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Published: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 14:26:17 +0000

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Nomination deadline approaches for the 2017 CEOs of the Year

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 13:26:50 +0000

(image) If you've been thinking about nominating your company's top dog for CEO of the Year, now's the time to take action. The deadline for nominations has been extended to April 5. The program will recognize the highest-level company executives who have had significant achievements in their careers in the past year, have a strong record of innovation, outstanding performance in their work and are actively involved in our community. Honorees will be recognized in five categories, based on the size of…



7 things to know today and Amazon debuts U.S. drone delivery

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 11:04:07 +0000

(image) Good morning, Orlando! It was a big showcase day at the MARS 2017 conference in California, with two major events taking place late last week. MARS — which stands for machine learning, automation, robotics, and space exploration — is an invite-only conference in Palm Springs. First up, Amazon.com completed its first public drone delivery on U.S. soil. Video surfaced Friday showing a Prime Air drone dropping off tubes of sunscreen to attendees at Amazon's exclusive MARS 2017 conference. Next…



Exploring the force behind Orlando's upcoming Star Wars fan fest

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:20:04 +0000

(image) In the nearly 40 years since "Star Wars" first appeared on a movie marquee, the saga of a galaxy far, far away has inspired a following that spans generations and geography. Decades of conventions, movie premiers and less-official excuses to gather have forged bonds within the "Star Wars" community that makes fans seem more like family. And the family is coming home to the Orange County Convention Center for Star Wars Celebration 2017, April 13-16. Star Wars Celebration began in May 1998 as a three-day…



Can you hear me now? First-ever noise maps of America's largest cities (SLIDESHOW)

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 10:07:03 +0000

(image) Car-clogged highways and always-busy airports are making America's biggest cities noisier and noisier. And now you can actually see what you've been hearing. The U.S. Department of Transportation has just issued its first-ever map of noise caused by aviation and interstate highways around the country. The map lets you see the national picture of potential exposure to aviation and highway noise, and down to the state or county level. So where are the noisiest places in your city? Check out our adjacent…



Florida leads nation for construction jobs added in February

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:29:02 +0000

(image) Forty-three states added construction jobs year-over-year in February, with Florida leading the pack, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data. Florida added 34,700 jobs, a 7.5% increase year-over-year in February, followed by California (16,500 jobs, 2.2%); Texas (14,200 jobs, 2%); and Louisiana (13,500 jobs, 9.6%). Rhode Island added the highest percentage of new construction jobs during the past year (12.2%, 2,200 jobs), followed by Idaho…



Here's how Orlando-area cash sales are doing

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 14:41:02 +0000

(image) The cash sales share in the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metropolitan statistical area was down for the month of December over the same period last year at 33.8%, a 6.5 percentage point decrease compared with December 2015, CoreLogic reports. Even so, the cash sales share in the Orlando MSA was higher than the 33.1% national rate. New York had the largest cash sales share in December of any state at 47.9%, followed by New Jersey (47.6%), Alabama (46.1%), Michigan (44.3%) and Florida (42.1%). For the…



Starbucks plans in-car voice ordering, iMessage gifts and other tech features coming soon

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 20:27:03 +0000

(image) Starbucks Corp. Chief Technology Officer Gerri Martin-Flickenger says the coffee company plans to launch and expand new tech features this year. Seattle-based Starbucks (Nasdaq: SBUX) has long flown under the radar as a technology company, coming out as an early leader in mobile technology and hiring hundreds of tech employees in 2016. A new feature launching next month is the ability to send Starbucks gift cards through iMessage on iPhones and iPads. Users pay for the gift via Apple Pay, and the…



This tech firm is disrupting the way you pay traffic tickets

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:39:20 +0000

(image) When entrepreneur Chris Riley was pulled over for going 44 miles per hour in a 35 MPH zone, he was frustrated that he was fined hundreds of dollars. But instead of taking the ticket to court to fight it, he created an app. In February, Miami native Riley launched TIKD, an app and Web-based service that allows motorists to upload their ticket information and pay 80 percent of the cost without getting points on their license. To use the service, you upload a photo of a ticket, get a response from…



Bank of America, Wells Fargo among targets for activist investor on gender pay gap

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:31:03 +0000

(image) Arjuna Capital, the activist investment firm that went after technology companies last year to reveal information about gender pay equity, now has its eyes set on Wall Street. The firm is taking its campaign on the gender pay gap to six financial institutions including Wells Fargo, Citigroup, Bank of America, JPMorgan, MasterCard and American Express. Natasha Lamb, managing director and lead filer of gender pay resolutions at Arjuna Capital, says so far the banks are opposing the gender pay equity…



Here's when SpaceX may launch its first reusable rocket

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:21:03 +0000

(image) SpaceX is putting its economic cost savings method to test on March 29 by planning to launch one of its refurbished rockets from Cape Canaveral. The Hawthorne, Calif.-based rocket company has landed eight rockets, all part of its plans to save money on the cost of launches, but the end goal always has been whether the firm would be able to shoot an already-used rocket back to space, carrying cargo. On March 29, SpaceX's reused Falcon 9 rocket will carry the SES 10 communications satellite — built,…