May 4, 2011 |
PITTSBURGH - A major furniture-rental chain has software on its computers that lets it track the keystrokes, screenshots and even webcam images of customers while they use the devices at home, according to a lawsuit filed yesterday. The lawsuit was filed by a Wyoming couple who said they learned about the PC Rental Agent "device and/or software" inside the computer they rented last year when an Aaron's Inc. store manager in Casper came to their home on Dec. 22. The manager tried to repossess the computer because he mistakenly believed the couple hadn't finished paying for it, the couple said.
April 8, 2011 |
Just because the theme of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts is early 20th-century Paris doesn't mean it's stuck in the past. PIFA itself has its own app for smartphones that comes with a schedule and a function to upload your art to the PIFA video cube outside of the Kimmel Center. Here's a taste of PIFA's more-cutting edge elements, which continue until May 1 unless otherwise indicated: VPAP@PIFA/ Augmented Reality: Break out your smartphones. Augmented Reality, produced by Breadboard at the Science Center, creates 22 virtual artworks throughout the city, like a giant squid sitting on the Schuylkill waterfall or an alien chilling at the top of the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps.
March 17, 2011 |
When computer magnate Michael Dell closed the deal to buy upper Main Line business-software maker Boomi last year, boss Robert Moul said he was hopeful this merger would create jobs at his firm, not kill them. "Some folks were skeptical," Moul recalls. "We're already expanding and taking on more projects within Dell. We'll be doubling staff size, adding some 30 heads here in Berwyn, and expanding office space. " Dell Boomi met applicants Tuesday at the Dolce Hotel in King of Prussia to fill posts such as Application Integration Specialist and Cloud Operations Architect.
January 3, 2011
Michael Apkon has been hired as senior vice president and chief medical officer at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia . Apkon most recently was vice president and executive director of the Children's Hospital division of Yale-New Haven Hospital. Comcast-Spectacor , the Philadelphia sports and entertainment firm, promoted Lou Scheinfeld , who was instrumental in the formation of the Spectrum and the Flyers in l966, to vice president of development. He had been director of closure for the Spectrum.
December 22, 2010 |
We may not be seeing a rush of blockbuster acquisitions as 2010 draws to a close, but each December day seems to bring word of a small deal here and there. On Monday, three transactions involved local companies. Just like some of those Christmas gifts you may have tossed into your shopping cart, they were missing price tags. Quinnova Pharmaceuticals Inc. , of Newtown, Bucks County, was acquired by a unit of Amneal Enterprises L.L.C. , a Bridgewater, N.J., maker of generic and specialty pharmaceuticals.
November 4, 2010 |
Dell Inc. has followed Oracle Corp., Google Inc. , and other big computer-based companies that have expanded to the Philadelphia area by buying specialized local firms. "We weren't looking to sell," Bob Moul , chief executive officer of Boomi Inc. , said after Dell confirmed it was buying the Berwyn business-software-maker. Boomi had been negotiating since early this year on a deal to refer Dell clients. Boomi hooks up business-enterprise software made by Oracle, SAP AG , and other giant companies, to new applications such as Salesforce sales-data software, and does so cheaply and quickly.
October 28, 2010 |
Got a tip about a Gloucester County crime? Not inclined to give your name? Information that could help investigators may now be sent anonymously through a text-message service, the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office announced Wednesday. The "text-a-tip" software makes the messages impossible to trace, Prosecutor Sean Dalton said. Authorities hope texting encourages young people to help solve or prevent crimes discreetly. Tipsters may get in touch with police about anything from a "playground" crime to drug dealing or homicide, Dalton said.
October 1, 2010
Kenexa Corp., a human resources software and research company in Wayne, said today that it completed its acquisition of Salary.com Inc. Kenexa announced last month it would acquire the Needham, Mass., firm for $80 million in cash. Salaray.com, which provides on-demand compensation and talent management software, is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kenexa, the company said. - Reid Kanaley
September 28, 2010
Unisys Corp., Blue Bell, today said it won a contract worth up to $18 million to provide security software and support for the 29 agencies of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The project will result in a virtual Agriculture Security Operations Center for real-time monitoring and response to security incidents, Unisys said. The first year of the contract is for $8 million, the company said, and four one-year options are worth about $2.5 million each. Unisys has revenue of about $4.5 billion yearly.
August 12, 2010
Instem, a Conshohocken software firm, said Wednesday that it will supply software for the collection, management and maintenance of certain studies overseen by the National Institutes of Health. The value of the deal is $656,100, Instem said. The company said its Provantis software will be used by the NIH's National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences for reproductive, perinatal and developmental National Toxicology Program studies conducted predominantly at contractor laboratories around the United States.