Tech Companies Need More Skilled Workers, CTA Study Shows

ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Three in four technology companies (75%) face difficulty finding candidates with the right skills and abilities today, according to the annual Consumer Technology Association (CTA)® Future of Work Study. For the first time, the annual study – which surveyed 240 tech industry leaders on workforce trends – also explores how the tech sector is embracing diversity and inclusion and adapting amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The study finds four in five (80%) employers will need more employees with technical skills. Employers say the most in-demand technical skills at their company are data analytics (57%), software development (56%) and project management (56%). However, companies are also looking beyond technical skills to soft skills. The top soft skills employers look for are communication (85%), problem-solving (83%) and critical thinking (83%). 

To find and recruit skilled candidates, almost three-quarters of respondents (72%) say they will

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Stocks Drop With Stimulus on Hold as Banks Tumble: Markets Wrap

(Bloomberg) — Stocks fell on speculation that their recent rally has outpaced prospects for a quick end to the stalemate over fresh economic stimulus. Treasuries and the dollar climbed.



A pedestrian wearing a protective face mask is reflected in an electronic stock board outside a securities firm in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Japanese stocks were set for their fourth straight weekly gain, the longest winning streak since November, as investors moved back in following this week’s central bank rate decisions at home and in the U.S.


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A pedestrian wearing a protective face mask is reflected in an electronic stock board outside a securities firm in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Japanese stocks were set for their fourth straight weekly gain, the longest winning streak since November, as investors moved back in following this week’s central bank rate decisions at home and in the U.S.

Banks led losses in the S&P 500, with JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citigroup Inc. sinking as investors worried that third-quarter results signaled just a pause in pain from soured loans. Johnson & Johnson slumped after temporarily halting its late-stage study of a coronavirus vaccine while Eli Lilly & Co. plunged as its trial of an antibody treatment for

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What 5G means for your next iPhone

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OK, let’s be honest. Up until now, it’s all just been a warmup. But with the launch of Apple’s first ever 5G-capable iPhone – the iPhone 12 line – 5G is really here.

In truth, 5G service and 5G phones for consumers officially launched last year in the US, but the initial efforts from all three major US carriers, AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, were very limited. Things started picking up this year, as Samsung and other vendors unveiled a wide range of 5G-capable phones, and both T-Mobile and AT&T turned on nationwide 5G service (with Verizon rumored to be doing so imminently). Now, however, with Apple finally jumping in, the 5G era is most definitely upon us.

So, the obvious question is, what does that really mean?

The short answer is faster and more reliable download speeds for all the applications and services we know and

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16 Steps Every Tech Professional Can Take To ‘Recession-Proof’ Their Career

While the tech industry tends to be more resilient in the face of recession than others, no industry is wholly immune from economic downturns. Even with technology becoming an increasing necessity in the wake of Covid-19, tech companies have still experienced layoffs, adjustments and other shocks to the system.

That’s why it’s vital for tech professionals to “recession-proof” their skills and their careers as far as possible. Below, the members of Forbes Technology Council share 16 things those working in the tech industry can do to protect themselves from the impacts of an economic downturn.

1. Master cloud-based skills.

Companies are rapidly shifting to a “cloud-first” strategy, and they are looking for employees who have cloud expertise. Update your skills to ensure you have cloud certifications and experience with

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Darlene Pope to Chair the Connected Virtual Tech Event November 16th and 17th

WARREN, N.J., Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Connected Virtual Tech Event, produced by Fifth Gen Media, is pleased to announce that Darlene Pope will be serving as conference chair and leading all the content, speakers and panels at the upcoming event.  Darlene is a well-known industry speaker, thought leader, and globally recognized expert in the field of smart buildings and digital workplace.

“I’m really excited to have Darlene working with us on this event.  There is no one who has a better understanding of the smart building ecosystem than she has,” said Rich Berliner, CEO of Fifth Gen Media and Producer of the event.  “Darlene will add an element to this show that is unsurpassed, and we are so pleased to have her join us.”

The Connected Virtual Tech Event is a two-day virtual trade show and conference using a new interactive platform that delivers the closest

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Stocks Drop With Stimulus on Hold as Banks Slump: Markets Wrap

(Bloomberg) — Stocks fell on speculation that a rally to a six-week high has outpaced prospects for a quick end to the stalemate over economic stimulus. Treasuries and the dollar climbed.



A pedestrian wearing a protective face mask is reflected in an electronic stock board outside a securities firm in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Japanese stocks were set for their fourth straight weekly gain, the longest winning streak since November, as investors moved back in following this week’s central bank rate decisions at home and in the U.S.


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A pedestrian wearing a protective face mask is reflected in an electronic stock board outside a securities firm in Tokyo, Japan, on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020. Japanese stocks were set for their fourth straight weekly gain, the longest winning streak since November, as investors moved back in following this week’s central bank rate decisions at home and in the U.S.

Banks led losses in the S&P 500 after JPMorgan Chase & Co. said its surprisingly-good reserve release didn’t reflect a better view of the economy and Citigroup Inc. reported a jump in costs. Tech shares outperformed as Amazon.com Inc. and Apple Inc. hold key events. Delta Air Lines Inc. tumbled as a decision to delay $5 billion

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How to watch it live

Ah, October. Leaves are turning brown, air is getting chillier, pumpkins are getting spicier and now Apple Stores are dropping from the internet. It can only mean one thing: Apple’s new iPhone is coming Tuesday. That’s right, the company’s next-generation phone, likely called the iPhone 12, is expected to be announced in an online-only event at 10 a.m. PT Tuesday. 

CNET’s live pre-event coverage begins at 9:30 a.m. PT: Join our watch party.

We’re expecting to see a new boxier iPad Pro-inspired look, faster processing chips and 5G wireless technology. Here’s what we’ve heard so far about the iPhone 12’s price and release date, and a few features on our iPhone 12 wish list that Apple should steal from Samsung.

The new iPhone is the smartphone that Apple fans and industry watchers alike have been waiting awhile to see. It’s the first major revamp of

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Kibo Announces 20% Discount on Technology and Services for All Certified Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses (MWBEs)

  • Immediate company-wide discount applies to full services and technologies for MWBEs across U.S.

  • Kibo to kick off an MWBE certification initiative to help more businesses receive resources they need and deserve

Kibo, the leader in cloud commerce, today announced that it will offer an immediate 20% discount on all products and services to certified Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) in the US that the company is doing business with for the first time. Kibo is making this announcement as part of a larger, long-term strategy to support diversity across the ecommerce industry and in our global communities. Women-owned businesses account for 39% of all privately held firms, while minority-owned businesses make up 15% of the nation’s total, together accounting for more than $2 trillion in revenue. Despite this, MWBEs are often underfunded and lack the same support network as other businesses.

“Minority- and Women-Owned Business Enterprises are part of

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Apple iPhone event: Live updates

Apple held an event in September, but it didn’t announce iPhones then like it usually does. Instead, it used the event to refresh its Apple Watch and iPad lines, as well as introducing a new fitness subscription service and a discounted bundle of services.

The new Apple Watch Series 6 builds on years of health-focused updates by adding blood oxygen monitoring to the mix. Blood oxygen levels are a good indicator of cardiovascular health and fitness.

For the first time Apple also introduced a lower cost model, the $279 Apple Watch SE, which features fewer features than the latest model. But Apple said it’s still twice as fast as the Apple Watch Series 3, which is slightly cheaper at $199.

Apple introduced a refreshed iPad Air, with a sleek new industrial design and a USB-C port, just like the iPad Pro models the company announced earlier this year. The new

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Everything we’ve heard before Apple’s event today

Today’s the day: The Apple Store is down, which means it’s just a few short hours until the Oct. 13 Apple livestream event, where the iPhone 12 is expected to be launched. The latest news: A new dark blue color leaked just today, and some prices and release dates last Friday. Leaker Kang suggested Friday that Apple will release four phones in the iPhone 12 lineup, all with 5G support. We’ve summarized all the rumors and leaks below. Until today’s virtual Apple event (which you can watch live from home starting at 10 a.m. PT, 1 p.m. ET or 6 p.m. UK), all we can do is speculate.



The current iPhone 11. Angela Lang/CNET


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The current iPhone 11. Angela Lang/CNET

While we usually see new flagship iPhones in September, the COVID-19 outbreak has forced suppliers in China to shut down or operate on limited capacity. This affected not only Apple’s

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