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.

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The City of San Antonio announced a parking partnership Friday that will bring valet service to the downtown area.

For years, parking has been identified as an obstacle to getting residents to come downtown. A new app called Virtual Valet will allow people to drop their car off at city pullouts, including one near the Majestic Theatre on Houston Street.

Chris Rockwell with Sovereign Services says this is a small departure for the company that usually deals with valet at hotels.

The Federal Communications Commission is considering giving a waiver to a company that wants to put voice messages into your voicemail without your phone ever ringing. 

The waiver would be necessary to get around the Telephone Consumers Protection Act (TCPA). It was passed in 1991, and it made many things illegal, including unsolicited robocalls to your cell phone.

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Congressman Will Hurd says he doesn't want government regulating things it doesn't understand, and that includes smart devices like internet-connected cameras, thermostats and other gadgets that currently number in the tens of billions globally. 

Hurd was speaking at EPIcenter's Internet of Things Summit, and believes that high-profile security breaches are driving consumers towards more secure devices.

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For the third consecutive session, the Texas legislature declined to pass legislation that would allow electric automaker Tesla to sell directly to consumers.

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A Lincoln MKZ glides easily through a tight figure eight of cones on Southwest Research Institute's San Antonio Campus.

Researcher Mark Alban isn't driving, though behind the wheel, as the car completes its route.

"We can pretty much drive anywhere the computer can plot a path" says engineer Kris Kozak. 

Kozak uses a mounted tablet to select where the car should go and  the car accelerates towards the cones once again.