Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - January 5, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
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► Taxpayers will get an extra thine days to file their federal tax returns this year, as a D C. holiday pushes tax filing deadline to April 18.111A
MLR street signs put up in downtown Aiken
► The Laurens Street signs at the intersection of Hampton Avenue have changed to read "MLK Jr. Memorial Hwy” with k Laurens St.” listed underneath | 3A
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Vol. 145, No. 5
Fiercer iPad rivals revealed this week
By RACHEL METZ
SAN FRANCISCO - Apple Inc.’s popular iPad is getting its strongest competition thus far as consumer-electronics manufacturers unveil tablet computers w ith bigger screens, front-facing cameras for video chatting and more.
The iPad has been a smashing success since its Apnl launch, leaving other companies to play catch-up in the suddenly hot market for the keyboard-less, touch-screen devices.
Rivals are making a bigger push at this week’s International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, betting they can challenge Apple with such features as Android, the popular smart phone software Google Inc. developed to compete with the iPhone; high-dief-inition touch screens and cameras for \ ideo chatting and taking photos.
The competition is going to be fierce. DisplaySearch analyst Richard Semen/a estimated that a hundred different tablet models are in development, though not all of them w ill reach store shelves.
Major companies including Motorola Inc. and Dell Inc. are expected to trot out new models. At least two companies - high-dclinitton TV makers Viz lo Inc. and ACK - announced tablets Monday, days before the show s official opening Thursday.
Toshiba t oro, also plans to unveil
Submitted photos Other companies are playing catch-up to Apple's iPad. New tablets are being introduced this week at a gadget fair.
one this week. Tentatively called the Toshiba Tablet, ii will include two cameras for video chatting and taking photos, a high-definition screen that is larger than the iPad’s and the upcoming Honeycomb version of Android that is more optimized for tablets.
This is the starting gun for tablets, except Apple had a yearlong lead in the race." BCR analyst C olin Gillis said.
Apple was expected to sell more than 13 million iPads in 2010, making up the vast majority of the total market
Please see TABLET, page 16A
Via Tablet by Vizio
Galaxy Tab by Samsung
By JIM DAVENPORT
COLUMBIA State workers would take more unpaid time oft', colleges would lose at least $68 mil-lion and the state would end funding ■T for its museum and
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™ the $5 billion budget
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i Gov. Mark Sanford
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Sanford eight days before he
Sanford took time in his final executive budget to snipe at the legislators he blames for the more than $800 million shorttall they must deal with when they return next week. That shortfall is a mix of slower state tax collection and the loss of one-time federal bailout cash to the states.
“The Legislature complicated matters by using stimulus dollars to hind core functions of government in order to delay critical budget decisions for two years,” Sanford said.
It’s unclear how much influence Sanford’s last budget will have. His last Mo years in office have been overshadowed by his aJVair with an Argentine woman that ended his political career.
His detailed budgets over the years ended up being used as doorstops, even though they correctly predicted the state’s finances were headed far trouble.
Next week, it will be up to Gov.-elect Nikki Haley, a six-year House veteran, to shepherd budget fixes through the Legislature. She’s not writing oft’Sanford’s ideas.
“You know, I think it’s relevant in the tact that he’s always got good ideas in his budget,” Haley said.
•‘lie’s always been great at costcutting measures.”
But Haley knows it is her turn to put the state’s fiscal house in order, and she’s planing a different approach. She plans to attend budget hearings, for instance. Sanford could have done more to explain his budget to legislators and work w i th them, she noted.
Please see BUDGET, page 16A
Breeze Tablet by AOC
• Apple's popular iPad is getting its strongest competition thus far os gadget manufacturers unveil tablet computers at the annual International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.
• Major companies including Motorola, Dell and Toshiba are expected to trot out new models.
• Companies that aren't known for mobile devices, including high-definition TV makers Viiio and AOC, hove already announced new tablets.
• Apple competitors are frying to set their devices apart from the iPad by setting low prices, using an upcoming version of Google's Android software and adding front-facing cameras for video-chatting, back-facing cameras for taking photos and high-defimtion screens for watching movies.
bounty OKs 2nd reading of Owens Corning agreement
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By HALEY HUGHES
The details of the fee agree-ml between Aiken County d Owens Coming are still iknown.
County Administrator C lay illian said he could not lay it any figures of the mfra-ucture credit nor payment ‘ fee in lieu of taxes because
the final numbers have yet to be worked out between both parties.
Nonetheless, C ouncil unanimously approved second reading of the agreement Tuesday without discussion.
A fee in lieu of taxes allows a company to pay a fixed fee for 20 years instead of property taxes.
Owens C oming has
announced it is mov mg forward with a $36 million investment to add a new production line at its existing facility. The company has been a part of the county’s business community for more than 50 years and plans to employ an additional 24 for its new nonwoven glass liber mat line, which is scheduled to begin pro- ,
duct ion in mid-2012 at its Wagener Road facility
Final reading of the agreement and public hearing will come at Council’s Jan. 18 meeting.
In other business, further consideration of an amendment to the ordinance relating to unreasonably loud and
Please tee COUNCIL, page 16A
Want to go?
► What? Final reading of the Owens Coming agreement and public hearing
► When? Jan. 18
► Where? County Council chambers, 736 IRichland Ave.