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LinkedIn’s Search Algorithm Apparently Favored Men Until This Week

September 8, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Until Sep. 7, LinkedIn users searching for female contacts on the site may have noticed some strange results. Searches for common female names were yielding suggestions for male names as well. Take a LinkedIn search for “Stephanie Williams.” Earlier this week, that query returned the result, “did you mean Stephen...

Washington State A.G. Sues Comcast for Selling 'Near-Worthless' Service Plans

August 2, 2016 The Washington State attorney general is cracking down on Comcast for allegedly peddling a “near-worthless” service plan that cost area customers at least $73 million over the last five years. Attorney general Bob Ferguson filed a $100 million consumer-protection lawsuit against the cable-and-internet provider on Monday over a deceptive service...

Digital Spring-Cleaning TIps to Help Speed Up and Secure Your Devices

May 27, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow I’ll be the first to admit it: I’m a digital hoarder. My devices, cloud storage and email accounts are full of old notes, photos, Seamless receipts, bills, music and videos. I usually put off organizing them until it’s too late. Then, inevitably, I’ll pose to snap a selfie on vacation,...

People Over 40 Are More Productive When They Work Part-Time

April 19, 2016 After a relaxing four-day weekend, you might find that you’re more productive at work than usual. You’re not the only one. Researchers have evidence that aging brains function best when they work part-time. For employees over the age of 40, the sweet spot for the best productivity is around three...

U.S. and Canadian Citizens May Soon Need Visas to Visit the European Union

April 8, 2016 Americans and Canadians may soon need more paperwork to vacation in Europe. Visitors from the two North American countries have long enjoyed visa-free travel throughout the European Union. But not all travelers from the EU are granted the same privilege when visiting the US and Canada. Now, the EU is...

Netflix Has Been Secretly Slowing Down Videos on Mobile

March 26, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow This may come as a shock, but your beloved Netflix is responsible for your slow streams on mobile, not your loathsome wireless carrier. The streaming service revealedMarch 24 that it caps video speeds on mobile networks around the world, and has been doing so for the last five years (paywall)....

Microsoft's Chatbot Became a Racist Jerk After Less Than a Day on Twitter

March 25, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow On Wednesday, Microsoft unveiled a friendly AI chatbot named Tay that was modeled to sound like a typical teenage girl. The bot was designed to learn by talking with real people on Twitter and the messaging apps Kik and GroupMe. (“The more you talk the smarter Tay gets,” says the...

Poor Tech Skills Are Holding Women Back at Work

March 3, 2016 A lack of digital prowess is hindering women in the workplace, according to a new study. Women lag behind men in the workplace in many respects, from pay toleadership roles to opportunities in science, technology, and other fast-growing industries. They are also falling behind in the use of digital skills,...

Tech Workers Increasingly Look to Leave Silicon Valley

February 29, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A growing number of engineers and tech workers from the San Francisco Bay Area are looking to leave Silicon Valley for burgeoning tech hubs such as Austin, Texas and Seattle, Washington, according to a job-search site’s data. Indeed.com found that the share of searches from within the Bay Area for...

This Will be the Year of the Silicon Valley Super Bowl

February 3, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow When the San Francisco Bay Area put in a bid in to host the Super Bowl in 2013, it wanted to highlight its illustrious tech scene. So it delivered the proposal on a first-generation Apple iPad Mini—nascent technology, at the time, created by one of Silicon Valley’s shiniest examples of...