Editor's Blog

The latest blog posts from our WRAL TechWire and WRAL editors. Read the latest articles…

August 29

Google Express? Internet giant to test delivery via drones

Watch out for "Project Wing." Google's secretive research laboratory is trying to build a fleet of drones designed to bypass earthbound traffic so packages can be delivered to people more quickly.

A Google drone A Google drone

August 29

US to begin tests of GSK's Ebola vaccine next week

The National Institutes of Health announced Thursday that it is launching the safety trial on a vaccine developed by the agency's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and GlaxoSmithKline. Beginning Tuesday, it will test 20 healthy adult volunteers to see if the virus is safe and triggers an adequate response in their immune systems.

Ebola Genome Ebola Genome

August 28

App turns smartphones into safety devices on UNC campus

The Rave Guardian Campus Safety App, an initiative between the school's student affairs and public safety departments, allows users to create an online safety network where they can check in with family, friends and UNC police officers.

Rave Guardian app Rave Guardian app

August 28

Newest spectator sport? How about video games

video games Video games have been a spectator sport since teenagers crowded around arcade machines to watch friends play "Pac-Man." And for decades, kids have gathered in living rooms to marvel at how others master games like "Street Fighter II" and "Super Mario Bros." But today there's Twitch, the online network that attracts millions of visitors, most of whom watch live and recorded footage of other people playing video games --in much the same way that football fans tune in to ESPN.

Updated August 28

Time Warner Cable: 'Erroneous configuration' triggered nationwide Internet outage

Time Warner Cable says its nationwide Internet outage on Wednesday was triggered by an internal mistake during network maintenance. TWC apologizes, saying "a failure of this size is very serious."

TWC map shows extent of outage at 8 a.m. Wednesday TWC map shows extent of outage at 8 a.m. Wednesday

August 28

Apple loses court fight to block some Samsung smartphone sales

Apple Samsung Wednesday's rebuff comes nearly four months after a jury awarded Apple Inc. $119 million in damages for Samsung's infringements on technology used in the trend-setting iPhone. The amount was well below the $2.2 billion in damages that Apple had been seeking in the latest round of legal wrangling between the world's two leading smartphone makers since the tussle began four years ago.

Updated August 28

Time Warner Cable's Internet outage hammers small businesses

Time Warner Cable's nationwide Internet outage on Wednesday outraged customers. But perhaps the hardest hit were small businesses that rely on the Internet for their livelihood. Among those were a 17-year-old entrepreneur running his own business in Wake Forest and a full-time telecommuter in Raleigh seeking to manage business analysts in New York.

Time Warner Cable-Outages Time Warner Cable-Outages

Updated August 28

Premium Lock ChannelAdvisor commits to new 136,000 square foot HQ in Morrisville

ChannelAdvisor's new logo ChannelAdvisor keeps expanding its global footprint to provide ecommerce services. Now it's expanding at home, signing a contract for a new headquarters in Morrisville to the tune of $3.2M a year.

Updated August 28

Premium Lock Red Hat's chief technology offer exits; is there a management rift?

Red Hat Red Hat, which is shifting its focus over time away from Linux solutions to cloud-based computing, will continue its transition without Chief Technology Officer Brian Stevens. Red Hat says Stevens is resigning, but tech news service ZDnet says "staffers suspect friction in the executive suite."

Updated August 28

US to test GSK's vaccine for Ebola; Greenville lab could produce a treatment

A possible vaccine to treat the spreading Ebola outbreak in Africa could be coming from GSK. Plus, a lab in Greenville could be a site where a treatment is produced.

Ebola virus   Ebola virus

August 27

How did your business deal with TWC Internet outage?

Fiber optic network            How did your business deal with the hours-long, nationwide Time Warner Cable Internet outage early Wednesday? We want to know.

Updated August 27

Outrage! Twitter reacts to Time Warner Cable outage

TWC If you're a Time Warner Cable Internet customer and couldn't get access Wednesday morning, you weren't alone. Here's how Twitter reacted to the outage.

Updated August 27

TWC customers unleash anger over massive Internet outage

Readers from around the Triangle, eastern N.C. and as far away as San Antonio reacted with frustration and anger as Time Warner Cable's nation-wide Internet outage dragged on for hours early Wednesday. Some say problems began as early as 1 a.m. TWC didn't acknowledge a problem until just after 4 a.m. through Twitter. Others say they have had trouble for several days.

Time Warner Cable Time Warner Cable

Updated August 27

Time Warner Cable says Internet service restored after nationwide outage

Time Warner Cable battled a massive Internet outage Wednesday morning - and it used Twitter to provide updates. But even the user of Twitter by TWC is slow, the cable giant acknowledges. Service has been largely restored, the company says.

TWC map shows extent of outage at 8 a.m. Wednesday TWC map shows extent of outage at 8 a.m. Wednesday

Updated August 27

Premium Lock Rather than 'build,' Premier does a 'buy' in $48.5M cash deal for Raleigh-based Aperek

Charlotte-based Premier Inc., which works with healthcare clients to improve purchasing and internal performance, has been on an acquisition hunt in recent months. And Raleigh-based Aperek is the latest at a price of $48.5 million. Premier's CEO explains her thinking in making the deal.

Premier Premier

Updated August 27

Premier, Inc. acquires Raleigh-base supply chain software firm Aperek for $48.5M

Healthcare    Aperek, which formerly was known as Mediclick and focuses on supply chain software solutions for the healthcare industry, is being acquired by Charlotte-based Premier, Inc. in a deal valued at $48.5 million.

August 26

Survey: Most social media users steer clear of hot-button issues

Social Media Opinions People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center.

August 26

What to expect from the Raleigh Innovation Summit

ExitEvent This year's Raleigh Innovation Summit, coming September 10 during Entrepreneurship Week, will celebrate successes since then. It will also explore the link between the health of cities and the vibrancy of entrepreneurial communities.

Updated August 26

UNC doubles tech licensing revenue to record $7.9M

UNC Office of Technology Development Licensing technologies created at UNC Chapel Hill more than doubled the highest amount the university has ever received in single fiscal year, according to reports.

August 26

NC Next Generation Network to discuss plans at 'Fiber Transforms Triangle' event

What's happening with the North Carolina Next Generation Network? Director of Technology Services at Town of Cary, Bill Stice, who is a member of the NCNGN steering committee, is part of the speaker lineup for WRAL TechWire's conference "Fiber Transforms the Triangle" on Oct. 13 at SAS. More speakers are being added from AT&T, Frontier Communications and other firms.

Fiber Transforms the Triangle event Fiber Transforms the Triangle event