Monthly Archives October 2014

Podcast 1433 10/25/14: A Star is Born & Social Media in the D

Emily and Ainsley

Show Notes

Hay There Social MediaMeet Ainsley Hay, daughter of our charming Social Media Expert, Emily Hay, CEO and founder of Hay There Social Media  a company dedicated to helping small and mid-sized businesses maximize their presence with social media.

We first spent some time catching up with Emily and her colleagues at Hay There Social Media learning about their recent projects which you can explore at their homepage.  Then Emily introduced us to two of her colleagues who are helping to create a whole new technology hub in Southeast Michigan.

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Defining Your Brand

Hajj Fleming-0103POSTHajj Flemings, Digital Brand Strategist and Founder of Brand Camp University, discusses Brand Camp, and what else is on the tech horizon in Detroit in 2015. Defining, communicating and defending your brand.


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Bamboo Detroit: Creating a Coworking Atmosphere in the Heart of Detroit

Dave AndersonDave Anderson is one of the cofounders of Bamboo Detroit, a coworking space located in the heart of downtown Detroit that is available to start up businesses looking for both a space to set up shop and people who will feed their energy for success.  …

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Podcast 1442 10-18-14: Rumble in the Techno Jungle & ATT Passport

Apple launches new Ipad air

Show Notes

Full Crew 2014

 Techno Cage Match Refereed by Rick Broida The Gadget Guy

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Our mild mannered and insightful gadget expert and noted cheapskate Rick Broida, tried to keep the warring parties apart during this lively discussion of Apple technology revealed last week and Google Goods paraded before the public.

Are we all being herded into walled gardens of technology that work seamlessly together provided you have the right hardware?  Or are consumers getting fed up with the sales pitch and want good products that just work at the right price point no matter who makes them?

This was a uniquely lively show that you won’t want to miss.

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AT&T Offers New Passport Plan for International Travel

Melissa Bahoora Regional Sales MgrMelissa Bahoora, Regional Sales Manager for AT&T in Michigan explains the updated Passport program that allows greater freedom outside the US to make calls and receive data without taking out a new mortgage.

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MiTechNews Headlines

Mike Brennan, Editor and Host of MiTechNews

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Full Crew 2014

Gary Baker, Ed Rudel,Foster Braun, Shane Hamelin


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New Super Batteries Charge 70 Percent in 2 Minutes



A team of researchers in Singapore have developed a next generation lithium-ion battery that can recharge a battery to 70-percent in just two minutes. That means it would charge an entire electric car in just 15 minutes. And here’s the kicker: it lasts over 20 years.

 Normally, it’s safe to be skeptical about new battery technology, but there’s something rather hopeful about this breakthrough. The new battery isn’t altogether new. It’s actually just an improvement upon existing lithium-ion technology.

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Google Nexus 6 Featuring Android Lollipop


Google’s latest flagship phone is finally here. But instead of holding a press event like years past, the tech-giant announced its newest Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 tablet today, via an online press release. The device starts at $649 (32GB) and $699 (64GB). Preorders begin Wednesday, October 29, and it will land in stores in November. You’ll be able to buy the phone unlocked, with a service contract, or through monthly carrier installments.

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Apple Unveils Shiny New iPad Airs and Retina Mini's



iPad Air 2 & iPad Mini 3 Released

Oct 16, 2014 

iPad Air 3

Apple has announced updates to the iPad line, officially labeled as the iPad Air 2, and iPad Mini 3. All new models include faster processors and improved capabilities, Touch ID sensors, and while iPad Mini remains in the same enclosure, the iPad Air 2 has been redesigned to be slimmer than ever. Some of these features may not be much of a surprise given that Apple apparently unintentionally leaked some of the details yesterday through iTunes.

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Podcast 1441 Oct. 11, 2014: Toolbar Hijackers, Howard Berenbon, Dr. Olyena Polyvoda

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Don’t Let Hijackers Take Over Your Toolbar

Ed at Mike on WJREd Rudel shares the story of a listener who was plagued by Ads by AllDaySavings toolbar hijacker.  Learn  how to protect your browser from this menace and learn the damage ignoring the threat can cause.


The Digital Fight Against Cancer

Dr. Olyena Palyvoda is on the cutting edge of the battle against cancer using her skills as a microbiologist and technologist.  Currently, she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Lawrence Technological University College of Engineering, within the biomedical department as well as working in the Lumigen Instrument Center at Wayne State University.

Dr. Palyvoda’s specific areas of expertise span a wide range of fields including: molecular biology, biomedicine, bioengineering and cellular imaging and developing new spectroscopy methods for rapid noninvasive cancer detection, infection and diseases. She is the author and co-author of over 20 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals published in the United States and throughout Europe. Olyena was recently awarded:

2014- Michigan International Professional Women Award from the Detroit International Institute.

Meet Howard Berenbon: Digital Renaissance Man

Howard has worked all sides of the digital highway from coding to reviewing software.  Join us as he shares of his most …

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AT&T Asus PadPhone Review


Possibly the Best Phone/Tablet Deal Yet

I have to admit that I was pretty pumped to receive the demo copy of the Asus PadFone X from AT&T (props to Teresa Mask!)  I was able to spend close to a month with it and came away with mixed feelings except for one very clear realization: For all its limitations, this device is a crazy good buy for just $199 under a two year contract with AT&T.

As will all my reviews, I have to disclaim that my observations are not meant to be an exhaustive investigation of the device.  There are wonderful sites like Engadget that do super breakdowns of every imaginable device including this one.  On the other hand I want to approach it more from our listeners’ point of view.  What are the pro’s and con’s of the device and would I use it on a regular basis given the opportunity?


Before phablets (e.g. Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G Pro 2,Nokia Lumia 1520) became hugely popular in Asia and then the US and Europe, the PadPhone proposed to be an excellent combination of phone and tablet.  Asus PadPhone X is the first of its kind to be …

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Podcast 1440 10/4/14: A2 Fix It, Daily Detroit and Windows 10


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Making Sure Government Works For Us: A2 Fix It

Robert Kellar explains why the City of Ann Arbor has adopted an app named A2 Fix It that lets the citizens report on problems and make sure that they get fixed.  (Read Background Article)

Tucker D Severson, Government Partnerships at SeeClickFix shares how his company’s software is enabling citizens to hold their cities accountable for needed repairs.


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Daily Detroit: A New Voice Chronicles Detroit’s History

Patrick McNamaraPatrick McNamara  is one of the founders (along with J.A. Staes and Nick Hagen) of a new source of stories about the city of Detroit, the Daily Detroit. It has been described as “a blog telling the story of Detroit’s revitalization”.  Their motto is “Pushing Detroit Forward”.   It’s only two weeks old and already has over 38,000 like on FB.

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New Start Screen on Windows 10

Windows 10: Microsoft’s Brave New World

Jeff GarnaiJeff Garnai, Devices & Mobility | Technology Solutions Professional for Microsoft shares the details on the announcement that caught the tech world by surprise earlier this week.  One OS to …

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