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Show Notes For January 24, 2015

January 24th, 2015 · Radio Show

Survey Finds CIOs Eager To Spend On Security, IT Services

Security ranked as the highest priority for the second year in a row, according to the company’s fourth annual survey, which reached 112 CIOs.

Three-quarters of CIOs surveyed said they expect to increase spending onsecurity in 2015 with network firewall and endpoint security cited as the top twosegments expected to see an increase, the survey found.

There is a tremendous growth opportunity for security vendors in 2015, with networking security continuing to gain much of the spending activity, said Andrew Nowinski, a vice president and senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray.

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt: “The Internet Will Disappear”

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt on Thursday predicted the end of theInternet as we know it.

I will answer very simply that the Internet will disappear,” Schmidt said.

Asked about his recent trip to North Korea, Schmidt said the country has manyInternet connections through data phones, but there is no roaming and webusage isHeavily supervised.” Schmidt saidIt’s very much surveillance of use,”which he said was not good for the country and others.

Currently, only 40 percent of people have Internet access, the Facebook COOsaid, adding that any growth in reach helps extend people’s voice and increaseeconomic opportunity.

Imagine what we can doonce the world gets to 50 percent, 60 percent andmore in terms of Internet penetration.

During another technology panel at the World Economic Forum on Thursday,Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, Liberty Global CEO Mike Fries and others answeredquestions on the need to regulate privacy standards on the Internet and fortech companies following the Snowden case, the Sony hack and the like.

Some countries may build their own InternetsandBalkanizethe web, hewarned.

Former NASA Educator Common Core Science Standards: Short on
Science, Long on Errors and Indoctrination

Wyoming’s Jim Nations has had quite a bit to say about that, and has now produced a written critical analysis that illustrates what he’s been trying to help parents and educators in our state understand…that there are clear scientific and ethical flaws with the NGSS that call these standards into serious question. in Space Studies, covering space STEM topics as well as policy, legal, commercial, and military operations in the space environment.

He served at the Johnson Space Center and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory supporting shuttle and unmanned missions including Voyager I and II, Galileo at Jupiter, the Mars Observer and Magellan at Venus. They include energy, transportation and space exploration education projects, work in public relations with the Wyoming Department of Transportation, and volunteer work such as NASA Solar System Ambassador, Wyoming robotics competitions for Skills USA Wyoming, and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). This element has been sorely lacking, and Mr. Nations’ analysis will lend a valuable perspective as we all try to move forward in adopting new Wyoming science standards.

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Show Notes January 20th, 2014

January 20th, 2015 · Radio Show

Do all businesses need a back-end?

Enjoy Your Samsung Galaxy While You Can. Apple is Beating Samsung.business_back-end
Their Profits Could Drop by 60% This Quarter.

Why? Samsung and many of the other big vendors aside from Apple
make most of their money on hardware, while Apple makes money on
hardware, software and services.

Credit Ratings Based on Big Data?

By law, lenders cannot discriminate against loan applicants on the
basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, marital status, age
or the receipt of public assistance. Big-data lending, though,
relies on software algorithms largely working on their own and
learning as they go.

A decision is made about you, and you have no idea why it was done.

As many as 70 million Americans either have no credit score or a
slender paper trail of credit history that depresses their score,
according to estimates from the National Consumer Reporting
Association, a trade organization. Two groups that typically have
thin credit files are immigrants and recent college graduates.

Affirm says it is on track to lend $100 million during its first 12

Insurance via Internet Is Squeezing Agents

Walmart and Google have recently established websites that allow
consumers to compare the premiums of various companies for auto,
home and other types of insurance, and buy policies. Both companies
have entered partnerships with insurers.

To the list of jobs threatened by the Internet, add one more:
insurance agent. Technology start-ups, and companies from the
insurance industry, are introducing websites that sell or promote a
range of insurance including auto, homeowners and small commercial

N.S.A. Breached North Korean Networks Before Sony Attack

The evidence gathered by the “early warning radar” of software
painstakingly hidden to monitor North Korea’s activities proved
critical in persuading President Obama to accuse the government of
Kim Jong-un of ordering the Sony attack, according to the officials
and experts, who spoke on the condition of anonymity about the
classified N.S.A. operation.

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Show Notes for Jan 17, 2014 – Tech Talk With Craig Peterson

January 17th, 2015 · Radio Show

- New images illustrate how an iPhone app will control the Apple WatchApple Watch

-Video of a cop jamming to ‘Shake it Off’ is just perfect

– Apple Watch iPhone ‘Companion’ app revealed w/ new Watch features, monograms

– First version of Google Glass discontinued as Nest’s Tony Fadell takes over

– Facebook pushes Amber Alerts to News Feed to help recover missing children

– Business: Facebook Explains How Facebook At Work Works

– Uber Agrees To Share Trip Data In Boston While Refusing To Do So In New York

– FreeSpeech: France Celebrates Its New Reverence For Free Speech By Arresting Comedian For His Speech

– Obama Wants Hacking to Be a Form of Racketeering

– 12 inch MacBook Air production reportedly ramping for Q1 debut, will replace current 11 inch Air

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Top News – Cable TV vs Sling – 3D Printing – Fitbit – Petcube

January 13th, 2015 · Technology

-What will be remembered from this year’s CES? One of the final
death-nails for cable TV?

Fewer people — and particularly fewer young people — want to pay
for cable or satellite TV service. So Dish Network, which has been
gradually shedding subscribers, is trying something a little
different to acquire new customers: It’s launching Sling TV, a
cheaper Over-the-Top (OTT) Internet TV service, which starts at $20
and includes a slate of Disney and Turner Networks channels, among

The $20 Sling TV base package includes ESPN, ESPN2, Disney Channel,
ABC Family, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, TNT, CNN, TBS,
Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and the “best of Internet video” with
Maker Studios. Add-on packs with additional kids and news
programming will be available for $5 each.

– Tired of paying major $$ for hard-to-get parts? Want to design your
own Light Switches or toys for your kids? Want to prototype your new

The all-new LulzBot Mini 3D Printer from Aleph Objects claims to be
one of the most open 3D printers on the market. Unlike other 3D
printers that include certain proprietary aspects, the LulzBot Mini
was developed through a publicly accessible archive that includes
specifications, schematics, parts, suppliers, prototypes and more.

The LulzBot Mini 3D Printer is slated to ship later this month at
the cost of $1,350.

– Health Devices are all the rage, and Fitbit introduced two more.

The two devices, called the Fitbit Charge HR and Fitbit Surge,
provide caller ID, sleep monitoring and heart monitoring, and show
time of day. The Charge HR, an updated version of its Charge
wristband, includes continuous 24-hour heart-rate monitoring. The
Surge, Fitbit’s first device in the smartwatch category, adds GPS,
text messaging notification and music control.

The Charge HR costs $150 in the US

– The Petcube is like a baby monitor for your pets — but better. The
device has a built-in camera, a laser, and a speaker for engaging
your pets in a variety of ways while you’re out of the house.

The device live-streams video of the room it’s in. Its wide-angle
camera aptly captures an entire room and it streams in 720p HD. When
streaming video, if you interact with the touchscreen of your
smartphone, the built-in laser is activated and you can play with
your pets as they follow the light around. If your pet is getting
into mischief, the app also allows you to talk to them through the
cube and tell them to cut it out.

The Petcube is $199

– The new Pacif-i looks like a regular pacifier, but is actually a
smart device for infants and toddlers that measures a baby’s
temperature and transmits that data to a connected app for Android
or iPhone using Bluetooth Low Energy.

In the app, parents can add medication information such as type,
dosage and when the medication was last given. The Pacif-i also has
a built-in tracker, so you’ll hopefully never lose it.

– Wearable Camera that records your day.

The new SnapCam is far smaller and lighter than previous versions,
measuring 1.5 inches (3.8cm) square and weighs a little more than an
ounce. With just a swipe on the body, the camera kicks on and with a
single tap it captures an 8-megapixel photo. Tap it twice and it
starts recording 720p HD video at 30 frames per second and another
tap stops it. A triple tap starts it live-streaming video using its
built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The SnapCam is expected to ship in the second quarter of 2015 in
gunmetal gray, black or white for about $150

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The Year of the Hospital Hack, Smartphones Changing Our Brains

January 6th, 2015 · Health, Internet, Security

The Lesson of the Sony Hack: We Should All Jump to the ‘Erasable

This month’s news provides yet another occasion for a friendly
public-service reminder to anyone who uses a digital device to say
anything to anyone, ever. Don’t do it. Don’t email, don’t text,
don’t update, don’t send photos.

At least, don’t do it if you have any expectation that what you say
will remain private — a sentiment that’s usually taken for granted
in human communication, but that we should all throw to the winds,
at least until we figure out a way to completely rethink how we
store and manage our digital data.

2015 Could Be the Year of the Hospital Hack. Health-care organizations often store medical records and other information

Medical organizations across the world are switching to electronic
medical records, and computer security is not always a high enough
priority during the process, says Leonard. Easy and fast access to
medical information often trumps security.

Smartphone use ‘changing our brains’

Our brains are adapting to touchscreen smartphone technology say
researchers who have carried out a study on human volunteers.

They found distinct differences between smartphone users and people
who used ‘conventional’ cellphones. Smartphone users had more
attuned fingers and thumbs, based on their EEG readings.

Study author Arko Ghosh, from the Institute of Neuroinformatics of
the University of Zurich, said: “I was really surprised by the
scale of the changes introduced by the use of smartphones.”

Socialism in Decline: France waves discreet goodbye to 75 percent

One adviser warned it was a Socialist step too far that would turn
France into “Cuba without sun”.

Hollande first floated the 75-percent super-tax on earnings over 1
million euros ($1.2 million) a year in his 2012 campaign to oust
his conservative rival Nicolas Sarkozy. It fired up left-wing
voters and helped him unseat the incumbent.

The Finance Ministry estimates the proceeds from the tax amounted
to 260 million euros in its first year and 160 million in the

Do you use online reviews? TripAdvisor Fined $610,000 in Italy for
Failing to Prevent Fake Reviews

The Italian authorities had investigated whether negative reviews
on the company’s site had been made by individuals who did not
visit the hotels and restaurants that they had rated, according to
a regulatory statement.

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