• Notre Dame students building 3D printer

    Updated: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    Facing unprecedented demand in areas of science and technology, some Notre Dame Catholic High School students are ready to make the future their own. The pre-engineering class taught by Dr. Justin Blackwell is in the process of building a three-dimensional printer. A 3D printer makes an object through an additive process of building up thin layers based on a digital file. When discussing curriculum for this year’s class with Notre Dame Principal Michael Edghill, Blackwell said he knew he wanted a project-driven class. This is the second year for Notre Dame’s pre-engineering class and the first year at the school for both Edghill and Blackwell. Blackwell also teaches a physics class at Notre Dame and teac

  • Dell Inc. boosts recycling, environmental efforts

    Updated: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    Round Rock-based Dell Inc. says it is stepping up its recycling and environmental efforts, announcing that it will be the first tech company to use new recycled elements in its products starting later this year. Dell, which discussed the plan late Monday at a two-day energy conference in Austin, said it will use excess carbon fiber and scrap raw materials in its products. The change is part of the company's "2020 Legacy of Good" plan to move toward a "circular economy" model where recycled products play a key role in production practices. Dell last year began using "closed-loop" or recycled plastics in new products. The company says it has used 4.2 million pounds of recycled plastics in new products.

  • Denison bank ups its services with new technology

    Updated: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    As technology becomes faster and cheaper, self-service machines have risen in libraries, restaurants and grocery stores. Now, a number of banks are taking their self-service machines to the next level, and it’s happening locally. Landmark Bank in Denison recently added two new enhanced drive-thru machines that allow customers to interact with a bank teller without ever leaving their car. Bank consumers can talk and bank and interact with a live teller using two-way video and audio with these new machines, which allows transactions and banking even after the branch has closed. The new technology allows customers to access services seven days per week, Vice President of Marketing for Landmark Jim Vidmar said.

  • Mansfield council adopts solar panel regulations

    Updated: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    Residents wishing to add solar panels to their homes will now have to meet specific regulations in addition to meeting the city’s building code. The City Council Monday night approved new regulations governing where and how residents can install the energy-gathering devices on their homes. The proposals had been subject to weeks of scrutiny by council members and residents. “I think this is a good example of an item working its way through the process,” Mayor David Cook said. City staff members had decided new regulations on solar panels were in order because more residents are expected to add the technology to their homes in the future.

  • Dell boosts recycling, environmental efforts

    Updated: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    Round Rock-based Dell Inc. is taking another step towards its recycling and environmental improvement efforts, announcing Monday that it will be the first tech company to use new recycled elements in its products starting later this year. Dell, which discussed the plan at a two-day energy conference in Austin, said it will use excess carbon fiber and scrap raw materials in its products, marking progress towards the company's "2020 Legacy of Good" plan to move toward a "circular economy" model where recycled products plays a key role. Dell said it has used 4.2 million pounds of "closed-loop" plastics in new Dell products in an industry first.

  • Why Smartphones Break

    Updated: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    This Aug. 26, 2015 photo shows an Apple iPhone with a cracked screen after a drop test from the DropBot, a robot used to measure the sustainability of a phone to dropping, at the offices of SquareTrade in San Francisco. Despite engineering breakthroughs, screen breakage has become a part of life, the leading type of phone damage.

  • Letter to the Editor

    Updated: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    The attendees of the Special Information Workshop, held at the Northeast Technology Center in Afton, were able to interact with representatives from Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc., Oklahoma Medicare Assistance Program, Oklahoma Works, Northeastern Tribal Health System, Oklahoma HealthCare Authority, Oklahoma Primary Care Association and Route 66 Health Clinic. Attendees were able to enroll in Insure Oklahoma plus get information on the Affordable Care Act, Sooner Care, Tribal Health services, Taxes, Medicare and other topics. Plans are under way for another enrollment event in December.

  • Driverless Car Drivers

    Updated: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    In this Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 photo, Brian Torcellini, Google team leader of driving operations, right, poses for photos with vehicle safety specialists Rob Miller, top left, and Ryan Espinosa, next to a vehicle at a Google office in Mountain View, Calif. Google employs a few dozen "safety drivers” that grab the steering wheel or hit the brakes on a fleet of robot cars that Google’s engineers are programming to navigate the roads without human assistance.

  • St. Vrain teachers get lesson on integrating computer science

    Updated: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    About 65 St. Vrain Valley teachers, counselors, librarians and coordinators attended a day-long symposium Monday at Longmont's Timberline K-8 to learn about integrating computer science principles into their lessons. Axel Reitzig, program director of St. Vrain's Innovation Center, said the symposium kicks off the district's work to develop a K-12 computer science framework. The framework would detail computer science standards at each grade level and suggest resources for teachers, he said. The district also is looking at providing more teacher training opportunities. "We have to start getting some traction in making sure our students are learning computer science," he said.

  • New Oklahoma company seeks to reduce pain of osteoarthritis

    Published: Tue, Sep 29, 2015

    Arthrokinex, a young Oklahoma company, uses natural, nonsurgical injection therapy developed by Dr. Angelique Barreto to fight osteoarthritis.

  • ACC receives $2.9 million to establish regional biotech center

    Updated: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    Austin Community College has received a $2.9 million grant to establish a regional center to train biotechnology technicians, a job sector that is expected to grow rapidly with the opening of Dell Medical School at the University of Texas. ACC was one of two colleges nationwide to receive the money from the National Science Foundation. It plans to use the money to expand its current program, pair students with industry projects and share resources with other institutions, including Collin College, Del Mar College and Kentucky's Bluegrass Community and Technical College. "Biotechnology is a rapidly growing industry in Central Texas and across the nation," said Linnea Fletcher, ACC biotechnology department chair.

  • BRIEF: Rival bid withdrawn for Springs-based chip manufacturer Atmel Corp.

    Updated: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    Amid reports that Cypress Semiconductor Corp. was planning a rival bid for Atmel Corp., the company said Monday said it had "withdrawn its interest" in acquiring Atmel after making an offer to Atmel's board of directors. The Cypress statement said the company "regularly evaluates acquisition opportunities to complement its existing business," but didn't indicate when it had made the offer to Atmel's board. Both chip companies are based in San Jose, Calif. Atmel, which operates a semiconductor manufacturing plant in Colorado Springs that employs about 1,000 people, agreed Sept. 20 to be acquired in a $4.6 billion cash-and-stock deal from London-based Dialog Semiconductor plc. Atmel stock fell 5 cents in heavy trading Monday on

  • Whole Foods to cut 1,500 jobs, get 'leaner'

    Updated: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    Whole Foods Market co-CEO Walter Robb on Monday touched on job cuts the retailer announced earlier today, as well the retailer's energy initiatives and other recent efforts at an energy conference in Austin Monday evening. Robb told attendants a Fortune Magazine conference that a new plan to cut 1,500 Whole Foods jobs in the next eight weeks was a "difficult decision" and reiterated other comments from a federal filing made this morning. In a discussion on the company's team-driven focus, Robb also touched on the cuts again, saying it was a group decision.

  • University of Oklahoma's provost is equally comfortable in Oklahoma and ancient Rome

    Updated: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    NORMAN — From Oklahoma to ancient Rome and back again, Kyle Harper has followed his passion for life and learning. "I grew up loving the campus. It's just a magical place," Harper said. Settling on a field of study took a little more time. "I switched my major six or seven times," he said. There was history, physics, economics and political science. "Then I fell totally in love with Roman history and ... became excited, passionate about the idea that you could study the past and understand human history." The credit goes to the late J. Rufus Fears, a professor of classics whom OU President David Boren called "one of the greatest teachers in the history of our state.

  • NASA confirms that liquid water flows on Mars

    Published: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    Liquid water exists on the surface of Mars during the planet's warmer seasons, according to new research published in Nature Geosciences. 

  • George Zimmerman retweets photo of Trayvon Martin's body

    Published: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

    George Zimmerman is provoking fury among Twitter users. An admirer of Zimmerman's posted a disturbing photo to the social media website of Trayvon Martin's lifeless body, the teenager Zimmerman was acquitted of shooting and killing in 2012. User Super Star Destroyer captioned the photo: 'Z-Man is a one man army.' Zimmerman then retweeted the photo on Friday to his more than 10,000 Twitter followers, reports the Daily Mail.

  • AQYR Technologies Inc

    Updated: Mon, Sep 28, 2015

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  • Deciphering tech jargon: Terms you need to know before buying business phone service

    Ashley Perkins, Cox Business sales director | Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    When it comes to 21st-century telephone systems, there’s no shortage of cryptic acronyms and confusing terminology. Having the right technology is critical to the success of every business. However, understanding what you really need is important to your bottom line. Regardless of company size, at the forefront of every enterprise’s technology hub should be dependable phone service. “Unfortunately, telephone industry jargon sometimes makes the acquisition process difficult for business owners,” said Steve Westerman, director of product and marketing for Cox Business. “Before acquiring the best possible business phone solution, it’s important to understand the elements of technology and

  • How much Internet do I need? Selecting a new Internet service provider made easy

    John Odgers | Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    Internet service is the heart of any business today, powering everything from telephone service to video conferences. Because so much of your business depends on a reliable, fast Internet connection, it’s important that you choose the best Internet service for your environment. “You can spend hundreds of dollars on Internet service. For some companies that’s a wise investment, for others it may be a waste of money,” said Steve Westerman, director of product and marketing for Cox Business Oklahoma. “We get call all the time from people who read about the latest trend in high speed Internet technology and they think they need it. In some cases, they don’t.

  • 8 ways Cloud backup can make your business more competitive

    John Odgers | Updated: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    A company’s most valuable asset is arguably its data, which needs to be backed-up, stored, and secured so that it’s available to the organization when and where needed.  “Businesses need more than a localized storage capacity for security and continuity purposes,” said Steve Westerman, director of product and marketing for Cox Business Oklahoma. “Today’s workforce is increasingly using mobile devices to access business-critical information, and organizations with multiple locations require a centralized data storage facility to secure its assets.