Noise canceling, music pumping earphones that shape to your ears – CES 2016

Co-written with Tishin Donkersley Over-the-ear. On-the-ear. In-the-ear. Which music listening method is ideal for your ears? At CES 2016 we saw some awesome wireless, noise-cancelling, and high-res audio earphones that delivered optimal sound quality at affordable prices. HUSH ear buds HUSH ear buds were developed by a 23-year-old college student out of the need to get some … Read more

Blown away by XFire Audio's new speakers

With product names like the Decimator and Devastator, XFire Audio, a Gilbert-based high-end car audio company, guarantees you’ll be blown away by their new line of speakers they released at CES 2016. We caught up with co-founder Jacco Kaper who showed us the new and improved XFR-D subwoofers, 3-way speaker line and the new upgraded XFR2000.4 amplifier. [youtube]https://youtu.be/oTUvF–hTWQ[/youtube] … Read more

Pure Flix, the Netflix of faith-based entertainment, partners with Universal Pictures

With Netflix reporting close to 45 million US subscribers, 450 hours of original programming, with plans to launch over 600 hours of new content in 2016 in the 2015 shareholders report, tech companies are finding new ways to draw viewers to their platform. Scottsdale-based Pure Flix, an on-demand, faith-based entertainment and distribution company, is using their online niche … Read more

AZTB presents: Arizona Indie Video Game Movement documentary

Camera work and editing by Xavier Smith AZTB presents an original documentary “Arizona’s Indie Game Movement” that delves into Arizona’s history of the indie video game population and the explosive growth of independent developers and studios as well as what city officials and educational institutions are doing to grow and support the talent, and what leadership needs to do to keep talent in … Read more

AZ Tech Beat is Downsizing

I started AZ Tech Beat four years ago with the goal of exposing the tech activity and growth that was occurring in Arizona. Since then, the team at AZ Tech Beat has written over 1,600 articles about tech startups, funding announcements, event coverage, significant milestones, co-working openings, expansions, and more. Our coverage has gained recognition … Read more

GoDaddy sits on sideline for Super Bowl 50

So long Super Bowl 50, there will be no pumped up Danika Patrick, Jean Claude Van Dam doing the splits in mid-air or a supermodel making out with a geek. GoDaddy, the world’s largest domain registrar, will put their game day commercials on the sidelines- the first time since 2005, according to AdAge. Elizabeth Driscoll Vice President, … Read more

Gadgets for the Guru: New Year Resolution edition

Happy New Year AZ tech community! It’s that time of year when everyone sets a New Year resolution, so the AZTB team wanted to suggest a few awesome tech gadgets to help with your health, fitness and sleep goals.   Ray by Misfit Misfit’s newest addition to its line of activity trackers, Ray, is a … Read more

The Startup Journal: Building a team for a niche market

Building your team, or the right team, is probably one of the biggest challenges for a founder as success of ones’ company could ride on the talent, experience, passion and personality of team members. If you are founder who has decided to build your product for a niche market, finding talent within that space becomes … Read more

World View builds new pad at Spaceport Tucson

Mainstream spaceflight is becoming a reality in Arizona as World View, the commercial balloon spaceflight company,  announces plans to build their global headquarters in Tucson. In collaboration with Sun Corridor Inc., the City of Tucson, Pima County and the State of Arizona, World View will be the anchor tenant in the County Aerospace, Defense and Technology Business … Read more

Tips on building an investor-worthy prototype

You’ve got an idea, you’ve found a need, you’re solving a problem and now you want to build a prototype. What most startups don’t realize is the amount of time and funding needed to build out an MVP. Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies (PADT) is known as the leading prototype engineering company in Arizona and have built everything … Read more

32 advance in 2016 Venture Madness competition

It’s down from 64 to 32 startups who will advance to Round 2 in the Invest Southwest 2016 Venture Madness competition and walk away with a piece of the $100,000 prize. Of the 32 finalists, one of them will win the 2016 People’s Choice winner and take home a $5,000 prize. Vote for your favorite company … Read more

TASER Pulse self-defense weapon packs a punch

Coming in at  5 ¼-inches long, 4 ½-inches tall, and 1 1/8-inches wide, this new version of TASER’s citizen self-defense weapon can pack the same punch as the one used by law enforcement. As part of TASER’s home and business defense line, the company released the TASER Pulse today at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas, … Read more

I buy, Minibar flies – On-demand alcohol delivery service expands to Valley

After a crazy day at work, running the kids around to sport practice, helping them with homework, walking the dogs, and getting around to cooking dinner, it sure is nice to go to the refrigerator and grab a bottle of…OMG I’m out of wine! No worries, just grab your smartphone and click on Minibar, the … Read more

Coolest tech toys and baby gadgets coming to market in 2016

An average of 3 billions toys are sold across the U.S. each year according to the Toy Industry Association, and the top trends in 2015 included smart toys, products that encouraged the maker movement, and allowed kids to “explore virtual worlds or new technologies.”  At CES 2016, we continued to see educational and fun interactive … Read more

Axosoft’s GitKraken gives developers an undo button for screw ups – launches private beta – update

The option to undo mistakes with the click of a button is one that software engineers haven’t had before when making changes in Git, until today. Axosoft, the project management software company, released their new developer tool GitKraken, in private beta, at Git Hub Universe in San Francisco last week. “We have been working on … Read more

Art meets co-working at The Department

As the elevator doors opened on the 6th floor at 1 North 1st street, I felt that I’d walked into a super-sized studio apartment with a modern flare that housed buzzing startups on the perimeter and beautifully designed furniture in the center. The building was first used by the Korrick department store between 1914-1966, and has … Read more

Change the music in your car with your eyes — CES 2016

One thing the new cars at CES 2016 had in common was digital integration and display. From dashboard integration to app connectivity, each car company had their own take on how to help users feel more in touch while driving. Ford Ford announced a fully digital dashboard with eye tracking technology, allowing a user to … Read more

No more app integration, Bolste launches all-in-one team communication tool

Slaying the dragon of endless email is just one of the many challenges of streamlining team communication. Add in daily engagement with other productive app services such as DropBox, Evernote, Slack and BaseCamp, you have one chaotic dragon farm to manage all the clutter. A new Scottsdale-based company Bolste drew its sword and launched an all-in-one … Read more