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SXSW Showcases the Loss of Human Social Interaction

The Lack of Human Interaction at SXSW Interactive

A huge benefit of attending a conference, event, or a meetup is the networking opportunities, but have humans forgotten how to interact face to face? 

Local Startup Personal Capital Puts You Back in Control of Your Financial Life

Personal Capital Seeks to Put You Vack in Control of Your Financial Life

“Why shouldn't anyone be able to do anything and everything with their money with a few taps?” asks Bill Harris, CEO of Personal Capital, pulling out his iPad. “Managing your financial life should not be this complicated.”<--break->

Edmodo Pulls Education Into the 21st Century

Edmodo is Bringing Education Into the 21st century

One sector desperately overdue for innovation courtesy of technology is K-12 education, which leads us directly to San Mateo-based Edmodo, the free platform that enables teachers to create closed networks with their students in a Facebook-like UI that virtually reproduces and extends the classroom environment in many ways.

Bay Area Startups Have Strong Presence at SXSW

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It’s that time of year again when South by Southwest buzzes all over the airwaves and web waves to everyone’s delight (or possibly chagrin). The nine-day event kicked off today with the Interactive portion and, as expected, the Bay Area has a more than healthy presence here in Austin. But a three hour-line for badge pick-up? How high tech is that?

Breezi Offers Pixel-Level Control for Designing Your Own Website

Breezi Offers Pixel-Level Control for Designing Your Own Website

Berkeley-based Freshout, an interactive product development agency that has been building web products for clients over the past six years, is soft-launching its first consumer product this week, a hosted website creation platform called Breezi.

Text Messaging to Groups is Simple with SendHub

SendHub Aims to be the &quot;Drobox of Text Messaging&quot;

Over the past two years, there’s been a dramatic decline in email usage among people aged 12-24; they’ve largely turned to text messaging (SMS) and posting to Facebook instead.

This kind of seismic shift in communication strategies along generational lines signals the need for innovation and adaptation, of course, and down at Y Combinator (YC) this spring, there’s a startup called SendHub that is poised to help.

Fitness Buddy - the App That May Replace Personal Trainers

Fitness Buddy, The App That May Replace Personal Trainers

Walk into any gym these days and, odds are, almost everybody you see will be plugged in, probably to their playlists, while they work out.

So in this always-connected mobile world of ours, what if there was an app that actually walked you through your exercise routine, step-by-step, like a virtual personal trainer?

RAVN iOS App Aims for Real-Time Events Discovery

RAVN iOS App Aims for Real-Time Events Discovery

Much of what is driving the innovation we’re seeing around the Bay Area these days is the convergence of three technology meta-trends -- social, local and mobile.

A perfect example is RAVN Events, an iOS app that launched earlier this month, which co-founder and CEO Jonathan Wu calls “the Pandora for event discovery.”

Jobs in Tech Abound for Non-Engineers

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All over San Francisco, famously host to a cycle of boom-and-bust since the Gold Rush days, the debate continues in coffee shops and boardrooms as to whether this latest tech boom will soon turn into yet another bubble doomed to pop, dashing dreams all around.

Thrillcall Rolls Out New Live Music Discovery App For iPhones

Just in time for Noise Pop, the indie music festival celebrating its 20th anniversary this week, Thrillcall has launched its new iPhone app to discover and get into live events, even at the last minute and after they are sold-out.

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