FAA studies iPad use on planes
It's going to be a while before airline passengers can use iPads and other electronic devices during the whole flight. The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday that it is starting a process to study the issue, with a timeline that means it will take at least until March 2013 for a recommendation — and maybe longer for action. In March the FAA raised hopes that it might loosen rules for electronic devices by saying it would “explore ways to bring together all of the key stakeholders involved.” Smartphones and tablet computers are common in the passenger cabin, and pilots are using iPads in the cockpit. But passengers have to shut off electronic devices when the plane is below 10,000 feet because of worries that signals emitted by the devices might interfere with electronics in the cockpit. The FAA doesn't actually ban the devices. But it says airlines can only allow devices that have been tested and proven not to interfere with the plane's electronics.
Free ‘WreckCheck app' available
With Labor Day weekend approaching, the Oklahoma Insurance Department is highlighting a free “WreckCheck app” to help drivers know what steps to take after an accident, and what information to share. Available at www.oid.ok.gov, the new tool from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners takes users through a step-by-step process to create their own accident reports. It makes it easy to capture photos and document the necessary information to file an insurance claim, and lets users email a completed accident report directly to themselves and their insurance agents. Consumers generally need to share only their names and correct vehicle insurance information, which should include the phone numbers of insurance providers.
OSU hosts Tulsa medical seminar
A workshop featuring an overview of the commercialization process of taking research out of the lab and into the marketplace will take place Thursday at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa. The event, hosted by OKBio, begins at 1 p.m. with a four-hour workshop and concludes with a networking reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Speakers include David Thomison, vice president of investments for i2E Inc.; Rick Rainey, i2E venture adviser; Steve Price, associate vice president of the technology department at OSU; William Lawson, director of technology commercialization, research and sponsored programs department at the University of Tulsa; Jim Bratton, executive director, Office of Technology Development at the University of Oklahoma; Martin Ozinga, intellectual property attorney at Phillips Murrah P.C.; and Steve Wood, CEO of Cowboy Technologies. To register, go to okbio.org and click on click on “OKBio ACCELERATE Workshop.”
California tech firm names CEO
Host Analytics, a California technology company with operations in Ponca City, has named a new chief executive officer. Dave Kellogg, an enterprise software industry veteran will serve as Host Analytics' new CEO. Kellogg has more than 20 years of leadership experience at high-growth companies, including serving as CEO of MarkLogic, CMO of Business Objects and an independent board member at Aster Data. Former CEO Jon Kondo, stepping down after four years, will “move on to new opportunities,” the company said. Host Analytics, a cloud corporate performance management company, serves midsize to large customer organizations, including AT&T, Groupon, Crocs, Thule, Otis Spunkmeyer and Schumacher.
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