Archives for Foster Braun

Keepers, Stage II & Comcast Speed

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Point Aux Barques Lighthouse, Port Hope, MI

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Hour 1

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Keepers, Stage II

Technology of all sorts is radically changing our society and lives.  The independent film Keepers dramatically portrays the impact of those changes on the lives of the brave men, women and families who ran the lighthouses of the Great Lakes and beyond.  Sharma Krauskopf, executive director of the movie, joins us to launch Stage 2 of her tireless effort to get this movie produced in Michigan despite recent politically motivated repeal of movie incentives.  Sharma discusses the progress made, actors cotracted and crowdfunding campaign started for Stage II.

 

 

Stuart St. Paul, the film’s director, also called in from England to share his perspective on the road to producing Keepers.  He talked about the director’s job and the interaction with Sharma as screenwriter.  Stuart is currently directing a web-based mini-series in Great Britain call Shades of Bad.

 

 

 

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Keepers: Crowdfunding Campaign

 

Bonus Section:

A frank discussion with Sharma Krauskopf about the future of movie making and viewing. Streaming video on the Internet is taking a deep bite out of the already tottering movie …


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Winning Women & Mighty Mentors

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Show Notes

Hour 1

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Emily Morningstar, Linda Mitchell and Tonya Thomas

MCWT Honors Winning Women

Linda MitchellLinda Mitchell, Dir. of Cloud Sales and Devices, Microsoft Heartland Division and MCWT VP of Programs introduced two of the recent scholarship winners, Emily Morningstar and Tonya Thomas. Linda also talked about the wide range of MCWT programs like GET-IT programs in high school and annual Camp Infinity to encourage young women of all ages to embrace and pursue IT careers.  For more information on MCWT programs for young women click here.


Two Outstanding Winning Women

Emily Morningstar HeadshotEmily Morningstar graduated from high school in Canton, MI and plans to study computer science at Michigan Technological University in Houghton.  She won the $20,000 MCWT Foundation GET-IT Scholarship. Emily founded her school’s GET-IT club, served as its president and participated throughout all four years of high school. She was a finalist in MCWT’s Website Design Competition and a Robofest State Qualifier. She also was recognized as the national runner-up in the National Council of Women in Technology Award for Aspirations in Computing. She served as a summer IT co-op for Mercedes Benz Financial Services.

 

Tonya Thomas HeadshotTonya Thomas is a multifaceted professional with 20+ years …


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Emmys, IoT & aimWest

 

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Show Notes

Hour 1

Visual Compass Director Hits the Red Carpet

Eddie Fritz grabbed the gold at the Michigan Emmy’s with his Motion Graphic Presentation: Visual Compass Field Guide: Navigating the Digital Landscape.  Congratulations Eddie and the whole crew at Visual Compass. Watch the award winning presentation right here.

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AT&T and the Internet of Things (IoT)

Mobeen_Khan_AVP_Bio_with_Photo_Mar2015__Compatibility_Mode_Mobeen Khan, Executive Director of Product Marketing Management for AT&T shares the increasing complexity of a world where more and more of our lives and work are connected digitally. AT&T is on the cutting edge of this booming sector which seems certain to reach trillions of dollars in the near future.

 

 

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aimWest Young Techie

Doug KellyDoug Kelly, President of aimWest shares the vision for promoting technology in the western side of Michigan.  More and more technology companies, test labs, entrepreneurs and research centers are following the arc from Detroit to Grand Rapids. aimWest “works to create a common language between the technology and business disciplines. As a non-profit, they host monthly educational and networking events in West Michigan to facilitate education and …


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GO Karts and Carrot for Good Health

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Show Notes

Hour 1

Go Karts for Good Health

Zack WigalZack Wigal joins us in studio to talk about this latest effort by Gamers Outreach to help sick children trapped in the antiseptic world of hospitals during their treatment.  Our own Shane Hamelin is an ardent gamer and will be our special co host for the segment that focuses on a program to install XBox units in C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor.

 

 

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Good Health and Savings


Michael Antaran
, CEO of Marvel Apps in Royal Oak, MI,  wants to give you a reason to get out and walk around your community, for your good health and for your town’s economic wellbeing.   Mike joins us in studio to talk about Carrot, a free app, on both iOS and Android platforms, that gives you points for getting out and exercising in your community that can be redeemed for deals at businesses you walk by on your way!

 

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BLE iBeacon Used by Stores to Alert Customers’ Phones

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Windows 10 Mystery Icon Arrives

 

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Show Notes

Hour 1

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Windows 10 Official Launch Date Arrives Along with Mystery Icon

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July 29, 2015 is the official date for the distribution of Microsoft’s next major OS: Windows 10. Ed Rudel will lead the discussion on some Frequently Asked Questions about the Windows 10 upgrade, in particular what the heck that mysterious white window in your System Tray means!

Microsoft Windows 10 Frequently Ask Questions

How to Make an ISO file from the Windows 10 Upgrade

Will your PC run Windows 10? Use the official compatibility checker to find out!

Click Here to Listen to Windows 10 Download



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Apple’s WWDC Opens June 8

Cal at stand mikeCal Carson will have the rumored highlights of what has typically been Apple’s “really big show”, the 2015 World Wide Developers Conference, this coming week.  Will Apple TV finally get the makeover it has desperately needed?  Will the world catch the beat of Apple’s uber music service? What new tricks will appear in iOS 9 for the world of Apple’s digital devices?  Answers await.

 

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Connect Michigan

 

Crawford County Recognized for Broadband Connection

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Podcast 1519: The Gadget Guy Answers the Big Question & Listener Q & A

 

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The big Question

Show Notes

Hour 1

Rick Broida the Gadget Guy and legendary Cheapskate answers:

The Big Question: What should I buy to replace my aging PC before Windows 10 arrives?  PC or Laptop?

Don’t miss this rousing discussion that is being repeated everywhere as the deadline for the launch of Windows 10 approaches in the summer of 2015. Rick Broida wants to replace his mother’s aging computer and Foster Braun needs to replace his wife Ginny’s aging, refurbished Core Duo PC to make the move to Windows 10. New desktop or laptop?   Is cheapest best?  Do you trust brand names?  Will a “new” out-of-lease or refurbished device fill the bill?  How do you buy for the future but keep within a budget?  All questions that we will tackle with the Gadget Guy, Rick Broida.

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Tips for specific computer user groups

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Free Utilities to Make your Computing Easier


Norton Identity Safe  (Important Note: A user just advised us that Norton also installs Norton Safe Search (a toolbar addon which


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Podcast 1516: Seeing the Lightroom with Terry White & Answering Listener Questions

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Show Notes:

Hour 1

Adobe Lightroom Creative Cloud

terrywhite-150_ibe_97x97Photographic Expert Terry White returns to Detroit to shares the nuances of Adobe’s Lightroom and Creative Cloud for those who want something more out of their pictures.  Terry, founding father of the MacGroup Detroit, returned to the Motor City as guest speaker Sunday, April 26, at the Birmingham Temple.  He shared some of the newest tricks and tips for taking and working with pictures on Adobe’s Lightroom and Creative Cloud workflows.

 

Click Here to Listen to Terry White Discuss Lightroom and CC

Terry White’s Photography Website

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Hour 2: Answering  Your Computer Questions

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Gary Baker, Cal Carson, Foster Braun

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Your Trusted Computer Repair Shops 

 

 

These local computer shops have been recommended by you the listeners for good, honest service and reasonable costs.  Let us know your favorite local computer shop so we can share it with your neighbors and friends.


 

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Podcast 1515: Spring Cleaning & Answering Your Questions

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Show Notes

Hour 1: Digital Spring Cleaning

Ed Rudel, Cal Carson, Foster Braun, Shane Hamelin

Our esteemed tech panel of Ed Rudel (Windows/Network), Cal Carson (Mac/Windows) and Shane Hamelin (PC Support and Gaming) along with producer and co host Foster Braun provide insights into tuning up your devices for a busy spring, summer and fall.

  • Steps for cleaning and tuning your digital devices
  • Latests upgrades to Mac OS X 10.10 and iOS 8.3

 Resources

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Back Up: Which Cloud Service is right for you? 

  • One Drive (Microsoft)
  • DropBox
  • Google Drive
  • Box
  • iCloud  (Apple)

 Hour 2: LIVE  5-6 PM WJR 760 AM

Answering Listener Questions:   800 859-0957

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 Happy 10th Anniversary Leo Laporte and TWIT TV

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Surprise Announcement: The New Screensavers Launches in May


 

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Your Trusted Computer Repair Shops 

 

 

These local computer shops have been recommended by you the listeners for good, honest service and reasonable costs.  Let us know your favorite local computer shop so we can share it with your neighbors and friends.


 

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Podcast 1514: Welcome to the New Internet Advisor

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Show Notes:

Actually it’s the same Internet Advisor show you have come to love and look for but in a new format:

Hour 1: 4-5 PM EDT  Today’s Tech News and Views

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This hour is dedicated to interviews with experts, discussions of the hot topics of the day and in studio guests talking about technology in Michigan and around the world.  This hour is also heard on our affiliate network throughout Michigan but NOT live on WJR AM in Detroit.

Topics Discussed:

  • Apple Watch Release
  • HBO Now on Apple TV and Cablevision for $15/mo just in time for Game of Thrones Season 5
  • LinkedIn buys Lynda.com
  • Teens Still Favor Facebook

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Agile and Beyond

Jason Dinkelman worked with co-host Gary Baker in some of the early implementation of Agile Software Development near the turn of the century. The concept began at Chrysler Motors in the mid-90’s and spread around the globe.  The Agile and Beyond Conference  is now coming to Dearborn, April 30-May 1 and for two days experts from around the world will discuss the practical applications of these concept to Detroit based  business.

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Podcast 1450 12/13/14: Smart Toys for Smart Girls and Boys

 

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Gift Giving for a New Generation of Tech Savvy Children

Sheri Kam and kidsWelcome back Sheri Kam, PR Specialist, Social Media Expert and mother of two teenage daughters.  Sheri not only knows her way around technology but has a mother’s eye for holiday presents that will teach as well as entertain children who are interested in technology…without breaking the bank

 

Click to Listen to Smart Toys Segment with Sheri Kam and Sean McCarroll

Recommended Toy List: Sheri Kam and Sean McCarrell


Rec0mmended Smart Toy Lists

Top educational gifts for kids Click on Detroit TV Segment

9 High-Tech Toys & Gadgets Designed For Kids

Consumer Reports: 8 best tech toys for kids


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Creating an Innovation Lab in High School

Sean McCarrollSean McCarroll is a social studies and technology teacher at Grosse Pointe North High School in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. Sean worked with fellow teacher Gary Abud to design, collect funding for, and implement the GP North Innovation Laba modern learning space equipped with the technological tools needed for learning in the 21st Century. It was designed to promote creative and innovative thinking, group collaboration, and better access


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