The Skinny

The Skinny

WRAL TechWire Publisher and Editor Rick Smith dishes out tidbits from the local technology sector.

Updated 2:20 p.m. yesterday

Premium Lock Verizon makes clean sweep in latest wireless testing

Verizon   Verizon is the clear winner in the latest round of wireless networks testing by research firm RootMetrics. AT&T slips to No. 2 after sharing or winning the top spot in each of the previous five tests. But the data shows competition is close with Sprint and T-Mobile showing signs of strength, too.

Updated 9:11 a.m. Tuesday

Staying alive: After heart attack, Fitbit inspires me to walk the world

Those of us fortunate enough to be given another chance at life have a responsibility to share our stories - and hopefully encourage others to aspire to better days. Part of my inspiration to live better after a near-fatal heart attack comes from a fitness tracker that offers a daily reminder how close a dream to walk the world is becoming a reality.

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Updated 6:02 a.m. Monday

Premium Lock Why 'skills gap' trainer General Assembly is coming to RTP - and how it differs from competitors

A new General Assembly is coming to the Triangle - and it's not made up of politicians. This General Assembly is a fast-growing workforce training startup that plans to open an operation somewhere in RTP in coming months. GA is looking for a local manager - and space. In an exclusive interview, WRAL TechWire talks with the firm's general manager for campus education and operations about why GA is coming to the Triangle plus how GA differs from competitors.

Updated August 19

RTP Foundation expanding Frontier business space

The Research Triangle Park Foundation is expanding the availability of office space - from startups to established businesses - at The Frontier building (and soon to be more) in RTP. Plus: Get a breakdown on space availability.

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Updated August 19

Generation app gap: Millennials' tech embrace dwarfs boomers, Xers

Baby boomers and Generation Xers don't even come close to the collective embrace of technology by millennials, a new survey shows. While the older folks aren't exactly Luddites, millennials are more ready for a brave new world of apps, streaming, and the shared economy.

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Updated August 19

Lenovo expands RTP sales force as North America market grows

Lenovo is continuing to add a mix of full-time and contractor employees as it expands its sales force and call center operations to meet growing customer demand, says the company's top North America executive. Plus, Lenovo is remodeling part of a campus building "to offer all the things millennials love."

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Updated August 18

Premium Lock Analyst: Lenovo's errors trigger plunging smartphone sales

Lenovo   Lenovo's smartphone business continues to bleed money with revenues down $110 million from a year ago. A big sore spot is China where Lenovo's shipments and market share have plunged. And an IDC analyst in Beijing says Lenovo's own errors have helped create the mess.

Updated August 17

Premium Lock Sources: Google Fiber still burying cable across Triangle

Despite reported delays elsewhere, Google Fiber is still on its way to RTP. Sources involved in Google Fiber's Triangle project say the digging and installing of cable continues in what the company boasts is one of the largest infrastructure projects ever taken in the Triangle. And it's not cheap.

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Updated August 15

Gung-ho attitude lands Marine vet as first CED Tech Venture profile - Don't miss your chance

CED Tech Venture 2016 Divvy Investments is the first CED Tech Venture 2016 startup to be profiled by WRAL TechWire - and that's no surprise to anyone who knows its founder and CEO Nick Bradfield. He's a USMC vet, a brotherhood/sisterhood known for having a gung-ho attitude.

Updated August 12

Premium Lock Google Fiber: Network 'one of biggest infrastructure projects ever undertaken' in RTP

In response to a series of questions about Google Fiber's plans for the Triangle, a spokesperson doesn't have much to say. But the statement is an eye-opener. GF says its proposal to test the Triangle for high-speed wireless Internet access doesn't mean a lessening of its Triangle commitment. Google Fiber targets the Triangle as one of the metro areas where it is asking the FCC for permission to test a wireless system as a means to provide ultra-fast Internet service.

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Updated August 12

Google-American Underground conference to focus on building 'best black led startups'

Google for Entrepreneurs and the American Underground are teaming up to put on a conference that they say will focus on "building and funding the best black led startups." Participating startups will receive mentoring and have a chance to make a pitch to investors.

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August 12

CED, WRAL TechWire partner to present profiles of Tech Venture presenters

Presenting companies at the 2016 CED Tech Venture Conference have the opportunity to be featured in Q&A profiles to be published at WRAL TechWire through a partnership being announced today.

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Updated August 11

Google Fiber targets Triangle for ultra-fast wireless Internet tests

Google Fiber targets the Triangle as one of the metro areas where it is asking the FCC for permission to test a wireless system as a means to provide ultra-fast Internet service.

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Updated August 10

Premium Lock Hi-tech employment training firm General Assembly coming to Triangle

General Assembly (GA)  The job training market in the Triangle is about to become more crowded as New York-based General Assembly discloses plans to open a local office.

Updated August 10

Uber now offering 'scheduled rides' in Triangle

Instead of yelling "Taxi! Taxi!" or sending a text for a ride on demand, Uber is now offering customers a pre-scheduled booking service in the Triangle.

Updated August 10

UNC-CH launches new NC business news service

NC Business News Wire North Carolina Business News Wire, created by UNC-CH business professor Chris Roush, is a newly created service that seeks to augment coverage of public companies - especially smaller ones - across the state. Many "go uncovered" and the UNC service "wants to change that." UNC students are the reporters.

Updated August 9

Premium Lock Jobs, big pay trigger surging global demand for SAS certifications

Want a job? Want a bigger raise? A Money Magazine survey earlier this year found that SAS certifications for data scientists meant big bumps in pay and average salaries of $93,250 for college graduates. And as demand for analytics has grown in recent year, so too has demand for SAS certifications. Annual numbers have doubled in just four years. And now SAS is offering a discount on certification testing.

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Updated August 8

VC research firm: WedPics a top wedding industry disruptor

Venture capital research firm CB Insights lists Raleigh startup WedPics among entrepreneurial, venture-backed firms that are disrupting the wedding industry. It's just another sign of growth for the photography-focused firm.

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Updated August 8

Report: Artificial intelligence drives 'fintech;' NC startups cash in

Dollar sign      Financial technology, better known as fintech, startups account for 10 percent of the some 90 companies chosen to present at the upcoming Council for Entrepreneurial Development's annual venture conference. Why so many? A new report cites the plunging costs and advances of artificial intelligence as key drivers.

Updated August 5

Want ultra-fast Internet service? AT&T offers another service locator map

A new interactive map from AT&T shows where apartment and condo residents can receive ultra-fast Internet access. The map joins an earlier offering that tells home owners and renters if service is available for specific addresses.

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