AIRPORTS

CAK to present Heritage Day

The Akron-Canton Airport will celebrate 70 years with its Aviation Heritage Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 8 at MAPS Air Museum, 2260 International Parkway in Green.

The family-friendly event is free with a donation of a nonperishable food item to benefit the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.

In addition to free admission to MAPS Air Museum, other activities at the event include touch-a-truck (and planes), flight simulator demonstrations, access to the museum’s Hall of Heroes exhibit and demonstrations from the Summit County Sheriff’s K-9 unit.

Spirit Airlines starts contest

Spirit Airlines — which begins service at Akron-Canton Airport on Nov. 10 — has launched a website specifically for the Akron market and is touting a contest that could win someone free flights for four years.

Its contest is dubbed “Free flights for four more years,” a play on the fact that the airline will arrive in Akron two days after the November presidential election. The winner will receive free flights one time a month for two people for four years.

Details are at www.yellowoutohio.com and the winner will be chosen from five finalists on Nov. 10.

Spirit will offer nonstop service from CAK to four Florida destinations: daily to Orlando and Fort Lauderdale and seasonal service several times a week to Fort Myers and Tampa. Daily flights to and from Myrtle Beach and Las Vegas will start April 27.

SMARTPHONES

Major shift for BlackBerry

BlackBerry plans to stop making its signature smartphones internally, signaling a strategic shift for a company that built its reputation on innovative smartphone technology.

Rather, all development for BlackBerry-branded phones will be left to BlackBerry’s partners, which will license BlackBerry’s technology and brand, while the Canadian company concentrates on growing its software business.

BlackBerry chairman and CEO John Chen said in a news release Wednesday the move will reduce BlackBerry’s expenses by eliminating the need to carry inventory and by reducing staff and equipment requirements.

BlackBerry was considered a game changer in 1999 when its RIM 950 allowed on-the-go business people to access email wirelessly. But with the introduction of the iPhone in 2007, Apple showed that phones can handle much more than email and phone calls. Blackberry was late in overhauling its operating system to compete and now holds a small fraction of the U.S. smartphone market.

PRINTERS

HP apologizes for inky mess

HP Inc. has apologized to customers for a software update that made some of its printers stop working with ink cartridges from competing suppliers, even if the printers had accepted the same cartridges in the past.

The apology comes after critics complained HP had over-reached by interfering with its customers’ right to choose ink suppliers.

In a news release Wednesday, HP apologized to customers for not explaining what it was doing and promised another software update that provides the option of reversing the change.

MEDIA

Overhaul at Pittsburgh paper

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review newspaper plans to stop its print edition Nov. 30 and offer an online-only publication in a reorganization that will also require 106 layoffs, its publisher announced Wednesday.

The moves mean Pittsburghers will again have only one daily print newspaper, something the Trib’s former owner, the late billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife, sought to avoid.

Trib Total Media will continue publishing two daily print editions for the suburbs, the Greensburg-based Westmoreland edition of the Tribune-Review and the Tarentum-based Valley News Dispatch edition.

The Pittsburgh Trib’s daily circulation was just under 33,500 while the Sunday paper was just shy of 40,000.

Compiled from staff and wire reports.