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Apple's skinnier iPads and flashy big-screen iMac are sleek and stunning. But the tech giant is making a bigger strategic bet with next week's launch of Apple Pay - the mobile pay service aimed at turning your iPhone into your wallet.
If you've upgraded your iPhone or iPad to iOS 8, the new software update for Mac computers will seem familiar. The Yosemite update to Apple's OS X system, available as a free download, adds several features to bring the Mac in line with last month's iOS 8 update for mobile devices. There's also new functionality to make Macs act more like iPhones.
If Cisco workers being tossed overboard by John Chambers can find solace in the pain felt by the boss - well, just remember this: What Chambers said Thursday in Chicago about the latest cuts is nearly identical to what he said when layoffs were made last year. Deja vu all over again. Crocodile tears? You decide.
A big chunk of the higher expenses went toward bringing in more employees, mostly engineers, to supplement Google's already large brain trust. The 3,000 workers added in the third quarter nearly doubled from the roughly 1,600 employees hired at the same time last year.
Analysis: Even as Google's total revenue continues to flourish - overall revenue climbed 20.1% year-to-year in 3Q14 to $16.5 billion - there are signs that it is struggling to adapt, ironically, to the increasingly mobile-first advertising environment it created, says analyst Jack Narcotta of Technology Business Research. So what's happening? Our Insiders get the detailed analysis.
Apple unveiled a thinner iPad Thursday with a faster processor and a better camera as it tries to drive excitement for tablets amid slowing demand. But that wasn't all. Updates for iMacs, the new Apple Pay system launch date and tools for its smart watch development.
As part of a massive reorganization, Cisco is cutting 5 percent of its RTP-based workforce, or some 225 jobs. The networking giant disclosed the specific number of its in a notice to the state of North Carolina.
Apple Inc. is expected to unveil new iPads at an event Thursday, as the company tries to drive excitement amid slowing demand for tablet computers. Apple may also announce a new Mac operating system and possibly new Mac computers. Watchers also await a possible launch date for Apple Pay, the company's new system for using iPhones to make credit and debit card payments at retail stores.
Google is coming out with bigger, more expensive versions of its Nexus phone and tablet to attract more of the affluent consumers who faithfully buy each new generation of Apple's iPhone and iPad. It's also releasing a new streaming video and music device, Nexus Player, to compete with Apple TV and Roku, among others.
Silicon Valley's biggest companies have long offered cushy perks to attract top talent and keep workers happy logging scores of hours on the job. But beyond day-to-day luxuries, Facebook and Apple will now give up to $20,000 in benefits to help employees pay for infertility treatments, sperm donors and even to freeze their eggs. The move comes amid stiff competition for skilled engineers, and as many of the biggest firms try to diversify their male-dominated ranks to include and appeal to more women.
At the WRAL TechWire Executive Exchange, service provider panelists made impactful announcements about the future of fiber in the Triangle. Not the least of these: Durham's getting fiber.
The new tech hub for Downtown Raleigh (227 Fayetteville Street), which announced its first major tenant last week, has replaced local broker and property manager Empire Properties with Cassidy Turley, a national firm.
What AT&T's GigaPower network is providing in Austin, Texas, will soon be coming to the Triangle as part of the North Carolina Next Generation Network. And Venessa Harrison, president of AT&T North Carolina, tells WRAL TechWire's Fiber Transforms the Triangle conference that faster speeds means many opportunities for consumers as well as businesses.
In a precursor to what the Triangle can expect from the North Carolina Next Generation Network, AT&T on Monday says it is ramping up its "Gigapower" network in Austin, Texas, to gigabit speeds. Plus, Wi-Fi speed will be doubled.
Latest news on net neutrality from Obama, FCC tax increase, Google and your health, Netflix hikes 4K fees and the new Skype
In the latest Bulldog roundup of life science and technology news: Obama reiterates opposition to Internet fast lanes; FCC plans stealth Internet tax increase: The doctor will see you now -- through Google; Netflix hikes subscription price for 4K TV owners; and Microsoft updates Skype for Windows, Mac with new chat interface.
Some local websites run one or two tech stories per day. Others a few more but mixed with a variety of business news. At WRAL TechWire, tech and life science make up the menu with more than 50 stories published over the last five business days. Here's a look back at technology, life science and other related news as reported in WRAL TechWire last week.