• Exchange-Court Reporters-Technology

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Court Reporter Sara Adams , right, listens at Hampden Superior Court during the trail of Vito Resto as Judge Richard Carey and clerk William T Walsh Jr., left,, listens on Jan. 21, 2016 in Springfield, Mass. The long history of having human court reporters may be ending soon, replaced by technology. The move has proponents confident, but opponents are very wary of the change and rue the expected loss of court reporters in the courtroom.

  • New software to digitize building process in Las Cruces

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    LAS CRUCES - City councilors approved a software purchase Tuesday that will move the city's building and development processes into the digital age, a transition welcomed by local builders. City government up into now has relied on architect- and builder-submitted paper plans, which had to be copied and physically carried between various city departments as part of the review process, said Robert Kyle, chief building official for the city. But the approval by councilors authorizes the installation — and yearly licensing — of Accela Land Management Software, which will allow the plan submittal process to be entirely digitized. Anyone submitting plans will be able to track the status of an application online, Kyle said.

  • Alamogordo kids to attend STEM world festival

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    In today’s modern society where technology is ruling the world, children are quickly adapting to new advances in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) field. This is true for two Alamogordo First Lego League Jr. (FLL) teams from Oregon Elementary and Yucca Elementary that have been selected to attend the 2016 First Lego League World Festival in St. Louis, Missouri, April 27-30. According to FLL’s website, the First Lego League World Festival is a celebration of the season. This celebration showcases 108 first place champion award-winning teams from around the world. A lottery based process is used to select the region’s most eligible to invite teams creating a beautiful mix of cultures and skill sets.

  • Q&A with Joe Cabrera

    BY PAULA BURKES | Published: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    There are many examples of how the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing the way businesses view assets, manage their systems, and handle transactions.

  • Boulder County cabs get makeover, technology upgrade

    Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    Boulder County's taxis have undergone a makeover, a name change and a technological upgrade. As of Tuesday, the fleet of Yellow Cabs in the county are now the zTrip fleet - 60 cars (mostly Scion XDs) that can be hailed via smartphone app like Uber or Lyft but with a few key differences. The most important, said zTrip Boulder President Bill George, is that you can order a car immediately, schedule one in advance, or walk out to the curb and hop in a waiting vehicle, just like traditional taxis have always operated. A second difference might be welcomed by weekend and other prime-time revelers: No surge pricing. The fleet is a retooling of Boulder's Yellow Cab, owned by Illinois-based transportation company Transdev

  • Key to better broadband service is in local government hands

    Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    Ruidoso has plenty of broadband, but the region has too many homes and businesses that can’t connect to it. Government needs to take a stronger hand, community development leaders were told Monday. The call for local government to push private service providers to gear up faster to deliver broadband Internet and other services to everyone who wants them came during the second of three briefings at Village Hall by those very providers. Monday’s presentation was delivered by Godfrey Enjady, general manager of Mescalero Apache Telecom, Inc. Windstream led the first meeting last month, and village Community Development Director Greg Cory said TDS would lead the third briefing next month.

  • Super Bowl Technology Football

    Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    Microsoft Corporate Vice President Mike Nichols speaks during a news conference on the roll of technology in the NFL Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, in San Francisco. With the 50th Super Bowl days away, the NFL is looking toward the future and how technology can change the game on the field and how it's viewed by fans over the next half-century. (AP Photo/David J.

  • Railroad Safety Technology

    Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    FILE - In this June 4, 2014 file photo, a Norfolk Southern locomotive moves along the tracks in Norfolk, Va. Three of the biggest freight railroads operating in the U.S. have told telling the government they won’t make a 2018 deadline to start using safety technology intended to prevent accidents like the deadly derailment of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia last May. Norfolk Southern, Canadian National Railway and CSX Transportation and say they won’t be ready until 2020, according to a list provided to The Associated Press by the Federal Railroad Administration.

  • UT Arlington earns elite research designation

    Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    In its quest to be named a Tier One university, UT Arlington this week may have achieved the next best thing. The University of Texas at Arlington on Monday was named an R-1 doctoral university with highest research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, putting UTA on a list that includes Harvard, MIT and Johns Hopkins. The Carnegie Classification analyzes data from all U.S. postsecondary institutions and evaluates measures of research activity for doctoral universities in making its assessments, which are released every five years. “This is a tremendous validation of UTA’s emergence as a preeminent university on the national stage,” UTA President Vistasp Karbhari said in a s

  • Video Game Haiku Review - "Lego Marvel's Avengers"

    Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    Title: Lego Marvel’s Avengers Format: PC, PS3, PS4, PS Vita, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS, Xbox 360, Xbox One Price: $29.99-$59.99 Developer: TT Games Publisher: Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment ESRB Rating: E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) The Grade: B Lego Avengers Haiku Review I am Iron Man! And Thor, Cap and many more Now I Hulk. Smash! Smash! What’s it all about: Characters and storylines from both Avengers films are now immortalized in Lego form. Gamers can play and unlock more than 100 characters that have never been seen in any previous Lego title. This includes heroes and villains from both Marvel Comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

  • Comcast Introduces Gigabit Internet Service

    Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR COMCAST - Comcast today announced it plans to introduce the world’s first DOCSIS 3.1-powered gigabit Internet service to residential and business customers in Atlanta and Nashville in early 2016, with Chicago, Detroit, and Miami to follow in the second half of the year on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016. The new network technology will, for the first time, make it possible for Xfinity and Comcast Business Internet customers to receive gigabit speeds over the communications lines that most customers already have in their homes and offices.

  • Cybersecurity Exports

    Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    In this photo taken Dec. 22, 2015, a portion of a page from the Federal Register is photographed in Washington on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015. The U.S. government is reworking a rule that would determine how, and if, cyber intrusion software, commercially used to test and secure networks, can be transferred to non-Americans after industry groups and lawmakers raised fears that "overly broad" language will have unintended negative consequences for national cyber security and research.

  • BRIEF: Landry's data breach includes 3 Austin restaurants

    Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    BRIEF: Landry's data breach includes 3 Austin restaurants Gary Dinges Austin American-Statesman An apparent data breach has affected dozens of restaurants nationwide owned by Landry's Inc., including three in the Austin area. The Houston-based chain said Monday it began an investigation after being notified of unusual activity. That investigation showed that "criminal attackers were able to install a program on payment processing devices at certain of the companies' restaurants, food and beverage outlets, spas, entertainment destinations and managed properties," Landry's Inc. said in a written statement. The breaches, in some cases, extend back as far as 2014.

  • BRIEF: New 'hands-free' ordinance bars texting and driving in San Marcos

    Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    BRIEF: New 'hands-free' ordinance bars texting and driving in San Marcos Philip Jankowski Austin American-Statesman Hand-held use of a cellphone while driving officially became illegal in San Marcos Monday. The city's new hands-free ordinance took affect Monday, making it illegal to talk, text or use a cellphone in any manner while driving, unless the phone is put in a "hands-free" mode. The law is similar to one that has been on the books in Austin for more than a year. Drivers will still be able to pick up their phones while at a complete stop or if a driver is calling 911, San Marcos officials said.

  • BRIEF: Woman suspected of drunken driving, texting in fatal Granbury crash

    Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    A truck driver was arrested Sunday afternoon on suspicion of drunken driving after a head-on collision that killed a motorcyclist, the Texas Department of Public Safety reported. Ladonna Welch, 36, of Granbury, was also texting while driving, DPS spokesman Dub Gillum said. Welch was southbound on Farm Road 4 north of Granbury when her 2004 Dodge Dakota veered into oncoming traffic, hitting motorcyclist David West, 53, of Crowley, who was riding a 2012 Yamaha, Gillum reported. Welch was arrested on suspicion of intoxication manslaughter. She was in the Hood County Jail on Monday morning. A bail amount was not listed on the jail log Monday evening. West was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:56 p.m. by a Hood County

  • Google passes Apple as biggest firm after hours

    Published: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    Google parent Alphabet was set to pass Apple as the most valuable company in the world on Tuesday. At Monday's after-hours levels (which technically reflect an indication, but not the real-world value), Alphabet's market cap would roughly be $570 billion, eclipsing Apple's current market cap of about $535 billion. The last time Google was more valuable than Apple was in February 2010, when both companies were worth less than $200 billion. At the time, Apple had yet to release its first iPad, the newest iPhone on the market was the 3GS, and the Mac was the company's biggest product line, accounting for one-third of revenue. Steve Jobs was still at the helm. Google was being guided by Eric Schmidt, who would hand control back to co-founder Larry Page the following year. The company was a little more than half its current size.

  • Free online tax service offered for those who earn $62,000 or less

    Updated: Tue, Feb 2, 2016

    Ada Regional United Way is encouraging area residents who are earning $62,000 or less to keep more of their hard-earned money this tax season by using a free, online tax preparation service and accessing valuable tax credits. A new national survey finds 72 percent of working Americans making that amount or less are unaware they qualify for free tax filing and counseling. The survey, conducted for United Way Worldwide, finds that most respondents are unfamiliar with MyFreeTaxes, a mobile-optimized software program allowing free federal and state tax preparation and filing in all 50 states and Washington, DC. The self-file service is available for anyone earning $62,000 or less. On average, filers can save $200 in tax preparation fee

  • BRIEF: Springs-based Intelligent Software Solutions to hire 20 new employees

    Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Colorado Springs-based military contractor Intelligent Software Solutions Inc. plans to hire 20 new employees, mostly software developers, to complete a $24 million Air Force contract to provide software support for Army and Air Force units around the globe. The work was awarded as a task order under a $583 million Air Space Precision Engagement Research and Engineering contract awarded by the Air Force Research Laboratory to ISS in 2012 to provide advanced software development for intelligence analysis and data fusion. The ISS software is designed to provide improved situational awareness to intelligence analysts and warfighters in the Army, Air Force, Department of Defense, intelligence agencies and other federal agencies.

  • Scott Meacham says Oklahoma must diversify its economy and decrease dependence on energy

    By Scott Meacham | Published: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    Oklahoma has a larger share of household earnings coming from oil and gas than we did in 1982 at the height of the oil boom. Our state can build a new strategy that aggressively brings diversification and the benefits brought by new technologies.

  • Defense Department researchers push plan aimed at avoiding worldwide GPS meltdown

    Updated: Mon, Feb 1, 2016

    The Defense Department's top researchers want ground-based miniature atomic clocks to avert a global catastrophe if the orbiting timepieces that make up the Colorado Springs-based Global Positioning System stop ticking. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced a crash program to invent miniature advanced atomic clocks that reflects growing worries about the vulnerability of Air Force Space Command's GPS satellites. "Among their myriad potential advantages, better clocks could reduce one of the more worrisome modern-day national security vulnerabilities: a deep and growing dependence on the Global Positioning System," DARPA said in a news release.