• Why the West is the best place for entrepreneurs and startups

    Linsy Hunsaker, Deseret News | Updated: Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    The West isn’t the only place where American innovation is on fire. It just might have the highest concentration of it.

  • An idea beyond words: Eighth-graders develop app to help dyslexics read better

    Updated: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Words are tricky for those with dyslexia. They fly off the page. They spiral in on themselves and get jumbled up on top of one another. The way dyslexics see words varies dramatically, affecting their ability to learn. A group of Plano middle schoolers wants to help those with the reading disability by developing a mobile app that will allow users to customize text to their specific needs. “Dyslexia is a really big problem in the world,” said David Yue, 13. “It doesn’t mean that someone is not smart. They just have a disability or a neurological misfiring that doesn’t allow them to read as well as other people. We wanted to give every dyslexic a chance to be able to excel in school and all the activities they

  • Uber ride-sharing service convenient for many, concern for some

    Updated: Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    LAS CRUCES >> Uber, the technology-based ride-sharing service, began operations in Las Cruces last week, offering another way for Las Crucens in need of a lift to get a ride. Local event organizers and pub owners, as well as Uber officials, are heralding the service as another way to increase transportation options in the city. Some state officials and taxi cab owners say the service is not sufficiently regulated and express concerns, not only about safety for the drivers and passengers, but also over the loss of tax revenue which conventional taxi companies contribute to the local economy. Uber, which is already in operation in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and more than 250 cities worldwide, began Las Cruces operations due to a per

  • 'Super Saturday Recycling Day' set

    Updated: Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    SIDNEY — Several government agencies and others are partnering for a community recycling event, Sidney Mayor Mike Barhorst announced recently. Participants are the city of Sidney, the Shelby County Commissioners, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, Minster Bank, the Sidney-Shelby County Health Department, the North Central Ohio Solid Waste District, Shelby County Libraries and Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley (GESMV). Following similar events the past two years that established records for GESMV for recyclable electronic devices, the event this year will not only include electronics (including small appliances), document shredding, prescription drugs, and for the first time, book recycling.

  • 'Livestock and the Land' series begins Monday

    Updated: Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    Good afternoon! Monday, Feb. 23, is the first in the series “Livestock and the Land,” being held at the Upper Valley Applied Technology Center in Piqua, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The meeting's focus is “Manures as Fertilizer” and will address the topics of soil health benefits, organic matter as fertilizer, applying manure to fields, and new regulations. The next meeting in this series will be on Monday, March 16, with a focus on “Livestock Operation Designs for Less Manure Management”; same location and time. Have you considered “Organic” production? Well, Tuesday evening, Feb. 24, there will be an Organic Educational Seminar at the Wright State University Lake Campus (Ohio 703 between Celina and St. Marys) from 5 to

  • Is exposure to porn inevitable for kids?

    Updated: Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    One study estimates 83% of five-to-eight year olds know how to use a smartphone or table. Add to that the $3 billion mobile porn industry, and experts say exposure is inevitable. Those same experts say handing over a device unsupervised to a child is like dropping a child off in the worst part of town and saying you'll be back in two hours. One family says they're still dealing with the aftermath of what happened when their 10-year-old son looked up pornography on their smartphone. We are calling them "Melissa" and "Joe" to protect their privacy. “It was kind of a shock to us that he even googled it,” said Joe. “The kid that actually told him to look it up was younger than him. I think he was 8 years old.

  • BRIEF: Car hits electrical pole on Louisiana, knocks out power

    Updated: Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    A black sedan crashed into an electrical pole on Louisiana south of Lomas shortly after 5:30 p.m. Saturday, causing two adjacent buildings to lose power. Officer Daren DeAguero, a spokesman for the Albuquerque Police Department, said the driver was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Alcohol is not a factor, he added. Louisiana was closed south of Lomas while the electrical pole was being repaired. It was reopened by around 10 p.m., police said. Bystanders who had been inside the American Legion Post 99 and the Princeton Place nursing center said they heard tires screeching and a crash and then all the lights went out. ——— ©2015 the Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, N.M.) V

  • Crossroads law enforcement moves forward with body cameras

    Updated: Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    With the growing popularity of body-worn cameras, many law enforcement agencies in the Crossroads are opting to purchase the devices before state legislators make a decision about the issue. State legislators are sifting through the bills that would mandate the body-worn cameras to see whether they're constitutional, whether privacy would be at risk and how to fund them. The Victoria Police Department is set to outfit all of its patrol and traffic-safety officers with body-worn cameras by April 1. City Council approved the $232,475 five-year proposal at its Feb. 17 meeting. Police Chief J.J. Craig said it just made sense for the department to make the purchase now. The cameras, he said, are "another way to have so

  • Dallas Festival of Ideas part of a new and growing movement

    Updated: Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    Interactive: Dallas Festival of Ideas The era of sound bites and 140-character retorts on Twitter may seem like an unlikely environment for ventures like the Dallas Festival of Ideas. Yet this week’s two-day festival is part of a popular and thriving movement. “The virtual communities like Twitter and Facebook have never been larger, but I think people are hungry for human-to-human engagement,” said Jessica Malkin, executive director of Chicago Ideas Week. “The people who come to our events are looking for intellectual entertainment.” Larry Allums, the founding force of the Dallas festival, has cited Chicago Ideas Week as one of his role models.

  • University of Oklahoma physician Robert Welliver works to develop vaccine for RSV infections

    By Jim Stafford, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Feb 22, 2015

    Physician Robert Welliver is part of a University of Oklahoma team working to develop a vaccine for RSV — respiratory syncytial virus — the bane of infants and their parents worldwide.

  • New form of standardized testing puts students and teachers on edge

    Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    Tenth-grader Bianca Romero sits in front of a computer flashing a login screen to access the state’s new PARCC exam. She is supposed to be practicing the test online, but on this day, none of the computers in the lab at Capital High School is cooperating. While adults in the room make frantic phone calls and fail at efforts to reboot the computers, the students begin to lose interest. Some talk. Some joke. Two nap. A few make brave efforts to buck the tide and get their computers to respond. “It’s disappointing,” Romero says as she idly sits by. “If they are gonna have you do something new for tests, it should work.

  • Engineering expo teaches kids the fun of making things work

    Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    Gavin Coronado and some of his friends did not want to get up early and let his mom drag them to the Wichita Society of Women Engineers Engineering Expo at Century II on Saturday. “We were at my grandma’s, and my cousin there had a guitar and an Xbox, so we didn’t want to come here,” said Gavin, age 10. “But it was so worth it to come here.” Gavin, wearing the blue Webelos uniform of Cub Scout Pack 515, based at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Wichita, showed up at the expo with nine other mostly uniformed Webelos and Bear Cub Scout friends. Parents Sarah and Isaac Coronado had brought them, and watched them sample the engineering goods. The boys all raised their hands when the nice Kansas Highway Pat

  • Fort Worth museum hosts Engineers Week

    Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    Aspiring engineers will get a chance to learn more about the profession and show off their skills as the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History celebrates National Engineers Week. From Tuesday through Saturday, the museum will be exploring science, technology, engineering and mathematics. “We’re proud to be at the forefront of learning,” museum President Van A. Romans said. “That’s why we’re so pleased to be able to join our sponsors to inspire a new generation to consider engineering careers. With our sponsors’ support and professional insights, we are offering thousands of unique, creative and memorable experiences to our guests.

  • BRIEF: Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center schedules job fair in Choctaw

    Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    CHOCTAW — The Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center will hold a job fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 12. The event has an average attendance of more than 45 local businesses, all of which are searching for qualified and skilled individuals to hire. Companies in attendance will be actively hiring for full-time, part-time and apprentice positions. The job fair will be within the main halls of the campus, 4601 N Choctaw Road, and is open to the public. People who attend are advised to bring multiple copies of their resumes, dress to impress and be prepared for possible on-the-spot interviews. For advice on preparing for the job fair and a full list of businesses registered to attend, contact Vickie Davies at v

  • Visitors see Oklahoma School for Blind pupils in action

    Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    Visitors to Oklahoma School for the Blind’s Open House included at least one potential student Friday morning. Samantha Henderson held her visually-impaired 2-year-old daughter, Gabriella, as she toured the OSB library and classrooms. Henderson said she was impressed with the variety of ways students can learn at the school. “They’re not just focused on one variety of reading and learning,” Henderson said. “There are different varieties of what students can learn.” More than 55 visitors watched OSB students use assistive technology and instructors explain various ways students can read. OSB Librarian Paula Rogers demonstrated dual vision books, which sighted parents can read to their visually-impaired

  • VR computers bring cutting edge to dissection

    Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    With clicks using a stylus, Muskogee High School senior Brianna Fields removes eye muscles from a skull and zooms in for a closer look. The eye muscles and skull are 3-D images on one of three zSpace virtual reality learning stations, which arrived last week at MHS. “I absolutely love it. I love it so much,” said Fields, who is seeking a career in biological science. “I love science, and this is a hands-on thing without getting dirty. It’s actually looking at the stuff, and it tells you the name of everything. It is so interesting and really cool. You can zoom in and out, and you can check to see everything.

  • Two Mid-Del Technology Center students help Midwest City resident

    Updated: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    Two adult welding students volunteered to take on the project, Chris Rawson and Caleb Feter. Scott said the young men were skilled at their trade and a pleasure to work with. Hayes said those two students, along with Adam Birnbaum, won first place in welding fabrication, adult division, in a recent Skills USA competition. “It is difficult to find local welders because they are working in the oilfields,” Scott said. “Mr. Hayes was so helpful and made it a no-brainer that the city of Midwest City should pair with its technology center to make this project happen.” Scott said Able Crane helped to move the ramp. The Primary Systems Home Repair Program has been in place since July 1992 and has served more than 450 ho

  • Two Mid-Del Technology Center students help Midwest City resident

    By Patti Duran, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, Feb 21, 2015

    Two welding students built a ramp at the home of Vickie Butcher in Midwest City.

  • Debit change reduces need for PINs

    Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    No problems have been encountered with a recent revision of the acceptance policy for using debit cards at Walmart and Sam's Club stores. Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove said the new procedures were rolled out in November, including Walmart, 4201 N. Belt Highway; the Walmart at 3022 S. Belt Highway; and Sam's Club, 5201 N. Belt Highway, Suite A. It's a modern advance, Mr. Hargrove said, that is proving to be a leader for the retail industry. Under the change, a customer using a debit card will not have to enter their Personal Identification Number for transactions up to a limit of $50. "From a consumer's standpoint, it depends on how they (cards) are set up," Mr. Hargrove said. "It's convenience concerns for our custom

  • StarTech's Thunderbolt 2 Docking Station adds ports, simplifies your laptop's commute

    Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    I usually take my review items home to test them out and write them up, but the StarTech.com Thunderbolt 2 docking station was unpacked and put into service on my desk and has not moved an inch. I should back up a bit and say I use a Macbook Pro as my only computer, so I bring it to work every morning and take it home every night. I make several connections each morning to get ready for work. I use a larger monitor on my desk, and I also connect a large hard drive, an iPhone dock and an Ethernet cable, not to mention the laptop’s power cable. I connect five cables to my Mac every day and unplug those cables every night, which is not too much of a hardship, I admit. But when a product comes along that makes that job ea