Monthly Archives August 2014

Podcast 1435 August 30, 2014 : Economy and Technology: Bamboo/Detroit and Techonomy Detroit


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Michiprenuer and the new economic pioneers in the D

amanda-lewanAmanda Lewan shares her passion for promoting businesses in Detroit’s gritty new world rising out of the ashes of bankruptcy.  She is co-founder of Bamboo Detroit, a workspace for startups and entrepreneurs at Brush and Gratiot in downtown Detroit. Amanda is also the editor of Michipreneur, an online publication, built to empower entrepreneurs, encourage investment, strengthen small business, and foster talent retention in Michigan. They publish news, resources, events, funding information and more for Michigan startups and businesses.

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Dean Gardening Show LogoDr. Dean Krauskopf, WJR Gardening Show host for 21 years, bids the IA crew farewell till next spring when his program, The WJR Gardening Show, reappears after March Madness 2015

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Detroit was the Silicon Valley of 50 years ago. It was the center of innovation. How do you get the people who left Detroit to come back here? It really is all about talent. STEVE CASE CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, REVOLUTION LLC

David KirkpatrickDavid Kirskpatrick,  founder of Techonomy talks about the upcoming Techonomy Detroit on Sept. 16 and what he …

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Five ways to keep your student's digital life safe

As students return to school, technology goes with them. That technology—and the data generated by it—is valuable not simply as a means for getting school work done, but also as entertainment for those brief hours between one assignment and the next. It’s for this reason that it pays to plan for disaster. With a single massive power burst, storage media that suddenly heads south, or interaction with a light-fingered ne’er-do-well, the technology your student depends on can vanish. Take these five tips to heart, however, and the loss of a device or data need not be catastrophic.

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What to expect from Apple's September 9 event

Roll them bones, strain the tea leaves, and consult your crystal balls. WithApple’s September 9 event now a matter of public record, the only sensible way to while away the hours over the next week and a half is to speculate about what precisely the company might have hidden up its sleeves strange temporary building.There are any number of rumors afoot about what Apple has in the works, but that doesn’t mean that every single theoretical device from Cupertino will pop up at September’s event. But there are certainly plenty of options to choose from, especially given Apple’s coy “wish we could say more” invitation.


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Microsoft Office Alternative Suites

Several free alternatives to Microsoft Office are available and each has the ability to view and edit your existing Microsoft Office Word, Excel, and Power point documents.

KingSoft offers an alternative office suite that have been reviewed and approved by PC World Magazine and is my 1st choice. When I have inherited a laptop I usually restore the computer to factory defaults, uninstall the Microsoft Office evaluation suite and install KingSoft from Download Link


OpenOffice – The Apache Open Office ( has been around for over 10 years and is a wonderful alternative to the Microsoft Office suite. Download Link.

LibreOffice – We were introduced to this office suite when using Linux instead of Microsoft Windows as our computers operating system. Libre Office also offer a Microsoft Windows compatible version that is just as robust and can be downloaded from Download link

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Gizmodo Comparison Chart of TV Streaming Devices





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Will Roku bring smart TVs into the cool crowd?

Low-price Hisense and TCL sets with Roku’s brains built in may have the best shot yet at moving smart TVs from niche shopping consideration to popular norm.

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Podcast 1434 Aug. 23, 2014 : Streamer Shootout with Rick Broida & Matt Roush Visits


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TV Streamer Showdown

Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku or Apple TV: which is the best feature for feature and dollar for dollar?   Rick Broida, the Gadget Guy, @justrick,  picks the best of the “streamers”, digital devices that connects you to a world of entertainment on your TV over the Internet.  Key to cutting the cord or just another gadget to attract dust? Gizmodo Streamers Comparison Chart 

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Rick had another surprise that will have everyone in studio running for cover.

Watch the Maiden Flight of Captain Broida’s Drone

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Legendary Detroit Tech Commentator Leads ESD Promotion

Matt Roush has guided Detroit readers and listeners for years with his insights into technology and its place in Michigan.  Now Matt is  the Communications Director for the Engineering Society of Detroit.  This venerable Detroit institution is out front providing forums for development in Michigan and Detroit. Matt is also the editor of Technology Century Newsletter for the ESD.

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Back to School Tech

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MiTechNews Headlines

Mike BrennanMike Brennan, Editor and Host of MiTechNews

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Steve Balmer Leaves Microsoft Board

Former Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer quit his post as a company director after 14 years, giving new CEO Satya Nadella an even freer hand to reshape the company.

Mr. Ballmer, fresh off his $2 billion purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball franchise, indicated that his duties as team owner, among other interests, wouldn’t leave enough time to stay on Microsoft’s board.

“I think it would be impractical for me to continue to serve on the board, and it is best for me to move off,” Mr. Ballmer said in a public letter to Mr. Nadella, who became CEO in February. “I see a combination of the Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking a lot of time.”

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Podcast 1433 August 16, 2014: The Original Private Eye Arrives in Ann Arbor & PC Gladiator


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America’s Original Private Eye Comes Home to the Midwest

Jack Zaharan Jack Zahran, President of the Pinkerton, joins us to talk about why one of the oldest corporations in the US decided to move their home base to Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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BONUS: Special Podcast Extra

Jack Zahran and Foster Braun continue the conversation about the shift in PInkerton’s focus and offices to Metro Detroit and what that will mean for services they offer companies.

Meet Detroit’s PC Gladiator

PC Gladiator LogoJeff Harter is a long time listener and the owner of PC Gladiator, a local computer repair shop in Livonia, MI.  Jack will be our special co-host for the show and help answer questions during the second hour.  We are delighted to have Jeff share the trends in computer sales and problems people are having with their computers.

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MiTechNews Headlines

Mike BrennanMike Brennan, Editor and Host of MiTechNews

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Hour 2        Answering Listener Questions:

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Cal’s Special Announcement about MacGroup

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Meet the new, reversible USB!

USB 3.0 Promoter Group has announced that it has finalised its redesign of the USB.

Called USB Type-C, the specification — which was announced last December — aims to solve several problems with current USB design; possibly the most exciting of which is the eradication of “right way up” with a reversible plug. Like Apple’s Lightning connector, it can be plugged into its port either way.

The new USB is also designed both to be small enough to fit mobile devices, yet robust enough for laptops and tablets.

“Interest in the USB Type-C connector has not only been global, but cross-industry as well,” said USB 3.0 Promoter Group chairman Brad Saunders. “Representatives from the PC, mobile, automotive and IoT industries have been knocking down our door anticipating this new standard. This specification is the culmination of an extensive, cooperative effort among industry leaders to standardize the next generation USB connector as a long-lasting, robust solution.”

The USB is comparable in size with micro USB 2.0 Type-B connectors, with a port size of 8.4 by 2.6mm, yet will be compatible with

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