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Here are the Buffalo, NY Top IT News Stories of the Week (Oct. 24th) as based on the story’s likes, shares, and interactions from our social media sites. The content provided is mainly for Buffalo-Based IT Professionals to help keep them informed as they continue to impact and grow Buffalo’s tech reputation. Lighthouse Technology Services provides IT Staffing Services and Business Tech Support for businesses in the Buffalo area.

The Queen City High School Game Jam Powered by AT&T

It’s been an exciting weekend for a number of tech-oriented high school students. That’s because the Queen City High School Game Jam was held at Buffalo Game Space, 2495 Main Street. The Game Jam brought together professional and amateur gamers, techies, local professional game developers, computer programmers, artists, and musicians. These gamers helped with hands-on gaming initiatives that allowed over 40 high school students to immerse themselves into the world of game development and making. This was the region’s first High School Game Jam. Read More

M&T’s Net Income Jumps 27% in 3Q

M&T Bank Corp. on Wednesday reported a double-digit surge in quarterly net income that pushed earnings well above analysts’ expectations. The Buffalo-headquartered banking company (NYSE: MTB) said net income available to common shareholders totaled $327 million for the period ending Sept. 30. That’s up 27 percent from the third quarter of 2015 when net income available to shareholders was $257.3 million. Earnings per share rose 9 percent to $2.10 from $1.93 in the year-over-year period. Analysts had projected earnings per share of $2.05. Read More

Gartner Sees 2.9 Percent Growth in IT Spending in 2017

Worldwide IT spending should rebound in 2017 with a 2.9 percent increase over 2016, after a slight decrease this year, according to Gartner projections. Spending on software and IT services should drive the 2017 growth in global IT spending to $3.49 trillion, the market research group said Wednesday. Gartner projects IT spending will drop by 0.3 percent between 2015 and 2016, with the U.K.’s Brexit vote to leave the European Union swinging IT spending from a modest increase to negative numbers. Driving the spending growth in 2017 will be businesses’ efforts to…Read More

In Three Debates, H-1B Visa Untouched By Clinton and Trump

In three presidential debates, including the final one Wednesday night, the two candidates did not talk about the H-1B visa program. This was the last opportunity for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to compare and contrast what may be tech’s most controversial issue. The portion of the debate set aside Wednesday night for immigration quickly shifted to a discussion about hacked emails and Kremlin meddling. Fox New anchor Chris Wallace may be criticized for allowing this portion of the debate to run off the rails, but the person who deserves the most blame is…Read More

As One Lawsuit Sinks, Disney IT Workers Prepare a New Fight

The IT employees laid off by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, who alleged a “conspiracy to displace U.S. workers” in a lawsuit, lost a key ruling Thursday and face dismissal of the complaint. But this is a two-part legal fight, and a new lawsuit alleging national origin discrimination may be filed in the next month. The first lawsuit followed a decision by Disney to outsource some of its IT services. It hired IT services firms HCL and Cognizant, which are also large users of H-1B visa workers. Between 200 and 300 Disney IT workers were laid off last year…Read More

(Video) Lighthouse Technology Services Gets a Tour of New Era Field

We started our tour in the ADPRO Sports Training Facility, which held the indoor, turf practice field (the roof above it is twelve stories high and apparently no punter has ever hit the roof). Just outside was the outdoor, grass practice field which gives the team the ability to practice in the elements. We made our way back inside, across the turf, into the attached team weight room which held all state of the art, football centric, exercise and training equipment. Compared to every gym we’ve ever been in, the Bills’ weight room was an impressive space. Read More

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