Gadgets for the Guru-camping edition

Lepow Modre Bluetooth Speaker This tiny speaker (3.5in by 2.3in) from Lepow is packed with powerful sound. Weighing under seven ounces it has an impressive 360-degree surround sound and over 7 hours of playback. It has a Smart Bluetooth Connection that allows you to automatically connect your device. A built-in microphone for speaker phone function lets … Read more

AZ companies raising and spending the lettuce – 2014

The year is just about halfway over (how did that happen?), and tech companies around the Valley keep locking down funding and spending the benjis. Take a look at our list of Arizona’s startups and acquisitions from the beginning of 2014.   FUNDING Arizona State University Money raised: $1 million Awarded by the Department of Defense (DOD) … Read more

Tallwave to announce High Tide III Venture startups June 5

Tallwave, a Scottsdale-based commercializer, will reveal the startups selected for the High Tide III Venture Program on Thursday, June 5 at 5:30 p.m. at The Duce in Phoenix. The general public is invited to come meet the top startups selected and network with leading influencers in the Arizona startup community. Robert Wallace, EVP Tallwave Venture … Read more

H#shtags and selfies take over PHX – Social Media Day coming June 28

Mashable’s worldwide celebration Social Media Day is making its way to back to Phoenix (#SMDayPhx) Saturday, June 28, for an evening that will leave you knee deep in tweets, selfies and LinkedIn requests stuffing your inbox. You’ll get the chance to sip cocktails and cool off with frozen treats alongside social media experts, enthusiasts and … Read more

Bluetooth gas pump skimming on the rise and how to protect your info

While AZ state authorities are reporting an overall decline in the number of skimming incidents at gas stations, they are trying to keep up with the sophistication of technology used to grab credit card numbers from the pump. Instead of replacing the actually credit card swiper, criminals are turning to Bluetooth technology to transmit your info to … Read more

No Seriously, Change Your Passwords- eBay, WordPress,and Spotify hacked

Have you changed your passwords since the last great internet security lapse a.k.a. Heartbleed ? If you didn’t, you should probably start changing your passwords. In the past two weeks eBay, WordPress and Spotify have reported that they have been hacked or there are vulnerabilities on their site. eBay- Last Wednesday, eBay’s database containing encrypted passwords had … Read more

Scrunch and crunch your data pain-free with HipDash by eyefire

HipDash by startup company eyefire is smart analytics dashboard that’s helping business owners make smarter decisions faster with the help of easy to use, automated, real time performance metrics. The idea grew out of CEO Jeremy Bowman and Chief Marketing Officer Woods Davis’ frustrations with their former national real estate services company. Their business was successful, … Read more

Gadgets for the Guru-My Memories Edition

We all love memories, whether its through pictures or videos, we would like to preserve them for as long as we can. Gadgets for the Guru has some cool memories preserving apps/services to show you.       ScanMyPhotos Do you have tons of pictures sitting in albums and stashed away in a corner of your … Read more

appsFreedom named winner of 2014 Red Herring Top 100 Award

appsFreedom, the leading provider of model-driven, agile platform-as-a-service, today announced it has won the 2014 Red Herring Top 100 North America Award, a prestigious recognition of the leading private companies from the Americas. Red Herring Top 100 America enlists outstanding entrepreneurs and promising companies. It selects 100 award winners from among the approximately 3,000 tech … Read more

Microchip Technology Inc., acquires Taiwan-based ISSC

Microchip Technology Incorporated, a leading provider of microcontroller, mixed-signal, analog and Flash-IP solutions, and ISSC Technologies Corporation (ISSC) today announced that they have signed an agreement to acquire ISSC, a leading provider of low power Bluetooth and advanced wireless solutions for the Internet Of Things (IoT) market. ISSC is publicly traded on the GreTai Securities Market … Read more

Former Google and Facebook Exec joins startup Parchment Board of Directors

Parchment, the leader in electronic transfer exchange announced today the appointment of former Google and Facebook executive Ethan Beard as an independent member of its board of directors. With Parchment growing at an enormously fast pace, Beard’s extensive experience in transforming consumer Internet services to sector-wide platforms will be put to good use. Beard will … Read more

Startup Splicity app to help biz owners in the art of video storytelling

A new app, Splicity, puts a unique spin on mobile video creation. Splicity Founder Caleb Barclay felt disconnected when he used video apps to tell his story, so he created a video app with humanity at its core and creativity as its main focus. [vimeo]http://vimeo.com/93308765[/vimeo] “I love technology,” the Arizona State University graduate said. “But … Read more

Seed Spot launches entrepreneur program for high school students

From lemonade stands and dog walking services to building apps or a robotic toy, the entrepreneurial mindset is occurring at a younger age. This summer, parents might wonder how to continue to nurture their child’s mindset in a social conscious environment. Seed Spot, a nonprofit incubator dedicated to early-stage community-focused social startups, has launched a … Read more

Application deadlines ahead for 9 Valley incubators

Startups and small businesses that call the greater Phoenix area home have several options to help their business flourish. Here is a list of incubators and accelerators with their respective deadlines and application links. desarrollo Program: PhxFlight Program A 4-month program for tech based ventures with 10 Million + market opportunity. They will be launching … Read more

Gordon McConnell steps down from ASU’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group

While the startups of the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Group (EIG) at ASU are seeking their lucky charm and a bit of green to fund their companies, there will a void in the program as we lose one of our favorite Irishman that brought good luck and good times to our thriving Arizona ecosystem. Gordon McConnell, … Read more

WordPress hosting site Pagely expands product lines

Pagely, a product focused exclusively on managing WordPress hosting, has been busy coding for months to support its new WordPress hosting plans and features supported by Amazon that expand the product line and cater to a wider audience. Most plans now allow multiple WordPress installs, a Pagely first for non-enterprise accounts, as previously all standard … Read more

Chocolate, lipstick and a bedroom – 3D printers are lovestruck

The 3D printing industry has grown vastly over the past few years, with advancements in the food, beauty, and housing industries-and now you can impress your date with a few printed items. Here are a few 3D printing innovations that might spice up your romantic relationship. Food Can it really be done…3D printed food? The … Read more

AZ startups named finalists in TiE 50 Awards – one takes top honor

Two Arizona early-stage startups, Vicinity Health and SyCara Local, were accepted into The Indus Entrepreneurship (TiE) 2014 conference as finalists in the TiE50 Awards Program and pitched in front of tech CEOs, entrepreneurs and investors from all around the world. The AZ startups were chosen out of over 2,800 applicants from 27 countries. The TiE50 … Read more

Gadgets for the Guru – Agent 007 Biometrics

With the constant technological breakthroughs, gadgets that we often only see in movies are slowly become a reality. Biometric gadgets uses a part of our body to help safeguard our passwords and data. AZTB has compiled a short list of very cool biometric gadgets that we can find in the market.     Nymi  The … Read more