technology

Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

With literally a billion apps available, how's your idea going to do?

New Orleans app builder Neel Sus from Touch Studios hears a lot of ideas for phone and tablet apps — is there one more great one out there? Simon Marthinsen's start-up Plebu is taking on the other great 21st century every-man tech challenge — build yourself a better website.

All on this week's Out to Lunch, with Peter Ricchiuti.

Jason Saul / WWNO

Deep inside the Convention Center, well away from the throngs of journalists that have descended on the city and behind a false wall protected by a security guard, is a group of tech-savvy people manning the Super Bowl Host Committee's social media command center.

The job of the social media command center is to keep a close eye on the social space for trends and any problems that might arise, to promote the Super Bowl and the city, and to respond to people who have sent questions out into the ether on anything from sports-related inquiries to where they should eat dinner.

Bill of Health

Jan 14, 2013
Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

On this edition of Out to Lunch Peter introduces us to New Orleans' and Louisiana's little-known but potentially significant contribution to the future of healthcare.

Peter Ragusa unveils Better Day, software that aims to replace every medical record in America; and Joe Lovett heads up The Louisiana Fund, an impressive fund of Louisiana venture capital investors.

Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

Bioceptive is a New Orleans women’s health company that is developing a product for managing pregnancy that could change the world for hundreds of thousands of women.

This week on Out to Lunch, Peter has lunch with S K Khurana, the Chief Operating Officer of Bioceptive, and Tamara Kreinin, recently retired Executive Director for Women and Population at the United Nations Foundation and an investor in Bioceptive.

It was called Project ORCA, and the killer "app" was meant to be the Romney campaign's "unprecedented and most technologically advanced plan to win the 2012 presidential election," as described in a campaign memo.

It didn't quite work out that way.

Rodney Brooks, Co-Founder Of Rethink Robotics

Nov 8, 2012

Jessica Harris talks to Rodney Brooks, co-founder of Rethink, a company that makes robots for the manufacturing industry. In 1990 Dr. Brooks founded iRobot, which makes robots for the consumer and defense industries. Their first consumer product was the Roomba, the robot that vacuums for you.

Chris Genteel, Google's head of diversity markets, and other people from the Internet giant will join bankers, investors and federal officials at the Southeast Louisiana Small Business Conference this Thursday at the UNO Lindy Boggs International Conference Center.

Other speakers include Pellsom Lau, regional manager for the Small Business Administration's office of international trade, and Paul Satenstein, chief financial officer of The Online Incentives Exchange. Satenstein will talk about Louisiana's online exchange for state tax credits.

Why Is This Supercomputer So Superfast?

Oct 29, 2012

The world's fastest supercomputers have come back to the U.S. In June, the title was claimed by a machine named Sequoia at Lawrence Livermore Labs. Monday, at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, what could be an even faster computer comes online. It's called Titan and it would not have been possible were it not for the massive market for video games.

Startup Superstars

Oct 29, 2012
Grant Morris / It's New Orleans

The face of New Orleans business is changing. So is the face of New Orleans itself.

Peter’s guests on Out to Lunch this week are the prime movers of both. Kenneth Purcell’s iSeatz creates the software that runs online booking for American Express Travel, Delta, KLM, and Orbitz. Gary Solomon Jr.’s The Solomon Group lights up the Superdome.

There are more ways than ever to watch TV programs on the Internet, from Netflix and Amazon to Hulu. But many viewers discover that watching TV on the Web can be frustrating. Their favorite show might suddenly stop, stutter and be replaced by a note that reads "buffering." The problem is lack of bandwidth: The data that is the video just can't squeeze through the wires and onto the screen.

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