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Paul Flahive

Cash. Moolah. Loot. You might not know it but those colloquialisms for money can really throw a machine for a loop.

USAA launched a pilot program Wednesday allowing customers to use Amazon's popular smart-home device, Alexa, to talk turkey about their accounts and their spending.  

"Alexa, how much have I spent on gas?" asks Gualberto Camacho, USAA's Strategic Innovation Director.

"You've spent $20.19 on gas stations, oil and gas over the last three months," says the disembodied voice of the cylindrical speaker known as Amazon's Alexa.

Michael Gray |

A federal contractor committed to funding 50 paid apprenticeships with their company largely in the federally designated Eastside Promise Zone Thursday.

Accenture is a national management and consulting company with a rapidly expanding tech footprint in San Antonio. The company has 1200 technology employees supporting their federal contracts. Accenture executive Ali Bokhari says the company has added more than 200 technology employees this year and plan to do that or more in 2018. 

Bexar County Commissioners voted Tuesday to give $180,000 to Tech Bloc, so the organization could create a Chief Talent and Recruitment Officer. 


Saturday, Black Hat USA opened in Las Vegas and will end on the same day Defcon begins making this week very important for cybersecurity professionals. The deluge of hacker happenings, from networking and groundbreaking research to new products and new hacks makes it a must for San Antonio security firms.

Larry Hurtado, CEO of Digital Defense Incorporated, estimates that 15-20 local firms will be present saying the week could represent a lot of business.

"There are definitely deals that are going to be won in and around Black Hat," says Hurtado. 

Paul Flahive | Texas Public Radio

Alice Asevedo works for Edgewood Independent School District. Laura Johansen home schools an elementary-aged child.

Both women are blown away by this training on Augmented-Reality books. AR books use smartphones or tablets to add a layer of content on traditional books.

Over their audible gasps, laughs and exclamations, there is a palpable excitement over how they can use these books.

"It's the Earth," says Johansen, "It's the whole Earth," she says staring at a three-dimensional model through an ipad. 

"Oh my God," says Asevedo laughing.