Google IO Keynote Wrapup: New Tablet, Siri Competitor and More

As Google I/O is held every year, new technology released on an hourly basis flies into the media and creates excitement for the upcoming year. Google I/O (Input/Output), is one of the largest technology unveilings and information conferences in the world. Held at the Moscone Center in San Fransisco, just outside of Google’s Headquarters (Googleplex) … Read more

Axosoft's New OnTime adds Dashboards To Keep Dev Teams ‘On Time’

Scottsdale based Axosoft, creators of the OnTime suite of development tools have just released what they believe to be a major update to their offering. The new OnTime release includes a much touted new dashboard feature that allows development teams to see the status of their projects with a quick glance at a big-screen dashboard … Read more

Haiku Makes It Simple To Bring The Classroom To The Web

The last few decades have seen internet technology completely reshape many industries. Whether it’s the music industry, newspaper industry, or dozens of others–changes continue to happen at a dizzying speed. However, the education field has lagged behind when it comes to adopting new technology. There are lots of opportunities in this niche market–especially with the … Read more

Microsoft Spends A Whopping $1.2 Billion To Acquire Yammer: The Enterprise Social Network

Earlier this month, reports came out suggesting that Microsoft was under acquisition negotiations with the enterprise social network, Yammer. Well, it’s now official, but it took $1.2 billion in cash to make it happen. David Sacks the former COO of PayPal (until it was acquired by eBay) is the Founder and CEO of Yammer, Inc. … Read more

BrandMixer uses social web to understand consumers

The social web plus big data plus psychographics – that’s BrandMixer’s formula for helping consumer packaged goods companies understand their brands and consumers. BrandMixer, LLC takes what people are saying about brands on the web, or “the world’s largest focus group,” analyzes it to determine market trends and consumer personalities, and reports it to CPG … Read more

ICANN receives 1,930 proposals for new gTLDs – Be on the lookout for .apple, .amazon, .inc and much more!

Back on January 12th of this year, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) began accepting applications for new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) – the “.com” part of website addresses at $185,000 a pop! Potential domain buyers had until April 12th to submit their application(s), and yes, the $185,000 was for the application … Read more

Deployd Provides HTML5 Developers With Instant Backends

Deployd was founded by Jeff Cross and Ritchie Martori to solve a problem that they had noticed during years of building applications for clients–the redundancy of building backends. The apps they were building always needed the same basic features–user authentication, validated/secured data, and a “front end” for users to interact with. Each time they built … Read more

Cross-Browser Extension ‘LilyJade’ Created By Phoenix Developer Makes “Dirty Money”

Phoenix-based Dru Mundorff (aka CodeCompiler) owner of Mundorff & Co. has written a new code called ‘LilyJade’ which is classified as a botnet killer. Using the free service of Crossrider, Mundorff managed to develop a cross-browser extension through javascript which has reached over 30 million users in the first month. Spread on Facebook through an … Read more

Levion brings small business accounting to the cloud

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. That’s what small business owners Jake Gottlieb and Jason Hung decided to do when they launched Levion, a QuickBooks add-on that brings small business accounting to the cloud. As small business owners, they believed that the problem with the QuickBooks accounting software was that they couldn’t use it … Read more

Will Microsoft's New Surface Tablet Suffer the Fate of Zune?

Microsoft fans have a lot to be excited about. By this year’s holiday season, Microsoft will unveil a flurry of exciting new products which will include Windows 8, Windows Phone 8 and an unexpected new surprise: Microsoft’s own tablet dubbed the Surface. Taking its queue from Apple’s incredible success with the iPad, Microsoft has decided … Read more

Pink Media Founder Desiree Ford Presents the Third Annual Social Media Day Phoenix

When it comes to social media in the Valley, small business owners may want to think Pink. Tempe-based Pink Media provides graphic design, mobile marketing and social media marketing services to help businesses grow, but the company also includes education as a major tenet of its services so that business owners can learn to manage their own … Read more

Hardware Design Project: USB Power Adapter for Apple Products Rejected by Kickstarter?

Developers Mike Montalvo and Balaji Raghavan have set out to improve the user experience of the Apple Bluetooth Magic Trackpad and Wireless Keyboard. Their invention: Switch the power source for both these accessories from battery powered to USB plug-in. This way, dead batteries will be kept from filling landfills, and users will never have to … Read more

inXsol Receives Research Grant For Hazardous Waste Worker Training Simulation

Efficient, ongoing Job training can be tricky to master in many industries. When it comes to dealing with hazardous materials, however, effective safety training is a must, so the hazardous waste worker/emergency responder training community is looking for ways to improve how employees are trained, and it looks like they may have found a solution here … Read more

Flatterline Harnesses The Power of Ruby to Create 'Awesome' Web Apps

Ruby On Rails is the dominant framework in use by web developers today. The open-source solution is incredibly popular because it aims to meet all the needs of overworked developers trying to build amazing projects–it’s simple, easy to understand, flexible, and has an active development community. Rails is used to power a lot of the … Read more

NetworkingPhoenix.com helps local professionals connect

Phoenix resident Gelie Akhenblit was looking for her next career move. While networking in the local business community, she saw a need for a calendar that would list networking events around the Valley. She thought it would be fun to create the calendar and enlisted the help of her husband Erin-Michael Johnson, a software engineer, to create the … Read more

Tempe Based Tiempo Development “Nearshores” Software Jobs to Mexico

Looking for a way to get your latest software idea developed but wanting to stick to a tight budget? Tiempo Development could be your answer. Tiempo Development has two software development centers in Mexico, which is home to their “nearshore” team. Nearshoring represents a significant cost savings (compared to offshoring), because it allows for frequent … Read more

Announcing AZTechBeat's First Sponsors

I’m happy to announce AZTechBeat’s first sponsors. If you like the type of content you see on AZTechBeat.com, help support our sponsors when possible. Kelly / Warner Law – Attorneys specializing in Internet and Business Law. Growth Nation – A one-stop shop for marketing and sales to grow locally, regionally and globally. Osborn Maledon – Providing … Read more

Hundreds of AZ Entrepreneurs Turn Out For Techiepalooza at ASU SkySong

If last night was any indication, Arizona’s tech scene is about to bubble over with young entrepreneurs, new startups and the watchful eyes of big investors. As we mentioned earlier this week, Techiepalooza is a networking event that brings the Phoenix entrepreneurial and tech community together. The event ran from 4pm-11pm last night, and upon arriving, I … Read more

Conscious Capitalism Startup Academy for AZ high school students

This summer, start changing the world. That is the charge Arizona State  University’s College of Technology & Innovation puts forth to local high school student entrepreneurs. The Conscious Capitalism Startup Academy is an immersive entrepreneurship experience for high school juniors over the course of four-days from June 21-24. Students will propose business ideas, work in teams, and learn … Read more