Saturday, 19 August 2017

Jobs at tech companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook are the most sought-after roles around. But what type of employees are these companies looking to for?

Data analysis site Paysa looked at over 8,200 job posting and over 70,000 resumes at tech companies worth $10 billion or more to find what roles they are hiring for the most.

The most sought after employee by far was software engineer. Companies like Airbnb, Facebook, Snap Inc., Twitter, Uber, Amazon, Apple, Google and Oracle are all looking to hire more software engineers than any other job title.

 

The only company where software engineer was not the most common job opening was Microsoft, which was looking for more product experts than software engineers.

According to Paysa's results, Airbnb, Snap Inc., Twitter, Uber, Apple, Google and Microsoft are also hiring a large number of data analysts and data scientists. The ability to interpret and interact with data is a skill that many experts predict will be increasingly important as the workplace becomes more data-driven.

 

In an interview with CNBC, Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google's parent company Alphabet said, "I think a basic understanding of data analytics is incredibly important for this next generation of young people."

Check out the full list of in-demand job titles at big tech companies to see what you can do to improve your chances of grabbing a job with one of these employers:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Elon Musk has announced via Twitter that he received verbal approval for this plan to build an underground Hyperloop between New York and Washington - which would also stop at Philadelphia and Baltimore.

As a result, one could get from New York to D.C. in just 29 minutes.

 

It's worth noting that the approval is only verbal at this point. Which means that it isn't set in stone. Musk will likely still have to deal with regulatory concerns, and some red tape.

He did note, however, that "support would be much appreciated," in the meantime.

Just received verbal govt approval for The Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop. NY-DC in 29 mins.

City center to city center in each case, with up to a dozen or more entry/exit elevators in each city

 

Musk also did not reveal who the permission came from or give any details concerning when the project will start and finish - although he did later reveal that he also plans to build a Hyperloop in Texas and the west coast.

Can Texas haz hyper loop too? Dallas - Houston - San Antonio - Austin (a girl can dream...)

For sure. First set of tunnels are to alleviate greater LA urban congestion. Will start NY-DC in parallel. Then prob LA-SF and a TX loop.

 

Longer term, Musk has expressed a desire to introduce Hyperloop routes worldwide, with projects as large and far-ranging as connecting multiple European cities and helping to ease Dubai's current congestion crisis.

 

Recently, Musk's Boring Company completed the first segment of the Hyperloop system in Los Angeles, marking a major milestone in the project's development.

This may be a partial reason why the project is now gaining traction in other states.

The Hyperloop seems to already be disrupting the transportation industry due to the incredibly short journey times, positive environmental consequences, and comparatively low cost of the project.

As long as governmental support continues, this can only be a good thing.

This article was originally published by Futurism. Read the original article.

Scientists have 3D-printed a soft, artificial heart made of silicone that beats almost like a human heart, putting us another step closer to replacing damaged human hearts without the need for a transplant.

With about 26 million people worldwide suffering from heart failure, and a global shortage of donors, being able to custom-make artificial hearts would be an invaluable solution to a perennial, long-term problem.

 

The team behind the artificial heart, from ETH Zurich in Switzerland, says its prototype heart can beat in a very natural way for about half an hour before the materials break down, and the researchers are working hard to improve their new invention.

"[Our] goal is to develop an artificial heart that is roughly the same size as the patient's own one and which imitates the human heart as closely as possible in form and function," says one of the team, Nicholas Cohrs.

The silicone heart features left and right ventricles or chambers, just like a human heart, as well as an additional chamber that acts as the heart's engine by driving the external pump.

heart gif 3Credit: ETH Zurich

The idea is that pressurised air inflates and deflates this third chamber, which would drive blood through the ventricles – for the purposes of this study, a liquid with the same viscosity of blood was used.

Weighing in at 390 grams (13.8 ounces) and with a volume of 679 cubic centimetres (41 cubic inches), it's slightly heavier but about the same size as a normal human heart. it's hoped this artificial version can eventually replace mechanical pumps, which are always at risk of failure or causing complications in the body.

 

Right now these mechanical pumps are used while people recover from heart failure or wait for a donated heart to become available.

With each silicone heart only lasting for around 3,000 beats, the strength of the material and the performance of the heart need to be significantly increased – but having a soft, 3D-printed heart beating like a human one is a fantastic start.

"This was simply a feasibility test," says Cohrs. "Our goal was not to present a heart ready for implantation, but to think about a new direction for the development of artificial hearts."

If we can't replace this most crucial of organs with a 3D-printed version then perhaps there's hope in regenerating damaged heart tissue. Last month scientists explained how gene programming in a sea anemone could unlock a way of teaching human stem cells to replace heart tissue.

Meanwhile, earlier this year a team from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) used spinach leaves to generate functioning heart tissue, complete with veins that could transport blood.

We're still a long way off being able to replace or regrow the human heart – but it's exciting to think we're getting closer all the time.

The research has been published in Artificial Organs.

 

  • Tencent launched its WeChat Pay payments service in Europe on Monday.
  • WeChat is a giant social media service with 938 million monthly active users. WeChat Pay has 600 million active users.
  • WeChat will come up against Alipay, the payments service run by Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial, which launched in Europe in 2015.
 
An image of WeChat Pay in action.
Zhang Peng | LightRocket | Getty Images
An image of WeChat Pay in action.

Chinese internet giant Tencent launched its WeChat Pay payments service in Europe on Monday, challenging rival Alipay, which is owned by rival Alibaba's affiliate Ant Financial.

WeChat is a giant social media service that has 938 million monthly active users. Tencent has partnered with German payments firm Wirecard to allow European retailers to accept WeChat pay as a payment option.

The move is specifically aimed at Chinese tourists coming to Europe and is not necessarily a challenger to the likes of Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, both of which operate in parts of Europe. Chinese consumers are very used to using mobile payment services like WeChat Pay for everything from ride-hailing services to shopping. When they go abroad, they want these same services.

 

Chinese tourists were the highest spending in 2016, splashing a total $261 billion abroad, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization. It's a lucrative market, one that Tencent is hoping to capture.

But it will have to catch up with Alipay which launched in Europe in 2015 and has since expanded to other destinations like South Africa. Tencent said that in China it has 600 million active users of WeChat Pay. Meanwhile, Alipay recently released numbers that put its active user number at 450 million people.

"Right now the problem is many Chinese travelers don't have the right payment instruments. Shopping is a substantial part of the shopping journey. For every retailer targeting Chinese customers in the segment of luxury, of travel, of entertainment, this is a must-have payment option," Markus Eichinger, executive vice president of global product strategy at Wirecard, told CNBC in an interview ahead of the launch.

Wirecard was also the company that helped Alipay launch in Europe in 2015. It acts as an acquirer, essentially bundling all the transactions for a retailer and processing them.

Chinese toursts can open their WeChat wallet feature, show the barcode on their smartphone to the retailer, and the shop assistant will scan the code to activate the payment process.

Wirecard said that the solution will be ready to go live from November.

source: http://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/10/wechat-pay-europe-launch-tencent-to-challenge-alipay.html

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