Technology Archive

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.

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.

Connect Arkansas Announces Small Business Internet Study

by Arkansas Business Staff 11/18/2014 01:22 pm

Connect Arkansas has plans for a statewide study to help small- and medium-sized businesses develop strategies and be more competitive in the digital economy.

Pharmacy Firm RxResults Adding Jobs

by Mark Friedman 11/17/2014 12:00 am

RxResults, a pharmacy risk management company that is partly owned by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, said it plans to add between 20 and 30 jobs in the next 21 months, according to a UAMS news release. Founded in 2008, RxResults was created to help lower drug costs for employers and their workers while making sure they receive the best medicines available.

Tyson Family Stock Nears $3 Billion; Waltons No. 1 On Top Stockholders List

by Gwen Moritz 11/17/2014 12:00 am

The second-wealthiest family in northwest Arkansas, the Tysons, saw their stock holdings increase by nearly $1 billion over the past year — an increase of more than 40 percent.

Investment, Jobs Buoy Fort Smith's Chaffee Crossing

by Marty Cook 11/17/2014 12:00 am

Chaffee Crossing, the 7,000-acre Army surplus property in Fort Smith, continues to be a popular development destination in its new civilian life, playing host to a spate of expansion and relocation announcements during the past year.

ASTA Provides Commercialization Funds for NanoWatt Chip Design

by Mark Carter 11/13/2014 04:35 pm

The Arkansas Science & Technology Authority has invested $100,000 from its seed capital investment program in Fayetteville startup NanoWatt Design.

Investors at Technology Summit Advise Startups to Sell the Vision

by Mark Carter 11/13/2014 04:05 pm

Investors participating in the Arkansas Technology Summit Thursday at the Argenta Innovation Center in downtown North Little Rock said they'd prefer to see an inspired pitch from a potential investment target than a detailed business plan.

Spencer Jones Big Winner at ARK Challenge in Little Rock

by Mark Carter 11/13/2014 09:10 am

Spencer Jones, a surgical nurse resident at CHI St. Vincent Infirmary Medical Center in Little Rock, won an investment round of $150,000 for his innovative blood-draw device Wednesday at the ARK Challenge Demo Day in Little Rock.

Arkansas Technology Summit to Showcase Research-based Startups

by Mark Carter 11/12/2014 09:51 am

The summit will run all day Thursday from the Arkansas Regional Innovation Hub's Argenta Innovation Center in downtown North Little Rock.