Technology

Students get a lesson in communication during Robot Day

NASHUA – Robot Day at Nashua High School South last week focused on more than just technology and remote controls. It allowed participating students to study communication and get a glimpse of different future paths they could take. On May 15, the school hosted Robot Day, during which ...

Having a BLAST: High schoolers teach young students about Apollo 11

NASHUA – On Friday, Broad Street Elementary School students got a lesson in the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, as the 50th anniversary is coming up July. Nashua High School North U.S. history teacher Charlie Ziniti took his students to four second and third-grade classrooms to teach the ...

Panelists address cybersecurity at forum

NASHUA – The Rivier University President’s Circle hosted a panel of cybersecurity professionals from the public, private, and service sectors on Tuesday for a leadership forum titled “Cybersecurity: The Evolving Threat Landscape and What Every Business Leader Needs to Know.” The ...

‘Privacy focused’ Facebook puts the spotlight on groups

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg kicked off the company’s annual F8 developer conference Tuesday with more details about his new “privacy-focused” vision for the social network – including a major redesign of Facebook’s app and website that is built around letting ...

Far from glitzy tech hubs, Chinese city bets big on VR

NANCHANG, China (AP) – Liu Zixing craned his neck forward for help with fastening the goggles for his first ever taste of virtual reality. He took a break from the mining ore business to travel to a VR theme park in this Chinese provincial capital not known for high technology. “It feels ...

Gearing Up: Tesla to release fully self-driving cars amid skepticism next year

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Tesla expects to have full self-driving cars in which humans won’t have to touch the steering wheel around the second quarter of next year. The company made the announcement during an investor conference at its Palo Alto, California, headquarters Monday, in which it ...

Samsung delays folding phone launch

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Samsung is pushing back this week’s planned public launch of its highly anticipated, $2000 folding phone after reports that reviewers’ phones were breaking. The company had been planning to release the Galaxy Fold on Friday, but instead it will now run more tests ...

North’s biotechnology program wins Excellence in Action award

NASHUA – This week, Nashua High School North’s Biotechnology Career Technical Education program was one of eight programs across the country that received the Excellence in Action award from Advance CTE. Programs received this award for providing clear pathways into college and careers, ...

Milford teacher wins STEM Excellence in Teaching Award

MILFORD – Heron Pond Elementary School Teacher Suzanne Schedin was recognized Friday evening for her efforts of going above and beyond to educate students, as she was presented with the 2019 Society of Professional Engineers STEM Excellence in Teaching Award for the elementary level. Each ...

Apple is jumping into the streaming TV business

CUPERTINO, California (AP) – Jumping belatedly into a business dominated by Netflix and Amazon, Apple announced its own TV and movie streaming service Monday, enlisting such superstars as Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston and Steven Spielberg to try to overcome its rivals’ head start. Apple ...

MoonStruck: Tech is tops at Thorntons Ferry School expo

Computer programs coded by teams of elementary students from Thorntons Ferry School, Reeds Ferry School and Mastricola Elementary School activated the robotic vehicles that during a recent FIRST Lego League Junior Expo at Thorntons Ferry scooted across moonscapes stocked with survival ...

Tesla walks back its plan to close most showrooms

DETROIT (AP) – Tesla is walking back plans to close most of its showrooms worldwide and announced price hikes for most of its electric vehicles. Tesla announced last month that it would shutter most of its stores to cut costs so it could sell its lower-priced Model 3 for $35,000. The company ...

Net neutrality argued in fed court

WASHINGTON (AP) – Tech companies and nearly two dozen U.S. states clashed with the government in federal court Friday over the repeal of net neutrality, a set of Obama-era rules aimed at preventing big internet providers from discriminating against certain technology and services. Judges ...

Facebook says bug may have exposed photos on 7M users

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook said Friday that a software bug affecting nearly 7 million users may have exposed a broader set of photos to app developers than what those users intended. Although this doesn’t mean the photos were actually seen by anyone, the revelation of the bug offers ...

NASA sending spacecraft into sun’s glittering crown

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) – NASA is sending a spacecraft straight into the sun’s glittering crown, an atmospheric region so hot and harsh any normal visitor would wither. Set to launch early Saturday, the Parker Solar Probe is as heat-resistant as a spacecraft gets, essential for exploring ...

Facebook programs are better at policing nudity than hate speech

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Getting rid of racist, sexist and other hateful remarks on Facebook is challenging for the company because computer programs have difficulties understanding the nuances of human language, the company said Tuesday. In a self-assessment, Facebook said its policing system ...

Nobel-winning tech at heart of rubber band improvements

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) – While it may seem a stretch, an Arkansas company and a university in southeastern England want to use Nobel Prize-winning technology to build a better rubber band. The partnership between Alliance Rubber and the University of Sussex is one of many eyeing graphene for ...

Google showcases AI advances at conference

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) – Google put the spotlight on its artificial intelligence smarts at its annual developers conference Tuesday, where it announced new features and services imbued with machine learning. The company’s digital concierge, known only as the Google Assistant, is ...