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From NPR: We've been looking at how technology has totally changed what it means to watch television or a movie. One of the biggest changes has been in demand — people want a baseball game — on their smartphone, wherever they are, right now.

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Tennessee has been named as one of the top states in the nation for its efficient use of digital technology in state government. Governor Bill Haslam says the state was among six to receive an A-minus in the 2012 Digital States Survey. The survey is one of the longest running examinations of technology use in state government. Tennessee had scored a B-plus in 2010. This year only Michigan and Utah scored an A. The states are graded on savings or benefits from the use of technology, progress over the last two years, innovation and effective collaboration.

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In the Graves County High School library, Amanda Henderson introduces a group of the school’s teachers to the new Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD program. Henderson is Graves County’s District Technology Integration Specialist. The BYOD program she’s discussing is a simple solution to a common problem. Schools need to keep their educational resources up to date, but lack the money to continually refresh them. Henderson says ideally, they would provide every student with their own computer, but in reality, it’s just not feasible.

In a world of ever growing technology and global interconnectivity, privacy and security are increasingly rare commodities.  Richard Thieme is an author and lecturer who addresses the challenges posed by these new technologies, including the personal, and even spiritual transformations people undergo as they adapt to a new world.  He spoke this week at a technology summit at Murray State University.  Gary Pitts sat down with him to talk about the dangers of interacting with technology, and how to meet those challenges.

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