The latest blog posts from our WRAL Tech Wire and WRAL editors.
On Friday, Apple Inc. began using the iBeacon technology at its 254 U.S. stores to send you messages about products, events and other information -- tailored to where you are inside, provided you have downloaded the Apple Store app and have given Apple permission to track you.
On the second day of the 12 Days of Broadband, MCNC highlights some of the critical steps North Carolina made this year to find better and more effective federated identity management (FIM) solutions for education institutions throughout the state.
High tech growth by itself won't be enough to kickstart North Carolina's economy. What the state needs is innovation across the broader state economy. WRALTechWire takes an in-depth look at the new "Tracking Innovation report" from the N.C. Department of Commerce.
North Carolina's economy falls squarely in the middle of the pack compared to other states, according to a new state report tracking the state's progress across a wide range of economic measures. The North Carolina Department of Commerce on Thursday released the Tracking Innovation report, a snapshot of the state's performance across 38 economic indicators. Read more about the findings.
A two-year business relationship that began at a business conference led to Wednesday's news that RTI is partnering with an Indiana-based semiconductor firm to develop new packaging technology that enables smaller, faster semiconductor chips. Using a proprietary "Quilt" concept, RTI could soon enable 'More Than Moore' devices. The deal is the latest in RTI's efforts to advance semiconductor development and performance.
Twitter, like Facebook before its own IPO, was criticized for not having women or minorities on its board of directors. Critics such as former Triangle tech entrepreneur and current Duke academic to criticize the company.
Beginning Sunday, customers will be able to switch to the cheaper plans if they buy or bring their own phone. That includes paying for the device in installments through the frequent-upgrade Next plan. Those whose contracts have run out also qualify.
Myriad Genetics, the company that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court seeking patents on human genes, now claims LabCorp's new genetic tests for breast cancer infringe on its patents. Read more about the suit.
The experimental cancer drugs FLAG Therapeutics licensed from Duquesne University could offer safer and more targeted cancer treatment compared to existing cancer drugs, says the new drug firm FLAG Therapeutics.
Since 2003, Kramden Institute has provided refurbished PCs to students who need computers. With help from Lenovo, Kramden is now expanding to computer instruction and STEM training. Read more about the effort.
On the first day of the 12 Days of Broadband, MCNC takes a look back to the summer when President Barack Obama announced the ConnectED initiative at Mooresville Middle School, sparking conversations about high-speed broadband connectivity all over the country.
The effort to get high-speed Internet access in every school got a boost Wednesday from the philanthropy of two technology gurus - Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates. Zuckerberg's Startup: Education and Gates' foundation have contributed a combined $9 million to the nonprofit EducationSuperHighway, a San Francisco-based nonprofit working to improve connectivity in schools.
"We are taking steps to ensure governments use legal process rather than technological brute force to access customer data," Microsoft says. "Government snooping potentially now constitutes an 'advanced persistent threat' alongside sophisticated malware and cyberattacks."
Activist investor Carl Icahn said he will pursue a shareholder vote to force Apple Inc. to boost its stock buyback plan, stepping up his campaign to unlock more of the cash held by the world's most valuable company. The non-binding proposal will be for less than the $150 billion he had been advocating, Icahn said in a Twitter post. He will propose a $50 billion buyback, CNBC reported.
Sanofi executive Anne Whitaker joins Cree's board of directors; Cree expands its LED portfolio with a new 75-watt bulb; and N.C. State is using Cree bulbs to help a new residence hall meet LEED Silver certification standards.
The North Carolina Chamber is hosting an energy conference on Wednesday during which Gov. Pat McCrory, various industry executives and N.C. State economist Dr. Michael Walden will be speaking. Walden will present a study he published earlier this year that points out energy development poses benefits as well as risks to the state. WRALTechWire is publishing portions of Walden's report ahead of that meeting as part of the ongoing debate about energy and the state's future.