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SAS will host a forum on Thursday to discuss the threat posed to the U.S. by a lack of students focused on technology skills. Gary Beach, publisher emeritus of CIO Magazine and author of the new book "The U.S. Technology Skills Gap," is coming to SAS to discuss what he sees as a major threat to the U.S. He also says the skills debate is not about immigration. Plus, STEM change begins at home.
SAS will host a forum on Thursday to discuss the threat posed to the U.S. by a lack of students focused on technology skills. SAS CEO Jim Goodnight and Jim Whitehurst, CEO at Red Hat, will reiterate their call for more STEM emphasis in schools. Leading the program will be Gary Beach, publisher emeritus of CIO Magazine and author of the new book "The U.S. Technology Skills Gap." Is the threat real? yes, says Beach, who talks with WRALTechWire about how this "skills gap" is the equivalent to a permanent recession.
Despite all its advertising with the NFL, its smartphones featuring Kobe Bryant and its new tablet campaign with Ashton Kutcher, Lenovo still faces a seemingly never-ending battle to change its image from being a "Chinese company." On Monday, two of Lenovo's top execs took their image campaign to The Washington Post.
Organized just this semester, the weekend event draws student inventors from across the southeast. Top prize goes to a team that turns sign language into speech through use of an amazing glove. Duke senior Dennis Li helped put the event together, and Adam Klein of The American Underground gives the tech showcase a big thumbs up.
Ana Kessel, an intern at Insomniac Games, is recovering from injuries that left her an amputee. An online fundraiser has already produced pledges of more than $44,000. And Epic Games donated some "Gears of War" memrobilia to help raise money in an auction at eBay.
What's Google have coming with its "snow globe"? The technology giant is taking holiday popup stores to an entirely new level with six new "Winter Wonderlabs," each of which features a globe for playing games amid fake snow. Is this the next dimension in gaming?
Job seekers in information technology received "unexpected" and unwelcome news in October: The number of available positions fell for the fourth consecutive month, and that was a surprise, says the latest North Carolina IT Job Trends report from the North Carolina Technology Association.
CEO Neal Fowler and the management team at Liquidia will be handling multiple roles as the nantotechnology firm formally spins out Envisia with $25 million in new funding. Fowler discusses the challenges and opportunities in an exclusive WRALTechWire Insider interview.
Will IBM suffer fallout in the growing "cloud" computing marketplace after a judge delivers scathing remarks in a ruling that threw out Big Blue's appeal of a $600 million contract awarded to Amazon? Other companies and agencies putting "cloud" work out for bid are likely to examine this case closely. The ruling wasn't published until Friday.
Having reached "continued profitability," the Durham-based technology firm keeps growing its customer base and headcount. Digitalsmiths now counts seven of the top 10 pay TV providers as clients. Its fastest growth now is taking place overseas.
Just ahead of a significant announcement late tonight, Lenovo receives good news from the smartphone front. The world's No. 1 PC maker is committed to selling 40 million smartphones this year, and in the third quarter it sold more than 12 million. That "largest year-over-year" increase in performance ranks Lenovo No. 4 in sales, says research firm IDC.
The man who championed the design and production of personal computers at IBM and helped make PCs available to all died recently at the age of 72. His legacy is one to remember.
From the smallest and newest of ventures to Triangle tech giants, executives and entrepreneurs as well as corporations share spotlight at WRALTechWire's second Full Steam Ahead awards. And the voting was close in several categories.
Lenovo's Chairman and CEO Yang Yuanqing cracks Forbes' latest richest people from China. Not as well known locally but a regular member of the Forbes list is Ma Huateng, the Internet billionaire who owns a big stake of Cary-based Epic Games.
Anyone familiar with the ins-and-outs of economic development - which is about as cutthroat business there is these days in the search for jobs - had to be taken aback by Tuesday's announcement that the state's three biggest economic development partnerships are teaming up for the collective good of the state. What's going on?
In what is believed to be a first, representatives of three N.C. regional economic partnerships are teaming up with Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker to pitch the state as a place for companies to locate or expand. They are planning a joint trip to New York in November.
The world's No. 1 PC maker acknowledges picking the "Two and a Half Men" star to promote what it says will be "big news" during a live new product announcement on Oct. 29. Lenovo will be using YouTube to unveil the news. A series of brief videos offer few clues. What is the "#betterway"?
On Friday, SAS announced a partnership with privately held Hortonworks, a fast growing developer of Hadoop programming that is helping turn "cloud computing" into a mega opportunity for growth. But Hortonworks also has another local connection: Red Hat. And look for that relationship to grow even stronger.
WRALTechWire will host its second "Full Steam Ahead Awards" celebration on Oct. 24 at the Full Steam Brewery in Durham. WRALTechWire Insiders are now voting to determine the winners. Voting ends Tuesday at 9 a.m. Cast your ballots!
In establishing a partnership involving software known as Hadoop developed by Hortonworks, SAS says it is enabling customers to gather and analyze data from more sources than ever in a faster and affordable fashion. The deal blends SAS expertise in analytics with Hadoop, which is best known as powerful software for handling data center operations. The two firms are targeting an exploding market for analytics and Hadoop service.