Friday, August 15, 2014

IT budgets struggle with data growth, survey finds

Story thumbnail Technology executives overwhelmingly agree their greatest struggle is managing the rapid growth of data and the resulting strain it is placing on their budgets, according to a recent survey of 350 IT managers. 

The survey, which ran over a few months, was conducted by data storage solutions Tarmin and Angel Business Communications.

Press releases and other news

Thursday, August 14, 2014

How social media freed reporters Wesley Lowery and Ryan Reilly from Ferguson police

Story thumbnail When police in combat gear arrested two reporters last night in Ferguson, Mo., the journalists' first instinct was to tweet about it. “Ryan, tweet that they’re arresting me, tweet that they’re arresting me," The Washington Post's Wesley Lowery told Ryan Reilly, a reporter for the Huffington Post. But it was too late: Reilly himself was being put in handcuffs.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New iPhone: A sapphire screen and a higher cost

Story thumbnail Apple Inc. created the blueprint for a smartphone when it covered the touch screen of its first iPhone in glass instead of plastic. Now, it is betting $700 million that sapphire, a harder and more expensive material, can replace glass and better protect future devices. The first sapphire display screens for the forthcoming larger iPhone and smartwatch are expected to roll off production lines this month at a Mesa, Ariz., facility that Apple opened with materials manufacturer GT Advanced Technologies Inc.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

FDA approves Exact Sciences DNA colon cancer screening test

Story thumbnail Exact Sciences Corp. announced today that the FDA has approved Cologuard, the company's noninvasive, stool DNA colorectal cancer screening test. Cologuard, a DNA-based stool test, will be indicated for people ages 50 and older who are considered at average risk for colorectal cancer. The test detects hemoglobin, a protein found in blood, and certain DNA mutations associated with colorectal cancer. Patients who test positive are advised to undergo a colonoscopy.

Press releases and other news

Monday, August 11, 2014

IBM click-to-buy consulting: Gimmick or growth engine?

Story thumbnail Do people want to buy consulting services online, like they order a pizza? IBM is trying out a click-to-buy web approach for five of its consulting services. It sounds a tad gimmicky, perhaps, but the reasons behind IBM's idea are real, and they say something about who's driving a lot of technology spending (not the CIO) and what these new buyers expect from consultants and the technology they bring.

IT jobs: Which states show most growth?

Story thumbnail Everything is bigger in Texas -- even IT job growth. The second-largest state in the union by both population (where it's second to California) and land mass (second to Alaska) posted the biggest percentage gain in new technology-related jobs during the first six months of 2014, based on Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data.

Internet Peering doesn't need fixing

Guest Column/Scott Cleland: The old adage is true here; “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” The Internet peering marketplace works exceptionally well and it has for its entire twenty year history. The unparalleled success, growth, and resiliency of the unregulated model for the Internet backbone peering marketplace has been nothing short of phenomenal in enabling and ensuring everyone reasonable access to the Internet.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Epic systems' dominance challenged by competitor's $1.3B acquisition

Story thumbnail A $1.3 billion acquisition may shake up the health information technology market, challenging Verona's Epic Systems Corp. Kansas City, Mo.-based Cerner Corp. this week said it is buying health information technology competitor Siemens Health Services for $1.3 billion — in cash. Siemens Health Services is a division of German engineering company Siemens AG.

CVS MinuteClinic to use Epic EMR in support of Nationwide growth plan, also opens possibility of accessing clinical laboratory data from local providers

Story thumbnail In another demonstration of how fast healthcare is transforming, the pharmacy chain CVS Caremark Corp. will implement the Epic electronic medical record system (EMR) in its MinuteClinic sites nationwide. This means MinuteClinic clinicians will be using the same EMR as a growing number of hospitals and office-based physicians.
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