Technology & Entrepreneurship

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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.

It's loud in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. All weekend, thousands of teachers have been streaming in for the annual International Society for Technology in Education conference. They expect more than 15,000 educators over the multi-day event. 

Since early Sunday morning, companies have been building out their rooms, or building up their booths on the convention center floor.

Courtesy of Dauber Applications

Dauber Applications is a company trying to reinvent how one part of the construction industry works: dump trucks. 

Imagine you are a foreman, and you have lined up work for the next day with a team of guys you are paying $500 an hour to load trucks. 

"The scariest, gut-wrenching part is to not have a truck ready at that time," says Dauber CEO Brian Jones. "Right now the way you try to solve that is you call the trucking company and beg, plead, yell and do other unpleasant things to find out where is your truck."

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