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October 21, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
  When Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey began his career in 1968, police forces around the country were still using call boxes and card files. These days, he told a packed room of the International Association of Chiefs of Police at the Convention Center on Saturday afternoon, the resources available to police are a bit more sophisticated, and come with their own set of challenges. "Technology is a powerful tool, both a benefactor and a curse to policing," he said. Hundreds of representatives from police forces around the world converged on Philadelphia over the weekend for the association's annual conference, an undertaking that police here have been planning for nearly two years.
BUSINESS
October 5, 2013 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ankur Kumar , head of admissions and financial aid at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and a woman credited with boosting the number of female MBA candidates, is stepping down "to pursue a new endeavor," the school told staff. Kumar's departure comes five days after the Wall Street Journal ran a story that noted that total Wharton MBA applications have been dropping on her watch, as applicants to rivals Harvard and Stanford Universities rose. Kumar defended her record, arguing that Wharton's applicants might be fewer but were of higher quality.
BUSINESS
October 4, 2013 | By Jeff Gelles, Inquirer Columnist
A common frustration during the Internet era's version of the Cambrian explosion - the sudden appearance, in the six years since the iPhone's launch, of about a million mobile apps - boils down to this: We've developed this amazing thing. How do we get people to try it? It's a huge challenge for a small inventor. But even the largest businesses don't find it easy, which may explain why something new popped up recently on Route 202 in Malvern: a PNC "concept branch" that showcases how the $300 billion bank hopes to integrate technology into a business bound by hundreds of years of tradition.
NEWS
September 30, 2013 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
TORONTO - It's one thing to make a science fiction film. It's another to feel like you're living in one. You would think that for Alfonso Cuarón - director of the verite road pic Y Tu Mamá También , the giant Hogwarts installment Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban , and the dystopian thriller Children of Men - a nice, simple stranded-in-space saga would be a cakewalk. Or at least a space walk. You would think wrong. "Here's the thing," says the filmmaker, on the couch in a swanky hotel on the morning after the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of his Sandra Bullock / George Clooney survival thriller.
NEWS
September 28, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden County College math professor Lester Owens thought technology would solve many of education's problems, but many of his students wanted facetime, not FaceTime. With a master's degree in instructional technology, he had designed a website with practice problems, created video lessons he could send to students' phones, and integrated clickers into his classes to instantly poll students. He's available for online videoconferencing every Sunday at 9 p.m. "But then you find out a lot of students - and I'm in the Camden area - didn't have that technology that we all think they have," Owens said.
NEWS
August 5, 2013 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ben Perlman knew how to lock up a bike. Every night, the University of Pennsylvania junior said, he latched a U-lock onto the frame of his $400 Cannondale, laced a cable through the wheels, and secured it all to a fat wooden post on the porch of his off-campus house in West Philadelphia. But the city's bike thieves are a determined lot. One morning 18 months ago, Perlman woke up to find it all gone. Including the wooden post. "Which, to me, was impressive," Perlman said.
NEWS
July 24, 2013 | Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO - A fire rig that ran over and killed a 16-year-old Asiana Airlines crash survivor was not equipped with heat-sensing equipment that might have detected her in its path, a newspaper reported Monday. San Francisco fire officials have acknowledged the older-model engine that ran over Ye Meng Yuan did not have the forward-looking infrared technology, the San Francisco Chronicle said. The technology measures heat given off by objects on the ground and is now required by the Federal Aviation Administration on all new aircraft rescue trucks.
NEWS
July 12, 2013 | By Maddie Hanna, Inquirer Trenton Bureau
Calling for more public money to be spent on scientific research, Newark Mayor Cory Booker brought his U.S. Senate campaign to South Jersey on Wednesday, outlining proposals he said would foster innovation and job growth. With declining federal investment in research and development initiatives, "America is going in the wrong direction," Booker told an invited audience of 50 during a town-hall event at Rowan University's South Jersey Technology Park in Mullica Hill. "We cannot have a first-class economy with a second-rate commitment to the priorities that we know empower us, and empower innovations, and empower growth and new jobs," Booker said.
BUSINESS
July 7, 2013 | By Deborah M. Todd, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
If tax credits that helped bring Batman and Jack Reacher to Pennsylvania breathed life into the state's film industry, a similar measure included in the new 2013-14 budget could save the day for early-stage tech investments. The Innovate in PA Tax Credit was officially signed into the tax code Sunday and will be activated once the 2013-14 budget makes it through all the necessary channels. The credit boosts funding to Ben Franklin Technology Partners, the state-sponsored initiative that funds regional technology accelerators.
NEWS
June 13, 2013 | By Joan Lowy, Associated Press
WASHINGTON - Dashboard technology that lets drivers text and e-mail with voice commands - marketed as a safer alternative - actually is more distracting than simply talking on a cellphone, a new AAA study found. Automakers have been trying to excite new-car buyers, especially younger ones, with dashboard infotainment systems that let drivers use voice commands to do things like turning on windshield wipers, posting Facebook messages or ordering pizza. The pitch has been that hands-free devices are safer because they enable drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.
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