• Would a texting-while-driving ban open door to racial profiling?

    Updated: Sun, May 17, 2015

    AUSTIN — As the Legislature considers a statewide prohibition on texting while driving, some opponents have raised concerns about whether the ban could be used to racially discriminate against drivers. A sampling of a few large Texas cities with ordinances that already prohibit texting while driving or other cellphone use behind the wheel found that the ticketed population in most cities generally matched up with the demographics of those cities. Information about how many people were pulled over for cellphone-related offenses, but not ticketed, is not available. Nor can cities say how many people pulled over for texting were subsequently searched — often seen as a more accurate measure of police treatment.

  • Oklahoma City Philharmonic concert will feature scores of video games

    BY RICK ROGERS, For The Oklahoman | Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    Oklahoma City Philharmonic will present “Video Games Live!,” a multimedia show that combines cutting-edge visuals, state-of-the-art lighting and music performed by a symphony orchestra.

  • Taking Stock: Net neutrality should have little impact on Internet service provider holdings

    Published: Sun, May 17, 2015

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  • LCPD implements updated policy on body cameras

    Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    LAS CRUCES >> In March, officials at the Las Cruces Police Department said they expected to outfit a select group of traffic and patrol officers with 72 new body cameras by the end of last month. However, officials have delayed the launch of the camera program — the first of its kind for LCPD — until sometime in June. Last week, officials said the delay is largely tied to LCPD's revised policy on recording devices, which was updated over the past year to include specific guidelines for video recordings. The policy, which underwent a "lengthy" approval process and was reviewed by LCPD administration, city attorneys and outside law enforcement experts, went into effect on May 8.

  • Gov. Sam Brownback also used private e-mail address to communicate with staff

    Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    Gov. Sam Brownback uses a private e-mail address to communicate with his staff and others, meaning that many of his communications would fall outside the bounds of the state’s open records law. The governor’s use of private e-mail came to light after The Eagle requested e-mail records from numerous top administration officials. The governor’s office released those records last week. In the records, the governor’s staffers used official government e-mails while Brownback used a private e-mail address. Eileen Hawley, the governor’s director of communications, confirmed that Brownback uses a private e-mail address. “The Governor prefers to communicate in person or on the phone whenever possible,” Hawley said

  • FBI: Computer hacker briefly made plane fly sideways

    Published: Sat, May 16, 2015

    A computer security expert hacked into a plane's inflight entertainment system and made it angle sideways by telling one of the engines to go into climb mode. He told the F.B.I. he had hacked into planes "15 to 20 times," according to court documents first made public Friday. Chris Roberts of One World Labs in Denver was flying on the plane at the time it turned sideways, according to an FBI search warrant filed in April. Roberts told the FBI he had hacked into planes "15 to 20 times," according to court documents first made public Friday.

  • GM unleashes new, smaller Chevrolet Camaro

    Published: Sat, May 16, 2015

    DETROIT -- General Motors introduced the new, sixth generation of its Chevrolet Camaro classic performance coupe Saturday that shrinks a bit in size but offers more performance and fuel economy. Steering clear of the auto shows, GM was unveiling one of its most important models to press and a friendly crowd of Camaro enthusiasts at an island park. The new model will hit the market later this year, ahead of its 50th birthday.

  • Here are the 5 best smartwatches you can buy right now

    Published: Sat, May 16, 2015

    If you're excited about the prospect of wearable technology, and you think smartwatches might be the next big thing, then you'll want to check out this comprehensive list of smartwatches in development.

  • 7 easy STEM activities you can do at home

    Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, KSL | Updated: Mon, May 11, 2015

    Bringing science, technology, engineering and math activities into your home does not have to be complicated or expensive.

  • YC-Backed New Story Crowdfunds Houses For Homeless Families

    Published: Sat, May 16, 2015

    New Story is a startup in Y Combinator’s current batch that raises funds to build homes for those who lost theirs due to a natural disaster, starting with Haiti. Co-founder Brett Hagler got the idea during a volunteer trip to help those hit by the 2010 earthquake that left thousands of Haitians without homes. “There are a number of things we don’t think about that go along with not having a home such as rape and kidnapping of children,” Hagler told me over the phone. “I was on a missions trip with a [New Story] partner, Mission of Hope and I saw all these families displaced by the disaster. I knew I wanted to do something then.”

  • Gamers score at event

    Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    While the cool kids may play video games, the really cool ones design them. The best of these young designers and coders were recognized during the first Scalable Games Design Middle School Video Game Competition held Friday at Pueblo Community College. More than 20 sixth-, seventh- and eighthgrade students from Skyview, Pleasant View and Heaton middle schools used their knowledge of the Scalable Game Design software to create their own games. The software, developed by research students at the University of Colorado, is based on a user-friendly drag and drop icon design. Local students have been working with it throughout the school year.

  • Engineering interviews set

    Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    SAN ANGELO, Texas - Now that civil engineering is cleared as a new department at Angelo State University, school administrators must choose someone to head the program. A pair of candidates — each with a doctorate from the University of Texas — will hit San Angelo next week to run the interview gauntlet. The Texas Tech University System Board of Regents approved the creation of a civil engineering department within the College of Arts in Sciences at ASU during two days of meetings Thursday and Friday. The construction and naming of engineering laboratories was also given the thumbs-up. “We’re very excited about beginning a new program at ASU,” President Brian May said. “It really takes the whole institution

  • Austin American-Statesman Dan Zehr column

    Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    Rich Froeschle spent 37 years at the Texas Workforce Commission before retiring last fall. The forces that shape the state’s labor market transformed over that span, but one thing remained stubbornly constant – a persistent misunderstanding about job skills. Employers, educators and workforce intermediaries would all use the same terminology when discussing workplace skills, Froeschle said, but they would “talk right past each other.” “I just got tired of hard-working, well-meaning people walking away from meetings thinking, ‘I don’t think they heard a word I said’,” he recalled.

  • Technology survey to determine instruction in classroom

    Updated: Sat, May 16, 2015

    There has been exponential growth in educational technology advancement in the last few years but as classrooms become more innovative, teachers also have to think about the student at home. Cleburne ISD has partnered with BrightBytes, an educational research organization, to conduct a survey on parents, students, teachers and administrators to learn more about students’ school and home technology uses for learning. “Our goal here is to gather as much information as we can so we can understand the correlation between technology and student achievement,” Technology Executive Director Mike Wallace said. “It’ll give us a better picture of how much access students have to technology at home which will affect how instruc

  • Oklahoma business briefs for May 16

    Published: Sat, May 16, 2015

    Oklahoma business briefs for May 16, 2015

  • Oklahoma City-area achievers

    Published: Sat, May 16, 2015


  • Edmond students cook up a winner in Green Schools Challenge

    By Steve Gust, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sat, May 16, 2015

    Students at Central Middle School in Edmond created a solar oven and clever video. The project was a winner in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Schools Challenge.

  • BRIEF: World Wide Technology clears hurdle for large government contract

    Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    World Wide Technology was approved to compete for $20 billion worth of federal government contracts. Maryland Heights-based World Wide Technology and 64 other companies were awarded the contract from the National Institutes of Health Information Technology Acquisition and Assessment Center. Essentially, World Wide is preapproved to bid on work with "individual end users of the government," said Bill McKeon, vice president of federal sales. "It absolutely can be material," McKeon said. The entire contract spans 10 years. A similar contract with the government over a five-year span generated $1 billion in revenue for World Wide, McKeon said. World Wide, an integrator of information technology systems, ha

  • Records in murder case to be ‘restricted’ during trial

    Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    District Judge Darrell Shepherd has ordered records in the first-degree murder case against Joshua Schneider to be temporarily restricted from the Internet beginning today. Schneider, 35, is accused of killing Northeastern State University Professor Tiffany Maher in 2013 and trying to set fire to her body and home. Schneider is tentatively set to face a panel of jurors beginning next week. He is formally charged with first-degree murder, first-degree arson, and larceny. Shepherd’s court document, filed Thursday, orders the court clerk to restrict public access to the case records via the Internet from May 15 until the end of the jury trial.

  • Computers? Cats already won the war for control of humans

    Updated: Fri, May 15, 2015

    Maybe Stephen Hawking was misquoted. This week, the rock star cosmologist and Cambridge University prof reportedly said of the threat of artificial intelligence: “Computers will overtake humans with AI at some point within the next 100 years. When that happens, we need to make sure the computers have goals aligned with ours.” I think he said cats. “Cats will overtake humans with — hey! yi!! — at some point within the next 100 years,” he probably said as his guard cat, hidden in the folds of his sports coat, bit him for, um, letting the cat out of the bag. He went on. “When that happens, we need to make sure the cats have goals aligned with ours,” said the most famous genius to ever make a whe