vrWhen Facebook acquired Occulus VR for $2 billion in July 2014, investors were dubious and the company’s share price dropped more than $4 the day after the official announcement. Less than two years later, Mark Zuckerberg’s faith in the virtual reality technology is justified with some tangible results.

In a collaboration between Samsung and Occulus, the Gear VR, a virtual reality headset was launched in November, allowing users to immerse themselves in games, and live events, watch movies, experience flying a fighter jet, and more. With the March launch of the Gear 360, a camera capable of taking 360-degree photos and videos, users can capture their own movements and store or share them as needed. Clearly, the technology has much to offer, with Zuckerberg providing several examples at a recent Samsung event in Barcelona, including capturing a child’s first steps for friends and relatives that are not present. He also predicted that “One day soon, all of us will have the power to broadcast live.”

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The ability to accept online payments for goods and services is generally considered a good idea for businesses of all sizes, allowing transactions to take place when the buyer is not physically present. Obvious benefits include convenience, the ability to purchase from any Internet-ready device, and no requirement to travel to the store, which translates to increased profits and the potential to attract clients from other locations, whether national or international.

Unfortunately, as with any use of technology there are always risks to consider when financial data is shared, whether you decide to use a merchant account, payment gateway or a combination. Loss of such data has serious implications for companies, leading to an impact on reputation, fines for lack of compliance and even bankruptcy in some cases.

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668x200_BlogHeader_RegionalReportThe Bureau of Labor Statistics released their Regional Jobs Report for February 2016 this week. The national unemployment rate remained at 4.9 percent for a second consecutive month. Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia saw their unemployment rates decrease month-over-month, 8 states had increases, and 20 states saw no change. Thirty-seven states and the District of Columbia had employment rate decreases year-over-year, 10 states saw increases, and 3 states had no change.

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IT interviewNot every IT interview goes as smoothly as planned. Interviews can be botched for many reasons; sometimes due to the interviewer, candidate or even factors outside of either person’s control. Most of these reasons are fairly easy to predict and avoid, but not always. Here are a few stories of botched interviews and how they may have been avoided.

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9 Nontechnical Ways Hackers Secure Data

by Modis on March 21, 2016

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Considering an expensive technological upgrade to minimize the danger of a successful hacker breach? Think again! Installing all possible hardware and software upgrades will not protect your company from the human element. Your staff are a much more attractive target to cyber criminals and are hacked more easily than any technical restrictions present on your network.

While TV shows and movies would have us believe that hackers are all powerful and routinely hack government departments, military bases and more, the reality is a little different. Black hat hackers are motivated by greed and will utilize the easiest methods to acquire data that is used for financial gain, whether through identity theft, online purchases or being sold on the Dark Web. [click to continue…]

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UF students tell us about their dream jobs.This week, I had the pleasure of meeting many talented students from the University of Florida (Go Gators!) at Adecco’s Way To Work “Street Day,” which is one of our global company-wide initiatives to raise awareness for, and combat, youth unemployment.

My goal for the event was to join forces with Adecco Group North America’s CEO, the great Mr. Bob Crouch, as well as our senior leadership team and other colleagues to provide tips to students on how to develop their hard and soft skills that today’s hiring managers seek. We also wanted to make exceptional connections with first-time job seekers by securing them summer internships and part- and full-time jobs with top technology and engineering companies nationwide.

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