Atlanta Tech Edge: CloudTags, FanBeat, Virtual Running

Cloudtags, FanBeat and Virtual Running

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The White House announced the winner of their tech hire grants. Atlanta was already named a Tech Hire city back in March. This week ATL Tech Hire got word that they have been awarded $4 million in federal grants to support the program. ATL Tech Hire is on a mission to train young adults under-represented in the IT workforce for jobs in tech. It's an initiative led by the Atlanta Workforce Development in partnership with tech square labs and the Iron Yard.

Its official, Global Payments is in the process of moving their corporate headquarters to Buckhead. Economic development officials confirmed that the payment processing company plans to invest about two-hundred and $20 million into Atlanta. According to our partners at the Atlanta Business Chronicle. About 18 million will go towards the new headquarters in a 30 story office tower on Lenox road. That's expected to bring in about 150 jobs with an average salary of $200,000. However, a bulk of Global Payment's investment will be put into a data center expansion. 

Georgia Tech sealed a deal to buy some real estate from Lockheed Martin. The agreement includes four buildings and 52 acres on Lockheed Martin's south campus in Marietta. The property for sale had housed the Air Force's F-22 Raptor program. That fighter plane is no longer in production.Georgia Tech says the sale will allow the University to expand their research capacity and relieve crowding.

The Technology Association of Georgia is bringing the tech community together to fight hunger with some friendly competition in Bytes for Bites. To join, local tech companies can sign up between now and July 10th.The goal is to get at least 50 companies to raise $25,000 or 100,000 pounds of food for the Georgia Food Bank Association. The contest ends July 22nd and the company who raises the most pounds of food per employee will win the highly coveted tag cup. Click here to join.

Uber says they want to make pricing easier to understand for its customers and that means we won't be seeing any more surge rates. The ride-sharing company announced the app will show the total price as soon as users order a ride. Riders must now enter their final destination address ahead of time to see the actual fare they'll pay for the ride. The Uber app will calculate these upfront fares from point-A to point-B based on distance, time, traffic, and demand.
           
         Fiat Chrysler is moving up the release of a software fix aimed at preventing rollaway accidents similar to the one that killed actor Anton Yelchin.  The car maker had already recalled over a million vehicles to fix electronic gear shifters before Yelchin's death.

          Finally, a new survey finds older drivers want technology in their cars that might help them stay behind the wheel instead of handing over their keys. According to the online study by insurer The Hartford, 76 percent of drivers age 50 and older say they would look for a car with the latest safety features like blind spot warning, lane departure warning and advanced headlights. The study suggests older drivers associate advanced technologies with enhanced safety.

 


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