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Imagination wants to add intelligence to smartphone chips

Specialized hardware needed to accelerate machine learning algorithms is moving out of the data center and into high-end mobile phones. Soon it could be in everyone’s pocket, if chip designer Imagination Technologies has its way. Imagination made a name for itself as the designer of the graphics accelerators in Apple’s smartphones and tablets. Now it’s designed a […]

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Google’s HTC move borrows from Apple’s playbook

Google’s $1.1 billion acquisition of HTC’s smartphone engineering arm is not a direct assault against its chief rival, Apple. But it is a recognition of Apple’s successful strategy. It is also an acknowledgement that an ecosystem dominated by hardware manufacturers and telecom providers – each with a set of priorities and plans that doesn’t dovetail with Google’s […]

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What’s new in Apple’s Swift 4.0 language

Swift 4.0 is now available. It’s a major upgrade to Apple’s Swift, the three-year old successor to the Objective-C language used for MacOS and iOS application development. The Swift 4 upgrade enhances the Swift Package Manager and provides new compatibility modes for developers. Apple said Swift 4 also makes Swift more stable and improves its standard library. Swift […]

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FAQ: What is NB-IoT?

NB-IoT, that must stand for “no big IoT,” like “no big deal?” Awful. Why don’t you leave the jokes to me? Fine, fine. So what is NB-IoT, really? First of all, it’s narrow-band IoT, and it’s a communication standard designed to let IoT devices operate via carrier networks, either within an existing GSM carrier wave, […]

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6 1/2 Years in Prison for IT Company Controller Who Embezzled Nearly $20 Million

A Nokesville man who worked as the controller for Reston’s NCI Inc. has been sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison for embezzling about $19.4 million from the information technology company. Jon Frank, 48, pleaded guilty to a wire fraud charge in June. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia: From 2007 until January […]

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Courtenay-based IT company announces acquisition by F12.net

After more than 24 years of providing IT support throughout North Vancouver Island, a small Courtenay-based IT company has been acquired. OnDeck Systems Inc., which formed in 1993 in the Comox Valley, recently announced the formation of a strategic partnership/acquisition with F12.net. F12 is an IT service provider based out of Edmonton. OnDeck director of […]

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Top IT Company To Bridge Gender Pay Gap in India

American software giant Adobe Systems Incorporated said it expects to close the gender wage gap in the US and India by the end of this year, in a bid to promote diversity and inclusion in the workforce. At its annual Adobe & Women and Leadership Summit held in San Jose, the company announced pay parity […]

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Prison sentence for stealing millions from IT company

A corporate controller who stole more than $19 million from the information technology firm that employed him has been sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison. Forty-eight-year-old Jon Frank of Nokesville pleaded guilty to wire fraud earlier this year. He admitted stealing $19.4 million over a 10-year period from his company, Reston-based NCI Inc. The […]