• 280 Kansas City employees fall for fake hack

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Would-be hackers duped 280 Kansas City employees into opening the door to municipal computer systems sometime in the last six months, a city audit report said. Each employee had given up log-in credentials after responding to an email that had been sent to collect just such critical information. They’d fallen for what is commonly called a phishing attack. Luckily, these were would-be hackers. The attack was a fake, specifically a test conducted by city auditors. “We phished ourselves to see how we’d do,” city auditor Douglas Jones said Thursday. Jones said he wanted to know not only how employees would treat the phishing email but also how the city’s information technology teams would handle the breach,

  • New Samsung, HTC phones coming April 10 in US

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — New phones from Samsung and HTC will be available in U.S. stores starting April 10. Advance orders for the new HTC One begin Friday, and those customers might receive their phones before April 10. Orders for Samsung's Galaxy S6 phones start Friday as well, with delivery expected around April 10. Phone sizes won't change. HTC is largely keeping the same design, but improving the camera and personalizing the home screen based on your location. It also promises to replace the phone once if you smash or crack it. Samsung is swapping its plastic back cover for more stylish metal and glass to better compete with the iPhone. It also improved the camera and software interface. Prices will vary by carrier.

  • Weather forecasting improvement bill sponsored by Oklahoma lawmakers clears House panel

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON — A bill aimed at improving weather forecasting cleared a key hurdle Wednesday, as a committee sent the legislation to the full House with bipartisan blessing. The Science, Space and Technology Committee approved the bill, which aims to steer federal weather research money toward saving lives and property. Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Cheyenne, sponsored the bill and said it would help the United States “reclaim superiority” in forecasting. “Severe weather routinely affects large portions of the United States, and as a representative from Oklahoma, I understand the need for improvement firsthand,” Lucas said. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore.

  • Local company manufactures 200 new waste drums

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    CARLSBAD >> About 200 newly designed waste drums have been manufactured and are ready to be shipped off for use. Located next to the Cavern City Air Terminal, the company Nuclear Filter Technology held a open house on Tuesday to show where the 200 Critically Control Overpacks, better known as waste drums, were located and how they were being made. With the Department of Energy's sponsored "Mentor-Protégé" program, Nuclear Waste Partnership and Nuclear Filter Technology have partnered together. Through this partnership, Nuclear Filter Technology benefits and learns from a bigger business, Nuclear Waste Partnership, which also drives business to Nuclear Filter Technology for economic development.

  • Texas House gives initial OK to texting-while-driving ban

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Texas House gives initial OK to texting-while-driving ban Ben Wear Austin American-Statesman The Texas House, after a several-hour debate punctuated by concerns about racial profiling, gave initial approval Wednesday to a proposed statewide ban on texting and emailing while driving. The vote was 102-40, with the no votes mostly coming from Republicans. The House will still need to make a final, "third reading" vote on House Bill 80, carried by Midland Republican and former House Speaker Tom Craddick, an action likely to occur Thursday. After that, the legislation will have to make its way through the Texas Senate in the session's final nine-plus weeks and get a signature from Gov. Greg Abbott.

  • Austin-based WP Engine raises $23 million for expansion

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Austin-based WP Engine raises $23 million for expansion Lori Hawkins Austin American-Statesman WP Engine, which provides hosting for WordPress-built websites, has raised $23 million to accelerate product development and make an international expansion push. North Bridge Growth Equity of Waltham, Mass., was the lead investor. The Austin-based company, which was founded in 2010, has received a total of $42.1 million from investors including Austin-based Silverton Partners. WP Engine is a hosting and management company that runs websites and applications built with the WordPress platform.

  • Texting-while-driving ban gets initial House approval

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Texting-while-driving ban gets initial House approval Ben Wear Austin American-Statesman The Texas House, after a several-hour debate punctuated by concerns about racial profiling, gave initial approval Wednesday to a statewide ban on texting and emailing while driving. The vote was 102-40. The House will still need to make a final, "third reading" vote on House Bill 80, carried by Midland Republican and former House Speaker Tom Craddick. After that, the legislation will have to make its way through the Texas Senate and get a signature from Gov. Greg Abbott. The governor and his staff have been coy about his position on the bill, saying only that he will consider whatever bills make it to his desk.

  • Austin-based Noesis Energy raises $5 million

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Austin-based Noesis Energy raises $5 million Brian Gaar Austin American-Statesman Austin-based energy efficiency software and services company Noesis Energy has raised $5 million in new capital, the company reported Wednesday. The company raised the money from two investors, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The filing stated that another $5 million "may be sold to additional investors at one or more subsequent closings subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions." Dave Jaros, Noesis Energy's vice president of marketing, said the funds will be used to complete the rollout of the company's lending business, which helps facilitate loans for commercial efficienc

  • Freshman sues St. Louis Public Schools for telling him to take online classes after suspension

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    ST. LOUIS • A freshman at Roosevelt High School is suing St. Louis Public Schools after the district suspended him from the school’s Virtual Learning Center in October and directed him to take online courses from home. The lawsuit filed last week in St. Louis Circuit Court says the student is not getting meaningful education instruction because he cannot access those online courses. He does not have a computer and cannot afford one, the suit says. And the library nearest his home does not allow minors to use its computers during school hours. The virtual program at Roosevelt is one of four at city district high schools where students get direction from a teacher and do most of their work online from computers at the schoo

  • Oklahoma City-area achievers

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Engineer for a Day gives high school students the opportunity to see what a career in engineering might look like. Students learn about the possibilities that are available to them while shadowing a professional engineer. Bradon McGill, a Yukon High School junior, spent the day shadowing at CEC Infrastructure Solutions in Oklahoma City. “Spending the day at CEC was great,” McGill said. “I had planned on getting into aerospace engineering, but after seeing all the cool stuff they do at CEC, I’ve switched to wanting to do structural engineering.” This year’s participants from Canadian Valley Technology Center were: McGill, Aramis Jones (Yukon senior), Andrew Patterson (homeschool senior), Braden Zimmerman (Yuk

  • Dallas ISD trustees to consider $134.7 million improvements plan

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    A $134.7 million proposal being considered by Dallas ISD trustees Thursday would fast-track improvements at schools while creating more prekindergarten classrooms and reopening several campuses. School districts typically handle such big-ticket packages through bond programs approved by voters. The “interim bridge plan” proposed by DISD administrators would be paid for with 2008 bond funds, limited-maintenance tax notes and money from the reserve fund. “We wanted to address the most urgent needs right now,” said Mike Koprowski, DISD’s chief of transformation and innovation. District administrators say the plan, which calls for setting aside an additional $13 million for unforeseeable costs, can quickly address

  • Act on this retired FBI agent's cybersecurity advice

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Hackers like soft targets. And that’s just what you are if you don’t routinely download updates to the operating systems on your phone or computer. You’re soft if you visit your bank’s website through a web browser. And browsing with Internet Explorer when you do go online means you’re a soft target. Being soft doesn’t mean you’ll get attacked by hackers more than the next cyber citizen. Most everyone gets hit eventually. “It doesn’t mean it has to be a successful attack,” said Jeff Lanza, a former FBI special agent who is now focused on cybersecurity for businesses and individuals. Technology and smart habits can turn anyone into a hard target, and that means unsuccessful attacks and security.

  • A big deal backing Orange EV, a Kansas City area electric truck company

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Orange EV, an electric-truck startup company in search of customers, has found what could be the perfect partner, Kalmar Ottawa. Orange, headquartered in Riverside, has focused on retrofitting terminal tractors, which pull loads of freight around such places as railroad yards and distribution centers, with its electric motors. And now it has a deal to work with Kalmar Ottawa, an Ottawa, Kan., manufacturer known as the inventor of the terminal tractor in 1958 and its chief seller. Kalmar’s dealer network for terminal tractors has 171 locations in North America. The companies, in a joint release, said a Kalmar T-Series terminal tractor retrofitted by Orange “is the first and only one to match the power and reliability

  • Inventor hopes gadget saves farmers valuable time in the field

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Ethan Eck remembers dumping agricultural chemicals into a farm sprayer as being kind of a pain in the rear. If you’re doing it a few dozen times a day, and you’re supposed to rinse out and dispose of the jugs, too — and an expensive machine sits idling for the minutes it takes to complete those chores — then it’s more than an inconvenience. It’s an entrepreneurial opportunity. That’s certainly what Eck and partner Ralph Lagergren hope. Eck, age 23, is the inventor of the Chem-blade, a stainless steel gadget with blades that fits inside the plastic induction tank used to mix expensive farm chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides for farm sprayers. A farmer jams a plastic 2.

  • Alerts critical to storm safety

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    MIAMI — With tornado season underway, it is critical to have alerts for approaching inclement weather. A number of applications are available for cell phone users who can receive text messages. The applications are usually free to the public and can help save a life. “On your phone, you can get weather alerts for free,” Miami Director of Emergency Management Glenda Longan said. “The American Red Cross has a free tornado app. Intellicast is also a good app to have for radar.” American Red Cross has a free tornado smart phone application developed for Android and iPhone users. The app will notify the user of any tornado watches or warnings as well as severe weather in your area. It offers tornado preparation tips, qui

  • Fannin County residents voice concerns about proposed reservoir

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    BONHAM — About 80 Fannin County residents gathered to comment on the Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir Tuesday evening at the Fannin County Multi-Purpose Complex in Bonham. Some were supportive of the project, but many residents present to make comments were not. Present at the meeting were representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the North Texas Municipal Water District and design and engineering Freese and Nichols. The Lower Bois d’Arc Creek Reservoir is a proposed dam and water supply reservoir that would be located on Bois d’Arc Creek about 15 miles northeast of Bonham, said Andrew Commer, chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa Regulatory Office.

  • National Geographic explorer to present program on use of technology in archaeology

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    PITTSBURG, Kan. — A National Geographic emerging explorer, research scientist and engineer will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts on the campus of Pittsburg State University. He will present a program that focuses on his use of emerging technologies to search for one of archaeology’s Holy Grails: The long-lost tomb of conqueror Genghis Khan. Because tradition forbids opening Genghis Khan’s tomb, Albert Yu-Min Lin devised non-invasive methods for investigating possible sites. More than 28,000 people around the world accepted his invitation to join in the search by examining satellite images for signs of ancient structures. Then Lin and his team saddled up — literal

  • Tri County Tech robotics team prepares for competition

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Tri County Tech’s FIRST robotics team is gearing up for the Oklahoma Regional robotics competition this weekend in Oklahoma City. The team of 13 high school students and nine adult mentors will be competing against 61 other teams from across the region March 26-28 at the Cox Business Center in downtown Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Regional was first held in 2007 at the venue, and Tri County Tech has several championships and awards from the competition. FIRST, which is an acronym “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,” was founded in 1989 by entrepreneur Dean Kaman to help young people discover the excitement and rewards of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education. Kaman is best-kno

  • A big deal backing Orange, a Kansas City area electric truck company

    Updated: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Orange EV, an electric-truck startup company in search of customers, has found what could be the perfect partner, Kalmar Ottawa. Orange, headquartered in Riverside, has focused on retrofitting terminal tractors, which pull loads of freight around such places as railroad yards and distribution centers, with its electric motors. And now it has a deal to work with Kalmar Ottawa, an Ottawa, Kan., manufacturer known as the inventor of the terminal tractor in 1958 and its chief seller. Kalmar’s dealer network for terminal tractors has 171 locations in North America. The companies, in a joint release, said a Kalmar T-Series terminal tractor retrofitted by Orange “is the first and only one to match the power and reliability

  • Facebook Accidentally Leaked A Lot of Its Big F8 Announcements

    Published: Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    Someone in the Facebook headquarters has slippery fingers. Early Wednesday morning, the company sent out a push alert through its F8 conference app that mistakenly leaked some of the event’s major announcements, Yahoo Tech reports. The message revealed Facebook’s plans to integrate with Internet-connected home devices and make its Messenger app a platform. It also referenced a mystery product called “Teleportation Station,” according to screenshots published by TechCrunch.




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