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Echo Show Ships on Wednesday, Buy 2 and Get a $100...

The newly-announced Echo Show is available for pre-order in black or white and the shipping date is finally right around the corner: Wednesday, June 28.
If you're interested, there are two things you need to know. Right now if you buy two of them and enter the code SHOW2PACKnbsp;at checkout, you'll activate a $100 discount.
So you'll get two new Echo Shows for the price of two standard Echos.

Go in on this deal with a friend, or buy a few for yourself (they work very well in multiple rooms).

The other thing you should know is that by selecting Prime 2-day shipping, Amazon will actually have the Echo Show on your doorstep the very day it's released.

Echo Show brings you everything you love about Alexa, and now she can show you things.

Amazon has announced an integration with some of the big names in wireless security cams, so you can simply say "Alexa, show me the front door camera".

Echo Show should make a good kitchen assistant as well -- just ask for a recipe. You can watch news briefings, YouTube videos, ask for a weather forecast, video chat with family and friends (if they have Echos as well), see music lyrics, photos, to-do and shopping lists, and more.  All hands-freemdash;just ask. New skills and features are added all the time.  See this deal now on Amazon.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

IDG Contributor Network: H-1Bs were never the answer

Given the current political climate, the future of the H-1B visa program is cloudy, at best.

All indications point to tighter eligibility for potential employees, increased application costs and delays in processing.This forecast leads some to scream, “The sky is falling!” They predict apocalyptic conditions where enterprises scale back innovation and progress due to increased constraints for software engineers. Others have suggested a swing back to wholesale offshoring of development projects.All politics aside, the H-1B program was never the answer.
It never would have fixed the problem it was created to solve: providing enough software engineers to satisfy the demand for these talents in an environment where every company must build software and technology as part of its core business.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Software and Solutions coupled with increased demand for Managed Services sales...

[London – 10 May 2017] Europe’s leading solution-based technology resellers (known as Value Added Resellers, or VARs) continue to defy gravity and drive the European market against a background of continued anaemic IT market growth.

The overall EMEA market is forecast by Gartner to grow at just 1.9% this year, following growth of just 0.2% in 2016. New research by IT Europa in its report Solution VARs in Europe – The Top 1000, shows that... Source: RealWire

3D NAND to make up half of all flash memory production

3D NAND, which stacks layer upon layer of flash cells atop one another like a microscopic skyscraper, will become the prominent technology for all flash memory this year, according to a new report.According to DRAMeXchange's latest forecast, NAND fl...

What’s next for solar energy

A look forward to how we get to Terawatts of solar power capacity.

HP rises again to be the world’s top PC maker as...

It was another tough quarter for PC shipments, but there was good news for HP, which edged Lenovo to regain the title of world top's PC maker, according to IDC.Worldwide PC shipments totaled 60.3 million units in the first quarter of 2017, growing by just 0.6 percent compared to the same quarter the previous year.[ Windows 10 vs. MacOS: Which gives sys admins the most management control? | Get deep into Windows: Subscribe to the InfoWorld Windows Report newsletter. ]IDC previously forecast a decline of 1.8 percent in PC shipments, so the positive growth was a sign the PC market is recovering. Quarterly PC shipments reported positive growth for the first time since the first quarter of 2012. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Russia: Maybe reusing rockets isn’t a crazy capitalist idea after all

"The main thing is to ensure a competitive product," a Russian official said.

A sizzling Gulf of Mexico could bring more spring storms

More tornadoes? Probably.

But there's no link between winter heat and hurricanes.

Facebook open-sources its Prophet forecasting tools for Python and R

Facebook has open-sourced its Prophet forecasting tool, designed "to make it easier for experts and non-experts to make high-quality forecasts," according to a blog post by Sean J.

Taylor and Ben Letham in the company's research team. "Forecasts are...

Infosec firm NCC Group launches review over crap financials

Misses full-year forecast by, oh, only 20 per cent Cybersecurity firm NCC Group has launched a strategic review after issuing a profit warning.…

IDG Contributor Network: How SUSE is becoming a key player in...

According to the most recent Gartner forecast, there will be more than 8.4 billion internet connected things in use worldwide in 2017, with total spending on endpoints and services rocketing to almost $2 trillion.When we think of IoT we usually don’t look beyond small, connected devices.

But when I look at IoT, I see three core components:The user facing devices (hardware) Data centers running services for these devices
 Software running on these devices It should not come as a surprise that Linux is a dominant player in the latter two categories. Most data centers and cloud, irrespective of whether its public cloud or private cloud, run on Linux. Most IoT devices run some form of Linux based operating system.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

10 IT skills that employers need in 2017

IT skills that employers need in 2017Image by ThinkstockUnemployment rates in the IT industry are still hovering at historic lows, and some roles -- like network and security engineers and software developers -- are showing unemployment rates of around...