Data is the Commodity: Detail on Weather, Soil, Yields Helps Farmers Grow Smarter

Courier-Journal, January 2, 2014 On a rainy late November morning, farmer Robert Jones flipped open his iPad, and in seconds, he knew how much rain had sprinkled over newly harvested corn fields the night before. A bright green rectangle identified as the family’s Fredericksburg field had received .11 of an inch. Eight miles away, at more »

5 Apps and Gadgets to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions, December 27, 2013 Lose weight, get organized, call Mom more – these are just some of the more popular New Year’s resolutions year after year. So as 2013 comes to a close and you start thinking of what you want for 2014, check out these five tech gadgets and apps that will help you more »

Disruptions: Coming in 2014: Extremely Smart Watches and Wearable TVs

The New York Times, December 29, 2013 For technological innovation, 2013 was a remarkably boring year. Apple, often the hotbed of “new,” mostly just updated familiar devices in different colors and with crisper screens. Social media companies fought over who had better photo filters. And Silicon Valley start-ups offered more of less, with slight iterations more »

2014 Essays: The Role of the Smartphone in Digital Health, December 30, 2013 When discussing digital health it would not only be unwise to miss out the important role of the smartphone it would also be difficult. Since the smartphone is often the central hub for many digital health devices, activity trackers, implantable sensors and apps, it will continue to play an increasingly important more »

CTIA Website Shows Mobile App Data Usage

PC World, December 26, 2013 A new website launched by mobile trade group CTIA shows smartphone and tablet users how much data is used by popular apps., unveiled by CTIA Thursday, allows mobile device owners to estimate an app’s data usage before it’s downloaded. This is the first tool allowing consumers to learn about more »

Net Activity Shifts as Smartphones Become the Norm

USA Today, December 16, 2013 Smartphone and tablet usage continues to drive an increase in mobile Net usage– and a decline in Web activity. Nearly two-thirds of Americans (65%) have smartphones now, an increase from 56% at the start of 2013, according to a new report from Nielsen out today. More use Android phones (52%) more »

Kentucky Works to Get Communities Connected in an Accelerating Digital Environment

Business Lexington, October 24, 2013 Thanks to concerted efforts in recent years to address the challenges of broadband accessibility, more Kentucky communities and households are taking steps to get connected to the information superhighway. At the same time, however, ever-increasing bandwidth requirements for online applications are making it more difficult for many Kentuckians to keep more »

Set Aside Petty Differences and Build Broadband Economy

Huffington Post, October 30, 2013 The recently ended government shutdown has bred much deserved pessimism about Washington. But the Senate was able to offer hope for bipartisan with its confirmation of Tom Wheeler as FCC Chairman and Mike O’Reilly as an FCC Commissioner. Simply put, it’s time to get Congress working again for the American more »

Expanding Technological Infrastructure Key for Growth in E. Kentucky, October 2, 2013 by Johnathan Gay As a life long resident of Eastern Kentucky, I have often contemplated what makes our part of the commonwealth so different from others. While the beautiful landscape of our rolling hills and rich Appalachian culture certainly distinguish us from other areas of the country, the economic challenges we more »

It’s life in the slow lane for many Kentuckians on the Information Highway, UK study shows

By Michael Childress Special to KyForward Thursday, October 3, 2013 Only a handful of Kentucky counties, representing about one-half of the state’s population, are nationally competitive with respect to high-speed Internet infrastructure and utilization, according to research and analysis conducted at the University of Kentucky. The College of Communication and Information and the Gatton College more »