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Bridge Brief: The Latest Tech News

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: May 1, 2018

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Here at Bridge we like staying up-to-date on the latest tech news. Seriously, it seems that every day there’s another article about a startup or device looking to change our lives. So, from full-body VR suits to smartwatches that project data, here are some of our favorite articles from the past few weeks.

Walmart filed a number of patents seeking to change the way we shop. One of which introduces a “smart” shopping cart that can communicate with your mobile device. Another involves the use of drones to assist customers shopping in-store. Still others suggest the use of sensors to assist with inventory. Could this shift toward smart technology be their way of competing with Amazon?

In this new age of environmentally-friendly vehicles, it’s no surprise that car brands are finding ways to produce more of them. For example, Ford and Indian automaker Mahindra Group have joined forces to develop a new electric vehicle. As a matter of fact, this alliance helps both companies; Ford gets a helping hand with penetrating China’s market and Mahindra stretches its wings into the electric vehicle space.

The craze over smartwatches is calming, but one company wants to re-excite the masses. At the Mobile World Congress 2018, Haier unveiled its Asu Smartwatch. The standout feature? A tiny projector on its side which displays onto your skin. It can show a number you’re typing, how many steps you’ve taken, the time, and even a stopwatch. However, the biggest criticism questions its practicality. What are your thoughts?

SanDisk’s newest microSD card boasts speeds 50% faster than previous ones. In fact, the 400GB microSD card reaches read speeds up to 160MB/s and write speeds up to 90MB/s. Thanks to Mashable, here’s an idea of just how much this tiny card can store:

About…

  • 400,000 e-books (at an average size of 1MB per e-book)
  • 200,000 photos (12-megapixel iPhone 7 photos at an average size of 2MB)
  • 100,000 iTunes songs (at an average size of 4MB for an average 4-minute tune)
  • 88 Full HD movies from iTunes (at an average of 4.5GB per movie)
  • 16 Blu-Rays (at an average size of 25GB)

One company is taking virtual reality gaming to the next level. The Teslasuit aims to add a sense of touch to gaming. How? The suit uses an electro-tactile haptic feedback system to stimulate your nerves. Meaning, you’ll be able to sense in-game objects, such as walls, and feel the weight of items. Even more impressive, the Teslasuit is helping treat patients with long-term disabilities. Turns out, there’s more to virtual reality than just gaming.

Feeling fancy? Takieso Graft Design, a design studio in New York City, brings finesse to your desk with this wool mousepad. Better yet, the sleek leather at the top doubles as a wireless charger for your smartphone. It plugs directly into a laptop or desktop computer, and if you’re on the move, simply roll it up and you’re ready to go.

What tech news has you excited? Let us know on LinkedIn or Twitter!

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Get Involved: Bridge’s E-Waste Drive

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: April 6, 2018

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Electronic waste, often referred to as e-waste, is nearly 100% recyclable. Data shows in 2014, about 41.8 million tons of e-waste was generated worldwide. Unfortunately, only about 16% was recycled. Additionally, it is estimated that this year we will generate 49.8 million tons of e-waste. Here at Bridge, we want to help make a difference for the environment. That’s why we’re working with Rhode Island Goodwill to run one of our annual e-waste drives.

From Sunday April 15th through Monday April 30th, stop by our Rhode Island office (650 Ten Rod Road, North Kingstown) to drop off any electronic items you would like recycled. Simply drop it in the blue bin in front of our building. If you’re not able to come to us, let us know and we’ll arrange a pick up.

E-waste includes items like televisions, cell phones, computer monitors, speakers, file cabinets, and toner/printer cartridges. Some of the items we accept include:

  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • CRT monitors
  • Flat screen monitors
  • Peripherals (keyboards, mice, etc.)
  • Cassette and tape recorders
  • Audio amplifiers and receivers
  • VCRs
  • CD and DVD players
  • Camcorders
  • Televisions

The EPA reported that recycling one million cell phones would help us recover over 200,000 lbs of copper, 20 lbs of palladium, 550 lbs of silver, and 50 lbs of gold. Each year, the United States throws away about $60 million worth of gold and silver.

The United Nations estimates that global e-waste has increased 33% in the last four years. Improper disposal of e-waste allows hazardous materials to pollute our environment. For example, when electronic items sit in landfills, the lead seeps into our soil and groundwater.

This Earth Day, we ask that you help make a difference by taking the time to properly dispose of your electronics. Help us go green!

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Twitter Chat Recap: Discussing Resume Tips with Workopolis

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: March 23, 2018

At the start of the month, we took part in a Twitter chat with Workopolis, a Canadian-based job search site. Each month they host a Twitter chat where HR experts, job seekers, and other professionals join in to discuss the job search.  As “hiring season” approaches, now is a great time to review your resume and update a few sections where necessary. We’re highlighting moments from this month’s discussion on resume tips:

What, in your opinion, is the biggest resume mistake?

As you can imagine, the majority of participants cited typos as the biggest resume mistake. Typos and grammatical errors are the easiest mistakes to fix, so if they are there it shows a lack of attention to detail.

What’s your best resume writing tip?

What are some overused words on a resume (and what can you use instead)?

We were very intrigued by this question. It’s easy to become caught up with trying to look your best, but words like “hard worker” and “results oriented” are far too overused. As one participant put it, your resume should show those qualities, you shouldn’t have to spell it out. Avoid “I” statements and use action verbs to describe the work you’ve done.

How do you know if your resume is too long?

The general consensus concluded that two pages is the absolute limit. Unless you’re in the academic field or something else that requires extensive, detailed work experience, don’t go over two pages. One effective page is ideal.

What are some creative resume ideas?

Do you think including hobbies and interests can help you stand out?

Many people struggle with this question. Some resources suggest adding hobbies, while others say it detracts from your professional accomplishments. As long as you include subjects that are directly related to your field and could potentially lead to conversations about your specific skills, it’s okay to include.

If you’d like to take part in the #Workopolis chat, join us next month! Stay tuned for the topic of the April 4th discussion.

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Top Tech Gifts in 2017

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: December 12, 2017

Image: https://pixabay.com/en/box-card-celebrate-celebration-2953722/

We all love finding gifts for our loved ones around the holidays. You can’t beat that feeling of excitement when you know you’ve picked the perfect gift. Christmas is right around the corner, and we’re here to help with tech gift ideas for the techies in your life:

Roku Streaming Stick
Ever wished that you could stream HD shows even when you’re not home? Now you can with the Roku Streaming Stick! This voice remote

Google Home or Amazon’s Alexa
Smart devices are slowly becoming a staple of everyday life. You can set reminders, play music, ask those random questions that come up during conversation, and connect them with other smart devices.

M.A.X. Robotic Interactive Toy with Artificial Intelligence
Know of a tech lover who is dying to get his or her kids involved? This 12” tall robot features customizable programming and infrared sensors which help it navigate around obstacles. We want to introduce kids to programming at an early age, and this robot makes it easy to get started.

Smart TV
No techies home is complete without a smart TV. Many smart TVs come with apps like Facebook, Netflix, Hulu, Pandora, YouTube, and Spotify. Search for the perfect program easily by using voice controls and some even let you browse the web.

Philips Hue Lights
The Philips Hue lights are changing homes around the world. These smart lights connect with your phone or smart home to enable the color changing, voice activated lights. You can control the lighting of the entire house from one device. Try syncing them to change colors with your music, games, or movies!

Portable Charger
For the techie that’s always on the go. If you know someone that’s constantly dealing with dying devices, give them this portable charger. Also consider this car charger!

Raden Luggage
Did you ever think modern technology would affect our suitcases? Believe it or not, this bag comes with an app that lets you track and locate it. It’s super durable, waterproof, and if the battery is removed you can use it as a portable charger. One of the bestselling features of this item is its ability to weigh itself. No more worrying about baggage fees, just check how much you’ve packed before stepping foot in the airport.

Bose SoundLink Micro Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
Reviews say this mini speaker delivers powerful sound for its tiny size. It’s perfect for avid travelers or weekend warriors.

Spark Drone
You really can’t beat getting a mini drone as a gift. This device comes equipped with a camera, and it’s available in a variety of colors. Best of all, Spark launches with facial recognition and can be controlled using hand motions.

From all of us at Bridge, we are wishing you and your loved ones a safe and happy holiday season!

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