Technology

Dr. Julie Mathiesen, Director of TIE - Technology & Innovation in Education. TIE is based in Rapid City but provides services across the state and region. In order to help schools and educators stay current with technology there is an annual conference starting Sunday in Sioux Falls. This year is the 30th anniversary of the organization and is expanding to include a full spectrum of Learning Services. 

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First-year medical students are tapping into new technologies that support health providers in rural areas. Avera’s eCare facility provides live video access to specialists and emergency physicians to support providers in different circumstances. Some students say it makes them more confident in pursuing work in rural medicine. 

Medical students in short white coats surround a mannequin. Three volunteers in blue paper gowns take direction from a physician on a TV screen who walks them through life-saving techniques.

State representatives support a measure that takes South Dakota out of a regional coalition. State leaders entered the Midwestern Higher Education Compact in 2008. A push is now underway to end the contract with 11 other states.

South Dakota is part of the Midwestern Higher Education Compact. Proponents say the Board of Regents has gained from the membership. State lawmakers say enrollment has two primary advantages: it offers more buying power on technology purchases and savings on property insurance.

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Sioux Falls leaders plan to get a detailed view of water underground using technology attached to a helicopter. The city’s public works department is contracting with the US Geological Survey and a company called CGG Canada Services. Mapping the aquifer requires a system called RESOLVE and days in the sky.

They call it a bird. The RESOLVE helicopter-borne geophysical system is a long, white cylinder sensor. It has a red drag skirt on one end that keeps it flying straight: think the feathers on an arrow.

Hy-Vee Soon To Offer Grocery Shopping Online

Sep 21, 2015

Hy-Vee customers can soon shop for groceries and have them delivered to their home- all within a few clicks of a mouse. Later this month Hy-Vee stores across the state are rolling out the ‘Aisles Online' program.

Customers can soon go online, select groceries, and have a personal shopper package items for up-pick or home delivery. Nic Hoch is the Manager Store Operations Director for Hy-Vee in Sioux Falls. He says the program is the first of its kind in the Midwest.  

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Area leaders say technology is rapidly changing the way they do business. People from different industries met in Sioux Falls Thursday to discuss technology and South Dakota’s economy. The US Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Sioux Falls Area Chamber of Commerce worked together for the free event.

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

The U.S. Geological Survey and NASA are celebrating 25 years of partnership at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center near Sioux Falls. In August 1990, the USGS and NASA jointly established the Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center at EROS to collect and disseminate critical land sensing information.

Two years ago NASA launched the Earth-observing satellite Landsat 8 which collects images archived at EROS. The images help document drought, deforestation, trends in seasonal vegetation, the impact of natural disasters and more.

100 8th through 12th grade girls are in Madison this week for a summer camp devoted to cyber security. This is the second year for the GenCyber camps sponsored by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation. The agencies are interested in filling a need for cyber security experts, both in government and private industry.

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Satellites can take digital images of Earth, but if they’re not calibrated, those images are only pretty pictures. That’s according to Dennis Helder, head of the image processing lab at South Dakota State University.

Science Happy Hour

Jun 12, 2015

Science Happy Hour is taking place Friday night in Sioux Falls.  More than 20 exhibits have local scientists explaining topics in a fun and accessible way for adults to learn while enjoying a beverage.  Physicist Barbara Szczerbinska of Dakota State University and Nancy Wehrkamp, Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, detailed the event on Innovation with Cara Hetland.  They also discussed the 4th annual "It's All About Science Festival," a family friendly event that explores science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  And they outlined the Center for Theoretical Undergro

Raven Aerostar

Sioux Falls-based Raven Industries  has been awarded a $6 million contract for its tethered aerostats from the Department of Defense. The contract comes from the Naval Air Warfare Center aircraft division in New Jersey for exportable persistent ground surveillance systems, spare equipment and technical support. Raven’s relationship with the military goes back to the company’s founding in 1956 when it produced high altitude research balloons for the U.S. Navy.

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More than 660 middle school girls from southeastern South Dakota are learning about careers in science and math. The Women in Science group hosted a conference Wednesday for its eleventh year. Professionals at dozens of break-out sessions and exhibits at Southeast Tech in Sioux Falls want girls to know that women can have successful careers in STEM fields. STEM stands for Science, Technololgy, Engineering and Math. 

New technology enhancing emergency communications is being implemented in South Dakota. It will eventually allow people to share pictures and video with 911 centers during an emergency call. The new system will also include backups that are meant to make 911 services less prone to outages and failures.

Shawnie Rechtenbaugh, State 911 coordinator for the Department of Public Safety, says cell phones and other wireless communication devices have made the new technology necessary. She joined Dakota Midday and discussed the Next Generation 911 system.

Guide To Geek Gifting

Nov 21, 2014

Kent Osborne and "The Computer Guys" present one of their favorite shows of the year - the "Guide to Geek Gifting."  Listen for great gift ideas for the "tech geek" in your life!

Cyber-physical systems technology is a new field that researchers say will transform the way people interact with engineered systems in the same way the internet has transformed the way people interact with information. But because cyber-physical systems are subject to threats that could undermine the national and economic security of the United States, researchers are looking for ways to strengthen the systems.

Techradio: Aereo Ruling, Iphone Rumors and Firephone

Jun 27, 2014
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Techradio features the latest in tech news from host Kent Osborne and "The Computer Guys": Amos Aesophe, Joel Broveleit, and Jeffery Litterick. This week's topics included the Supreme Court ruling on Aereo, the rise of online and video streaming, and Iphone 6 rumors. They also take time to answer some listener questions and discuss the prospects of Amazon's new Fire Phone.

Rapid City Police Chief To Retire

May 21, 2014

Rapid City Police Chief Steve Allender is set to retire on May 30.  He was hired as a patrol officer in May, 1985.  Mayor Alan Hanks appointed Allender to Chief of Police in July, 2007.  Allender joined guest host Cara Hetland to talk about his career with the Rapid City Police Department and share stories from his 29-year career.

First Graduates Of New Technology High School

May 16, 2014

New Technology High School graduates its first class of students this weekend.  Innovation host Cara Hetland spent an hour visiting with students and faculty about the past four years and the new style of teaching.  Guests included Principal Dolly Ellwein, counselor Vickie Donohoe, Spanish 1 teacher Chris Coughlin, administrative intern Heidi Jorgenson and seniors Leah Bernard, Wes Rasmusson, Max Rysdon and Mina Big Eagle.

Servers Still Vulnerable To Heartbleed

May 9, 2014

The Computer Guys - Kent Osborne, Joel Broveleit, Amos Aesoph and Jeff Litterick - discuss the latest news in technology. Topics discussed included Apple making Dr. Dre a billionaire, 300,000 servers still vulnerable to Heartbleed after one month and consumer protection and regulation in a Kickstarter world.

Finding Tech Jobs In SD And Aereo Skepticism

Apr 25, 2014

The Computer Guys - Kent Osborne, Joel Broveleit, John T. Meyer and Jeff Litterick - discussed the latest in tech news. Topics included finding tech jobs in South Dakota, the FCC and net neutrality, the Google Plus fiasco and the Supreme Court expressing skepticism on Aereo.

Farmers And Soil

Apr 18, 2014

Jeff Hemenway, Soil Quality Specialist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Paul Hetland, a farmer in Mitchell, joined the program to discuss the science and technology with what farmers will do with soil to make it more productive.

Refurbishing B-1 Bombers

Apr 7, 2014

Last month the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and Ellsworth Air Force Base signed an agreement formalizing a relationship for collaborative projects such as the application of a revolutionary research technology to refurbish aging bombers. The university's partnership with Ellsworth has already helped return four B-1s to service and could save the military millions of dollars.

Computer Course At DSU Without Keyboard Or Mouse

Mar 21, 2014

Dakota State University Professor Chris Olson developed a series of voice narrated tutorial videos for the DSU online course, Introduction to Computers. The course consists of 13 voice-narrated tutorials that align with a chapter in the textbook. Olson's online course targets those who have access issues or disabilities along with their rehabilitation counselors. He teaches the user how to leverage the power of the voice recognition software, Dragon Naturally Speaking, to create word processing documents, slideshow presentations, spreadsheets, databases and web pages.

SXSW And WWW's Birthday

Mar 14, 2014

The Computer Guys - Kent Osborne, Joel Broveleit, John T. Meyer and Jeff Litterick - discussed the latest in technology news. Topics included South by Southwest, the 25th birthday of the World Wide Web and GUMFISH and other NSA tools.

Facebook Takeover Of WhatsApp And Bitcoins

Feb 28, 2014

Guest host Kealey Bultena, Joel Broveleit, Amos Aesoph, Jeff Litterick, and John T Meyer discussed the latest news in technology. Topics today included one of the largest Internet deals in the works, a new wearable camera that snaps a photo of your perspective every 30 seconds and a major bitcoin exchange files for bankruptcy.

Update On Target Hacking And Hard Drives

Feb 14, 2014

The Computer Guys - Kent Osborne, Joel Broveleit and Jeff Litterick - discuss the latest news in tech. Topics included Valentine's Day apps, the story behind the Target hack, and highlights from the General Managers Digital meeting that was hosted by PBS this week.

A bill that gives $2.8 million to training teachers in technology is dead. Friday morning, members of the House Education committee considered House Bill 1005. The measure dedicates funding for two days of teacher professional development in technology. That’s in addition to regular inservice and training districts provide.

Supporters say training is essential but time-consuming; they see the measure as a way to help schools integrate tech instruction.

Representative Dan Kaiser says he would rather put the millions directly into salaries.

Macintosh 30 Years Later And Research On Facebook

Jan 24, 2014

The Computer Guys - Jeff Litterick, Amos Aesoph, Joel Broveleit and John T. Meyer - along with guest host Kealey Bultena, discuss the latest news in technology. Topics included the 30 year anniversary of the Macintosh computer, a new app called Jelly and researchers saying that Facebook could be dead by the year 2017.

Cyberwar: How The Internet Changes World Conflict

Jan 21, 2014

The South Dakota World Affairs Council plans to examine cybersecurity during its annual symposium this Thursday and Friday in the Volstorff Balroom in the University Student Union at South Dakota State University in Brookings.  Michael McNerney, a cybersecurity, information technology and defense consultant, delivers the Harding Lecture keynote address, "Cyberwar: How the Internet Changes World Conflict," Thursday at 7:00 p.m.  McNerney said cybersecurity is a relitively new discipline of national security and can seem very complex.  He'll be discussing current threats, national policies an

Highlights Of The Consumer Electronics Show

Jan 10, 2014

The Computer Guys - Kent Osborne, Joel Broveleit, John T. Meyer and Jeff Litterick - discuss the latest technology news. Topics included the highlights of the consumer electronics show, cell phone processors and Intel's push into bodywear.

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