Tech Pay Hits A New Record: This Is What Software Engineers Earn BEFORE Their Bonuses

The average base salary of a software engineer in the US is getting closer to $100,000. This year, the average is $97,098, up just a few dollars from the year before.

European engineers, however, earn a lot less. But they did get a big boost in base pay this year: Salaries in Europe average €43,536 ($55,329) before bonuses are paid, up 9% from €39,498 ($50,198) in 2013.

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Natural Gas: What’s Cooking? Huge spreads’ prices for EU, USA and Asia

Natural Gas: What’s Cooking? Huge spreads’ prices for EU, USA and Asia

Estimates show that cheaper natural gas in the United States has helped lift manufacturing exports by about 6 percent since the start of the shale gas boom

Overall, the pattern of global trade in liquefied natural gas, and energy more generally, is expected to evolve further. If the United States gradually becomes a net exporter of liquefied natural gas, we expect domestic natural gas prices to rise but still remain markedly lower than that in Europe and Asia, given liquefaction costs.
Natural gas is the cleanest source of energy among other fossil fuels (petroleum products and coal) and does not suffer from the other liabilities potentially associated with nuclear power generation. The abundance of natural gas could thus provide a “bridge” between where we are now in terms of the global energy mix and a hopeful future that would chiefly involve renewable energy sources.

http://www.econmatters.com/2014/10/natural-gas-whats-cooking.html

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‘Contactless Cards,’ Like London’s Transit Card, Will Fuel Mobile Payments Adoption Globally

‘Contactless Cards,’ Like London’s Transit Card, Will Fuel Mobile Payments Adoption Globally

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Though consumers have concerns about the security of mobile payments, these can be alleviated with education. NFC-based mobile wallets already have a host of security features that make them as secure, or more secure, than credit and debit cards.

NFC, a technology already used in apps like Google Wallet, allows people to pay with their phones by tapping a payment register at a store
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