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Software engineer, visual artist to receive honorary degrees from KU

An engineer who co-founded Google Earth and now works for Uber and a visual artist renowned for her photography of the Great Plains will receive honorary doctorate degrees from Kansas University come spring.

TV options abound for cord-cutters, old-school and newfangled alike

If you’re a serious sports watcher, awards-show junkie or don't like the idea of life without live-tweeting The Bachelor, probably nothing but cable and satellite TV subscriptions will do. But cord-cutters are relying on an ever-increasing array of products and services to keep their TV screens flickering. Here’s a roundup of some of the most popular: By Sara Shepherd

Baldwin City ceremony celebrates gigabit service to come next spring

Those attending the ceremonial launch of RG Fiber's gigabit service for Baldwin City Wednesday on the Baker University campus were told that when the service goes online next spring it would herald a new era in telecommunications. “We’ll be able to send data and information at the speed of light,” said Mike Bosch, CEO of RG Fiber’s parent company Reflective Group LLC. “That’s about 100 times faster than anything ever experienced here in Baldwin City.”

New app helps addicts stay on path to recovery

Temptation is always lurking, Jerry Hassler said, poised to nudge you back into drug and alcohol abuse.

Net neutrality rules stirring concerns in Lawrence

Local consumers and businesses could see slower service and higher costs for Internet service under rules being proposed by the Federal Communications Commission, local experts say. The "net neutrality" rules would allow ISPs to create so-called "fast lanes" for certain content providers like Netflix and YouTube, which could mean slower traffic for other web services. By Peter Hancock

NASA selects Lawrence business to develop high-altitude drone

A Lawrence small business has been chosen by NASA to develop a drone for high-altitude air sampling missions. The unmanned air vehicle is envisioned to provide data for earth science programs at NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with other possible missions including military or civilian surveillance, cell and GPS services, package delivery to remote locations, wildfire monitoring and wildlife and crop surveys. By Sara Shepherd

Blue Valley career training center inspires Lawrence chamber, school district

Lawrence Chamber of Commerce representatives saw a typical afternoon at the Blue Valley school district's state-of-the-art career training center during a tour envisioned to glean inspiration for their own program and facility in Lawrence. By Sara Shepherd

KU gets $450k Department of Defense grant to study bandwidth efficiency

Kansas University has received a $450,000 Department of Defense grant to explore what the lead researcher says will probably be “one of our biggest issues in modern times.” That’s bandwidth, a finite resource with ever-increasing demand. By Sara Shepherd

Google Fiber attracting startups, creating nationwide buzz

If you want to know why Google Fiber is such a big deal, talk to Matthew Marcus. In addition to housing the social media calendar company he and CEO Adam Arrendondo run, the home was the site of the first public installation of the new 1-gigabit Google Fiber service in the world’s first “fiberhood.” By Rob Roberts

Double Take: Tech gifts may require ethics manual

Holiday shopping for kids often means high-tech gifts. But there’s one accessory you won’t find in among the chargers and quick-start guides — the ethics manual.

OMG, a podcast about texting

OMG. LOL. GTG. 10 years ago, only about 2 percent of US residents used texting. Now, nearly 18.5 billions texts are sent a month — primarily by teens. Today, Room 125, the Lawrence High School student podcast, looks at the ...

House committee suggests $26 million in education cuts

Temperatures will feel cooler today after yesterday's warm blast, but our high of 63 will still be above average. A slim chance of rain showers is expected for the mid-afternoon and portions of the evening with a northeast wind between ...

Local residents learn about motion-tracking musical software, which is being used to help special needs children

Leaf Miller of the Deep Listening Institute in New York talks about the Adaptive Use Musical Instrument (AUMI), a motion-tracking software, which is being used to help stimulate special needs children with limited mobility.

Bowersock Hydroelectric Plant

A new Hydroelectric Plant is being built for Bowrersock Mills and Power on the north side of the Kansas River. The new plant will produce more clean energy than the older plant across the river.

Google VP gives away tablets to KU engineering students

Watch as Google vice president of engineering Brian McClendon surprises a classroom of Kansas University first-year electrical engineering and computer science students with a gift of their own: Motorola Android tablets.

Wyandotte County High School students react to Google Fiber announcement

Freshman at Wyandotte County High School react to the announcement that Google has picked Kansas City, Kan., as their location to install a high-speed fiber network.

Saavi Accountability founder Justen Wack explains his company's software program

Saavi Accountability founder Justen Wack briefly explains the concept behind his company's software program that aims to help people with online addictions.

KDHE fixing costly hard drive problem

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is working to fix problems that caused errors with 85 percent of its hard drives. The fix will cost about $700,000.

Social media conference set for Thursday

National experts in social media will be in Lawrence Thursday for a social media conference. Tickets are required for those interested in attending the event at the Oread Hotel.

KU releases iPhone application

Kansas University released its application for mobile devices Wednesday. The application helps fans keep track of news, navigate on campus and even plays the Rock Chalk Chant.

AG warns children of Internet danger

Kansas Attorney General Steve Six spent Monday morning warning children of the potential dangers of the Internet.

Google VP talks tech at KU

A Google VP talked to students on the KU campus about technology of the future. The discussion focused on cloud computing and programming mobile applications.