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Working STEM students may be forced to leave U.S. next year, says court

A federal judge made a ruling this week that could force tens of thousands of foreign workers, many of whom are employed at tech companies on student visas, to return to their home countries early next year.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 15 August, 2015 06:10

Tags: services, Department of Homeland Security, Option, outsourcing, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, H-1B, IT outsourcing

The 2020 WAN takes shape - SDN, virtualisation, and hybrid WANs

The gold standard for corporate networks today is MPLS, but carrier pricing issues and MPLS's failure to play well with new, cost-efficient forms of network access are causing problems for the legion of enterprise customers that rely on it.

By Hank Levine | 15 August, 2015 00:49

Tags: skype, Networking, wireless

Digium helps mobile apps communicate better with new SDKs

Digium has launched open source SDKs that aim to make it easier for developers to add voice and video calling, instant messaging, and push notifications to their Android and iOS apps.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 12 August, 2015 02:11

Tags: Development tools, mobile applications, application development, digium, software, mobile

Optus offers calling over Wi-Fi

Optus has launched an app for iPhones and Android handsets that allow voice calls and text messaging over Wi-Fi connections.

By Rohan Pearce | 11 August, 2015 13:45

Tags: wireless networking, Wi-Fi, mobile phones, Networking, smartphones, optus, Telecommunications, wireless networks

FCC requires consumer protections in telephone transition to IP

Telecom carriers must get permission from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to replace their copper networks with Internet Protocol-based systems if the change will result in discontinued or reduced voice services for customers.

By Grant Gross | 07 August, 2015 05:59

Tags: telephony, telecommunication, voip, regulation, Tom Wheeler, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, government, Mignon Clyburn, Ajit Pai

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Wednesday, August 5

China moving cops on-site at Internet companies... Do-Not-Track gets some bite...Lollipop lag shows Android is really fragmented...and more tech news.

By IDG News Service staff | 05 August, 2015 21:23

Tags: consumer electronics, Google, Lexus, Makerbase, Microsoft, general electric, government, Electronic Frontier Foundation, services, Apple

OneDrive finally lets you sync shared folders

Microsoft has finally begun rolling out support for syncing shared folders to a user's computer through its OneDrive cloud storage service.

By Blair Hanley Frank | 04 August, 2015 07:34

Tags: services, Microsoft

Despite H-1B lottery, offshore firms dominate visa use

Offshore outsourcing firms that do most of their work in India remain the largest users of the H-1B visa for computer-related jobs, seemingly unaffected by the odds of the visa lottery, according to new data.

By Patrick Thibodeau, Sharon Machlis | 30 July, 2015 19:57

Tags: services, outsourcing, infosys, Google, Microsoft, H-1B, Tata Consultancy Services, Oracle, IT outsourcing

Microsoft to make enterprise security tools generally available

Microsoft will be making two services generally available as part of the company's push to improve the security of businesses' data.

By Blair Hanley Frank | 23 July, 2015 03:11

Tags: services, Microsoft

Report: Microsoft paying $320m for Cloud security provider Adallom

Microsoft is said to be paying $320 million to acquire Adallom, a Cloud security provider whose services might help Microsoft in its new push toward becoming a "Cloud-first" company.

By Zach Miners | 21 July, 2015 05:25

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, services, Microsoft, security, Adallom, internet, malware

Microsoft, Rubio, Sessions and the H-1B ground war

Microsoft's argument that the U.S. faces a shortage of people with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills isn't helped by the <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2945047/microsoft-windows/microsoft-said-to-plan-more-staff-layoffs.html">7,800 layoffs it announced last week</a>.

By Patrick Thibodeau | 13 July, 2015 20:12

Tags: services, outsourcing, Microsoft, Sena, H-1B

FCC looks to protect customers during voice switch to IP

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission may require the country's telecom carriers to warn residential and business customers about their plans to abandon old, copper telephone networks for IP-based systems.

By Grant Gross | 11 July, 2015 03:04

Tags: telephony, telecommunication, voip, regulation, Tom Wheeler, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, government

Microsoft's Power BI visualization service will be generally available July 24

Microsoft's Power BI data visualization and business intelligence service will be generally available in two weeks, marking a major milestone for the new product.

By Blair Hanley Frank | 11 July, 2015 01:02

Tags: services, applications, Microsoft, Application services, software, business intelligence

Vodafone switches 4G data to new core network

Vodafone's new Ericsson-designed network is now being used for all 4G data by the telco's customers.

By Rohan Pearce | 08 July, 2015 14:01

Tags: Ericsson, VoLTE, voice over LTE, 4g, Networking, Vodafone, Telecommunications

Snowflake Computing opens data warehouse to the masses

Snowflake Computing announced Tuesday that its cloud-based data warehouse service is available to all users.

By Blair Hanley Frank | 24 June, 2015 07:41

Tags: services, storage, Snowflake Computing, Hosted

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Tuesday, June 23

Privacy group demands Uber probe... Europol hunts Isis online... Oracle goes all-in on the cloud... and more tech news.

By IDG News Service staff | 23 June, 2015 21:13

Tags: U.S. Federal Trade Commission, LOT Polish Airlines, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Box, internet, Oracle, kaspersky lab, Uber Technologies, services, Europol, Instagram, security

The Upload: Your tech news briefing for Monday, June 22

Taylor Swift shames Apple into paying musicians royalties during streaming trial

By IDG News Service staff | 22 June, 2015 21:24

Tags: Apple, services, amazon.com, Google, european commission, robotics, internet, Softbank

Microsoft tweaks Windows 10 preview program as it enters OS's final stretch

Microsoft on Friday said it would soon tweak the Windows 10 preview program as its engineers push toward the July 29 launch of the final code to customers.

By Gregg Keizer | 21 June, 2015 00:34

Tags: skype, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft, Windows, Windows 10, software, operating systems

Skype Translator now speaks German, French

The Skype Translator beta app now can help people say "guten tag" to their friends in Germany, thanks to an update it received on Thursday.

By Blair Hanley Frank | 19 June, 2015 04:45

Tags: applications, skype, Microsoft, software

Microsoft woos startups with $120K in cloud computing credits

Microsoft is trying to lure more startups onto its Azure cloud services by offering a substantial US$120,000 credit for companies that qualify for its BizSpark Plus program.

By Blair Hanley Frank | 17 June, 2015 10:59

Tags: services, Microsoft

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