Technology Archive

Fed Survey Finds Improvement Across US Economy

by Associated Press 12/4/2014 09:14 am

The U.S. economy kept expanding in October and November, helped by solid gains in consumer spending, manufacturing and overall employment, according to the Federal Reserve's latest survey of business conditions around the country.

Beacons Pop Up in Stores Ahead of Holidays

by Associated Press 12/4/2014 07:24 am

From American Eagle to Apple Stores, beacons are popping up everywhere. Are they a shopper's best friend or another pesky Big Brother monitoring our every move?

Arkansas Research Alliance Launches ARA Fellows Program

by Mark Carter 12/3/2014 11:05 am

The ARA Fellows program was created to recognize and reward distinguished research talent at the state's five research universities, and is a complement to the ARA Scholars program, which recruits new research talent to the state.

More US CEOs Plan to Boost Hiring in Next 6 Months

by Associated Press 12/2/2014 11:33 am

Chief executives at the largest U.S. companies expect sales to keep growing in the next six months and also plan to step up hiring.

Spencer Jones' 5 Tips for Startup Success

by Mark Carter 12/1/2014 12:00 am

Spencer Jones, who won the 2014 fall edition of the ARK Challenge with his Little Rock startup Jones Innovative Medical Solutions, has some advice for aspiring entrepreneurs looking to emulate his early success.

Like Hogs, ARK Challenge Winner Spencer Jones on Upward Trajectory

by Mark Carter 12/1/2014 12:00 am

While the Razorbacks toiled themselves back to respectability in the rugged Southeastern Conference, Spencer Jones developed his Little Rock startup, Jones Innovative Medical Solutions, alongside some of the state's most promising young entrepreneurs at the ARK Challenge.

No More Stalling on Marketplace Fairness (Randy Zook Commentary)

by Randy Zook 12/1/2014 12:00 am

It has been widely reported that U.S. House Speaker John Boehner has promised that the Marketplace Fairness Act will not surface in 2014. Congress' failure to act on this important measure is a huge setback for Arkansas' businesses, for our retail and commercial industries, and is another blow by Washington to Arkansas' economy.

The Glass Is Half Full (Mitch Bettis Publisher's Note)

by Mitch Bettis 12/1/2014 12:00 am

Arkansans and Americans in general seem to be feeling blue these days. Maybe a deluge of negative political advertising bludgeoned us into sadness. Perhaps I'm a “glass half-full” guy because I keep noticing that, nationally and within Arkansas, there are positive economic indicators.

KUAF Sets Sights On New Transmitter

by Sean Beherec 12/1/2014 12:00 am

KUAF-FM, 91.3, the NPR affiliate in Fayetteville, will soon be in the market and fundraising for a new FM transmitter. Station Manager Rick Stockdell said the station's 26-year-old, 25,000-watt transmitter is on its last legs. Bad weather and lightning strikes have knocked the transmitter out of commission in the past, and replacement parts are either costly or have to be custom-made.

Charities Prosper Under New Laws, Economy

by Marty Cook 12/1/2014 12:00 am

An improving economy and a state full of philanthropic hearts have meant another good year for Arkansas charities, despite concerns that tax law changes might have caused complications.

U.S. Census Says More Than 8 Out of 10 American Households Own Computers

by Arkansas Business Staff 12/1/2014 12:00 am

In 2013, 83.8 percent of U.S. households owned a computer and 74.4 percent reported Internet use, according to a November report from the Census Bureau.

No Daily Report, Morning Report or E-newsletters on Thursday, Friday

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/26/2014 11:03 am

Arkansas Business will not send the Daily Report, Morning Report or weekly industry e-newsletters on Thursday and Friday in recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Picasolar Gets New Funding, Works to Scale Innovative Solar Cell

by Mark Carter 11/26/2014 09:31 am

Fresh off a new round of federal SunShot Initiative funding and a $1.2 million round of equity capital, Fayetteville's Picasolar will spend the next 10 to 12 months scaling its solar cells to meet the industry standard.

HP Earnings Miss Estimates, Show Continued Struggle

by Associated Press 11/25/2014 04:12 pm

Hewlett-Packard Co.'s latest earnings report shows that despite three years of efforts to turn its business around, the venerable tech giant still has a lot more work ahead.

Civik Connects Legislators, Constituents Through Targeted Surveys

by Mark Carter 11/25/2014 09:27 am

Trent Atwood's Civik enables elected officials to use targeted questions, based on ZIP code or demographics, to survey constituents on specific issues.

Innovate 2 Educate Event Allows Students to Solve Problems

by Mark Carter 11/24/2014 08:09 am

Students from eStem Public Charter High School in downtown Little Rock spent Friday morning pitching startup ideas designed to innovate the current educational model.

NWA's 'Vendorville' Lets Down Guard as Millennials Blend In

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/24/2014 12:00 am

Cameron Smith, whose efforts to place women on corporate boards of directors was the subject of a front-page story last week, says it's not always easy persuading denizens of New York and Silicon Valley to move to Vendorville, the Bentonville-Rogers-Springdale-Fayetteville metroplex that's home to 1,390 suppliers to Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

Car-Mart Uses GPS To Improve ‘Efficiency'

by Marty Cook 11/24/2014 12:00 am

Car-Mart announced in its quarterly earnings report in August that it had invested in the GPS technology and the devices were now in about 67 percent of the cars it had sold. It should be no shocking news flash that many car buyers at dealerships such as Car-Mart have little credit or not the best of credit and thus are considered high risk.

Windstream to Cut 350 Positions, 38 In Arkansas, by December

by Sean Beherec 11/20/2014 03:31 pm

Windstream Holdings Corp. of Little Rock announced Thursday that the company is cutting 350 positions by Dec. 1, including 38 jobs in Arkansas. The cuts represent about 2.5 percent of the company's workforce of about 13,000.

Video: ARK Challenge Concludes Fourth Run in Little Rock

by Mark Carter 11/19/2014 11:16 am

The ARK Challenge startup accelerator last week concluded its fourth installment, and first in Little Rock, with Demo Day presentations of company pitches held inside the Clinton Center's Great Hall.