Technology & Entrepreneurship

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A new report shows a  growing San Antonio technology sector. The report called "Long Live The Geek:  charts the 5 year growth of one of the city's chief tech hubs, Geekdom.

Speaking at the annual "State of the Ecosystem" event Monday, Geekdom CEO Lorenzo Gomez says there are several highlights for him from the 5-year analysis of Geekdom: There are jobs in tech for everyone, a tech company can raise money in San Antonio, and more importantly cities should be taking note that small businesses generate more jobs.

Paul Flahive

In November, Nintendo immediately sold out of its NES mini, a throwback to its original 30-year-old gaming system. A San Antonio company is taking advantage of the resurgence in retro gaming systems.

For the past three years, Eli Galindo has been creating new games for old systems like the Sega Genesis the Original Nintendo, and this game called 'Dork And Ymp' on Super Nintendo. 

Ryan Loyd / TPR News

San Antonio's City Council voted 9-2 Thursday to continue its ride-hailing agreement with companies like Uber and Lyft with up to three, one-year extensions to be decided by the city manager. 

The decision followed years of debate over what makes the public more safe. The taxi industry says ride-hailing companies should submit to mandatory fingerprint background checks, as the only way to keep passengers safe. Ride-hailing advocates focus on drunken driving, which has declined in arrests and fatalities since Uber and Lyft returned late last year. 

Paul Flahive

Speaking Wednesday to the San Antonio City Council, Assistant Director of the San Antonio Police Department Steve Baum said he thought the third-party background checks that Uber and Lyft provide for their drivers are safe enough and that mandating fingerprint background checks - like with taxi - wasn't necessary.