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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."
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Jul 30, 2015

In this episode, we talk to a leading expert who helps us understand the extent of the problem and what parents and grandparents can do to make sure their kids use technology in a responsible way,

But first, we answer a listener's question about Internet access in rural areas where cable and cellular high speed access is not available or affordable. PC Mike talks about Home Satellite Internet access, recommending a service called Wild Blue https://www.wildblue.com/

In News of the week, we talk about:

-Windows 10 and our take on the=is new and much improved operating system. Should you get it? What's so great about it? 

-China wants to reduce U.S. I=influence on the Internet. What does this mean to you?

- The dangers of taking selfies while driving.How common is this practice? You will be stunned by the stupidity of so many.

In our Apps of the Week we look at fun geocaching apps to help you enjoy the outdoors.

And out main discussion topic on Screen Time and Internet Addiction among kids, we talk with PC Mike Producer Andrew Dieterich, who then interviews his two young daughters on their Interbet habits.

And our main interview is with Dr.Dimitri A. Christakis of the Seattle Children’s Research Institute, a leading experts on the effects of screen time and media on young people.

He discusses:

-How much Internet use is too much?

-How to tell if your child is addicted to screens and the Internet?

-What limits should be put on Internet and screen use for young people?

-The healthy uses of screens and technology

-What a sensible "media l=diet" looks like for kids

 

Complete show notes at http://pcmike.com/26

Jul 23, 2015

PCM25 Don't take naked pictures of yourself!

 

The problem of revenge porn is huge, say the experts. Mike's solution: Don't take photos of yourself in compromising positions!

 

Also this week, Mike and PC Mike Producer Andrew Dieterich talk abut:

 

- Car hacking and its frightening ramifications

 

- Massive security fixes for Windows users

 

- New video resources on YouTube

 

And our Apps of the Week looks at three apps for Yoga users.

 

Complete show notes at http://pcmike.com/25

 

Jul 16, 2015

We need faster speeds for cable Internet!

Steaming video and music and video conferencing is going to be easier as Comcast announces major new speed boosts

Comcast increases speeds – Comcast is increasing Internet The company will increase the speed of its popular Blast! tier by 50 percent to 75 Mbps and introduce a new Extreme 150 Mbps speed tier.
Michelle Gilbert, a Comcast Regional Vice President, tells us:
- When and where the increases will occur
- How to reset your modem to take advantage of it
- How fast the new services are in terms of downloading bug files
- The new Gigabit Pro service, a professional- grade residential fiber-to-the-home solution that leverages its fiber network to deliver 2 Gbps upload and download speeds.
- And a new 1 GB tier that will soon be coming to residential customers
Full shownotes at http://pcmike.com/24

Also this week...
News of the Week
Amazon’s Prime Day Fail – Amazon promised sales that were better than Back Friday on this week’s Prime Day. The consensus online: Few real deals, lots of junk… a major fail  http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/amazon-primeday-fail-customers-complain-808871

Netflix to Boost rates – Netflix is growing fast but so will subscription costs as it adds more original programming  https://www.yahoo.com/tech/s/brace-yourself-netflix-ceo-says-price-increases-coming-123044481.html

Microsoft consolidates stores – No more store confusion for Micrososft users. All the different Microsoft online shopping sites are being consolidated into one central site http://www.cnet.com/news/microsoft-opens-all-inclusive-app-store-for-pcs-tablets-and-phones/

Apps of the Week
Three3 apps that let you record phone calls from your smartphone -
Automatic Call Recorder allows users to simply record any or all calls. You can choose to save or delete calls in the app’s inbox – even add notes to calls and integration with Google Drive and Dropbox allows calls to be saved and synced to the cloud. The app is free for Android. A $6.99 pro version with additional features is available.

Clever Mobile’s Call Recorder allows users to record, play, and delete recorded phone calls. You set up where recordings are stored and can protect them with a password. The app is free for Android with a $5.99 pro version available.

For iPhone users, there’s TapeACall Pro. The app allows users to record calls already in progress or that are about to be made. Once the call is completed, recordings are instantly available and ready to be shared or saved. TapeACall Pro is $9.99 a year.

Complete show notes at http://pcmike.com/24

Jul 10, 2015

PCM23: Coincidences or not, computer glitches prove we're too tech-centric

Were the so-called "computer glitches" this week at the New York Stock Exchange, United Airlines, and Wall Street Journal all purely coincidental or not?

We may never know, but the bigger question is - does it matter?

Fact is it shows you how dependent we are on technology and how a coordinated hacking event could cause such tremendous chaos.

This episode of the PC Mike Techcast kicks off with Mike bringing you up to speed on what happened this week, what it means and, more importantly, what it could mean going forward.

Mike's take is it is too much of  coincidence. There attacks - and possible other problems affecting the New York subway system and parts of the power grid around Washington, D.C. - have to cause suspicion.

Mike details how many governments and hacker organizations have their sights n U.S. corporate and governmental targets. 

We also talk about other tech news such as:

- Apple's dismal drop off in sales of its Apple watch

- Facebook changing policies in info reported to advertisers

- Alternate browsers to insure your privacy

- A great tech app that lets you professional edit your smartphone photos

Complete show notes at http://pcmike.com/23

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