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Reaching all the nooks and crannies

MDA is working closely with stakeholders to plan for the anticipated expansion of broadband capabilities Some people don’t like change, but don’t count Charles “Bubba” Weir among them, especially when it comes to Internet access. Since the unveiling of the so-called National Broadband Plan by the Obama administration last March, steps are slowly being taken toward the plan’s goal of ...

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Changing the world

Wireless phones doing everything these days There seems to be no part of life where communication technology does not hold sway. Is there anything the ubiquitous wireless phone can not do? Or anywhere it can not go?  And of course you don’t have to use them to actually speak to people — that’s so old school. Universities and colleges have ...

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The electronic handshake

Electronic campaigning, even the unsolicited variety, a big part of 2011 governor’s race A few years ago, before iPhones and BlackBerries gobbled up the mobile phone market share, Bill Luckett and Willie Nelson found themselves in Clarksdale for a meeting of a company’s board of directors on which they both sat. The meeting over, Luckett walked Nelson to his tour ...

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Failure was not an option for Harvey

In a meeting several years ago in the office of the Chancellor at the University of Mississippi, five start-up business owners met with a representative from a national entrepreneurship foundation. In the conversation, the representative shared the familiar statistics about start-up failures with the group. One of the business owners strongly disagreed with the proposition by this “expert” that they ...

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Jeff’s plan extends to all at MTA

The Mississippi Technology Alliance recently held its third-annual Innovators Hall of Fame Awards Gala and eleventh-annual Conference on High Technology. At the Gala, Dr. Robert C. Khayat, chancellor emeritus of The University of Mississippi was awarded the 2010 Legends Award, and Dr. John Bower, Will Primos and Dr. Bill Rayburn were inducted to the Hall of Fame.  In addition, Hybrid ...

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Bringing broadband to rural Mississippi is gaining steam

If they gave a national Internet user party and invited only 10 people per state who were a representative sample of each state, only six people from Mississippi could attend. That is because Mississippi has a 59.3 percent Internet penetration rate, the lowest in the United States. It also has the lowest broadband, or high-speed, Internet usage rate. Thanks to ...

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Holiday Tech Roundup

By Stephen McDill It seems like just yesterday we were all lining up at the shopping mall to check out the new app-loaded Android smartphones, nifty e-readers, and paper-thin netbooks. This holiday season look for much of the same merchandise along with a few newcomers in the hardware and software world. Tech analysts are calling 2010 “The Year of the ...

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Kindle, iPad or the old pen and pad?

About a month ago I bought a Kindle e-book reader.  In this column I’ll tell you why a chose the Kindle instead of other e-book readers, including the iPad.  I’ll also discuss why a Kindle may be right for me, but not right for you. Amazon released its first e-book reader in Nov. 2007.  It sold out in a matter ...

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Camgian: Going where the Internet has never gone before

Continued large growth is expected through infrastructure in the coming years, with a Mississippi company on the forefront Starkville-based Camgian Microsystems Corporation is among the world’s elite companies that are developing wireless devices that can communicate with each other and with humans. These new devices will be embedded in everything from buildings and bridges to a farmer’s fields or a ...

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