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Honeywell tests voice-recognition technology on flight decks

Honeywell Aerospace engineers have developed a tablet that makes voice recognition in the cockpit a reality. Company officials call it a “huge advancement.” Without the technology, the pilot would have to type in several commands. ... Read more»

Lawmaker pressing for study of water desalination

A state lawmaker wants to create a committee to study the feasibility of using desalinated water to augment Arizona’s water supply.... Read more»1

Measles outbreak sparks bid to strengthen Calif. vaccine law

State lawmakers in California introduced legislation Wednesday that would require children to be fully vaccinated before going to school, a response to a measles outbreak that started in Southern California and has reached 107 cases in 14 states.... Read more»

FactCheck

Factchecking false narratives on the measles outbreak

Rep. Mo Brooks and potential presidential hopeful Ben Carson both suggested a connection between illegal immigration and the spread of diseases such as measles in the United States. ... Read more»

Lawmaker: Use lottery to fund child-exploitation investigations

Thousands of Internet addresses in Arizona trade in child pornography and almost none of them are being investigated, said a state representative who wants to use $5 million of lottery money to increase enforcement. ... Read more»

Senate panel advances bill to ban texting by Arizona drivers

With several relatives of those killed by distracted drivers urging support, a Senate committee advanced a bill Wednesday that would prohibit sending text messages while driving. Prospects for the measure by Sen. Steve Farley remain anything but certain. ... Read more»1

Phoenix gains in tech jobs, but still lags other cities

A national economic development expert says the Phoenix metro area shows promise when it comes to attracting science and tech jobs. A new Brookings Institution report ranks Phoenix 50th nationally in full-time workers employed by “advanced industries” out of 100 metro areas. ... Read more»

Utility employee drafted anti-solar letter signed by Az congressmen

Rooftop solar companies are using deceptive marketing to push risky leases on consumers, and federal regulators need to step in. That was the message sent by six Arizona congressmen to the FTC and the recently created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But one of those letters was drafted by an employee of Arizona Public Service, the state’s largest utility and one of the largest campaign donors for the group of lawmakers.... Read more»

Verizon will let users kill 'zombie cookies'

Verizon says it will soon offer customers a way to opt out from having their smartphone and tablet browsing tracked via a hidden un-killable tracking identifier.... Read more»

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Beryllium plant: Public needs to speak out about their environment

The Materion plant, the nation's largest manufacturer of beryllium oxide products in on South Tucson Boulevard in a residential neighborhood with numerous nearby schools. Materion, formerly known as Brush Ceramics and Brush Wellman, opened its ceramics manufacturing plant in 1980. Since then, at least 35 employees have developed chronic beryllium disease, and at least 5 have died. People had fears and concerns that the risk posed by the Brush Wellman plant isn't limited to its employees.... Read more»

SciCheck

Distorting climate change threats, solutions

Two potential Republican candidates for president distorted the facts about climate change and casually dismissed well-established threats and potential solutions.... Read more»

Bill would require Az police to wear body cameras

State lawmaker says requiring police to wear body cameras would promote trust and collaboration. ... Read more»

Raytheon buys local drone maker Sensintel

Raytheon is adding a Tucson manufacturer of drones and surveillance gear to its Missile Systems division. The company announced Monday morning that it had acquired the privately held Sensintel, which has about 50 employees.... Read more»4

Scottsdale’s GoDaddy confident as Google enters domain market

Google Inc. lifted its invite-only access this week to the software giant’s new domain-name service. What does that mean for Arizona-based GoDaddy?... Read more»

Zombie cookie: The tracking cookie that you can’t kill

An online ad company called Turn is using tracking cookies that come back to life after Verizon users have deleted them. Turn’s services are used by everyone from Google to Facebook. ... Read more»

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