• Cash award big school honor

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Awards are great for schools but even better when they include some cash meant to help out teachers and their instruction to students. That’s exactly the case for Pauls Valley’s Jackson Elementary as it closed out this school year with a monetary award given for some improved test scores at the state level. The recent award from the Oklahoma Department of Education was for the school’s third-graders closing the gap between subgroups in their scores in both reading and math. The award includes $45,175 for the school, which was one of six in the state honored for this achievement. For Principal Mitzi Winters the award brings a big smile. “It’s like a big Christmas present in May for my teachers,” W

  • UTA program draws youths to science and engineering with help from robots

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Julisa Chavez, 11, traces her interest in robotics to a girls’ Lego building set she played with when she was much younger, when boys her age were “building race cars and stuff.” “I started building random things, like hearts and girly stuff, like flowers, out of Legos,” Chavez, a sixth-grader at Harmony Science Academy in Euless, said as she concentrated on an intricate plastic-and-metal robot at the East Arlington Branch Library on a recent Tuesday. Her team was among four student groups building small motorized robots and writing programs to make them do something helpful, like grasp an object and carry it to a doll patient.

  • Mom's Facebook Shaming Video of 13-Year-Old Goes Viral

    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Video of a mother shaming her 13-year-old daughter for having a hidden Facebook account has gone viral, ABC News reports. Val Starks found out that her daughter had a secret Facebook account on which she said she was 19 years old and used a photo of herself in a bra as her profile image. She confronted her daughter about the account and the adult men who had asked to be her friend, bringing up the dangers of Internet predators.

  • Obama tweets draw racist, hateful comments

    Published: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Sometimes it's the "anti-social media." President Obama's new Twitter account is drawing a slew of racist and sexist comments that include calls for his suicide or his lynching, USA TODAY reports. Using the Twitter handle POTUS -- the acronym for President of the United States -- Obama's messages are pretty basic.

  • Renew Online, Skip the Trip to DPS Office This Summer

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is encouraging residents to get ahead of the summer rush at driver license offices across the state by renewing their license or identification card early or online. The summer months tend to be one of the busiest times at driver license offices, and many Texans are eligible to skip the trip to the office completely via online renewal of their license, identification card or change of address at Texas.gov. “Texas driver license offices are especially busy during the summer when students and families are on vacation,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw.

  • Colorado Springs teams do not place at Go Code competition

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Teams from Colorado Springs did not place Thursday in the statewide Go Code app-building competition to use data from state sources to help businesses and others make better decisions. Unite, a team of employees from The Gazette, is developing an app to help entrepreneurs and startup businesses more easily find college interns. Quizata, which includes two Magneti Marketing employees, a software developer from Auto Truck Group and a Pine Creek High School student, is developing an app to use quizzes that help potential Colorado visitors come up with a story about a vacation they would like to take and made data from quiz-takers available to tourism marketing agencies.

  • Facebook looking at North Fort Worth for huge data center

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    A project worth nearly $1 billion that’s in the works for North Fort Worth hopes to lure social media giant Facebook to Texas. Fort Worth has already approved financial incentives for the 110-acre data center project planned near Interstate 35W in the AllianceTexas development. Plans filed with the city call for a four-building complex at the northeast corner of Alliance Gateway and Park Vista Boulevard, east of Alliance Airport. Developers of the project and Fort Worth have closely guarded who will use the 750,000-square-foot data center, which would be one of North Texas’ largest such projects. But documents filed with the state of Texas and the identity of the planning team working on the project indicate i

  • Google Fiber launches effort to address digital divide

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Google Fiber launched a national fellowship program on Thursday to deploy more than a dozen workers to address digital divide issues in its eight U.S. markets, including Austin. In Austin, as in each Google Fiber city, two fellows will be chosen to work with area nonprofits to reach residents and provide computer literacy help for one year. Sixteen total fellows will be deployed. Fellows will be hired this summer, attend training at Google’s Mountain View, Calif., headquarters in July and earn an annual salary of $33,000 plus benefits. In Austin, digital access group Austin Free-Net and workforce assistance group Skillpoint Alliance will each get a new fellow through the program.

  • Changes dominate animal health industry

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Consolidation of care clinics, less income for pet care and regulatory delays for medicines are among the findings of a new study examining the animal health industry's future. Ron Brakke, of Brakke Consulting in Dallas, spoke to 30 industry professionals from the area during an animal health round table Thursday afternoon at the Innovation Stockyard, located in the Bond Incubator at Missouri Western. The firm specializes in serving companies involved in animal health and nutrition, pet care and veterinary services. Mr. Brakke's address focused on trends impacting animal health and pet care. His subtopics included trends in animal population, changing economics of U.S. households and a lack of emerging new product categories.

  • AT&T boosting cell service for Rocklahoma

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Pryor — As thousands of people come together for Rocklahoma, AT&T* is bringing in extra network support to make sure its customers can stay connected. The company is setting up a cell tower on wheels (COW) to accommodate what’s expected to be a large number of smartphone users at the annual music festival. The improved coverage will provide customers with faster and more reliable connections as the event runs through May 24. “Events like Rocklahoma are full of memorable moments that our customers want to share through text messages, pictures and status updates on social media,” said Jan Collier, Vice President and General Manager, AT&T Oklahoma and Arkansas. “Our team is hard at work to help provide great coverage a

  • Every new movie and TV show you’ll be able to stream on Netflix in June

    Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Summer has finally arrived, and along with it comes a whole new slate of shows and movies streaming on Netflix. Some of the highlights this June include "The Aviator," "The Butler," "Nightcrawler" and "Transformers: Age of Extinction," BGR News reports.  A few Netflix originals are either returning or debuting on the service this month as well, most notably "Orange is the New Black" and the new show from the Wachowskis, "Sense8."

  • Tech partners sending new computers to Ferguson library

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Sixteen new laptops, six desktop computers and two printers will help the small Ferguson Municipal Public Library bridge the digital divide for its patrons, says library director Scott Bonner. Those gifts are coming from Marc Andreessen, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen and Hewlett-Packard. The technology is part of $170,000 in donations (the other recipient is a library district in Baltimore). A story this week in USA Today says the couple said they "were moved by the 'individual acts of heroism' of library staffers who kept the doors open to the public even as protests raged over police brutality and the deaths of young black men.

  • Google Fiber launches national fellowship program on digital divide

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Google Fiber will launch a search today for more than a dozen workers who will be deployed as part of a fellowship program to address digital divide issues in its eight U.S. markets, including Austin. In Austin, as in each Google Fiber city, two local fellows will be selected to work with certain nonprofits within each community to reach residents lacking computer literacy. The workers will be hired this summer, attend training at Google’s Mountain View, Calif., headquarters and earn an annual salary of $33,000 plus benefits. In Austin, one fellow each will be assigned to work for digital access group Austin Free-Net or workforce assistance group Skillpoint Alliance.

  • Comcast to launch lightning-fast Internet access in Colorado Springs

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Comcast Corp. said Wednesday that it will launch 2-gigabit-per-second Internet access this summer to nearly 1 million customers in Colorado Springs and the Denver area and immediately make 250-megabit-per-second access available to all its Colorado customers. The fastest Internet speed previously offered to Colorado customers by the Philadelphia-based cable television and entertainment giant was 150 megabits per second, so the 250-megabit-per-second service is 67 percent faster, while the 2-gigabit-per-second service is 13 times faster. Comcast's basic residential Internet service offers access at 25 megabits per second, though the company offers an "economy plus" package with access at 3 megabits per second.

  • Report: Apple working on 12-inch iPad

    Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Apple appears ready to go big with the iPad as sales of the company's tablet continue to suffer, USA TODAY reports. According to 9to5Mac, citing sources briefed on plans, the company is working on a 12-inch model of the iPad, including multiple key features such as the ability to view two apps simultaneously and support for multiple logins. The larger iPads would reportedly arrive later this year, while support for dual apps could be revealed as early as next month's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

  • Why 'pizza' is a bad answer for your computer security question

    Published: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Bad news for security questions--it turns out lots of people love pizza, USA TODAY reports. You know those annoying security questions you have to answer when you sign up for some online accounts, so you can recover your password if you forget it? A study by Google researchers found that they aren't very secure at all.

  • Organic advocates plan March Against Monsanto in downtown Lubbock

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    Foods made from genetically-modified organisms need more research and oversight, claims a group with growing Lubbock membership. March Against Monsanto has a protest set for Saturday afternoon at the corner of Crickets Avenue and 19th Street. Hundreds more are scheduled that day at other locations worldwide. Protesters are opposed to GMOs, bovine-growth hormones, pesticides and herbicides, said Abigail Overhulser, director of the local march. And if they can’t stop food from being made with those products, they’d at least like to see them properly marked. “That’s our immediate goal — to get things labeled,” Overhulser said. “Our long-term goal is to get these products that are dangerous off the marke

  • Awesome video: Watch 40 years of movie special effects in 1 minute

    Richard Hall | Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    I absolutely love the art of film, and the one film that changed my entire outlook on the artform is "Jurassic Park," which is also one of the most memorable films when it comes to the use of special effects. The company responsible for those effects is Industrial Light & Magic, which was founded in 1975 by George Lucas. As the company grew and the staff's talents exploded, ILM went on to do special effects for the entire "Harry Potter" series, the "Terminator" movies, the "Back to the Future" trilogy and many, many more. ILM has contributed to more than 300 movies and has won a combined 43 Academy Awards for visual effects and technical achievement.

  • Some in GOP broke ranks to oppose Diehl after texting scandal emerged

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    JEFFERSON CITY • John Diehl initially tried to ride out the shockwaves that hit the Capitol when news broke that the 49-year-old House speaker had exchanged sexually charged texts with a 19-year-old legislative intern. He spent eight hours working to solidify support through small-group meetings in his office before he walked into a May 13 closed caucus where he apologized for the scandal. His Republican House colleagues applauded. A number of legislators — including several GOP women — gave speeches strongly supporting him. Then two Republicans made pivotal remarks. According to several sources, Reps. Jay Barnes of Jefferson City and Paul Curtman of Pacific changed the tone of the discussion.

  • Rebranded Rise Broadband launches in Abilene; CLEAR set to close

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    ABILENE, Texas - While a broadband Internet provider in Abilene gets a major rebranding, another logs off by November. Rise Broadband is the new brand name for Rhino Communications, which offers high-speed wireless Internet and digital phone service in rural and suburban areas surrounding Lubbock, Abilene, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Angelo, Wichita Falls and other locations. Parent company JAB Broadband rebranded all its divisions under the Rise name, said Richard Abels, Rise's spokesman. Rise has been offering services in the area for a number of years, starting out as Xanadoo Wireless High Speed Internet.




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