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Navy Reportedly Picks Ships for UAV Operations

The aircraft contract isn’t awarded yet, but the U.S. Navy has already decided which of its aircraft carriers will launch and retrieve the MQ-25A Stingray unmanned aircraft.

By Brad Graves June 22, 2017 2:27 p.m. share »

GA-ASI Shot Down in Court, Still Ready to Celebrate Its Successes

Germany will go ahead with plans to use Heron unmanned aircraft made by Israel Aerospace Industries, leasing those Heron drones from Airbus. General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Inc. wanted that business for itself and tried get it, going as far as a German court to get the government to reconsider GA-ASI’s proposal. But the company’s gamble didn’t pay off. The court ruled on May 31 that the German government could lease the Herons, Defense News reported.

By Brad Graves June 22, 2017 2:24 p.m. share »
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Navy Deploys Augmented and Virtual Reality for Many Tasks

Everyone, it seems, wants to see the BEMR Lab. U.S. Navy scientists and engineers run the shop devoted to virtual reality and augmented reality at the Navy’s research complex at Point Loma.

By Brad Graves June 22, 2017 1:02 p.m. share »

ViaSat Inc. Receives Multiyear Contract From Boeing Co.

Carlsbad-based ViaSat Inc. said it received a multiyear contract from the Boeing Co. to provide tactical wireless communications terminals for Apache Guardian helicopters. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

By Brad Graves June 21, 2017 4:22 p.m. share »

Qualcomm Invests in Carlsbad Battery Technology Maker

Qualcomm Inc. said June 20 that it made a strategic investment in a Carlsbad battery technology maker called Amionx.

By Brad Graves June 20, 2017 2:44 p.m. share »

Cox May Be Acquisition Target

A few notes about Cox Communications: There is a rumor afoot that the privately held Atlanta company, a dominant San Diego cable provider and the third-largest in the country, may be bought by Altice USA Inc., the No. 4 cable provider. FierceCable recently reported the rumor. Cox responded with this statement: “We are not for sale and, in fact, we are making aggressive investments of our own.” Altice is taking steps toward a $1.35 billion initial public offering and plans to use the funds for acquisitions.

By Brad Graves June 19, 2017 3:28 p.m. share »

Michael Zucchet Sworn In as Port Commissioner

The Port of San Diego swore in Michael Zucchet as its newest commissioner on June 15. Zucchet represents the city of San Diego on the board.

By Brad Graves June 19, 2017 3:17 p.m. share »

San Marcos' Hunter Industries Acquires Dispensing Dynamics

Hunter Industries of San Marcos said on June 16 that it bought Dispensing Dynamics International, based in the City of Industry.

By Brad Graves June 19, 2017 3:15 p.m. share »
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Firm Lands at Intersection of Health Care and Medical Devices

Industrial designer Chris Ross sees a great convergence in the latter half of the 2010s. It’s happening in the field of medical devices.

By Brad Graves June 19, 2017 3:14 p.m. share »
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Bendable, Stretchy Batteries Pack Power Into Apparel

Batteries and Spandex go together like ….

By Brad Graves June 19, 2017 3:08 p.m. share »

TuSimple Is First Local Company to Get DMV Permit for Autonomous Vehicle Testing

TuSimple, a Chinese-American company with offices in Beijing and San Diego, has received a California DMV permit to test its autonomous vehicle technology.

By Brad Graves June 18, 2017 1:05 p.m. share »

From Parrot to Pacifiers, Pet X-Rays Have Seen It All

When the X-rays involve pets, the stories get pretty strange. Just ask the people at Sound, the Carlsbad business that makes radiography equipment for veterinarians.

By Brad Graves June 18, 2017 1:01 p.m. share »

S.D. Company Gets DMV Permit to Test Autonomous Vehicle

TuSimple, a Chinese-American company with offices in Beijing and San Diego, has received a California DMV permit to test its autonomous vehicle technology.

By Brad Graves June 16, 2017 11:13 a.m. share »

Qualcomm's Bid for NXP Clears Another Hurdle

Taiwanese regulators have approved Qualcomm Inc.’s proposed acquisition of NXP Semiconductors N.V. The news means Qualcomm’s $38 billion acquisition has cleared one more hurdle — though it is by no means the last.

By Brad Graves June 15, 2017 3:11 p.m. share »
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Larry Coval Promoted to VP of Cox Business

Cox Communications has promoted Larry Coval to vice president of Cox Business for the company’s West Region.

By Brad Graves June 14, 2017 3:38 p.m. share »

Lockheed Selects ViaSat Inc. to Provide System For Navy Program

Lockheed Martin Corp. has chosen Carlsbad-based ViaSat Inc. to provide a data link communications system for the U.S. Navy’s long range anti-ship missile program — known in Navy parlance as LRASM.

By Brad Graves June 14, 2017 3:34 p.m. share »
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Kratos to Premiere Two Ultra-Fast Drones at Air Show

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. plans to introduce two jet-powered unmanned aircraft at the Paris Air Show, scheduled to run June 19-25.

By Brad Graves June 13, 2017 3:39 p.m. share »

Qualcomm Announces Agreement With J&J Subsidiary

Johnson & Johnson likes what it sees in Qualcomm Inc.’s 2net platform.

By Brad Graves June 12, 2017 3:18 p.m. share »

Gerald T. Garland Joins Board at RF Industries

RF Industries Ltd., a producer of telecommunications interconnect products, appointed Gerald T. Garland to its board of directors on June 9.

By Brad Graves June 12, 2017 2:52 p.m. share »
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Restoring the Salk Is Both Art and Science

The project of reviving the Salk Institute — the structure completed in 1965 on a canyon near the La Jolla cliffs — goes on much like any other major project in its labs. The process is methodical, scientific and well thought-out.

By Brad Graves June 12, 2017 2 p.m. share »

Feeding San Diego Appoints Two to C-Suite

Feeding San Diego said it has appointed Alicia Saake as its chief operations officer and Denise Gurulé as its chief financial officer.

By Brad Graves June 12, 2017 11:18 a.m. share »

EU to Investigate Qualcomm-NXP Deal

The European Commission said June 9 that it will go forward with a detailed investigation into Qualcomm Inc.’s $38 billion bid for NXP Semiconductors N.V.

By Brad Graves June 11, 2017 1:07 p.m. share »

European Commission to Investigate Qualcomm-NXP Deal

The European Commission said June 9 that it will go forward with a detailed investigation into Qualcomm Inc.’s $38 billion bid for NXP Semiconductors N.V.

By Brad Graves June 9, 2017 4:03 p.m. share »

Inseego Replaces CEO, Restructures Business

Inseego Corp. has a new chief executive, a new chairman, and a new commitment to the product it unsuccessfully tried to sell off.

By Brad Graves June 8, 2017 6:08 p.m. share »

Reporter’s Notebook: New Seats and Strange Bedfellows at the Convention Center

The San Diego Convention Center is getting new chairs. On its surface, it doesn’t seem to be huge news. For certain Comic-Con fans, however, that news struck a nerve.

By Brad Graves June 8, 2017 5:01 p.m. share »
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Busy Schedule Makes Convention Center Upgrades a Challenge

The San Diego Convention Center is a hardworking building. Many sets of feet have trampled its carpets since it first opened in 1989.

By Brad Graves June 8, 2017 2:53 p.m. share »
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Aventine’s Creativity Still Holds Up Sans Six Columns

Aventine is more than the name given to the quirky, mixed-use complex near UC San Diego.

By Brad Graves June 8, 2017 2:46 p.m. share »

WMD Effects to Be Part of Leidos’ ‘Weather Report’

Leidos Holdings Inc. — one of two companies created from the 2013 split of J. Robert Beyster’s Science Applications International Corp. — has new contracts that will bring work to San Diego.

By Brad Graves June 8, 2017 2:31 p.m. share »

Co. May Expand Its Saudi Role

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. is closer to a contract to provide naval training to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

By Brad Graves June 8, 2017 2:30 p.m. share »
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Cathy Baur Appointed VP at Cal State San Marcos

California State University San Marcos has named Cathy Baur vice president for university advancement.

By Brad Graves June 8, 2017 2:09 p.m. share »

Penske Buys Three Fuller Dealerships in Chula Vista

SoCal Penske Dealer Group has acquired three of the Fuller auto dealerships in Chula Vista as well as the Fuller Collision Center.

By Brad Graves June 7, 2017 4:48 p.m. share »

Kratos Receives Contract for Six Unmanned Aircraft

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Inc. said it received an order for six high-performance unmanned aircraft from a U.S. government customer, but offered little other information. The business made the announcement June 6.

By Brad Graves June 7, 2017 11:01 a.m. share »

Qualcomm First S.D. Firm to Contract With Scripps ACO

Qualcomm Inc. said that it plans to offer its employees health care services from Scripps Health under the ACO, or accountable care organization, model.

By Brad Graves June 7, 2017 12:01 a.m. share »

Navy Awards $105 Million Contract to General Dynamics NASSCO

The U.S. Navy tapped General Dynamics NASSCO to perform $105 million worth of work on the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island. The ship, which returned from deployment May 15, will be in dry dock for about a year.

By Brad Graves June 6, 2017 5:13 p.m. share »

Spirits Were High and Professional Pride Was Even Higher at ViaSat's Impressive Launch Party

ViaSat Inc. means it literally when it says it’s throwing a launch party.

By Brad Graves June 5, 2017 3:15 p.m. share »

Comhear Inc. Names CEO, Closes $12M Series A Round

Comhear Inc., the company licensing loudspeaker technology developed at UC San Diego, said on June 5 that it closed a $12 million Series A capitalization round and named Gerry Chastelet as its CEO.

By Brad Graves June 5, 2017 3:14 p.m. share »

Cubic Breaking Ground on New Facility for Its GATR Operations in Alabama

Cubic Corp. is following through on a previously announced building expansion for its Alabama business, GATR Technologies.

By Brad Graves June 4, 2017 1:07 p.m. share »

Cubic Corp. Building New Facility for Its GATR Operations in Alabama

Cubic Corp. is following through on a previously announced building expansion for its Alabama business, GATR Technologies.

By Brad Graves June 2, 2017 10:28 a.m. share »

Analyst Sees a New Maturity in Qualcomm’s Future

The final half of the decade will bring a new level of maturity to Qualcomm Inc., a technology industry analyst predicts.

By Brad Graves June 1, 2017 3:26 p.m. share »

Qualcomm Sees NXP As Key to New Pursuits

Qualcomm Inc. is midway through its attempt to acquire NXP Semiconductors N.V. — a marathon effort that has the potential to reshape the company founded in 1985 in Irwin Jacobs’ seaside La Jolla home.

By Brad Graves June 1, 2017 1:50 p.m. share »
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Robotic Finger Brings Humanlike Touch to Its Work

It was bound to happen. Someone has invented a robotic finger that can swipe left or right.

By Brad Graves June 1, 2017 1:45 p.m. share »

Qualcomm Inc.’s Snapdragon to Power PCs

Asus, HP and Lenovo plan to offer mobile personal computers powered by Qualcomm Inc.’s Snapdragon 835 Mobile PC Platform.

By Brad Graves June 1, 2017 1:39 p.m. share »
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Frederick Brown Named GM at iMatrix

Frederick Brown has been named general manager of iMatrix, a Sorrento Mesa-based internet marketing company specializing in the chiropractic, veterinary, beauty and eye care industries.

By Brad Graves May 31, 2017 1:05 p.m. share »

SDSU's New Business School Dean Had Troubles in Texas

San Diego State University has named Lance Nail dean of its Fowler School of Business. He will begin Aug. 3.

By Brad Graves May 30, 2017 4:39 p.m. share »

Three Things ViaSat Will Have to Get Right

It’s a pivotal time for ViaSat Inc. Here are three things the Carlsbad-based company will have to get right to thrive:

By Brad Graves May 30, 2017 11 a.m. share »

Data From Internet of Things May Be a Bonanza for Marketers

Marketers and brands can learn a lot about their customers by watching their internet behavior.

By Brad Graves May 29, 2017 1:07 p.m. share »

Seven Small Businesses Are in Line to Split Potential $600M in Navy Ship Repair Contracts

Seven small businesses are in line to split one-half billion dollars’ worth of work over five years, as the U.S. Navy awarded contracts for maintaining large ships at Naval Base San Diego.

By Brad Graves May 29, 2017 1:02 p.m. share »

Internet-of-Things Data May Be a Bonanza for Marketers

Marketers and brands can learn a lot about their customers by watching their internet behavior.

By Brad Graves May 26, 2017 9:51 a.m. share »

Seven Small Businesses in Line to Split Potential $600M in Navy Contracts

Seven small businesses are in line to split one-half billion dollars’ worth of work over five years, as the U.S. Navy awarded contracts for maintaining large ships at Naval Base San Diego.

By Brad Graves May 26, 2017 9:38 a.m. share »
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Robots’ Inspection Skills Fit The Needs of Energy Industry

Those pipes are unpiggable. On the face of it, the statement is absurd, but it’s a genuine pain point for certain industries — one that Kearny Mesa-based Diakont relieves for its customers.

By Brad Graves May 25, 2017 3:28 p.m. share »

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