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Highway1 Celebrates Second Anniversary by Increasing Investment

By | Oct 24, 2015 at 7:55 am

Hardware accelerator Highway1 made a big announcement on their second anniversary. They’ve upped their investment to $100,000 for 8% equity or $50,000 for 5% equity. Brady Forrest, vice president of Highway1, said this to say about the program in a statement: “Highway1 is the…

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SanDisk: Western Digital’s $19 Billion Baby

By | Oct 23, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Western Digital Corp, the largest maker of computer disk drives, is taking a walk down memory card lane with its announced plans to acquire memory-chip maker SanDisk Corporation. In doing so, it has also answered the question, “What can you buy for $19 billion?”…

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The Future of Healthcare: Robots, Drones, Automation

By | Oct 21, 2015 at 11:00 am

Healthcare is a field that is always at the edge of technology, where there is a push to make strides to help better diagnosis and patient care. There are small changes where new technologies can be adapted relatively cheaply and easily, and larger advances that…

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Martin O’Malley to Host Civic Tech Competition in D.C.

By | Oct 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Fresh off his appearance on the Daily Show, Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley is now turning his attention to the D.C. area’s civic tech community. On Wednesday, October 21, the former Maryland Governor will host a civic tech pitch competition at the Microsoft Innovation &…

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How to accurately translate languages using Cortana

By | Oct 20, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Users of Microsoft’s new operating system Windows 10 can now translate into 38 different languages using the personal digital assistant Cortana. It could previously assist with some translation duties but the new feature is more comprehensive and offers more languages than ever before including…

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How Tech Startups Can Make a Big Change in the Financial Industry

By | Oct 19, 2015 at 2:00 pm

It’s been a long time coming: The financial industry is being torn down and built back up from scratch, and this evolution is mostly being led by upstarts. You know, the ones that fancy themselves technology firms — not financial companies. Take LendingClub, for example. Probably the highest-profile success…

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20 Most Googled Halloween Costumes of 2015

By | Oct 19, 2015 at 9:00 am

We’re still a couple weeks away from Halloween, but for those who shudder at the word “procrastination” (not me), I’m sure their Halloween costumes have already been carefully researched, materials and props purchased, and are probably 90% completed. And just like in years past, there are noticeable trends…

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Bugs in El Capitan? Wait for 10.11.1

By | Oct 18, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Millions of users are upgrading to Mac OS X El Capitan and many of them are noticing slower Mac performance or bugs. Don’t be in a hurry, read this article first for why you should wait for a more stable version of El Capitan…

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An Increase in Job Training Decreases Resignation Letters

By | Oct 18, 2015 at 12:00 pm

For the past year, at least 2.7 million people each month have said “I quit” to their employer (source). That’s well over 3,500 every hour. Obviously, there are a lot of reasons why people quit, but one that I am particularly interested in is…

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How to Identify the “Game Changers”

By | Oct 14, 2015 at 11:00 am

A startup’s big break often depends on finding a maverick – someone who is willing to take a risk on a new product or idea. This maverick is a game changer who rejects the traditional way of doing things and is a champion for…

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Amazon is Banning Apple TV and Chromecast, Here’s Why

By | Oct 13, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Amazon stunned shoppers and sellers on its Marketplace platform by banning IP television solutions offered by Apple and Google. The action comes in the wake of soft demand for Amazon’s new branded TV products. With new versions of both Apple TV and Google Chromecast…

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Online Cleaning Company, Excellent Maids to Launch in Four New Cities

By | Oct 13, 2015 at 10:00 am

The Michigan-based on-demand home cleaning services company, Excellent Maids, will be expanding its operations to cover four new U.S. cities in January 2016. The announcement was made on Excellent Maids’ own website, last night by Excellent Maids’ co-founder, Michelle Hardaway, who confirmed that the…

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5 Clues That it is Time to Redesign Your Company’s Website

By | Oct 12, 2015 at 8:00 pm

In a recent survey Stanford’s Persuasive Technology Lab found that almost half (46.1 %) of people say a website’s design is the number one criterion for discerning credibility. So if your business’ website is out of date, customers are turning away from you because…

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Entrepreneur PR Firm, Pitch PR, Opens in Dallas

By | Oct 11, 2015 at 2:00 pm

The Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC) announced they’ve partnered with Dallas-Based firm TrizCom Public Relations to launch Pitch PR, a new PR firm for entrepreneurs and small businesses. The partnership is the first of its kind in Texas and has been in the works…

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Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Tour Stops in Austin

By | Oct 9, 2015 at 2:00 pm

We are proud to partner with Microsoft Ventures to promote their Machine Learning Accelerator in Seattle. Read the full series of stories, as they are published, here. The Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Tour is visiting 11 US cities to spread the word about their accelerator programs…

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Microsoft Ventures Is Coming to a City Near You

By | Sep 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm

Tech Cocktail is proud to partner with Microsoft Ventures to promote their Machine Learning Accelerator in Seattle. Read the full series of stories, as they are published, here. You may have heard of Microsoft Ventures. It is a mentor-driven, no-dilution accelerator program with locations in seven cities…

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Samsung Pay Now Available to US Customers

By | Sep 28, 2015 at 10:00 pm

There has been lots of talk about Samsung Pay (similar to Apple Pay and Android Pay) since it was first announced in March. In September the NFC-based payment service launched in South Korea and saw over $30 million in transactions in its first month. Of the…