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Why Your Software Team Should Be Remote – An Article

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This article was originally published by Index Code The future of work is remote, and in no industry is this truer than in programming and software development. A globalized workforce allows companies to harness the skills of programmers from around the world, saving time and money in the process. Many companies, including Stripe, ESPN, and Coffee Meets Bagel, have capitalized on working with top developers no matter where they live. Here are some of the main benefits companies gain by working with remote software teams.  Benefit from increased productivity  It’s not just software teams: across the board, remote workers are…

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Exploring the Impossibility of Decentralization – An Article

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Image via blockchain.com This article is originally published in Albaron Ventures. Grade school might tell you anything is possible. Complete and total decentralization, however, is not– at least sustainably.  The premise that decentralization is impossible hinges on the fact that decentralization “experiments” such as Bitcoin have approached towards degrees of centralization. For example, Bitcoin’s Proof-of-Work (PoW) mechanism relies on many different nodes to “mine,” or verify and facilitate transactions. These miners are rewarded a portion of transaction fees and a shot at winning the Bitcoin block reward, which is currently 12.5 bitcoins or about $115,000– a not insignificant prize dished…

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Beyond Bitcoin: How Developers are Helping Traditional Banks Modernize – An Article

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This article was originally published by Index Code Bitcoin and blockchain tend to grab headlines in the world of banking. Cryptocurrency is the poster child of “disruptive technology” in the traditionally slow-moving finance industry. But, there are other areas where developers and software engineers must update business-as-usual in banking in order to survive. According to one survey, 80% of bankers agreed that their institution “needs to complete an assessment over the next three years, but only 15% expected that to lead to a modernization effort.” Security threats, the demand for mobile banking, and outdated core banking systems are all driving…

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Kia’s Futuron Concept proposes an illuminating new design for an electric SUV coupe

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Kia Motors has revealed its new Futuron Concept, an illuminating all-wheel drive SUV coupe which proposes new designs for future electric vehicles. The Futuron Concept represents the modern and confident image of a progressive electric SUV coupe envisioned by Kia. The Futuron name itself is a portmanteau of ‘future’ and ‘on’, hinting at the switched-on, electric nature of future SUV designs from the brand. With a design based around the notion of dynamic purity, the Futuron Concept merges elegant proportions with pure shapes and surfaces. Its lightweight SUV coupe body incorporates a fully-electric all-wheel drive powertrain, wrapped in bold yet…

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2019 Ratings Continue to Smash Records as Mazda Excels in Latest Crash Tests

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Euro NCAP releases the safety ratings of four new vehicles. Two compact SUVs, the Mercedes-Benz’s GLB and the Mazda’s CX-30, and the larger Ford Explorer HYBRID have joined the ranks of five stars vehicles published this year. Opel/Vauxhall’s supermini, the Corsa, earned four stars. The best performer of this round is without doubt the Mazda CX-30, a subcompact crossover in between the CX-3 and CX-5, which has achieved a near-perfect 99 percent score for Adult Occupant Protection. The car, which shares much of its DNA with the all-new Mazda 3 tested earlier this year, nowtops the list for this part of the assessment against Euro NCAP’s 2018/2019 protocols.…

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MEPs debate how the EU should react to illegal drilling activities by Turkey

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Turkey has been involved in illegal drilling for oil and gas in Cypriot waters for quite some time despite the EU’s repeated calls for it to stop. European Union Member States have decided to set up a mechanism to impose restrictive measures (sanctions) - such as a travel bans or asset freezing - on individuals or entities involved in the illegal drilling activities. The EPP Group put the issue on the agenda of the European Parliament plenary in Brussels to protest against this breach of Cypriot and EU sovereignty by Turkey.

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FUTURECRAFT.LOOP Phase 2: how we’re finding away

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Co-authored by Amanda Verbeck & Tanyaradzwa Sahanga, FUTURECRAFT.LOOP development team Away. Think about that small word. It's something we talk about all the time. Going away. Being away. Putting away. As if away is some mythical wonderland with the power to make everything different. To make everything OK. But the reality is that away simply means somewhere else. Another place. And when it comes to dealing with plastic waste, just moving to another place is the problem not the solution. At adidas we wanted to find the solution. Which is why we started the FUTURECRAFT.LOOP journey – our quest to develop a circular product.   It’s a huge challenge. But it’s a challenge we’re embracing with open arms.…

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Two-wheeling with SEAT

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66 years have gone by since SEAT designed its first car. Today the company breaks into future mobility with its new two-wheeler concept. Electric, connected and geared towards sharing, we take a look at the e-Scooter concept designed by SEAT. A new approach. A different mindset was the key to begin designing the new SEAT e-Scooter concept: “It’s a completely new vision. A motorcycle is much more interactive with users and there are many more ergonomic implications”, says Joan Melenchon, a designer of exteriors at SEAT. This was the first challenge facing the team that created the e-Scooter concept. More parts…

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SUV Coupé for the e-tron Family: The Audi e-tron Sportback

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The future is electric:” Audi is staying consistently true to its strategic alignment by presenting the second model in its e-tron product line. The Audi e-tron Sportback is a dynamic SUV coupé offering up to 300 kW of power and a range of up to 448 kilometers (278.4 miles) * from a single battery charge. Its digital matrix LED headlights are a new feature now available for the first time in a mass-production vehicle. Their light is broken down into tiny pixels and can be controlled with exceptional precision. This makes safe lane centering easier on narrow stretches of road and shows the position of the vehicle in the…

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5 Trends in Fintech Developers Need to Know – An Article

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Fintech has become globally mainstream, with 64% of consumers adopting some sort of behavior that fuses technology with financial services. As the market becomes more mature, so do the challenges facing fintech institutions. This year has brought new trends in improving security, big innovations in mobile banking, and the widespread adoption of 5G internet. For developers, fintech is a lucrative job market. “It’s a candidate’s market out there,” writes Silicon Republic. “The big fintech giants are crying out for talent.” Forbes estimated that there were over 1000 fintech companies valued at $867 billion in 2016; that number has only skyrocketed in recent years. Companies in…

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