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Ingenu’s Network to Make Connections for IofT

Two metro areas in Sun Belt states — Phoenix and Dallas-Fort Worth — are the starting points for a new machine-to-machine telecom network woven together by Ingenu.

Changes at Qualcomm Continue With the Sale of Vuforia

Qualcomm Inc. has agreed to sell its Vuforia business to PTC Inc., a $1.36 billion corporation from the Boston suburb of Needham, Mass.

Local Network to Be Used for Earthquake Alerts

TECH: Company to Deploy Sensors in Imperial Valley

A business that seeks to provide clients with several seconds of advance notice when an earthquake strikes is expanding in Southern California by buying capacity on a local scientific radio communications network.

Dating App’s Edge Is That It Involves Human Matchmakers

San Diego-based Spritzr is working to get noticed in the crowded ballroom that is online dating.

Goodsnitch Changes Name as Partnership Brings B2B Emphasis

Goodsnitch Inc. has changed its name to HundredX. A new partnership with marketing giant Ogilvy & Maher spurred the name change, company founder Rob Pace said last week.

Razer Acquires Ouya’s Software Assets, Hires Technical Team

Razer Inc., the venture-backed Carlsbad company that makes videogame hardware and software, officially announced July 27 that it acquired the software assets of Santa Monica-based Ouya Inc., which produces an Android game platform for the television. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Digital Gift Card Business Transaction Wireless Inc. Is Sold

A subsidiary of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. has acquired Transaction Wireless Inc., a San Diego firm that specializes in prepaid digital gift cards for mobile devices such as phones, as well as social media.

Always Hungry for Opportunity, Qualcomm Backs MangoPlate

When it comes to making investments, Qualcomm Inc. views the world as its oyster.

Memjet’s New Headquarters Shows It’s Ready to Compete

Memjet has new digs. The maker of printer components — print heads, microchips, software and inks — has consolidated its headquarters into new space on Technology Place.

Digital TV Pioneers’ Shot at Innovation Was a Bull’s Eye

ARRIS Group Inc. marked the 25th anniversary of digital television by bringing several of its inventors back to its birthplace — San Diego, where predecessor General Instrument dreamed up the idea.

Local Company Tapped to Feed Need for Fast-Food Software

Tillster has chosen San Diego-based Gimbal Inc. to soup up its software for fast-food and casual dining restaurants. Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.

Pizicato Lets You Do More Than Just Sing Praises of Musicians

Two North County residents have come up with software that functions as a “digital tip jar” for musicians.

Even in Texas, the Big Moves Keep Coming at Websense

How do you make a San Diego tech company all the more attractive for acquisition?

Glitch Doesn’t Dent Navy’s Confidence in New Catapult

The U.S. Navy’s new electromagnetic aircraft catapults, made by San Diego-based General Atomics, will need some fine-tuning before they launch anything off of an aircraft carrier deck. The catapults are going onto the USS Gerald R. Ford — which is scheduled to join the fleet in spring 2016 — and aircraft carriers that come after it.

Inventor Is Looking to Take ‘Selfies’ to Some New Heights

Tyler McGahee may be on to something with the selfie drone.

San Diego Makes the Grade as Test Market for New eBay App

Location, location, location-based apps are all the rage, if this week’s email is any indication. Two items really stood out, one from a large business, another from a startup. Let me start with the big one.

Former Biotech Exec Now Curing Sales and Marketing Woes

Richard Hollis’ name has long been associated with biotechnology. But the 2008 recession and an unpleasant end to his last enterprise, Hollis-Eden Pharmaceuticals, got him thinking about new directions.

Proximity Beacons Find Themselves in More and More Locations

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Rocco Fabiano says it’s time to shift gears. Time to go from evangelizing to commercializing.

Local Exec Helped Get Firm’s Technology Into Airliner Search

Fugro Pelagos Inc., a Dutch company with San Diego ties, is applying its tech skills to unravel one of the biggest mysteries of 2014: the location of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

Qualcomm’s Patent Prowess Chips Away at Some Leaders in IP

By now, that famous patent wall should be stretching out the door and across Morehouse Drive.

CES Offers a Full Plate of the Latest Technology and a Cookie

So much to see! The consumer electronics show in Las Vegas — aka 2015 International CES — offers the sprawling, overwhelming spectacle of a world’s fair while showing off the newest in technology that ordinary folks can get their hands on.

Achates Power Seems to Be On the Right Road for Growth

Achates Power Inc., the Sorrento Valley company working on a fuel-efficient diesel engine design, said early this month that it added a fifth-leading global manufacturer to its client list. A nondisclosure agreement prevents Achates from naming the client, a spokesman said.

Cymer Sheds New Light on How to Build Smaller Microchips

Cymer LLC introduced a new laser light source, an essential component for the machines that turn out microchips, this month.

Wireless Transmission Makes Quick Work of Previous Record

For starters, something short and fast: Swedish researchers led by Herbert Zirath recorded the fastest wireless data transmission ever, offering details during a convention in San Diego last month.

With ‘Computational Photography Platform,’ Seeing is Believing

You could call it a camera, but its builder wants you to think bigger.

Big Investors Are Expecting Big Things from Magic Leap Inc.

Qualcomm Ventures, the investing arm of Qualcomm Inc., is part of a group that poured $542 million into the series B round for Florida-based Magic Leap Inc.

Achates Is in the Race for an Engine Contract Worth Up to $20M

Achates Power Inc. expects to learn by the end of the year whether the U.S. Army wants to continue a relationship which — in the company’s view — is humming along nicely.

Carlsbad Company Sees Acquisition as Path to New Markets

Carlsbad semiconductor company MaxLinear Inc. said on Oct. 6 that it signed a definitive agreement to buy a second chipmaker, privately held Physpeed Co. Ltd., for $11 million in a deal that could close by the end of the year.

Fypio’s New App Introduces Twist to Real Estate ‘Matchmaking’

Michael Koh wants you to forget about the standard way of finding a home online.

SDG&E Statistics Put in a Plug for Electric Vehicle Use

Electric vehicles are making inroads on local roads.

EcoATM Eyes Increase in Deposits as iPhone 6 Launch Occurs

The rumor mill seems to be running at full churn as it anticipates news from Apple Inc. The colossus of Cupertino says it’s making an announcement Sept. 9.

Qualcomm Working to Keep Sixth-Grade Girls Steeped in STEM

Hats, hats and more hats. Nope, this is not opening day at Del Mar. We’re on the top floor of one of Qualcomm Inc.’s buildings in Mira Mesa. The room is alive with the energy of a few dozen sixth-grade girls. They’re assembling short-crowned, wide-brimmed hats with imaginative decorations on top — and computer controls.

Drivers REALLY Wanted; Trucking Cos. Look to Fill Positions

It’s Tuesday morning and Stan Ferdyn is holding his regular recruiting meeting in an office building off San Diego Mission Road. He meets a lot of potential employees here, trying to convince at least a few of them to climb into big-rig cabs and take freight across the United States.

Cubic Corp. Gets $700M+ Along With a Stronger British Accent

By now, the red London bus is firmly part of Cubic Corp.’s heritage. The Kearny Mesa-based business has been part of London’s mass-transit system for 30 years, and it looks like it will stay on board for at least seven more.

Co. Sees Short Trips as Point to Cut Pollution in the Long Haul

Short-haul truck trips originating at seaports and rail yards contribute their share of urban pollution. Transportation Power Inc. is trying to build a business around cleaning up such trips.

Co.’s Sophisticated Bomb Detection Is the Ticket for Airports

Turn on your cellphones, show off your tiny bottles of liquids and enjoy your flight.

Possible Chinese Policy Reversal Shouldn’t Harm Qualcomm

Stifel Nicolaus & Co. analyst Sanjiv Wadhwani recently gave an update on the direction of the wireless phone industry in China and how that might affect Qualcomm Inc.

RedIT Agrees to Become Part of KIO Networks’ Network

The Spanish word for network is “red.” RedIT, a binational business with San Diego as its U.S. headquarters, said recently that it agreed to be acquired by Mexico-based KIO Networks.

Restless Investor Pushes Board to Adopt Exit Strategy for CEO

Novatel Wireless Inc., the publicly traded maker of wireless hardware, is feeling more pressure to change things at the top.

CEO on Board: Qualcomm Sees Potential in Driverless Cars

Eyesight for driverless cars. That is one market opportunity that Qualcomm Inc. CEO Steve Mollenkopf sees, according to the Re/Code website and CNBC.

AT&T Rebranding a Wireless Service as Cricket

All of the hoopla over AT&T Inc.’s new $49 billion plan to buy DirecTV LLC (Nasdaq: DTV) seems to overshadow another AT&T story — an admittedly smaller tale but one with a little local history.

Helicopter Drone Being Developed for Roles in ‘Friendly Skies’

Northrop Grumman Corp. is looking beyond the U.S. Navy for other markets willing to buy its autonomous helicopters.

Closing Windows XP Opens Door For Much Needed Upgrades

Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) quit supporting Windows XP on April 8, meaning the operating system is dead.

IHive Aims to Take the Stings Out of the Internet of Things

Beehives are synonymous with activity, and the people running downtown San Diego’s CyberHive seem to be making big moves with several new projects.

Navy Discovery Could Bring Sea Change to Fueling of Its Fleet

The U.S. Navy claims that it has produced a hydrocarbon fuel made from seawater. Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory said they demonstrated the concept in mid-2013, using the fuel to fly a scale model airplane with a stock, two-stroke engine.

Will Proximity Beacons Breed Contempt From Saturated Users?

Proximity beacon technology, such as that produced by Qualcomm Inc., is ready for prime time.

Our Newest Cluster Must Be Ready to Take On All Challengers

It’s official. Cybersecurity is the region’s newest industry cluster. San Diego civic leaders inaugurated the Cybersecurity Center of Excellence recently in ceremonies in La Jolla.

After Big Changes, Qualcomm Sees More Big Changes With 5G

Paul Jacobs has just stepped aside as CEO at Qualcomm Inc., but he still has a lot of ideas about where the company can go next.

Being in the Right Place at the Right Time Is Everything in Tech

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Dot-what? Lawyers and business executives recounted two sprawling technology stories during two evening presentations in late February.

Golden Goose Award Goes to Local Physicist for Contribution

Honk if you love science. There is such a thing as the Golden Goose Award, and rest assured, winning it is a good thing.

Technology Revs Up Allowing Many Truck Engines to Shutdown

Pretend for a moment that you are not in San Diego. Your job is to drive a snowplow. One of those big blizzards you’ve seen in the news is poised to strike your town, and the boss has stationed you downtown in your truck. It’s cold. No, really cold. You need to run your cab heater while you wait, so of course you have to run your engine at idle.

TakeLessons Expands Reach With Acquisition of Betterfly

Whether it’s understanding the quadratic formula or bending one’s fingers to make an F chord on a guitar, TakeLessons says it can help.

Qualcomm Buys 2,400 Patents Covering old PDA Devices

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Remember those personal digital assistants from Palm and Compaq? They now show up on eBay with descriptions such as “vintage.”

Sullivan Solar Power Gets Celebrity Status in Its Google Glasses

OK, Glass, let’s grab headlines. Sullivan Solar Power has benefited from being one of the first companies to use Google Inc.’s wearable computer, Google Glass, in a business setting.

Northrop Grumman and Navy Putting Triton Spy Plane to the Test

Northrop Grumman Corp. and its U.S. Navy customer are halfway done with initial flight tests for the Navy’s unmanned Triton aircraft, the company reported recently.

JetBlue Contracts With ViaSat for Faster Wireless Service ‘Fly-Fi’

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A speedy, in-flight Wi-Fi service that made its debut on JetBlue Airways this month uses electronics from Carlsbad-based ViaSat Inc. It also leverages a ViaSat (Nasdaq: VSAT) satellite.

Those Virtual Worlds Are Fast Becoming a Business Reality

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My avatar is better looking and probably taller than I am in real life. He stands in place outside the lecture hall, shifts his weight and brings one hand to his chin while the other goes akimbo on his waist. The body language says, “Hmmm ….”

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Soon, You May Not Want to Treat a Robot ‘Like a Robot’

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Bot-Brained? Research teams at Qualcomm Inc. are working on an experimental processor that mimics the architecture of the human brain and nervous system, the company recently disclosed. It’s called Zeroth. Among other things, the processor would be able to learn much as human brains do.

$30 Million Funding Spurs Ideas for Bringing UAV Tech to Agriculture

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3D Robotics Inc. is eyeing the agricultural market, which is worth an estimated $37.5 billion in California alone.

Can You Feel Me Now? Smartphones May Get a New Touch

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Smartphones are good at conveying sights and sounds. But touch? Not good at all. Not yet. Soon, however, there may be a way to send a rudimentary sensation of touch through Internet-connected devices.

Imagination Can Be ‘Hyperloop’ Taking Us to Future Discoveries

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I think I’m the only technology reporter who has not yet written about Elon Musk’s proposal for a “hyperloop,” a device roughly akin to a capsule in a very long pneumatic tube that, the inventor claims, could get a person from Los Angeles to San Francisco in 35 minutes.

Qualcomm Puts Some Muscle Behind Fitbit’s Wearable Devices

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Qualcomm Ventures is one of several entities that have put money behind a company that makes wearable, wireless devices that track activity, sleep and general fitness.