• Central Texas biomedical company DisperSol raises $12 million

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Central Texas biomedical company DisperSol Technologies, which makes a drug polymer that makes it easier for people to absorb drugs, has raised $12 million from investors, according to securities filings. The company, based in Georgetown, received the funding from three investors, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Founded in 2007, DisperSol develops a drug-polymer composite system designed to improve the solubility of compounds, meaning that the body more easily absorbs them. Company officials did not provide details about the deal, and didn’t respond to messages left Wednesday seeking comment about the new funding.

  • Dallas entrepreneur hopes ABC's Shark Tank gives him a hand

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    ADDISON — The top executives behind BearTek, a sensor-equipped glove that can control a smart phone and other devices, have spent years trying to be seen. They’ve schlepped cross country to countless ski and motorcycle trade shows, built a mailing list of nearly 10,000 names, tapped Kickstarter. Yet if you look for their office in a busy Addison strip mall, you have to first pass through the lobby of a dermatology practice. The days of relative anonymity end Friday, when Dallas Mavs owner Mark Cuban and the rest of the investors on ABC’s hit show “Shark Tank,” put CEO Tarik Rodgers and Willie Blount, the glove’s inventor, through their paces. Shark Tank rules strictly prohibit spilling the beans before

  • Railroad Safety Technology Metra

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    A Metra commuter train pulls into the La Salle Street station Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016, in Chicago. The Chicago area commuter railroad says it will miss a 2018 deadline for installing safety technology on all routes. Metra is among the four commuter railroads and three major freight railroads that informed the federal government last week that they won't hit the target.

  • KC residents get first free Google Fiber Internet access under federal ConnectHome program

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    A big national effort to narrow the digital divide took its first small step Wednesday in Kansas City. U.S. Housing Secretary Julian Castro, at the West Bluff housing complex, announced that the 100 apartments there now have super-fast Internet connections, at no charge to residents. They are the first of 1,300 area families in subsidized housing, and 275,000 nationwide, who will get free or reduced-cost access under the federal ConnectHome program. “We want to give every family in America access,” Castro said in an interview before the announcement. “The Internet is no longer a luxury, but something everyone needs to succeed. Providing that access is a big priority of mine.

  • Staggs retires from PTC board

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    After 20 years of service, Ernie Staggs has retired from the Pontotoc Technology Center School board. He has served on the Pontotoc Technology Center school board since 1995. In addition to providing motivation for the origination of Pontotoc Technology Center, Staggs provided leadership and worked to see that new programs were added to meet the needs of the community. During his tenure, Staggs provided leadership to move Pontotoc Technology Center to a higher level of financial accountability. His initiative brought state leaders together to develop the plan for a new fire training center, which resulted in Pontotoc’s success today. Staggs has attended the OSSBA state conference annually for 20 years.

  • Crowd turns out for Williams Hall grand opening

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    A little more than 200 people turned out for Tuesday’s grand opening of Gregory D. Williams Hall, the new 13,000-square-foot continuing education building at Odessa College. The building was named for Odessa College President Gregory Williams after an anonymous donation was received that made that stipulation. Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness Don Wood served as host and emcee. He said the gathering was meant to celebrate the grand opening of the new building, the anonymous donor who made it possible and Williams. Wood also recognized the many dignitaries in the audience.

  • Voters renew SFPS technology bond

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Santa Fe County residents voted Tuesday to approve the renewal of a technology note for Santa Fe Public Schools that will continue to levy property taxes for three more years to fund the district’s five-year Digital Learning Plan. The tech bond’s passage will allow the district to continue building technological infrastructure at schools and provide computers and software to students, with the 90-acre Santa Fe High School campus a top priority in the next cycle. County officials released the unofficial results of Tuesday’s election at around 9:30 p.m., which showed that nearly 62 percent of the total 4,650 voters in the election, or 2,880 people, cast ballots in favor of the technology bond, and 1,766 voted against it.

  • Xcel Energy plans more renewable billing, intelligent metering for Colorado customers

    Updated: Wed, Feb 3, 2016

    Xcel Energy plans a multifaceted change to operations that could soon significantly affect customers, offering smart-grid technology and personal choice on types of energy customers consume. The company in late January rolled out its multi-year “Our Energy Future” plan that will usher in the latest technology and customer choice and billing in the future to align more with changing state and federal requirements on renewable energy and customer demand for renewables. The company has already asked the Public Utilities Commission for some changes to its system, and more are expected in the future. Xcel’s “Our Energy Future” program would continue through 2024.

  • 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.




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