Sharon Machlis

Executive Editor, Data & Analytics

Sharon Machlis is Director of Editorial Data & Analytics at IDG, where she works on analyzing data (both for IDG Enterprise Web sites and journalism projects) and in-house editor tools in addition to writing and editing. Her tech interests include data visualization and analysis as well as the intersection of journalism and technology. She holds an Extra class amateur radio license and is currently somewhat obsessed with R. Her book Practical R for Mass Communication and Journalism was published in December 2018.

U.S. law allows low H-1B wages; just look at Apple

Power BI to add Premium service; private dashboard is free no more

Power BI to add Premium service; private dashboard is free no more

Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled a Premium enterprise service for its Power BI data visualization platform.

How to create an automatically updating Google spreadsheet

How to create an automatically updating Google spreadsheet

Tired of finding, copying and pasting data into spreadsheets? With just a few lines of code, you can set up a self-updating spreadsheet in Google Docs that fetches and stores data for you, as this Facebook example shows. Update: Due...

10 fun tech ads through the years

10 fun tech ads through the years

80 Mbytes of storage for less than $12,000! boasts one ad. In another, a woman in hot pants touts a modem that's "maybe even sexy." These were too much fun not to share.

Facebook releases 'Prophet' -- its free forecasting tools -- for Python and R

Facebook releases 'Prophet' -- its free forecasting tools -- for Python and R

Prophet is aimed specifically at business problems such as computer infrastructure capacity planning.

Create your own Slack bots -- and web APIs -- in R

Create your own Slack bots -- and web APIs -- in R

Make your own API and connect it to a Slack custom slash command -- all in R. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to find a current stock price, but the basic framework can be used for all sorts of data.

Trump eyes end to an H-1B system that favors largest outsourcers

Trump eyes end to an H-1B system that favors largest outsourcers

The companies most hurt by the random H-1B distribution system are those that submit only a few applications. Many are smaller firms.

Trump's ban becomes an H-1B fight

Trump's ban becomes an H-1B fight

The U.S. technology industry warned President Donald Trump that his immigration order will hurt the U.S. economy by making it more difficult for businesses to attract overseas workers.

How to really customize your Alexa Flash Briefing

How to really customize your Alexa Flash Briefing

Is your favorite news source not yet available for an Alexa Flash Briefing? We show you how to add your own. (Hint: The toughest part is finding an RSS feed in the proper format.)

RStudio's new enterprise platform moves out of beta

RStudio's new enterprise platform moves out of beta

On the eve of its annual user conference, RStudio announced that its RStudio Connect publishing platform is out of beta and available for a free 45-day evaluation.

First look: IBM's Watson Analytics comes to the iPad

First look: IBM's Watson Analytics comes to the iPad

The Web app has much more power, but the mobile version can be useful for analyzing tweets, for instance.

Microsoft pushes R, SQL Server integration

Microsoft pushes R, SQL Server integration

Microsoft made another R-in-the-enterprise push today, announcing Microsoft R Server 9.0 with a goal of helping companies "operationalize" data science.

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