Technology

6:15am

Mon April 14, 2014
Technology

App turns social media posts into charity dollars

Centscere founder (from left) Michael Smith, Frank Taylor and Ian Dickerson. The three Syracuse University grad students hope their app can connect charities and millennials.
Credit Ellen Abbott / WRVO

Young people today are a giving generation, according to a recent poll that shows that  75 percent of millennials donated to causes in the calendar year.  

But the tried and true charitable strategies of galas and golf tournaments often don't cross the generational divide. With this in mind, one Syracuse start-up is hoping to offer charities a chance to reach younger givers using something they relate to: social media.

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3:45pm

Tue April 8, 2014
drones

Investigation into drone crash nearing completion

An MQ-9 Reaper drone operated by the 174th Air National Guard Attack Wing at Hancock Airfield.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

The Air Force's investigation into the crash of a drone aircraft into Lake Ontario last fall is nearing completion and should be made public later this spring.

Investigators from the Air Force Investigations Board wrapped up the on-site investigation at Hancock Airfield on March 20, according to 174th Air Guard Attack Wing spokeswoman Maj. Sandy Stoquert.

Investigators did not give the 174th a preliminary report or portions of its finding yet, Stoquert said.

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8:16am

Wed April 2, 2014
Drones

Upstate N.Y. drone test site gets another $1 million in funding

Ryan Delaney WRVO

There's another $1 million in the recently passed state budget for upstate New York's new drone testing program, which means the site now has enough funding to get through at least its first year of operations.

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5:59am

Wed February 5, 2014
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N.Y. drone testing coalition still needs $1.2 million in funding

Dan Pacheco flies a small drone as part of a demonstration last month in Syracuse.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

There was no federal funding attached to the Federal Aviation Administration’s designation of upstate New York as a drone research site, but the coalition that will run the testing needs money to begin operations itself.

The coalition that won the bid just before the New Year, known as NUAIR, will be based at the former Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome. The research lab there is upgrading a former hanger to house drones and equipment.

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7:37am

Fri January 24, 2014
Technology

Antimicrobial glass for smart devices created upstate

Corning Inc Gorilla Glass

Upstate glass manufacturer Corning Inc. has developed the first antimicrobial glass for our proliferating smart devices, lap tops, and TVs. The glass is more resistant to bacteria but, doubts are emerging about the benefits of antibacterial products.

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8:02am

Wed January 22, 2014
Technology

Budget paves way for statewide information sharing for police

Office of Governor Andrew Cuomo

Tuesday’s executive budget proposal address included a $10 million initiative from the Cuomo administration to create a statewide police information database.

The New York State Protection Cloud is designed to make it quicker and easier for local police departments to share information across jurisdictions.

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4:06pm

Fri January 3, 2014
Technology

Drone site means 'a new era' in aviation here in New York

Dan Pacheco (foreground), a professor at Syracuse University, demonstrates a small drone at Manley Field House.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

A company has already signed on to use upstate New York's newly designated commercial drone testing site just days after the state was named as one.

The Federal Aviation Administration still has to give final approval for testing to begin, something economic and elected officials hope will happen soon.

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9:05am

Thu January 2, 2014
Drones

Anti-drone activist worries about drone test site in N.Y.

Ryan Delaney WRVO

Upstate New York winning a civilian drone testing site from the Federal Aviation Administration is a step in the wrong direction for the Syracuse Peace Council. The anti-drone activists are trying to shutdown military drone activity in the region.

On Monday, New York won one of six coveted commercial drone test sites from the FAA. On Friday, Ed Kinane and other peace activists will be a court over their protests against military drones.

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5:36am

Wed January 1, 2014
Technology

Smartphone app can check cholesterol in 60 seconds

Cornell University

Researchers in upstate New York have created an app that will allow users to test their cholesterol levels through a blood sample that’s analyzed directly through their smartphone.  

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4:00pm

Mon December 30, 2013
Technology

New York wins federal drone testing site designation

A prototype drone from Propulsive Wing in Elbridge, N.Y.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Upstate New York has won a coveted test site designation for unmanned aerial systems - or drones - from the Federal Aviation Administration as part of that agency's work toward developing regulations for drones' integration into U.S. skies.

But for many here in upstate New York, the designation is more about the jobs and dollars that surround the booming drone industry, estimated to be worth $100 billion globally over the next decade. Industry trade groups predict the business will generated 70,000 jobs nationwide.

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7:39am

Sun November 17, 2013
Technology

Kenya hopes technology will help its economy break through

Swalleh Abdullahi tending a small shop that sells mobile phones and an array of cords and cables in the Kibera section of Nairobi.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

WRVO's Ryan Delaney recently returned from a reporting trip to Kenya funded through a fellowship from the International Center for Journalists. You can find more of his reporting here.

Kenya is eyeing technology as a way to propel it into the developing world, but the digital divide remains daunting.

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7:07am

Wed November 13, 2013
Technology

Researchers work to develop wireless Internet underwater

The UB research team working on the Internet underwater.
Ashley Hirtzel / Innovation Trail

University at Buffalo researchers are developing an underwater internet system. The wireless network aims to improve the detection of tsunamis and could potentially save lives. The deep-sea system integrates acoustic underwater networks with the Internet.

A network of acoustic sensors placed on the ocean floor collects data. That information is then sent up to a buoy on the surface, where it’s converted into radio waves.

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7:49am

Sun November 10, 2013
Technology

In Kenya, waiting for Konza Techno City

A woman walks by the site of the proposed Konza Techno City about 50 miles outside of Nairobi.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

WRVO's Ryan Delaney recently returned from a reporting trip to Kenya funded through a fellowship from the International Center for Journalists. You can find more of his reporting here.

Along the main road between Nairobi, the capital, and Mombasa, on the coast, sits the future home of Kenya's "Silicon Savannah," but right now it’s just a regular savannah. Dry grasslands stretch on for miles, except for a fenced-in plot where a few shacks house guards ready to greet visitors.

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7:25am

Sun November 3, 2013
Technology

The different sides of entrepreneurship in Kenya

A counselor gives instructions during a kids hackers camp at the iHub tech incubator in Nairobi.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

WRVO's Ryan Delaney recently traveled to Kenya funded through a fellowship from the International Center for Journalists. You can find more of his reporting here.

Inside an office building along the main road leading west out of downtown Nairobi, is the heart Kenya’s startup community.

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2:18pm

Sun October 27, 2013
Technology

Using tech to make Kenya's problems harder to ignore

Residents of the Nairobi slum Baba Dogo pick through a dump site in hopes of finding a few valuable scraps.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

WRVO's Ryan Delaney recently traveled to Kenya funded through a fellowship from the International Center for Journalists. You can find more of his reporting here.

Trash and sewage is a common site along rutted dirt paths in Baba Dogo, one of the informal settlements, or slums, in the capital Nairobi. It all culminates in the middle of an open field.

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7:59am

Wed October 23, 2013
Technology

Upstate Medical University says new labs will promote brain research

Empty labs will soon become the home for more collaborative brain research.
Ellen Abbott WRVO

Upstate Medical University's new Neuroscience Research Building is on the cusp of bringing brain researchers together at last. The $72 million building is an expansion at Upstate's Institute for Human Performance.

VIPs toured the block-long, five-story building this week. At this point it's a shell, full of empty labs and dark rooms. It's the $50 million worth of high tech equipment coming later this year that'll make a difference in brain research, according to Upstate's Vice President for Research Rosemary Rochford.

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8:00am

Tue September 24, 2013
Technology

Software patents spark conversation about viability and protection

It’s taken 13 years, but an upstate New York company, Logical Images, has finally received a patent for the software that runs its visual diagnostic system. The tool is used by physicians to lower the rate of diagnostic errors. Though the company says the patent was vital to their commercial viability and the protection of their product, not everyone thinks software should be patentable.     

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4:12pm

Mon September 16, 2013
Drones

Schumer joins lobbying effort for upstate NY drone test site

Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks in support of upstate New York becoming a federally designated drone testing site.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

New York's senior senator, Charles Schumer, has formally joined the lobbying effort to see that upstate New York becomes a federally designated drone testing site.

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8:34am

Sat September 14, 2013
Technology

Mobile emergency response still hampered by low bandwidth and fragmented networks

Elerts.com

Mobile technology is driving the modernization of disaster relief and public safety response.  And, according to a recent report from the Brookings Institution, the rapid expansion of mobile devices and mobile driven data has already begun to save lives and alleviate suffering in disaster-struck communities.

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8:11am

Thu September 12, 2013
Technology

Fuel cell grant powers hydrogen-powered bus development

Federal officials visited BAE Systems near Binghamton recently to announce $13 million in grants for fuel cell-powered mass transit. The grants went to a range of manufacturers and transit agencies across the country.

At a refurbished IBM plant in Endicott, BAE’s Sean Murphy explained the zero emissions engines that are now being made there.

“The four components are a generator, so we need to generate electricity, being an electric motor that drives it.”

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7:53am

Mon August 26, 2013
Technology

New security cameras installed at NY State Fairgrounds

Thousands of people walk through the fairgrounds during the New York State Fair.
NYSFair/flickr

Among the improvements to the infrastructure of the New York State Fairgrounds this year, is an upgrade of the fair's surveillance system.  New high-tech cameras are replacing an older system that will keep an eye on anyone visiting the 375 acre fairgrounds.

Phase one of the installation involves laying down the infrastructure for the new cameras and installing them in certain areas, according to Assistant Fair Director Troy Waffner.

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4:08pm

Tue August 13, 2013
Technology

E-waste recycling is up, but report says there's a long way to go

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Two years after its enactment, a New York state law governing the recycling of electronic waste is making an impact according to a progress report.

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3:38pm

Thu July 25, 2013
Technology

Organic LEDs, the next generation of office lighting?

Some rights reserved by Greg Marshall

According to estimates from the state’s Research Development Authority (NYSERDA), about 40 percent of electricity in the U.S. is consumed by office buildings. One upstate company, OLEDWorks, is developing technology that could help to lower this consumption.

The company’s developing organic LED technology, or OLEDs, as a more efficient alternative for lighting the nation’s office spaces.

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4:02pm

Thu June 27, 2013
Drones

Privacy vs. economic benefit, as Syracuse weighs drone use

Dan Pacheco, a professor at Syracuse University, demonstrates a small drone equipped with a camera.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Syracuse lawmakers have begun weighing the economic benefits and potential uses of drones with the surveillance and privacy concerns that arise simultaneously.

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8:34am

Thu May 30, 2013
Technology

No chip fabricator any time soon for Liverpool business park

Archive image of the General Electric plant in Liverpool in its heyday.
G.E. file photo

It was January 2012 when Democratic U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer stood in front of an empty building at the old General Electric site in Liverpool and said California-based chip maker APIC Corp. landing a Navy contract and then opening up a fabricator in the building was “all but a done deal."

But this week the senator admitted the contract was dead.

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1:34pm

Mon April 29, 2013
Technology

Tech industry calls STEM jobs report flawed

A recent report claiming there are enough qualified Americans to work in the tech industry without  expanding current work visa programs, has drawn criticism.

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5:21pm

Mon April 22, 2013
Technology

New water treatment technology holds many possibilities

A new water treatment technology has applications ranging from purification in African and Indian coastal slums, to decontamination of water produced in gas and oil wells.

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9:31am

Mon April 22, 2013
Technology

Advanced video processing could help law enforcement

techimpact.org

Investigators in Boston this week quickly began sifting through more than two thousand videos and still images of the marathon route looking for potential suspects in bombing, with crowd sourcing becoming the newest tool in the arsenal of law enforcement agencies.

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12:09pm

Mon April 1, 2013
Technology

Home monitoring device aims to prevent property damage

Courtesy of Sensored Life

An upstate New York company has created a small plug-in device that could help home-owners avoid costly problems. The MarCELL monitoring device works on a cellular connection and can alert homeowners to problems like a power failure or a broken pipe.

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4:41pm

Tue March 26, 2013
Technology

New window coating allows sunlight but filters heat

Professor Sarbajit Banerjee holding the "Smart Window" coating sample.
Ashley Hassett/Innovation Trail

It’s a creation expected to reduce the cost of heating and cooling for homes and businesses. It took five years for University at Buffalo Professor Sarbajit Banerjee and his students to invent a window film that repels heat from the sun.

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