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The dev career ladder needs reassessing — not all senior developers should be managers


This article was originally published on .cult by Nadya Primak. .cult is a media platform for untold developer stories, where developers can read content around the softer side of development and watch documentaries about the tech they love. You can read this original piece here.

The career ladder for software engineers is often confusing and inconsistent.  Many people who go into software development tend to go in with tunnel vision – they don’t even think about the career ladder because they’re so focused on the next pay bump or the next feature release. Also, they know that there are at least two steps in the ladder to worry about before anything dramatic can happen: junior developers become mid level developers and mid level developers become senior developers. But what about after that? Read More

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Paper receipts are choking the planet. With Foreceipt, you can ditch ‘em once and for all

TLDR: Foreceipt Receipt Tracker eliminates the need for paper receipts, handling all your expense report and tax-filing receipt work automatically.

The world is moving away from paper receipts. And while that’s good news, the bad news is that that transition isn’t happening fast enough. We already know 90 percent of those inconvenient printed receipts don’t usually find their way into someone’s records — they actually just get sorted into the circular file.

Of course, that’s more than just a waste of time and effort. Paper receipts make up 1.5 billion pounds of environmental waste every year. That’s 10 million trees and a billion gallons of water for essentially nothing. Read More

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These two deals on prime VPN services will make the rest of 2020 a safer year indeed


TLDR: These two VPN deals will assure your 4th of July — not to mention the coming year are completely safe and secure online.

Is there anything more obvious than writing a post about some huge VPN deals on July 4th and drawing the line about independence? Independence from online terrorists?  Independence from governmental oversight? Independence from throttled bandwidth and streaming service edicts? 

Yeah, we thought so too. Anyway, none of that changes the fact that it is July 4th…and there is a big sale on two of the top VPN services around. And since they’re all over $50, you can enter the code JULYFOURTH15 during checkout and save yourself an additional 15 percent. Go forth and free yourself. Read More

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How researchers analyzed Allstate’s car insurance algorithm


State regulators and consumer advocacy groups have scrutinized Allstate Corporation’s use of big data and personalized pricing in the way it calculates how much the company charges its private auto insurance customers.

We tested whether Allstate’s personalized pricing algorithm treated customers differently based on non-risk factors by analyzing rare customer-level data we found in documents that were part of a 2013 rate filing submitted for approval and subsequently disapproved by Maryland regulators. This filing provides the most insight into Allstate’s retention model available to the public, with a level of detail that is typically shielded from public view by Allstate and other insurers. Read More

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How Ford is making sure its F150 remains the most popular truck ever


This article was originally published by Michael Coates on Clean Fleet Report, a publication that gives its readers the information they need to move to cars and trucks with best fuel economy, including electric cars, fuel cells, plug-in hybrids, hybrids and advanced diesel and gasoline engines.

It’s only been five years since the last major redesign of the Ford F-150, not a long time historically in the truck world, but with competition heating up both in the traditional competitors and newcomers, Ford is pushing forward with the introduction of the all-new 2021 F-150, a remake of its best-selling and most lucrative model. Read More

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We won’t reach other solar systems for a while — robots could visit them first


Many great movies and television shows, including the Lost in Space reboot, show various versions of interstellar travel. SpaceX and the new space race are making space geeks salivate at the thought. To those like myself who’ve cherished the idea since the debut of the Starship Enterprise, the question becomes, what is the reality that we could achieve such a feat in our lifetime?

There are two answers to that question. The first involves unmanned travel, which I consider cheating. I mean, where is the fun in that? None if you ask me. Read More

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5 ways to be a better ally in the office, according to psychology


In recent interviews, the American soccer player Crystal Dunn expressed the joy and fear she felt when her teammate Megan Rapinoe decided to take a knee against police brutality and racism in 2016. While Dunn wanted to join her teammate she worried “they could rip up [her] contract” and as a result chose not to.

The fact that Rapinoe felt she could take a knee while Dunn could not speaks volumes. The US Soccer Federation did condemn Rapinoe’s kneeling. However, Dunn was worried the repercussion would be worse for her as a black player. Read More

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Celebrate the Fourth with seven fantastic electronics offers to outfit your home


TLDR: These seven electronics offers in celebration of the Fourth shave up to $130 off your purchase price.

It’s July 4th — and if ever there was a year to celebrate a calendar reaching the halfway mark, it’s 2020. 

But despite all of our problems, the world spins madly on and everyday life still demands action. From your job to your home office to just sitting around trying to listen to music or even just be comfortable, there are tech upgrades screaming your name — even now.

Since TNW Deals is only here to help, check out these seven electronics deals in honor of our nation’s birth. And to prove we’re thinking about you, you can knock 15 percent off any purchase of $50 or more by entering the code JULYFOURTH15 at checkout. Or splurge and get 20 percent off on all your purchases over $75 with the code JULYFOURTH20.  Read More

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Days after banning 59 Chinese apps, India announces a project for local developers


Days after India banned 59 Chinese apps including TikTok and UC Browser, the government announced a new project today for local developers to create ‘made in India’ apps.

The app innovation challenge under Atma Nirbhar Bharat (Self-dependant India) campaign is a challenge for developers to create apps in eight categories such as social networking, e-learning, entertainment, news, and games.

In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said there’s immense enthusiasm among the tech & startup community to create world-class apps made in India. Read More

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This motorcycle reimagines a radical 100-year-old art-deco design


This article was originally published by Michael Lange on Clean Fleet Report, a publication that gives its readers the information they need to move to cars and trucks with best fuel economy, including electric cars, fuel cells, plug-in hybrids, hybrids and advanced diesel and gasoline engines.

The electric motorcycle has reignited an optimism in design the likes of which we haven’t seen in over a century. The very structure of the motorcycle we’ve come to know is largely rooted in its function, a fuel tank gravity feeding gasoline to an internal combustion engine. As is often the case, the evolution of technology is redrawing the boundaries of expression and those of us who love the motorcycle are enjoying our front row seat of the renaissance. Read More