Technology

The online Human Resource services company, Zenefits, has officially asked the Utah Department of Insurance to reconsider its decision that the company is operating illegally in the state.

Photo Credit: Dan Hixon, University of Utah College of Engineering

University of Utah engineers have developed a better a better bomb sniffer, that they hope will soon be in the hands of public safety officials.

Photo courtesy curiosityunleashed.com

Utah held its first ever statewide broadcast focused on STEM education Tuesday. It was designed to inspire students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math. 

Tami Getz, Executive Director for Utah STEM Action Center, spoke with KUER before the broadcast. She says it’s the beginning of a grassroots outreach and engagement campaign to get children thinking about a STEM related career.

Tim Slover

One study shows that several of the voice-controlled entertainment systems available in new cars can be more distracting for drivers than talking on a cell phone. In the other study researchers tested several voice-activated entertainment systems and found that Siri on the Apple iPhone caused the most 

distractions, even when altered to be used hands-free.  Assistant Research Professor Joel Cooper was lead author on one of the studies. He says lengthy interactions with voice-activated systems make for more distracted driving.

A new national report shows that there is a shortage of workers with developed skills in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).  The Brookings Institution report analyzed how long job vacancies were posted last year for various occupations. The study’s author Jonathan Rothwell says STEM jobs took the longest to fill everywhere across the country, indicating difficulty finding workers with adequate skills.

Brian Grimmett

Several new laws go into effect today, including one that could change people’s driving habits. Utah Highway Patrol Superintendent Danny Fuhr explains the new cell phone law this way.

“In order for us to pull someone over we’re going to see their phone in their hand," Fuhr says. "We’re going to see their attention drawn towards that phone and some type of manipulation of that phone, meaning they’re pushing multiple characters into that phone.”

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An official with the U.S. Department of Education is in Salt Lake City today talking about the impact technology has on young children. Dr. Libby Doggett is President Obama’s deputy assistant secretary of early education. She's at the Hilton Hotel speaking and taking questions.

Doggett’s presentation, called “High Tech Tots: Opportunities and Challenges” explores how ever-increasing screen time can both aid and impair early learning. But she’s focused on helping technology improve education for young people. 

We are holding a fast and furious one-day Technology Fund Drive on Friday, December 6th, and we need volunteers to answer phones and take pledges.  

Shifts are 2-3 hours in length and vary throughout the day. Come and get a behind-the-scenes look at KUER, enjoy some great company, and eat some delicious food. If you would like to help us out please sign up by clicking here.

Brian Grimmett

Utahns concerned about air quality can now get real-time updates right on their smartphone with a new app called “Utah Air.” The app is a joint project between the Utah Division of Air Quality and students at Weber State University.

Utahns can now record and watch live television from their computers or mobile devices. Aereo Inc. launched its online television technology in the state this week. Utah is the fourth location the company has offered the service, after New York, Boston, and Atlanta.

Lewis Downey

Crews poured the concrete foundation for the new KUHU transmitter tower at Abajo Peak near Monticello on July 15. The new tower will be bigger, better, and stronger than the tower we previously used in the area which will ultimately lead to much better long-term reliability of our signal in Southeast Utah.

Check out a few of the images and gifs that show how we're able to broadcast our signal to almost all parts of the state.

Brian Grimmett

 Utah congressman Jason Chaffetz told members of the Utah Legislature to be prepared for an imminent cyber-attack during remarks made in both the House and Senate chambers Friday.

Republican Representative Jason Chaffetz says the future of economic development in Utah depends on the growth of high tech companies but with that comes the increased threat of cyber-attacks. He also stressed the importance of being prepared for such an attack telling legislators it’s not a matter if, but when.

Tell Us How KUER Keeps You Connected

Nov 19, 2012

KUER’s signal reaches far and wide. Share your stories about how KUER keeps you connected at home or on the road. Call (801) 581-7549 or e-mail an mp3 file to ttabish@kuer.org (please be sure to include your name and where you’re calling from). Stories will be considered for on-air broadcast during our Technology Drive.

Utah based company Xactware Solutions broke ground today on their new two-hundred and ten thousand square foot facility.

Xi3

The maker of a small, energy efficient computer is promising to hire 500 people in Utah over the next 5 years in exchange for $2 million worth of state tax rebate incentives.  Xi3 (X-I-3) Corporation has offices around the world, but is headquartered in Salt Lake City… and Utah’s government leaders want to keep it that way.  

David Politis is Chief Marketing officer for Xi3 corporation.  His office is on the 12th floor of the Wells Fargo building in downtown Salt Lake City, and the view is expansive.  Politis looks down at the birds. 

Utah is going to be a test lab for the use of super high speed broadband. The Salt Lake area is one of 25 communities involved in a new federal initiative designed to speed the development of next generation applications that can operate on ultrafast networks.