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BANGOR EMMC's surgical robots do their work deep within the hospital's operating rooms, but this week they will come alive in the classroom. On Wednesday, March 12, EMMC robotic surgeon Michelle Toder, MD, FACS, will introduce surgical robotics to a group of Old Town High School students.

Dr. Toder's presentation is the latest in a diverse seminar series offered at Old Town High School for students and the public since 2006. The program fulfills requirements for students who are seeking an honors diploma or the brand new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Leaders Diploma.

BANGOR Have you ever wondered how to use all of the features on your smartphone or perhaps wanted to know if you're doing everything you can to get the most out of your device? You're not alone. U.S. Cellular is inviting current or potential smartphone users to their Device Workshop on Saturday, March 15 from 9 to 10 a.m. at 403 Wilson Street in Brewer and Saturday, March 22 from 8 to 9 a.m. at 33 Mid Mall Boulevard in Bangor, where you can learn more about the features, tips and tricks of a specific device or even stop by to decide if a smartphone or tablet is right for your needs. At the workshop, U.S. Cellular associates will offer attendees hands-on assistance to get the most out of the features on their smartphones and tablets, such as the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

'Your phone can simplify and enhance your life, which is why U.S. Cellular provides a high-speed network and the latest phones and tablets. Ensuring every customer knows how to get the most out of their device is just one of the ways we provide the best customer experience,' said Matt Kasper, director of sales for U.S. Cellular in New England. 'U.S. Cellular offers a valuable rewards program that recognizes loyalty, which is just one example of how we treat every customer like a neighbor, not a number.'

Monday, 24 February 2014 23:27

UMaine researchers pool expertise

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ORONO University of Maine researchers have designed a handheld device that can quickly detect disease-causing and toxin-producing pathogens, including algal species that can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning.

The device a colorimeter could be instrumental in monitoring coastal water in real-time, thereby preventing human deaths and beach closures, says lead researcher Janice Duy, a recent graduate of UMaine's Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering. Duy is now conducting postdoctoral research at Fort Detrick in Maryland.

PORTLAND U.S. Cellular upgraded the wireless experience for its Maine customers in 2013 by investing $3.3 million in 4G LTE network enhancements across the state. Currently, nearly 90 percent of U.S. Cellular customers have access to 4G LTE speeds that are up to 10 times faster than 3G and similar to a cable Internet connection. The company also invested $1.6 million in upgrades to its existing high-speed network in Maine.

U.S. Cellular is dedicated to the local communities it serves, so in addition to network enhancements, U.S. Cellular invested $1.1 million in Maine to upgrade its in-store experience with a high-engagement design that makes shopping an easy and enjoyable experience. Updates include an expanded device discovery zone, a connected devices engagement counter and a lounge. In 2013, the company built or renovated nine of these hands-on, experiential store locations throughout the state, including in Bangor, South Portland, Waterville, Augusta, Auburn and Bucksport.

Tuesday, 04 February 2014 19:28

U.S. Cellular to host free device workshop in Bangor area

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BANGOR A smartphone or tablet is aimed to make your life easier, but not everyone has the time to learn how to use their device to its full potential. To address this, U.S. Cellular is offering a free Device Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 9 to 10 a.m. at 403 Wilson Street in Brewer and Saturday, Feb. 22 from 8 to 9 a.m. at 33 Mid Mall Boulevard in Bangor, where current or potential smartphone users can learn more about the features, tips and tricks of their specific device. At the workshop, U.S. Cellular associates will offer attendees hands-on assistance to get the most out of the features on their smartphones and tablets, such as the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

The iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry options offered by U.S. Cellular enable customers to transform a smartphone to a device that meets their exact needs. The iPhone 5s and 5c allow customers to enjoy faster web browsing and quick app downloads with access to 4G LTE speeds that are up to 10 times faster than 3G.

FARMINGTON As the University of Maine at Farmington celebrates its first 150 years, the Department of Biology looks forward to what the next century and a half might hold. These intriguing possibilities will be explored with the series 'Nature, Nurture and Technology: Biology's Next 150 Years.'

Events in this fourth academic discipline in the 2013-14 Farmington Forum Series will be held on Feb. 10 and Wednesday, Feb. 12., and are free and open to the public.

PORTLAND OTT Communications, a division of Otelco Inc., announced recently that it has acquired Reliable Networks of Maine, LLC, a provider of cloud-based hosting and managed services. The acquisition expands OTT Communication's existing carrier-grade service offerings to include support for critical VoIP, email, database and industry vertical software applications.

'Our business customers increasingly are turning to us to expand our hosting and managed services capabilities to be able to provide seamless, turnkey services anchored by our high-quality Internet and telecommunications offerings,' said Mike Weaver, CEO of Otelco. 'Over the years, we have successfully collaborated with Reliable Networks on larger, more complex VoIP deployments. Leveraging the networking and application hosting expertise of Reliable Networks by acquiring the company is a natural, evolutionary extension of our current product and services offerings to support the substantial growth of our Hosted IP Voice PBX Product.'

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 20:01

Lego Robotics Championship

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AUGUSTA- Sixty two teams descended on the Augusta Civic Center to finish up their First Lego League season on Saturday, Dec. 14. Teams from all over the state competed with their Lego robots on this year's "Nature's Fury" playing field.

The First Lego League is an international competition with over 20,000 teams of 9- to 14-year-old students, all working and learning about natural disasters.

BANGOR Students from Hermon High School and Middle School will be visiting the campus of Husson University on Dec. 11 at 11:30 a.m. to participate in the Hour of Code. 

The event, organized by Code.org and supported by Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, as well as over 100 others, is taking place during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 9-15).  The goal of Code.org is to get 5 million students in 33,000 classrooms around the world to learn at least one hour of computer science this week. This includes 110 students from the Bangor area.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 22:52

Come watch the 14th Annual Maine First Lego League Championship

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ORONO Maine Robotics and Time Warner Cable are hosting the 14th Annual Maine First Lego League Championship, to be held Saturday, Dec. 14 at the Augusta Civic Center. The event is free and open to the public. Seventy teams are already registered and the event is expecting 2,500 people at the Augusta Civic Center to watch the excitement. Opening ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m. and closing ceremonies will be at 3:30 p.m. 

Senator Angus King and Acting Commissioner of Education Jim Rier will be part of the opening ceremony. According to Maine Robotics Director Tom Bickford, 'This is the biggest event we've ever held, and it gets bigger and better each year!'

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