• UNM a top patent winner

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    The University of New Mexico is garnering national and international recognition for its efforts to patent and market its research, and for its leadership in innovation and economic development. UNM scored 42nd this year on a list of 100 universities and research organizations worldwide that received U.S. patents in 2014. It’s the second year in a row that UNM has made the list, which is compiled annually by the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association. Last year, it ranked 56th. “We are so pleased that we have made a significant jump in the rankings,” said Lisa Kuuttila, UNM’s chief economic development officer and president and CEO of the Science and Technology Corp., UNM’s te

  • No more fee: T-Mobile's new phone-upgrade program explained

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile is revamping its phone-upgrade program by eliminating a $10-a-month charge for the most popular phones. The wireless carrier shattered longstanding industry practices two years ago by eliminating two-year service contracts and letting customers upgrade phones before they are fully paid off. Customers had to pay $10 a month to be eligible for the upgrade program, known as Jump. That's on top of monthly installments to cover the costs of the phone. AT&T and Verizon soon followed with their own programs — without the monthly fee. T-Mobile's new Jump On Demand program eliminates that $10 Jump fee. Customers will be able to upgrade up to three times a year, which is more frequent than what rivals

  • BRIEF: K-State Salina expands unmanned aircraft degree options

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Kansas State University Salina said Thursday it is adding an unmanned aircraft systems option to its degree programs. Beginning this fall, it said it will offer a bachelor of science in engineering technology with an unmanned aircraft systems option. It said in a news release the new option complements an existing aeronautical technology bachelor’s degree in UAS, centered around piloting and field operations, by focusing on the design and implementation of unmanned systems. It also will add a UAS minor with both a flight operations focus and a data acquisition and management focus.

  • RSU Art Academy introduces students to robotics and higher education

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Several junior high and high school students worked with robotics for the first time during the third annual Appreciating Real-World Technology (ART) Academy at Rogers State University. Though few students had worked with robotics before, the new lab was the most popular event of this year’s camp, according to Dr. Abe Marrero, RSU psychology professor and the event’s principal organizer. The robotics lab was the result of a grant through AT&T Aspire. “The AT&T Aspire grant allowed us to purchase the robotic kits, programming software and contract an experienced robotics facilitator for the camp,” he said. “Artificial intelligence, robotics and drones are the next big technology wave, and I would like to get Oklahoma

  • Lexus Builds a Functional Hoverboard Prototype

    Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    atch out, world. Toyota is heading back to the future, says Bloomberg. The automaker has hinted it’s looking into flying cars. Now its Lexus luxury brand has actually built a working model of a hoverboard. That’s right, an actual working hoverboard. It’s real, but not for sale. Yet.

  • Memphis firm buys Austin digital ad agency Tocquigny

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Austin digital advertising firm Tocquigny is being purchased by Memphis, Tenn., marketing firm Archer Malmo. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Archer Malmo, a 165-employee company founded in 1952, offers a variety of advertising and public relations services. Tocquigny (pronounced toe-key-knee) will be rebranded Archer Malmo by the end of the year and bring the total agency headcount to 190. Tocquigny, which was founded in 1980, has about 25 employees. “They are going to help us grow. They are going to help us expand our offerings,” said Tocquigny’s founder and CEO Yvonne Tocquigny, who will become chief creative and strategy officer for the newly unified companies.

  • Dallas classical music community embraces teen-age composer

    Updated: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Rogene Russell, principal oboist for the Dallas Opera Orchestra, couldn’t help but notice the kid in the front row. It was career day at Dallas’ Hernandez Elementary, and Russell was giving a primer on classical music. Every time she launched into a piece, she’d hear the fifth-grader utter something to himself, though he never once looked up. “That’s Mendelssohn’s Scottish Symphony,” he’d say. Or: “That’s Dvorak’s New World Symphony.” Astounded, she welcomed the chance to meet him, introduced by the boy’s teacher and counselor: “This is Quinn Mason. He wants to play the cello.” Now 19, Quinn has written two symphonies, not to mention concertos, sonatas and fugues.

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    Published: Thu, Jun 25, 2015

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  • Austin City Council to call for online campaign finance database

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    It’s about to get easier to see who is attempting to influence City Hall. The Austin City Council is poised to develop new campaign finance rules that would create a searchable, downloadable database of city election fundraising information on candidates and political committees. The council is expected to approve a resolution Thursday that directs the city manager develop an ordinance that requires campaign finance reports be delivered “in an electronic format.” The ordinance, which would come to the council as early as August for a vote, would also require the city to create a downloadable, searchable database of this information.

  • Pay more attention: Walking while texting is distracted walking

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    A university in Utah is taking what we see as a quaint way of addressing the issue of distracted walkers. We’ve all seen them, and probably even had a close encounter with some — people paying more attention to their smartphones and their texting than where they are going. You can go to a site like YouTube and search and find many videos of distracted walkers falling down, falling into mall fountains or running into things because they weren’t paying attention. So, at Utah Valley University, home to about 31,000 students in Orem, Utah, school officials have created a texting lane in the recreation center.

  • TV Review - AMC's "Humans" raises questions about advanced technology

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    “Humans” Cast: Gemma Chan (“Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” “Secret Diary of a Call Girl”), Katherine Parkinson (“Pirate Radio,” “How to Lose Friends and Alienate People”), Tom Goodman-Hill (“Mr. Selfridge,” “Everest”), Will Tudor (“Game of Thrones,” “Tomorrow”), William Hurt (“Broadcast News,” “Children of a Lesser God”) Airs: The premiere episode airs Sunday at 8 p.m. on AMC The premise: “Humans” is an eight-part drama from the makers of “Utopia” and “Broadchurch.” The series takes place in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a Synth – a highly developed, artificially intelligent android servant eerily similar to its living c

  • Review: Apple has best smartwatch, but rivals have strengths

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — As much as I wish the Apple Watch could do more, I find it the best smartwatch available, given its polished design and wide range of apps. But there may be reasons to consider something else. For one thing, Apple Watch requires an iPhone. Pebble Time, in particular, works with both iPhones and Android devices and excels at battery life. But it falls short elsewhere. Whether you need a smartwatch at all is another matter. Many people are happy having one, but others won't need one yet. If you need to stay connected continually and find that pulling out a phone is inconvenient, you might be in the market for a smartwatch. It will give you regular updates, replicating notifications on your phone. You'll also g

  • New city website to launch Thursday evening

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Next time residents need to pay a utility bill online, check city notices or stay up to date with city projects, the City of Huntsville's website may look a tad bit different. On Thursday evening, the main site for the city — www.huntsvilletx.gov — will switch to a new and improved design. The site for the city's Tourism and Cultural Services Department — www.huntsvilletexas.com — will also be revamped this week. Chris Vasques, the city's information technology director, says the new “receptive design” will allow residents to access both websites from any device, including IPad, IPhone and Android devices.

  • New appliance could replace microwave, eliminate soggy pizza

    Natalie Crofts, KSL | Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    The microwave has been serving hungry people well for decades, but the technology behind it hasn’t evolved much. A new appliance concept claims to combine the convenience of a microwave with the quality of a traditional oven.

  • WFISD board approves career center land purchase

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    WICHITA FALLS, Texas - The Wichita Falls ISD Board of Trustees authorized a major land purchase off Henry S. Grace Freeway near Hatton Road at a special session Tuesday that, if the sales go through and environmental studies pass the muster, will add some 88 acres to the district’s cache of property. “We are looking for this to be a place where our career and technology center will go,” Board of Trustees President Trey Sralla said of the First National Bank-owned property, which will cost the district $439,000. It’s a bargain compared to land off Central Freeway and Old Iowa Park Road that the district was considering for the career center site before it failed to meet environmental standards. That land was going to c

  • Move over technology, club carries on tradition of playing cards

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    Warrensburg – In an age which computers and gaming systems reign supreme, a Warrensburg playing card club bridges people together for good old-fashioned fun. Warrensburg Duplicate Bridge Club members meet every week to play bridge, a card game which members work in pairs to compete against opponents. Club manager Ann Houx said the Warrensburg card club has been around for over 60 years. She said she has been a member for about 55 years. Houx said she first began playing bridge in 1957, when she and friends played at the Student Union Building on what was then Central Missouri State College. Houx said bridge challenges the minds of players and the game also develops friendships amongst members. Houx said bridge i

  • Contract awarded to merge electronic patient health records in Pikes Peak region

    Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    A single electronic health record for each person in the Pikes Peak region moved closer to becoming a reality Tuesday. Community Health Partnership - a health care coalition spanning El Paso, Teller, Park and Elbert counties - announced a contract with a nonprofit to seamlessly share patients' electronic health records among physicians offices, hospitals, mental health providers and insurers. Under the contract, the coalition plans to connect participating providers to the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization, which is working on similar projects with other Colorado counties.

  • IT department: breaches not tied to Doña Ana County software failings

    Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    LAS CRUCES >> A Doña Ana County employee told county commissioners Tuesday that recent allegations of fraud within the County Clerk's Office either didn't stem from county computer security system breaches or there's not enough information available to determine whether that was the case. Separately, the county clerk's office said it's taken new steps to reduce risk of Social Security numbers being as easily accessed by office personnel. Geof Abruzzi, county information technology application manager, told commissioners the IT department analyzed county computer system security in light of several recent arrests in an alleged IRS tax return check-cashing and identity theft scam and alleged falsification of county pay stubs.

  • Insurance companies offer policies for cyber crime

    Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    The number of data breaches worldwide continues to soar. EBay makes the most recent list after the site's 23 million customers' data was exposed. The breach caused the leak of not only names, but e-mail addresses, home addresses, phone numbers and birth dates. Chris Colman, with Colman Insurance Services in St. Joseph, said he believes no one can avoid it. “If you haven't been hacked it's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when,” he said. Approximately 614 organizations in various sectors publicly disclosed data breaches in 2013 exposing close to 92 million records, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center. Mr. Colman said the challenge with cyber crime insurance is to remember it's not just electroni

  • GSE AUS Fees Eliminated

    Updated: Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    With Fannie Mae 's elimination of the fee for its automated underwriting system, both government-sponsored enterprises have now done away with the cost. Fannie's secondary cousin Freddie Mac eliminated the $20 fee for its Loan Prospector AUS earlier this month. The move was reportedly made to reduce the industry cost of expanding mortgage credit. Freddie estimated that it costs somewhere between $80 to $100 -- sometimes more -- to pre-qualify a new customer, and the change is intended to give lenders more space to compete for new customers.




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