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I launched Techno FYI on January 5, 2013 as the successor to huskermania and to offer both excellent how-to content and technology news. Although covering the consumer electronics industry has been an incredible experience, it’s time to let it go. I am only one person, and trying to cover every product launch, major event and trade show is impossible.


Apple to work with Tenacity to boost call center worker retention

Tenacity CEO hints they're partnering with Apple during a presentation

Posted in Events, News, Sprint Accelerator Demo Day 2014

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Tenacity Health Founder and CEO Ron Davis is betting his company can lower turnover rates in call centers through fitness-based rewards. The “employee app for fitness” works to create an interconnected network of employees revolved around exercise that can reduce stress. These added workplace relationships and lower stress levels can lead to higher retention rates, which Davis says can save over $2M for a call center of 50 people.


FitBark: the Fitbit for dogs

Startup aims to give humans valuable data about their pets’ health

Posted in Events, Gadgets, Sprint Accelerator Demo Day 2014, Wearables

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Given the rising popularity of fitness-focused wearables like the Fitbit, Samsung’s Gear Fit and more for us humans, it’s not surprising to see some of that technology trickle down to benefit our pets. FitBark was one of 10 startups that participated in the health-focused Sprint Accelerator demo day in Kansas City, Missouri, and wants to keep your pets healthy via activity monitoring.


Prime gives you easy access to health records

'Why don't we have access to our own medical records?' -- Prime CEO Tyler Hayes

Posted in Events, News, Sprint Accelerator Demo Day 2014

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Prime CEO Tyler Hayes says it’s about time you possess your own health records. With U.S. hospitals being required to provide them to patients, Prime takes that information and makes it easy for you to stay up-to-date on medications, lab results, immunizations and more.


Meet Sickweather, the doppler radar of sickness

Sickweather can proactively scan for illnesses in your area

Posted in Events, News, Sprint Accelerator Demo Day 2014


Meet Sickweather, the “doppler radar of sickness.” This iOS application was demoed in Kansas City, Missouri with nine other startups on June 12 during the Sprint Accelerator’s demo day.


Here’s how to live stream Apple’s WWDC keynote today

You can live stream the WWDC keynote this year

Posted in Apple, News

Credit: Apple

Ah, it’s that time of year again! Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) kicks off today at 10 a.m. PDT. The company is likely to announce a new iteration of the iPhone, amongst other hardware upgrades, new software and maybe even get into the home automation business.


Listen to this amazing 17-minute metal tribute to video games

FamilyJules7X showcases the 'amazing short life video gaming has had since 1972'

Posted in Gaming, News

Credit: FamilyJules7X (YouTube)

Working past 4 a.m. has led me to this absolutely mind-blowing performance by YouTuber FamilyJules7X. Thirty nine songs make up this epic 17-minute performance that features classic games like Pong, Space Invaders and Super Mario Bros., with more recent games like The Sims, World of Warcraft, Fallout 3 and Skyrim making the cut later on.


Xbox One without Kinect available June 9 for $399

You soon won't need an Xbox Live Gold subscription to watch Netflix and Hulu

Posted in Gadgets, Gaming, News

Credit: Microsoft

Microsoft has announced a Kinect-free Xbox One package that will be available June 9 for $399, a $100 price cut that puts the console in-line with Sony’s PlayStation 4. The company is also removing its often-hated requirement for users to subscribe to Xbox Live in order to access applications like Netflix, Hulu, Twitch and more.


GM details in-vehicle 4G LTE pricing and availability

New GM vehicles to include built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspots

Posted in Gadgets, News, Vehicles

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GM at CES this year detailed plans to include 4G LTE connectivity inside some vehicles through an exclusive partnership with AT&T. Now the company has specified the vehicles that will include the built-in Wi-Fi hotspot, pricing and availability.


Everything you need to know about day one of Big Omaha

Speaker recaps from day one of the Big Omaha conference

Posted in Big Omaha 2014, Events, News


Silicon Prairie News kicked off their sixth Big Omaha yesterday to over 500 people at the KANEKO building in downtown Omaha, Nebraska. Day one kicked off with SPN’s Co-Founder & Chief Community Builder Jeff Slobotski and their CEO Regan Carrizales welcoming everyone and thanking sponsors and volunteers.

Read on for the complete speaker recap!