December 29, 2015
They started at opposite ends of the region, in far suburbs. But the demands of hiring new tech talent have converged in Center City Philadelphia, for both Linode , a Galloway Township Internet cloud-hosting provider, and iPipeline , an Exton insurance-software maker. Each is opening new offices downtown to house young software professionals who would rather avoid long rides to their outer-county headquarters. Both are basing their urban tech workers in skylit, repurposed low-rise buildings - brick or stone walls, wood floors, fancy windows - instead of the high-rent (by Philadelphia standards)
December 7, 2015 |
It's the most wonderful time of the year for Gizmo Guy. He gets to play not-so-secret Santa, whispering gadget ideas for the loved ones on your shopping list. This week, he's dreaming of red hot (and cool) tech "tools" that will make the holidays brighter. Next week, he'll yammer on with some of the best software you can play on the thingamajigs. Virtually there. For entertainment, education, and armchair traveling, virtual-reality hardware and software could be the next big thing.
November 6, 2015 |
An FBI data expert told a Philadelphia jury Wednesday that he found a prodigious number of deleted file fragments on accused stalker John Hart's computers, including two Internet programs that enable a user to disguise the computer's identity. Michael Irvin testified that the websites - "Spoof Your IP Address" and "Spoofing Demystified" - offer software that would have let Hart cloak his computer during Internet searches for private information about CBS3 newscaster Erika von Tiehl. Spoofing is the term for making a computer's unique Internet Protocol (IP)
October 28, 2015 |
RJMetrics is adding in excess of a third more space to its offices at Center City's Widener Building, according to PernaFrederick Commercial Real Estate, which represented the software startup in the expansion. The company will now occupy more than 21,500 square feet on the fourth and 15th floors of the 18-story building at One South Penn Square, PernaFrederick said in a release Tuesday. RJMetrics, which specializes in data infrastructure and analytics software, has operated out of the building since early 2014, PernaFrederick said.
September 27, 2015 |
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., said Friday it agreed to buy Gecko Health Innovations Inc., a privately-held company that makes software and other products to remind patients to take their respiratory medicine. A Teva spokeswoman declined to reveal the price of the acquisition of the Cambridge, Mass. company. Through the deal, Teva will get Gecko's CareTRxTM, which is a hardware and software product designed to keep track of patient use of inhalers. People suffering from asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease often use an inhaler to help them breath more easily.
July 25, 2015 |
SEPTA Regional Rail trains were delayed Thursday afternoon by 45 to 60 minutes following a software failure in SEPTA's control center. Trains throughout the regional network were affected, starting at about 1:20 p.m., SEPTA spokesman Manuel Smith said. The software was essential for controlling rail interlockings and passenger announcements, Smith said, and all trains were halted. The software issues "were resolved at 1:40 p.m. and they were able to get railroad running again," Smith said.
May 25, 2015 |
Maker Brad Litwin, 59, makes kinetic sculptures in his East Oak Lane studio, including a line he calls MechaniCards - intricately laser-cut paper made into tiny, greeting-generating machines. They're sold online, at MechaniCards.com, and at museum stores, including those of the Princeton Art Museum and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His start Litwin can't really pinpoint it: He's worked as an engineer, animator, musician, and artist. "In 2010, I was sitting in my studio and looking at some boxes I had on the shelf, CD mailers actually . . .. I was thinking it'd be neat to have a machine inside one of those.
May 7, 2015 |
PTC , a Needham, Mass., software conglomerate that has focused on the Internet of Things - sensors and software that help machines share data so people don't have to - said Tuesday it had agreed to buy Wayne-based ColdLight Solutions L.L.C. and its Neuron data-analytics software platform for $105 million. The deal follows PTC's 2014 purchase of Exton-based ThingWorx , which helps corporate clients process user data from "smart connected products" for $112 million, plus a bonus if sales rise.
March 9, 2015 |
When newly developed software works - when clients start buying it - the talk gets big fast: "We are changing the way code is built," says Chris Gali, cofounder of Enterprise Cloudworks , from the conference room past the pool table in his high-rise offices at 1818 Market St. "Right now, we are 52 people. By the end of the year, we will be 75. My belief is that in two and a half years, we'll be 350, right here on Market Street, Philadelphia," says Jim Rourke, the firm's president.
March 8, 2015 |
SAP SE, the German-based business-software company with North American headquarters in Newtown Square, says it will cut 2,200 of its 74,400 worldwide jobs as it pushes cloud-based and in-memory-database services to offset the drop in sales growth for enterprise software systems. But the company, which employs 2,500 in Newtown Square, is still hiring. SAP had 50,000 employees in 2010 and about 66,000 by the end of 2013; head count has risen since then. "We're looking for people who can contribute to growth," and who have "networks" of business contacts to whom they can sell SAP services, spokesman Andy Kendzie said.