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  • Oklahoma researchers navigate road map for teamwork in India

    BY ADAM COHEN For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Aug 1, 2015

    In 2008, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation inked an affiliation agreement with the Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology in India, an Indian biomedical research institute. This year, OMRF sent staff to visit the center and spark a partnership.

  • Zero-percent financing turns heads, but may not be best deal

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — When a car dealer offers to loan you the money to buy a car at zero interest, it gets your attention. Yet that cheap money might not be the best deal you can get. Dealers can offer zero-percent financing through automakers' finance companies because, unlike banks, they make money...

  • Review: 5 ways Windows 10 fixes annoyances in predecessor

    Updated: Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — It took me just a weekend to get comfortable with Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system, something I never did with its predecessor, Windows 8, even after nearly three years. With Wednesday's update, Windows no longer feels jarring, as though I'm using two different...

  • Angel investors fill critical role for Oklahoma start-up companies

    Published: Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    SeedStep Angels, which is managed by i2E, is a member of the Angel Capital Association, the world’s largest association of accredited angel investors, having more than 13,000 investors in every state and five Canadian provinces, including active angel members across Oklahoma.

  • Musk, Wozniak and Hawking urge ban on warfare AI and autonomous weapons

    Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Over 1,000 high-profile artificial intelligence experts and leading researchers have signed an open letter warning of a “military artificial intelligence arms race” and calling for a ban on “offensive autonomous weapons”. The letter, presented at the International Joint Conference on...

  • Finally, a phone charger that turns your car into KITT from 'Knight Rider'

    Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    We're still waiting for complex cars that can talk to us, but a cellphone charger will bring us much closer to that reality. Thanks to ThinkGeek, you can now have your very own KITT unit that also doubles as a USB car charger. It runs on a 12V vehicle power socket, aka a cigarette lighter,...

  • What about all the good things cops do? (Like this brilliant idea)

    Richard Hall | Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    We've all been there: You find a good deal for something on craigslist or on a local Facebook buy/sell/trade group, but you're not sure where to meet the person to get the deal done. Most people opt to meet in a public, well-lit and traveled place. Like a grocery store or a gas station. But...

  • Review: Google photo service is strong on search

    Updated: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Google's new service for organizing and backing up images blends some of the best of what Apple and Yahoo have rolled out in recent months. These services come as smartphone cameras get better, and people take more photos and video with them. The problem is many of the images...

  • Oklahoma briefs

    Published: Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    Oklahoma business briefs for July 23, 2015

  • AT&T invents an absurd $15 activation fee for Next customers

    Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    AT&T will soon increase its activation fees for customers on regular postpaid contracts and those new to the carrier's Next upgrade plan. Droid Life first reported the pending hikes, which will raise the activation fee for one- and two-year contracts to $45 — up from the current $40 —...

  • Hackers Remotely Kill a Jeep on the Highway—With Me in It

    Updated: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    I was driving 70 mph on the edge of downtown St. Louis when the exploit began to take hold, says Andy Greenberg in Wired. Though I hadn’t touched the dashboard, the vents in the Jeep Cherokee started blasting cold air at the maximum setting, chilling the sweat on my back through the in-seat...

  • World mayors at Vatican urge 'bold climate agreement'

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Mayors from around the world declared Tuesday that climate change is real, man-made and must be stopped as a matter of moral imperative, gathering at the Vatican to announce new measures to fight global warming and bask in Pope Francis' ecological star power. The Vatican...

  • E.L. Doctorow, author of 'Ragtime,' dies in New York at 84

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Writer E.L. Doctorow, who wryly reimagined the American experience in such novels as "Ragtime" and "The March" and applied its lessons to the past and the future in fiction and nonfiction, has died. He was 84. He died Tuesday at a New York hospital from complications of lung...

  • Los Angeles County pushes $15 minimum wage for some workers

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles County on Tuesday became the latest area in the country to take a step toward lifting the minimum wage to $15 an hour after officials were told it would either kill business or help lift bread-winners out of poverty. The Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to direct...

  • FCC chairman recommends OK of $48.5B AT&T-DirecTV deal

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The head of the Federal Communications Commission has recommended approving AT&T's $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV. The deal would create the country's largest provider of cable or satellite TV. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a statement Tuesday that he approved the deal...

  • Strong iPhone sales; Apple stock down with few Watch details

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple's latest financial report shows iPhone sales are still surging, driven partly by growth in China. But it also contains hints that Apple's much-vaunted smartwatch may not be selling as fast as Wall Street expected. The California tech giant sold more than 47.5 million...

  • Yahoo suffers 2Q loss as revenue growth eludes company

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo is still limping along as the Internet company prepares to shed the financial crutch that has been propping up its stock during the three-year reign of CEO Marissa Mayer. The latest evidence of the challenges facing Mayer emerged Tuesday with the release of Yahoo's...

  • Microsoft books $8.4 billion write-down on phones in 4Q

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft booked an $8.4 billion charge in the fourth quarter, swallowing a bitter pill by writing off the Nokia phone business it bought just over a year ago. It narrowly beat analysts' depressed expectations for a quarter that also saw a steep decline in personal computer...

  • Chipotle: Still no pork at 40 percent of restaurants

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Chipotle says it still doesn't have carnitas at about 40 percent of its more than 1,800 restaurants, following the suspension of a pork supplier earlier this year. The Mexican-food chain known for its bowls and burritos said it expects to offer carnitas in all its restaurants by...

  • Citi to refund $700 million for deceptive card practices

    Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Citigroup will refund $700 million to consumers and will pay $70 million in fines for illegal and deceptive credit card practices, the bank and federal regulators said Tuesday. The order, coming from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, is the latest multimillion dollar...

  • Proliferation of mobile devices complicates overtime pay issues

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Cori H. Loomis of Christensen Law Group discusses the consequences of employees' use of technology outside of work.

  • Oklahoma startup firm remanufactures high-performance batteries

    Published: Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    Dirk Spiers, president of Spiers New Technologies Inc., leads a new company that performs battery life cycle management of advanced battery storage packs. Working with electric car manufacturers, the Oklahoma company grades and remanufactures used high-performance batteries.

  • Review: Apple Music has everything, perhaps too much

    Updated: Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Apple's new music service is a valiant effort to catch up in the emerging business of offering unlimited music on demand for a monthly price. It does so while acknowledging the legacy of iTunes, the world's most popular store for buying individual songs to own. But Apple...

  • Smart camera warns you when guns enter your home

    Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Anxious that you might face an armed home invasion, or that your kids might find the key to the gun cabinet? NanoWatt Design thinks it has a way to give you that crucial early warning. Its crowdfunded GunDetect camera uses computer vision to detect firearms and send a text alert to your phone.

  • Angry Amazon customers vent over sale fail

    Published: Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    It's not living up to the hype. Unhappy Amazon shoppers vented on Wednesday about its "Prime Day" sales, slamming the online retailer with the hashtags that included: #unhappyPrimeDay, #AmazonFail, #gobacktosleep, and #PrimeDayFail. Amazon (AMZN, Tech30) had promoted the 24-hour sale event...