technology

Retailers In New Orleans Are Warming Up To Bitcoin

Nov 3, 2014
Janaya Williams / WWNO

Digital currencies like Bitcoin and Litecoin don’t enjoy widespread use yet. It turns out, most retail stores and consumers still prefer good old fashioned paper money.

But the currency is catching on with a few mavericks around the globe — including some innovative business owners right here in New Orleans.

At a few local stores, customers can open their virtual Bitcoin wallets to buy everything from antique jewelry and furniture — to french fries and po-boys.

Innovation and technology reporting on WWNO is supported by Bellwether Technology.

A flying dune buggy has Shreveport roots.

Startup flying car maker SkyRunner LLC is moving into the former Shreveport General Motors plant this week. An assembly line is being prepped for a pre-market, all-terrain vehicle with a powered parachute.

Google has named Mandeville the most wired business community in Louisiana for the second year in a row, NOLA.com reports.

Google’s annual “eCity Award” recognizes the strongest online business communities around the country. A number of factors determined the winning cities, including the likelihood of small businesses to have a website.

In a news release, a Google representative called Mandeville “a prime example of how innovation and growth in e-commerce can successfully contribute to bolstering economic progress.”

Innovator Profile: Community Plates of New Orleans

Oct 23, 2014
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As New Orleans continues to build its reputation as a hub for innovation and new technologies, WWNO’s Technology Desk seeks to highlight innovators who are finding novel solutions to some of the city’s most important issues.

Innovations Reporter Janaya Williams recently spoke with Lauren Rudzis of Community Plates, a nonprofit that is tapping into the resources of the food and restaurant community in New Orleans to find a new system to deliver food to the hungry.

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NOLA Tech Week starts on Monday. It's the second year for the citywide event, which bills itself as a "celebration of all things tech.”

These days, New Orleans is making a name for itself as the place to be for technology start-ups — it was recently called the "most improved city for business” by the Wall Street Journal, and Forbes says it’s the number-three city for information technology job growth.

NOLA Tech Week 'Unconference' Begins To Take Shape

Sep 30, 2014
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NOLA Tech Week begins on Monday. It’s only the second year for the local technology industry conference, which bills itself as a celebration of all things tech in New Orleans.

Organizers of the event call it an “unconference.” They say that allows members of the technology community in New Orleans to set the agenda for the meetings and to host events based on topics they want to hear about.

Cheryl delPozzal / It's New Orleans

Over the last few years the word "disrupt" has found its way into the American business vocabulary. On today's Out to Lunch, Peter Ricchiuti introduces us to two local disrupters.

Tom Hayes is New Orleans General Manager of Uber. Uber is an international and nationwide car service that disrupts the taxi business — which it is in the process of doing here in New Orleans.

Steve Beatty is Editor of The Lens. The Lens is an investigative reporting organization that is disrupting local news media.

Republicans Embrace Technology In Louisiana Senate Race

Sep 24, 2014
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Louisiana's U.S. Senate race is a central battleground in the Republican Party's national drive to catch up to the Democrats' data collection know-how that helped power President Barack Obama to two terms.

This year, with control of the Senate at stake, Republicans are depending on paid interns and volunteers to help it close the technology gap.

Party organizers have started a door-knocking effort to gather data that can be fed into a mobile phone app and uploaded to a central database for harvesting later.

Cox Doubles Internet Speed For Some Louisiana Customers

Sep 23, 2014
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Cox Communications says it’s doubling Internet speeds for about 75 percent of customers across Louisiana this week.

On Tuesday, the changes went into effect in New Orleans. Wednesday they will be rolled out to Baton Rouge and Acadiana.

A company spokesperson tells NOLA.com/The Times Picayune the higher speeds will not come with a higher bill. Prices for service will stay the same.

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Fourteen researchers from a coalition of universities in Louisiana and Mississippi have been awarded $6 million from the National Science Foundation.

The scientists are part of a consortium of universities working on developing smart polymers.

Smart polymers are materials that can react to the environment — like a self-healing artificial joint, or a heart valve that can resist bacterial growth.

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