Twin Cities had one of the worse high-tech job losses during the recession, report says

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By Wendy Lee, Star Tribune

“The Minneapolis-St. Paul area had one of the worse job losses in the high-tech industry during the recession, according to a report released this month by the TechAmerica Foundation.

The area lost 3,800 tech jobs during 2008 to 2009, which the report ranks as the 45th out of 60 U.S. metropolitan cities. Total amount of high-tech jobs in 2009 in the area was 98,600, a decline of four percent, the report said.”

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Science and technology Rx: $10M

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By Wendy Lee, Star Tribune

“A group of science and technology boosters plans to ask state lawmakers for $10 million next year to fund start-ups and increase entrepreneurship in Minnesota, according to a draft of its recommendations.

The Minnesota Science and Technology Authority formed earlier this year and will make recommendations to the legislature next month on ways to improve the state’s climate for science and technology. The group’s formation comes at a time when state officials are concerned about early-stage funding for start-ups and support for innovation.”

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Northfield-based SpeechGear transcribes in real time for deaf

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By Wendy Lee, Star Tribune

Robert Palmquist wants to improve the world’s communication by translating a sentence at a time.

Palmquist’s company, Northfield-based SpeechGear, recently launched a $795 software package that allows people who are deaf or hard of hearing to better communicate with people who may not know sign language.”

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New phone apps aim to boost health

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By Wendy Lee, Star Tribune

“The iPhone is proven as a way to fill time, from making posts on social networks to playing silly games. Now, some entrepreneurs hope to add to its more practical uses, enabling it to monitor health and prevent disease.

Local companies are in the process of developing a new generation of iPhone accessories to help prevent heart disease, measure the temperature of food and determine whether you’re exercising to your fullest potential.”

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