Getting Started with Metal

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According to one answer on Quora by Paul Ledak when comparing an iPhone 6 to the Apollo Guidance computer, the processing difference is over ten orders of magnitude- an iPhone 6 is 120 million times faster!

But that’s possibly underselling it because the Apple A8 chip in the iPhone 6 also has a GPU (Graphical Processing Unit) that can be used for graphics or also general purpose computing for example creating (mining) Bitcoins. According to Anandtech, this is a PowerVR GX6450 and there are four GPU cores in an iPhone 6.  Read more →

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How a ‘Non-Techie’ can make it in tech!

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Don’t come from a tech background but still want to work in that sector? We don’t blame you! The rise of digital platforms and apps makes technology an exciting area to work in, and luckily for you, there are more opportunities than ever for someone with little to no tech expertise how to break in to the industry.

Read below for the best insider tips not only on how to get a job in the sector, but how you can potentially succeed and thrive in it.  Read more →

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How to get a job in IT: The Low Down

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So you want to get into IT? That’s great news! The world of IT is a broad one that offers a variety of jobs at different skill levels, and qualifications.

The problem?

It can be quite confusing to navigate through the different roles available and plan for your potential career. After all, it if you want to break into the industry, you’ll need to know what kind of qualifications and experience you’ll need in order to give yourself the best chance of getting a job!

So whether you’re a fresh graduate, considering a career change, or thinking about going to university; we’ve got the low down on the different types of jobs you can get in IT, as well as the skills and qualifications you need to succeed.  Read more →

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Writing a Faster Poker Hand evaluator

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Taking five cards and working out what poker hand it is, is an interesting problem. I’m not the first to attempt it. I have tried once before in C# and once before in C++. This time I want it to do two things. The first is report what it contains (pairs, trips, straight etc) and the second assign a score to it so it can be compared against another hand to see which is best. Two hands might be both evaluated as trips (three the same rank) but three Aces beats three Queens.

The possible hands from the lowest to the highest are listed below. Each card has a rank (from Ace to King but Ace can count as 1 in a straight A2345 but otherwise is higher than a King) and a suit (Hearts, Clubs, Diamonds, Spades).  Read more →

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Embrace your IT superhero

IT has been evolving and gaining momentum for decades. At BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, we’ve been there from the beginning, nurturing the talent that now drives our digital world.

BCS sets professional and best practice standards, provides exceptional career progression opportunities, and debates the challenges facing the industry such as personal data, health care and education.
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Interview with Rob Clark, Senior Vice President Epson

Epson Europe is on track to achieve its vision to become a more profitable and ecologically-friendly organisation.
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Owned by the Japanese Seiko Epson Corporation, Epson Europe is leading the way in the manufacture of inkjet printers, scanners, projectors, robots and Augmented Reality smart glasses. Epson grew in the printer and projector boom years of the 90s and has successfully made it through an industry-wide consolidation in the 2000s by embracing the latest technological advances to grow and prosper. While many of its competitors haven’t been able to hold on, Epson has created a robust market position by staying true to its long-held values through creating truly innovative products and by listening to the wants and needs of its customers.
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Computacenter – Digital me

Digital and artificial intelligence will present long term transformation trends both for the workplace environments as well as our private lives. Work content and work practices are set to change beyond all recognition and, in the new service-shaped economy; the employee who embraces this change will be the most significant factor for business success.
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Tech contractors – Warning signs you shouldn’t ignore

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Picture the scene – you’ve worked hard for a client in the past, they need the specialist IT skills you posses, you’ve spent time and energy in nurturing the relationship, then out of the blue they drop off the radar….

After doing some digging, it turns out they no longer require your services. So what caused their decision?
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IT Security Horror stories!

 

IT security jobs are crucial to prevent businesses from potential disaster. But in some cases the bad guys beat the good guys and security breaches happen.

FBI chief James Comedy pointed out in his Inside Counsel article that there are two types of big companies in the U.S:

“Those who’ve been hacked by the Chinese, and those who don’t know they’ve been hacked by the Chinese.”

They happen, so let’s hear about them…

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Kmart’s payment mishap

Kmart, the discount retail chain, had a disaster from a ghostly type of malware that went undetected. It occurred in September 2014 but wasn’t caught until a month later in October. It affected store payment systems and lost debit and credit card data as a result of the hack.

The hack still remains a mystery, and it has to be said Kmart could have been worse off. They claim debut and credit card numbers were compromised but no personal information was taken. They issued a full apology, offering free credit monitoring protection and deploying advanced software to prevent further breaches.   Read more →

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Top tips to getting into coding

 

“CODING IS THE CLOSEST THING WE HAVE TO A SUPERPOWER”

That’s how Drew Houston, creator of DropBox, describes coding in his video introducing code.org. The closest thing to a superpower? How cool is that!?

But-  you’ve either got it or you don’t, right?

Wrong!

Whilst it may seem like some foreign, no alien, like language that’s best kept to the super nerds amongst us it is in fact easier to pick up then you may think. Learning to code – even the basics – will give your career in IT a huge boost and provide a massive advantage.  Read more →

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