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 Debra Lam realized that discussions with regional tech leaders of all sectors could help city officials better understand their role in assisting the industry’s growth.

Pittsburgh's tech officer aims to advance region's position as a national player

Debra Lam, Pittsburgh’s chief innovation and performance officer, wants to create an “innovation road map” for the region’s tech sector.

about 23 hours ago


Ced Kurtz’s TechMan Texts: Of Disney drones and cop cameras

Drones over battlefields. Drones over rescue sites. Drones over Disney World?

about 23 hours ago


 Audio-Technica QuietPoint ATH-ANC7B Noise Cancelling Headphones, which can be found for under $130, have active noise cancellation similar to that found in much more expensive models.

Don Lindich’s Sound Advice: When making the jump, avoid ‘upgrade-itis’

Given how long someone is likely to own a set of headphones, spending the extra $20 seems to be an easy decision. But use caution.

2 days ago


 A key feature of Amazon’s new Fire smartphone is its Firefly service, a visual search feature, which also has modes for music and video.

Active scan visual search shopping app still elusive

Many companies are trying to make “visual search” a reality, it’s a great idea — but it doesn’t quite work.

5 days ago


 Rachel Gogos, the founder of MyPath, using the app at University of Pittsburgh.

New app helps college students pinpoint their career qualities

MyPath101 launched as a pilot at University of Pittsburgh, and is now helping students nationwide find their professional calling.

5 days ago


Ced Kurtz’s TechMan Texts: Samsung ‘monster’ tablet has its advantages

Verizon was kind enough to send TechMan a Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 for testing, the largest tablet Samsung makes.

1 week ago


 Don Charlton, chief executive officer and founder of The Resumator, said shifting the paradigm that drives hiring decisions has been his company’s primary mission since it was launched in 2009.

Recruiting software company The Resumator works to open the doors to new faces

The West View-based firm, fresh off of a $15 million investment, aims to break hiring patterns and boost diversity in tech.

1 week ago


 The Pana­sonic Lumix DMC-GM1

Don Lindich’s Sound Advice: Pana­sonic DMC-GM1 eclipses Sony for best small camera

The DMC-GM1 of­fers the im­ag­ing power of a full-sized in­ter­change­able lens cam­era in an im­pos­si­bly small pack­age.

1 week ago


 Eric Jarosinski is followed on Twitter by 85,000 people who love his ironic and depressed aphorisms.

An Internet persona that’s negative and endearing

For someone famous for sharing his depression with the world, Eric Jarosinski is in an extremely good mood.

1 week ago


Former CMU dean of computer science advising White House Policy Office

Randal E. Bryant is using his yearlong sabbatical to teach White House officials the ins and outs of data science.

1 week ago


Facebook aiming to flag bogus reports

Facebook this week announced that it’s experimenting with a tag that will mark sites as satire.

1 week ago


 PNC Park

Want to catch a foul ball? This website offers fans help

Joel Carben and his friends are tracking the best places to sit if you want to catch a foul ball at the ballpark.

2 weeks ago


Ced Kurtz’s TechMan Texts: Phones, reforms & Internet sharks

Does the term “Certified Like-New” mean someone at Verizon swears that a little old lady only used it to call her grandkids?

2 weeks ago


Pittsburgh Technology Council announces Tech 50 finalists

The Tech 50 Awards were created to honor local innovators and the companies that have been built around their expertise.

2 weeks ago


 Cambridge SoundWorks OontZ XL Bluetooth Speaker

Don Lindich’s Sound Advice: Smaller companies can produce some audio gems

The first example of a small brand dominating a big brand is in headphones.

2 weeks ago


 Amazon Local Register, the company’s new credit card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets.

Amazon debuts mobile payment app and card reader

The move places the largest U.S. e-commerce retailer in competition with established mobile payment processing systems.

2 weeks ago


Ced Kurtz’s Techman Texts: CMU tackles photos, programming

Two interesting developments came out last week from computer-research powerhouse Carnegie Mellon University.

3 weeks ago


Green Tree-based 360fly raises $17.8 million

The round of funding was led by San Diego-based Qualcomm Ventures.

3 weeks ago


GE creates a ‘data lake’ for new industrial ecosystem

GE has been putting sensors on everything it can for a couple of years, and now it is out to read all that information quickly.

3 weeks ago


 The Parasound Halo JC1 Monoblock Amplifier has almost endless power and is reliable.

Don Lindich’s Sound Advice: GoldenEar, Parasound give bang for your buck

A lot of high-end equipment is overpriced and does not outperform less expensive equipment.

3 weeks ago


 From left, Connie Chun, Ashley Dickson, Michael Cioffi and Chintan Sharma, students at Carnegie Mellon University's Integrated Innovation Institute, work with a design prototype of Spot, an application to prevent sexual assault by using smart phones and a vibrating wristband to allow partygoers to send alerts to organizers.

Carnegie Mellon students developing safety apps

Carnegie Mellon student groups create mobile apps, programs designed to aid reporting of suspicious activity.

3 weeks ago


Sound Advice / Don Lindich Use of headphones can save space, money

Such a setup can produce high-quality sound without the need for speakers.

1 month ago



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