technology

Cincinnati Public Schools (screenshot from Apr. 14, 2021 meeting)

Nearly $50 million could go toward improving concurrent learning systems throughout Cincinnati Public Schools. This comes from a draft of the fiscal year 2022 budget that will be presented May 19.

Courtesy Kroger, Ocado

In a Monroe, Ohio, warehouse the size of seven football fields, 1,000 robots are getting the go-ahead to whiz around and collect your Kroger groceries in as little as six minutes for a 50-item order. (3 minutes to collect + 3 minutes to load into a van) This so-called "shed" is the first of 20 customer fulfillment centers in the U.S. the nation's largest grocery store chain has planned.

zoom fatigue
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Many of us have been living life for the past year in a world of virtual meetings. We've been jumping from one video call to another, connecting with co-workers and classmates on our laptops, cellphones and other devices. If you're feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and a little grumpy with all of this screen time you're not alone. Jeremy Bailenson, a professor and founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, calls it Zoom fatigue.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden's Little Blue penguins are swimming more thanks in part to technology that helps encourage it.

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

The Cincinnati Police Department has been undergoing technology upgrades in an effort to provide more transparency, efficiency, and ultimately, solve more crimes, officials say.

Courtesy of LADD

Four roommates are settling into their new home in Anderson Township and are excited about the prospect of having a greater level of autonomy. The "smart home" is a pilot in LADD's new Smart Living "Forever, Home" initiative to give people living with disabilities the chance to live independently while still receiving necessary supports and services.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

U.S. cities and their residents are being preemptive to protect privacy when it comes to an increasing number of drones with cameras.

Courtesy of Tengai Unbiased

Video job interviews are becoming the norm, especially during COVID-19. But there is some question as to how fairly you are evaluated in this medium.

Courtesy of Richard Beck

It's hard to believe an ornamental shrub from Asia could cause so many problems in U.S. forests. But the Amur honeysuckle and other invasive plants have spread across the country - including in Hamilton County - and are leading to a monoculture in many places by choking out other species.

job automation
John Minchillo / AP

Automation is becoming more common in the workplace and two Brookings Institution authors join Cincinnati Edition to talk about the impact of machines on jobs and people, as well as what it means to our region.

Associated Press

Twenty years ago on Dec. 31, the world at large waited with anticipation. When the clock struck midnight and the calendar changed from 1999 to 2000, would planes still fly? Would the banking system collapse? Would there be riots? Dogs and cats living together? Mass hysteria? Would our computers still work?

Spoiler alert: They did.

cyber security
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Twenty-two cities in Texas. Baltimore. Atlanta. All hit by sizable ransomware attacks. One of the newer online threats results in computer systems – some including critical government data and programs – being locked up and unusable until the municipality, or business or individual pays off the attacker. But there are ways to be safe.

cell phone use at work
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A 2017 survey from staffing firm OfficeTeam found the average office employee spends 56 minutes per day using their cell phone during work hours for non-work activity, adding up to just under five hours a week of lost productivity, per employee.

Jay Tuck
Courtesy of Anna Rauchenberger

"There is no guarantee that we will always be Darwin’s Darling." That’s the conclusion of writer and speaker Jay Tuck, the prolific author and journalist who warns that artificial intelligence could end up being the death of humanity as we know it.

Children's To Get $2.7 Million Investment In Critical Care Tech

Jul 10, 2019
Ambriehl Crutchfield / WVXU

Cincinnati Children's Hospital is announcing a new $2.7 million investment from Cisco to expand technology services at its new building currently under construction at its Burnet campus in Avondale.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Southwest Ohio leads the state in the number of people with developmental disabilities benefiting from tele-caregiving. That's when technology takes the place of overnight live-in caregivers who are often hard to hire and retain.

Courtesy of Kroger

Kroger on Wednesday broke ground on its first high-tech fulfillment center in Monroe. The automated warehouse with digital and robotic capabilities is expected to generate more than 400 new jobs.

online privacy
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Computer and internet hackers seem to come up with new ways to steal digital information every week. We've all been warned about clicking on unfamiliar web links, putting sensitive information in emails and avoiding public Wi-Fi networks.

atm
David Goldman / AP

Updated: 3:21 p.m.

Fidelity National Information Services (FIS) has bought payment company Worldpay Inc. for approximately $34 billion in cash and stock, the biggest such deal in the international payments sector, according to Bloomberg

The University of Cincinnati is looking forward as it celebrates its 200th birthday with virtual reality (VR) vignettes. Five real-life experiences are designed to transport the users to important times in the school's history, including drug discovery and civil rights advancements.

CES

Sensors and smart speakers were the stars at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that wrapped up in Las Vegas over the weekend. But experts say greater connectivity puts users at risk of getting hacked.

ODOT

The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT), DriveOhio and the City of Marysville are ramping up what will be the largest-ever connected vehicle project in the U.S.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

If a toy looks good on YouTube, chances are it will be all the rage. The video-hosting website plays a huge role in the creation and marketing of toys. In some cases the crazier the toy, the better. One Cincinnati toy company is taking full advantage of this trend, especially with its new creation: Chow Crown.

Duke Energy

Power companies, including Duke Energy, are putting their drones into action to survey damage from Hurricane Florence. The information they get helps develop a plan to get the electricity back on sooner.

How Small Business Owners Can Avoid Schemes

Aug 20, 2018
fraud
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It's estimated that small businesses in the United States lose more than $7 billion per year due to fraud.

Many rural Ohioans could soon be getting broadband access for the first time thanks to a partnership between Microsoft and Agile networks.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

A Tri-State emergency room nurse and her engineer husband are in the final stages of producing a potentially life-saving sensor and app. It would remind parents and caregivers there is a child in the backseat of a car, helping to prevent that child from potentially suffocating in the heat.

cell phone
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Ever receive a phone call from a number with the same area code and first three digits as your number, only to answer and find a telemarketer or recorded message on the other end of the line? A dubious congratulations to you: you’ve been the victim of spoofing.

How To Get Your Teen To Put Down Their Smartphone

Jun 20, 2018
cincinnati edition
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Medical researchers, educators and tech professionals continue their warnings about children and teens spending too much time on their smartphones.   

More than three-quarters of Americans older than 60 have some kind of hearing loss, but only a fraction use technology that would help them talk on the phone or understand a conversation at dinner.

Hearing aids are expensive, and they’re not covered by Medicare or many private insurance plans.

“I’m not sure people realize how expensive they are,” says Betty Hauck, 72, whose hearing aids cost $5,600.

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