Technology

Cyber Security
6:08 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Cyber Security Audit: Washington Agencies Not In Full Compliance

File photo of one of the built-out data halls in Washington's data center.
Credit Washington Consolidated Technology Services

The state of Washington has good cyber security standards, but state agencies don’t always adhere to those standards.

That was the finding of a performance audit released Monday.

Cyber security has emerged as a leading threat to the U.S. government and corporate America. Sony Pictures was the latest high profile victim, but state and local governments are also potential targets.

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Uber Ridesharing
6:05 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Eugene Asks Uber To Cease Operating Or Get A License

The City of Eugene halted Uber operations until the ridesharing services agrees to run background checks and ensure licenses of their drivers.
Credit Jens Buettner / Associated Press

City of Eugene officials have ordered Uber ridesharing service to cease operating in the area or face a fine.

Uber has refused to apply for a taxi license since its drivers began operating in Eugene last summer. This rideshare service allows people to get rides from private vehicle owners through a smartphone app. 

Laura Hammond with the City of Eugene said the purpose of requiring a license is to make sure vehicles, drivers and passengers are safe.

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Voting App
6:44 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

New App Lets You See If Your Facebook Friends Have Voted

A new app allows Oregon voters to see if their friends have voted via Facebook.
Credit Highways Agency / Flickr

Here's the latest get out the vote tool: A new app lets Oregonians see if their Facebook friends have voted yet. If they haven't, the app lets the user badger them until they do.

The app is called Did They Vote.

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Digital Privacy
6:04 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

The Balance Between Privacy And Public Safety Debated in Oregon

Oregon lawmakers are wading into the debate on the balance between personal privacy and public safety.
Credit Chris Phan / Flickr

Oregon lawmakers are wading into the debate on the balance between personal privacy and public safety. Advocates on both sides weighed in on the issue before an Oregon Senate panel Thursday.

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Landslide Prevention
7:30 am
Wed May 28, 2014

One County’s Controversial Move To Protect Homeowners From Landslide Risk

John Thompson, a geologist and senior planner with Whatcom County, surveys the Jim Creek and Bald Mountain landslides along Canyon Creek. The slides have blocked the creek repeatedly, causing flooding that has destroyed homes downstream.
Credit Ashley Ahearn / EarthFix

There are landslide-prone areas across the mountainous Northwest. And many people choose to live in these risky, beautiful places. The question is: How can government strike a balance between people’s property rights, and safety?

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Smartphone Technology
6:25 am
Mon January 13, 2014

App By WSU Team Lets Cops Know When They’re Fatigued

Criminal justice professor Bryan Vila wears an actigraph, a movement-monitoring device. The BeSharp app uses data from the device to determine alertness.
Jessica Robinson

Researchers at Washington State University say the same kind of self-tracking technology that's become popular among smartphone users could also help police officers stay safer on the job. On Tuesday, a criminal justice professor will debut an app at a White House conference that monitors alertness.

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Carbon Storage
7:05 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Field Test Near Pasco Renews Attention On Viability Of Carbon Storage

Carbon dioxide is being injected half a mile underground via this well head next to the Boise Inc. pulp and paper mill in Wallula, Wash.
Credit Tom Banse

This week, technicians in southeast Washington continue a field test to show how carbon dioxide could be injected and trapped deep underground. It's an experiment led by the Pacific Northwest National Lab. Injection of fifty tanker truck loads of CO2 will take about four weeks. Then comes about a year and a half of monitoring to see if the global warming gas stays locked away forever beneath ancient lava flows.

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Underwater Observatory
7:19 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Largest Underwater Observatory Preparing For Launch Off Northwest Coast

Scientists are in the final weeks of preparation for the launch of the world’s largest underwater observatory.

It’s a 239 million dollar project that was funded by the National Science Foundation to better understand and monitor the depths of the Pacific Ocean – from volcanic eruptions to deep-sea earthquakes that could lead to tsunamis.

EarthFix’s Ashley Ahearn visited with the team and has this update.

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Energy Efficient TV
6:27 am
Thu October 11, 2012

"Are You Fan Enough" Campaign Promotes Energy Efficiency

These stickers point out TV's that use the least amount of power. If everyone purchased these TV's the energy saved could power 290,000 homes every year.
Photo by Aaron Kunz EarthFix

An alliance of Northwest power utilities kicked off a campaign this month to curb energy use by college football fans. EarthFix Reporter Aaron Kunz has more.

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1962 World's Fair
6:25 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Assessing Technology Introduced At 1962 Seattle World’s Fair

This was the cordless phone that was unveiled at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.
Photo courtesy Seattle Museum of Communications.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. The event gave visitors a peek at how they might communicate and use something called a computer in the 21st Century. Ahead a look at some of the technological innovations unveiled at Seattle's Space Age Worl'ds Fair. KUOW's Harriet Baskas and Jack Straw Productions reports.

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