AppFog Acquires AZ-Based Platform-As-A-Service Solution Nodester

This week, Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) AppFog acquired Ahwatukee-based Node.js PaaS Nodester, giving app developers even richer multi-language cloud deployment support. Node.js is a popular new asynchronous Javascript library/framework for building fast, scalable realtime web applications. According to the Nodester blog, AppFog will run and maintain the Nodester service as it is, but it will also have Node support … Read more

Arizona Commerce Authority and BioAccel Invest $500K in New Arizona Competition, Furnace

With several funding competitions popping up in Arizona it is difficult to differentiate one from another. The Arizona Commerce Authority and BioAccel recently announced that they are investing $500K to support the Arizona Furnace Accelerator to develop new startups companies using technology from a variety of organizations including ASU, Northern Arizona University, and Dignity Health … Read more

Phoenix’s Avnet, Inc. Jumps in Fortune 500 List & Reports 4Q & Fiscal Year Results

With the recent update by FORTUNE magazine, Avnet, Inc. (NYSE: AVT) the global technology distributors headquartered right here in Phoenix, is now No. 108 on the top 500 Largest Companies List. They have also topped the 2012 FORTUNE 500 List of Companies Headquartered in Arizona. Additionally, Avnet claimed the No. 1 spot on “FORTUNES’s Most … Read more

Meltmedia Creates Custom Solutions For Your Digital Desires

There’s no shortage of web/interactive design and development companies out there, so if you’re going to call yourselves “interactive superheroes,” you better be packing some comic book worthy superpowers (spoiler alert: Meltmedia most definitely is). With 12 years under its belt, Tempe-based Meltmedia is now the biggest and quite possibly the most capable interactive agency … Read more

Arizona Commerce Authority Kicks Off Opening of Arizona Innovation Challenge Application in Downtown Phoenix

The Arizona Commerce Authority hosted an event in the Levine Machine Building on August 15 to start the AZ Innovation Challenge competition. 300 applicants apply each year to compete twice a year for up to $250,000 in funding. The competition was started to advance the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Arizona and create jobs to stimulate the … Read more

ASU-Based Journalists of News21 Launch Online Access to Election Fraud Database

This Summer, multimedia journalism students in the esteemed Carnegie-Knight News21 program gathered at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication to create a multimedia journalism project on voting rights, which included an exhaustive nationwide analysis of 2,068 alleged election fraud cases since 2000. The students compiled an online database of the alleged fraud cases, which is currently … Read more

$2 Million Funding Helps Stremor Corp Open the Door to a Mobile Future

Silicon Valley is one of the largest, most well-known technology hubs in the world. Mostly recognized for their high tech major corporations, many innovative startups also occur in the area. But what if large corporations could leave Silicon Valley and migrate to a more intimate, but equally tech savvy, city? What if small startups could … Read more

Scottsdale-based Symmetry Software Takes the Nightmare out of Payroll and Taxes

The last thing on a business executive’s mind should be how to accurately pay their employees. Trying to crunch the numbers and use tiresome tax tables can be tedious and ineffective. Many different factors are involved including Federal and State tax, Social Security and Medicare taxes. Symmetry Software was founded in 1984 by Tom Reahard … Read more

Mobile App Developers Poke Fun At Airport TSA With New Game For iPad

Taken a flight recently? If so, can you remember the extensive process it took getting through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) line? The process: make sure you don’t have any liquids over 3.4 ounces, make sure all liquids and gels are in a 1-quart clear zip-top bag, take your laptop, tablet, smartphone, keys, and coins … Read more

Local University Student Launches Useful Service to Conjoin With Social Media Site

What social media site has over 500 million active users, handles over 1.6 billion search queries per day, and is often called the “SMS of the Internet”? If you guessed Twitter, you’re right! So that means, if you guessed anything else . . . you’re wrong! Launched in July of 2006, Twitter has risen to … Read more

Hard Dollar Makes Sure You Don't Lose Unnecessary Cash During Construction

Real estate development is risky business. It certainly adopts the idea that, “it takes money to make money.” Whether it be the construction of a low-grade office building, or a master planned project for a mixed-use, high-density urban area (much like Kierland Commons or Scottsdale Quarter right here in AZ Tech Beat’s backyard), it takes … Read more