Don Willmott

Don Willmott reports on the Internet, technology, and consumer electronics for a wide variety of publications and Web sites. He was Yahoo! Internet Life’s Technology Editor and also spent 14 years at PC Magazine in a variety of editorial positions. Willmott is the author of the book “PC Magazine Best of the Web” (Wiley, 2004). He lives in New York City.

Strong Tech Job Growth Predicted for D.C.

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What’s New This Quarter Given all the recent stories about the NSA’s efforts to collect communications data, you’d be justified in thinking you can jumpstart your technology career in the Washington metropolitan area by becoming a Big Data specialist. After all, someone has to sort through the 6.1 trillion text messages the world generates every year. The truth isn’t so simple. A recent Meritalk survey found that none of the 17 government agencies it looked at have successfully embraced Big… continue…

In Silicon Valley, More Deals and More Jobs

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What’s New This Quarter Silicon Valley is a candidate’s market right now, says Monique Fierros, a San Jose-based Technical Recruiter for Randstad Technologies. “There is a lot of movement, and almost everyone I talk to on a daily basis has multiple opportunities in the works and can end up receiving multiple offers throughout the hiring process,” she says. “Hiring managers have to move quickly before the candidates are no longer on the market.” There’s certainly a lot going on. In perhaps… continue…

In Seattle, It’s All About Software Development

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What’s New This Quarter T.J. Doton, Managing Director of recruiting firm Randstad Technologies in Seattle/Bellevue, has some good news: Overall unemployment in the region has hit its lowest level since August 2008 — 4.7 percent, according to the Washington State Employment Security Department. Since IT has traditionally trended at nearly half of the overall rate, the tech sector is effectively at full employment. Some companies to watch: Local employment leader Amazon, which has won a $600 million contract from the… continue…

More IT Research Jobs Seen in Raleigh

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What’s New This Quarter It’s been an active few months in the Research Triangle region. The number of available tech job openings rose by 8.1 percent in May, according to the latest IT Job Trends report prepared from the North Carolina Technology Association. State-wide, there were 4,280 openings, up from 3,960 in April. It marked the fourth straight month of IT job growth, though the trend will likely level off during the slower summer months. In more ominous news, IBM,… continue…

Morozov: The Internet Can’t Save the World

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When you learn that Evgeny Morozov’s previous book was called The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom, you quickly realize that his new book, To Save Everything, Click Here, isn’t likely to be an ode to the utopian wonder of the Web. And indeed it isn’t. Morozov, a scholar and writer who studies the political and social implications of technology, scoffs at what he calls “solutionism,” the idea that with enough Big Data, computing power, and crowdsourcing, the… continue…

New York City: Mobile Development Rules

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What’s New This Quarter Even after its $1.1 billion acquisition of NYC-based Tumblr, Yahoo may still be shopping, with a $50 million offer out for mobile app developer Qwiki. Another big deal: the sale of 3D-printing pioneer MakerBot to Stratasys for more than $600 million. Expect hiring at chic online design shop Fab.com, which recently picked up $150 million in funding (which values the company at a cool $1 billion) and is looking to expand internationally. When Mayor Michael Bloomberg… continue…

In Austin, an Inexorable Shift from Hardware to Software

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What’s New This Quarter While the future of Dell continues to be the subject of much speculation, the company is moving forward on the services front, providing a dedicated/private and hybrid cloud environment for its government customers. With 14,000 workers, Dell remains the largest private employer in Central Texas. Meanwhile, Austin-based online deal site RetailMeNot has filed for an IPO, saying that it is looking to raise up to $230 million. In less happy news, locals are wondering what IBM’s… continue…

5 Tech Jobs You Can Get Without a College Degree

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The prohibitive cost of a traditional four-year college education — not to mention the recent doubling of interest rates on student loans — may leave some high school grads wondering if there’s another, more affordable path to a technology career. There certainly is, though it’s not nearly as clear-cut. It may include attending community college, getting certifications, learning and practicing on your own, and, hardest of all, gaining experience without having a real job. Do the work, and you can… continue…

Present Shock: Stuck in The Now

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Way back in 1970, futurist Alvin Toffler, the author of the best-selling Future Shock, warned us that “too much change in too short a period of time” was certain to cause both individuals and societies “shattering stress and disorientation.” No kidding. Today, however, we’re no longer obsessed with the future because the urgency of the present moment — everything from stock prices to texts to tweets — distracts us from both the lessons of the past and our plans for the… continue…

Google Execs Predict a Future of Online Turmoil

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Despite the seismic changes wrought by the Internet over the past 20 years, there’s a sense out there that we’re really only getting started. Who better to piece together a book full of sweeping predictions about the Internet’s impact going forward than Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman and former CEO of Google, and Jared Cohen, director of Google Ideas and a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations? In The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations and… continue…