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Former FBI agents added to WGM cyber/forensic team


Scottsdale-based technology firm WGM added two former FBI agents to its fraud and cyber protection services team. Michael McAndrews recently joined WGM as its director of Network Security Services and Jeffrey D. Evans joins as its senior Forensic Consultant. McAndrews worked as a special agent at the FBI, investigating computer crimes including intrusions, Internet fraud and… Read More →

Arizona takes steps toward embracing sharing economy

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by in AZ Business Magazine | Tech

This January, Arizona has taken two major steps toward embracing the peer-to-peer “sharing economy”. First, on January 1, 2017 a new law took effect which, among other things, prohibits municipalities and cities from banning people from listing short-term rentals on sites like Airbnb and VRBO. Second, the Arizona Department of Revenue began a partnership with… Read More →

AAED to examine self-driving cars


The impact of self-driving cars and other vehicle technologies on Arizona will be examined at the Arizona Association for Economic Development‘s (AAED) February luncheon. Speakers will discuss self-driving cars, and new transportation partners that are operating in the state, as well as Arizona taking the charge with these emerging technologies. The luncheon, on Feb. 14… Read More →

64 startups picked for 2017 Venture Madness competition


This year’s startup lineup has been picked by Invest Southwest and the Arizona Commerce Authority for the 2017 Venture Madness competition. On Jan. 25, the top 64 companies picked this year will be narrowed down to 32, and then by Feb. 3, 16 finalists will be chosen to move to the live, bracket-style head-to-head competition… Read More →

What it’s like to ride in a Waymo self-driving car

by in AZ Business Magazine | Tech

It’s an interesting feeling when the person behind the wheel of a moving car tells you they don’t have their hands on the wheel or their feet on the pedals. A mix of excitement peppered with a little bit of worry ran through my mind today as I took a ride in a Waymo self-driving… Read More →

Mobile app puts control at SRP customers’ fingertips

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Salt River Project’s nearly 1 million residential power customers and 25,000 irrigation customers now have even more ways to stay connected with two, new SRP Mobile Apps for smart phones and tablets. SRP launched two mobile apps for on the App Store for iOS users or the Google Play store for Android users. The SRP Power… Read More →

Phoenix-based Carvana makes $600M financing deal with Ally


Phoenix-based online automobile retailer Carvana is getting financing for up to $600 million of retail contracts from Ally, according to a Wednesday announcement. Over the next 12 months, Ally will make up to $600 million available to Carvana through financing and bulk purchases of contracts. Carvana was founded in 2013, and sells and lets customers… Read More →

Local Motors, Stantec partner for self-driving vehicles

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Global design firm Stantec and Local Motors, a US-based technology company that designs, builds and sells vehicles, have entered into a strategic partnership to accelerate the worldwide implementation of connected self-driving vehicles. The two companies will combine resources and provide a full suite of services in the delivery of the Local Motors Olli, a self-driving,… Read More →

Elevating Arizona’s tech sector for faster growth

by in AZ Business Magazine | Tech

There are many encouraging signs for Arizona’s technology sector. Jobs are on the rise, our education system is more focused on STEM initiatives and Arizona has become a desirable place to move to for high-tech companies from innovation hotbeds such as California. The outlook for 2017 is even stronger. It may, in fact, be our… Read More →

Arizona law enforcement to train with simulators from Tempe tech firm

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Tempe-based VirTra, Inc. (OTCQX: VTSI), a tech firm that trains law enforcement agencies use of force techniques and firearms with simulators, was awarded a $2.1 million contract with the Arizona Department of Public Safety. VirTra, the sole provider under this award, will supply, install and maintain multiple units of its industry leading multi-screen V-300 judgmental use-of-force simulator in… Read More →

Gov. Ducey takes a ride in self-driving Waymo car

Gov. Doug Ducey and Jennifer Haroon in the backseat of the Waymo car. (Photo by Shavon Rose Photos, courtesy of Waymo)
by in AZ Business Magazine | Tech

Earlier this week it was announced that Google’s self-driving car project would be spun off into an independent company called Waymo. And to help kick-off the new company, Gov. Doug Ducey took an inaugural demo ride inside of a Waymo car. With Ducey’s detail following close behind, the car drove him off and took him… Read More →

App designed by ASU students hopes to diagnose epilepsy quickly, efficiently


Millions of adults and thousands of children have been diagnosed with epilepsy, according to a 2013 report from the Centers for Disease Control. Despite these high numbers, the brain disorder can be difficult to diagnose, and it is estimated that 40 percent of those with epilepsy have not been properly diagnosed. Enter Robert Yao and Neel Mehta,… Read More →

Google’s self-driving car project will be Alphabet Inc. company

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Google’s self-driving car company has been spun into an independent company, now called Waymo. Waymo will be an independent company part of Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc. The self-driving cars have been driving around the Phoenix area since April as part of tests for the new technology. In a statement, Waymo says it will start commercializing… Read More →

Is tech sinking your business? Here’s how you can protect your company

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Technology is a disrupting force, continuously bringing a wave of both good and bad to businesses, our personal lives and everything in between — whether we want it to or not. Pokémon Go levied questions about workplace productivity; while smart watches, cloud computing and employees bringing their own technology devices into the workplace raise concerns about cybersecurity… Read More →