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App reviews: Thumbly, a custom keyboard, and Kitchen Stories, for meal planning

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Single-handedly creating a custom keyboard for your phone Are you a one-armed bandit on your phone? To those who still type mostly with one thumb: There’s a keyboard out there for you: Thumbly. This custom keyboard fans the familiar QWERTY layout from the bottom corner of your phone, so you can type with one hand easily. The app works for righties and lefties, and the ambidextrous can switch between the …

For sale in Bow: Glorious details, wonderful location

Sunday, August 2, 2015

The well-maintained colonial at 13 Buckingham Drive is situated in one of Bow’s most sought-after neighborhoods, Buckingham Estates. Sited on 2.35 acres of professionally landscaped grounds, this property offers a home with attractive curb appeal and views of the wooded surroundings. The home features 2,580 square feet of living space, three bedrooms and …

Laconia’s 2015 Motorcycle Week rally loses money

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Laconia’s Motorcycle Week ended with the rally losing money for the first time since 2007. City Manager Scott Myers said staging the event cost almost $150,000 and made just over $146,000. NH1.com reported Laconia typically uses a portion of the profits from the rally to purchase new items for the police and fire departments. Myers attributed the losses to an increase in costs …

Spider vans crawl US roads to triage nation’s potholed byways

Saturday, August 1, 2015

The white Ford van rumbled down Devonshire Street, past the green-trunked palo verde trees and graveled lawns of central Phoenix. Lasers up front mapped the road’s roughness, and high-definition cameras on spider-like arms in back recorded continuous images of cracked asphalt. With 65 percent of U.S. roads rated …

Pacific trade ministers fail to reach deal in Hawaii talks

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Trade ministers from a dozen Pacific Rim nations failed to reach a deal on a new trade agreement that would cover nearly 40 percent of the global economy, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said Friday. Froman, reading from …

1st bank opening in New Hampshire in 7 years

Saturday, August 1, 2015

A new bank has opened in New Hampshire, the first one in seven years. New Hampshire Bank Commissioner Glenn Perlow said the state-chartered Primary Bank in Bedford is only the second bank chartered in the country since 2010. Perlow signed a certificate allowing the bank to start business …

US stocks end lower as energy stocks slump on earnings

Friday, July 31, 2015

U.S. stocks are closing with small losses, as a big drop in energy stocks offsets gains in other parts of the market. The Standard & Poor’s 500 fell four points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,103 on Friday. The …

Construction on Sewalls Falls Bridge starts next week

Friday, July 31, 2015

Construction on the Sewalls Falls Bridge will finally begin next week. In order to reopen the bridge in 2016 as promised, the contractors will work through the winter. But City Engineer Ed Roberge said he is excited to “get this project launched.” “It’s been a long process, and …

Staff concerns lead to internal probe at Concord Food Co-op

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Two top managers at the Concord Food Co-op are on administrative leave, as the board of directors investigates allegations of financial and professional misconduct. Documents and statements provided by current and former employees show a rift behind the scenes at the natural foods grocery store. A majority of …

CATCH Neighborhood Housing receives tax credit award, will relocate offices

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

With the help of $400,000 in tax credits from the Community Development Finance Authority, CATCH Neighborhood Housing will consolidate all of its offices to a new home on Loudon Road. The CDFA awarded $5.5 million in tax credits to 16 nonprofits across the state. The tax credits are …

Officials hope 1st U.S. offshore wind farm will boost industry

Monday, July 27, 2015

Construction has begun off Rhode Island’s coast on the nation’s first offshore wind farm, a milestone that federal and state officials say will help the fledgling U.S. industry surge ahead. U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said …

Effingham brain disorder center’s closing sends ripples nationwide

Sunday, July 26, 2015

When Tyler Richardson’s son hit puberty, the combination of hormones and new strength from a growth spurt added an element of danger to a long history of unpredictable behavior because of autism and severe anger problems. He wandered …

Business people for July 27, 2015

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Kevin Lee of Gilford has joined DuBois & King consulting engineers as a civil design technician. He earned a degree in civil engineering from Drexel University. He has eight years of experience in site development, storm water management, …