China’s Leaders Focus on Tech as They Make 5-Year Economic Plan

By Joe McDonald

Chinese leaders met Monday to formulate an economic blueprint for the next five years that is expected to emphasize development of semiconductors and other technology at a time when Washington is cutting off access to U.S. technology.

President Xi Jinping’s government is working to promote self-sustaining growth supported by domestic consumer spending and technology development as tensions with trading partners hamper access to export markets and technology.

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Who’s Hiring And Reskilling In Tech And What Are They Looking For?

By Ilya Brotzky

Covid-19 will permanently wipe out between 6.2 million and 8.7 million jobs in the U.S. by the end of the year. In my home country of Canada, we are still 1 million jobs short of our pre-Covid employment levels. Due to this grim outlook, many are asking: Who’s hiring and what are they looking for? Some innovation-driven sectors are adapting and actually growing a lot during this time which provides signs of hope. 

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Manhattan Emptied Out During the Pandemic. But Big Tech Is Moving In.

By Matthew Haag

Facebook has just leased enough new office space in Manhattan to nearly triple its current local work force, including at one of the city’s most iconic buildings, the 107-year-old former main post office complex near Pennsylvania Station.

Apple, which set up its first office in New York a decade ago, is expanding to another building in Manhattan. And Google and Amazon are stitching together corporate campuses in the city more quickly than anywhere else in the world. Amazon paid roughly $1 billion in March for the iconic Lord & Taylor building on Fifth Avenue.

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Microsoft Channel Chief Schuster Wants To ‘Ignite Movement’ For Women In Tech

By Jennifer Zarate

Microsoft global channel chief Gavriella Schuster joins 37 prominent women in history receiving the Athena International Global Leadership Award for her commitment to advancing women in technology.

Schuster is also the first woman in IT to receive the prestigious award.

“I am incredibly honored and humbled by this award and recognition,” Schuster told CRNtv. “The work that I have done on behalf of women in tech is completely because I have a lot of passion in this area.”

Past recipients of the award include NASA astronaut Chistina Koch and the late associate justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

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How 2020 Has Pushed Tech To Its Limits

By Tim Conkle

The perfect storm of 2020 has pushed the tech industry into uncharted territory. It’s one thing to ask, “What would happen if everyone started using my product?” It’s something entirely different when they actually do, though.

The world’s sudden shift to work from home has affected almost every aspect of the tech industry. Businesses need to account for security, scalability and ease of use more than they ever have for this transition. Technology has gone from vitally important to just plain vital.

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Xi Jinping’s tech wonderland runs into headwinds

By ALLEN WAN

At a new 400-acre research-and-development center on China’s south coast, Huawei Technologies Co. engineers chat, tap at their phones or chill out on a small electric tram that whirs them between buildings modeled variously on the Sorbonne or England’s great universities. They move through neighborhoods built in the style of Versailles or Renaissance Italy, passing by some of the 3,000 gardening and maintenance staff needed to keep the vast parklands immaculate.

It’s late July, and on this Disneyland-like corporate campus about an hour and a half’s drive from Hong Kong, Huawei seems to be basking in the wealth from its leadership in 5G mobile technology. No other company has done more to project the image of a technologically advanced China on the international stage. And no other company stands as a greater symbol of China’s engagement with the outside world.

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Buy Or Build? What Customized Tech Is Teaching Us About Talent

By Meighan Newhouse

As companies focus more and more on digitization, automation, digital transformation and all the other “-tions,” they are often putting the cart before the horse. They are looking for a panacea that will cure all that ails their organization, and they often look to the marketplace for a technology solution that fits the bill. What they soon find, and what you may have experienced yourself, is that there is no silver-bullet-solution for your organization. A company’s needs are unique, even if its products, services, process breakdowns or personnel issues are not.

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Nvidia secures control of key global tech with $40bn Arm deal

By Richard Waters

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Nvidia’s agreed purchase of Arm Holdings from Japan’s SoftBank for up to $40bn, the largest deal in the global semiconductor industry, gives the US company control over a technology that powers everything from mobile devices to data centres.  The sale of UK chip designer Arm, announced on Sunday, is the latest big asset disposal by SoftBank as the Japanese tech group shifts from operating businesses into a global investment and asset management powerhouse.

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Investors Shun Risky Assets as Tech Trade Stalls

By Karen Langley

The selloff in highflying technology shares has been accompanied by a broad retreat from other risky assets, raising questions about the foundation of the market recovery, as investors anticipate a potentially volatile autumn.

The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite dropped 4.1% Tuesday, bringing its losses over the past three sessions to 10% and sending it into correction territory. Apple Inc. has shed 14% over that period, Microsoft Corp. has lost 13%, and Amazon.com Inc. is down 11%.

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Microsoft Word Now Does Voice Transcription…And Other Small Business Tech News

By Gene Marks

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1 — Microsoft launched a new transcription feature for Word. 

This past week, Microsoft released an Office 365 feature named Transcribe in Word. The new feature will allow individuals to transcribe audio in real time through Azure’s artificial intelligence. Although the tool is presently limited to Word’s online platform, their long term goal is to roll it into other 365 tools. With this feature, users will be able to upload various audio files to be transcribed or record a conversation straight to Word and have it transcribed immediately with the option to playback and edit the recordings. (Source: Silicon Republic)

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