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ORONO University of Maine graduate students and faculty will make more than 60 presentations about emerging climate change research on topics from lobsters to deer ticks at the 24th annual Harold W. Borns Jr. Symposium onApril 14 and 15; the event will take place in Stodder Hall.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016 16:48

Citizen scientist training offered around state

Written by Wire Reports

ORONO Despite Maine's most recent snowstorm, spring is on its way. Common signs of the season, such as an increase in morning birdsong or a crocus pushing through the soil are just a few indicators of a much larger cycle of seasonal changes that affect the plants, animals and humans of Maine.

ORONO Ocean technology in New England and Atlantic Canada will be the focus of a conference at the University of MaineApril 27-28, organized by UMaine's Canadian-American Center and the Maine International Trade Center.

WATERVILLE University of Maine Cooperative Extension will host an informational meeting about robotic dairy systems from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 9 at Governor's Restaurant, 376 Main St.

The meeting is designed for dairy farmers and industry leaders to learn more about available robotic technology.

Tuesday, 23 February 2016 20:45

U.S. Cellular announces 2015 statewide investment

Written by Wire Reports

MAINE - U.S. Cellular continued to invest in the wireless experience for its customers in 2015 with upgrades to its network and store environment throughout Maine. Nationwide, the wireless company now covers 99 percent of its customers with a 4G LTE network to help consumers and businesses stay connected. Here in Maine, U.S. Cellular invested $3.3 million in network enhancements in a combination of 4G LTE additions and improvements along with ongoing advancements to the company's existing network.

Last year, U.S. Cellular launched several devices and introduced hundreds of new accessories in its stores, so four retail locations in Maine were opened or redesigned to provide shoppers with a great in-store experience. To continue to innovate in its retail stores, in 2015 the company invested $906,000 to ensure that they are an easy and fun place to shop.

BRUNSWICK The Maine Technology Institute (MTI) approved two new awards from its Cluster Initiative Program (CIP) for collaborative projects that boost Maine's high-potential technology-intensive clusters. Awards made under the CIP program support the success of Maine businesses by funding joint work of companies, service providers, research laboratories and educational institutions and expanding the infrastructure that helps them to thrive. This round of CIP awards leveraged $128,450 in matching contributions from private donations.

Cluster Initiative Program awards were issued for planning and piloting projects supporting Maine's food and aquaculture clusters.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016 19:13

What to expect from wireless technology in 2016

Written by Wire Reports

It seems that every day a new technology is introduced, or there is something new our wireless devices can do for us. In 2016, the plethora of devices that go beyond smartphones and tablets will change the way business is conducted and simplify everyday tasks.

Jay Ellison, executive vice president of operations for U.S. Cellular, sees 2016 as the year Maine residents see the benefits of the significant advancements in technology that have occurred over the past few years.

'As we continue to rely on wireless technology more and more for business, entertainment, health monitoring and communications, the devices and how we use them will continue to evolve,' Ellison said. 'With strong networks and creative ways to use them, there is technology on the horizon that can connect us in ways never before possible, and I have never been more excited about where these innovations can take us.'

In the new calendar year, Ellison anticipates three trends in the wireless industry that you may be hearing a lot more about in 2016.

1. Internet of Things goes mainstream

The Internet of Things (IoT) is already changing the way businesses view assets, manage their systems, and handle transactions, and in 2016 it will introduce new possibilities and opportunities for both businesses and consumers. The global market for IoT devices is expected to reach $6.6 billion by the end of 2015 and nearly $49.2 billion by 2020, according to BCC Research.

The benefits of IoT for businesses are tangible and fast to recognize. Having a sensor on inventory that sends an alert to a smartphone if it is moved or being able to remotely monitor a crop to determine if it needs watering provide immediate time and cost savings. These examples just scratch the surface of what IoT can do.

"Almost any physical item or asset can be connected to the Internet of Things," said Ellison. 'At U.S. Cellular, we mainly see the technology used with businesses, but it can be leveraged in everyday life as well. From smart homes to connected cars, the consumer face of IoT is beginning to emerge.'

2. Wearable devices take off

With the introduction of the Apple Watch this past year, the popularity and sales of wearable devices went to another level. Sales of wearable technology worldwide increased nearly 200 percent in the last three months of 2015 compared with the same period in 2014, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC).

There is a wide range of choices in wearable technology functionality, ranging from the basic fitness tracking to a smartphone-like experience. In 2016, more businesses will take to the technology, especially those in primarily mobile industries and government agencies.

'While they have yet to become an essential device, we can safely assume that smartwatches are here to stay in 2016 and for many years to come,' said Ellison. 'As we add the Apple Watch to our portfolio along with current wearable devices from Samsung, Moto, Fitbit, Garmin and others, customers will be able to customize their choice to their exact need.'

3. Wallets stay at home

When Apple, Google, Samsung, Starbucks and Walmart all launched similar products the same year, it must be important. That is what happened in 2015, when those companies began making mobile payment options available to their customers.

In 2016, expect to see more people checking out at retail stores using only their smartphones, along with more retailers adapting to the technology. These mobile payment apps securely store payment information and utilize near-field communication, or NFC, to offer wireless payment through a merchant's payment terminal. For users, that means faster and easier payments and all transactions organized in one place.

'I expect mobile payments to someday be the norm,' said Ellison. 'With the technology coming to more retail outlets and a reliable network that covers you nationally, you can have a hassle-free shopping experience with your smartphone in no time.'

BANGOR - The Challenger Learning Center of Maine is pleased to announce that Maine's Astronaut from Caribou, Dr. Jessica Meir, will be the special guest of honor for the Center's commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Challenger Space Shuttle's final flight. On Wednesday, Jan. 27, Dr. Meir will make a presentation for middle school students from across the state at a special assembly held at the Collins Center for the Arts; in collaboration with the Maine Science Festival she will greet the general public at an after-school Open House held at the Challenger Learning Center of Maine; and in the evening she will be the keynote speaker at a special reception for invited guests at the Challenger Center.

KENNEBUNK Plixer International, a leading network incident response and security analytics company, announced recently the release of their Phishing Attack education game called 'Click Click Phish.' Free to play for all individuals and nonprofits, the game leverages an underwater theme with a fish that helps guide the player to making good decisions when evaluating each email. The objective of the game is to evaluate the links in each email before the water runs out of the tank. If the user clicks on anything other than Safe or Unsafe, the game ends and the user must start over. At the end of the game, a score is provided and users can see how they performed in comparison to others. There is also an option to register, which allows players to track their performance over time.

'After being involved with over 40 customer case studies, it became clear to us that we had to do something to help the internet community get educated on the dangers of clicking on things they shouldn't,' Michael Patterson, CEO of Plixer, said. 'Businesses need to be proactive about making sure their employees know how to avoid infections by carefully evaluating the links in the emails they receive.'

Monday, 07 December 2015 20:15

U.S. Cellular hosts free device workshop in the Bangor Area

Written by PR

BANGOR In the midst of the holiday season, planning and staying in touch with loved ones can be challenging. This year, 62 percent of smartphone owners are using mobile devices to plan for the holidays. Whether you are jet setting off on vacation, scheduling events or trying to connect with family members, devices such as the 4G LTE iPhone 6s and Samsung Galaxy S 6 can keep you connected and help make event planning easy and fun.

U.S. Cellular will host a free Device Workshop on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 9 to 10 a.m. at 403 Wilson Street in Brewer and Dec. 26 from 9 to 10 a.m. at 33 Mid Mall Boulevard in Bangor. Current or potential smartphone users can ask questions and learn about devices, accessories and apps. Local U.S. Cellular experts will be available to tell you about mobile features that can optimize your holiday experience, such as built-in calendars and downloadable apps. The workshop is open to everyone, and you don't have to be a U.S. Cellular customer to attend.

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