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6 noteworthy features in Mac system update Wednesday

NEW YORK - Apple's new Mac operating sys­tem, El Capitan, won't offer dramatic changes, but rather refinements and enhancements to the current system, Yosemite. Nonetheless, it's an upgrade worth having, especially as it's free. Once you get El Capitan, here are six features worth checking ...

Amazon tests Uber-like service for Prime Now deliveries

NEW YORK - Amazon is testing an Uber-like service for delivering its one-hour Prime Now packages that will enlist people to deliver packages for Amazon with their own cars. In order to offer the speedy deliveries Amazon will pay drivers $18 to $25 an hour via its new Amazon Flex program. The ...

Couple ordered to pay $10 million for stealing trade secrets

ST. LOUIS - A judge has ordered a former employee of a mid-Missouri tech firm and his wife to pay $10 mil­lion for stealing trade se­crets and partnering with a Chinese firm to sell knock­off products to unsuspect­ing buyers, including the U.S. Navy. Franklin County Associate Circuit Judge ...

NH offers chance to interact with candidates

New Hampshire really is a special place. I was reminded of this a few weeks ago when my wife and I attended a fundraiser for Sen. Kelly Ayotte in Warner. There were around 40 folks in attendance, and the agenda called for cocktails, dinner and remarks from Sen. Ayotte. The setting was ...

AARP releases report on WiFi use

CONCORD - A new sur­vey of Internet users shows that the freedom and con­venience of public wireless networks may come at a cost. Nearly half failed a quiz about online and wireless safety, while tens of thou­sands admitted to engaging in activity that could put them squarely in the sights ...

Representatives from Google, Facebook met with city business owners

NASHUA – Business leaders said recent visits from top tech companies could help the Nashua re­gion continue its push to increase economic opportu­nities through more collab­orated online networking and other Internet-based resources. Last month, representa­tives with the Internet ...

Growth of paddle boarding is on display

SALT LAKE CITY - Colorful paddleboards and pictures of peo­ple practicing the sport in beauti­ful settings fill the exhibit halls at the world's largest outdoor retail trade show this week in Salt Lake City in the latest illustration of the sport's exploding popularity. They make long, ...

BluAqua restaurant make waves, sinks

AMHERST - The bluAqua restaurant and bar opened with a big splash three years ago, prompting rave reviews on food websites. Located at Salzburg Square, it was named Best New Restaurant in the 2014 Best of the Souhegan Region contest, sponsored by The Cabinet and the Souhegan Valley Chamber of ...

Researchers warn of bogus emails offering Windows 10

SAN FRANCISCO - Some hackers are exploiting Microsoft's offer of free upgrades to its new Windows 10 operating system. Security researchers are warning about a wave of bogus spam emails with malicious attach­ments, labeled as if they're legitimate copies of the new program. The attachments ...

U.S. Department of Labor fines Corriveau Painting $500K

NASHUA - Nashua firm Corriveau Painting will pay almost $500,000 in back wages and penalties after settling a long-running suit with the U.S. Department of Labor over unpaid overtime and allegations that em­ployees were intimidated, although the owner says the complaints are exaggerated and ...

Marr | Independent sales commissions protected in NH

An individual who is a sales representative of a number of companies may not be an employee of any of them, but rather an inde­pendent contractor. For example, a manufac­turer's representative for furniture companies may have a lamp line, a dining table line, and an uphol­stery chair and ...

Merrimack company opens its 3-D printing bureau in China

MERRIMACK - Merrimack- based Solidscape has opened the first 3-D printing service bureau in China, the first big step in its new parternship with Kangshuo Group that it has said will lead to a large expansion in production here. The 80,000-square-foot, multistory facility in Foshan City, ...

Ektron becomes EPIServer, but is staying in Nashua

NASHUA - Now that the transition from Ektron to EPIServer has become public with a new company sign on Amherst Street, the question arises of what will happen to the formerly high-flying Web services company. It's staying and it's grow­ing, says James Norwood, executive vice president for ...

Patents assigned to NH companies

The following federal pat­ents were assigned to com­panies or individuals in New Hampshire from July 23 to July 30. BAE Systems BAE Systems Informa­tion & Electronic Systems Integration, Nashua, has been assigned a patent (9,094,853) developed by five co-inventors for ...

Flegal | Floating down stream of consciousness

In all the years that I have been writing this column, I have resisted the urge to write one of those "floating down a stream of consciousness" articles where the columnist bounces from one topic to the next. But it is July, it is hot, and sometimes things just move a bit too ...

NH consortiums elect new leaders

CONCORD - The New Hampshire College & Uni­versity Council and Cam­pus Compact for New Hampshire board of direc­tors have elected Dr. Todd Leach, chancellor of the University System of New Hampshire, as chair of both organizations. The board also an­nounced the election of Sr. Paula ...

Nashua’s Ripano achieves top North American designation

NASHUA - Ripano Stone­works joined the ranks of the nation's elite countertop fabricators in June when they achieved the coveted designation of Marble Institute of America Ac­credited Natural Stone Fabricator. Ripano is now one of 82 companies in the United States and Canada to achieve the ...

Farmers, fishers play key role in Hong Kong voting

HONG KONG - Since China took control of Hong Kong from Britain in 1997, the city's billionaires have played a leading role in hew­ing the Asian financial cen­ter to Beijing's priorities. So too have a dwindling band of fishermen and farmers. The desire of China's com­munist leaders to ...

Buffalo museum launches gaming app

BUFFALO, N.Y. - The newest work at the Albright- Knox Art Gallery is a gaming app meant to put modern and contemporary art in front of kids by way of their smart­phones. ArtGames 2.0 is now avail­able for free from the Apple App and Google Play stores. Developers at the museum's new ...

Stephen Kelley | When safe isn’t always safe and risk isn’t always risk

"But, is it safe?" This is one of the most perplexing questions I get from people who are considering using our income planning services. More often than not, they are referring to an annuity or other life insurance product we sell, and are really struggling with how safe ...