Paul Flahive

Technology & Entrepreneurship Reporter; Creator of Worth Repeating

Paul Flahive is the Technology & Entrepreneurship Reporter for Texas Public Radio. He has worked in public media across the country from Iowa City to Chicago to Anchorage then here in San Antonio. 

As producer of "The Source," Paul was honored with two 2015 Lone Star Awards from the Houston Press Club, one for Best Talk Program and the other for Best Public Affairs Segment. In 2016 he was honored with an Anson Jones Award from the Texas Medical Association for a story he did on community clinics.

Paul is also a co-host and creator of TPR's live storytelling program, Worth Repeating.

Texas Public Radio is supported by contributors to the Technology and Entrepreneurship News Fund including The 80/20 Foundation, Group 42, rackspace, The Elmendorf Family Fund, UTSA Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship, Denim Group, SecureLogix, VentureLab, Conceptual MindWorks, Inc., and Giles-Parscale.

Ways to Connect

Among the exposed walls, blowing fans and dozens of construction personnel, Heather Plank -- hard hatted and enthusiastic --  is explaining the the layout of one classroom in the San Antonio Independent School District's newest in-district charter high school, CAST Tech.

"So this is more of the typical classroom, that has the three different learning environments in it," Plank says explaining that each teacher will have three areas from instruction, to individual to group learning spaces.

Around 100 people attended a presentation Monday night on how a nonprofit will reshape a 108-year-old power plant on the banks of the San Antonio river. The meeting, which took place at Freetail Brewery on South Presa, was filled with neighbors of the plant eager to see the project come to fruition.

The Mission Road power plant is less than a mile away from the meeting, adjacent to Roosevelt Park.

CPS Energy gave the power plant to the nonprofit EPIcenter earlier this year with the understanding that it would be converted into a hub of innovation in green energy. 

Ilna Colemere holds an iPad over a children's nonfiction book about the solar system. 

"So we're gonna access the camera and you hold it over and eventually" Colemere trails off while maneuvering the iPad over the page.

As we watch, suddenly the music fades up from the iPad, and a three-dimensional sun rises from the two-dimensional book with the planets quickly orbiting it. 

This is augmented reality. Using a smartphone or iPad and an app from the book's publisher, you can see a wealth of unseen content, self-narrating books, or ones with 3D models. 

The worldwide ransomware attack that originated in the Ukraine and affecting much of Europe is now affecting San Antonio hospitals. The New Petya attack has affected mass transits systems, banks and critical infrastructure in parts of Europe. Here in San Antonio the ransomware attack has disabled a leading provider of medical dictation services from the company Nuance. 

According to an email sent to CHRISTUS Health doctors, the Petya ransomware attack has disabled the dictation service from Nuance Dragon, which is used in all aspects of hospital care from billing to referrals and consultations. Additional emails TPR has reviewed show that Nuance is also used at Methodist Healthcare Facilities. Baptist Health System San Antonio also confirmed they were affected.  

After months of development, San Antonio's VIA Metropolitan Transit released its new mobile app for smartphones today. It's called goMobile and they hope it will draw new riders and help existing ones.

There is an element of outreach for the new goMobile app. San Antonio is one of the most economically segregated cities in the country, and many of VIA's riders are low income. 

VIA Vice President of Technology Steve Young says that their ridership is increasingly connected though.

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