Monthly Archives February 2013

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Feb. 23, 2013: iPad Goes to School & Looking for a Job on LinkedIn

Kids and iPad

Show Notes:

Royal Oak Grade School Embraces iPad:

Gary van Staveren, Principal, Oakland Grade School, Candi Drouillard, Oakland PTA President, and Ryan Velzy, Technology Director, Field Services, Oakland Schools discuss the decision to bring iPads into every classroom in Royal Oak, MI K-5  Oakland Grade School.

 Using LinkedIn for Business Networking :

Gary HeitmanGary Heitman, Vice President, Business Development at Wolverine Technical Staffing talks about finding a job,  good employees, customers and partners with with LinkedIn with Mike Brennan:

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Rick Broida Battles Win 8…again! ;-))

Geek Vs. Geek: Is Windows 8 Dead?

Our  Gadget Guy Rick Broida never misses a chance to criticize

Microsoft’s Windows 8 OS.  This time he tackled the subject of whether

anyone should move to Windows 8 with eHow writer Dave Johnson.

If you are considering moving to Windows 8, this might be the poison pill for you!  Rick, we are worried you may be on a Redmond hit list; keep your head down.

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How to Disable Java on Apple

Java LogoAttacks this week on Facebook and Apple employees using a Java exploit have led to calls to eliminate the software completely.  It should be noted that in the latest versions of Apple’s OSX, Java is disabled by default. Even if it is enabled but lies unused for 35 days, it reverts to being disabled.

Nonetheless, more cautious souls have called for the permanent elimination of Java from Apple.  Here’s how to do it.

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Google Pixel Laptop Takes Aim at Microsoft

Will high priced browser-based laptop harm Microsoft?

Normally Google’s Chromebooks are at the very bottom of the laptop entry fee…until now.  Pixel is the newest addition to the Chromebook like weighing in around the same price point as the basic MacBook Air and Microsoft Surface Pro.  Is this a serious contender or another serious mistake by the company that brought us Google TV and its devices?

Pixel Tech Data

  • CPU: Intel Core i5, 1.8 GHz
  • Display: 12.85-inch, 2560 x 1700, 239 PPI, 400 nit
  • Memory/storage: 4GB memory; 32GB storage (64GB LTE model)
  • Ports: 2-USB 2.0; miniDisplay port; 2-in-1 SD/MMC card reader; audio
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n) dual-band; Bluetooth 3.0
  • Battery: 59 Wh, up to 5 hours
  • Dimensions: 297.7 x 224.6 x 16.2 mm (11.72 x 8.84 x 0.63 inches)

The powerful hardware on the Pixel doesn’t come cheaply, with the Wi-Fi model priced at $1,299. A model with LTE will be available in April for $1,449. Google is taking a big risk with this high-priced Chromebook as this is a cool thousand bucks more than the popular Samsung Chromebook.

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Royal Oak Schools – iPads In Classroom

Class with iPads

Mobile devices usually are discouraged — even taken — from students in classrooms, but not Oakland Elementary School.

The PTA, teachers and district officials pooled their money to buy 38 iPads for $15,000, making Oakland the first public school in Royal Oak to put electronic tablets into every classroom.

Other elementary schools will follow.

Full Story Oakland Press Feb. 18, 2012

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Apple: Not so Bullet-proof

Java Vulnerability Exploited

Apple has admitted that they were targeted recently in a carefully orchestrated attack.  The Cupertino company also just released a patch and fix for the vulnerability.

In an email, Apple provided Macworld with a statement on the breach, saying:

Apple has identified malware which infected a limited number of Mac systems through a vulnerability in the Java plug-in for browsers. The malware was employed in an attack against Apple and other companies, and was spread through a website for software developers. We identified a small number of systems within Apple that were infected and isolated them from our network. There is no evidence that any data left Apple. We are working closely with law enforcement to find the source of the malware.

Since OS X Lion, Macs have shipped without Java installed, and as an added security measure OS X automatically disables Java if it has been unused for 35 days. To protect Mac users that have installed Java, today we are releasing an updated Java malware removal tool that will check Mac systems and remove this malware if found.

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MITechNews.Com Weekly Features Debuts

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This week’s program launches a new feature  MiTech News with Mike Brennan.  Catch MiTechNews.Com at 4:50 PM each Saturday during the Internet Advisor.

Mike Brennan is founder of Michigan News Network, and serves as Editor & Publisher of Mitechnews.Com. Brennan has worked since 1980 as a technology writer at newspapers in New York City, San Jose, CA., Seattle, WA., Memphis, TN., and Detroit. He co founded and served as managing editor of Pacific Rim News Service, which developed a network of more than 100 freelance journalists in 17 Asia-Pacific countries.

Brennan earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and was the 1992-93 Knight Fellow in Economic Journalism at the University of Michigan.

Brennan launched Mitechnews.Com in April 2000. Video and audio webcasting capabilities were added in 2001, a statewide radio show and eNewsletters were added in 2003. In January 2007, audio podcasts were added, followed by video podcasts in September 2007.

Mike also is the co author of a cyber crime novella, Cyber Styletto, which he wrote with the help of Richard Stiennon, a cyber security expert who has been on the show many times. …

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Feb. 16, 2013: Cybersecurity, Microsoft Surface Pro, and MiTech Launch

Show Notes:

Hour 1:

President ObamaPresidential Cybersecurity Directive 21

Richard Stiennon, noted author, cyber security expert and media analyst will discuss Presidential Policy Directive 21: Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience. PPD 21 how it impacts your privacy and whether it can help save us from cyberwar. Richard is also the author of Up and To the Right: Strategy for Influence.  Richard’s analysis of the President’s directive:  PPD 21: Extreme Risk Management Gone Wrong

bump_logotype Sadie Bascom introduces new app for iPhones and Android phones may make thumb drives obsolete!


Entrepreneur-YOU : Tiffany M. Jones, Vice President, Regional Marketing & Communications Manager for Huntington Bank, East Michigan Region shares a vision for encouraging women entrepreneurs in SE Michigan.

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MS-Tech-Center-Opening-with-Gov-John-Fikany-Dave-Sawyer-2-11-1Microsoft Surface Pro Arrives: Dave Sawyer, Heartland Microsoft Technical Center, Technical Director brings this brand new powerful PC in a hybrid tablet form to the studio to discuss its place in technology and possibly in your home.




Getting Windows 8 and Microsoft Office 2013 Straight.  Aaron Guilmette of Apex Digital joins us again as the answer man on all things Windows 8 and explains the mysteries of Office 2013.
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Meteor Shatters Russian Cold, 1000 Injured

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CNN Video and Report on Russian Meteor Strike

As the earth awaits the near miss of a massive asteroid, nature gave a small sample of what might happen if it did hit.  Friday morning Feb. 15, 2013 a meteor streaked across the skies of north central Russia casting a blinding light, shattering windows with its sonic impact and even tumbling a building wall.  There are reports of more than a thousand people injured by the concussion and its resulting impact.

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