• 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

  • Data breach at Lone Star Circle of Care affects 8,700

    Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    A data breach at Lone Star Circle of Care has compromised the personal information of 8,700 people, including 6,300 patients, officials said Friday. The breach was discovered Jan. 9 after a backup file containing mostly names, addresses, phone numbers, and in some cases, birth dates, was improperly placed on Lone Star's website by the company that designed, maintained and secured the website. The data had been posted for nearly six months before Lone Star realized what had happened, officials said. No one's financial information was compromised, said Lone Star CEO Rhonda Mundhenk, who added that the company, which she declined to name, was let go.

  • Texas medical equipment scam traded on Cerner's reputation

    Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    The message a Cerner Corp. employee received at his Kansas City office on June 21, 2013, seemed odd. A Dallas Medical Center facilities director wanted help installing an MRI machine purchased through Cerner. The subcontractor crew supposedly in charge of readying the $1.3 million machine for patients had stopped returning calls. The caller must be confused, the Cerner employee thought. The next day, the Cerner employee called the manager back with some bad news: Cerner didn’t sell the hospital the MRI machine. And with that, one of the most elaborate fraud schemes charged in Kansas City federal court in recent memory began to unravel.

  • BRIEF: Harvard center honors Colorado app-development competition

    Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Harvard University's Kennedy School has recognized an app development competition organized through the Colorado Secretary of State's Office as a "bright idea." The Go Code Colorado competition, which begins April 8 and ends May 21, challenges entrepreneurs to develop applications to make state data more accessible. Colorado Springs will be one of five competition sites in Colorado during the first weekend of the event. Harvard's Kennedy School for Democratic Governance and Innovation Ash Center honored the Colorado competition with its Innovations in American Government Awards. The center hands out the awards to "recognize, promote and disseminate innovative programs, policies and practices so that they can become widely ado

  • Fraud protection bill sails through House

    Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    A bill aimed at protecting consumers from potential fraud and identify theft resulting from a data breach sailed through the House on Thursday with a 66-0 vote. HB 217, sponsored by Rep. William Rehm, R-Albuquerque, now appears to be headed to the Senate. “New Mexico is one step closer to offering its residents protection from fraud and identity theft. New Mexico has the unpleasant distinction of being one of only three states which do not offer any protection,” said Paul Stull, president/CEO of the Credit Union Association of New Mexico which has pushed for the protections.

  • BRIEF: Woman who veered into deputy's lane caught texting; beer, vodka in possession

    Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Sheriff’s deputies say a 30-year-old Locust Grove woman was arrested when she was caught texting and driving, with an open beer and a bottle of vodka in the vehicle. Cherokee County Sheriff’s Deputy Bob Lewandowski arrested Misti Dawn Mapp on Wednesday for no driver’s license and transporting an open container. Lewandowski said he was traveling on U.S. Highway 62 when a truck began to drift into his lane, forcing him to take evasive action. Lewandowski noticed the driver was texting and was not paying attention, which he believes caused her to drift out of her lane. When Lewandowski stopped the vehicle, he learned the driver, Mapp, did not have a driver’s license in her possession. She also had a breathalyzer in

  • Inspiration for film 'Spare Parts' takes center stage on Technology Awareness Day

    Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Oscar Vazquez counts himself lucky. At age 12, Vazquez left Mexico and arrived in the United States with his parents with no legal status. His knack for math helped him graduate from Arizona State University. Before embarking on a career with BNSF Railway, he was in the Army and served in Afghanistan. But it is the story about his high school robotics team that most people know, thanks to the recently released movie Spare Parts. “It’s very surreal,” Vazquez said of the movie in which he is played by Carlos PenaVega. Spare Parts tells the story of Vazquez and three other Hispanic immigrant students from a high school robotics team in Phoenix.

  • Kansas residents receiving false emails from AG office

    Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Fraudulent emails are being sent to Kansans claiming to be from the State Attorney Office and threatening arrest. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a release that the attorney general’s office has been made aware that these emails are circulating, and advises Kansans that these are fraudulent. The email contains an attachment with an "Arrest Warrant" listing three charges. The email tells the recipient that their social security number has been put "on hold" until the matter is resolved, and threatens that the recipient will be responsible for the cost of the lawsuit. The email also gives a phone number the recipient can call to resolve the matter, where the scam artist will likely ask for payment.

  • Public hearings on WISD bond proposal slated

    Updated: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    Two public hearings remain after being called by the Weatherford ISD board to hear from residents about the possibility of the district calling a bond election in May. A committee recommended the board consider calling a bond election for $99.2 million. The first public hearing, on Tuesday at 6 p.m., will be held in the board room of the District Services Building, 1100 Longhorn Drive. The second, on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 6 p.m., will also be held in the board room, and may result in a vote from the board to either put a bond election on the May 9 ballot or take no action. The decision must be made 60 days prior to it being placed on the ballot, should the board elect to take it to voters.

  • YouTube to release new app for kids

    Published: Fri, Feb 20, 2015

    YouTube is launching a free app for kids early next week, Yahoo Finance reports. The Google (GOOGL) owned video streaming giant plans to offer an Android app that provides parental controls and removes elements such as viewer comments. YouTube Kids will also include a parent-controlled timer that stops the app after a certain amount of time, according to USA Today.

  • YouTube to launch subscription service

    Published: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    YouTube is about to take a big step forward. Google (GOOGL) says its web-based video provider is set to launch an ad-free subscription service in a few months, Yahoo Finance reports. The service will start at $7.99 per month and allow users to watch videos offline.

  • Oklahoma business briefs

    Published: Thu, Feb 19, 2015

    Oklahoma business briefs for Feb. 19, 2015

  • American Indians take fight to Facebook

    Published: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Many American Indians say they have been forced to use fake names on Facebook because of a “real name” policy, Yahoo News reports. The social media giant requires users to identify themselves by the actual names they use in their everyday lives. However, several American Indians say they’ve had to verify their traditional names multiple times over the years. Shane Creepingbear, 32, says he was removed from Facebook several years ago and went through the steps to convince the company that Creepingbear is actually his last name.

  • Trailer: Netflix banks on new 'Richie Rich' kids' sitcom

    Published: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    Classic comic character 'Richie Rich' returns this Saturday -- on Netflix, USA TODAY reports. This new half-hour kids' sitcom lands on Netflix with the first ten episodes available on Saturday. A total of 21 episodes are planned this year. Jake Brennan (Dark Skies) stars as the fabulously rich kid who made his fortune by inventing new green technology and selling it for a trillion dollars.

  • Apple Watch projected to sell 20 million

    Updated: Wed, Feb 18, 2015

    USA Today asks: how many smartwatches could Apple sell this year? A new research report Tuesday pegged as many as 20 million in the first year. CCS Insight says this will make the Apple Watch, out in April, " the most successful smartwatch ever. " That's not saying much, as the watches that have come out to date have yet to catch a break with consumers.




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