Technology http://wfae.org en Robot Will Encourage Recycling At 49ers Football Stadium http://wfae.org/post/robot-will-encourage-recycling-49ers-football-stadium <p>Since it first opened, UNC Charlotte's football stadium has had a zero-waste initiative. That means almost no trash. Everything that can be … is recycled or composted.</p><p>Part of that initiative is a three and a half feet-tall robot called RecycleBot. Ten engineering students worked on the robot this spring. &nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 00:32:07 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 51944 at http://wfae.org Robot Will Encourage Recycling At 49ers Football Stadium Want Google Fiber? Why Wait? Shelby Company Says It Has Wired The State http://wfae.org/post/want-google-fiber-why-wait-shelby-company-says-it-has-wired-state <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Google is still considering if it will bringing its ultra-high speed internet to cities like Charlotte. But if you don’t want to wait, you may not have to. This week, a small North Carolina Company announced it has already built a similar fiber optic network across the entire state. The company is called </span>RST<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Fiber and we take a look at what they offer and one of the men behind it.</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 14:07:51 +0000 Tom Bullock 46937 at http://wfae.org Want Google Fiber? Why Wait? Shelby Company Says It Has Wired The State Trying To Make Charlotte Google's Next "Fiber-Hood" http://wfae.org/post/trying-make-charlotte-googles-next-fiber-hood <p></p><p>The city of Charlotte was recently given a bit of homework. How the city answers a series of questions will determine if neighborhoods like South Park, Uptown and Dilworth will be Google’s next fiber-hoods. So what could Google Fiber in Charlotte mean for consumers and businesses alike? &nbsp;</p><div> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Tom Bullock 46375 at http://wfae.org Trying To Make Charlotte Google's Next "Fiber-Hood" Federal Judge Overturns FAA Drone Ban, As NC Lawmakers Consider Usage http://wfae.org/post/federal-judge-overturns-faa-drone-ban-nc-lawmakers-consider-usage <p><i>3/11/14 Update: The FAA has appealed the judge's decision to the full National Transportation Safety Board. The appeal also has the effect of staying the judge's decision.</i></p><p>Some unmanned flying vehicles, or drones, can be used commercially in the U.S., after a federal judge ruled that the Federal Aviation Administration cannot enforce its current policy. The agency has banned commercial drone use.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:23:01 +0000 Ben Bradford 46474 at http://wfae.org Federal Judge Overturns FAA Drone Ban, As NC Lawmakers Consider Usage WFAE Talks Standardized Testing, A Union Co. BOE Surpise, 3rd Party Election Cash, Drones http://wfae.org/post/wfae-talks-standardized-testing-union-co-boe-surpise-3rd-party-election-cash-drones <p>More changes are coming in regard to how standardized tests are scored.</p><p>Union County's school board is accused of sneaking through a controversial redistricting vote.</p><p>Third-party election cash is flowing into North Carolina's U.S. Senate race.</p><p>Plus, breaking news on drones.</p><p>Greg, Lisa and Ben discuss all these issue on the latest edition of WFAE Talks.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 19:20:18 +0000 Greg Collard, Lisa Miller & Ben Bradford 46469 at http://wfae.org WFAE Talks Standardized Testing, A Union Co. BOE Surpise, 3rd Party Election Cash, Drones NASCAR, Other Pro Sports Staff High-Tech Social Media Centers http://wfae.org/post/nascar-other-pro-sports-staff-high-tech-social-media-centers <p>NASCAR, the NFL and other pro sports are combining high-tech data analytics with old-school public relations. They've built what are basically tech command centers where employees engage with fans and monitor trends on social media. The centers have been popping up over the past five years or so, and one of the newest ones is in Charlotte.</p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 14:47:43 +0000 Michael Tomsic 46300 at http://wfae.org NASCAR, Other Pro Sports Staff High-Tech Social Media Centers Amplify Will Issue New Tablets To Guilford County Middle Schools http://wfae.org/post/amplify-will-issue-new-tablets-guilford-county-middle-schools <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The educational software and technology company Amplify announced it will </span><a href="http://www.gcsnc.com/pages/gcsnc/News/GCS__Amplify_Announce_New_Tabl" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">issue 19,240 new tablets</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to Guilford County middle schools. The company says these tablets are durable and will feature "Gorilla Glass" screens and spill-resistant "rubber bumpers."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This is the company's second attempt to serve Guilford County Schools. The school district last fall leased 15,000 tablets as part of a $30 million federal Race To The Top grant. But one month into the program, more than 10 percent of Amplify tablets had cracked or broken screens. One student's tablet&nbsp;</span><a href="http://wfae.org/post/guilford-schools-suspend-tablet-program-due-high-number-cracked-screens" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">charger overheated and melted.</a></p><div> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 20:49:48 +0000 Tasnim Shamma 46243 at http://wfae.org Amplify Will Issue New Tablets To Guilford County Middle Schools Ham Radio & Update With 'Food Babe' Vani Hari http://wfae.org/post/ham-radio-update-food-babe-vani-hari <p>Amateur radio operators have been around for a long time. In fact, this week HAMS - as the operators are known - are celebrating amateur radio's 100 year anniversary. In cases of emergency events or weather, HAMS are called upon to help larger media outlets and the National Weather Service. There are over 20,000 of these folks in North Carolina and another 9,500+ in South Carolina. We talk with two HAMS and learn about their craft. Then we get an update from Vani Hari, known as the 'Food Babe' about her latest endeavors, including encouraging the restaurant Subway to remove a chemical additive from their bread.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 10:00:00 +0000 45530 at http://wfae.org Ham Radio & Update With 'Food Babe' Vani Hari ‘Peace Corps For Geeks’ Brings Top Tech Minds To Help Charlotte http://wfae.org/post/peace-corps-geeks-brings-top-tech-minds-help-charlotte <p>In New Orleans, they created a website that gives residents up-to-date information on the status of vacant properties.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 16:06:24 +0000 Caroline McMillan Portillo 45606 at http://wfae.org ‘Peace Corps For Geeks’ Brings Top Tech Minds To Help Charlotte School Digital Conversion http://wfae.org/post/school-digital-conversion <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Everyone knows that we are living in a digital world but if you visit that average classroom you’ll likely see more pencils, paper, books and chalkboards than monitors or keyboards. There is a school system changing all that and some educators have called them the best school system in America. That school system is right in our backyard. The Mooresville Graded School District introduced a 1 to 1 laptop initiative meaning that every child in their system learns through digital media, from </span>1st<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>2nd<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> graders with digital learning tools to laptops in the hands of every student from </span>3rd<span style="line-height: 1.5;">—</span>12th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> grade. And the results are amazing. We’ll find out how the digital conversion is transforming learning in Mooresville and what the future might be for school kids everywhere.</span></p><p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 05:00:00 +0000 44275 at http://wfae.org School Digital Conversion