Generation C’s Influence on Business

12 01 2014

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Generation C – who they are, their impact on business – is today’s topic; and one that has resonated with many of our guest’s clients and colleagues in recent speaking engagements.

Phoebe Carson is President and CEO of VM Associates. She is a senior executive that has worked throughout her career to develop and implement technology-based products and services. Her focus has, and continues to be, helping organizations and users use technology tools to enhance operations, and fully realize the potential of their investment. She has led initiatives that transformed operations in real estate, financial services, and medical benefit enrollments, among other industries, for companies such as Planning Research Corp (now Litton), Freddie Mac, and Ebix. Ms. Carson holds a MBA from the University of Maryland, and a BA from Vassar College; she serves on several Boards.

Week In Review

  1. The MTA Plans to Turn New Yorkers’ Smartphones into Subway Passes
  2. BOND New York will accept payment in Bitcoin
  3. Intel renames its McAfee security brand
  4. IBM to invest $1 billion to create new business unit for Watson
  5. Samsung Plans Galaxy S5 by April as Eye Scanner Studied

What is the Deep Web, and why is Washington scared?

5 01 2014

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IMI Tech Talk covers the “Deep Web” and why Washington, other governments, and some businesses are scared of it. Learn about what the Deep Web is, how it’s accessed, what can be found there, and why politicians are scrambling to keep up. Separate fact from fiction over things like the Silk Road, Bitcoin and other virtual currencies, and how the Deep Web is used by advocates of voluntaryism and free speech as well.

Thomas J. Quinlan has 13 years professional experience with technology, with extensive experience in network and application security, electronic discovery, and digital forensics. He has held positions at several technology companies, in charge of network and application security for some of the internet’s largest on-line applications, as well as leadership of large scale eDiscovery projects, and digital forensic investigations . He is certified in Computer Security (CISSP), Computer Forensics (EnCE), as well as Malware Reverse Engineering (GREM). He also serves as a member of the Editorial Advisory Panel for Linux Journal.

Week In Review

  1. New site gives weekly data on NYC 911 responses
  2. Verizon CEO says NY wireless problems are nearly fixed
  3. Professor says online conversations are damaging how we speak to each other in real life
  4. White House task urges steps to rein in scope of NSA eavesdropping activities
  5. Amazon Teams With Companies in China for Cloud Service

New Years 2014 Tech Resolutions

29 12 2013

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Get the New Year started right with some Technology Resolution suggestions from Matthew Edgar.

Matthew Edgar is the owner of QW Consulting (at Matthew helps companies grow their business by strengthening the technical aspects of their website and their entire online presence. Through this work, he has helped companies large and small achieve real, long-term success. You can reach Matthew at

Week In Review

  1. Brooklyn laundry startup FlyCleaners raises $2 million in seed fund
  2. Anyone, anywhere can now get a 212 area code — for big bucks
  3. New York online health exchange suffers outages ahead of deadline
  4. Amazon Prime tops 20 million members as company touts its best holiday season ever
  5. NY Man Holds New Guinness Record for Video Game Collection

Electric Vehicle Technology and the Green Space

15 12 2013

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What do Electric Vehicles have to offer us? What is the technology behind it? James Bell answer’s all of Tom’s questions this week on IMI’s Tech Talk.

With over 16 years of experience, James Bell is a nationally recognized and authoritative resource within the automotive industry. During his tenure, James has diligently analyzed and effectively communicated automotive data and research to multiple constituencies, including the national and international media, automotive manufacturers, dealers, and the every-day car shopper. In addition, he has been featured on national television news shows on CNN, Fox News, CBS, NBC, national and local talk radio, as well as within the pages of both respected newspapers and automotive trade publications.

Week In Review

  1. Consumer Price Tracking Data Reveals Top Four Toys
  2. New York Asks Cellphone Carriers to Explain Why They Rejected Antitheft Switch
  3. MTA tests motion sensing lasers, thermal image cameras to save fallen straphangers from subway trains
  4. Big bucks for Bitcoin: Coinbase raises $25M to push Bitcoin into the mainstream
  5. Apple TV gets ABC, Bloomberg, Crackle and KORTV channels

Christmas List 2013: Hidden Savings

8 12 2013

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Join us and Brent Shelton to learn how to stack discounts to get additional savings on holiday deals.

As a high energy PR Specialist and online shopping expert for and, he provides mainstream, regional and online consumer media with online shopping trends, forecasts, personal finance tips, affiliate marketing news and a wealth of consumer experiences to help their consumers learn where and when to make smarter purchasing decisions. He I’m a blogger focused on tech prices, Black Friday and monthly shopping trends.

Week In Review

  1. Tracking System Prepares New York to Evacuate Patients in Emergencies
  2. Demanding Facebook Passwords From Employees and Applicants Is Now Illegal In New Jersey
  3. Yahoo Acquires Natural Language Processing Company SkyPhrase To Help Drive Intent Identification
  4. Apple and China Mobile Sign Deal to Offer iPhone
  5. 2 million Facebook, Gmail and Twitter passwords stolen in massive hack

CES 2013 Unveiled New York

24 11 2013

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Tom hits the floor at CES 2013 Unveiled in New York City to find out who’s got the hottest gadgets for 2014.

Week In Review

  1. N.Y. Regulator Eyes ‘BitLicense’
  2. Tech frets over Bill de Blasio
  3. Google Reaches $17 Million Privacy Settlement With States
  4. Amazon Bares Its Computers
  5. included no statement of work

The Human to Computer Language Connection

17 11 2013

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Talking to computers has long been a staple of science fiction, but today it’s a reality, says Bill Meisel, a technology analyst and author of the recent book, The Software Society. The importance of this trend is exemplified by battles between large technology companies such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Samsung that see it as a fundamental shift in the way we deal with digital systems. Today, the battle is largely over smartphones, with Apple’s Siri and Google’s voice search being the best-known examples of how far the technology has come. But the trend is moving to tablet computers and the new SmartTVs, as well as increasing used inside companies and by professionals for efficiency.

The key, Meisel says, is technology that understands the content of the speech–”natural language understanding”–when the communication with a device is by voice or typing. Increasingly, the user manual for most digital systems will be “just say or type what you want,” and your digital “personal assistant” will try to give you the result you want as directly as possible, with minimal navigation. When your request is unclear, the assistant will engage you in a dialog for clarification. It will even be proactive, telling you of an incoming message or upcoming appointment without being asked. Those capabilities exist today in a limited form, but will continue to get better.

Bill Meisel began his career as a professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at USC, writing a technical book on how computers can recognize patterns in data. He then went into industry, including founding a speech recognition company. Currently, he is an industry analyst covering commercial applications of speech and natural language technology with a newsletter and a blog. This year, Bill published a book for general audiences called The Software Society, which discusses how software is increasingly impacting our culture and economy.

Week In Review

  1. New York City Street Lights to Get LED Overhaul
  2. IBM makes Watson available via API
  3. MapQuest Updates Its iPhone and Andriod App
  4. Google says US govt demands for data tripled in past three years

Hackers’ Tools of the Trade

3 11 2013

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They’re stealing your passwords and credit card information, but how do they do it? What tools are they using and how do they work. Michael Sutton joins us to answer these questions to help better protect yourself.

Michael Sutton is an experienced security executive with a history of delivering pragmatic insight into security issues and developing solutions to address them with leading organizations, including Hewlett-Packard, SPI Dynamics, VeriSign and iDefense.

As Zscaler’s Vice President of Security Research, Sutton leads Zscaler ThreatLabZ, the security research team responsible for researching emerging topics in web security and developing innovative security controls.

Michael is regularly tapped by the press for his security expertise on cybercrime and beyond and has appeared in USA Today, Bloomberg Businessweek, Fox News and numerous security magazines.

Week In Review

  1. Dell assures laptop owners that the awful smell isn’t cat pee
  2. Tech educator Startup Institute comes to NYC
  3. Zipcar technology saves NYC millions
  4. New app will track MSG bathroom wait
  5. Nintendo swings to loss as Wii U sales fall short

The XBox One and Playstation 4 Showdown

27 10 2013

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The next generation of consoles are almost upon us, so now, which one to choose? What are the strengths and weaknesses of these two machines? What are the new features that separate them from the last generation of consoles?

Luckily we convinced Jess Brohard to come on the show to set us straight.

Growing up in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, Jess had always dreamed of working in the gaming industry – so her job at Curse is a dream come true! She currently serves as an on-camera host and video producer for the company, so she gets to spend all day every day talking about video games and coming up with new ways to share her passion for gaming with the Curse audience.

Week In Review

  1. Cuomo launches tax-free Start-Up NY initiative
  2. Schumer pushes deal to limit tracking shopper phones
  3. Contractors point fingers over ObamaCare botch, blame government for poor testing
  4. Apple iPad Air
  5. 9 out of 10 Macs are eligible for free Mavericks upgrade

Technology on the Trail

20 10 2013

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When you are hiking for 2000 miles, you might think you would be the farthest thing away from technology, but Becky Cohen is here to explain otherwise. A Pacific Coast Trail veteran, she will discuss some different ways that technology can augment your normal pack.

Becky has been working in the social responsibility and renewable energy fields since graduating from the University of Vermont in 2010. Most recently, she was awarded a scholarship from the Flying Ryan Hawks Foundation to hike the Pacific Crest Trail with her partner, Luke Neumann. She hiked the 2,660 mile trail running from Mexico to Canada in just under 5 months and is a recent transplant to the Bay Area.

Week In Review

  1. New York prosecutor says State losing taxes to Airbnb hosts
  2. NYU’s Videogame Center Opens in Brooklyn
  3. Windows 8.1 gets global release
  4. Facebook Eases Privacy Rules for Teenagers
  5. Apple polishes fashion credentials with new hires like Burberry’s Angela Ahrendts


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