Smart Phones

Apple: iPhone 6 models break company sales record

September 22, 2014
Associated Press
Apple says it sold more than 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models in the three days after the phones went on sale.
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Startup prodigy Jaramillo started at age 7

September 20, 2014
Jared Council
Santiago Jaramillo is CEO of Bluebridge Digital LLC, which creates and manages apps primarily for not-for-profits, and it’s one of the first app companies to operate on a subscription model. But Jaramillo was his own boss well before mobile apps and smartphones even existed.
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Apple reveals iPhones with larger screens, smartwatch

September 9, 2014
Bloomberg News
Apple unveiled a smartwatch on Tuesday, a wearable device that marks the company's first major entry in a new product category since the iPad's debut in 2010.
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Will a new app disrupt snow, lawn-care businesses?

August 9, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
Starting this month, Indianapolis area residents and business owners can order up lawn mowing and snow plowing services through an app.
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More executives want break from 24-hour connectivity

August 2, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
A growing number of people are seeking a kind of digital detox at least once a year, but many still resist the idea. According to Wired magazine, less than 10 percent of all Americans unplug—even for one week a year,
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New ExactTarget software could connect everyday objects to InternetRestricted Content

February 1, 2014
Dan Human
The Indianapolis software developer is building technology for objects outside the typical computers, phones or tablets that marketers most often use to reach out to consumers, things like refrigerators, clothing and even toothbrushes.
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Controversial TV streamer planning to launch in IndyRestricted Content

October 19, 2013
Chris O'Malley
A digital streaming service that television broadcasters deem so threatening they recently petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court for help plans to enter Indianapolis next year.
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Emmis sees coupons as next frontier for radio appsRestricted Content

July 20, 2013
Chris O'Malley
An app that would allow smartphones to receive FM radio signals like a transistor radio has been hailed as a way to help stations recapture listeners who fled to Web-based music streaming services.
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State, Anthem ask techies to solve infant mortality

July 15, 2013
J.K. Wall
Dr. Bill VanNess, Indiana’s commissioner of health, asked IT developers to create a smartphone app that the state could offer to pregnant moms to educate them about infant health and help them easily schedule appointments with health care providers.
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Young & Laramore finds app draws eyeballs to brandRestricted Content

June 15, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis ad agency Young & Laramore's recent project for footwear giant New Balance included developing a video game intended to reach young consumers who’ve grown up with a smartphone as a bodily appendage.
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Smartphone videos rewrite rules of customer researchRestricted Content

April 6, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Carmel-based Strategic Marketing & Research Inc. is among firms tapping the capabilities of video-enabled smartphones to gain insights into consumers’ thoughts and emotions. They’re doing this by having consumers use their phones to shoot a video diary of their product experiences.
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Even salvage auto buyers now have an app to make purchases easierRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Bids have been taken via smart-phone applications for more than a year. Now a unit of Carmel-based KAR Auction Services has introduced an app to make paying easier.
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Emmis executive a technology pioneerRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
Anthony Schoettle
Paul Brenner, chief technology officer for Emmis Communications Corp., is largely credited with pioneering two recent technological breakthroughs that could pump badly needed revenue into the radio industry.
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BrightPoint buyer Ingram Micro mulls cost-cuttingRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Dan Human
A top BrightPoint Inc. executive expects little employment change for the distribution and logistics company’s 1,100-person central Indiana work force, despite the potential for job cuts and facility closings across the country.
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Tippecanoe Co. to put crime info at public's fingertips

September 16, 2012
Associated Press
Crime activity and information on people taken to jail or being released will soon be available to the public through a new app being developed for the Tippecanoe County sheriff's office.
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BrightPoint's $840M sale ends wild ride for CEO LaikinRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
Greg Andrews
Bob Laikin started BrightPoint in 1989, when cellular phones were clunky and brick-like and were mostly for the wealthy.
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UPDATE: BrightPoint sale follows tough stretch for firm

July 2, 2012
Scott Olson
Given the soft cell phone market and Brightpoint's recent struggles, a sale to California-based Ingram Micro for about $840 million makes sense, analysts say. The two companies announced the acquisition early Monday morning.
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UPDATE: Brightpoint's planned sale spawns uncertainty

July 2, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The $840M deal, which would eliminate one of Indiana’s six Fortune 500 companies, is casting uncertainty over Hendricks County, where the company is one of the largest employers.
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ALTOM: Business consumer loses when Google, Apple fightRestricted Content

September 24, 2011
Tim Altom
Even complementary companies can trip over each other in today’s high-tech market, and cause problems for the business users who depend on them.
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Smarter product mix boosting BrightpointRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Mobile-phone distributor Brightpoint Inc. is a wireless industry middleman, constantly trying to strike deals with competing manufacturers and carriers, to gain market share in distributing the world’s high-priced smartphones and tablets.
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One-third in Indianapolis use cellphones only

April 20, 2011
Associated Press
Estimates released Wednesday by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that 33.5 percent of adults in Indianapolis, which encompasses Marion County, use cellphones and lack traditional wired telephones.
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City launching mobile app for potholes, other problems

March 7, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The city of Indianapolis plans to launch a free application for Apple devices such as iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches that will allow residents to report potholes, high weeds or stray dogs as they spot them.
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Local firm making noise with app for radio stations

February 24, 2011
Scott Olson
Boost Media & Entertainment's MyStationApp targets independent radio stations such as WTTS-FM 92.3 in Bloomington, which is having success with the product.
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Want to confess your sins? There's an app for that

February 9, 2011
Bloomberg News
A South Bend firm has a bishop's go-ahead to publish a $1.99 iPhone application to help Catholics through the process of confession.
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Marion, Ind., chain balloons to 620 mobile-phone storesRestricted Content

January 8, 2011
Cory Schouten
The chain’s growth got a boost last year when it landed a deal to operate 164 cellular shops inside HHGregg stores.
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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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