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Oracle Reaches Landmark Settlement with FTC Over Java Updates

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Oracle has agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers about the security provided by updates to its Java Platform, Standard Edition software (Java SE), which is installed on more than 850 million personal computers. Under the terms of a proposed consent order, Oracle will be required to give consumers the ability to easily uninstall insecure, older versions of Java SE.

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GoDaddy Releases Gender Salary Data

GoDaddy Inc., the world’s largest technology provider dedicated to small businesses, is revealing its first-ever company-wide salary analysis as part of its push to address gender diversity in the technology industry. The benchmark report delivers on a commitment made at this past summer’s White House Demo Day. Over the summer, GoDaddy conducted an audit of internal salary data, which analyzed like-for-like roles and compared how men and women were placed in the salary band for comparable roles. GoDaddy sets its salary bands by role and level based on industry-standard data, and on average takes a market-leading position, which puts GoDaddy’s median salary generally higher than those in the industry. 

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Is Technology The New ‘IT’ Industry?

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Three in Four Non-IT Professionals Find Tech Careers Appealing; Salary and Innovation Hold Most Appeal. Not everyone is born with a knack to hack, but a new survey shows most people find technology careers attractive. Three-quarters of non-IT (information technology) professionals polled said the technology field holds appeal for them. Salary potential and job opportunities and the ability to be innovative were cited by respondents as the top draws.

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New Research Shows the IT Talent Shortage Is Wreaking Havoc on the Enterprise

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Despite more than one-third of total HR budget dedicated to the IT talent gap, 25 percent of projects are abandoned altogether because of IT capacity limitations Ninety percent of C-level executives agree that recruiting and retaining technology talent is a top business challenge, according to a new survey by Appirio, a global cloud services company and leader in enterprise crowdsourcing. Developed in conjunction with Wakefield Research, the IT Talent Wars and the Gig Economy Survey explores how the gig economy is impacting enterprise IT by examining key drivers in the war for talent, and outlining worker expectations for retention and workplace satisfaction.

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SAMSUNG Announces Classroom in a Box to Transform Classrooms with Digital Solutions for Increasing Student Achievement

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Samsung Electronics America announced plans to launch its Classroom in a Box suite of services to K-12 schools. In collaboration with McGraw-Hill Education, Samsung’s Classroom in a Box will be on display at Booth #3002 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from June 29-July 1. The pilot will be available starting at ISTE through the end of September. According to a recent survey of K-12 teachers conducted by Samsung and GfK, 91 percent of teachers feel that access to up-to-date training on how to use technology in the classroom is important to achieving success. Based on the survey findings, 81 percent of teachers agree that technology in the classroom enables students to get more hands-on experience during lessons. However, 60 percent of teachers feel they are inadequately prepared to use it.

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U.S. CIOs Reveal Hiring Plans For Second Half Of 2015

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Twenty-two percent of U.S. chief information officers (CIOs) surveyed recently plan to expand their information technology (IT) teams in the second half of 2015, according to the just-released Robert Half Technology IT Hiring Forecast and Local Trend Report. This is a three-point increase from the prior six-month period and up eight percentage points from one year ago. Sixty-seven percent of CIOs intend to hire only for open IT roles, 9 percent anticipate putting hiring plans on hold, and 2 percent expect to reduce their IT staff in the second half of the year.

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Tech Leaders See Wearables Working in the Workplace

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As wearables gain popularity, it’s just a matter of time before workplace applications start to emerge, research shows. In a new survey from Robert Half Technology, 63 per cent of CIOs said they believe wearable computing devices, such as watches and glasses, will become common workplace tools. Among this group, 20 per cent expect to see workplace-wearables within five years. Wearables could potentially be used to record meetings, scan documents, provide navigation and take photographs for business.

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IBM Teams With More Than 300 Colleges and Universities to Educate New Generation of Innovators

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IBM today announced that its Power Systems Academic Initiative (PSAI) has achieved a major milestone by enrolling more than 300 colleges and universities around the globe in the program, providing these institutions with access to IBM Power Systems technology and helping to arm students with skills to handle new workloads like Big Data, cloud, mobile and social, that are crucial in today’s job market.

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