August 19, 2013
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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.
Qualcomm Inc. has agreed to sell its Vuforia business to PTC Inc., a $1.36 billion corporation from the Boston suburb of Needham, Mass.
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.
San Diego-based Spritzr is working to get noticed in the crowded ballroom that is online dating.
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 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.
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.
When it comes to making investments, Qualcomm Inc. views the world as its oyster.
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.
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.
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.
Two North County residents have come up with software that functions as a “digital tip jar” for musicians.
How do you make a San Diego tech company all the more attractive for acquisition?
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.
Tyler McGahee may be on to something with the selfie drone.
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.
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.
Rocco Fabiano says it’s time to shift gears. Time to go from evangelizing to commercializing.
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.
By now, that famous patent wall should be stretching out the door and across Morehouse Drive.
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 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 LLC introduced a new laser light source, an essential component for the machines that turn out microchips, this month.
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.
You could call it a camera, but its builder wants you to think bigger.
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 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 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.
Michael Koh wants you to forget about the standard way of finding a home online.
Electric vehicles are making inroads on local roads.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Turn on your cellphones, show off your tiny bottles of liquids and enjoy your flight.
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.
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.
Novatel Wireless Inc., the publicly traded maker of wireless hardware, is feeling more pressure to change things at the top.
Eyesight for driverless cars. That is one market opportunity that Qualcomm Inc. CEO Steve Mollenkopf sees, according to the Re/Code website and CNBC.
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.
Northrop Grumman Corp. is looking beyond the U.S. Navy for other markets willing to buy its autonomous helicopters.
Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) quit supporting Windows XP on April 8, meaning the operating system is dead.
Beehives are synonymous with activity, and the people running downtown San Diego’s CyberHive seem to be making big moves with several new projects.
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.
Proximity beacon technology, such as that produced by Qualcomm Inc., is ready for prime time.
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.
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.
Dot-what? Lawyers and business executives recounted two sprawling technology stories during two evening presentations in late February.
Honk if you love science. There is such a thing as the Golden Goose Award, and rest assured, winning it is a good thing.
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.
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.
Remember those personal digital assistants from Palm and Compaq? They now show up on eBay with descriptions such as “vintage.”
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 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.
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.
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 ….”
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.
3D Robotics Inc. is eyeing the agricultural market, which is worth an estimated $37.5 billion in California alone.
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.
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 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.