Technology

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Vermonters have a new way of reaching help when they are having a mental health crisis: the Crisis Text Line. People can text the initials "VT" to the number 741741 and a trained crisis counselor will respond within 5 minutes.

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On Tuesday, Vermont's Elections Division will be conducting audits of 2016 general election results for a randomly selected group of towns.

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Mention drones and a variety of ideas float into people's minds. They might imagine unmanned armed military vehicles. Or the apparatus used to fly over Vermont's lush fall foliage to record videos that get posted on social media.

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Students and staff at Champlain College's Emergent Media Center have collaborated on an online game that tackles sexual harassment and assault on campus.

The Vermont Public Service Board has opened an investigation into a January problem with FairPoint’s network that affected the state’s Emergency 911 system.

Questions over whether communications between public officials violate the state’s open meeting law aren’t unusual, but the issue has become more complex. 

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According to Secretary of State Jim Condos, early voting is on the rise in Vermont, and a record number of people are now registered to vote in the November election.

Some Brattleboro Savings & Loan customers had funds stolen from their accounts this weekend in what bank officials say was part of a regional or possibly national phishing scam.

A security lapse earlier this summer has compromised the social security numbers of nearly 700 customers on Vermont Health Connect.

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A student at St. Michael’s College wants to give people a hand — literally. Kelsey Buchanan, a junior studying art and education, started making prosthetic hands this summer using 3-D printers at the St. Michael’s maker space.

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A state program created more than two years ago to fund improvements to internet service has yet to award any money.

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Cardboard has been around since the early 1800s, but a couple of Vermonters who have been working with cardboard for awhile now have come up with a novel use of the old packaging material: building cardboard pinball machines.

Secretary of State Jim Condos says his office is taking the threat of a cyber-attack on the state's election system seriously.

The Maine Public Utilities Commission is considering a staff recommendation to fine FairPoint Communications for failing to meet the state’s telephone service quality metrics. 

On the morning of Aug. 22, the Brattleboro Fire department discovered their computer system had been hacked and that files were stolen and encrypted.

The hackers demanded a ransom of about $2,600 to be paid in bitcoins.

A cell phone network partially funded by $4 million in state grant money won’t be working as originally planned.

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Researchers are starting to take a closer look at what people are posting on social media and why – and they are finding some interesting things. 

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We continue to highlight past segments from Vermont Edition, and we're sharing again our conversations from the spring with librarian Jessamyn West and writer Dana Walrath.

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Finding and mapping typical story arcs is nothing new, but now a group of researchers at the University of Vermont's Computational Story Lab has used data mining to look at the emotional arcs contained in thousands of stories. They've identified six basic core arcs that form the emotional foundation of complex narratives.

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For the past several years, co-working spaces have been popping up across Vermont, from Bennington to Burlington; Vergennes to St. Johnsbury.

While each location is different, they all share some common goals. Foremost among them is helping new businesses get started.

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