January 8, 2014 |
IT WAS a few moments before Chip Kelly was scheduled to speak, and a stream of Eagles players strolled by the publicity room at the NovaCare Center, heading home to begin what they believe is a premature start to the offseason. It was still a bit too soon to be over the NFC wild-card loss to the New Orleans Saints on Saturday night, but reality had set in with the cleaning out of lockers. This was so different from a year ago. At this time last January, the Eagles were a week into the chaos after firing Andy Reid after 14 seasons.
January 6, 2014 |
A new biotech company with formidable founders and funding has joined a lawsuit that accuses the University of Pennsylvania of misappropriating key technology behind its breakthrough therapy for leukemia. The company, Juno Therapeutics Inc., was launched early last month by three major cancer institutes - including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center - with a massive $120 million investment from leading venture capital firms. Juno's debut ups the ante in the high-stakes race to commercialize novel therapies that use the patient's immune "T cells" to fight cancer.
January 2, 2014 |
Your vehicle and its builders, your washing machine and the power company, your supermarket's produce case, and the tractor that harvests your vegetables: They're all talking about you and what you want - or will be soon, thanks to electronic sensors and the software being written to link them into an "Internet of things. " ThingWorx , a not-yet-profitable Exton software firm that helps companies exploit the user data that "smart connected products" are starting to send one another other via WiFi, Bluetooth, and remote cloud computer servers, has been sold to publicly traded industrial software-maker PTC Inc. , of Needham, Mass., by owners including Safeguard Scientifics of Wayne and founders Russell Fadel and Rick Bullotta for $112 million.
December 28, 2013 |
It was inevitable, with online retailers promising the kind of speedy delivery unimaginable a few years ago, that the mind-boggling mechanics behind it all would eventually go haywire. Especially around Christmas, as some people found out the hard way. On Thursday, the butler-like service of the Internet economy, which shoots packages to people's homes with staggering reliability, became a target of customer consternation after parcels failed to land, as promised, by Christmas Eve. United Parcel Service apologized Thursday for delays nationwide that left last-minute gift-givers empty-handed on Christmas.
December 28, 2013 |
With a key wind-energy tax credit set to expire Wednesday, Gamesa Technology Corp., the Spanish-based wind-turbine company with operations in Bucks County, said Thursday that it had signed a "framework agreement" with EDP Renewables to produce up to 225 of its latest generation of turbines through 2016. Gamesa issued a statement saying this was the largest such agreement for its G114-2.0 Megawatt turbines. Such turbines, which cost about $2 million apiece early in 2013, are the size of a cargo container and are hoisted atop towers to produce energy from the turning blades of a windmill.
December 20, 2013 |
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - A former state environmental inspector indicated Wednesday that there was evidence of previous, unreported spills on a Marcellus Shale gas drilling site where he discovered toxic wastewater gushing onto the ground in 2010. Jeremy Daniel, 32, an inspector for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection at the time, said he found puddles of wastewater, sand, and a "defined area of dead vegetation" flowing from several steel wastewater storage tanks on a Lycoming County well site operated by XTO Energy Inc. Daniel was called as a witness in a preliminary hearing on criminal charges that the state brought in September against XTO, Exxon Mobil Corp.'s shale-drilling subsidiary.
December 17, 2013 |
When popular artists like Detroit rapper Eminem , Dutch deejay Tiesto , and dance-music boss Derek "Pretty Lights" Smith talk to their fans online or sell them gear, the software applications, customer service, even the clothing orders are routed through five suites in a converted townhouse row in Society Hill near the end of South Street. That's home to Fame House , a 26-person firm bought last month by the publicly traded electronic-music events manager SFX Entertainment of New York - it runs the Mysteryland festival and the Beatport music-download store, among other live and virtual music portals - to serve as a "digital hub" for the ways music makers reach and sell to their fans.
December 9, 2013 |
At the end of the 1990s, MIT scholar Kevin Ashton suggested the dot.com boom would spawn an "Internet of Things," with everyday gadgets linked by software. No more wall switches. Smartphones are making that happen. As gadget-makers figure out how home and office cameras, kitchen and laundry appliances, heaters and air conditioners, computers and media players can be switched and scheduled from phone apps, American manufacturers, retailers, even phone and cable companies, have been rushing to build "smart home" remote-control systems that can be worked from a phone.
December 8, 2013 |
DJS Associates Inc., a 25-employee Abington firm that laser-scans accident scenes and building collapses for insurers and plaintiffs' lawyers, is stepping up its game. A four-person DJS crew will begin Monday the giant task of laser-scanning the Lincoln Memorial. The eventual three-dimensional digital image - the merging of 400 individual scans - will be accurate to within a quarter-inch of the physical monument in Washington, the firm says. The pro bono project is being done in conjunction with the National Park Service and the nonprofit organization CyArk, based in Oakland, Calif.
December 6, 2013 |
Martin H. Lorber, 93, of Cherry Hill, co-owner of J. Lorber Co., a plumbing supply firm, died of heart failure Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Cadbury at Cherry Hill, a retirement community. Mr. Lorber grew up in the Logan section of Philadelphia. He dropped out of Northeast High School to help his father, Joseph, who established J. Lorber Co. in North Philadelphia in 1918. During World War II, Mr. Lorber served in the Army, posted in Florida. After his discharge, he graduated from Temple University High School and returned to J. Lorber.