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Screenshot of the Discover the Adirondack Park app.
Screenshot of the Discover the Adirondack Park app.

Tourism groups launch app for Adirondack visitors

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Planning a trip to the Adirondacks? There's an app for that.

The Adirondack Association of Towns and Villages and regional tourism groups have launched a free app available on iTunes and for Android called ``Discover the Adirondack Park.''

The developers say travelers can use the app even if data and wi-fi are unavailable to find recreation, lodging, dining and other information.  Go to full article
Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO
Photo: Ryan Delaney/WRVO

Rome NY drone site gains funding

Upstate New York's new drone testing site is closer to pulling enough money together to begin operating. It's been awarded a state grant to cover some of its startup costs.

A state grant worth $600,000 has been given to NUAIR, the alliance of upstate defense contractors and universities that won approval to run one of six federal drone test sites. That's half of what's needed to begin operating the test site, which will be located at the former Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, New York.  Go to full article
Lecturer Jennifer MacGregor speaks with her students after they turn on their phones for the first time in twelve days. Photo: Zach Hirsch
Lecturer Jennifer MacGregor speaks with her students after they turn on their phones for the first time in twelve days. Photo: Zach Hirsch

St. Lawrence students unplug for academic credit

It can be scary when you can't get hold of someone. Most people these days are always reachable in some way, whether it's by cell phone, text, email, or Facebook.

Today's college students are part of the first generation to have grown up with social media, and St. Lawrence University lecturer Jennifer MacGregor is interested in how that's impacted their psychological development.

So MacGregor conducted an experiment: as part of her course "Identity in the Internet Age" she recently had her students "unplug" from the internet and social media for 12 days.  Go to full article
Photo: Franklin gun shop via <a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/investment-fund-hopes-spur-innovation-gun-safety-technology">Innovation Trail</a>
Photo: Franklin gun shop via Innovation Trail

Can an investment fund make guns safer?

Although some states took legislative action after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings over a year ago, the debate over gun control has largely stalled at the national level. Now, a Silicon Valley-based group of tech investors has launched the Smart Tech Challenges Foundation to spur innovation of gun safety technology.

The foundation is putting forward a $1 million prize pool to aid gun safety tech entrepreneurs.  Go to full article
Corning Inc. Gorilla Glass. Photo: Corning, Inc.
Corning Inc. Gorilla Glass. Photo: Corning, Inc.

Antimicrobial glass for smart devices created upstate

Upstate glass manufacturer Corning Inc. has developed the first antimicrobial glass for our proliferating smart devices, lap tops, and TVs. The glass is more resistant to bacteria but, doubts are emerging about the benefits of antibacterial products.

We use touch screens constantly. They're on smart devices, on ATMs, at self-check-outs, and in airports. And, according to Corning's David Velasquez, we're transferring the germs from everything we touch right onto those glass surfaces.  Go to full article
Police officer accessing data from laptop in his patrol unit. Photo: <a href=" http://www.flickr.com/photos/21317126@N04/7362224090/">ibmphoto24</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Police officer accessing data from laptop in his patrol unit. Photo: ibmphoto24, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Budget paves way for statewide information sharing for police

Governor Cuomo outlined a $10-million initiative to create a statewide police information database.

The New York State Protection Cloud is designed to make it quicker and easier for local police departments to share crime information across jurisdictions.

John Grebert, executive director of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, says it'll give local police departments more and better information as the carry out criminal investigations.  Go to full article
Rural wireless broadband antenna. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/71858648@N00/5017130968/">Scott Weston</a>, Creative Commons, saome rights reserved
Rural wireless broadband antenna. Photo: Scott Weston, Creative Commons, saome rights reserved

NY getting $9M from FCC to expand rural broadband

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Officials say companies in New York are getting almost $9 million as part of $260 million national program to expand broadband Internet access to rural areas.

The Federal Communications Commission says the money will go to communications carriers FairPoint, Frontier Communications, and Windstream.  Go to full article

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The Palace Theater in Lake Placid, late on a Saturday night. Photos: Natasha Haverty
The Palace Theater in Lake Placid, late on a Saturday night. Photos: Natasha Haverty

Digital theater conversion effort is ongoing

An effort to equip North Country movie theaters with new digital technology is moving forward, thanks to a regional fundraising effort.

John Huttlinger, head of the Adirondack Film Society, says cinemas from Indian Lake to Tupper Lake have already made the transition, while other theaters, like the one in Lake Placid, are getting close.  Go to full article
With 85% of its approximately 2000 workers on furlough, the National Science Foundation is closed for business. The NSF building in Arlington, VA. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NSF_building.jpg">NSF</a>
With 85% of its approximately 2000 workers on furlough, the National Science Foundation is closed for business. The NSF building in Arlington, VA. Photo: NSF

Shut-down hurts R&D economy

The federal government shutdown has impacted funding for a range of research and development sectors.

A senior analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation in Washington DC says the interruption could have long-term effects on America's research-driven economy.  Go to full article

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