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Podcast 1451: Dec. 20, 2014: Ford’s New Voice, Skype Translator & Xfinity Hotspots

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The New Ford Sync 3 Screen

Show Notes

Hour 1


Sync 3: The New Face of Ford In-Car

Eisenstein 2Paul Eisenstein, publisher of The Detroit Bureau, The Voice of Automotive World, tells the story of Ford’s switch to QNX based Sync 3 as their new in-car communications system. After a long and painful relationship with Microsoft under the name of Ford Sync, there’s a new voice in your Ford in 2015.

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Skype Translator: Simultaneous Translation

Chicago Commercial PhotographerMark KingCloud Architect at the Microsoft Technology Center shares the story of  Skype Translator a remarkable breakthrough in communication. Now your friend in Bogota, Colombia can talk to you in their native language, Spanish, and after a short delay…you HEAR the translation.  Then you get to talk back in English…without one day of Berlitz or Rosetta Stone  (No se puede creer…Verdad?!)  This is just the beginning. (Transcoders, Star Trekkies?!?!)

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Xfinity Hotspots: Wireless Connections Everywhere

Michelle GilbertMichelle Gilbert, VP PR Comcast Heartland Division, shares the story of the Xfinity Hotspot Network that lets customers connect with free WiFi all over the US.  Time for some good information and dispelling some of the myths. With the holidays upon us, what better way to help all those new cell phones, tablets and laptops getting online right out of the wrappings?!

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Hour 2

Answering Listener Questions

Ed Rudel, Cal Carson, Foster Braun, Shane Hamelin

Ed Rudel, Cal Carson, Foster Braun, Shane Hamelin 

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Microsoft Taking Help Line Scammers to Court

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PC World  Loek Essers@loekessers  Dec 19, 2014 6:09 AM Microsoft is finally cracking down on scammers who offer to fix non-existent computer problems for hundreds of dollars. In a first strike, Microsoft sued several U.S. companies it said are involved in fake tech support scams. For years, people have been receiving calls from companies pretending […]

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FBI Blames North Korea for Sony Hack

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CNET  by Seth Rosenblatt @sethr December 19, 2014 9:22 AM PST It’s definitive. North Korea was behind the cyberattack on Sony Pictures, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Friday. “As a result of our investigation, and in close collaboration with other US Government departments and agencies, the FBI now has enough information to conclude that the North […]

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Ford Ditches Microsoft For QNX

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  Ford today took the wraps off Sync 3, its next-generation, in-car technology package that is, as you’d expect, faster, sleeker and much improved over the old one. It’s also more intuitive and easier on the eyes, and integrates smartphone apps better. But the biggest change is under the hood: Sync 3 is powered by QNX instead of […]

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Recommended Smart Toy Lists by Age

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On the Dec. 13, 2014 program Sheri Kam, PR Specialist and involved mom and Sean McCarroll, social studies and technology teacher at Grosse Pointe North High School in suburban Detroit discussed “Smart Toys”.  The follow list shows the smart toys they recommend for each age group listed. Young: No Coding Tobbles Neo (0-2 Logic) or […]

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