Updated 3:35 p.m. Wednesday

Brands go for top domain names; voice recognition breakthrough, and you may be in a perpetual police photo lineup

Bulldog In todays update of technology news: Brands turning to top domain names led by Google; Microsoft makes voice recognition breakthrough; and you may be in a perpetual police photo llineup.

Updated 3:20 p.m. Wednesday

Charlotte-based Airwavz Solutions raises $1.59M

AirWavz Solutions nabs $1.59M Formerly Durham-based Telecommunications company Airwavz Solutions Inc.has filed to raise $2.03 million in equity, The company, now based in Charlotte, has raised $1.59 million so far.

11:43 a.m. Wednesday

Agbio: Not all food tech engenders fears

Josip Simunovic, Ph.D, talks about the food preservation system developed by his company, Aseptia. -- Sandalfoot Photography photo Some genetically engineered foods such as White Russet potatoes and Arctic apples that don't brown remain controversial. But not all food technology innovations discussed at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center's AgBiotech Summit 2016 earlier this month engender social fears.

9:03 a.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock Netflix, Amazon ramp up original programming

Here's some good news for fans of online streaming services: Netflix and Amazon have ramped up their investment in programming, spending $7.5 billion last year--more than CBS, HBO, Turner and most countries, including South Korea and Australia.

Online services ramping up original programming Online services ramping up original programming

7:21 a.m. Wednesday

Cary firm bags $400K seed round for solution to boost grocery sales

Myxx bags seed funds Myxx, a Cary-based company developing software that lets grocery retailers give shoppers branded recipes mapped to ingredients in the store, has raised a $400,000 seed round led by Cofounders Capital. RHM Associates participated in the fundng.

Updated 6:40 a.m. Wednesday

Premium Lock Advice to Charlotte startups: Go after mid-to-large sized companies

Terry Cox, who has helmed Charlotte's Business Innovation and Growth Council (BIG) for 12 years, has a piece of advice for Queen City startups: "Go in and re-engineer the business models and processes of mid-to-large market companies."

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6:29 a.m. Wednesday

NC Biotech Center awarded more than $1M in loans and awards in Q1

NC Biotech Center The North Carolina Biotechnology Center awarded 17 grants and loans totaling $1,060,352 to companies, universities and nonprofit organizations across the state during the first quarter of its 2016-2017 fiscal year ending September 30.

Updated 6:18 a.m. Wednesday

Cree Q2 forecast misses estimates, stock falls

Cree logo Cree Inc. shares dropped 9 percent in the extended session Tuesday following Cree's updated forecast of adjusted earnings of 4 cents to 10 cents for the second quarter on revenue of $310-330 million, while analysts expected 16 cents and $336 million, though the firm beat Q1 earnings estimates.

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Updated 3:11 p.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock Entrepreneurship focus on the rise in the Queen City

Editor's note: This is the first of a four-part series on the growing focus on building an entrepreneurial ecosystem in Charlotte. Known primarily as a risk-adverse banking city, Charlotte has never been considered particularly friendly to startups, but that is clearly changing.

Chelsea Barrett, director, HQ Charlotte and Juan Garzon, head of STARTCharlotte Chelsea Barrett, director, HQ Charlotte and Juan Garzon, head of STARTCharlotte

2:56 p.m. Tuesday

Gartner predicts big future for IoT, voice interfaces, Blockchain, and augmented reality

Gartner predicts major digital disruption at its Expo By 2020, says Gartner, an average person will have more conversations with bots than with a spouse. Gartner's strategic predictions for 2017 and beyond sees continuing digital disruption of your life.

Updated 2:13 p.m. Tuesday

Bosser leaves cleantech cluster for city of Raleigh position

Jennifer Bosser changing jobs Jennifer Bosser has left her position as executive director of the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster and joined the City of Raleigh as senior business retention and expansion manager.

2:09 p.m. Tuesday

Millennials falling for new tech support scams

Microsoft Have you run into one of those pop up tech support scams that sound a loud alarm and claim your computer is infected with a virus? A Microsoft survey says two out of three people have expenced a tech support scam in the last 12 months and nearly one in ten lost money.

9:46 a.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock Study says: Investor sentiment sees decisive uptick

Investor sentiment saw a decisive uptick in the results from the most recent StreetWise, E*TRADE's quarterly tracking study of experienced investors. a decisive uptick in positive investor sentiment: Among other things, when asked which movie best expresses how they feel about the market now, "Easy Rider" is gaining on "Dazed and Confused."

More investors choose Easy Rider over Dazed and Confused More investors choose Easy Rider over Dazed and Confused

Updated 7:27 a.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock Analyst expects IBM to return to growth in 2017

IBM's commitment to restructuring its business to more closely align with evolving customer demands continues, and its impact on revenue performance can be seen in IBM's ongoing slowdown of year-to-year revenue declines. So say analysts at TBR.


7:14 a.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock Lenovo's new Yoga Book debuts to mixed reviews

Lenovo's new Yoga Book, which includes a number of innovations such as flat keyboard and hand-written note taking capability, draws a series of mixed reviews. USA Today calls it "innovative but unsatisfying" while Gizmodo calls it "the future of laptops" - with a caveat.

6:42 a.m. Tuesday

Premium Lock Cisco acquires meeting software firm - its 17th buy under CEO Robbins

Cisco continues its binge of acquisitions under CEO Chuck Robbins, buying collaborative software firm Worklife.

6:34 a.m. Tuesday

Netflix nixes China for now, earnings double estimates, stock soars

Netflix   Netflix blew past analyst estimates to post earnings of 12 cents a share on revenue of $2.29 billion, double the 6 cents a share forecast on $2.28 billion, and added 370k000 subscribers in the U.S. despite a price hike. Netflix stock soared to a nearly 20 percent gain on the news.

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Updated 5:47 p.m. Monday

IBM Q3 earnings, led by strategic services, top analyst estimates

IBM                          IBM reported earnings of $3.29 per share on $1 9.23 billion in revenuein Q3, topping analyst expectations of $3.23 per share and about 19 billion in revenue, according to the Thompson Reuters. consensus estimate

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1:59 p.m. Monday

Premium Lock Enthusiasm reigned at Google Pitch Day for black founders event

The crowd had a lot of fun at the very first Google Exchange Pitch Day for Black Founder Entrepreneurs at the American Underground at Main in Durham last Friday. Encouraged to be focal and compete in sections for tee-shirts and other swag, the 250 or so present did so enthusiastically.

Enthusiastic crowd cheered presenters at Google Pitch Day even Enthusiastic crowd cheered presenters at Google Pitch Day even

12:33 p.m. Monday

Premium Lock Governments can learn what future users want from today's Digital Super Users

Most, if not all readers of WRAL TechWire are probably what Accenture calls "Digital Super Users," who consult their computer or mobile device multiple times daily. The company says governments can learn what citizens of the future will value and expect by looking at the super users of today.

Accenture says learn from Digital Super Users Accenture says learn from Digital Super Users

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