Jeanne Destro

Jeanne Destro

This week, high tech tires that can tell you when they need air, how the technology that’s supposed to make your home more safe and comfortable is being weaponized for domestic violence, how and why your supposedly private emails really aren’t private at all, and how one day, we may be able to quite literally, conjure up energy out of thin air.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018 13:58

Chemical Plant Explosion

UPDATE: 7-19-18
 

Nobody was hurt when when the Emerald Performance Materials chemical plant in South Akron blew up yesterday, sending smoke and flames high into the sky, and triggering the evacuation of nearby homes and businesses.

Akron Fire officials gave residents the green light to return home by about 5:30 last evening, and even though the chemical which blew up--Butadiene--is toxic, they said it was safe to return to the area, and there was no indication the fire and explosion posed a health risk.
Butadiene is used in the manufacture of rubber, and other industrial products.

No word yet, as to what caused that explosion.

 

This week, we're visiting Akron's "Makerspace", where tinkerers, inventors, and entrepreneurs can use both new and old technology to create, explore, and innovate. We'll also learn about a new invention to make the electrical grid "smarter", how we may one day use the whole surface our homes to generate electricity, and technology that can enable you to actually see around corners.

This week, a major Supreme Court decision about cell phones and privacy, NSA surveillance, controversy facial recognition technology, and gaming addiction as an actual mental illness.

  

UPDATE: A brand new Supreme Court ruling has just reversed much of the case law we discussed in this show. We'll have a follow up, with a whole new look at the issue in light of it, next week.

This week, we're focusing on privacy, including news about an upcoming iPhone security update, a conversation with an attorney about privacy rights as they relate to electronic devices, and observations from a well-known author about how privacy issues are being handled by governments in other parts of the world.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018 05:54

Akron Police Seek Bank Robber

Akron police on the lookout for a bank robber who hit the PNC Bank at 889 West Market Street yesterday morning. Employees said he was wearing a ski mast and sunglasses, and that it looked like he had a gun. Police say he got away with an undetermined amount of cash, and fled the scene in a bright red Dodge Charger.

If you have any information that can help police find the suspect, contact APD Detective M. Shaeffer at 330-375-2463; the U.S. Marshals Service at 1-866-4-WANTED; or the Summit County Crimestoppers, Inc. at 330-434-COPS. You can also text TIPSCO with your tips to 274637 (CRIMES). Callers can remain anonymous.

 
Friday, 15 June 2018 11:25

AUDIO: Elder Abuse Awareness

Today is Elder Abuse Awareness day--the day set aside nationwide, to spotlight the effects of abuse on some of our most vulnerable community members.

To find out how you spot it, and what you can do to stop it; listen to WAKR Morning News Anchor, Jeanne Destro's interview with John Ratliffe from the Ohio Department of Aging.

 

This week, we're looking at new and innovative uses for drones, including home package delivery, robot battleships, and even flying umbrellas! We'll also catch up on the latest about net neutrality, learn how facial recognition technology may---or may not--keep your kids safer in school, and how a summer heat wave can be used to actually power your air conditioning.

Suicide once again made headlines last week, with the deaths of world famous designer Kate Spade, and Celebrity Chef, Anthony Bourdain. Their deaths two more, in what has become a growing trend here in the US, with the CDC reporting suicide up more than 25%, and up 36 percent in Ohio between 1999 and 2016.

So, WAKR Morning News Anchor, Jeanne Destro, reached out to Summit County Health Commissioner, Donna Skoda, to talk about about what causes suicide, and how we as individuals--and as a community--can help prevent it.

This week, how new technology is keeping your drinking water safe, crowd-sourcing CPR, Facebook continuing to over-share data, smartphone addiction, and Apple getting into self-driving cars. 

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