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South Carolina Department of Commerce Awards $2.4 million in Innovation Grants

By Jennifer Cobb

In its inaugural round of innovation-related grants, the South Carolina Department of Commerce is awarding $2.4 million in grant funds to 14 organizations across the state to further high-tech and entrepreneurial economic development. The 14 organizations are as follows: Charleston Digital Corridor Foundation, Charleston – CODEcamp College of Charleston, Charleston - I-CAT Don Ryan Center for Innovation, Bluffton Duke Energy Center for Innovation, Hartsville Faber Entrepreneurship Center, Columbia - High-Impact Consortium Grand Strand Technology Council, Myrtle Beach - Grand Strand Startup Initiative (GSSI) Greenville Chamber, Greenville -...

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5 Predictions for the Web in 2025

By Jennifer Cobb

According to technology experts celebrating the world wide web’s 25th birthday last week, the web in 2025 will help improve education, help cultivate better partnerships globally, and jumpstart changes to healthcare and the systems behind it. On the other hand, these technology experts also say the web in 10 years will see online privacy as a luxury for the rich as the web will contribute to and expand the global wealth gap and amplify loss and abuse online. The five predictions according to InformationWeek: 1. Big data will affect the public's actions and behavior             “We will...

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Technology Outlook for 2014

By Jennifer Cobb

Global spending on technology will rise 6.2 percent in U.S. dollars to $2.22 trillion in 2014, helped by an improving economy and growing interest in areas such as mobility and cloud computing, according to new data from Forrester Research. Software will account for the largest share of tech spending in 2014, at $568 billion, followed by IT outsourcing at $442 billion, IT consulting and integration services at $421 billion, computer equipment with $416 billion and communications equipment at $373 billion, according to Forrester’s report. U.S. buyers are setting the pace, being responsible for 40 percent of all tech spending, while the nation...

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Education Proposal Includes $29 Million More for Tech in Schools

By Jennifer Cobb

Last week, Governor Haley announced her plan for reforming education in the state of South Carolina with roughly $29.3 million, to add to an existing $10 million, going towards technology in the classroom, specifically to improve schools’ Internet bandwidth and computing devices. An additional $750,000 will go to pay for 10 additional teachers in the state’s Virtual Schools Program. Governor Haley is also asking to direct $4 million for technology-related professional development for teachers. The majority of the funding for Governor Haley’s $160 million total education proposal would come from the expected $200 million in new revenue to be...

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