Monthly Archives July 2014

IA Review of Samsung Galaxy 5S

Galaxy S5

The Galaxy S5 has been held up as the finest example of what Samsung has to offer in smartphones.  It’s big, fast, beautiful and functional.  However, I have to say that in this case I was surprised to find that not all that glitters is gold. Listen to this review for the full details.

I would also like to thank Teresa Mask and the folks at the  AT&T who have allowed me to use many of their devices for review during the past year.  I has been invaluable to be able to work with these smartphones, tablets and other devices like the portable hotspots to be able to evaluate them for our listeners.

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Unlocking phones in the US will soon be legal

The Verge By Jacob Kastrenakes on   

Consumers in the US will soon be able to legally unlock their phones for use on other wireless networks. The House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill this afternoon legalizing cell phone unlocking, following the lead of the US Senate earlier this summer. President Obama came out in support of the policy over a year ago, spurring this activity in Congress, and now all that’s left is for him to sign this bill into law — which the president has said that he’ll do.

“The bill Congress passed today is another step toward giving ordinary Americans more flexibility and choice, so that they can find a cell phone carrier that meets their needs and their budget,” Obama says in a statement. “I commend Chairmen Leahy and Goodlatte, and Ranking Members Grassley and Conyers for their leadership on this important consumer issue and look forward to signing this bill into law.”

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Podcast 1430 July 26, 2014 : inGAGEing Women in Business and Granny's Twitter Adventure

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inGAGE: Training Women in Business Leadership

Rachele DownsRachele DownsRachele J. DownsRachele Downs, VP of Entrepreneurial Strategy Inforum and the Inforum Center for Leadership explains how budding female entrepreneurs in Michigan can get a head start on the competition through inGAGE which provides training and networking to women who are launching a new business venture or having been established.  inGAGE is Inforum Center for Leadership’s strategy to position Michigan as the Midwest hub for high-growth, high- tech women entrepreneurs.

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Inforum Center for Leadership Awarded Renewed Funding from MEDC for Entrepreneurial Strategies

inGAGE: Positioning Michigan as the Midwest Hub for High-Growth Women Entrepreneurs 

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Emily Hay, CEO of Hay There Social Media and our Social Media expert shares what she gained from inFORUM until a certain little bundle of joy put things on hold for a while!

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Grandma Gets Social Media, With a Passion

Natalie Yellin76 year old Farmington Hills resident Natalie Yellin made national headlines last fall when she became a “goodwill ambassador” for Square, a San Francisco-based company that operates software allowing virtually anyone to send and receive payments. Natalie is absolutely unfazed by the Internet, social media and all its intricacies.  Maybe …

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Podcast 1429 July 19, 2014 : The Dark Net and the Red Dwarf Rides!

Dark Net

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Exploring the Dark Web editor, Wendy Boswell joins us to uncover the massive presence of the sinister DWendy Boswellarknet or Deep Web as it is sometimes know where massive volumes of information are illegally traded along with guns, pornography and so much more.

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Nain Rouge III: The Red Truth 

Le Nain Rouge

Author Joe Bastian  joins us to launch the third in the series of books about the legend of the Red Dwarf (Nain Rouge).  According to folktales, when the dwarf appears it is a harbinger of disaster.  We will be giving away free copies of Nain Rouge III: The Red Truth during the show.

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Hour 2        Answering Listener Questions:

Fos, Shane, Ed

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How to Create a Bootable Disk

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Microsoft hands out 18,000 pink slips

CNET  by   July 17, 2014

Satya_NadellaMicrosoft CEO Satya Nadella on Thursday laid out plans to cut as many as 18,000 jobs in the next year.

The software titan had been widely expected to announce the cuts today, but the magnitude of the layoffs was surprisingly large. A vast majority of the cuts — 12,500 — will come from professional and factory positions from the recently acquired Nokia devices and services division.

Microsoft said the company is working on reducing the first 13,000 positions, and many of the employees will be notified in the next six months.

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Microsoft: Bye Bye Android

CNET by  July 17, 2014 6:31 AM PDT

Microsoft exec Stephen Elop is making it abundantly clear: Microsoft has no intention of staying in the Android business.

In a memo emailed to employees on Thursday, Elop said Microsoft’s devices business will concentrate “on the areas where we can add the most value” and noted that Nokia X smartphones, which run on heavily modified versions of Android, will migrate to Windows Phone.

“We plan to deliver additional lower-cost Lumia devices by shifting select future Nokia X designs and products to Windows Phone devices,” Elop, executive vice president of Microsoft Devices & Services, wrote in his memo to employees. “We expect to make this shift immediately while continuing to sell and support existing Nokia X products.”

Nokia’s X line of devices was the company’s attempt to attract more budget-conscious customers to its platform. This was also a major story in the ongoing Microsoft-Nokia saga, since it ran on Android — Microsoft’s chief competitor in the mobile market. It was initially believed that Microsoft would stick with Android on Nokia X devices, but according to Elop, the cheaper end of the smartphone market is a key area of growth …

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Podcast 1428 July 12, 2014: Powerful Winds of Change and Step IT Up America


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Powerful Winds of Change: ITC Holdings in Michigan

Ron HinsleyRon Hinsley, ITC  V.P. of IT and CIO explains the role of ITC in bringing power and development to Michigan through projects like the Thumb Loop. He also sheds some light the security challenges that this major utility provider faces.

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Step “IT” Up America-– “Social Empowerment Through Technology”

photo MyraMyra Ford Jenkins MSA, Detroit Account Manager, Step IT Up America, UST Global describes this unique program designed to put minority women to work in IT.  Joining her in studio are:

Sheila3Sheila F. Pettaway, Step IT Up America Coach for Detroit. Following a career in the Navy, she is working with women in the program in Motown.

Monique ClevelandMonique Cleveland, Detroit native participant in Step IT Up America and looking forward to her first job in IT.

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Hour 2        Answering Listener Questions:

Guest Tech Experts

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Training Tomorrows Technicians

MAT²® – the Michigan Advanced Technician Training Program – is an innovative, industry-driven approach to education.

Manufacturing sectors and technology industries are experiencing a shortage of employees with the knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to operate and maintain new systems-based technology. The MAT²® program is an educational model developed in conjunction with global technology leaders to combine theory, practice and work to train a globally competitive workforce. MAT²® will provide you:

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Let's Lift Our Voices…Good Luck Aereo!

Aereo was just put to death by the US Supreme Court ruling, but its leader feels that you should let your congressional representative know how mad you are about this…if you are mad about it!

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A Letter to Our Consumers: Standing Together for Innovation, Progress and Technology – Let’s Raise Our Voices

Photo of Chet KanojiaOn Saturday, many of you received the news that we decided to pause our operations temporarily, as a result of the United States Supreme Court’s reversal of a lower court decision in favor of Aereo.

Your response in support of the Aereo team has been overwhelming and touching. Your tweets, emails and Facebook posts have made it clear how important it is for so many Americans to have access to a cloud-based antenna to watch live broadcast television. Many of you have asked, “What can we do?”

Today, I’m asking you to raise your hands and make your voices heard. Tell your lawmakers how disappointed you are that the nation’s highest court issued a decision that could deny you the right to use the antenna of your choice to access live over-the-air broadcast television. Tell them your stories of why having access to a cloud-based antenna

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Malware Spoils 4th Travel Plans

July 4, 2014

Fourth of July Malware Campaign Targets Vacationers

Cybercriminals Launch Carefully Timed Malware Campaign to Coincide With Major US Travel Holiday

 SUNNYVALE, CA — (Marketwired) — 07/04/14 — Researchers from Proofpoint, Inc. (NASDAQ: PFPT), a leading security-as-a-service provider, have discovered a nasty piece of malware which is targeting vacationers who visit US travel sites, just in time for the July 4th holiday.

The discovery shows that popular travel destination websites for cities including Boston, Salt Lake City, Houston, Monterey, Rochester, Myrtle Beach,Victoria and Utah Valley have been exploited and are serving malware to unsuspecting visitors. Proofpoint can also confirm that the command-and-control infrastructure of the cyber criminals behind the attacks all appears to be based in the Ukraine.

In response to the discovery, Mike Horn, VP, Threat Response Products at Proofpoint, said: “This is a good example of how poorly protected websites play a big role in the distribution of malware. Users might be directed to these sites by a search engine and they have no idea that just by visiting the site they can become infected. We are also seeing a large number of phishing campaigns which direct people to the legitimate travel sites which have …

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