• Russian Group Hacks WADA, Leaks U.S. Athletes' Data

    by Rachel Axon September 2016

    The World Anti-Doping Agency confirmed that its database had been accessed by an outfit WADA says is a Russian cyber espionage group. Known as Fancy Bear, the group released information on U.S. athletes Simone Biles, Elena Delle Donne, Serena Williams and Venus Williams on its website Monday.

  • Texas Parks Use Pokemon Go to Get People Outside

    by Texas Parks & Wildlife August 2016

    New species are popping up at Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) sites and agency staff and state park visitors are arming themselves with poke balls trying to catch them all. Around the state, many TPWD sites are using the game as a new way to introduce the real natural world to players venturing into the great outdoors while on virtual hunts for the illusive Japanese characters known as Pokémon. The game uses augmented reality to guide players on a quest to try and catch Pokémon characters from the cartoon, video game and card game in real world locations.

  • NCAA's New Social Media Rule 'Nauseates' WVU Coach

    by David Statman August 2016

    Want to draw West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen's ire? Ask him his opinion of the NCAA's new social media rules. Effective Monday, coaches were allowed to like and retweet prospective recruits' social media posts for the first time. It led to a flurry of Twitter activity from college coaches that has Holgorsen up in arms.

  • How to Follow the Olympics Using Twitter

    by Alissa Mejia August 2016

    The Olympics begin Friday, and as our heroes run, jump, swim and play in Rio, one of the best ways to connect with the action from home is through Twitter.

  • Parks & Rec Dept. Finds Efficiency in Online Sign-Ups

    by Brian Bethel August 2016

    From men’s flag football to dog obedience programs to youth volleyball, the city of Abilene’s Parks & Recreation Department has made online registration for activities, facilities rental and memberships easier and more personalized.

  • Recruiters Ramp Up Retweets as New Rules Take Effect

    by Josh Barnett August 2016

    The retweeting — and the race to retweet — is on. Under new NCAA rules that went into effect early Monday morning, college football coaches are allowed to retweet, like, share, repost or otherwise approve the social media activity of a recruit. They are not allowed to comment, tag or retweet with comments. As the clock ticked down to midnight in each time zone, it was clear the coaches -- or whoever is running the Twitter accounts of the coaches -- were ready. Within hours of the rule going into effect, Tennessee coach Butch Jones' account had retweeted more than 100 recruit tweets. TCU noted that coach Gary Patterson was in the office Sunday evening and he was retweeting deep into the night. Western Michigan's P.J. Fleck, Miami (Fla.)'s Mark Richt and Nebraska's Mike Riley were among the early prolific retweeters.

  • Browns' Crowell Apologizes for Instagram Post

    by AB Staff July 2016

    Isaiah Crowell took another big step Tuesday by telephoning Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams and apologizing for an Instagram post showing an illustration of a police officer having his throat slashed by a hooded figure.

  • Detroit Pistons Keep Fans Updated with Real-Time Email

    by Stuart Goldman April 2016

    The NBA regular season is coming to a close this week, but Detroit Pistons fans are among those looking forward to the playoffs.

    And just as they have for most of the season, the Pistons will keep their fans updated during home playoff games thanks to real-time email, which updates fans with live scores and statistics.

  • Social Media's Role in Crisis Management

    by Vivian Marinelli February 2016

    It is difficult these days to find someone not on some form of social media — especially during sports and entertainment events. The 2014 World Cup final holds the record for the most tweets per second with 9,667. The game took more than three hours to complete, accumulating more than 100 million tweets.

  • Student-Athlete Given Five-Game Suspension for Tweet

    by Takara Scott-Johnston January 2016

    Hilbert (Wis.) High School basketball player April Gehl has been suspended for five basketball games for a tweet, according to the Appleton Post-Crescent.