Trends in Educational Technology Today

19 04 2015

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Andrew Grefig is Director of Curriculum and Content for Teq. Mr. Grefig is an experienced educator, and professional development expert. At Teq, Mr. Grefig has served as Curriculum and Professional Development Mentor, Senior Instructional Technologist, and Training Specialist.. Before joining Teq, he was Science Deptartment Coordinator for the Eagle Academy of Young Men. He holds a Master of Science for Teachers.

Week In Review

  1. Drivers don’t get the message: Texting-while-driving tickets soar
  2. Microsoft Replaces Lync With Skype For Business
  3. Virtual reality enhances the big screen at Tribeca Film Festival
  4. This week’s $1B-plus startup IPO that’s not Etsy
  5. HarperCollins and Amazon in Multiyear Publishing Deal
  6. Twitter unveiled New Homepage to attract New Visitors

International Auto Show 2015

12 04 2015

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Week In Review

  1. Innovative Apps Improve Commutes for Millions of New Yorkers
  2. Mentoring programs see girls, economically disadvantaged student get head start in STEM careers
  3. A homeless man learned to code and became famous
  4. NY starts taking online applications for crime victims’ aid
  5. Chevy halts Volt build to avoid glut, prep for new model

The Future of Cars

1 03 2015

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After six years in the magazine business, Joe made the jump to web publishing in 1995. He joined the launch team in 1997. Joe currently serves as Executive Editor for the site. He focuses on cutting through marketing claims and technobabble to determine what really matters to car buyers. His first car was a 1971 Oldsmobile Delta 88 whose 455-cubic-inch engine first awoke the car nut in him.

Week In Review

  1. Cyberattack hits NYC mayor’s office
  2. Cuomo administration begins large-scale email purges
  3. Amazon Two-Hour Deliveries Come to Prime Members in Brooklyn
  4. NY Assembly enters digital age to replace stacks of paper
  5. Google Invents an AI System That Plays Video Games on Its Own

Home Automation

15 02 2015

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Recent reports predict that the home automation industry will be worth more than $45 billion by 2016, which is not surprising if you saw the items from Iris, Wink, Nest and Lyric that were front-and-center in stores and commercials this past holiday shopping season. But since these connected devices depend on residential Wi-Fi/broadband, service providers are typically first in line to be blamed if something goes wrong for their subscribers – even if it’s an unrelated equipment issue, app problem or simple user error.

While the traffic impact of these devices isn’t drastic, they do add increasing complexity to home networks as well as introduce a whole new level of importance to subscribers (e.g., heat in winter, locking doors, security cameras, etc.). As a result, many operators are faced with one of two options: they can either let subscribers go the DIY approach with the devices listed above, or take control with their own smart home services (as in the case of Comcast’s Xfinity Home solution). But in both cases, without the ability to see inside the home gateway, there is a limit to how much troubleshooting these service providers are actually able to do… potentially opening the door to customer dissatisfaction and churn.

Stephane Bourque, founder and CEO of Incognito Software Systems, has provisioned 110 million subscriber devices worldwide and is here to provide insight into the ramifications of home automation that consumer electronic manufacturers, service providers and end-users should take note of.

Stephane Bourque is the technological inspiration behind Incognito Software Systems’ provisioning solutions. As CEO, Stephane has built an elite team of dedicated engineers and championed Incognito’s development of high performance, multi-platform IP service enablement solutions. Originally from Montreal, Canada, and educated at Concordia University, Stephane applied his computer engineering background at Banyan Systems to design enterprise network management systems for Fortune 1000 companies like Bell Canada.

Week In Review

  1. Police union leader demands Google disable cop-locating Waze app
  2. Smartphone Theft Down in SF, NY, London as ‘Kill Switches’ Spread
  3. Facebook ‘Legacy Contact’ Will Manage Your Account When You Die
  4. Microsoft fixes a serious 15-year-old bug
  5. Dell Delivers Education-Focused Chromebook 11 For Accident-Prone Students

Controlling Your Email

8 02 2015

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Overwhelmed by email? Worried about what’s buried in your inbox? Certified Professional Organizer Susan Kousek of Balanced Spaces will share organizing and time management techniques for handling your email, plus some great shortcuts in Outlook 2010 that will save you time.

Susan Kousek is a Certified Professional Organizer and the owner of Balanced Spaces in in the Washington DC metropolitan area. She’s an active member of the National Association of Professional Organizer, and currently serves on the national board as secretary.

Since 1990, she has helped thousands of people learn how to become better organized. She works with busy professionals in their offices helping them set up systems to stay organized, and teaches seminars and workshops on organizing and time management.

She’s been a software trainer, teaching classes in Outlook 1997 through Outlook 2010, and currently offers a seminar called “Control Your Email.”

Week In Review

  1. City College starts program to promote women in tech
  2. An App Called Happy Offers Discounts for Drinkers
  3. Twitter Says Apple Mobile Software Bug Caused It to Lose Millions of Users
  4. Anthem hack: what you need to do to protect yourself
  5. Apple Is Talking to TV Programmers About Its Own Web TV Service

Windows 10 and More

1 02 2015

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This week Tony Bradley joins us to talk about the Recent Windows 10 event and some of the surprising announcements that came along with it.

Tony Bradley is editor-in-chief of, and is a respected authority on technology. He has authored or co-authored a number of books, including Unified Communications for Dummies, Essential Computer Security, and PCI Compliance. He has been a CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) for over 10 years, and he has been recognized by Microsoft as an MVP (Most Valuable Professional) in Windows and Windows security for 9 consecutive years.

Week In Review

  1. Two million vehicles recalled for air bag fix
  2. Supercomputer Watson teams with Institute of Culinary Education to create recipes
  3. Andrew Cuomo talks creation of high-tech, state-run weather system following winter storm
  4. Marriott is no longer fighting for permission to block WiFi hotspots

The Health of Things

25 01 2015

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The “Internet of Things” is a term that is being floated around a lot, but what about the “Health of Things”. What lies in the intersection of Healthcare and the Internet of Things? Luckily we’ve called Mac Gambill to explore this new territory with us.

Mac Gambill co-founder and CEO of Nudge, is an entrepreneur who has experience in the technology and fitness industries.

Hailing from a background in semi-professional sports and technology, Mac decided to found Nudge in order to help people lead healthier lives. The health tech company offers insight into individuals’ lifestyle choices by curating and analyzing data from health and fitness apps and wearables and providing a simple, and unified feedback system to users.

Week In Review

  1. New York Is Considering Letting You Pay For The Subway With Your Smartphone
  2. Twitter accounts of New York Post and news agency UPI hacked
  3. New York Times, AP to Start Testing Drones for Reporting
  4. Microsoft Windows 10 and HoloLens Shows Innovation Is Back in Redmond
  5. Samsung launches Portable 1TB SSD Drive


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