technology

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Are Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple "emperors of the online economy" that stifle competition and hurt consumers? Not surprisingly, the tech giants' chief executives told Congress: absolutely not. The concern that too much power is concentrated in too few companies is unfounded, they said Wednesday.

New Report Spotlights The Rural West’s Connectivity Gap 

A report published this week by the National Association of Counties found that more than 75% of rural counties had internet and cellular connections that fell well below minimum government standards. The problem is especially acute in the Mountain West. For the most part, only wealthy enclaves like Jackson, Wyoming, have good broadband, the study’s connectivity maps show.

New research shows that you don’t need a big population to foster innovation.

 


On a recent walk along a trail north of Boise, Idaho near dusk, photographer Glenn Oakley stopped and pointed.

“Oh, over there. See that owl?”

A great horned owl was flying out over one of the hills.


A row of people using their smart phones.
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The incessant use of smartphones and other technologies has addictive qualities. New York Times Bestselling Author Adam Alter explores how tech companies market products that hook teens and what parents can do. KUNR’s Anh Gray spoke with him about his new book Irresistible: The Rise Of Addictive Technology And The Business Of Keeping Us Hooked.

Noah Glick

From ATMs to self-checkout lines, automation technology is everywhere. And there’s a growing fear that as technology advances it could eliminate millions of American jobs.

According to at least one report, our region is especially vulnerable, having three of the top five states most at risk. But some here are already taking steps to help soften the blow.

Marisa Cooper leads a discussion at the Nevada Museum of Art.
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Enrollment in science and technology programs is skyrocketing at Truckee Meadows Community College and the University of Nevada, Reno. But, as KUNR’s Paolo Zialcita reports, humanities programs are struggling to thrive and must adapt to the new educational environment.

Noah Glick

The tech industry continues to grow at a rapid pace in northern Nevada, with more companies continuing to move to the region. But what do these jobs actually look like? And what kind of wages can workers expect?

Renoites Catching Pokemon, Releasing Privacy

Jul 12, 2016
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People walking around while staring at their phones isn't a new phenomena, but the wildly popular mobile Pokemon Go game is taking it to another level. Reno Public Radio's Julia Ritchey reports on how the craze is catching on locally, even amid privacy concerns.

So for those who did not come of age in the late 90s, here's a quick primer on Pokemon Go. It's an augmented reality adventure game that uses your phone's GPS to make animated characters, called Pokemon, appear on the screen. The goal is to, as the old theme song goes...

ESD America

The legal battle between the FBI and Apple has re-ignited the debate over privacy and security. As Reno Public Radio’s Noah Glick reports, a Nevada phone maker is taking the side of user privacy.

For 11 years, Nevada-based ESD America has been selling a phone, called a Cryptophone, that they say can’t be spied on.

Buzz Bruner is the director of strategy for the company and chatted with our media partner, KNPR in Las Vegas.

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The annual Game Developer Conference took place in San Francisco this week. The conference added a track on virtual reality for the first time this year, and Reno Public Radio's Amy Westervelt strapped on a headset to check it out.

That's the trailer for EVE: Valkyrie, one of two virtual reality games that will come with the Oculus Rift headset when it’s released on March 28. The hotly anticipated virtual reality gaming package costs $599 and is expected to revolutionize not only games but film, advertising and more.

Technology has opened a whole new world of spying on your partner.