[9 Oct 2014 | No Comment]
State Supreme Court upholds $150k judgment against Arkansas Realtors Association

On September 25, the Arkansas Supreme Court upheld a May 2012 judgment from the Washington County Circuit court ordering the Arkansas Realtors Association (ARA) to pay $150,000 for breaching a contract with Real Forms Arkansas.
The contract at issue was entered into in 2010 by Springdale-based Real Forms and the ARA. Real Forms was under a five-year contract to provide real estate contracts software to the ARA which would be sold to Realtors throughout the Natural State. The contract would have generated at least $600,000 in revenue for Real Forms.
The contract …

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Columns and other comments, Features and such »

[30 Jul 2014 | No Comment]
A new way to combat gambling addiction

Gambling Commission figures show that gambling industry in UK rakes huge profits and while some gambling forms are legal, the government is worried that gambling is now turning into a new addiction problem.
While there are several help available in combating gambling addiction, this time, a new way to combat this form of addiction has been presented by the University of Cambridge Engineering department and its spin-out corporate Futurespace. They’re using technology.
How is it done? Futurespace has developed a machine that uses behavioral data in analyzing if a person is showing …

Events, Religion »

[2 Jun 2014 | One Comment]

Women of Northwest Arkansas and beyond are invited for a weekend of rest, rescue and redemption at the third annual Captivating Heart Retreat.
Captivating Heart is Oct. 17-19 at New Life Ranch in Colcord, Okla. (about 10 minutes west of Siloam Springs, Ark.). Sponsored by Strings Attached Ministries, the retreat is inspired by the book Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge.
The retreat is designed for women (age 16+) of all backgrounds and faiths although the Christian Bible will be used as a reference point. Cari Kaufman of Strings Attached Ministries and …

Community, Features and such »

[2 Jun 2014 | No Comment]

A new nonprofit organization in Northwest Arkansas focuses on how animals and nature facilitate healing in the human spirit.
The Solgave Project is based in Fayetteville and will feature four initiatives per year with the first being The Yellow Dog Project. The initiatives will be a vehicle to provide objective-based, action-oriented phases that demonstrates the overall Solgave mission.
The Yellow Dog Project is a global program that teaches about “dogs that need space.” The purpose is two-fold in that it teaches dog owners who own a dog that needs a little extra …

Technology »

[14 May 2014 | No Comment]
EaseUS — file recovery software that works

Back in the old DOS days, file recovery was sorely needed but the applications that allowed for it were more than a bit primitive. We’re talking about the late 1980s and early 1990s when a 40-megabyte hard drive was considered massive. It was common to get rid of files regularly in order to make room for more space on limited drives.
I had purchased a file recovery package because I’m the type who tends to delete a bunch of files and discover later that I had gotten rid of some that …

Arts & Entertainment, Book reviews »

[17 Mar 2014 | No Comment]
Respectful, fitting treatment of a tale that started 30 years ago

Back in 1984 Tim Stryker released Fazuul, a multi-user adventure game that made its way to several bulletin board systems (BBS) when the notion of dialing up another computer and interacting with other users online was somewhat novel.
A BBS, for those who are unfamiliar, was essentially a computer that hosted messages, files and “door games” such as Fazuul. Those old door games had quite a number of fans. Jes Simon, author of Beautiful Zurt, was clearly a fan of Fazuul — her book is based on the old text adventure. …

News, Technology »

[5 Mar 2014 | No Comment]
VeryHelpful.net — an Epinions replacement?

It didn’t take long — Epinions contributors were told last week that the 15-year-old site was no longer accepting reviews, but that news was followed with an invitation to a site meant to be a replacement.
Epinions, an eBay property, has spent the last 15 years paying writers for reviews of everything from Ramones albums to Ford Mustangs. Those days are over, but a new site — VeryHelpful.net — was set up by Andy Hillal. He was an Epinions staffer from 2000 to 2007 and wrote under the monicker of Andyman …

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[4 Mar 2014 | One Comment]
So long, Epinions

Epinions members got a bit of a shock last week when logging into their accounts and learning the 15-year-old consumer reviews site is effectively shutting down as of March 25.
Epinions was a site that paid contributors to review products, based on the notion that reviews of products from unbiased consumers have value. The site started in 1999 back when everyone and their dog was trying to figure out how to make a buck or two on the Internet and actually did pay its members cash for submitting reviews.
The reasons Epinions …

Community, Features and such »

[21 Jan 2014 | No Comment]
MLK Day observed in Benton

As anyone with a calendar and/or a television set knows, Jan. 20 was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day throughout the nation. Former U.S. Pres. Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law as a way to commemorate the civil rights leader, but the holiday wasn’t officially observed by all 50 states in the nation until 2000. It is, then a fairly new holiday in the U.S.
While King’s birthday was Jan. 15, the holiday falls on the the third Monday every January. MLK Day has taken some time to catch on …

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[9 Jan 2014 | No Comment]
Ready to play online roulette? Give this site a try

So you’ve always wanted to go to Las Vegas and show those alleged pro gamers a thing or two, right? You can gamble with the best of them and are confident you’ll be successful. But, there is a problem — in this economy, trips anywhere can be a bit too much to bear, so what’s the solution?
How about some online gaming, pilgrim? Yes, you can show off your skills right from the safety and convenience of your very own living room and that is cheaper than an outright trip somewhere, …

Retrogaming, Technology »

[19 Sep 2013 | No Comment]
Hyperkin announces Dec. 10 release date for Retron 5

At last, the folks at Hyperkin have broken their silence by announcing the Retron 5 will be released on Dec. 10 in the U.S. and Europe. We at First Arkansas News have waxed poetic about the Retron 5 since first learning of the existence of the game console this spring and did promise to mention when Hyperkin announced an official release date. So, there you have it.
What is the Retron 5? In a nutshell, it will cost $99.99 according to a press release from Hyperkin  and will feature five cartridge …