• Robotics booms in St. Louis as thousands of students gather to 'compete with their minds'

    Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    ST. LOUIS • About 29,000 students and 800 robots descended on downtown Wednesday in preparation for the FIRST Championship, the most prestigious robotics competition in the world. Wearing matching T-shirts and elaborate costumes, they filled the Dome at America’s Center and Union Station representing 40 countries and all 50 states. On Thursday, they will begin an international competition in matches designed to celebrate science like Americans celebrate sports — with lots of noise, fanfare and enthusiasm. And through Saturday, they will demonstrate what’s possible when you give a group of students a problem to solve and a box of parts, motors, sensors and gears.

  • DIGITAL LIFE AMAZON KINDLE OASIS

    Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    FILE - This file photo provided by Amazon shows Amazon's latest Kindle. The Kindle Oasis is Amazon’s sleekest, lightest e-book reader yet, and at $290, unnecessary unless you’re a die-hard reader. The Oasis, which started shipping April 25, 2016, is meant to be a luxury e-book reader, a solid, top-of-the line device, when money is no object. It is designed strictly for reading, without Facebook, streaming video and other distractions common on full-functioning tablets.

  • MANAGING DRONES

    Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Albuquerque drone maker Silent Falcon UAS Technologies is helping NASA develop a nationwide traffic management system for unmanned aircraft. The company’s solar-powered drone, designed and manufactured in New Mexico, will be used in flight testing later this year to help NASA gather information needed so new traffic management software can be used for low-altitude flights, said Silent Falcon CEO John Brown. “We’re part of a large team of companies working with NASA on a cloud-based software system to integrate unmanned aircraft into the national airspace,” Brown said. “It will be similar to the Federal Aviation Administration’s air traffic control system, but for low-flying (unmanned aircraft systems.) We’ll do

  • China Mobile Internet Conference

    Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    An exhibitor introduces a rice cooker to a visitor at a display booth for Mijia, a new brand of the Chinese Internet company Xiaomi at the 2016 Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) in Beijing, Thursday, April 28, 2016. The GMIC features current and future trends in the mobile Internet industry by some major foreign and Chinese internet companies.

  • Here's how much time people spend on Facebook, Instagram, and Messenger every day

    Published: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    People are spending nearly an hour every day scrolling through Facebook status updates, liking Instagram posts, or chatting on Messenger.  Globally, people spend  more than 50 minutes  a day across Facebook's suite of apps (not including WhatsApp), the company announced during its blockbuster Q1 earnings .  It's hard to pinpoint exactly how much that number has swelled over the years.

  • The rise of reloadable prepaid cards could affect the way millennials approach banking

    Published: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    Prepaid cards were originally targeted at consumers with minimal access to financing or bank accounts. However, the appeal of these cards has broadened, attracting traditional banking customers as well. This is because the formula behind prepaid cards resonates with the growing population of debt-averse consumers — namely, millennials and Gen Xers — who recently suffered through the Great Recession.  The prepaid cards industry is diversifying. Higher-end issuers like American Express are now pushing prepaid cards like Serve and Bluebird to customers, and these cards are seeing stellar growth in terms of spending volume. The push by these issuers is adding dynamism to the prepaid cards market.

  • iPhone SE features smaller screen, lower price

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    Small, medium or large? You might drive a Toyota Prius, and I might drive a Chevrolet Silverado. I might like a shot of espresso while you might like a Big Gulp. Seems like there’s a right size for everything — including cellphones. Apple introduced the original iPhone with a 3.5-inch screen and kept that size through the iPhone 4S before screens started getting bigger. It’s just in the last two years that Apple started rolling out two iPhones per year with differing screen sizes. But those new screen sizes were big and bigger. Apple jumped from the 4-inch screen of the iPhone 5S to give customers the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus.

  • UCCS, Air Force Academy entrepreneurs dream their way to competition success

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    Teams from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and the Air Force Academy swept the top two prizes totaling $140,000 at a national student business plan competition Saturday at Chapman University in California. Lot Spot Inc., a team of six current and former UCCS students that developed a method to determine whether parking lots have available spaces, won the top prize at Chapman’s California Dreamin’ Entrepreneurship Conference and Competition over teams from 28 other schools, including Purdue University, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Southern California. Viper Irrigation Technology, a team of two Air Force Academy cadets that developed a way to inject water and nutrients directly into the vascular

  • TAD official apologizes for property tax software problems

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    The chief appraiser of the Tarrant Appraisal District apologized to a panel of state lawmakers after a grilling over the problems with the software that caused millions of dollars in property to remain off the books in 2015. “I’m very sorry for the issue we had to go through,” TAD Chief Appraiser Jeff Law the state panel. Jeff got a griling from committee Chairman state Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston. Law was referring to a new software conversion that was implemented in October 2014. Law was in the hot seat over a series of issues, including a contentious protest deadline that TAD mailed in notices to hundreds of thousands of property owners, a lawsuit that has put a clamp on the release of appraisal data to the publ

  • Utah essential oil company announces third-party data breach

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    PLEASANT GROVE, Utah (AP) — Utah-based essential oil company doTERRA is warning customers and distributors that their personal information may have been compromised in a data breach in March. In a letter released last week, the company said intruders may have accessed information such as names, Social Security numbers, payment information, birthdates and more through a third-party vendor that provides doTERRA with data hosting and software services. doTERRA said in a statement it was working with law enforcement and security experts to address the issue. The company, which launched in 2008, sources essential oils from 40 countries. It makes and sells oils and spa, personal care and dietary supplement products. doTERRA

  • Kansas bill closing private e-mail loophole moving forward

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    Kansas lawmakers are moving forward with legislation to close a loophole in the state’s open-records act that allows public officials to avoid scrutiny by using private e-mail accounts. Negotiators from the House and Senate agreed Wednesday to combine multiple bills on public records law, setting up a possible vote in the House as early as Thursday. SB 22 would amend the Kansas Open Records Act so that private e-mails by public officials would be open records if the subject matter related to their official duties. E-mails of a personal nature would remain private.

  • Food and art marketplace, high-tech construction pitched at 1 Million Cups

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    A construction company turning into a tech company and locals creating a business/community development operation pitched their visions at Wednesday’s 1 Million Cups ICT event. 1 Million Cups ICT is a weekly gathering designed to aid entrepreneurs by helping them get advice and make contacts in the community. It meets from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesdays. Next week’s event will be at Wichita State University’s Old Town offices, 238 N. Mead. Here are the latest presenters. District Marketplace Founders: Donnie Hutchins and Janelle King Pitch: Hutchins, who owns the Mr. Natural Soul Kitchen food truck, has started a permanent location for food trucks and local artists’ booths in a lot at 138 N. Cleveland.

  • Germany Electric Cars

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    An e-car is connected with a public charge base in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Germany plans to subsidize electric cars in a bid to help the country's auto industry compete in the global market for the growingly-popular and environmentally friendly vehicles.

  • Germany Electric Cars

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    An e-car is connected with a public charge base in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Germany plans to subsidize electric cars in a bid to help the country's auto industry compete in the global market for the growingly-popular and environmentally friendly vehicles.

  • Innovation event showcases latest NM research tech

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    About 200 investors, entrepreneurs and technology transfer professionals listened to appeals on Tuesday from innovators at New Mexico’s major research institutions for funding and assistance to take new technologies to market. The event, held at the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, marked the first time that the state’s three research universities and the national laboratories have all come together to showcase innovation from around the state in a single, joint forum.

  • Did we just hit peak Apple?

    Published: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    Apple posted its worst quarterly financial results in more than a decade on Tuesday. Sales of iPhones, iPads, and Macs all fell by double digits, leading to a 13 percent drop in total revenue. The markets have reacted harshly, with the company's stock losing more than 7 percent of its value in after-hours trading. Apple is still an enormously profitable company — it pulled in more than $10 billion in net income last quarter. But the latest figures represent the end of an era in which CEO Tim Cook — and before him Steve Jobs — could seemingly do no wrong. However, the disappointing results don't necessarily mean that Cook has made any major management blunders. The issue is simply that the iPhone has been one of the most successful consumer products in world history. It's an almost impossible act to follow.

  • Thailand Heat Wave

    Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    This image released by NASA's Earth Observatory Team from data collected by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), an instrument on NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites, shows the land surface temperature as observed by MODIS in Asia between April 15 to April 23, 2016. Yellow shows the warmest temperatures. April in Thailand is typically hot and sweaty but his year's scorching weather has set a record for the longest heat wave in at least 65 years.

  • Poll: Do you monitor your child's social media accounts?

    STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

  • 16 unprofessional email habits that make everyone hate you

    Published: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    With the onslaught of emails we receive every day, it's hard to imagine how anyone could keep up professional email habits at all times. To make this task a little less daunting, we asked experts to highlight some of the least professional behaviors you could demonstrate when sending an email. While mastering the art of good email etiquette doesn't mean sending out beautifully crafted prose each time — that would take forever — if you can avoid these bad habits, you'll be off to a great start.

  • PlayScience CEO talks media, technology's impact on children during Morris Lecture Series

    Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    Alison Bryant, PlayScience CEO, discussed the different ways technology impacts how children learn and play Monday during Texas Tech’s annual William S. Morris III Distinguished Lecture Series. Speaking in the Frazier Alumni Pavilion, Bryant shared her knowledge of the way children engage with media, adding the technology in children’s lives is constantly changing, as well as their engagement with it. Through her company, PlayScience, Bryant develops innovation and experiences in play, learning and entertainment. “We know right now in the U.S. the average kid has two of their own platforms for their own use,” she said.




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