Stories by Patrick Thibodeau

Signs that IBM may be preparing for a round of job cuts

IBM tries to keep its layoffs out of the public eye as much as possible, although it fails miserably at this. The company took the unusual step of denying that it was on the cusp of a gigantic layoff amid reports of a possible new round of job cuts that may begin this week.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 28 January, 2015 23:24

Tags: Palm, IBM, IT careers, careers, IT management

Drone flights near White House test local restrictions

The quadcopter drone that crashed on the White House lawn early Monday was a recreation drone, among the same type that are flown on the National Mall across the street from the president's home.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 28 January, 2015 01:25

Tags: white house, Technology Law & Regulation, regulation, Federal Aviation Administration, legislation, government, youtube

A Doomsday Clock reading guide

The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has moved its Doomsday Clock to three minutes to midnight, setting it two minutes forward. Its main reasons for the change: inaction on climate change and the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 24 January, 2015 08:09

Tags: popular science, Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, environment

Tech industry may gain from Obama's free tuition plan

Seminole State College in Sanford Fla., near Orlando, graduates about 70 students annually with two-year degrees in its programming and networking programs. Local tech firms have helped to shape the college's courses.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 24 January, 2015 01:09

Tags: siemens, education, comptia, IT Skills & Training, government, industry verticals

Anti-H-1B senator to head immigration panel

The biggest enemy facing U.S. Senate Republicans in raising the H-1B cap are Senate Republicans.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 23 January, 2015 07:14

Tags: services, outsourcing, Microsoft, Sena, IT outsourcing

IRS warns of downtime risk as Congress makes cuts

Successive budget cuts by Congress are forcing the Internal Revenue Service to delay system modernization and improve its ability to prevent fraud.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 22 January, 2015 07:34

Tags: Government IT, Government use of IT, IRS, government, Internal Revenue Service

Cuba's pending tech revolution

Cuba is on the threshold of getting, potentially, a massive technology upgrade, thanks to a US decision to ease economic sanctions. But this tiny island nation needs a lot of work.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 17 January, 2015 08:24

Tags: Berkeley, white house, IT industry, University of California, IT management

New H-1B bill will 'help destroy' U.S. tech workforce

New legislation being pushed by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) to hike the H-1B visa cap is drawing criticism and warnings that it will lead to an increase in offshoring of tech jobs.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 15 January, 2015 08:25

Tags: business issues, IT industry, EE, IEEE-USA

In IoT standards battle, there is no neutral zone for this CTO

LAS VEGAS Jan Brockmann, the chief technology officer at AB Electrolux, one of the world's largest appliance makers, is on a mission at the International CES trade show to help shape the future of the Internet of Things.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 07 January, 2015 23:30

Tags: Spotify, Panasonic, LG Electronics, Internet of Things, linux foundation, Microsoft, CES 2015, AllSeen Alliance, internet

The hidden economic boom at CES

LAS VEGAS -- The forecast from Harvard that the Internet of Things (IoT) will unleash a new economic boom is not immediately apparent at this year's International CES. Most of the new technologies on display here are forgettable novelties.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 06 January, 2015 22:29

Tags: Internet of Things, Panasonic, sharp, CES 2015, internet

At CES: Wearable tech for training your successor

To be kind, some of the products at the International Consumer Electronics Show here are a stretch, such as a belt that automatically expands when you sit down or eat too much. There hasn't been a lot of innovation in belt making in the last few hundred years, so the French-based firm that created this smart belt, Emotia, believes the public might be ready for something new.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 06 January, 2015 01:48

Tags: CES, Motix, consumer electronics, XOEye Technologies, CES 2015, Rollkers, Wearables

White House plans to leave IT in better shape than it found it

WASHINGTON -- White House IT transitions have a checkered history. In 2001, some members of President Bill Clinton's outgoing staff pulled the letter "W" from dozens of keyboards in anticipation of the arrival of George W. Bush. At the end of Bush's two terms in 2009, departing White House staffers left the incoming administration of President Barack Obama with ancient desktops running floppy disk drives.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 03 January, 2015 01:18

Tags: Government IT, white house, Government use of IT, government

$1 spent on state government tech saves $3.50, study finds

The federal and state governments, in political contests, are routinely accused of being too big and bloated. But a new study says that IT spending reduces state government expenditures, even as new technologies help expand the role of government.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 25 December, 2014 02:47

Tags: Government IT, Government use of IT, Temple University, government

Moove it! Tracking the common cow

Farmers are tracking the health of their cows with technology that uses accelerometers, the same sensor that orients a cellphone screen. The sensors used in farming are not unlike those also found in wearables worn by people.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 24 December, 2014 22:11

Tags: Internet of Things, internet

Texas Instruments builds an alternative energy for the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is nothing without batteries and plugs. But it's possible to build a sensor network that uses harvested energy that comes from changes in temperature, vibrations, wind and light, as Texas Instruments (TI) will demonstrate at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 22 December, 2014 22:09

Tags: texas instruments, Internet of Things, internet, Path

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