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Google Event in Jackson, TN - August 13

By Jennifer Cobb

U. S. Senator Bob Corker’s office is partnering with Google to bring Tennessee Get Your Business Online to Jackson, Tennessee on Wednesday, August 13.    Google’s Tennessee Get Your Business Online - Jackson Event Wednesday, August 13, 2014 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM CT The Aeneas Building 405 East College Street Jackson, TN 38301   This event is free and open to the public. Tennesseans are encouraged to register in advance for the event. For more information or to register, click http://www.gybo.com/tennessee Businesses unable to attend can still create a free website and access relevant resources by visiting www.TennesseeGetOnline....

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Happy 4th of July: The Technology Behind Fireworks

By Jennifer Cobb

Each year on July 4, as a way to honor Independence Day, the standard celebration has involved an awe-inspiring fireworks display. Tomorrow evening, there is sure to be many a fireworks display across the country, but did you know that fireworks originated in China? In fact, China is actually the largest manufacturer and exporter of fireworks in the world.  The fireworks industry, or pyrotechnics, has been totally transformed with technological advances since its accidental discovery in a Chinese kitchen. Today, a network of explosives, wires, firing cues, and a computer orchestrates the spectacular effects. Fireworks can also be...

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Futbol frenzy brings boost to TV & Online Traffic

By Jennifer Cobb

One week ago today, FIFA’s World Cup 2014 kicked off in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, with Brazil besting Croatia by a score of 3-1. The exciting news for those in tech, television, and online is the fact that this year’s World Cup digital viewing will top the 2010 event, when ESPN3.com delivered 15.7 million viewing hours, and Univision pumped 10 million hours of live video via UnivisionFutbol.com. ESPN and Univision are leaders of the digital field for this year’s World Cup, as both will live-stream all 64 matches of the tourney, including the July 13 championship, available to most U.S. pay-TV subscribers on the Web and via apps. ESPN will also...

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Metro Nashville, MNPS, & Connected Tennessee Host Landmark “Anytime Access for All” Education Technology & Connectivity Leadership Summit

By Jennifer Cobb

On Wednesday, May 21, the Metropolitan Government of Nashville & Davidson County, Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools and Connected Tennessee hosted a day-long event for local leaders from business, education, technology, community and civic organizations to launch a conversation for bridging Nashville’s digital divide for MNPS students who leave school each afternoon and return to homes without technology or broadband service.  Corporate leaders from companies including AT&T, Google, Dell, Samsung and Microsoft joined Tennessee Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, MNPS Director Dr. Jesse Register...

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