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Nearly 90 of jobs demand social media skills, but it turns out just hiring Millennials isn’t the answer.
In all the talk about the tech about the mismatch between the projected number of STEM jobs (1.2 million new ones in the next six years) and the U.S.-based talent to fill those positions, we’re losing sight of another big skills gap that’s right under our fingers every day.
Ninety percent of all jobs in the next year will require information and communication technology skills, according to research by Capgemini. Yet more than half the companies polled lacked social media skills. That’s despite a McKinsey report that projects social media adding up to $1.3 trillion to our economy. No wonder the gap is poised to create a war for talent that quietly rivals the battle playing out amid the startups of Silicon Valley.
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Nearly 90 of jobs demand social media skills, but it turns out just hiring Millennials isn’t the answer.

In all the talk about the tech about the mismatch between the projected number of STEM jobs (1.2 million new ones in the next six years) and the U.S.-based talent to fill those positions, we’re losing sight of another big skills gap that’s right under our fingers every day.

Ninety percent of all jobs in the next year will require information and communication technology skills, according to research by Capgemini. Yet more than half the companies polled lacked social media skills. That’s despite a McKinsey report that projects social media adding up to $1.3 trillion to our economy. No wonder the gap is poised to create a war for talent that quietly rivals the battle playing out amid the startups of Silicon Valley.

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No one wants their private emails or pictures out there for the world to see. Here’s how to make them more secure.
In light of some disconcerting news recently involving cyber creeps picking through our private accounts, this Friday we’re offering you a hack that will not only make your accounts a little more secure, but hopefully will put your minds somewhat at ease. Should we call this edition the no-hack hack?
One of the best ways to step up your online security is by activating two-step authentication on your private accounts. Both Google and iCloud make this process available, and although many begrudge the onus placed on customers to be proactive about their security, making this kind of security a default is still a thing of the future, so it’s up to us as consumers to take an active role in our privacy. Here’s how to get started:
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No one wants their private emails or pictures out there for the world to see. Here’s how to make them more secure.

In light of some disconcerting news recently involving cyber creeps picking through our private accounts, this Friday we’re offering you a hack that will not only make your accounts a little more secure, but hopefully will put your minds somewhat at ease. Should we call this edition the no-hack hack?

One of the best ways to step up your online security is by activating two-step authentication on your private accounts. Both Google and iCloud make this process available, and although many begrudge the onus placed on customers to be proactive about their security, making this kind of security a default is still a thing of the future, so it’s up to us as consumers to take an active role in our privacy. Here’s how to get started:

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What Spotify and Echo Nest know about listener behavior is about to change the music industry.
Music’s shift to an all-you-can-stream model is convenient for listeners, tough for many artists, and potentially lucrative for the tech companies involved. It also has a hidden perk that could benefit all of them: Data. Lots of it.
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What Spotify and Echo Nest know about listener behavior is about to change the music industry.

Music’s shift to an all-you-can-stream model is convenient for listeners, tough for many artists, and potentially lucrative for the tech companies involved. It also has a hidden perk that could benefit all of them: Data. Lots of it.

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These Headless Chicken Weathervanes Spin When The Internet Freaks Out
If online news stories were translated into weather events, nude selfie leaks might constitute a small gale, while the Great Dane who ate 43 socks would likely amount to a ticklish breeze. For about a week, residents of the English seaside town of Folkestone, England, have been witnessing something like that play out on five peculiar weather vanes installed throughout the city.
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These Headless Chicken Weathervanes Spin When The Internet Freaks Out

If online news stories were translated into weather events, nude selfie leaks might constitute a small gale, while the Great Dane who ate 43 socks would likely amount to a ticklish breeze. For about a week, residents of the English seaside town of Folkestone, England, have been witnessing something like that play out on five peculiar weather vanes installed throughout the city.

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If any company could push mobile payments to the mainstream, it’s Apple—but Touch ID will need to work perfectly every time.

"You have to start with the fact that Apple is Apple," IDC research director James Wester tells Fast Company. “As an analyst you try not to jump on the bandwagon. In this case, they haven’t reinvented anything. They’re using technologies that have been used by Google Wallet and ISIS [recently renamed Softcard to avoid confusion with the terrorist group].”
The difference, though, lies in the user experience, which just so happens to be Apple’s forte. “You can’t underestimate how important user experience is, and that’s something Apple does really, really well—that very quick, very easy, very seamless experience they can provide.”

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If any company could push mobile payments to the mainstream, it’s Apple—but Touch ID will need to work perfectly every time.

"You have to start with the fact that Apple is Apple," IDC research director James Wester tells Fast Company. “As an analyst you try not to jump on the bandwagon. In this case, they haven’t reinvented anything. They’re using technologies that have been used by Google Wallet and ISIS [recently renamed Softcard to avoid confusion with the terrorist group].”

The difference, though, lies in the user experience, which just so happens to be Apple’s forte. “You can’t underestimate how important user experience is, and that’s something Apple does really, really well—that very quick, very easy, very seamless experience they can provide.”

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Tuesday, Apple unveiled three new products: the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and the Apple Watch, Cupertino’s first (and long rumored) foray into the wearables category. We asked three top industrial designers their thoughts about the new products: Gadi Amit, of New Deal Design, which designed the Fitbit and Lytro; Brett Lovelady of Astro Studios, which did the Xbox 360; and Dana Krieger formerly with Teague, now with Astro Studios’ Minus 8 watch brand. Here’s what they had to tell us.
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Tuesday, Apple unveiled three new products: the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and the Apple Watch, Cupertino’s first (and long rumored) foray into the wearables category. We asked three top industrial designers their thoughts about the new products: Gadi Amit, of New Deal Design, which designed the Fitbit and Lytro; Brett Lovelady of Astro Studios, which did the Xbox 360; and Dana Krieger formerly with Teague, now with Astro Studios’ Minus 8 watch brand. Here’s what they had to tell us.

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