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Red Hat Jumps on Stock-Buyback Bandwagon

Red Hat Jumps on Stock-Buyback Bandwagon
March 26, 2015 No Comments »

Joining a host of other companies intent on repurchasing their own stock (Apple, IBM and so on), Red Hat announced a new round of stock buybacks totaling $500 million following a strong fourth fiscal quarter. According to Rachel King at ... Read More »

CEB: Fast Growth in Some STEM Fields

CEB: Fast Growth in Some STEM Fields
March 25, 2015 No Comments »

A CEB report highlights several STEM fields that the advisory firm expects to see strong worldwide growth over the next 15 years. “That’s optimistic news for current and future IT pros who keep their skills sharp and plan ahead,” said ... Read More »

DDoS Hiding Other Attacks

DDoS Hiding Other Attacks
March 24, 2015 No Comments »

In movies and on television, the success of some daring plot often relies on the timeless tactic of diversion. In the world of cyber hacking, diversions also play a central role, according to a new Corero Network Security report. Kelly ... Read More »

GoDaddy IPO: When in Doubt, Go Public

GoDaddy IPO: When in Doubt, Go Public
March 23, 2015 No Comments »

Domain host GoDaddy is planning an IPO that currently values the company at about $2.87 billion, according to Natalie Gagliordi at ZDNet. Adding to the growing doubt over valuations of technology companies, however, the company’s SEC filing indicated GoDaddy hasn’t ... Read More »

Carbon Nanotubes: Still Searching for a Problem to Solve

Carbon Nanotubes: Still Searching for a Problem to Solve
March 18, 2015 No Comments »

Carbon nanotubes, and their more recent cousin graphene, exhibit a number of interesting properties ranging from material strength to electrical conductivity. But these “wonder materials,” for all their theoretical benefits, have yet to see many real-world commercial applications. The research ... Read More »

Tablets Join PCs in the Ranks of the Mature

Tablets Join PCs in the Ranks of the Mature
March 17, 2015 No Comments »

Cheerleaders for tablets as a replacement for PCs may be scratching their heads at the declining growth in tablet sales. “[T]he conquering iPad is seeing its first-ever decline in annual sales, while Android tablets are moving more into phonelike sizes ... Read More »

Falling Number of Electrical Engineers

Falling Number of Electrical Engineers
March 16, 2015 No Comments »

Despite presumably being a critical source of innovation in today’s technological society, the number of employed electrical engineers fell almost 10% last year. Patrick Thibodeau reports at Computerworld that “this occupational category has been shedding workers for years. In 2006, ... Read More »

545,000 Open IT Jobs, and Other Nonsense

545,000 Open IT Jobs, and Other Nonsense
March 13, 2015 No Comments »

The White House is apparently late in getting the memo that the supposed STEM shortage is a myth. At Computerworld, Patrick Thibodeau reports that President Barack Obama’s administration proclaimed “there were 545,000 ‘unfilled jobs’ in information technology.” But, said Thibodeau, ... Read More »

Zombie Alert: Internet Sales Tax

Zombie Alert: Internet Sales Tax
March 11, 2015 No Comments »

Like the walking dead, the so-called Internet sales tax is an idea that just won’t stay down. According to Grant Gross at Network World, nine U.S. senators recently “reintroduced legislation that would allow states to collect sales taxes—more than 9 ... Read More »

Social Media Business Benefits Under Fire

Social Media Business Benefits Under Fire
March 10, 2015 No Comments »

Even though “find us on Facebook” has all but replaced the URL in business signage and advertisements, doubts about the business value of social media are growing. Writing at ZDNet, Michael Krigsman laments a Harvard Business Review article by Frank ... Read More »