Computerworld Sharon Machlis News en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:50:39 GMT 2014-07-30T14:50:39Z en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For half, STEM degrees lead to other jobs The truth, when it comes to computer employment data, is almost always ugly. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:25:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-07-24T10:25:00Z R resources at Computerworld From a beginner's guide to data-wrangling how-to and searchable collection of additional tutorials and videos, we've got you covered. Thu, 08 May 2014 15:02:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2014-05-08T15:02:00Z R data manipulation tricks: PDF Download this companion to our story, to more easily follow along tricks, tips and code. IDG Insider Fri, 25 Apr 2014 10:30:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2014-04-25T10:30:00Z Data manipulation tricks: Even better in R Some Excel tips and tricks for manipulating dates, and for getting data into the format you need, are also ready for your R pleasure. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 10:30:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2014-04-25T10:30:00Z Offshore firms took 50% of H-1B visas in 2013 Data from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services shows clearly that the largest users of H-1B visas are offshore outsourcing firms. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 10:20:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-04-01T10:20:00Z 5 tips for data manipulation in Excel You don't always need high-end tools like Python or OpenRefine to reformat data. Plain old Excel can do the job. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 11:30:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2014-03-04T11:30:00Z Computer geeks as loners? Data says otherwise We look at Census data to find that the can't-even-get-a-date stereotype of techies is somewhat of a myth. But there's also another side to the statistics. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:18:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2014-02-14T12:18:00Z One out of four U.S households not online in '12 Despite the continuing rise in home computer usage, a substantial portion of U.S. households are not Internet users. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 19:45:00 GMT (Sharon Gaudin) 2014-02-04T19:45:00Z 60+ R resources to improve your data skills From books to videos to online tutorials -- most free! -- here are plenty of ideas to burnish your R knowledge. Wed, 15 Jan 2014 22:02:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2014-01-15T22:02:00Z How to extract custom data from the Google Analytics API Not happy with the Google Analytics interface? We show you how to use a programming language like R to bypass Google Analytics and retrieve the data you want. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 11:30:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2013-11-25T11:30:00Z Chart and image gallery: 30+ free tools for data visualization and analysis This sortable chart lets you compare dozens of tools for functionality, skill level and more. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 20:21:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2013-11-07T20:21:00Z 4 data wrangling tasks in R for advanced beginners R is mighty, but it can be complex for data tasks. Learn how to get summaries, sort and do other tasks with relative ease. (Now updated with dplyr examples.) Tue, 05 Nov 2013 11:30:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2013-11-05T11:30:00Z Touch and type: 3 keyboard covers for the iPad Mini We look at three keyboard covers for the iPad Mini from Belkin, Logitech and Zagg. Which is best at protecting your screen while typing your data? Mon, 30 Sep 2013 10:00:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2013-09-30T10:00:00Z Federal IT hiring slips with political deadlock IT hiring by the federal government is trending downward, with fewer jobs posted each month this year than last year, according to a <i>Computerworld</i> analysis of employment data. Fri, 27 Sep 2013 10:01:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau and Sharon Machlis) 2013-09-27T10:01:00Z 3 key questions for enterprise app development: Esri user conference Users from Germany and Hong Kong offered real-world experience in deploying data mapping apps at the Esri International User Conference in San Diego. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 15:41:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2013-07-09T15:41:00Z Beginner's guide to R: Syntax quirks you'll want to know Why x=3 doesn't always mean what you think it should, about data types and more. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 10:00:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2013-06-06T10:00:00Z Beginner's guide to R: Painless data visualization From no-frills graphics to adding color and labeling your data, here's what you need to know. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 10:00:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2013-06-06T10:00:00Z Beginner's guide to R: Easy ways to do basic data analysis From getting subsets of your data to pulling basic stats from your data frame, here's what you need to know. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 10:00:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2013-06-06T10:00:00Z Beginner's guide to R: Get your data into R Whether it's local or from the Web, there are several ways to get data into R for further work. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 10:00:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2013-06-06T10:00:00Z Beginner's guide to R: Introduction In part 1 of our hands-on series, we explain why R's a great choice for basic data analysis and visualization work, and how to get started. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 10:00:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2013-06-06T10:00:00Z More data isn't always better, says Nate Silver Big data may seem to promise big insights to users, but more isn't always better, cautions statistician Nate Silver. Wed, 08 May 2013 17:43:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2013-05-08T17:43:00Z Top users of H-1B visas are offshore outsourcers, Computerworld study finds The biggest users of H-1B visas are offshore outsourcers, many based in India, or U.S.-based companies whose employees are mostly located overseas, according to government data obtained and analyzed by <i>Computerworld</i>. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 11:00:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2013-02-25T11:00:00Z The data shows: Top H-1B users are offshore outsourcers The largest single users of H-1B visas are offshore outsourcers, many of which are based in India, or, if U.S. based, have most employees located overseas, according to government data obtained and analyzed by <i>Computerworld</i>. Thu, 14 Feb 2013 20:28:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau and Sharon Machlis) 2013-02-14T20:28:00Z 60-minute security makeover: Prevent your own 'epic hack' Here are some ways to beef up security on your digital life -- before someone seeking to duplicate the hack that seized control of a Wired reporter's Apple, Amazon and Google accounts finds similar vulnerabilities in yours. Thu, 23 Aug 2012 10:02:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2012-08-23T10:02:00Z 11 mobile apps to enhance your travel experience We showcase 11 apps for iPhone, Android and other devices that can help travelers with flights, hotels and sightseeing around the world. Fri, 29 Jun 2012 10:00:00 GMT (Isabel Eva Bohrer and Sharon Machlis) 2012-06-29T10:00:00Z Q&A: Esri's Jack Dangermond on cloud, big data and Apple-vs-Google map wars GIS pioneer Jack Dangermond founded Esri in 1969 and has steered the company since the mainframe era. With today's announcement of ArcGIS Online organizational subscriptions, he sees Esri's evolution into the era of cloud and mobile computing. (Insider, registration required.) IDG Insider Thu, 14 Jun 2012 10:17:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2012-06-14T10:17:00Z Esri rolls out ArcGIS map services for the cloud Esri today rolled out an ambitious cloud offering for government and enterprise customers that allows users to create data-driven maps and map services without ArcGIS servers or desktop software. Thu, 14 Jun 2012 10:17:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2012-06-14T10:17:00Z How's broadband use in your neighborhood? Interactive map Do you live in a highly connected neighborhood? Or is broadband home use rare, either because high-speed Internet access isn't available or people choose not to subscribe? Use this interactive map to find out about your area. Fri, 13 Apr 2012 18:10:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2012-04-13T18:10:00Z IT jobs will grow 22% through 2020, says U.S. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says offshoring will hurt the growth of programming jobs in this decade, but the expansion of healthcare IT and mobile networks will increase demand for software developers, support technicians and systems analysts. Thu, 29 Mar 2012 19:11:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2012-03-29T19:11:00Z Charting H-1B users, as attention shifts to L-1 Offshore outsourcing firms rely heavily on H-1B visas, and the chart here provides comprehensive data on the top H-1B users from 2009-2011 -- though it doesn't tell the whole story. Wed, 28 Mar 2012 10:00:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2012-03-28T10:00:00Z 8 cool tools for data analysis, visualization and presentation Data crunching can be useful for a wide range of analyses; we look at 8 tools that can make it easier to sort your numbers and show them off to their best advantage. Tue, 27 Mar 2012 10:00:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2012-03-27T10:00:00Z The top 10 H-1B visa users in the U.S. Offshore outsourcing companies continued to make up the majority of the top 10 H-1B visa users in 2011, according to new U.S. government data. These offshore firms have been adding employees by the thousands as revenues increase. Fri, 27 Jan 2012 10:53:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau) 2012-01-27T10:53:00Z Top CES products in handy chart format From slender smartphones to coffee-table-sized touch screens, all the hot tech products from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Wed, 11 Jan 2012 22:20:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2012-01-11T22:20:00Z Where the tech workers are (map) A state-by-state look at concentration of technical workers in the civilian workforce. Tue, 27 Dec 2011 15:48:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis and Patrick Thibodeau) 2011-12-27T15:48:00Z Siri for Android -- sort of Are you an Android user but longing for the functionality of Siri's voice recognition? We look at a variety of interesting apps. Fri, 18 Nov 2011 11:00:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2011-11-18T11:00:00Z High-end smartphones compared: interactive database View and compare mobile phone models by size, weight, OS, carrier, screen and more. Thu, 10 Nov 2011 18:46:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2011-11-10T18:46:00Z Hands-on: Zaggfolio Bluetooth keyboard case for the iPad 2 The Zaggfolio wireless keyboard/case combination offers iPad 2 users the ability to protect their tablets and type comfortably as well. Fri, 04 Nov 2011 10:00:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2011-11-04T10:00:00Z Interactive graphic: iPhone 4S, iOS 5 and iCloud reaction roundup Want to know how some top tech journalists were responding on Twitter to Apple's new mobile announcements this week? Check out our data visualization. Thu, 13 Oct 2011 19:50:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2011-10-13T19:50:00Z Hands-on: 5 wireless keyboards for the iPad Some typists can't make do with the iPad 2's on-screen keypad. Here are 5 wireless keyboards that could make for faster, more accurate typing. Wed, 21 Sep 2011 10:00:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2011-09-21T10:00:00Z Google vs. Facebook by the numbers As the two Internet heavyweights are poised to battle it out in the social networking arena, how do the companies stack up? A look at some data. Thu, 07 Jul 2011 10:00:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2011-07-07T10:00:00Z Android vs. iPhone and iPad by the numbers How does Google's mobile operating system stack up against Apple's in the smartphone and tablet markets? We look at the data. Thu, 09 Jun 2011 10:00:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2011-06-09T10:00:00Z What's your cell phone's maximum radiation level? Interactive database Find out the maximum radiation absorption levels from various mobile phone handsets, using this searchable database. Or view and sort the full table of 1300+ models. Fri, 03 Jun 2011 20:49:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2011-06-03T20:49:00Z 22 free tools for data visualization and analysis Make your data sing. We look at 22 free tools that will help you use visualization and analysis to turn your data into informative, engaging graphics. Wed, 20 Apr 2011 10:00:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2011-04-20T10:00:00Z Apple vs. Microsoft by the numbers It's a matter of opinion which company makes the better operating system or is likely to grow its smartphone market share. But numbers don't lie -- or exaggerate. Tue, 19 Apr 2011 10:00:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2011-04-19T10:00:00Z Tech unemployment higher than white-collar average While computer and math unemployment remained flat in 2010 compared with '09, it's substantially more than prior years and for other professional jobs. Fri, 18 Feb 2011 11:00:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2011-02-18T11:00:00Z Downturn hits older tech workers hardest Older IT workers have been more likely than younger ones to lose their jobs -- and stay unemployed -- since the latest economic recession began in 2008, according to new U.S. government data. Mon, 07 Feb 2011 11:00:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau and Sharon Machlis) 2011-02-07T11:00:00Z Recession hit older tech workers harder, labor data shows Unemployment rates for older IT workers increased during the recession faster than they did for younger employees, according to new government labor data obtained by <i>Computerworld</i>. Thu, 27 Jan 2011 10:58:00 GMT (Patrick Thibodeau and Sharon Machlis) 2011-01-27T10:58:00Z H-1B visa data: Visual and interactive tools See maps and a searchable database of H-1B Labor Condition Applications (LCA) filed in 2009 for computer-related jobs (LCAs are used by employers as supporting evidence for the petition for an H-1B visa). Plus view, sort and search the complete list of all Optical Practical Training extension applications filed since the program began, allowing foreign students to work for employers for up to 29 months without a work visa. Wed, 17 Nov 2010 11:00:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2010-11-17T11:00:00Z 3 photo tools for power users Photo enthusiast Sharon Machlis shares three great tools for sharing and showing digital images at their best. Fri, 22 Oct 2010 10:00:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2010-10-22T10:00:00Z Former Diebold e-voting unit settles Ohio lawsuit Premier Election Solutions has agreed to pay $470,000 in cash, as well as offer free equipment and discounts to settle a lawsuit over dropped votes in Ohio's 2008 primary elections. Thu, 12 Aug 2010 16:27:00 GMT (Sharon Machlis) 2010-08-12T16:27:00Z