• 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.

  • Clinton school official calls free reading software 'game-changer'

    Updated: 12 hr ago

    CLINTON — School district leaders in this city of 9,500 say they need to do more to serve a rapidly growing Hispanic population. About 45 percent of students are Hispanic and 35 percent are English Language Learners (ELL). The adults face similar struggles, according to Nance Elementary School Principal Janalyn Taylor. “Some of our parents aren’t real comfortable with the English language,” she said Friday. “They’re afraid they’re going to make a mistake if they speak.” Darci Gonzalez, an ELL assistant at Nance, said she translates for parents who grow frustrated because they want to help their children “but they don’t know the language.

  • Maryland Heights tech firm employee accused of using company credit card for online strippers

    Updated: 13 hr ago

    ST. LOUIS • A man who lavished online strippers with everything from chocolates to flowers to shoes — even paying college tuition for one woman — charged nearly a half-million dollars of it to his St. Louis-area employer, federal prosecutors say. John David Berrett, an Internet technology architect for World Wide Technology Inc., was indicted Thursday on five counts of wire fraud, according to prosecutors. Berrett, 40, of Gilbert, Ariz., could not be reached for comment, and no attorney was listed in court records.

  • BRIEF: KDOT receives $1 million federal technology grant

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    The Kansas Department of Transportation has been approved for a $1 million federal grant to update its construction management software. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced that Kansas would be among seven states to receive a combined $7.1 million in aid for technology upgrades. Sandy Tommer, KDOT’s bureau chief of construction and materials, said it would enable the agency to buy new software to manage its highway construction projects. She said it will help officials in Topeka track the progress of construction projects throughout the state. “It will all be Web-based. We’ll be able to use tablets out in the field to gather data,” Tommer said. “It’ll be terrific.” Reach Bryan Lowry at 78

  • TISD set up to give raises, add staff

    Updated: 21 hr ago

    TISD set up to give raises, add staff Betty Waters Tyler Morning Telegraph, Texas Tyler ISD expects to receive an increase of $4.3 million in state and local funding next fiscal year. Officials say the monies will go to employee raises, hiring more bus drivers and custodians for new schools, additional teachers to reduce class sizes in lower grades and to the purchase of software and support for schools needing improvement. Although the district is proposing an unchanged ad valorem tax rate of $1.375 per $100 of assessed property, property values are expected to increase 4.5 percent, equating to $3.85 million more in local property tax revenue. State revenue is projected to increase about $800,000.

  • 6 ways to cut your phone budget

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Reevaluating your landline and cell phone bills could result in significant annual savings, due to the different rebates and service options your phone carrier might offer. The Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants offers these six tips to help budget phone services. 1. Make the most of your landline spending. According to the Center for Disease Control, 41 percent of Americans do not have telephone landlines, which have a strong reputation of reliable service and are not affected by power outage, which is especially important in emergencies, like tornadoes (According to www.EmergencyPreparednessEssentials.org, you should only use landlines after a tornado).

  • Former Oklahoma City police officer accused of rape to spend 15 days in jail

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    A former Oklahoma City police officer accused of rape will spend 15 days in jail for violating his house arrest —again. Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, 28, was ordered to jail Monday morning by Oklahoma County District Judge Timothy Henderson. A bond violation report filed July 20 states that Holtzclaw allowed his GPS ankle monitor battery to go dead. Six hours and 39 minutes are unaccounted for the morning of July 19, the report states. The monitor's battery was dead from 12:20 a.m. to 7 a.m. Holtzlaw called the bond release program office and informed his attorney of the dead battery that morning. The device was not re-charged from the night of July 17 until the morning of July 19.

  • Eight things to know about Windows 10

    Updated: 22 hr ago

    Windows users are in for something new this week when Microsoft releases Windows 10, the latest and, Microsoft says, the last version of Windows. Eight things to know: ? It will be the operating system on Windows devices sold starting Wednesday, the official release date. And that’s all types of devices — PCs, tables, smartphones and even the Xbox gaming console. ? An upgrade is free for a year for devices running the Pro versions of Windows 7 and 8.1, but not the Enterprise versions, or earlier Windows versions such as XP. Microsoft estimates three-fourths of the 1.5 billion current Windows devices are eligible. ? If you need to buy it, Windows 10 Pro lists at $199 and Windows 10 Home at $119, though they can be fo

  • Here Are the Movies Coming to Netflix in August — and the Ones Going Away

    Published: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Here are the Netflix new releases for August 2015, as well as the movies and television shows that will expire from the streaming service next month, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "The Hurt Locker," "Leap Year," "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" and season four of both "Revenge" and "Once Upon a Time" are all coming to the streaming service next month.

  • 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 Artificial Intelligence in Buenos Aires, Argentina, was signed by Tesla’s Elon Musk, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, Google DeepMind chief executive Demis Hassabis and professor Stephen Hawking along with 1,000 AI and robotics researchers. The letter states: “AI technology has reached a point where the deployment of [autonomous weapons] is – practically if not legally – feasible within years, not decades, and the stakes are high: autonomous weapons have been described as the third revolution in warfare, after gunpowder and nuclear arms.”

  • BRIEF: RIP CD/DVD drives? It's almost time


    Is it time to say goodbye to CD/DVD drives in computers? As our Internet connections get faster, USB drives get roomier and everything goes streaming — hello Netflix, goodbye discs — it seems the end may be near. Microsoft’s new operating system Windows 10 is the first to be sold on a USB flash drive; it’s also available on disc and by download. Apple has cut out discs from its OS X distribution and drives from a lot of its Mac computers. Tablets, such as Microsoft’s Surface and the iPad, don’t have optical drives either. Unless you still have a large CD collection to rip or older games to play, you probably don’t need the drive much these days and may not require one on your next computer.

  • 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, and once you’re plugged in you’ll be able to charge up to two products that use a USB cable. All you need is to provide the cable. When KITT is ready to go, he’ll chat up a storm with 11 different phrases from the original Knight Rider TV show—and he’s just as snarky as ever. Do we really need KITT as a charger? No, but we totally want it anyway. And at $29.99, it won't cost nearly as much as putting a real-life KITT in our cars.

  • Aledo trustees move forward with bond projects

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Aledo ISD trustees moved forward with the 2015 bond projects last week, approving a contract for four controlled campus entries, signing off on a schematic design for a controlled entry and renovations to Coder Elementary School and approving a technology purchase. They are still grappling with choosing a location for the new elementary school. Campus entries Low bidder Buford-Thompson Company got the nod for the new controlled entries for Stuard and Vandagriff elementary schools, McAnally Intermediate School and Aledo Middle School, for a total contract amount of $194,500, besting Steele and Freeman, Inc, Reeder General and Imperial Construction, which all submitted substantially higher bids.

  • Police: After 6 months in effect, hands-free law's impact still unclear

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    No texting. No phone calls. No cellphone GPS navigation systems. In January, these became the rules of the road when Austin’s hands-free law was enacted. Six months and 2,624 citations later, Austin police say the full impact of the law is still uncertain. That’s largely because it’s difficult to tell which crashes are caused by distracted driving, according to Austin police Chief of Staff Brian Manley. Unless a witness or the driver reports that a crash involved a cellphone, there’s no way to know whether or not using a hand-held device is to blame, Manley said. “It’s hard to tell when crashes are caused by distraction,” Manley said.

  • The Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, Ed Godfrey column

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    More and more, technology plays an increasing role in our lives, but how much technology do we really need, or want, when fishing? I go fishing to get away from that kind of stuff. Livingston Lures, the Texas-based bait company that is the Pied Piper of the fishing lure industry, first introduced its Electronic Baitfish Sounds (EBS) technology in 2004. Livingston's EBS lures are advertised to mimic the sounds of baitfish that bass prey on. The company got a big boost when Randy Howell won the 2014 Bassmaster Classic in Alabama by fishing with such a lure. Last year, Livingston introduced its new EBS MultiTouch technology, which allowed anglers to program a few sounds in their Livingston baits. At last week’s ICA

  • Santa Clara strives to build resilience to fires, floods

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    Recent rains across much of New Mexico have brought some relief amid prolonged drought conditions, but for Michael Chavarria, the governor of Santa Clara Pueblo, the onset of a heavy summer monsoon is more than a mixed blessing. Every time clouds converge over the Jemez Mountains, he and other tribal members brace themselves for the worst. Severe wildfires have raged through the upper reaches of the tribe’s lands in the past decade, with the 2011 Las Conchas Fire leaving about 80 percent of the pueblo’s watershed destroyed in its wake. The aftereffects pose an existential threat to the village, which rests along the flood plain where Santa Clara Creek meets the Rio Grande.

  • Solar technology could give consumers the power to get off the grid

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    HOUSTON — In the more than 130 years since Thomas Edison released the electric light bulb on the world, households have more or less gotten electricity one way. Build a power plant, string power lines in all directions until you’ve connected as many homes and businesses as possible, repeat. But in a nondescript white brick house a few miles outside downtown Houston, there is no need for a distant power plant spinning on a steady burn of coal or maybe radioactive uranium. One moment the lights and home appliances are humming along like those in any building. Then, for a fraction of a second, the lights dim and the room goes quiet.

  • State law offers better access to technology

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was the first major legislative act that affected the way Americans see people with disabilities. “In a nutshell, the EITA law is in place to make sure digital services for state agencies are built and developed for people with disabilities,” said Brenda Dawes, the project manager at ABLE Tech. Until the EITA, there was still much to be done for those with disabilities who weren’t able to take advantage of evolving technology. Dawes describes EITA as curb cuts for the virtual world. It expanded the world of technology for people with disabilities by making the Internet readily accessible. For example, people who are blind could use a screen reader to navigate the web

  • Americans with Disabilities Act falls short in employment opportunities, observers say

    Updated: Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    What’s more, the U.S. Census Bureau finds employed disabled workers on average earn considerably less than workers without disabilities — $1,961 monthly versus $2,724. “We need to drill down and find out what’s worrying employers … why they’re not hiring people with disabilities,” said Lex Frieden, an Alva native and Houston professor who’s regarded as the chief architect of the ADA. Disabled workers in many instances are more dependable than non-disabled employees, Frieden said. Pam Henry, retired television newswoman and chair emeritus for the Oklahoma City Mayor’s Committee on Disability Concerns, agrees. “Most of the barriers are attitudinal,” Henry said.

  • APS principal goes to D.C. summit

    Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Robbi Coker, principal of Chaparral Middle School, joined 49 other principals from across the United States and Canada for the 2015 Discovery Education Network Summer Institute earlier this month. "It's really neat," Coker said. "Discovery Education puts it on...it's about increasing technology in schools and just teaching practices. Mostly preparing our kids for future jobs we don't even know exist yet." During the 2015 DENSI Principal Summit, she said she learned strategies to help her teachers become more comfortable with technology which will increase learning in the classroom. "Technology is a natural language for kids and so one thing we work on is teachers trying more things and becoming more comfortable with it,