Sending jobs offshore is more commonplace than ever in the tech industry. According to a recent survey, nearly two thirds -- 65 percent -- of tech firms outsource at least part of their business. Nearly one in four of these offshore jobs are for existing services, while another 20 percent said they use offshore services to manage their day-to-day operations.
The consumer outrage over Netflix's recent price hike and even more recent announcement to spin off its DVD-by-mail service into a completely separate business has been well documented here and elsewhere on the Web. Now that the dust has had some time to settle, are subscribers ready to forgive and forget, or at the very least move on? Researchers at Piper Jaffray seem to think so.
More and more streaming music services are launching bigger, more badass and – more importantly – free ad-supported versions these days, whether you’re talking about the gas can-like offering of MOG, Pandora’s ditching of a 40 hour listening limit, or Spotify’s awesome new 6 months free offer (although requiring new users to have a Facebook account flat-out sucks). But are customers really clamoring for free radio? Myxer – itself a popular (and free) mobile music provider – recently polled its listeners, and the results are overwhelming; few people actually pay to listen to tunes online.
Just how vital has the Internet become to everyday life? For some, it's just as important as any of the basic needs, including water, food, air, and shelter. And for others, the Internet doesn't rank as an absolute necessity like any of those things, but it comes awfully close, according to an online survey of nearly 3,000 adults.
Almost half of the computer users in the world are criminals; no good, stinkin’ pirates who pilfer programs they don’t hold the proper licenses for. At least, that’s what the Business Software Alliance (a trade group whose entire purpose is stopping the use of pirated software) says after conducting a 15,000 user study in 32 countries. You’re probably a hypocrite, too – at least according to the BSA numbers.
Imagine you found a great deal on a flux capacitor. Not only does it make time travel possible, but the new version is able to freeze time and only requires half a gigawatt to operate. Plus, it's 33 percent cheaper than the one Doc Brown built into the DeLorean. Sounds like a no brainer, until you read a couple online reviews claiming it set their cars on fire. And so you remove it from your shopping cart. This isn't unusual, and according to a new study, it happens far more often than not.
Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and the rest of the people behind the scenes have their work cut for them if the social networking service is to remain the most popular online playground. The emergence of a real competitor in Google+ is just the beginning, and poses an even bigger threat when you consider Facebook scored last in a new study that tracked customer satisfaction at a number of websites.
A survey released this week by Men's Health Network reveals that male IT workers who burn the midnight oil through overnight shifts, as well as others who work non-traditional hours, feel their shift is having a direct impact on their poor health.
The past couple of months have seen the web come under attack in a series of high profile security breaches, and if there's a silver lining to it all, it's that the attacks have made PC security a hot topic. Turns out it's a much needed one, not just for corporations, but for end users as well. According to a new survey by G Data, users have a lot to learn when it comes to malware and taking proper security measures.
If you're an IT worker looking for a job, there's no need to sing the summertime blues. While the recession took its toll on the number of IT positions available, jobs are now out there as U.S. firms look to slowly start hiring again for the second half the year as the economy picks up, according to a recent survey.