Digital Divas Podcast : Premiere Broadcast

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Carrie Borchers

Carrie Borchers


In this weeks Digital Divas episode, we profiled Technology Diva Carrie Borchers on her career journey in sales and technology. Carrie began by telling how she first entered the world of technology. She graduated with a liberal arts degree, an undergraduate degree in Psychology and minor in Spanish and Dance. Her first job out of college was at the Boy Scouts of America as a Business Development Manager.

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The FCC’s net neutrality rules: 5 things you need to know

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Net Neutrality Victory

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Craig AaronCraig Aaron February 26, 2015

This morning the FCC voted to protect real Net Neutrality — marking the biggest victory for the public interest in the agency’s history.

That’s right. We won.

Even a few months ago this victory didn’t seem possible. Last May, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler ignored the public call for real Net Neutrality — and instead released a proposal that would have allowed pay-to-play fast lanes online.

Comcast and its pals thought they’d won the fight. But Free Press members and millions of people across the country proved them wrong. After a year of relentless activism, Wheeler reversed course — moving to give Internet users the strongest protections possible under Title II of the Communications Act.

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FAA Proposes New Drone Rules

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The Federal Aviation Administration proposed a new set of long-awaited commercial drone rules on Sunday. And it sounds like Amazon won’t be making those drone deliveries any time soon.The new FAA rules would allow drones to fly during daylight when they can be seen from the ground by their pilots. Altitude is limited to 500 feet, with speeds no faster than 100 mph.

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Russians Expose How US Super Bug is Spying on Us

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(Reuters) – The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world’s computers, according to cyber researchers and former operatives.

That long-sought and closely guarded ability was part of a cluster of spying programs discovered by Kaspersky Lab, the Moscow-based security software maker that has exposed a series of Western cyberespionage operations.

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How Crowdfunding is Changing Startups

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 Co-founder, HigherVisibility

It used to be the case that credit cards, family, friends, bank loans and personal savings were the most popular ways to fund a business startup, and with the most detailed of business plans, an entrepreneur could pitch Venture Capital firms and Angel Investors for funding. This is now all changing as more and more entrepreneurs are turning to the latest option for startups–Crowdfunding.

For those who are unfamiliar, crowdfunding is a means of raising funds from large groups. Kickstarter is probably the best example of crowdfunding. You create your business plan and idea and then upload it to the website with a financial goal in mind, and people can give money toward your goal if they believe in your business. It’s easy, and it’s a method to keep a close eye on in 2015.

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FCC and Net neutrality: What you really need to know

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In this edition of Ask Maggie, CNET’s Marguerite Reardon explains the ins and outs of the FCC’s plan to regulate the Internet and why it’s such a high-stakes proposition.

by  @maggie_reardon /February 7, 2015 5:00 AM PST

It’s either the heavy hand of government getting in the way of business, or the dawn of a new era of free-flowing information, videos and everything else.

Welcome to the latest, and most significant, episode in the adventures of Net neutrality. Sure, those two words make for arguably one of the dullest phrases ever created, but I have two more words for you: Wake up!


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Connect Michigan – Broadband infrastructure Interactive Map

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Michigan Connects TM – Michigan’s most comprehensive source of fiber optic data, is a connection point for businesses, economic developers, planners and consumers seeking information about Michigan’s rich broadband resources. This interactive mapping application uses Esri ArcGIS for Server technology (with the ArcGIS API for Flex) and offers open access to extensive GIS capabilities to publish and share geographic data, maps, analyses and models.

The app provides users with a list of broadband providers that fall into three categories:

  • carriers with fiber optic networks within ¼ mile of the user’s click or address;
  • carriers offering broadband service at speeds of 100Mbps or faster by any technology platform; and
  • carriers with fiber optic networks in the municipality where the user clicked or the address is located.

Additionally, this application allows users to find a comprehensive list of ultra-high-speed network connectivity throughout the state, among other key features, including:

  • Detailed data and analytics about last mile and long haul fiber optic networks from commercial and public-sector providers.
  • Resources and information designed to support site selection for bandwidth-intensive enterprises and industries, including data center operations.
  • Fiber optic and last mile broadband data provided by 100+ of Michigan’s telecommunications carriers searchable to street level address or point and click coordinates.
  • Drill-down provides data for key demographics, local schools, libraries, healthcare facilities, government properties, and public safety.
  • Economic development and job support resources, programs, and physical facilities aggregated into a single, easy-to-use map.

This application is offered in partnership by Connect Michigan, the MEDC and CNX.

  • *Data accuracy is dependent on the individual sources that provided data for this mapping project, as well as data collected for NTIA’s State Broadband Initiative program (available on the National Broadband Map). MEDC, Connect Michigan, CNX and their partners are not responsible for any data inaccuracies. 

Six digital Valentine’s Day gift ideas

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Star Trooper Valentine

 @geeklil /February 11, 2015 10:09 AM PST

I’m a serious procrastinator – so serious that I usually end up ignoring shipping deadlines before major holidays, which means that I usually end up scrambling to find gifts in the $1 aisle at Target. Yeah. Don’t be me.

Actually, with technology, you don’t have to be me — because everything, or at least everything that matters, is digital these days. In other words, there are plenty of real, legitimate gifts you can give to your significant other on Valentine’s Day that come in digital format. Match the gift to the recipient and you’ll look thoughtful and caring instead of like the lazy procrastinator that you are. Here are a few digital gift ideas to get you started:     The Rest of the Story

Hemingwrite: Setting Your Thoughts Free

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Distraction is one of the constant variables when visiting the Internet.  No matter how strong your resolve in most cases if you are typing your content into a blog, document or whatever, suddenly an email pops up or a tweet appears or a calendar announcement suddenly taps you on your psychic shoulder and you are taken off task.  Imagine using a device that allows you to use all the advantages of digital word processing without the distractions of a browser.  You aren’t dreaming, you are thinking about Hemingwrite, a device created in Detroit and launched through FirstGiving crowd source.

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