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Apple brings Hollywood to Silicon Valley for big splash into services business

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 4:20pm
Hollywood came to Silicon Valley on Monday as Apple Inc. debuted its late entrance into original TV programming, as well as a host of new content and streaming services aimed at launching it beyond the hardware business. Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston and Big Bird were among the Hollywood stars who joined Apple executives on stage at the Steve Jobs theater at Apple Park, the company's Cupertino headquarters. Stars introduced Apple's biggest announcement of the day: a streaming…

Sinema talks up legislation that will help Arizona businesses

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 4:13pm
U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema sat down with the Phoenix Business Journal for a quick interview before she spoke at a recent event to talk about three pieces of legislation she's working on to help businesses.

Apple brings Hollywood to Silicon Valley for big splash into services business (photos)

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 4:07pm
Hollywood came to Silicon Valley on Monday as Apple Inc. debuted its late entrance into original TV programming, as well as a host of new content and streaming services aimed at launching it beyond the hardware business. Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston and Big Bird were among the Hollywood stars who joined Apple executives on stage at the Steve Jobs theater at Apple Park, the company's Cupertino headquarters. Stars introduced Apple's biggest announcement of the day: a streaming…

USAA pilots IoT technology to detect need for home repairs early, collect data

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 4:01pm
USAA recently joined a consortium of insurance companies collecting data and piloting technology with home telematics — electronic devices that collect information and are included in smart homes — created by Silicon Valley technology startup Roost Inc., in which it was an early investor. Fewer than 10 insurance carriers are part of the consortium. One of Roost’s products is an "internet of things" device that sits next to a hot water heater and pings a user’s smartphone with information…

VA wants to modernize customer experience for back-end financial services

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 4:01pm
The Department of Veterans Affairs generates more than $300 million in revenue each year through its Financial Services Center, and it’s looking to upgrade the customer experience (CX) of those operations. VA officials want industry input on how it can improve the CX engagement it provides at the Austin, Texas-based center, which offers a host of financial services ranging from payroll and accounting to audits and medical claims processing for both the department and other federal agencies.  In…

Boeing bringing in hundreds for 737 MAX meetings this week

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 3:38pm
The Boeing Co. has invited more than 200 airline pilots, technical leaders and regulators to the home of its assembly of the 737 MAX in Renton on Wednesday to provide more details on its work to return the aircraft to service.  That follows meetings with some U.S. customers over the weekend, which Boeing confirmed via email to the Wichita Business Journal.  Company spokesperson Paul Bergman says Boeing continues to schedule meetings to share information, all as it works alongside the Federal…

Silicon Valley health-tech company to hire 50 employees for new Gulch office

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 3:36pm
Eargo recently raised $52 million to fuel its marketing and expansion efforts.

Mark Cuban talks AI, cryptocurrency and health care

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 3:26pm
Among other things, the high-profile Texas investor and sports team owner said he is not running for president, he believes in hiring for diversity to celebrate people's strengths, and has given out close to $6 million to help military families.

OP startup disrupts market with commercial appraisal software

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 3:26pm
Realquantum’s software helps appraisers increase productivity and have higher accuracy with their reports. Co-founders Jeff Weiner and Mark Davis share the details and where the startup is headed.

Driverless car program to end in Frisco, expand in Arlington

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 3:23pm
Arlington is accelerating its driverless car program while Frisco’s is coming to an end.

How business can protect their information from cyberattacks

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 3:05am
Earlier this year, federal prosecutors in Florida announced that the government had seized the xDedic marketplace, a website that operated for years and was used to sell access to compromised computers worldwide and to personally identifiable information of U.S. residents. Most individuals have probably never heard about xDedic. There would be no reason to have visited the site. But for a small cadre of nefarious hackers, this website was a goldmine.  According to prosecutors, potential hackers…

MIT conference celebrates 20 years of RFID, 'Internet of Things'

Sun, 03/24/2019 - 5:21pm
The one-day MIT conference marks the 20th anniversary of RFID, the term that went on to become the ‘Internet of Things,’ first coined in 1999.

Report: Uber to acquire Middle East rival for $3.1 billion

Sun, 03/24/2019 - 4:44pm
Uber Technologies is planning to spend $3.1 billion to buy its Middle East ride-hailing rival this week, according to a Bloomberg report. The buyout of the Dubai-based Careem Networks FZ will include $1.4 billion in cash and $1.7 billion in convertible notes that can later be transformed into Uber shares valued at $55 per share, Bloomberg reported. As the two companies race toward IPO, Uber has distinguished itself from its arch-rival Lyft by having a presence in 66 countries across the globe,…

Reception honors Alabama's top CIOs

Sun, 03/24/2019 - 4:15pm
The Alabama CIO Leadership Association held a reception on March 19 to recognize the finalists in its Alabama CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards.  The event was held at Roots & Revelry and gave finalists a chance to network with each other, members of the Alabama CIO Leadership Association and the event's underwriters and sponsors. You can see photos from the event, including the finalist presentation, in the gallery above. The CIO of the Year ORBIE Awards is the premier technology executive recognition…

After setting merger vote, Versum Materials offers large bonuses to two C-suite execs

Sun, 03/24/2019 - 1:00pm
Versum Materials and Massachusetts-based Entegris have set April 26 as the date for stockholder meetings to vote on the companies' $9 billion proposed merger.

City still seeking technologists for civic challenge

Sun, 03/24/2019 - 7:12am
The City of Buffalo is still seeking technologists interested in building civic-minded solutions for its Civic Innovation Challenge - Powered by AT&T. The project debuted last year and offers $12,000 in prize money, including $7,000 going to the grand prize winner. AT&T is contributing $10,000 of that prize money. This year, the challenge is to build an app or technical solution to a "green" issue such as recycling, waste reduction or diversion, energy usage, water quality or usage, emissions or…

Patti Payne's Cool Pads: $2.9M Fall City estate with famed treehouse

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 8:09pm
Not everyone can say that a part of their home has been on national TV. But entrepreneur techie James Walter can. His grand 10-acre estate, which features an elegant 7,640-square foot manse and a luxurious treehouse chalet in a 300-year-old Douglas fir, is on the market. The treehouse, with its double-sided fireplace and room to sleep four people, has been featured on Animal Planet’s “Treehouse Masters” show. The estate is listed for $2.85 million. Windermere Brokers Joseph Brazen, Randi…

New Mitsubishi boss says MRJ jet on track for 2020

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 6:24pm
The MRJ, if certified by aviation regulators to fly commercially, will be a future competitor of the Airbus A220 and Embraer E2; the Brazilian jet maker that Boeing has a joint venture with.

Amid Bay Area exodus, some companies rush into region

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 5:44pm
The Bay Area's embrace of risk, failure and new ideas means it remains it a magnet for companies around the world eager to tap into region's innovation.

Pinterest files IPO plans with eye towards April launch

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 5:28pm
Pinterest is the latest unicorn to pursue an IPO, filing Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission to issue stock. The San Francisco-based social media darling will be able to begin its roadshow with investors as early as 15 days from today. The company plans to trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker PINS. The company is aiming to begin trading sometime in April, according to the Wall Street Journal. The social media company appears bullish on its future prospects. It recently…

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