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October 22. 2013 10:10PM

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eCoast tech crawl set for Thursday

PORTSMOUTH — eCoast will host a Halloween-themed tech crawl on Thursday, Oct. 24, just in time for tech-enthusiasts to bust out their Halloween costumes for an evening of gadgetry and fun.

The three-stop SCAReCoast takes place from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Blue Mermaid, Agave Mexican Bistro and the Dolphin Striker.

Technology vendors will include Emily Drouin, illustrator for EPLIS comic book series; Ubersimple, a new sales and marketing mobile application developed in New Hampshire; and the University of New Hampshire Robotics Team with a robotic car.

Guests will have the chance to play with a TapSnap photo booth, a Leap Motion device and a sharp Aquos 70-inch digital whiteboard.

Benefits from a 50/50 raffle will benefit the UNH LunaCats Robotics Team.

Attendees are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes for a chance to earn two free brew tickets for the night.

Tickets to the SCAReCoast Tech Crawl cost $10 and are available online at scarecoast.eventbrite.com.

The eCoast Technology Roundtable is a special committee of the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce made up of high-tech businesses and professionals united in the common goals of promoting and protecting the high quality of life on the Seacoast.

2014 tax-filing season delayed up to 2 weeks

WASHINGTON — The start of the 2014 tax filing season will be delayed by one to two weeks early next year as a result of the government shutdown, the Internal Revenue Service said on Tuesday.

The original tax filing start was scheduled for Jan. 21, but the IRS said in a statement that the start date has been pushed back to between Jan. 28 and Feb. 4.

The 16-day shutdown came during the peak period for preparing computer filing systems for 2014, the IRS said.

“Readying our systems to handle the tax season is an intricate, detailed process, and we must take the time to get it right, said acting IRS commissioner Danny Werfel.

The delay marks the second year in a row that the IRS has been forced to start the filing season late. In January, the 2013 tax season was delayed by the Jan. 2 enactment of tax law changes made to resolve the so-called “fiscal cliff.”

— Reuters
Apple unveils iPad Air, gives away Mac software

Apple Inc. will give away operating and work software free to Mac computer users, challenging Microsoft Corp.’s near-stranglehold on personal computing as the latter starts to make inroads into the mobile market.

Apple revealed the surprise offer, available to all users of MacBooks and Mac computers, on Tuesday at the same time as it unveiled a slimmer, faster iPad Air and a new line-up of Macs in time for the holidays.

Its Mac operating system and iWork software suite, which compete with Microsoft’s Excel, Word and other applications, will be offered free to all users.

By giving away its Mac operating system, Apple is taking on Microsoft’s predominant Windows platform, installed on an estimated eight to nine out of 10 of the world’s computers and one of its most profitable cash cows.

— Reuters


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