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The Skinny

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

Updated January 6

Premium Lock Inside ArchiveSocial's Obama Archive deal + What about Trump?

A deal for the "Greatest Office in the Land" (White House) social media archive of President Obama can take Durham startup ArchiveSocial to "the next level," its founder says. And what about Donald Trump's tweets? "We would welcome the opportunity to service the next administration."

Anil Chawla with an award won in 2013 Anil Chawla with an award won in 2013

Updated January 5

Durham startup ArchiveSocial lands Obama social archive

Durham startup ArchiveSocial lands a social media scoop, creating and publishing a Social Media Archive with the Obama Administration.

The Obamas in a photo from their Facebook page The Obamas in a photo from their Facebook page

Updated January 5

'Hidden Figures' IBM AR project links in 3 Triangle universities

IBM brings history to life through augmented reality just in time to tie-in with the launch of the NASA unknown heroes' movie "Hidden Figures." And the Triangle features three areas from which viewers can log in through a Pokemon Go-like app.

The "Outthink Hidden" app The "Outthink Hidden" app

Updated January 5

Premium Lock IBM forecast: Smarter AI, medical labs on chips, smart sensors, more ...

IBM Research's latest "5 in 5" technology innovation forecast focuses on big advances that will come in physical nanoscale size as well as taking its supercomputer Watson into further advances of Artificial Intelligence. Read - and be amazed.

IBM's vision for "labs on a chip" IBM's vision for "labs on a chip"

Updated January 4

Really want a smart home? Cybersecurity worries 60% of possible device buyers

If Americans weren't already skittish about security of their data after recent hacks of commercial sites and all the talk about Russia having possibly "hacked" the 2016 US election, here's a new concern: 60 percent of homeowners with broadband are worried that Internet-linked "smart home" devices could be hacked. Car owners also worry about their connected vehicle data. Plus: A look at the top IoT trends.

Privacy tops smart home concerns Privacy tops smart home concerns

January 4

Trials show 5G wireless technology coming closer to reality

As the Internet of Things sweeps the world with the 50th CES Show at Las Vegas clearly showing just how high-tech the world is becoming, the biggest news so far is the advances being made in 5G wireless. With field trials coming later this year, the days of a truly networked society are coming closer.

January 3

Premium Lock's David Morken joins Trump FCC transition team

David Morken, a co-founder of and Republic Wireless which recently spun out from Bandwidth, is the newest member of the FCC transition team selected by the incoming Trump administration. And he steps into a hot debate: Whether to repeal "net neutrality."

David Morken  David Morken

Updated January 4

Want hands-off control with better sound? Lenovo one-ups Amazon, Google

Partnering with Amazon and its wireless assistant Alexa technology, Lenovo is rolling out its own "smart speaker." But to one-up the competition, Lenovo is also adding enhanced audio experience with Harman Kardon.

Updated January 3

New Lenovo controller could bring sanity to your smart home

Figuring out how to use all those new tech toys - from 4K smart TVs to virtual reality to ever-faster PCs and gaming systems - is part of the Christmas fun. Being able to control them simply is another. Lenovo may have the answer for those who want a truly smart home without controller sprawl. And it's less than $60.

Lenovo's 500 designed for thumb control Lenovo's 500 designed for thumb control

Updated December 20, 2016

Premium Lock Survey: Women, minority decision makers very rare in VC industry

Diversity  Despite all the calls in recent years for the tech industry to increase its diversity, a major player is lagging badly in representation by women and minorities: The venture capital industry. So says a new survey from the National Venture Capital Association.

Updated December 20, 2016

Premium Lock Angry IBMers protest CEO's outreach to Trump, want benefits back

IBM chair and CEO Ginni Rometty quickly offered an olive branch to President-elect Donald Trump shortly after his upset victory. Now, some IBMers have signed a petition protesting the Rometty letter and threaten "to refuse participation in any U.S. government contracts that violate constitutionally protected civil liberties." They also seek return of some lost benefits, issues that predate the election.

December 19, 2016

Premium Lock Dell EMC threaten HPE, Cisco in cloud sales as Cisco drops its AWS rival

As Cisco confirms its exit from providing its "Intercloud" cloud services, new data shows that the networking giant along with HPE face increasing competitive pressure from the recently merged Dell EMC.

Tracking cloud infrastructure sales Tracking cloud infrastructure sales

Updated December 19, 2016

Premium Lock Fujitsu exec: Expect PC merger with Lenovo in early '17

Lenovo       Whether Lenovo will buy Samsung's PC business remains in dispute. But another reported deal is nearing reality with the world's No. 1 PC maker expecting to soon absorb Fujitu's computer business.

December 8, 2016

Premium Lock Rose's advice to next CED leader: Listen, keep open mind ...

CED Joan Siefert Rose is about to become a consultant, ending her eight-year tenure as CEO of the Council for Entrepreneurial Development. So what advice would she giver her successor?

Updated December 8, 2016

Premium Lock UNC growing North Carolina Business News Wire effort

BREAKING NEWS! UNC Chapel Hill's School of Media and Journalism is expanding its North Carolina Business News Wire effort to Maryland, adding more students, and increasing the number of stories under the direction of business journalism professor Chris Roush.

North Carolina Business News Wire North Carolina Business News Wire

December 8, 2016

Premium Lock New exec survey finds 'strong surge' in business optimism

Bullish   A new survey of finance executives finds a "strong surge in optimism" following the election of Donald Trump as president. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants report, which was taken immediately after the election, mirrors the results of a Duke CFO survey released Wednesday and comes as stock markets hit record highs.

Updated December 8, 2016

Premium Lock Bull City Venture Partners, Cisco team up for startup pitch event

Startups looking for potential investors will have a one-on-one opportunity with Bull City Venture Partners and Cisco at a "pitch" event coming in February.

Bull City Venture Partners Bull City Venture Partners

Updated December 7, 2016

Premium Lock Duke survey: Finance exec optimism surges after Trump victory

Chief financial officers' optimism surges in the Duke CFO survey as Donald Trump wins the presidency and begins moving ahead with changes in policy, from taxes to regulation. And such optimism usually means more jobs as well as economic growth are on the way.

Updated December 6, 2016

Premium Lock Joan Siefert Rose's job: She joins RTP consulting firm in January

Joan Siefert Rose won't have much time off as she steps down from the chief executive officer's position at the Council for Entrepreneurial Development. In fact, she's taking a new job as a consulting effective Jan. 3.


Updated December 6, 2016

Premium Lock Exclusive: Bob Geolas talks new job, challenges, leaving RTP

Bob Geolas has a new job, signing on as a partner with the economic development consulting firm HR&A. And he says he's excited about the challenge - a "different kind of work. Plus, Geolas talks about leaving the research Triangle Park Foundation as its CEO in September in this exclusive interview with WRAL Tech Wire.

Bob Geolas, left, and Congressman David Price discuss "Park Center" Bob Geolas, left, and Congressman David Price discuss "Park Center"