62 Percent of First-Time Smartphone Owners Chose Android Devices, While 25 Percent Opt for iPhones
RESTON, VA – comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), a leader in measuring the digital world, today released results from a study of first-time U.S. smartphone owners with insights from the comScore MobiLens service. The study found that nearly half of feature phone subscribers who acquired a device during April 2012 switched to a smartphone, an increase of 9.5 percentage points from the previous year, as smartphone adoption continues its upward climb in the U.S. Among this audience, 61.5 percent of consumers acquired devices running the Google Android platform, with 25.2 percent choosing Apple devices and 7.1 percent opting for Microsoft smartphones.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C — BB&T Corporation (NYSE: BBT) announced today it has launched a free Android application for both smartphone and tablet users. BB&T is one of only a few U.S. banks to offer a comprehensive mobile banking consumer and small business product suite – mobile Web, text banking, and mobile applications – for a wide range of mobile devices. The app is now available for download on the Android Marketplace. BlackBerry and iPhone apps were released in 2010.
Durham, NC – ACW Technology, an international manufacturer of digital, analog and radio frequency electronic devices, will open a new facility in Durham County. The company plans to create 155 jobs and invest $4.9 million in Durham during the next three years. The announcement was made possible in part by a $50,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund.
NEW YORK – Time Warner Inc. (NYSE:TWX) today provided its 2010 full-year business outlook. The Company expects its 2010 full-year growth rate in Adjusted Diluted Income per Common Share from Continuing Operations (“Adjusted EPS”) to be in the mid-teens, off a 2009 Adjusted EPS base of $1.83.
Getting online content on TV is easier than ever. A growing number of Internet-capable TVs and Blu-ray players allow consumers to stream video from the Web to the big screen via a broadband connection. Consumer Reports latest Ratings of TVs and Blu-ray players that can stream movies online includes more than 20 sets from $1,000 and four players from $150. Lab tests also revealed that set up and access to online content was easy and picture quality was decent if not quite up to the claimed resolution. The full report is featured in the March issue of Consumer Reports magazine and online at www.ConsumerReports.org.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Apple® today introduced iPad, a revolutionary device for browsing the web, reading and sending email, enjoying photos, watching videos, listening to music, playing games, reading e-books and much more. iPad’s responsive high-resolution Multi-Touch(TM) display lets users physically interact with applications and content. iPad is just 0.5 inches thick and weighs just 1.5 pounds– thinner and lighter than any laptop or netbook. iPad includes 12 new innovative apps designed especially for the iPad, and will run almost all of the over 140,000 apps in the App Store. iPad will be available in late March starting at the breakthrough price of just $499. Take a Look; http://www.apple.com/
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) announced that it has filed lawsuits against Apple Inc. and Research In Motion Limited (RIM) alleging the infringement of Kodak digital imaging technology.
“Our primary interest is not to disrupt the availability of any product but to obtain fair compensation for the use of our technology”
.The Kodak complaint, filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), specifically claims that Apple’s iPhones and RIM’s camera-enabled BlackBerry devices infringe a Kodak patent that covers technology related to a method for previewing images. Separately, Kodak filed two suits today against Apple in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York that claim the infringement of patents related to digital cameras and certain computer processes.
Las Vegas, NV – Available to consumers this Spring, Pocket Radar™, the world’s first and only full performance, palm-sized speed radar device that puts consumers in the action, has already captured the attention of industry, media and consumers alike, while on display at last week’s 2010 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The pocket-sized speed radar device received the 2010 Editor’s Choice Award from Popular Mechanics magazine, citing it as one of the best new products at the 2010 CES.
LOUISVILLE, KY – Verizon Wireless announced today it invested nearly $39 million in 2009 to enhance its digital network in Kentucky. The enhancements included building 15 new cell sites and upgrading equipment on several existing cell sites to increase coverage and capacity of the company’s voice and 3G high-speed wireless network.
“While other wireless service providers played catch up this year building out parts of their high-speed wireless network, we already had that 3G foundation in place across the state,” said Greg Haller, president-Kentucky/Indiana/Michigan Region, Verizon Wireless. “Consequently, this year we focused on increasing capacity across our 3G network in Kentucky, enabling us to stay ahead of our customers’ increasing demands for fast and secure wireless data services.”
Since the company was formed in 2000, Verizon Wireless has invested $307 million on improvements to its network in Kentucky, including the following upgrades made in 2009:
– Fifteen new cell sites were activated statewide to improve network
coverage and capacity, enabling more customers to use their phones
concurrently to make voice calls; send and receive email and text,
picture and video messages; access the Internet; view high-quality
videos; and download music, games and ringtones, while enjoying
clearer reception and fewer dropped calls.
– Performance-based equipment was installed at several cell sites across
Kentucky, thereby doubling capacity of the company’s advanced 3G
high-speed wireless network as well as improving its speed and
– Permanent backup generators were installed at 49 Kentucky cell sites
to ensure network functionality during times of crisis.
– The former Cellular One network in Danville, London, Maysville,
Richmond, Somerset and Winchester — which included 86 cell sites –
was upgraded and converted to Verizon Wireless’ high-speed 3G network,
providing customers with clearer reception, fewer dropped calls and
more coverage, including stronger in-building coverage.
Las Vegas, NV – The 2010 CES upheld its status as the largest consumer electronics show in the world, attracting more than 120,000 attendees from 115 countries witnessing the introduction of thousands of new products and technologies from over 2,500 exhibitors. More than 20,000 new products were introduced this week at the 2010 International CES®, kicking off the next decade of technology innovation, none more prominent than 3D TV. More than 5,000 reporters, analysts and bloggers attended the show, generating significant global media coverage of the 2010 CES.
Las Vegas, NV – The consumer electronics (CE) industry will generate more than $165 billion in U.S. shipment revenues this year, a slight increase from 2009, according to the semi-annual industry forecast released today by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®. CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro announced the forecast in his opening remarks at the 2010 International CES®, the world’s largest consumer technology trade show.
SOUTHPORT, NC – South Brunswick High School in Southport, N.C., is one of five winning schools across the Carolinas that will receive a solar photovoltaic (PV) installation through Progress Energy’s SunSenseSM schools program. Chosen from 12 finalists, the school will receive a 2-kilowatt solar PV demonstration system, valued at more than $20,000, as part of a partnership between Progress Energy Carolinas and the Carolina Hurricanes Kids ’N Community Foundation.
Main Street Biz: Main Street Biz encourages readers who use Facebook to be a bit more cautious when clicking on links and videos this Christmas season. According to an article published on FOX News’ Web site, Internet users are being warned to watch out for a computer virus targeting popular social networking sites in the run up to Christmas. The article cites reports that Facebook users are most at risk from a variant of the Koobface virus, which has been disguised as a festive greetings video hosted on a YouTube site.
Castle Hayne, NC - VisionAIR®, provider of the integrated Public Safety Suite® of software, announces the release for general availability of its latest product offering, VisionDASHBOARD. This new application is designed to provide a visual overview of the information public safety command staff needs to make decisions. It provides role based “right-time” situational awareness through its focus on levels of performance and forecasts against Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and operational metrics. VisionDASHBOARD enables an agency’s executive management to analyze dispatch, law enforcement, and correctional historical data for trend or comparative analysis.
Wilmington, NC – Have you ever driven by a home for sale, but not had the time to stop to pick up information? Homebuy-ers with busy schedules can now receive informa¬tion by text messaging. The Wilmington Regional Association of REALTORS® (WRAR) will soon be introducing Realty Connect®, a state-of-the-art sys-tem designed to create easy access to information on homes for sale.
Wilmington, Nc – On January 11, 2010 The Wilmington Multiple Listing Service (MLS) will be implementing an adaptive authentication system which will enhance the fraud detection capabilities and security for all MLS Subscribers.
WILMINGTON, NC, November 27, 2009 /North Carolina News Articles/ — South-Tek Systems, designer and manufacturer of custom Nitrogen Generators, is pleased to announce that it has acquired a new contract to supply two 2,250 SCFH Nitrogen Generators for a 600 MW (nominal) 2 x 1 Combined Cycle Power Plant at one of this major Utility’s existing Energy Complexes.
Shallotte, NC – ATMC Cable recently added Showtime HD and Hallmark Movie Channel HD to its growing number of High Definition (HD) channels.
Showtime HD is a simulcast of the standard definition Showtime channel. Showtime HD features some of the most popular blockbuster movies, plus breakthrough original series such as Dexter, The Tudors, Nurse Jackie and more. Showtime HD is available on channel 952 with a subscription to any package with Showtime.
CHARLOTTE, NC – Gov. Bev Perdue announced that North Carolina will join forces with Microsoft in an innovative, public-private partnership to provide free technology training to individuals across the state. The Governor joined Gail Thomas Flynn, Microsoft’s Vice President of State and Local Government, at the Harris Campus of Central Piedmont Community College to applaud the unique partnership titled “Microsoft Elevate America.”
Castle Hayne, NC – VisionAIR®, provider of the integrated Public Safety Suite® of software, held its 20th Annual Users Conference October 25-29 at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside in North Carolina. Several hundred public safety professionals from across the nation traveled to Wilmington, NC, excited and looking forward to their week ahead. By all accounts, it was an overwhelming success, especially considering that the company also brought 47 agencies into productive use with its products over the last three months.
WILMINGTON, NC – In an era where many folks never really speak their minds to other people, TellAllGram.com throws the hammer down on keeping quiet. The latest innovation in social networking, the Web site allows users to send digital telegrams – anonymously. So whether venting to a restaurant manager about poor service; pranking a friend; telling politicians exactly how you feel; or sending admirations- TellAllGram keeps identities protected.
RALEIGH, NC – State environmental officials have $517,500 available for rebates on equipment and new long-haul trucks that reduce emissions from heavy-duty diesel engines, with funds provided under the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009.
The Environmental Protection Agency allocated ARRA – Diesel Emissions Reduction Act, or DERA, funding to the states as part of the national economic stimulus plan. The N.C. Division of Air Quality is coordinating the rebate program in North Carolina. DAQ is administering more than $1.7 million in ARRA funds for various air-related projects.
Wilmington, N.C. – South-Tek Systems teams up with Asian company Ming-Mei to provide nitrogen generators for Ming-Mei’s state-of-the-art in vitro fertilization (IVF) equipment throughout Asia. This exclusive partnership will benefit the end user in terms of being cost effective, reliable, safe, and convenient.
The first Nitrogen Generator was shipped in September 2009 from the South-Tek Systems production facility in Wilmington to Ming-Mei for use in IVF laboratory applications in Taiwan.
RALEIGH, NC – Twelve schools across the Carolinas have been selected as finalists in the Progress Energy SunSense schools program. Five of the finalists will receive solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in the coming months, as part of a partnership between Progress Energy Carolinas and the Carolina Hurricanes Kids ’N Community Foundation.
This hands-on educational program for middle school and high school students supports innovative ways to use and conserve energy and encourages students to develop innovative energy solutions. Finalists were chosen from nearly 30 applicants.
The Progress Energy SunSense schools program finalists are:
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – International Paper (NYSE: IP) is pleased to announce its launch of the newly developed Web site (http://internationalpaper.com) which enables access to solutions for customers around the globe, as well as provides instant access to product and company information.
Englewood, CO – September 2009 – Destination Hotels & Resorts recently re-launched its company vacation and travel Web site|–|www.DestinationHotels.com|–|to engage with travelers through social media and Web 2.0 technologies. The site also offers a new design that visually leads users through the discovery of the rich destination experiences provided by the portfolio. New navigation and a dynamic blog on every page along with collection micro-sites that highlight destination vacation experiences provide users with more robust and visual content to make travel decisions. The destination travel Web site also incorporates a variety of content and media syndication technologies that make it easy to share content on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Technorati as well as between Web sites in the portfolio.
RALEIGH, NC – The NC Utilities Commission (NCUC) has approved Progress Energy Carolinas’ plan to build new natural gas-fueled power generation in Wayne County, to replace a coal-fired plant that the utility will retire in 2013.
The commission today approved a certificate of public convenience and necessity for Progress Energy Carolinas’ proposed 950-megawatt (MW) combined-cycle power plant near the site of the H.F. Lee coal-fired plant. The company announced its plan to retire the plant’s three coal-fired units Aug. 18, and filed the certificate request the same day. The streamlined review process was authorized by legislation approved by the N.C. General Assembly in July.
RALEIGH, NC – A new study shows that North Carolina has broken into the top 10 states in the nation with the highest concentration of nanotechnology companies, universities, research laboratories and organizations, and that Raleigh has moved into the top 5 cities designated as “Nano Metro” clusters.
The data was released by the Project on Emerging Technologies, which is a partnership between the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Pew Charitable Trusts. This is the first time North Carolina has been a top-ranked nanotechnology region.
“Nanotechnology is fundamental to North Carolina’s economic development strategy of growing jobs and building a new economy,” Perdue said. “As one of the top 10 nanotech states, North Carolina will continue to push ahead and lead a technology sector that will change every industry and create products that will change the way we live.”
The data was released by the Project on Emerging Technologies and features more than 1,200 organizations across the United States that are part of the nanotechnology industry. North Carolina joins California, Massachusetts, New York and Texas as one of the top 10 states.
Raleigh pushed out Oakland to become one of the top 5 Nano Metros. The full study can be found here: http://www.nanotechproject.org/news/archive/putting_nanotechnology_on_map/#.
WILMINGTON, N.C.— GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) today announced it has
achieved a key milestone in deploying the world’s most advanced nuclear reactor design.
GEH has completed its submittal of the design certification document for the Economic Simplified Boiling Water Reactor (ESBWR) to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC). With the submittal, GEH has provided detailed information for the NRC to proceed with evaluating the ESBWR design for certification. The new reactor design offers advanced safety features and cost-saving advantages that are key in delivering the next generation of nuclear reactors worldwide.