Day: October 23, 2020

Indeed: The “fastest-rising” jobs in tech

A new report highlights the most in-demand tech positions detailing the top skills for each role as well as average compensation.

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Months into the coronavirus pandemic, millions in the US remain unemployed due to the COVID-19 and economic uncertainty in the months ahead. A clearer understanding of market demand could help prospective employees upskill and approach the job market with an eye toward the future. To assist, a new Indeed report details the fastest-growing tech jobs in the US as well as the skills needed for each of these positions.

“Employers know that ‘work-from-home’ is today’s new norm, which is likely driving the hiring push for the IT support roles (junior helpdesk, entry level PC technician, junior technical support). For thousands of firms, it’s critical that their workers have technology that’s both secure and easy to use. IT support roles make this happen,” said Indeed Economist AnnElizabeth Konkel.

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Huawei reports slowing growth as its operations “face significant challenges” – TechCrunch

Huawei announced earnings results today showing that its growth has slowed significantly this year as the Chinese telecom equipment and smartphone giant said its “production and operations face significant challenges.”

While Huawei did not specify trade restrictions in its brief announcement, the company has been hit with a series of commercial trade restrictions by the U.S. government. The full impact of those policies haven’t been realized yet, because U.S. government has granted Huawei several waivers, including one that will delay the implementation of a ban on commercial trade with Huawei and ZTE until May 2021.

During the first three quarters of 2020, the Chinese telecoms and smartphone giant reported revenue of 671.3 billion yuan (about USD $100.7 billion), an increase of 9.9% year-over-year, with a profit margin of 8%. The company said those results “basically met expectations,” but it represents a huge drop from its performance during the same period

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Holiday Gift Guide 2020 – TechRepublic

Finding the perfect gifts can be a challenge, so let us help you. Check out these holiday gift ideas for iPhone or Android users, coworkers, amateur astronomers, adventurers, and more.

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Shopping for the holidays can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. With so many options available online, it’s easier than ever to find what you’re looking for and get everyone marked off your list. Consider the gift guides and shopping tips listed below to help make your 2020 holiday season the smoothest one yet. This article will be updated as more holiday gift guides are available. 

TechRepublic’s holiday gift guides for 2020

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Forrester: AI and automation will help organizations rethink the future of work

Automation, not surprisingly, is aimed at the employee experience. In 2021, digital transformation initiatives in more than three-quarters of enterprises will focus on automation, the firm said.

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A lasting legacy of the COVID-19 pandemic is that work will never be the same. Thanks to the two As, automation and artificial intelligence (AI), expect to see significant growth and changes in 2021.

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“The ‘great lockdown’ of 2020 will make the drive for automation in 2021 both inevitable and irreversible,” according to Forrester’s Predictions 2021. “Remote work, new digital muscles, and pandemic constraints will create millions of pragmatic automations in 2021; document extraction, RPA (robotic process automation) from anywhere, drones, and various employee robots will proliferate; and, as expected, the mad dash to automate will bring trouble.”

At the same time, while AI didn’t

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