PC Mike's Techcast

Award winning reporter "PC Mike" Wendland, host of the PC Mike Techcast seen on NBC-TV stations nationwide, explores the latest in personal technology with no "geek speak."
RSS Feed
PC Mike's Techcast




All Episodes
Now displaying: January, 2015
Jan 29, 2015

What you need to know about personal drones, their uses, what and how you can fly them and much more.
In this episode, we focus in on drones.
We interviewMary "Missy" Cummings is an associate professor at Duke University and director of Duke's Humans and Autonomy Laboratory. She was one of the U.S. Navy's first female fighter pilots and she is now one of the nation's top experts on personal drones
-She talks about the history of drones, from the military to the hobbyists
-The overreaching absurdity of the FAA’s current drone regulations
-How the problems we have seen stem from inadequate “situational awareness” from the drone’s control station, or transmitter
-The need for better training for drone hobbyists
-How drones have become more than a $1 billion industry
-How France will be using drones to deliver mail and packages
-How “geo-fencing” can keep drones out of certain areas – unless a big gust of wind blows them across the “line”
-How drones will become even more common here, used commercially for agriculture, parcel delivery and real estate and even more by hobbyists
-What a hobbyist can…. and can’t do -  with a drone
In our product of the week, Mike reviews the DJI Phantom 2 drone, the one he uses, and discusses what extra gear to get and how it works.
In the apps of the week segment, Mike talks about three hot new apps that do messaging in powerful new ways.
Links and resources on the show notes page at

Jan 22, 2015

In this episode of the PC Mike Podcast, we dig deeply into the world of streaming video.
Netflix, Hulu, HBO, Amazon and so many other streaming services are making more content and options available to watch anything, anywhere on just about any device.
But what does it mean for consumers?
This week, we interview Dan Rayburn, of and a principal analyst with Frost & Sullivan, who helps us sort through the world of streaming media.
Rayburn says these are great time for consumers with streaming video devices, content and services everywhere and growing more sophisticated and better every day.
Among topics he covers:
Why no one should buy a 4K TV this year. Or next year perhaps, too.
Why we have plant of bandwidth, despite the hype
How your own home Wi-Fi may be the biggest bottleneck to streaming media connectivity
How original streaming content from Netflix, Amazon and HBO is a great mystery
What these trends mean to your cable bill and whether you can someday cut the cord
Besides out interview with Rayburn, we dig into the news of the week, focusing on:
How Microsoft just may be cool again
How President Obama kept stressing technology in his State of the Union Address
How Mexican drug smugglers are using drones to deliver their product
Complete show notes at

Jan 15, 2015

Hacking is not as bad as you think: It's worse!
In this episode of the PC Mike Podcast, Tech Journalist Mike Wendland reveals the dirty little secrets of hackers, scamsters and online fraud artists. In an interview with' Attorney Steven Weisman - one of the nation's top experts on cybersecurity and online scams -  we learn how the government and business are trying to keep you from knowing how bad the problem has become and what you can do to protect yourself.
Weismann explains:
-Startling revelations about horribly damaging hacks that have been kept secret
-How credit card companies cover up the extent of their vulnerabilities
-Why it's often safer to use a credit card online than to give it to a retail sales person
-How the IRS is losing billions in an online scam that could easily be fixed but for government bureaucracy
-How100 top gangs of highly skilled hackers are able to steal millions
-How governments - including the US -  are involved in a Mutually Assured Destruction plan that could take down infrastructure of rival nations
-Does it make a difference if consumers use PCs or a Mac when protecting against hacking
and... the most practical and easy-to-follow advice you will ever hear on how to set foolproof passwords.
Besides the riveting and entertaining interview with Weisman, this episode also talks about the coming launch of Windows 10 and what it means to consumers.
And Mike shares two great apps that make awesome alternatives to the  Microsoft Word software that dominates the word processing field.
Complete show notes are at

Jan 8, 2015

In this episode of the PC Mike Podcast, reporter Mike Wendland talks about the latest in drones - soon to be a billion dollar a year industry - as well as robotic cars and wearable tech gizmos that record your every action.
From the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas comes lots of breaking news about these advances in machines and technology that shape our lives.
Mike walks us through the latest in cars that drive themselves and how some industry experts are predicting they will be routine within five years.
Mike digs into the controversy involving drones - unmanned, remote-controlled aircraft, soon to be a $1 billion a year business. Drones are getting more and more sophisticated and can now automatically track you or a moving object from the air, recording its every move.
The Federal Aviation Authority has been trying to control drone use and they have been banned in U.S. National Parks. But the rules seem to be easing and the use of drones is exploding by hobbyists and commercial interests.
Mike talks about how to share calendars, offering specific app suggestions.
He reviews a high end pair of sterling silver cufflinks that double as USB flash drives.
And he announces a giveaway of a helpful new book on how to use KinkedIn.
Complete show notes can be found at

Jan 1, 2015

It's a new year and Mike previews the tech tends that will be shaping 2015, from the Apple iWatch to the apps that can help us keep ur New Year resolutions about losing weight and getting in shape.

Among Tech news topics covered this week:

Why the Apple iWatch will be a flop
Why the Consumer Electronics show has become a waster of time and money

Tech Review of the Week - The Dash Cam

App of the Week - Three apps t lose weight and get in shape - My FitnessPal, LoseIt and Diet Assistant

Interview -Newstips Editor Mart Winston talks about tech trends fort 2015, including:
-The coming networking bottleneck
-Hardware firewalls to keep out hackers and shut you off from the outside world
-The new wider bandwidth standards for cable TV
-LED lighting advances for the home and for personal technology gadgets
-Automotive tech advances for safety and convenience
-Z-Wave and home remote control conveniences
-More embedded chips and secure wireless authentication for credit cards
-Increasing health monitoring through apps that integrate with electronic medical records
-Better battery life for personal devices

Complete show notes at