3D Printing

25 05 2014

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3D printing is already a useful technology, particularly for manufacturers and healthcare providers. But it has the potential to be a disruptive technology that enables major shifts in how we design, produce and acquire products. From hardware to food to fashion, entire industries may be changed by the introduction of 3D printing on a large scale. But how will it have such widespread effect? What are the practical implications of 3D printing – for businesses and consumers – and what are the hurdles to its development? Paul Schwada joins us this week to discuss this topic.

Paul Schwada is currently the Director of Locomotive Solutions, a Chicago-based management consultancy. He has worked both for and with a broad range of companies in business, consumer and government markets. His focus today is the reshaping of healthy businesses for tomorrow’s market.

Week In Review

  1. Yahoo to YouTube Ads Spreading Viruses Rile Lawmakers
  2. Airbnb to hand over user data to New York attorney general
  3. Gizmodo Built The ‘Home Of The Future’ — And It Looks Really Cool
  4. Microsoft unveils Surface Pro 3 tablet
  5. Apple Promises iMessage Bug Fix

The Argument for Public Broadband

11 05 2014

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Electricity, Water, and Internet? One of these is not like the other, but some say it should be. Patrick Lucey sits down with us to discuss the arguments for making broadband internet a public utility (like Chattanooga, TN has done).

Patrick Lucey provides the Open Technology Institute with research and writing support on telecommunications policy issues, with a focus on broadband deployment strategies at the federal, state and local level.

Prior to joining New America, Lucey worked as an analyst for CTC Technology & Energy, an engineering and consulting firm that advises local governments and public sector clients on broadband infrastructure issues. Lucey also has worked on Capitol Hill as a junior staffer for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT).

Week In Review

  1. 7,000 free Wi-Fi hotspots to Replace NYC Payphones
  2. NYC Finally Opens Traffic Crash Data
  3. Serious security flaw in OAuth, OpenID discovered
  4. New cassette tape could hold 47 million songs
  5. OMsignal unveils ‘biometric smartwear’ T-shirts for fitness geeks, quantified selfers, and you

Pirated Software: It’s common, it’s dangerous and why you need to be aware

4 05 2014

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There is a clear connection between software piracy and malware, increasing the risk of cybersecurity issues. Cybercrime and efforts to illegally profit from pirated software have become increasingly sophisticated, and Microsoft continues to evolve its technology and tactics to protect its customers, partners and Intellectual Property. IDC research clearly shows that malware in pirated software can be a lucrative venture for cybercrime, and a financial hazard for customers and enterprises. Microsoft is continuously investing in its Digital Crimes Unit, and Cybercrime Center, to reduce global cybersecurity threats and cybercrime to create a safer computing experience for consumers. Microsoft believes it has a corporate responsibility to develop secure software systems and to help protect the Internet from cybercriminals – all part of its “Trustworthy Computing” pledge. Microsoft reminds people to ask questions, investigate packaging, beware of “too good to be true” prices, and ensure genuine software is kept current with the latest updates.

Mr. Morrison is currently the Director of US Anti-Piracy at Microsoft. Previously at Microsoft he has been the Director of Customer and Partner Experience for US Small, Medium Businesses and Partners (SMSP). He is a seasoned high tech veteran, has a MBA in Finance, a BS in Marketing and currently lives in the Portland OR area.

Week In Review

  1. Apple, Facebook and Google will tell you when the government wants your data
  2. A nonprofit in Queens taught people to write iPhone apps, and they saw a major jump in income
  3. Bronx waitress wants to end hunger in the city with a cell phone app
  4. Google to Stop Mining Student Emails for Ad Ideas
  5. IE zero day is the first sign of the XPocalypse