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Low-cost mobile carrier CEO finds his calling

Low-cost mobile carrier CEO finds his calling

February 16, 2017

By Ronald D. White Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — The gig: David Glickman, 51, is co-founder and chief executive of Ultra Mobile, a prepaid mobile carrier that provides low-cost, no-contract SIM cards with a focus on immigrants living in the U.S. The company, headquartered outside Los Angeles, l...

Snapchat’s young users are at once its greatest asset and one of its biggest risks

Snapchat’s young users are at once its greatest asset and one of its biggest risks

February 9, 2017

By Tracey Lien and Samantha Masunaga Los Angeles Times (TNS) Kids don’t use email any more. Facebook is for Mom and Dad. And Yik Yak is so 2015. When it comes to communication in 2017, Snapchat is where it’s at. Snap Inc.’s ability to court a young demographic with its ephemeral photo and...

CEO of recruiting software company focuses on diversity

CEO of recruiting software company focuses on diversity

February 7, 2017

By Troy Wolverton The Mercury News (TNS) SAN FRANCISCO — At first glance, Jon Bischke would seem an unlikely spokesman for diversity. He’s white, 40, blonde — and the CEO of a tech company, an industry that’s been knocked for providing few opportunities for women, African-Americans and La...

Startup offers car washes on demand that save water, too

Startup offers car washes on demand that save water, too

January 31, 2017

By Nancy Dahlberg Miami Herald (TNS) MIAMI — Imagine telling your JPMorgan bosses you’re leaving a high-finance career to start a car-wash company. “They thought I was crazy,” Nathan Bekerman said. “But my years at JPMorgan taught me how to execute and run a business.” He and Tarek El Gamm...

Spectacles might get the buzz, but for investors Snapchat is all about the advertising

Spectacles might get the buzz, but for investors Snapchat is all about the advertising

January 26, 2017

By Paresh Dave Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — The company behind Snapchat has two offerings — that beloved, 5-year-old app for messaging and video streaming, and Spectacles, a months-old, $130 pair of sunglasses that double as a camcorder. The Los Angeles company has promised more gadgets ...

Nontraditional funding may have nearly killed e-sports video firm

Nontraditional funding may have nearly killed e-sports video firm

January 19, 2017

By Paresh Dave Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — Video games as a professional sport made no sense to Lars Windhorst, a European oil and agriculture investor, until a summer evening in Seoul. Before him lay an impressive sight: Thousands of kids in lawn chairs outdoors watching teams battle in the 20...

Troy Wolverton: At CES, voice assistants assert themselves

Troy Wolverton: At CES, voice assistants assert themselves

January 17, 2017

By Troy Wolverton The Mercury News (TNS) LAS VEGAS — In the very near future, instead of controlling your gadgets by pressing buttons or tapping on screens, you may just talk to them. Intelligent assistant technology like Apple’s Siri and Amazon’s Echo is starting to spread widely. At this ...

Competing with Silicon Valley for engineers, aerospace firms start recruitment in pre-kindergarten

Competing with Silicon Valley for engineers, aerospace firms start recruitment in pre-kindergarten

January 12, 2017

By Samantha Masunaga Los Angeles Times (TNS) LOS ANGELES — USC mechanical engineering junior Stephanie Balais developed a passion for aerospace after joining the university’s AeroDesign team and helping to construct an airplane fuselage hours before transporting the plane to a competition in Kansas. ...

Online shopping reaches new highs for the holidays

December 6, 2016

By Lorraine Mirabella The Baltimore Sun (TNS) In a converted former broom factory in Baltimore, employees of PlayBetter.com checked inventory and pricing, prepared email blasts and packed up cartloads of gadgets to help golfers improve their game. “This is our Super Bowl right now, for the nex...

Sleep apnea treatment showing good results

Sleep apnea treatment showing good results

December 1, 2016

By Joe Carlson Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) MINNEAPOLIS — Daniel Tarro had a bad snore. It kept his family up at night. It woke up the neighbors if the windows were open. It once disturbed a gymnasium full of sleeping rescue volunteers, forcing Tarro to move to a private area to sleep during the nigh...

Cleaning equipment-maker hopes to introduce industrial-sized Roomba-like floor scrubber

Cleaning equipment-maker hopes to introduce industrial-sized Roomba-like floor scrubber

November 28, 2016

By Dee DePass Star Tribune (Minneapolis) (TNS) MINNEAPOLIS — New robotics technology is seeping into every part of manufacturing — even the cleaning of the factory floors and assembly lines. Nilfisk, a cleaning equipment-maker based in suburban Minneapolis, and Pittsburgh company Carnegie Roboti...

Microsoft joins Linux Foundation in another nod to open-source code

November 17, 2016

By Matt Day The Seattle Times (TNS) SEATTLE — Microsoft has joined the Linux Foundation, the latest sign that the software giant is embracing open-source technologies it formerly treated with hostility. The foundation helps advise the development of the Linux and other software tools built on ope...

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