Study: Demand for AR/VR devs surges, Go is the most in-demand language

Careers website Hired has posted its latest annual “State of Software Engineers” report which highlights some fascinating industry trends.

The most notable statistic in this year's report is an 1400 percent surge in demand for AR/VR talent. Given the release of acclaimed headsets like the Oculus Quest, and the anticipated release of a PSVR 2 later this year, it's perhaps unsurprising to see demand growing so rapidly.

Salaries for AR/VR jobs range from...

Ethereum outlines plans for Devcon 6 while teasing ‘major announcement’

The Ethereum Foundation has outlined plans for Devcon 6 while teasing a “major announcement” in the coming days.

Ethereum is the world’s most popular smart contract platform and the second-largest cryptocurrency behind Bitcoin. The platform’s goal to become the “world’s decentralised computer” has inspired a legion of developers to help build the open-source project and DApps (decentralised apps) for it.

Data from Santiment shows...

Ripple’s dev platform Xpring is ‘building bridges’ with Ethereum

Ripple and Ethereum may be about to prove that friendliness can go a long way in the cryptosphere with a bridge between the platforms.

The two platforms really have quite different goals. Ripple is aiming to become #TheStandard when it comes to instant payments and remittances, while Ethereum wants to become the world’s first decentralised computer.

Going by market cap and partnerships, both are the closest in crypto to achieving those goals.

With a current market...

Block.One posts a $200k reward for whoever can build an Ethereum VM for EOS

The main development company behind the EOS blockchain has posted a $200k reward for anyone who can build an Ethereum virtual machine for it.

Ethereum has, by far, the most DApps (Decentralised Apps) and developers contributing to it. However, the “world’s computer” is also plagued by scalability problems.

To help solve its scalability issues, Ethereum is transitioning to a proof-of-stake consensus in addition to implementing features like sharding....

UK gov offers $130k to any developer able to build cryptocurrency tracing software

The UK government is so desperate to better trace cryptocurrencies that it's offering up $130k to any developer able to build software that can do the job.

Some cryptocurrencies are a lot more difficult to trace than others. Cryptocurrencies like Monero, Dash, and Zcash use things like ring signatures and zk-SNARKs to really cover up users' tracks. However, in general, cryptos are simply not as easy to trace as your typical bank payment – and governments see that as a...

Ethereum officially kicks off its One Million Devs initiative

Blockchain giant Ethereum has ”officially” kicked off its One Million Devs initiative as the platform aims to build upon its already substantial developer base.

Despite many projects eying its throne, Ethereum remains the largest decentralised app (DApp) platform and the second largest cryptocurrency in terms of market cap. The Ethereum Enterprise Alliance includes hundreds of giants like Intel, Microsoft, JP Morgan, and more.

The ambitious goal of Ethereum to...

Bitcoin developer reports 42% drop in build time, 44% fewer packages

A developer contributing to Bitcoin has published a report detailing improvements made to the world’s largest cryptocurrency.

In his report, Michael Ford highlights that the number of packages in Bitcoin Core 0.19.99 has been reduced by 44 percent since version 0.13.2.

This reduction in packages has helped to decrease the build time of versions down to 135 seconds, a 42 percent improvement over the peak.

Another benefit of fewer packages is that Bitcoin’s...