Monthly Archives September 2013

Mich Bio Expo Oct. 15-16, 2013

“Bio-Growth Through Bio-Innovation”

October 15-16, 2013  |  Kalamazoo, MI

The 2013 Expo & Conference theme is “Bio-Growth Through Bio-Innovation,” and will feature prominent keynote/plenary speakers and panelists who will focus on the latest in technology and business practice innovation and company growth across the spectrum of sectors. The Conference promises to be an incredible opportunity for knowledge-sharing, information gathering and networking for Michigan’s bio-industry representatives.

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Michigan Cyber Summit October 25, 2013

Michigan Cyber Summit 2013 Hosted By Michigan Governor Rick Snyder 

Friday, October 25, 2013
8:00am – 4:00pm

The Suburban Collection Showplace
Novi, Michigan

The Dynamic Speaker Lineup includes:

  • Michigan Governor Rick Snyder
  • Roberta Stempfley, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Department of Homeland Security Office of Cybersecurity and Communications
  • Cheri Caddy, Director of Cybersecurity Policy Integration and Outreach at National Security Staff, Executive Office of the President
  • David Behen, Chief Information Officer, State of Michigan
  • Dan Lohrmann, Chief Security Officer, State of Michigan
  • Doug Robinson, Executive Director, NASCIO
  • Michael Kaiser, Executive Director, National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA)
  • General Michael McDaniel, Associate Professor and Director of Homeland Security Law, Thomas M. Cooley Law School; Brigadier General, MI NG
  • Richard Stiennon, Founder of IT Harvest
  • Representatives from:  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, FBI, Consumers Energy and Penske Corporation

Topics include:

    • Keeping Kids Safe Online
    • Michigan Cyber Command Center
    • Cyber Risks for Home Users
    • Identity Theft
    • Michigan’s Cyber Disruption Strategy
    • Cyber Crime
    • And many more! Check back often for updates!

The Michigan Cyber Summit 2013 is a follow up event to the sold out Michigan Cyber Summit 2011, hosted by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, which served as the national launch of the …

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Ford Has A Better Idea…for Microsoft


Will Ford CEO Alan Mulally be trading in Explorer SUVs for Internet Explorer?

Mulally is reportedly a top choice to take over Microsoft after current CEO Steve Ballmer retires, according to a new report.

Ballmer announced in August that he’ll step down within the next year. In the month since that news, several people — including Mulally — have been rumored to be in the running to replace Ballmer.

But tech blog AllThingsD said Friday that Mulally now “has vaulted to the forefront of the candidates.” Mulally’s talks with Microsoft haven’t “entered formal contract negotiations,” but the discussions are “serious,” according to AllThingsD’s unnamed sources.

Microsoft (MSFTFortune 500) would not comment. Ford (FFortune 500) declined to comment on “speculative reports.” Shares of Microsoft were up nearly 3% Friday while Ford’s stock fell about 1%.

A Ford spokesman insisted that “nothing has changed from what we announced last November” — that is, Mulally will remain Ford CEO at least through the end of 2014. ButReuters reported earlier this month that Ford’s board was mulling letting Mulally step down earlier than planned.

However, even if Microsoft wants Mulally, that doesn’t …

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Podcast 9/28/13: Special 3 Hour Show: Cyber Security Summit, ESD, iPads in the Classroom & MichBioTech

Cyber Summit

Show Notes

Hour 1:

Michigan Cyber Security Summit Oct. 25 Kalamazoo, MI

Dan Lohrmann, Michigan Chief Security Officer

Michigan is breaking onto the national scene as one of the leaders in the battle for Cyber Security thanks to our Nerd in Chief, Gov. Rick Snyder.  Dan will outline some of the highlights of this conference that has room for both business and individuals.

Engineering Society of Detroit

Darlene Trudell, ESD President shares the scope of The Engineering Society of Detroit,  community outreach activities, such as The Michigan Regional Future City Competition and Engineering SMArT Detroit to promote students’ interest in science and technology.

Hour 2

Mich Bio Tech: Michigan at the Vanguard of Healing Technology

Dr. Stephen Rapundalo,  MichBio Executive Director, talk about the MichBio Expo  Oct. 15-16 in Kalamazoo.

Dr. Rapundalo has spent many years in the Bio Tech world and will share Michigan’s unique place in research and development and the role that bio tech is playing in our economy.


Detroit Catholic Central Requires iPads in the Classroom


Fr. John Huber, Principal at CCHS explains why this venerable institution of higher learning finds itself on the cutting edge of technology.

MiTechNews Report

Mike BrennanWeekly feature …

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Sticker Shock – Microsoft Announces New Prices for Windows 8.1

Mary Jo Foley

By  for All About Microsoft |

Summary: Those running Windows 8 now will be able to get Windows 8.1 for free. But 8.1 will cost everyone else between $119.99 and $199.99 (for Pro).
By Mary Jo Foley for All About Microsoft |September 17, 2013 — 19:06 GMT (12:06 PDT)
Microsoft announced a few months ago that Windows 8.1 will be free upgrade for anyone already running Windows 8 . That still holds true.

But today, September 17, company officials shared more on how much Windows 8.1 will cost for those running an older version of Windows . For those running Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, Windows 8.1 will cost $119.99. Windows 8.1 Pro will cost $199.99. These prices or for either a download from or as retail-packaged DVD product sold at retail. These are the same prices Microsoft charged users of older versions of Windows for the Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro upgrades.

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Cord Cutters Rejoice: Amazon Instant Video Now Plays On Apple TVs

@mtabini   Sep 17, 2013 6:39 AM

Watching your favorite movies and TV shows got just a little bit easier, thanks to an update to the Amazon Instant Video  app for iOS.

The new release to the free offering for iPhones and iPads brings two important improvements to the online retail giant’s video streaming service: The first is compatibility with Apple’s AirPlay technology, which means that you can now play video on your iOS device and stream it wirelessly to your Apple TV….

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Monday, Sept.23 Micorosoft Launches 2nd Generation of Surface Tablets

By Mary Jo Foley for All About Microsoft |September 20, 2013 — 13:49 GMT (06:49 PDT)
On Monday, September 23, Microsoft will be launching (but not shipping) its next-generation Surface tablets at an invitation-only event in New York City .

In the past few weeks, lots of leaks have revealed much of what’s expected to debut at the launch. Although Microsoft officials haven’t commented on or confirmed these specs, I’ve heard and seen information that leads me to believe they are correct.
The new Surfaces are going to look almost identical to the current Surfaces, as they are going to use the same 10.6-inch screens and VaporMg casing and be compatible with the same snap-on keyboard/covers that the current Surfaces use.
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Cumulus/Rdio Deal Charts Future of Radio and Streaming Music

Jared Newman /
Rdio may be on the path to a free, ad-supported streaming music service thanks to a deal with radio behemoth Cumulus.
According to the New York TImes , Cumulus will sell the advertising for a free version of Rdio in the United States, and will promote the service across its 525 radio stations. In exchange, Cumulus will get a significant equity stake in Rdio’s parent company, Pulser Media. Cumulus is the second-largest radio operator in the United States behind Clear Channel.
Rdio’s current service costs $5 per month for desktop access, and $10 per month with phone and tablet access. Similar to Spotify, Rdio offers millions of on-demand songs with no listening limits. You can create your own playlists and collections, listen to entire albums or create “stations ” tailored to your interests.

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iOS7 and iPhones 5C and 5S Reviews

Zack Whittaker: ZDNet Full Article

The verdict is finally in on the new iPhones and the new mobile OS from Apple.  Here is a comprehensive report that will hopefully help you to decide whether to buy the new phone or to upgrade your current iPhone.


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Podcast 9/21/13: iOS7 Lands and Bing Takes Off

Show Notes:

iOS7 Has Landed:

2012 CalOur very own Sith Lord,  Cal Carson, will lead a discussion of the good, the bad and the amazing about Apple’s newest mobile operating system.  Is it time for you to switch?  Listen and decide.

iOS7 Battery Saving Tips Sports a New Look

bing logoBill Hankes, Communication Director for shares some of the highlights of the remake of Microsoft’s search engine (Bing) and the surprising places you will find it (hint: It’s Siri’s brain!)

Bing Preview

rick_broidaRick Broida, our Gadget Guy and the Cheapskate has some remarkable deals to tell you about including a 16″ USB drive monitor.  Don’t miss these deals.


Cheapskate Deals:

MiTechNews Report

Mike BrennanWeekly …

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