technology http://kcur.org en Balloon Launch Combines Space Exploration And A Treasure Hunt http://kcur.org/post/balloon-launch-combines-space-exploration-and-treasure-hunt <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For Bill Brown, the “father” of high altitude ballooning, it all started when he saw a documentary of a man who parachuted from 100,000 feet above ground.</span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 16:42:48 +0000 Christina Lieffring 57782 at http://kcur.org Balloon Launch Combines Space Exploration And A Treasure Hunt Photographer Captures Landscapes From Near Space http://kcur.org/post/photographer-captures-landscapes-near-space <p></p><p>This weekend, 'near space explorers' will be gathering &nbsp;in Hutchinson, Kan. for the annual Great Plains Super Launch. &nbsp;They are hobbyists who launch weather balloons and track their progress using GPS or HAM radio.</p><p>On Thursday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard"><em>Central Standard</em></a>, we talk with participant John Flaig who uses these balloons to take dramatic photographs from the upper reaches of the atmosphere.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><p>John Flaig, <a href="http://www.nearspaceballooning.com/">near space photographer</a></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:39:37 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Christina Lieffring 57232 at http://kcur.org The Best Travel Apps For Your Summer Excursions http://kcur.org/post/best-travel-apps-your-summer-excursions <p></p><p>The summer months are fast approaching, which means summer vacations are too. Whether you're taking a day trip or an international excursion, travel apps can take some of the burdens of planning, booking, even packing, off your shoulders.</p><p>In the first half of Friday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, guest <strong>Dustin Jacobsen&nbsp;</strong>joins Steve Kraske&nbsp;with his recommendations for travel apps to help with everything from currency conversion to finding good hotel deals.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 16:44:47 +0000 Steve Kraske, Danie Alexander & Cody Newill 56226 at http://kcur.org The Best Travel Apps For Your Summer Excursions Navigating Without A Technical Crutch http://kcur.org/post/navigating-without-technical-crutch <p></p><p>When you get in your car, do you turn on your GPS? What would you do if it didn’t work?</p><p>On Wednesday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we take a look at the lost art of navigating, based on experience and innate directional sense, and not blindly following Siri’s instructions as you turn each corner.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Thu, 08 May 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Steve Kraske & Beth Lipoff 55364 at http://kcur.org Navigating Without A Technical Crutch Artificial Intelligence In The Palm Of Your Hand http://kcur.org/post/artificial-intelligence-palm-your-hand <p>This week, innovators in mobile technology descend upon Kansas City for the <a href="http://www.mobilemidwest.com/">Mobile Midwest</a> conference hosted by Kansas City IT Professionals (KCITP.) Among them is Raj Singh, the developer of a mobile calendar application that goes beyond storing and retrieving scheduling information. This application is actually designed to help you make your appointments, arrive at meeting places and in some cases, communicate with your colleagues to let them know you're running late.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:22:44 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Kate Baxendale 54515 at http://kcur.org Artificial Intelligence In The Palm Of Your Hand Making 'Tinkering' An Art http://kcur.org/post/making-tinkering-art <p></p><p>"Tinkering" might conjure up images of a garage workshop or someone just puttering around, but a new book is putting a different spin on the term.</p><p>On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, author Karen Wilkinson joins us to discuss what she calls "the art of tinkering" and some of the creative ways anyone can become a tinkerer.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p><ul><li><strong>Karen Wilkinson,</strong> co-author of<em> The Art of Tinkering</em></li></ul><p></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:07:06 +0000 Maria Carter & Beth Lipoff 53343 at http://kcur.org Making 'Tinkering' An Art Tech-Savvy Students Contend In Local Robotics Competition http://kcur.org/post/tech-savvy-students-contend-local-robotics-competition <p>It seems like we depend on machines for nearly everything we do, and a whole new breed of mechanical wonders is invading Kansas City this weekend for the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">2014 KC Regional First Robotics Competition.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Friday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk about the competition that's attracting more than a thousand high school students who have designed their own robots. </span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Guests:</span></strong></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 17:55:58 +0000 Steve Kraske, Beth Lipoff & Cody Newill 52646 at http://kcur.org Tech-Savvy Students Contend In Local Robotics Competition Kansas On Bloomberg's List Of Most Innovative States http://kcur.org/post/kansas-bloombergs-list-most-innovative-states <p>Kansas is among the most innovative states in the nation, according to <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/slideshow/2013-12-18/top-20-most-innovative-states.html#slide4">a new report from Bloomberg</a>. The state came in 18th out of 20.</p><p>States were ranked on the number of STEM professionals in the state, science and technology degree holders, percentage of utility patents and a three-year analysis of productivity change, among other things.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 15:50:53 +0000 Briana O'Higgins 49035 at http://kcur.org Kansas On Bloomberg's List Of Most Innovative States How You Filled In The Blank: You Know You’re A KC Techie When … http://kcur.org/post/how-you-filled-blank-you-know-you-re-kc-techie-when <p>You know you’re a Kansas City techie when “<a href="https://twitter.com/kcur">@KCUR</a> wants to know.”</p><p>That’s how Kansas City Startup Village (Twitter: <a href="https://twitter.com/@kcsv">@KCSV</a>) filled in the blank on Twitter when we asked our listeners and followers on social media to complete this sentence: <a href="http://kcur.org/post/tell-kcur-you-know-you-re-kansas-city-techie-when">You know you’re a Kansas City techie when … </a></p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 19:25:02 +0000 Alyson Raletz 48248 at http://kcur.org Should Entertainment Venues Encourage Cell Phone Use? http://kcur.org/post/should-entertainment-venues-encourage-cell-phone-use <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Should entertainment venues, like theaters, sports arenas and music halls allow smartphone use?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">M</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ore than 56 percent of Americans&nbsp;own smartphones and many use them at events like concerts and movies, or at least try to.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rather than discourage or prevent their use, some venues in Kansas City are trying to take advantage of the new connectivity.</span></p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 23:33:00 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton, Sylvia Maria Gross & Esther Honig 46791 at http://kcur.org Should Entertainment Venues Encourage Cell Phone Use? How Smartphone Videos Aid Investigators http://kcur.org/post/how-smartphone-videos-aid-investigators <p></p><p>When John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, the Zapruder film provided investigators with key evidence of the shooting. Fifty years later, crime scene investigation has evolved into a complex science, and now, with smartphones, and other mobile devices, video footage of events is readily available to assist investigators in solving crimes.</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 16:50:39 +0000 Steve Kraske, Stephen Steigman & Beth Lipoff 46767 at http://kcur.org How Smartphone Videos Aid Investigators App Development In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/app-development-kansas-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Imagine you go to the doctor's office, and instead of being handed a clipboard with the usual paperwork, they hand you a tablet. You fill in all of the information digitally and send it via the tablet to their office database. Then, with that same tablet, you have a list of digital magazines to browse instead of making a trip to the magazine stand. Suddenly, the paper trail you used to leave during your doctor's visit has been made completely digital. With new app technology, this could become the norm in many business settings.</span></p> Tue, 24 Sep 2013 23:14:25 +0000 Brian Ellison, Matthew Long-Middleton & Sydney Llewellyn 44146 at http://kcur.org App Development In Kansas City Cybersecurity: What The Snowden Case Means For You http://kcur.org/post/cybersecurity-what-snowden-case-means-you <p></p><p>The NSA’s monitoring programs are no secret anymore. But assuming you’re not someone with nefarious plans for national security, what does that mean for &nbsp;online privacy?</p><p>In the first part of Thursday's <a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, we talk cybersecurity&nbsp;with expert <strong>David Fidler</strong> about how governments are responding, the long-term fallout from the Snowden case, and how far the U.S. needs to go when it comes to ferreting out the terrorists among us.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 41950 at http://kcur.org Cybersecurity: What The Snowden Case Means For You City TV Channel To Go Digital http://kcur.org/post/city-tv-channel-go-digital <p style="margin-right: -0.01in; margin-bottom: 0in">&nbsp;</p><p>Kansas Citians can expect the picture to get sharper on Channel 2, the city government's cable TV channel.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The station is preparing to go digital HD. The city council finance committee has endorsed a $300,000 expenditure for new equipment to replace the 20-year-old control room equipment that is the backbone of the city's cable television communication system.</span></p> Thu, 02 May 2013 05:10:53 +0000 Steve Bell 36045 at http://kcur.org City TV Channel To Go Digital Google Fiber & KC: A Complicated Pair http://kcur.org/post/google-fiber-kc-complicated-pair <p>What began as a lofty goal to <strong>increase access to high-speed Internet </strong>has become a reality with <strong>Google Fiber</strong>. However, <strong>questions about the methods</strong> behind implementing this service still remain. Thu, 21 Mar 2013 23:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Stephen Steigman 33847 at http://kcur.org Google Fiber & KC: A Complicated Pair Hacking To Innovate http://kcur.org/post/hacking-innovate <p>Most of the time, <strong>hacking isn't the first word you want to hear coupled with technology</strong>. At <a href="http://hackovate.com/" target="_blank">Hackovate</a>, a legion of computer-savvy gurus are <strong>using their powers for good</strong>.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 26 Feb 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 32517 at http://kcur.org Hacking To Innovate A Text A Day Keeps The Doctor....In Touch? http://kcur.org/post/text-day-keeps-doctorin-touch <p>It’s easy to <strong>go online and try to diagnose yourself</strong> when you're sick, but <strong>what do doctors think</strong> about that?<br> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 00:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff, Steve Kraske & Stephen Steigman 30830 at http://kcur.org A Text A Day Keeps The Doctor....In Touch? The New American City Part II http://kcur.org/post/new-american-city-part-ii <p>The year 2012 is drawing to a close.&nbsp; Weren't we all supposed to be driving hover cars by now?</p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 18 Dec 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Jabulani Leffall, Matthew Long-Middleton & Jeffrey Harvey 29153 at http://kcur.org The New American City Part II Facing The Future Of Cities http://kcur.org/post/facing-future-cities <p>Technology can be <strong>a boon or a bust</strong> to cities, depending on <strong>how it's applied</strong>.</p><p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 02:04:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff, Brian Ellison & Stephen Steigman 28453 at http://kcur.org Facing The Future Of Cities The New American City http://kcur.org/post/new-american-city <p>We're live from the Kauffman Center at the <a href="http://www.cityage.org/thenewamericancity/">CityAge, New American City Conference</a> as part of a double bill featuring <em>Central Standard</em> and <em>Up To Date</em>.</p><p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 02:03:03 +0000 Matthew Long-Middleton & Jabulani Leffall & Julie Denesha 28475 at http://kcur.org The New American City When Artificial Intelligence Meets Biology http://kcur.org/post/when-artificial-intelligence-meets-biology <p>Nanobots swimming in your bloodstream <strong>may not be the stuff of science fiction for too much longer.</strong><br> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 28229 at http://kcur.org When Artificial Intelligence Meets Biology The Case For Progress In A Networked Age http://kcur.org/post/case-progress-networked-age <p></p><div>Although the Internet seems like a tangled network, there is an <strong>underlying structure</strong> that guides its development.</div><div> Mon, 12 Nov 2012 04:19:06 +0000 Stephen Steigman & Steve Kraske 27433 at http://kcur.org The Case For Progress In A Networked Age Green Technology: Helpful Or Hurtful? http://kcur.org/post/green-technology-helpful-or-hurtful <p>Will the latest hybrid car or light bulb really <strong>make a difference when it comes to climate change</strong>?</p><p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 22:03:00 +0000 Beth Lipoff & Steve Kraske 27243 at http://kcur.org Green Technology: Helpful Or Hurtful? The Biggest Deal http://kcur.org/post/biggest-deal <p>What does $20.1 billion get you?&nbsp; Well, if you're Japan's <strong>SoftBank Corp</strong>., it gets you 70% of the third-largest wireless carrier in the United States. Thu, 18 Oct 2012 19:04:06 +0000 Jabulani Leffall & Danie Alexander 26171 at http://kcur.org The Biggest Deal UMKC Innovation Center To Create Digital Sandbox http://kcur.org/post/umkc-innovation-center-create-digital-sandbox <p>The announcement was made last week: a UMKC-led consortium claimed a winning spot in the third round of the federal i6 Challenge. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 15:42:52 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 25100 at http://kcur.org UMKC Innovation Center To Create Digital Sandbox Google’s Fiberhood Rally Results Are In, Now What? http://kcur.org/post/google-s-fiberhood-rally-results-are-now-what <p>The deadline to pre-register for Google Fiber, what Google is calling their new super-fast internet service, came to a close September 9th.</p><p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 19:11:12 +0000 Suzanne Hogan & Maria Carter 24628 at http://kcur.org Google’s Fiberhood Rally Results Are In, Now What? Computer Guys: Data Storage http://kcur.org/post/computer-guys-data-storage <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>On this Monday's <em><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/centralstandard">Central Standard</a>, </em>learn about data centers and cloud storage. Just how secure is our data?</p><p>We'll also discuss Apple's new iPhone5, and the upcoming iPad Mini. Plus, news on new ultra-high-definition television. Join us as we discuss these and other technology news headlines with the <a href="http://kcur.org/topic/computer-guys">Computer Guys</a>, I.T. Pro <strong>Thos. O'Brien</strong> and Mac expert <strong>George </strong><strong>Costello.</strong> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 01:19:15 +0000 Tomeka Weatherspoon & Jabulani Leffall 24587 at http://kcur.org Computer Guys: Data Storage Bridging The Digital Divide In Kansas City http://kcur.org/post/bridging-digital-divide-kansas-city <p>Studies from Google indicated that 42 percent of lower income areas in Kansas City didn’t have access to Internet. Google Fiber has plans to address that with super high-speed Internet service but there have been challenges to linking the information superhighway to poor communities. Being disconnected from the internet’s wide world of information leaves many urban residents, students and job seekers far behind their more affluent neighbors.</p> Wed, 12 Sep 2012 19:32:26 +0000 Susan B. Wilson & Suzanne Hogan 24396 at http://kcur.org Bridging The Digital Divide In Kansas City Techsperts: Carhacking, Good Enough For Govt Work & Top Gadgets http://kcur.org/post/techsperts-carhacking-good-enough-govt-work-top-gadgets <p>Do you love having a "connected" car; one with GPS, Bluetooth, even a vehicle-immobilization system?&nbsp; Would you love it as much if you knew <strong>hackers could access your automobile</strong> through any one of those or other electronic features? Mon, 03 Sep 2012 21:38:59 +0000 Danie Alexander & Brian Ellison 23894 at http://kcur.org Techsperts: Carhacking, Good Enough For Govt Work & Top Gadgets The Eyes Have It http://kcur.org/post/eyes-have-it <p>Eye scanning used to be the stuff of science fiction and spy thrillers but not anymore. Thu, 30 Aug 2012 07:39:19 +0000 Brian Ellison & Danie Alexander 23680 at http://kcur.org The Eyes Have It