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

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    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: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    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

    Updated: Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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,

  • Gunter ISD sells $2 million of bonds to improve facilities, technology

    Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    GUNTER — Passing by Gunter High School on State Highway 289, one might have noticed construction vehicles fixing up the south side parking lot where the marching band practices. The parking lot is one of several projects the Gunter Independent School District was able to launch after selling $2 million of bonds from 2005 to make improvements throughout the district. Gunter ISD was able to refinance its largest series of bonds because the rates were so low this year, superintendent Jill Siler said. The district saved $1.1 million on the refinance of the old bonds and knowing the amount of savings, she said, the District explored the option of selling $2 million of bonds for projects.

  • New automated tellers changing Chase, GECU branches

    Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Technology is changing retail banking in El Paso, as it is nationally. Chase Bank is replacing many of its traditional teller windows with new, shiny silver, touch-screen ATMs as a way to reduce costs and speed customer service. The latest generation of ATMs were installed last month in front of teller windows at seven of Chase's 10 El Paso branches, and they will be installed in August in an eighth branch at 2829 Montana. The branches continue to offer traditional teller services. "Clearly, this is a more cost effective way for us to provide services and allows us to invest (more) in technology," Steve Wacker, senior vice president and retail market manager for Chase's Southwest Texas market, said from his Austin office.

  • Third-party patient data breached

    Updated: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    A third-party company that provides an online “patient portal” available to Hutchinson Regional Medical Center patients was the target of a sophisticated data breach earlier this year that may have exposed personal patient information, including possibly Social Security numbers. In a Thursday notice about the breach, NoMoreClipboard, which operates MyKSHealth eRecord, said unauthorized access to its network began on May 7 and was discovered May 26. After it was discovered, the company was able to shut down the attackers’ access.

  • When do you buy them their first cell phone?

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    LAS CRUCES >> With back-to-school shopping around the corner, parents may be considering whether the time has come to break down and buy their child a cell phone. "When my daughter gets to middle school I'll get her a phone so when she walks home she can call for help if something was to happen," said Ashley Schoenradt. "But since she's still in elementary school, I'm always with her." While parents may be at odds over what age is appropriate for a child's first phone, the Las Cruces Public Schools have clear policies regarding student cell phone use during school hours. In the schools The use of cell phones at LCPS is outlined in the district's Use of Electronic Communication Devices policy, which was updated in

  • In votes for week of July 20-24, Congress addresses GMO labeling, immigration, highways

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON •How St. Louis-area members of Congress voted in the week of July 20-24. The votes and descriptions are compiled by "Voterama in Congress" a legislative tracking organization. House Immigration Enforcement • The House on July 23 voted, 241-179, to deny federal law-enforcement grants to "sanctuary cities" that decline to act as an arm of federal immigration enforcement on grounds that that would undercut community policing efforts. A yes vote was to send HR 3009 to the Senate. Yes • John Shimkus, R-Collinsville; Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro; Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth; Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin; Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville. No • William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis.

  • Farinelli Family Band releases new album, which took decades and new technology to make

    Updated: Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    The Farinelli Family Band has released a new album, one that has taken decades and new technology to make. The album has been produced using old analog recordings and a new generation of voices. Matt Farinelli is known as the front man for the Austin Cobb Band. He was raised in a very musical family, one where babies were allowed to crawl on guitars and no one stopped them because it showed they were interested in the instrument. His father is Carl Farinelli, the patriarch of the Farinelli Family Band, a group that used to perform at festivals, senior citizen dances, Northeastern State University functions and shows, and more. Carl and his wife, Catherine, had four children: Jacob, Melody, Rachel, and Matthew.




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