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Security

7 Tech Archetypes That Define You as a Hacker

By | Apr 12, 2017 at 4:30 pm

While the term “hacker” elicits more than its fair share of negativity, this tech profession is a necessary part of the business world. After all, in the immortal words of Sun Tzu, the author of The Art of War, “If you know your enemies and…

Gear & Gadgets

Linksys WRT 3200ACM Brings Back Original Design, DD-WRT [Review]

By | Feb 9, 2017 at 11:20 am

For most consumers, a standard high-speed router is all we really need. However, in our current political climate, it never hurts to think about one’s privacy and security, which is where having an integrated VPN and more control over your flow of data becomes…

Software

London

OptiKey Brings Affordable Eye Tracking to People With Neurological Disorders

By | Oct 26, 2015 at 10:00 am

In an age where we have people such as Martin Shkreli taking home the title of most hated man in America for price gouging on a previously affordable pill, other organizations are taking note and fighting back. High costs and medical coverage regularly go…

Business

Everyone Wants to Patent Blockchain

By | Jul 5, 2016 at 3:30 pm

It could provide a “creator-controlled approach to content dissemination to dismantle the current centralized norm” of Netflix and YouTube. It “could provide the foundation for a more prosperous Europe.” Startups featuring it are opening betas. What is this magical service? Blockchain. And right now, it’s…

Software

Is Open Source Facilitating Collaboration?

By | Oct 17, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Digital transformation. Collaboration. Sharing economy. These and other expressions are part of the vocabulary of those who live and breathe information technology. However, it is a mistake to think that these expressions are limited to the IT world. As with all the changes and transformations happening…

Tech Cocktail Celebrate

Phoenix

Local Motors Empowers Communities, Drives Innovation

By | Oct 2, 2015 at 8:03 am

Disruption comes in many forms, but the steps leading to the descriptor often requires investing in new ideas and process. Even if Local Motors’ primary goal is not disrupting the automotive they are creating a paradigm shift. They developed the first 3D printed cars,…

Trends

The Rise and Fall of Free Software

By | May 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Less than a decade ago, free software sent web users flocking to companies and surging site popularity. But over the last five years, the popularity of free software has taken a turn for the worst. Today, it just doesn’t have the influence that it…

Google

Free Google Software Creates Self-Learning Smart Computers

By | Apr 14, 2016 at 4:00 pm

Google is expanding its free software to now include self-learning smart computers. TensorFlow, the company bringing this software to Google users, will allow for anyone with access to computer software to create their own smart computer from scratch that can program itself. Users can…

Funding

DC

Mapbox Raises $52M to Scale Open Source Maps

By | Jun 17, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Washington DC based Mapbox today announced a series B round of $52M, one of the largest for mapping and location based startups. Led by San Francisco DFJ Growth, they are joined by Pritzker Group, DBL Partners, Promus Ventures Thrive Capital, and their initial series…

Trends

Dallas

With Kubos, Companies Enter the Space Age Faster

By | May 6, 2015 at 7:00 pm

According to a 2014 report from the Space Foundation, space exploration and technology is a $314 billion market and – with major projects underway including SpaceX and Blue Origin – Texas is well-positioned to capitalize. Thirty space startups are launched annually, and Denton-based Kubos…

Software

5 Advantages of Using Open Source Software

By | Dec 15, 2015 at 2:31 pm

Open source software (OSS) i accessible under a software authorization that enables individuals to access the source code and customize it according to their needs, thus providing the capability to tailor the software for different jobs. The program license keeps the right of the individual…

Data

San Francisco

Plotly Bets Big on Open Sourcing Their Platform

By | Nov 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm

It seems everywhere I look these days there’s something new about data science, but that’s a good thing. After all, with the majority of the world’s data being created only in the last few years, it logically follows that there’s going to be a surge…

Dev & Design

Why Titanium App Development is a Smart Move for Startups Who Need Apps

By | Mar 9, 2014 at 10:00 am

Developing mobile applications is a challenge for every professional developer. They need to focus on each elemental aspect, while coding applications that are responsive, functional and compatible. Covering the bases for every feature is not exactly an easy task, even for the most talented developers. That’s why the…

Speaker Series

Las Vegas

Matt Mullenweg: “Don’t Let People Tell You It’s Already Been Done”

By | Dec 9, 2013 at 10:08 am

Matt Mullenweg is the founding developer of WordPress which, as he told at Tech Cocktail’s Celebrate, is currently used by 20 percent of websites on the Internet. The website giant has small roots though, and after Mullenweg left CNET in 2005, he founded Automattic even…

Interviews

Andrew Nacin on the Future of WordPress [Video]

By | Jan 1, 2013 at 4:04 pm

One in every six websites uses WordPress.  Curious as to what goes into making the CMS tick?  So are we. Tech Cocktail had the opportunity to sit down with Andrew Nacin, one of WordPress’ lead developers, to learn how he handles working with open…

Startup

Perth, Australia Startup Looking To Disrupt Survey Industry; Interview with Floq Founder Jonah Cacioppe

By | May 27, 2012 at 9:00 am

You won’t get too far in the world of e-commerce without talking conversion rates.  Providing the desired content, an intuitive interface, and elegant design all play a key role in getting a user to perform an intended action.  These rules are as true for…

Business

MIT’s Open-Sourced Urban Planning Tool To Help Build Smarter Cities

By | Oct 12, 2011 at 11:30 am

There are currently 3.3 billion people living in cities – and that number is only growing. In the next five years, the urban population is expected to increase well beyond half the world’s total. Most of these urbanites are likely going to live in…