New Lenovo ThinkPad boasts slender look, better touchpad functionality | Officials: U.S. more at risk as terrorists hone cyber skills | Tech entrepreneurs warn of domestic fallout from H-1B
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March 18, 2013
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An IT sales transformation is under way
There is no denying a transformation of how companies buy IT products and services is taking place, although the final results are likely still a few years away, Barb Darrow writes. Vendors and partners who don't catch on early could find themselves having difficulty keeping clients and maintaining revenue as more businesses want to try products before buying and are looking to open-source and other new technology options, Darrow writes. GigaOm (3/15)
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New Lenovo ThinkPad boasts slender look, better touchpad functionality
Lenovo, which accounts for 27.6% of the business market, according to IDC, has introduced the ThinkPad T431s, which boasts a more slender look, weighs 24% less than earlier models and eliminates some buttons in favor of expanded touchpad functionality. The redesigned model retains its red tracker button. "We don't change things all that often. We put in a lot of thought into all we did," said Alysia Baker, worldwide product marketing manager at Lenovo. The laptop maker is also prepping a contactless payment capability featuring an embedded near field communication reader. Network World/IDG News Service (3/17), eWeek (3/17), Engadget (3/17)
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Officials: U.S. more at risk as terrorists hone cyber skills
The chances of a rogue group using sophisticated cyber techniques to target American interests is higher than ever, according to U.S. government officials including National Intelligence Director James Clapper, who recently testified there is evidence terrorist groups are refining their cyber skills. Clapper's stance was echoed Sunday by members of the House intelligence committee, who warned the U.S. is facing a triple threat of cyberespionage, cybercrime and cyberterror that has the potential to cripple the economy. CNN/Political Ticker blog (3/17)
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Tech entrepreneurs warn of domestic fallout from H-1B
As leading voices in the technology sector have been calling on Congress to expand the H-1B visa program for skilled foreign workers, lawmakers took time last week to hear from dissenters, who argue that the program promotes offshoring and hurts efforts to bolster the domestic IT industry. Among those testifying at a closed-door meeting called by Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., was Brian Keane, whose Louisiana-based company Ameritas Technologies trains local college graduates in programming skills. Computerworld (3/15)
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Smart bosses give people jobs they aren't ready for
The best way to lead is to challenge people to take on roles they aren't quite ready for, says Ingredion CEO Ilene Gordon. Once you've identified energetic workers with ambition and talent, it pays to give them difficult jobs that will take time to master, Gordon explains. "I'm a big believer in ... taking young people and stretching them," she says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/16)
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Why nabbing a job in IT doesn't require padding your resume
Lying about your experience on your resume may seem like a way to get a job in IT, but it could create more trouble than it's worth, and experts say there are better ways to get an employer's attention. According to tech staffing firm TEKsystems, more than three-quarters of tech leaders say most IT resumes contain exaggerations. Rachel Russell of TEKsystems recommends job seekers leave out extraneous information and highlight their skills by placing them in context and using "language that shows initiative." eWeek/Careers blog (3/15)
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Biologists bring mouth-birthing frog back from extinction
Australian scientists have succeeded in cloning a rare frog that has been extinct since the 1980s by implanting genetic material in the deactivated eggs of a related species. Using a technique known as somatic-cell nuclear transfer, biologists from the University of Newcastle's "Lazarus Project" created live embryos of the gastric-brooding frog, which gives birth through its mouth. Popular Science (3/15)
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If these outsourcing firms were not bringing in the entry level [workers], or they didn't have such a big pool of H-1B visa people available, then I think it opens the doors to making IT an attractive occupation once again, which I think is so important for an innovative economy."
-- Brian Keane, CEO of Ameritas Technologies, as quoted by Computerworld
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