Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller and more than 30 other attorneys general announced a $113 million settlement with Apple Inc. after the company decided in 2016 to throttle consumers’ iPhone speeds to address unexpected shutdowns in some iPhones. Under the settlement, Apple will pay $1.5 million to Iowa. The attorneys general allege that Apple’s concealment of the battery […]

Smart-building technology firms Igor and Somfy announced a new partnership to allow business owners the means to connect and control natural and manufactured lighting. Igor’s Nexos IoT platform enables automation of smart devices such as Somfy smart shading; both companies will host a webinar on Nov. 5 to cover technology requirements and use cases of […]

Nearly $9.4 million in grant funds are available in Iowa to expand broadband access to rural Iowa and 43 colleges and universities in the state.  The state of Iowa and the Iowa Department of Education awarded nearly $4.4 million to increase internet connectivity for students in the 2020-21 school year; $5 million in additional broadband […]

One month after releasing its findings on the digital safety net for small businesses, the Connected Commerce Council (3C) hosted Iowa businesses, community supporters and State Auditor Rob Sand in a webinar exploring how small businesses and individuals used technology tools to stay operating during the initial COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.  Moderated by 3C President Jake […]

This census tract map of the Memphis, Tenn. neighborhood Frayser provides insight to a bank (whose branch is indicated as a star) about the 2020 purchase loan opportunities to Black borrowers near their branch location. iEmergent’s Mortgage MarketSmart – Diversifi platform uses a type of heat map (see legend) to quantify and pinpoint where there are […]

Roboflow staff on the startup’s house porch. From left, back row: machine learning engineer Jacob Solawetz and co-founder/CTO Brad Dwyer. Middle: software development intern Jim Su, co-founder/CEO Joseph Nelson and sales development representative Amelia Tuel. Front: chief barketing officer Kelo and UX designer Amanda Morrow.  Photo provided  On Aug. 25, Joseph Nelson had one minute […]

A screenshot shows the food recovery platform’s Daily Route Planner, which food insecurity nonprofits will use to manage drivers and routes of food pickup and deliveries. This platform is in development, and the final portal design is subject to change. Screenshots provided by Polk County IT Department Can food insecurity be addressed through a software […]

Des Moines-based  “smart buildings” startup Igor won the IoT World COVID-19 Innovation Award for Igor’s Nexos Intelligent Disinfection system, the company announced on Monday. The award recognizes companies that demonstrate innovation to adapt to COVID-19. Nexos Intelligent Disinfection leverages UV-C disinfecting lighting with smart building controls to disinfect spaces safely, Igor reports. The solution kit […]

Digital soldier model Sophia climbs a ladder while encumbered by personal protective equipment. Sophia and her male digital model counterpart, Santos, are part of a yearslong initiative by University of Iowa researchers to design digital human models who can predict behavior based on human physiology. Image provided by the Iowa Technology Institute.  After 15 years […]