February 17, 2018 | Comments Off on Podcast 1807 2/17/18: Games People Play and Olympic Games with ComcastXfinity
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Hour 1: Games People Play at Lawrence Tech University
Mars (Marshall) Ashton, MA, is an Assistant Professor and Director of Game Art at Lawrence Tech University and Founder of the Infinite MachineAxis Descending. He has achieved international recognition through press, conferences and exhibitions, and has developed “gamedev” culture throughout Michigan via meetups and events. Throughout his graduate studies, he has established a set of guidelines within his paper “Defining Feedback Devices in Digital Gamespaces” to establish a standard of Design Thinking within the discipline.”
Mars will open our eyes to the brilliant world of gaming that is reaching a multi-billion dollar industry set to explode
May 2, 2015 | Comments Off on Podcast 1517: NextEnergy, Tech Tune Up with Comcast & Listener Q&A
Tesla Powerwall Home Battery
Tesla Powerwall A Household/Business Battery
Elon Musk announced a stunning new battery technology that could reshape electrical use around the world, even in countries where there is no power grid! Is this just another toy for rich greenies or is this another great leap forward in energy independence?
Dave Hurst is Director of Market Analysis at NextEnergy, leading Next Energy’s Energy Sector and Program teams in the understanding and development of various market segment intelligence. NextEnergy is a convener, collaborator, and service provider accelerating advanced energy technologies through industry and venture development
Comcast said Friday that it has terminated its $45.2 billion merger plans for Time Warner Cable, with the marriage of the top two cable operations in the US likely quashed by opposition from regulators.
“Today, we move on,” Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said in a short statement. “Of course, we would have liked to bring our great products to new cities, but we structured this deal so that if the government didn’t agree, we could walk away.”
News that the deal was falling apart started to emerge Thursday afternoon, with reports saying that increasing concerns from US regulators would end the tie-up. Earlier in the week, Comcast officials met with the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission to discuss potential concessions in the deal.
December 20, 2014 | Comments Off on Podcast 1451: Dec. 20, 2014: Ford's New Voice, Skype Translator & Xfinity Hotspots
Happy Holidays 2014
The Internet Advisor Crew from our house to yours!
Today’s program has been preempted on WJR Radio Detroit by MSU basketball. However you can still hear our 2 hour show by downloading or listening to our podcast on our homepage beginning Sun. 12/21 around 10PM.
Sync 3: The New Face of Ford In-Car
Paul Eisenstein, publisher of The Detroit Bureau, The Voice of Automotive World, tells the story of Ford’s switch to QNX based Sync 3 as their new in-car communications system. After a long and painful relationship with Microsoft under the name of Ford Sync, there’s a new voice in your Ford in 2015.
Mark King, Cloud Architect at the Microsoft Technology Center shares the story of Skype Translator a remarkable breakthrough in communication. Now your friend in Bogota, Colombia can talk to you in their native language, Spanish, and after a short delay…you HEAR the translation. Then you get to talk back in English…without one day of Berlitz or Rosetta Stone (No se puede creer…Verdad?!) This is just the beginning. (Transcoders, Star Trekkies?!?!)
June 17, 2014 | Comments Off on Comcast is Turning Modems into Hotspots
If you’re a Comcast cable customer, your home’s private Wi-Fi router is being turned into a public hotspot. It’s potentially creepy and annoying. But the upside is Internet everywhere.
It’s been one year since Comcast (CMCSA) started its monster project to blanket residential and commercial areas with continuous Wi-Fi coverage. Imagine waves of wireless Internet emitting from every home, business and public waiting area.
Comcast has been swapping out customers’ old routers with new ones capable of doubling as public hotspots. So far, the company has turned 3 million home devices into public ones. By year’s end it plans to activate that feature on the other 5 million already installed.
In this population, we are all undeniably individuals, but one self-evident truth among most of us is that our cable and/or satellite providers are total crap. It’s bad weather knocking the dish out of service, or sports games blacked out, or pricing spikes without any rewarding blowback for consumers. And it turns out Comcast customers may be the most outspoken of us all, as the Philadelphia mega-corporation has taken the top prize in Consumerist’s Worst Company in America poll, earning it the coveted Golden Poo award. It should look great on the shelf next to the one they won back in 2010, since this definitely isn’t Comcast’s first rage-filled rodeo. Comcast is only the second repeat winner in the poll’s nine-year history, with the catastrophe-plagued Electronic Arts taking the Poo in both 2012 and 2013. But E.A. was button mashed right out of the competition in the first round by none other than Time Warner Cable, the company that Comcast is trying so desperately to buy out and merge with. Even though the acquisition – should it go through on Wednesday, April 9 – isn’t expected to drastically …
Few people are truly in love with their cable provider, whether it be due to overpriced channel packages, inconsistent and annoyingly capped internet access, or the general angst caused by a lack of choice. News this week of a Comcast bid for Time Warner isn’t likely to make any of those parties happier. The $42.5 billion deal would see the first and second place cable companies in the United States joining together to create a single entity that would corner 30 percent of the market whilst laughing maniacally and, presumably, swimming in a giant pool filled with gold coins.
There goes the neighborhood. Comcast, the nation’s largest cable provider, has just announced its intentions to buy a controlling interest in NBC/Universal Studios. What will be the consequences of a single provider controlling both the content and the delivery of that content to millions of Americans? Serious concerns are being raised that a critical barrier has been breached that will further limit independent content providers and also give Comcast huge control over how much we pay to view our favorite shows. Full Story. …