Tech Tuesday

Ohio House Speaker Arrested In Bribery Case, Tech Tuesday

Jul 21, 2020
Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder
Paul Vernon / AP

Federal agents earlier this morning arrested Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder and four others in connection to what authorities describe as "a public corruption racketeering conspiracy involving $60 million."

Tech Tuesday: Digital Mapping In The Auto Industry

Jun 30, 2020
The interior of a Tesla Model X 75D semi-autonomous electric vehicle is shown as it is parked at the Governor's Manison, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash.
Ted S. Warren / AP

A company called Mobileye is harvesting data from car safety sensors to diagram millions of miles of roadway to guide semi-autonomous vehicles.

The digital map offers real-time information on who’s speeding, for example, but it also gives the company access to data in privately owned cars -- a fact most owners don’t realize.

Tech Tuesday: Video Game Approved To Treat ADHD In Kids

Jun 23, 2020
A scene from EndeavorRx, the first prescription video game approved by the FDA.
Akili Interactive Labs

The Food and Drug Administration on June 15 approved the first-ever use of a video game to treat pediatric ADHD.

The game, Endeavor Rx, went through seven years of clinical trials before being approved. A prescription will be needed to obtain it.

Protesters in downtown Columbus on June 1, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Major technology companies are responding to growing pressure, internally and externally, against how they have handled controversial social media posts and for supplying law enforcement with facial recognition technology.

Twitter has taken steps to flag controversial posts, including those by the President Donald Trump. Facebook has not followed suit, angering employees.

Tech Tuesday: Livestreaming Protests

Jun 9, 2020
Protesters confront officers at the Ohio Statehouse on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Covering breaking news is no longer the exclusive domain of journalists. Anyone with a phone can document news, broadcast footage to an audience, and live-stream with commentary.

A growing number of Americans are doing just that.

Tech Tuesday: Do-It-Yourself Tech Repairs

May 26, 2020
Broken Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone
Barb Wilson / Wallpaper Flare

Do-it-yourself projects are on the upswing as COVID-19 keeps many homebound and on a tight budget.

That extends to electronics, too, but repairs on computers and phones are trickier.

Tech Tuesday: Online Court

May 19, 2020
A court session is held online due to coronavirus restrictions.
Court News Ohio

When the pandemic slowed the wheels of justice in March, courts across the U.S. powered up technology and launched virtual courtrooms.

The Ohio Supreme Court awarded $6 million in technology grants to help 277 local courts with needed upgrades.

Tech Tuesday: How Tech Startups Are Surviving Coronavirus

May 12, 2020
woman working at computer screens.

The American economy has been in freefall because of the Covid-19 pandemic. And that’s been the case, especially for tech startups, with venture capital evaporating amid massive layoffs.

Notable exceptions to the rule are gaining steam in Central Ohio with large-scale hiring and growing revenue as their innovations go mainstream.

Overcoming The Digital Divide During At-Home Learning

May 5, 2020
Girl on iPad tablet
WOSU / Columbus Neighborhoods

In the Columbus City Schools, Ohio's largest school district, 62% of students have the required technology to learn online.

The district is not alone. Schools around the state are on the hunt for online resources to close the gap -- and turning to corporate America and the public for help.

A Hilliard schools student completes classroom work with an iPad.
Columbus Neighborhoods / WOSU

Nearly a million Ohioans lack access to high-speed Internet. So doing schoolwork or regular work online is not an option unless users go in search of WiFi hotspots.

The pandemic has magnified a problem the state has struggled to solve.

A robot named Marty cleans the floors at a Giant grocery store in Harrisburg, Pa., Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019.
Matt Rourke / AP

The need for social distancing has accelerated the production of robots to cut down on worker interaction.

Robots can sort recycling and stock grocery shelves and ease workplace fears about contamination.

However one researcher says automated technology shouldn’t replace people but work in collaboration with them.

Tech Tuesday: Safely Navigating Zoom

Apr 7, 2020
People on a Zoom business meeting

Millions are using Zoom to connect to classes, business meetings, family and friends.

The explosion in the number of users has overwhelmed the video conferencing service and exposed security and encryption break downs.

Last week Zoom’s president Eric Yuan apologized for the problems and vowed to fix them.

Today on Tech Tuesday on All Sides with Ann Fisher, helping consumers safely navigate Zoom, plus the shift to an online economy during a pandemic, and more.


Tech Tuesday: Managing Screen Time Amid Coronavirus

Mar 24, 2020
Girl on iPad tablet
WOSU / Columbus Neighborhoods

With millions of school children at home full time, parents are struggling to monitor screen time and content.

Tech Tuesday: Technology's Role Coping With Coronavirus

Mar 17, 2020
A student on an ipad in the classroom
WOSU / Columbus Neighborhoods

Home from school, Ohio’s 1.7 million students turn to their computers to begin online learning.

Tech Tuesday: Responding To Coronavirus

Mar 10, 2020
Smarthphone with social media icons
Tero Vesalainen / Pixabay

Tech companies like Facebook, Twitter and Google have responded to the coronavirus health crisis by cutting down on disinformation, waiving fees, and helping users conduct business virtually.