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Podcast 1451: Dec. 20, 2014: Ford's New Voice, Skype Translator & Xfinity Hotspots


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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.

Show Notes

Hour 1


Sync 3: The New Face of Ford In-Car

Eisenstein 2Paul 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.

Click Here to Listen to Ford Sync 3


Skype Translator: Simultaneous Translation

Chicago Commercial PhotographerMark KingCloud 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?!?!)


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Ford Ditches Microsoft For QNX



Ford today took the wraps off Sync 3, its next-generation, in-car technology package that is, as you’d expect, faster, sleeker and much improved over the old one. It’s also more intuitive and easier on the eyes, and integrates smartphone apps better. But the biggest change is under the hood: Sync 3 is powered by QNX instead of Microsoft Auto.

When Ford first launched the Sync prior to the recession, it was novel in the infotainment space. The platform announced today, several years after version 2.0, is Ford’s third go at infotainment, and from my limited experience with the Sync 3, it’s dramatically better than its predecess.

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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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