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Boise #5 for innovation in Verizon’s national list

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The Boise metro area is one of the best in the country for innovation, taking the #5 spot in new rankings from Verizon. To come up with the list, Verizon looked at the number of patents produced in a city compared to ...

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Let there be light: Post Falls hospital uses germ-zapping robot (access required)

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High-intensity light from a robot is being used to kill germs in a Northern Idaho hospital – and hospital staffers say the investment offers an extra layer of protection to keep patients safe. Northwest Specialty Hospital in Post Falls recently ...

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Catching up with GIMM — as it trains the next generation of developers (access required)

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Boise State University’s Gaming, Interactive Media, and Mobile Technology major, popularly known as GIMM, will be graduating its first cohort of about 26 students this spring, and five of them already have jobs. In fact, one of director Anthony Ellertson’s ...

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Startup uses tech to help farmers compare seed prices

HOPE, N.D. (AP) — A company with roots in Silicon Valley is trying to shake up the farm economy — and hundreds of farmers in Minnesota and the Dakotas are dipping their toes in the waters. The Farmers Business Network ...

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A word with Angela Hemingway, Idaho STEM Action Center executive director

When Angela Hemingway was 7 years old, she wrote a book about becoming an astronaut and exploring the universe. In second grade, she got her first telescope, followed by a microscope in third grade, both Christmas presents from parents who ...

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Hospitals, health care companies find cybersecurity protection a top priority

As cyberattacks become more common, health care entities such as hospitals and insurance companies need to prepare for the inevitability that they will experience a breach or some other attack on their systems. Doctors, hospitals and insurance carriers are entrusted ...

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Catching up with Retrolux (access required)

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The nice thing about Leif Elgethun’s business, Retrolux, is that it’s pretty much recession-proof, he said. Elgethun’s company develops software for the energy-efficient lighting industry. It has two primary markets: lighting retrofit contractors, who are helping building owners change their ...

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Some Nevada governments using blockchain for public records

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Some northern Nevada counties are using blockchain, the online ledger best known for helping secure virtual currencies such as bitcoin, to store digital versions of government records like birth and marriage certificates. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports ...

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A word with Chuck Staben, University of Idaho president

As the Gem State’s tech industry booms, so does its demand for smart, skilled employees. The University of Idaho is working to fill some of that void. In spring 2018, the Moscow-based school formed a partnership with the Fenway Group, ...

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