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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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Cell phones now ‘sell’ phones

AT&T is now offering software that can turn a mobile phone into a mobile credit card machine. Last week AT&T announced its new offering of AprivaPay applications, which can “turn your cell phone into a sell phone.” The company is marketing the software as a tool that will allow small business owners to increase cash flow and enhance productivity. AT&T ...

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European company to put biomass power plants in Miss.

London-based Meridian Power announced this month that it has selected former Tupelo mayor and Advance Mississippi Chairman Glenn L. McCullough Jr. as chairman of its biomass businesses in the United States. The company has chosen Mississippi to be the site of its first power plant, due to the abundance of timber biomass in the state. Meridian Power plans to develop ...

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iPad fever hits Mississippi

    The day Apple’s iPad went on sale in Apple stores nationwide — April 3 —Jimmy Abbott’s was shipped to his home in Indianola.   He’d ordered his on March 12, within hours of when Apple began taking pre-orders.  As the owner of an iMac, an Apple laptop and an iPhone, he had to have the latest gadget after ...

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Welch brings wealth of experience to Verizon

Industry has been transformed in her 15 years Bonnie Welch is the business sales manager in Mississippi for Verizon Wireless, but her 15-year career in the telecommunications industry began by chance. After completing her associate’s degree in business management from Hinds Community College, Welch contacted an employment agency for a job she was interested in. “I was working the kind ...

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AT&T expects even more 3G coverage as the year goes on

Company says iPhone sales in state are up since last 3G expansion AT&T expanded its 3G market in Mississippi in the late fall of 2009 and early winter of 2010, and areas of the state will continue to see expansion in coverage this year, company officials said. In an area that spans north of Clarksdale, east to the Batesville area ...

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