• Federal funding resumes for troubled technology project T2

    Updated: Wed, May 18, 2016

    Six months after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton promised to clean up a flailing technology project $100 million over budget and years behind schedule, federal officials have agreed to resume funding for the 9-year-old effort. News of Washington’s stamp of approval on T2 — a massive system upgrade intended to process child support payments and investigations at the attorney general’s office — is a bright spot in what has for years been a problem-plagued endeavor. In December, the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement froze payments to the project.

  • City to vote on body camera contract as groups ask to clarify policy

    Updated: Wed, May 18, 2016

    As the Austin City Council gears up to decide Thursday whether to approve a contract that would equip the vast majority of police patrol officers with body cameras, several local organizations are calling on the Austin Police Department to clarify its policy regarding public access to the recordings. Approving the contract is the last major step before Austin police can acquire the technology, which many believe could bring more accountability at a time when several controversial use-of-force cases have led to mistrust and tensions between police departments across the nation and their communities. The council’s decision will come two days after a grand jury decided not to indict former Austin police officer Geoffrey Freema

  • Google payment service Android Pay expands to UK

    Google payment service Android Pay expands to UK

    Updated: Wed, May 18, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) — Google's mobile payment service, Android Pay, arrived in the U.K. on Wednesday, marking its first expansion outside the U.S. It joins Apple Pay, which launched there nearly a year ago. Google also unveiled new tools aimed at getting retailers to embrace Android Pay. Consumers in the U.S. and U.K. will be able to add stores' loyalty programs to Android Pay to earn rewards. In addition, consumers will be able to use Android Pay when shopping on mobile Web browsers. Previously, Android Pay for e-commerce required installing a separate app for each merchant. Separately on Wednesday, a competing payments service from Samsung added loyalty programs. Apple Pay already allows it.

  • A Dutch design company invented an underground fridge that requires no electricity

    A Dutch design company invented an underground...

    Published: Wed, May 18, 2016

    The Groundfridge by Weltevree is a huge, spherical container that can hold the equivalent of 20 refrigerators full of food.  Yet, it needs zero electricity. It can be installed in your backyard by burying it underneath three feet of dirt. This keeps it at a temperature around 50 degrees F year round. That's cold enough for fruits, vegetables, and wine, but not ideal for meat and dairy.   This summer, Weltevree is touring the US to present their product.  They expect to be selling the Groundfridge in the US by the winter of 2017.

  • EPISD ends toughest discipline for young kids

    Updated: Wed, May 18, 2016

    Students under third grade will no longer be sent to an alternative school, suspended or expelled from the El Paso Independent School District. The EPISD Board of Trustees unanimously approved the policy change during a public meeting Tuesday. The policy also now stipulates that disciplinary actions that “remove students from their school setting” shall be a “last resort” for elementary students in third through fifth grades. “It’s just the right thing to do for kids,” board President Dori Fenenbock said. “They’re so little. It’s hard to understand why a first-grader, a second-grader could need to go to alternative school.

  • CSU-Pueblo students to intern at Smithsonian

    Updated: Wed, May 18, 2016

    Colorado State University-Pueblo is scheduled to send five students to Washington, D.C., this summer for an internship at the Smithsonian Institution. School officials said the students will work in a variety of museums and locations across the Smithsonian from June 1 to July 1 as part of a partnership that began with CSU-Pueblo’s involvement with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. The students taking part in the internship are Jose Ortega, Megan Petersen, Dianne Archuleta, Terrin Hearst and Cassidy Nemick.

  • Hazelwood board votes to expand laptop computer program

    Updated: Wed, May 18, 2016

    The Hazelwood Board of Education voted to spend $1.7 million in a four-year lease for new laptops for high school students on Tuesday night, just a few months after it faced ire for cuts made to address an impending multimillion-dollar deficit. The board approved the second part of a three-phase plan to give each of its students — from kindergartners to high school seniors — a new Chromebook laptop. District officials said they hope the plan will help Hazelwood compete with other school districts, as well as equip students with more advanced computer skills. “A lot of students don’t have this thing at home, a lot of people don’t have this technology at home.

  • Genetically modified crops do not add to human health risks, study concludes

    Updated: Tue, May 17, 2016

    One of the nation’s premier scientific bodies says it has found no evidence that genetically modified crops are bad for human health. In a 400-page report released Tuesday, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine says its review of nearly 900 studies and years of disease data showed no increase in health risks due to the consumption of genetically modified food. The group, however, noted that expert scientific bodies do not agree about the cancer-causing potential of glyphosate, an herbicide that’s often paired with genetically engineered crops.

  • Effort, attitude put Priory's Drysdale in a class all his own

    Updated: Tue, May 17, 2016

    Jake Drysdale went for a walk in London. When he and his father, Doug, stepped out of their flat near Abbey Road Studios, there was nothing extraordinary about it. Drysdale and his father have done extraordinary things. They've run through a dormant volcano in Hawaii together several times. They spend their annual summer vacation in Montana. Doug had taken his son around the country and globe. By the time Drysdale was 12 years old, he visited 10 countries and 35 states. As a fifth grader at the American School in London, he crossed the same street every day that John, Ringo, Paul and George made an iconic album cover. But this particular day, on this particular street, on this particular walk, Drysdale stumbled across h

  • How one Austin company revolutionized how we get food delivered

    Updated: Tue, May 17, 2016

    When Jackie Davies started Eat Out In, the country’s first multi-restaurant delivery company, in Austin in 1986, she kept track of customers with a three-wheel Rolodex and stayed in contact with drivers via two-way radio. Thirty years ago, the idea that you could get Mexican or Italian food delivered was a novel one. Chinese restaurants and pizzerias hired their own drivers to save customers a trip to the restaurant to pick up dinner, but the assumption in the industry was that other kinds of food wouldn’t travel well and customers weren’t busy enough to pay a premium to eat takeout while in their homes or offices. Davies was busy enough to know better.

  • Foxx: Prop 1 defeat not fatal to Austin's 'smart city' bid

    Updated: Tue, May 17, 2016

    The defeat of Proposition 1 will not hurt Austin in its quest for a $40 million “smart city” federal grant and other transportation perks, according to the man who will decide which city gets that money. “I wouldn’t be here if Austin wasn’t a strong contender in the challenge” for the grant, said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, who was at Austin City Hall on Tuesday for an hour-long “roundtable” on the competition. “That remains true.” The grant briefly became an issue in the contentious ride-hailing campaign after the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce wrote to Foxx advancing the theory that a rejection of Prop 1 and its Uber-and-Lyft-friendly regulations might damage Austin’s bid

  • BRIEF: Another lawsuit alleges Cerner failed to pay overtime

    Updated: Tue, May 17, 2016

    On the eve of new national overtime regulations being published by the U.S. Department of Labor, more allegations of overtime pay violations are being made against Cerner. The North Kansas City-based health care information technology company has seen three class action cases and one collective action case filed against it in Kansas City area courts. The latest suit was filed May 13 in federal court in Kansas City. Broadly, the plaintiffs contend that they were underpaid or not paid overtime rates they were due. Cerner declines to comment on pending litigation. But the company previously has said that the workers who filed the lawsuits were computer professionals or administrative employees who were exempt from overtime

  • Sprint creates its own in-house advertising agency

    Updated: Tue, May 17, 2016

    Inside Sprint’s Overland Park campus, a new full-service advertising and marketing agency is taking shape. The in-house entity, Yellow Fan Studios, is assuming creative responsibility for the mobile carrier’s film and print production, design and other creative services. Already, about 30 creative professionals have been hired, and about 30 more are expected to soon join the team. Their work will be focused especially on social media and other consumer marketing. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure began the initiative about six months ago and considers it part of an overall cost-cutting move. Claure particularly has said that layoffs alone won’t take the company where he wants it to go. He’s putting bets on growth in dig

  • Governor Scott United Technologies

    Governor Scott United Technologies

    Updated: Tue, May 17, 2016

    Gov. Rick Scott and United Technologies Building & Industrial Systems VP, Communications Mary Milmoe at the groundbreaking ceremony for United Technologies new, $115 million Center for Intelligent Buildings of Donald Ross Road in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

  • Fla Scott United Technologies

    Fla Scott United Technologies

    Updated: Tue, May 17, 2016

    Gov. Rick Scott speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony for United Technologies new, $115 million Center for Intelligent Buildings of Donald Ross Road in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Tuesday, May 17, 2016. Seated (left to right) are UTC Building & Industrial Systems VP, Communications, Mary Milmoe, UTC Climate, Controls & Security President, Bob McDonough and Shannon R. LaRocque, Palm Beach County Assistant County Administrator.

  • NGA to open 'outpost' in Silicon Valley

    Updated: Tue, May 17, 2016

    The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, the mapping agency expanding its western headquarters in St. Louis, announced on Monday that it will create an "outpost" in Silicon Valley. "We plan to advance our profession by going to the geographic heart of American innovation: Silicon Valley," NGA Director Robert Cardillo said at the GEOINT Symposium in Orlando, Fla. "This summer, we’ll create a presence there, what we call NGA Outpost Valley. This...will leverage the organic capabilities and energy of the Valley’s open, vibrant, geospatial community." Cardillo added: "It’s a beachhead that will have the authority to reach out to all innovation centers." Cardillo said the outpost will bolster the agency's efforts i

  • National Academy of Sciences finds no evidence of GMO health effects

    Updated: Tue, May 17, 2016

    One of the nation’s premier scientific bodies says it has found no evidence of adverse human health effects after 20 years of genetically-modified crop adoption. In a 400-page report released Tuesday, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine says its review of nearly 900 studies and years of disease data showed no increase in health risks due to the consumption of genetically-modified food. However, the group noted disagreements among expert scientific bodies over whether glyphosate, an herbicide paired with crops engineered to be resistant to it, has the potential to cause cancer.

  • Want to Buy a Self-Driving Car? Big-Rig Trucks May Come First

    Want to Buy a Self-Driving Car? Big-Rig Trucks...

    Published: Tue, May 17, 2016

    Imagine you are driving on a highway late at night when a big-rig truck closes in behind you. You relax because it is keeping a safe distance and seems to be obeying the speed limit. Now imagine that truck is driving itself. Despite Silicon Valley’s enthusiasm for self-driving cars, it could be years before there are many of them on the road. But autonomous 18-wheelers? One start-up is betting that is a different matter, The New York Times reports.

  • Threat to witness on Facebook leads to prison term

    Threat to witness on Facebook leads to prison term

    Published: Tue, May 17, 2016

    This senior judge might not grasp the terminology of digital communication, but he made clear Monday that he knows old-fashioned witness intimidation when he sees it, USA TODAY reports. No one sought to correct Senior U.S. District Judge Leon Jordan when, in an unusual case of obstruction of justice via social media, the judge referred to Facebook messages and memes as "email" since the delivery method Daniel Ray Sands, 32, chose to threaten a witness against his drug-trafficking father did not matter under the law.

  • New fund provides opportunities for investors looking to boost startup firms

    Published: Tue, May 17, 2016

    The i2E Angel Fund I is for accredited angel investors who seek diversified investment in seed-stage companies without active participation in an angel group.