Stories by Patrick Thibodeau

Obama, in India, will get earful about the H-1B visa

In India, the H-1B visa is seen in an entirely different light than in the U.S. The visa is essential to free trade, and legislative moves by Congress to restrict it are called protectionist and a threat to India's IT industry.

Tech industry may gain from Obama's free tuition plan

Seminole State College in Sanford Fla., near Orlando, graduates about 70 students annually with two-year degrees in its programming and networking programs. Local tech firms have helped to shape the college's courses.

Anti-H-1B senator to head immigration panel

The biggest enemy facing U.S. Senate Republicans in raising the H-1B cap are Senate Republicans.

IRS warns of downtime risk as Congress makes cuts

Successive budget cuts by Congress are forcing the Internal Revenue Service to delay system modernization and improve its ability to prevent fraud.

Cuba's pending tech revolution

Cuba is on the threshold of getting, potentially, a massive technology upgrade, thanks to a US decision to ease economic sanctions. But this tiny island nation needs a lot of work.

New H-1B bill will 'help destroy' U.S. tech workforce

New legislation being pushed by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) to hike the H-1B visa cap is drawing criticism and warnings that it will lead to an increase in offshoring of tech jobs.

In IoT standards battle, there is no neutral zone for this CTO

LAS VEGAS Jan Brockmann, the chief technology officer at AB Electrolux, one of the world's largest appliance makers, is on a mission at the International CES trade show to help shape the future of the Internet of Things.

The hidden economic boom at CES

LAS VEGAS -- The forecast from Harvard that the Internet of Things (IoT) will unleash a new economic boom is not immediately apparent at this year's International CES. Most of the new technologies on display here are forgettable novelties.

At CES: Wearable tech for training your successor

To be kind, some of the products at the International Consumer Electronics Show here are a stretch, such as a belt that automatically expands when you sit down or eat too much. There hasn't been a lot of innovation in belt making in the last few hundred years, so the French-based firm that created this smart belt, Emotia, believes the public might be ready for something new.

White House plans to leave IT in better shape than it found it

WASHINGTON -- White House IT transitions have a checkered history. In 2001, some members of President Bill Clinton's outgoing staff pulled the letter "W" from dozens of keyboards in anticipation of the arrival of George W. Bush. At the end of Bush's two terms in 2009, departing White House staffers left the incoming administration of President Barack Obama with ancient desktops running floppy disk drives.

New Congress may move swiftly to raise H-1B cap

When the Republicans take control of Congress in January, they may act, with bipartisan support, to raise the H-1B cap.

$1 spent on state government tech saves $3.50, study finds

The federal and state governments, in political contests, are routinely accused of being too big and bloated. But a new study says that IT spending reduces state government expenditures, even as new technologies help expand the role of government.

Moove it! Tracking the common cow

Farmers are tracking the health of their cows with technology that uses accelerometers, the same sensor that orients a cellphone screen. The sensors used in farming are not unlike those also found in wearables worn by people.

Texas Instruments builds an alternative energy for the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is nothing without batteries and plugs. But it's possible to build a sensor network that uses harvested energy that comes from changes in temperature, vibrations, wind and light, as Texas Instruments (TI) will demonstrate at the Consumer Electronics Show in January.

The Sony breach may be start of new nation-state cyberattack

It has been an exceptional year for IT security breaches, which have become part of an escalating trend in destructive attacks. And they're going to get worse.