, because Nvidia has joined AMD in offering a low-powered option for a reasonable price.

Nvidia has just rolled out its GeForce GT 1030 graphics card along with partners like MSI and Gigabyte. This new GPU starts at $70, and it offers up the modest specs that you would expect for a 10th of the price of a GeForce GTX 1080Ti. The 1030 comes with 2GB  GDDR5 video memory, 384 CUDA cores, 16 PCI-E lanes, and a core clock of 1,265 MHz that boosts up to 1,518 MHz. For outputs, it has one HDMI port and one DisplayPort.

The 1030 is built with the growing esports space in mind. Newer, graphically intensive games will struggle to run at high resolutions or a steady framerate on this card, but competitve-focused games like League of Legends, Rocket League, Overwatch, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive should all run without presenting players with major issues.

This will give Nvidia a product on the market that competes against AMD’s Radeon RX 550 for the attention of PC gamers looking to build a new machine on a budget. This is a segment that hasn’t had a lot of options when it comes to new pieces of equipment. Typically, building a PC on the cheap will lead people into the dark world of eBay and Craigslist. And while you can sometimes get really great parts from a couple generations ago on those kinds of services, you’re taking a lot of risk that the components could fail. The GT 1030 and Radeon RX550 may not run as well as a GeForce GTX 970 that you get for a steal from a guy you met online, but at least they come with warranties.

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