“In the Search for a Hot Job Title, Enter the Ninja” reads the byline for a recent Wall Street Journal article that caught my eye. The article goes on to describe what it means when we see “Ninja” listed as an occupation on someone’s resume. The term, coming from the name for Japanese warriors, is used in the software engineering world to describe someone who is particularly skilled at what they do.
Ninja is just another trend in the job title world; in the past we saw “guru” become popular, and before that “evangelists” were people in the tech world who could “go out and convince customers to go with the new technology” according to Valerie Frederickson, CEO of a human resources firm in California. Today, a ninja is generally a young person who is “willing to do a lot with a little.”
Where did this term come from then? Well, if you ask the Japanese a real ninja is someone who is stealthy, intelligent, righteous, patient, and a military expert. Amazon.com has done their part in helping ninja grow as a job title with its ninja brain teaser contest, which it hosts at job fairs and industry events. Amazon is looking for software writers and the more of a “ninja” a job candidate is, the more likely it is he or she will get the job.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
The increased adoption of wireless technology for mission-critical applications has revved up the global market for dynamic electronic general purpose (GP) test equipment. As the link between cloud networks and devices -- smartphones, tablets, and notebooks -- results in more complex devices under test, the demand for radio frequency test equipment is starting to intensify.
Much of the research on lithium-ion batteries is focused on how to make the batteries charge more quickly and last longer than they currently do, work that would significantly improve the experience of mobile device users, as well EV and hybrid car drivers. Researchers in Singapore have come up with what seems like the best solution so far -- a battery that can recharge itself in mere minutes and has a potential lifespan of 20 years.
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