Winners Of The 2020 B2B Channel Performance Awards

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If there has ever been a year when IT vendors earned awards for their performance in the channel, 2020 has been it. The COVID-19 pandemic, financial slowdown and sudden pivot to work-from-home for many employees has created unprecedented challenges for IT companies and the solution providers they work with.

“I’ve been part of the tech industry for over 20 years and I don’t believe any of us have ever been through what we’re experiencing with the pandemic. As expected, the way the channel has come together to support each other and pivot to new ways to approach business is impressive,” said Kate Roe-Semyon, president of B2B Technology at market research and business solutions firm NPD Group.

Roe-Semyon and The NPD Group appeared at the 2020 XChange+ Virtual Experience, hosted by CRN parent The Channel Company, to announce the third annual B2B Channel Performance Awards, which recognize vendors that achieved the

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GM Unveiled More Electric-Vehicle Technology. That Could Be Bad News for These Stocks.

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The new EVgo fast-charging stations will offer 100-350-kilowatt capabilities to meet the needs of an increasingly powerful set of EVs coming to market.


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General Motors

unveiled its Ultium Drive system Wednesday. It is part of GM’s push to become a serious player in the electric-vehicle market. That’s potentially good news for GM investors—but it might be bad news for existing suppliers of powertrain parts.

The Ultium system amounts to a set of five interchangeable drive units and three electric motors which are key components of an EV powertrain. EV makers need batteries, electric motors, and power inverters to power their vehicles. Traditional internal-combustion vehicles, on the other hand, need a motor, transmission, gas tank, and exhaust system.

General Motors (ticker: GM) sources its EV batteries from

LG Chem

(051910.Korea). GM develops its battery-management systems and software in house.

Ultium Drive brings GM one degree

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Water technology giant, Siemens, signs on as a founding partner for Gwinnett’s The Water Tower research center | News

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International water technology company Siemens is joining Gwinnett County’s The Water Tower center for water innovation, research and development and training in Buford.

The Water Tower is being built next to the F. Wayne Hill Water Resources Center near the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center in Buford, and county officials are heralding the addition of Siemens, who they called a “technology powerhouse in the water sector” to the group of founding partners for the research center.

“As we target new startups, having a company like Siemens onboard will provide excellent resources and support, allowing ideas to become solutions to today’s critical water challenges,” The Water Tower CEO Melissa Meeker said. “Siemens is helping us to hit the ground running with state-of-the-art technologies for testing and training. This is a major plus for Gwinnett County and our campus.”

Gwinnett County launched The Water Tower one year ago as a state-of-the-art campus

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Internet vouchers for low-income students going out next week

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Vouchers for internet services for Alabama families go out next week, but state officials ask if you are not eligible not to use the voucher.

The vouchers are part of a program called Alabama Broadband Connectivity for Students, created by Gov. Kay Ivey with $100 million of federal coronavirus relief funds. The voucher will provide eligible families with internet service from participating providers through Dec. 30.

It’s an ambitious program and it’s being set up in a hurry. School has already started in many areas, and with more than 70% of students statewide expected to be learning online, state officials are casting a wide net in sending the vouchers.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the program and is sending letters with redeemable vouchers to students’ families from information submitted by schools to the Alabama State Department of Education, which then sent the list to ADECA.

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Stingy Slack Paid Researcher $1,750 for Finding ‘Critical’ Bug

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A security researcher found a critical bug that would have let attackers hijack a person’s computer when using Slack. His reward? $1,750.

A security researcher found a critical bug that would have let attackers hijack a person’s computer when using Slack. His reward? $1,750.
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At times, we’ve come to you with stories about security researchers being paid thousands—and in some cases hundreds of thousands—of dollars by companies for finding critical bugs in well-known software or hardware. However, this time, the story is different. It’s about a company that was stingy, and that’s not cool.

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According to Mashable and Bleeping Computer, Slack paid security researcher Oskars Vegeris $1,750 for finding and reporting a bug that would have allowed hackers to hijack a person’s computer. To do this, all a hacker needed to do was upload a file and share it with another Slack user or channel on the app’s desktop version.

“With any in-app redirect – logic/open redirect, HTML or Javascript injection it’s

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Woz Enterprise is Seeking Applicants for Technology Apprenticeships

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World-class U.S. Department of Labor Registered Apprentice Program is putting Americans back to work in high-demand fields

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Sept. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Woz Enterprise – a division of Woz U is seeking apprentices for one of the largest technology apprenticeship programs in the United States, registered and approved by the United States Department of Labor. This modern-day apprenticeship addresses the widening technology skills gap, trains Americans with day-one ready skills and places individuals in entry-level technology jobs with industry leaders.

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“Particularly in technology fields, experience and real-world work skills can be as valuable as a traditional education,” said Chris Coleman, President of Woz U. “With apprenticeship programs, individuals looking to start or advance their technology careers get both. They receive training and work experience simultaneously, working with leading technology services and consulting companies.”

In today’s uncertain labor market, the technology sector still

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“Buzz on the Street” Show: Color Star Technology (NASDAQ: HHT) Debut of Color World Application

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FinancialBuzz.com’s latest Buzz on the Street Show: Featuring Our Corporate News Recap on “Color World Announces Debut of the Color World App After its Online Concert Becomes Part of Music History”

Color Star Technology Co., Ltd. (NASDAQ: HHT) officially broadcasted the Color World Online Concert to audiences around the globe via its official platform “Color World” at 9 pm Eastern Time on September 9th. The Color World Online Concert attracted over half a million viewers from mainland China and all over the world. Global Social media networks reached over 10 million hits.

Color Star Technology Co, Ltd. offers online and offline innovative education services for music and entertainment industries globally. Its business operations are conducted through its wholly-owned subsidiaries Color China Entertainment Ltd. and CACM Group NY, Inc. The Company’s online education is provided through its Color World music and entertainment education platform. The Company also offers after-school entertainment tutoring

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TikTok ban needed to punish China over internet censorship: Tim Wu

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  • TikTok is facing an onslaught of executive orders from the Trump administration, an attempt to get the viral app banned in the United States.
  • Tim Wu, an open-internet advocate who coined the term “net neutrality,” argued  in a New York Times op-ed Wednesday that TikTok should be banned as a “tit for tat” response to China’s nationwide internet censorship of US tech companies.
  • Wu wrote that the “privilege” of the US open internet should be available “only to companies from countries that respect that openness themselves.”
  • It’s still unclear whether Trump has the authority to ban TikTok, or how such a ban would work in practice. TikTok is reportedly planning to sue the Trump administration over its proposed ban.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

A leading advocate of a free and open internet has come out in support of banning the popular video app TikTok in the United

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Brain-inspired electronic system could vastly reduce AI’s carbon footprint

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Extremely energy-efficient artificial intelligence is now closer to reality after a study by UCL researchers found a way to improve the accuracy of a brain-inspired computing system.

The system, which uses memristors to create artificial neural networks, is at least 1,000 times more energy efficient than conventional transistor-based AI hardware, but has until now been more prone to error.

Existing AI is extremely energy-intensive – training one AI model can generate 284 tonnes of carbon dioxide, equivalent to the lifetime emissions of five cars. Replacing the transistors that make up all digital devices with memristors, a novel electronic device first built in 2008, could reduce this to a fraction of a tonne of carbon dioxide – equivalent to emissions generated in an afternoon’s drive.

Since memristors are so much more energy-efficient than existing computing systems, they can

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Vix Technology and Miles Team to Deliver Innovative Rider Loyalty Programs

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Integrated solution to increase public transit ridership and strengthen customer engagement

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. and DENVER, Sept. 3, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Vix Technology (“Vix”) and Miles have teamed up to deliver an integrated ticketing and automated rider loyalty and rewards solution for transit agencies across North America. This partnership offers transit operators a new tool to increase ridership by rewarding passenger loyalty and reducing single-occupancy vehicle trips that create traffic congestion and contribute to air pollution and climate change.

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The combination of Miles’ rider loyalty program and Vix’s fare payment systems allows transit passengers to link their preferred fare payment method, such as contactless bank cards, closed-loop transit cards, and mobile apps. The integration utilizes ridership data collected by the fare system to enable hyper-targeted and individualized loyalty programs focused on specific transit or social equity initiatives.

Transit agencies can gain a clearer, data-driven understanding of

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