2016 Rio Olympics grounds

Olympics Technology

The 2016 Rio Olympic Games start on August 5th and run through August 21st, dominating television programming and water cooler conversation. Since the Games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which is in the same time zone as much of the United States, we’ll be able to view the 6,755 hours of programming in real time. Over 10,500 athletes from 206 different countries (including a team of refugees) will compete in 306 events. Golf will return to the Olympics after a 112-year absence. Additionally, advanced technology will be on display at the Rio Olympics, with these advancements for the 2016 Games.
  • GPS units will be affixed to each boat and canoe, which will share key data on overhead monitors for both the canoe sprint and rowing sports.
  • For the first time, volleyball and beach volleyball will use video playback and reviews for referee calls. Expect the crowd to weigh in with their calls as well.
  • Touch sensors have been used for years in swimming but this year, underwater lap counters will be viewable by the swimmers themselves.
  • Precision scoring  will be used for both archery and shooting, eliminating human error and miscalculation. The scoring systems measures up to 0.2 mm.
  • The Rio Games will be launching wearable payment systems in both bracelet and waterproof ring form. A single swipe can get you a Coke and a smile.

Indiana Athletes

Indiana will have its fair share of Olympian athletes at the 2016 Rio Games. Keep an eye out for these Hoosiers in Rio.


Paul George, Indiana Pacers Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever


Coryn Rivera, Marian University


David Boudia, Noblesville / Purdue Amy Cozad, Indianapolis / IU Michael Hixon, IU Steele Johnson, Carmel / Purdue


Sarah Beard, Danville


Amy Bilquist, Carmel Cody Miller, IU

Track and field

Derek Drouin, IU Molly Huddle, Notre Dame Candyce McGrone, Indianapolis Kara Winger, Purdue


Reece Humphrey, Indianapolis.
Pokemon Go

Pokémon Go

The free app Pokémon Go by Nintendo has enthralled the world and is the fastest game to top the App Store. Even if you don't play, these are few tips to keep your friends and kids safe while playing this monstrous game (Pokémon is short for "pocket monster"): The downloaded game is free in the App store but in-game purchases are available. Be clear with your children whether they can make purchases and if there is a budget. Check your privacy settings once you've downloaded the game. It requires access to your camera and location but there has been some concern about the game's access to Google profiles. The viewing of your contacts list is pre-emptive data collection for multi-player sessions in the future. Decide for yourself if you want to give Pokémon Go that access. Pay attention to your surroundings. There have been cases of people falling off cliffs and crashing into police cars but even a twisted ankle can derail your fun. Never play while driving and don't forget to respect private property. Keep in mind Pokémon Go tends to drain your phone's battery life. (Luckily it doesn't run up your data plan.) To keep your battery lasting longer, consider the following tips:
  • Adjust your screen brightness
  • Close background apps
  • Turn off sound, Bluetooth, and WiFi
  • Carry an extra battery
Enjoy the exercise and new friends made through this fun game. But as always, play responsibly. Now go catch 'em all!
Technology Powered by Smithville logo Computers for school

Hot Trends in Back to School

Over the past decade, back-to-school spending has increased by 42%, according to the National Retail Federation (NRF). This is in part due to the shift to technology solutions over traditional school supplies. A tablet costs more than tabbed paper. Schools are utilizing tech more than ever, relying on tablets and Chromebooks for home work and in-school work. Many schools are tech-enabled schools, forgoing traditional text books, paper notebooks, and printed syllabi and relying more on tech solutions. So instead of notebooks and highlighters, your school supply might look a bit…advanced. Luckily with back-school deals from Technology Powered by Smithville, you'll still save money. Consider these back to school must-haves:
  • Ear buds
  • Wireless headphones
  • Wireless mouse
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • USB drives
  • Stylus
Make sure to grab some anti-bacterial wipes, hand sanitizer, paper towels, and boxes of Kleenex for your child's classroom. Not everything can go paperless.
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Tech Talks

Join us for two FREE Tech Talks in August titled Snapchat 101, hosted by Jayne from Technology Powered by Smithville. Learn how to use this popular tool on your mobile phone or tablet. Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 Thursday, August 25th, 2016 6-7 pm Our Tech Talks are held at the Technology Powered by Smithville store, 4011 S. Old State Road 37, Bloomington. Register for this free event: August 9th Facebook | Eventbrite, or August 25th Facebook | Eventbrite.

Security Promo

Smithville Security is proud to be the exclusive southern Indiana dealer for the Honeywell Lyric security system. The Lyric system centers around a touchscreen Smart Controller which acts as a Z-Wave hub and connects everything from a smoke and motion detector to a security camera. Until September 15th, 2016, Smithville Security is offering a free basic security kit installation and an upgrade to Lyric for only $99. To schedule your security assessment, call 800­-742­-4084.


Smithville Fiber is proud to sponsor these exceptional, local events.

Jasper Strassenfest

Sunday, August 7th, 2016 Jasper Strassenfest

LPGA Legends at French Lick

August 18-21, 2016 The Legends Championship French Lick Golf Events - Legends

Youth Bicycle Races

Friday, August 12th, 2016 Bloomington Speedway

Sounds of Indiana Barbershop Chorus

Sunday, August 21, 2016 Buskirk-Chumley Theatre

Owen County Farmer's Market

Including: Brad Harris, vocalist and guitarist August 13, 2016 | 10:30-12:30 Owen County Farmer's Market
Olympic Rings

Did You Know?

The five colors in the Olympic rings–blue, yellow, black, red, and green–were selected because every nation's flag contains at least one of these colors. There is only one Olympic sport where men and women compete against each other-equestrianism. At the Closing ceremony, three flags are raised. They include the Greek flag (honoring the birthplace of the Games), the host country's flag, and the flag of the next host country.
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