October 10, 2011 |
We may not have a national energy strategy, but it's great to see small businesses trying to make a buck helping big energy users get smarter about their consumption. It's even better when one of those companies decides to move from the suburbs into the city - without a government grant or loan to induce it to do so. That's what Viridity Energy Inc. did over the summer when it left cramped offices at 100 W. Elm St., Conshohocken, for 15,000 square feet on the 27th floor of 1801 Market St., where network operations are now based.
October 5, 2011 |
Weeks of hot and heavy iPhone buzz - that is, rumor atop speculation atop shreds of evidence - showed that even without Steve Jobs, Apple knows how to draw attention to its creations. Tuesday's unveiling of the new iPhone 4S and its sharp new operating system, iOS 5, showed again that there is substance beneath all of Apple's sauce. Tim Cook, who became Apple's CEO in August after the ailing Jobs resigned, took the stage at 1 Infinite Loop, Apple's geeky-cool headquarters address in Cupertino, Calif., and finally revealed the company's latest and perhaps best-kept secret: There is no iPhone 5 - yet. Just an iPhone 4S: a faster, more efficient handset that is largely an upgrade of last year's iPhone 4. Come Oct. 14, the new iPhone will be available for the first time on Sprint's wireless network, along with AT&T's and Verizon's, at prices starting at $199.
September 15, 2011 |
PlaySay boss Ryan Meinzer grew up in Hershey, Pa. A friend from Taiwan planted in his heart a fascination with Asia. So Meinzer sold $20,000 worth of Ginsu knives one summer to raise a Far East travel fund and enrolled at Temple (Class of '07) "because it was the only school I found that had a Japan campus. " After graduation, Meinzer took an entry-level marketing job and "had to learn Japanese fast. " He wasn't a computer scientist, but he had been webmaster for student groups.
September 14, 2011
Scala, an Exton software developer, said today it appointed Tom Nix as chief executive officer, effective Nov. 1. Nix, now a company vice president, will succeed Gerard Bucas, who is retiring after nine years as CEO. Scala provides software for digital signs used on billboards, in doctors' offices and in advertising management. -Paul Schweizer
June 28, 2011 |
Three University of Pennsylvania students have walked away from their Wharton and Engineering studies to launch a new college-software firm, Coursekit , based on a service they rolled out at Penn this year. Chief executive officer Joseph Cohen is (was!) a Wharton business school sophomore. Dan Getelman and Jim Grandpre had been studying engineering. "The time is right," Cohen told me. "I go to a good school. But I'm not really an academic type. I was half doing school and half doing the company.
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.