Editor's Blog

The latest blog posts from our WRAL Tech Wire and WRAL editors.

1:30 p.m. Friday

W-S based Ocular says eye-eye to SightLife for corneal transplant deal

Neither organization disclosed terms of the arrangement. But they said in a joint news release that the deal makes the combined organization "the largest provider of corneal tissue for transplant in the world."

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11:30 a.m. Friday

Review: Microsoft's Siri-like Cortana fills Windows phone gap

With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way. Microsoft takes some of the best parts of Apple's and Google's virtual assistants and adds a few useful tools of its own. The result is Cortana, named after an artificial-intelligence character in Microsoft's "Halo" video games.

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10:30 a.m. Friday

Vivek Wadhwa: Why I'm excited about the promising future of medicine

Healthcare Opinion: Health care is a misnomer for our medical system. It should be called sick care. Doctors, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies only make money when we are in bad health. If we could instead prevent illness and disease, it would turn the entire medical system on its head and increase the quality of our lives. The good news is that technology is on its way to letting us do this.

9:13 a.m. Friday

What's up with UP Global? Group almost doubles southeast events in 2014

ExitEvent In the latest post that's part of the news partnering agreement between ExitEvent and WRALTechWire, Laura Baverman talks with Ari Kern about UP Global, Startup Weekend and Startup America.

Updated 8:22 a.m. Friday

Researcher finds flaw in Samsung fingerprint check

Smartphone packs a kill switch  A Berlin-based researcher says he has managed to fool the fingerprint-based security system on Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone using wood glue and a picture of the original print.

6:14 a.m. Friday

Premium Lock Durham software firm OrgSpan being sold, will remain in Bull City

OrgSpan, a three-year-old software firm focused on enterprise social communications solutions, is being acquired by Indiana-based Interactive Intelligence. The company, which is owned by the CEO of Interactive, will remain in Durham and says it expects to expand as a result of the deal.

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2:31 p.m. Thursday

Moto G smartphone for $149 and no contract? Yep - at Republic Wireless

Republic Wireless, which offers calling and data plans for as little as $5 a month, began selling the new Motorola Moto G phone on Thursday for $149 - without a contract.

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2:17 p.m. Thursday

Like this? Facebook rolls out location-sharing feature

Facebook's Nearby Friends Called "Nearby Friends," Facebook's new optional tool will only be available to people who choose to turn it on. The feature uses your smartphone's GPS system to tell your Facebook friends you are nearby -- provided they have the feature turned on. Rather than share your exact location, it will only show that you are nearby, say, within half a mile.

Updated 6:46 a.m. Friday

'Wiring Silicon Mountain:' Moog Fest brings high-profile talent to Asheville

The annual Moog Fest music and arts festival is expanding to include an eclectic lineup of speakers. Kicking off the festival next Thursday is a panel about 'Wiring Silicon Mountain: Nurturing Innovation Through Technology in Western North Carolina.' Joining Geolas on stage will be: Gov. Pat McCrory, the CEO of Moog Music, Mike Adams, Asheville Mayor Esther Mannheimer, Casey Steinbacher, President and CEO of the Durham Chamber of Commerce, Professor Mike Walden of NC State and Hickory Mayor Rudy White. And the agenda of events hardly stops there.

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Updated 12:03 p.m. Thursday

Premium Lock Inside IBM's earnings: Software, 'cloud' could galvenize growth

Analysis: Amid a mixed growth picture for IBM as a whole, 2% year-to-year growth in overall software revenue illustrates that IBM's existing software assets continue to drive customer conversations and purchasing across the IBM install base, writes Elizabeth Hedstrom Henlin, an analyst with Technology Business Research.

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Updated 12:09 p.m. Thursday

Premium Lock Having banked some $2.3 million, startup SEAL Innovation off to swimmingly good start

With another $250,000 in funding and plans to open an office in Virginia, Raleigh-based SEAL Innovation is gearing up to sell its wearable SwimSafe devices that are designed to prevent drownings. The company's Justin Calvillo, its, corporate finance and development officer, and business development manager Dave Callahan talks with WRALTechWire about the company's progress. Among the investors is Triangle Angel Partners and most funding so far comes from the Raleigh area, they note.

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Updated 8:58 a.m. Thursday

Premium Lock Raleigh startup SEAL Innovation lands $250,000 from Va. fund

SEAL Innovation, which has developed wearable swim bands to promote safety, agrees to open an office in Danvilla, Va., as part of a $250,000 capital investment from The Launch Place.

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7:37 a.m. Thursday

Premium Lock Inside IBM's earnings: Look for more grim revenue news in '14 as evolution continues

Analysis: IBM's first quarter financial performance outlines a company in the midst of a long-term strategic evolution, and demonstrates cloud and big data-driven disruption impacting the IT industry as a whole. Krista Macomber of Technology Business Research crunches the numbers and trends.

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7:18 a.m. Thursday

GSK acknowledges more employee bribery allegations

GSK The drug giant issues a statement reiterating it has "zero tolerance for unethical or illegal behavior" and says 48 employees were fired in 2013. The statement comes after reports that bribery probes are underway in two more countries.

Updated 7:41 a.m. Thursday

Hardware woes drive IBM revenues down for 8th straight quarter

IBM earnings IBM revenue fell 4 percent to $22.5 billion, below the $22.9 billion that analysts polled by FactSet had expected. It's the eighth consecutive quarter of revenue decline. The biggest drop was in its systems and technology unit, or hardware, where revenue tumbled 23 percent to $2.39 billion from $3.11 billion.

Updated 6:30 a.m. Thursday

Shrinking ad prices cut into Google's earnings

Google logo Google's first-quarter earnings growth faltered as the Internet's most influential company grappled with a persistent downturn in advertising prices while spending more money to hire employees and invest in daring ideas.

5:50 a.m. Thursday

Fired former No. 2 Yahoo exec gets $58M for 15 months of work

Yahoo! Yahoo's recently fired chief operating officer, Henrique de Castro, left the Internet company with a severance package of $58 million even though he lasted just 15 months on the job. CEO Marissa Mayer dumped de Castro in January after concluding he wasn't executing on her plan for reviving Yahoo's lackluster ad growth. De Castro had been in charge of ad sales.

Tags: Internet
1:22 p.m. Wednesday

Raleigh signs on to AT&T ultra-fast Internet plan

The Raleigh City Council on Wednesday authorized the city manager and attorney to contract with AT&T to bring the communications provider's next-generation internet and cable service to local residents.

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11:23 a.m. Wednesday

Duke students launch world's first free mobile lottery

ExitEvent ExitEvent news: A new app gives lotto-players a free chance to walk away with a jackpot. ExitEvent's Laura Baverman has the details.

11:14 a.m. Wednesday

FDA approves once-a-week GSK injectable diabetes drug

Diabetes GlaxoSmithKline has won FDA approval for its new diabetes drug which is injectable and will be used once a week. It will compete with Novo Nordisk's Victoza, which is injected daily.