technology

This morning we will discuss issues involving cyber crime with our tech guru, Jesse Feiler.

Jesse is a developer, consultant, and author specializing in Apple technologies. He is the creator of Minutes Machine for iPad, the meeting management app and Saranac River Trail app a guide to the Trail that includes location-based updates as well as social media tools.

His books include: the forthcoming - Swift for Dummies (coming from Wiley in early 2015) and iOS App Development for Dummies (Wiley, 2014).

Jesse Feiler - Hacking

Jan 20, 2015

This morning we will discuss issues involving internet security and the secrets of hacking with our tech guru, Jesse Feiler.

Jesse is a developer, consultant, and author specializing in Apple technologies. He is the creator of Minutes Machine for iPad, the meeting management app and Saranac River Trail app a guide to the Trail that includes location-based updates as well as social media tools.

His books include: the forthcoming - Swift for Dummies (coming from Wiley in early 2015) and iOS App Development for Dummies (Wiley, 2014).

Herbert London: The Other Side of Technology

Nov 26, 2014

While the wizards of new technology wax lyrically about the wonders of technological development, there is another side, one often overlooked in the avalanche of new products. Clearly computers have changed our lives, opened new horizons of learning and have abbreviated research efforts, but there are hidden societal costs that are unnoticed or intentionally ignored.

    

  Joe and Jesse discuss cutting the cable TV cord. Is it possible? What does it take? How much does it cost? What are the things to think about? Is this a movement for techs and weirdos or is it mainstream?

On the weekend of November 15th, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute hosted its very first Hackathon – a weekend-long design and developer competition drawing over 500 engineering students from around the country.

The idea was to create something from nothing in 24 short hours, using imagination, innovation, and maybe a little bit of caffeine. Hackathon competitions are a growing trend in the United States and the United Kingdom, and have become a very viable way for companies to recruit future employees.

  Soon enough, nobody will remember life before the Internet. What does this unavoidable fact mean?

For future generations, it won’t mean anything very obvious. They will be so immersed in online life that questions about the Internet’s basic purpose or meaning will vanish.

In his book, The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection, Michael Harris places our situation in a rich historical context and helps us remember which parts of that earlier world we don’t want to lose forever. He urges us to look up—even briefly—from our screens.

    Legendary science fiction author William Gibson will read from his work on Sunday, November 9, at 7:00 p.m. in EMPAC Concert Hall.

Gibson is a visionary author of speculative fiction whose work explores the future implications of contemporary human technologies. His 1984 novel, Neuromancer, winner of the Nebula, Hugo, and Philip K. Dick awards, introduced the term "cyberspace" and have helped to define the popular culture of the Computer Age.

Gibson’s latest novel, The Peripheral, is about drones, drugs, outsourcing, telepresence, trailer parks, kleptocracy, and 3D fabbing.

  More than thirty years ago, Christopher Lasch hinted at this bleak world in his landmark book, The Culture of Narcissism. In The Impulse Society, Paul Roberts shows how that self-destructive pattern has grown so pervasive that anxiety and emptiness are becoming embedded in our national character.

Yet it is in this unease that Roberts finds clear signs of change—and broad revolt as millions of Americans try step off the self-defeating treadmill of gratification and restore a sense of balance.

    

  This morning we will discuss about all the exciting news from the world of crowdsourcing. What was it? What is it? And what will it be?

  Our Tech Guru, Jesse Feiler, is here with a 10-point list of what to do and look for when creating a website – particularly a non-profit website.

9/10/14 Panel

Sep 10, 2014

  Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post & Albany Journalism Professor and Investigative Reporter, Rosemary Armao.

Topics include:
Primary Update
Police Diversity
Obama Airstrikes
Apple Announcements

  Our Tech Guru, Jesse Feiler, is here to help us figure out titles when it comes to management of technology.

Jesse Feiler is an app developer, consultant, trainer, and author. His latest book is: iOS App Development for Dummies. His apps include Minutes Machine the iPad-based app for managing meetings, agendas, and minutes; and Saranac River Trail app.

    We live in the age of Computer Business Systems (CBSs)—the highly complex, computer-intensive management programs on which large organizations increasingly rely. In Mindless, Simon Head argues that these systems have come to trump human expertise, dictating the goals and strategies of a wide array of businesses, and de-skilling the jobs of middle class workers in the process.

  This morning we will discuss the very sexy topic of inferential software. Our Tech Guru, Jesse Feiler, is here to help answer the question – is it worth it to spend $250 bucks just to turn on the lights?

Jesse Feiler is an app developer, consultant, trainer, and author. His latest book is: iOS App Development for Dummies. His apps include Minutes Machine the iPad-based app for managing meetings, agendas, and minutes; and Saranac River Trail app.

    Brought to you by the Exploratorium’s Tinkering Studio, The Art of Tinkering is an unprecedented celebration of what it means to tinker: to take things apart, explore tools and materials, and build wondrous, wild art that’s part science and part technology. Join 150+ makers as they share the stories behind their beautiful and bold work—and use the special conductive ink on the cover to do some tinkering yourself!

The amazing technology we see in science-fiction is fast becoming reality.

Radu Sporea, academic research fellow at the University of Surrey, is helping to bring some of these future-thinking inventions to life.

  This morning we discuss what Earth Day apps and where technology and Earth day intersect and can interact with our Tech Guru, Jesse Feiler.

This morning we discuss what is old in computing and can lead to the new. Our Tech Guru, Jesse Feiler, is here to talk to us about how apps are built.

Jesse Feiler is an app developer, consultant, trainer, and author. His books include iOS 6 Foundations, and the forthcoming Sams Teach Yourself Objective-C Second Edition. His apps include Minutes Machine the iPad-based app for managing meetings, agendas, and minutes; and Saranac River Trail app.

    Joe and Jesse Feiler will discuss the lingering of Windows XP. Originally released in 2001, Windows XP has reached the end of its useful life. Microsoft announced that support (including security updates) will cease on April 8, 2014. Then, last week, with a minimum of fanfare, Microsoft sort of took it back.

What's going on? Joe and Jesse try to get to the bottom of it all with the help of Bryan Brayton – the Network Engineer for the City of Plattsburgh, where he’s been for the last 6 years. Previous to that he was the Network Administrator at Clinton Community College. He’s been in the IT field for about 16 years, has a BS in Computer Science, and is a Microsoft Certified System Engineer. His areas of expertise are in Windows servers and computer networking.

12/9/13 Panel

Dec 9, 2013

  Today's panelists are WAMC's Alan Chartock and political consultant, Libby Post. Ray Graf hosts.

Topics include:
Air Pollution Over State Lines
$15,000 Sponsorships to Meet With Public Officials
Tech and Anti-Snooping

  For the current generation of youth- an app at the fingertips is the natural way to address almost any task. Their fluent use of mobile apps from an early age makes them different from all previous generations - even from young adults who grew up with the internet.

There is much speculation about the impact of this constant immersion in new technologies. Do apps open new horizons, or limit creativity? Do today’s youth have a firmer or a more fragmented sense of identity? Are social media enriching young peoples’ lives or impoverishing their relationships?

In the new book The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World, Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner and digital media expert Katie Davis look at original research that illuminates these important questions.

From refrigerators to roller-coasters, from neon signs to digital music - everywhere you turn the things around you help explain the fundamentals of science. National Geographic’s new book, The Science of Everything reveals the science behind virtually everything.

David Pogue is the former New York Times tech columnist (he's now with Yahoo) has written the foreword to the book and we welcome him to the show.

This morning we will discuss building apps - specifically apps for non-profits. Our Tech Guru, Jesse Feiler, is here.

Jesse Feiler is an app developer, consultant, trainer, and author. His books include iOS 6 Foundations, and the forthcoming Sams Teach Yourself Objective-C Second Edition. His apps include Minutes Machine the iPad-based app for managing meetings, agendas, and minutes; and Saranac River Trail app.

He brings Andrew Alberti with him – Drew is Program Coordinator for Lakes to Locks Passage, a designated scenic byway that extends from Troy to Rouses Point along the interconnected waterways of northern New York.

  This morning we will discuss the mysteries of Blue Tooth technology. Our Tech Guru, Jesse Feiler, says there is new ways to use the technology.

Jesse is a developer, consultant, and author specializing in iOS, FileMaker databases, and technologies for small businesses, nonprofits, and municipal governments. His most recent books are iWork for Dummies, Sams Teach Yourself Core Data in 24 Hours, and its companion Objective-C in 24 Hours.

His app, Minutes Machine for iPad, is available on the App Store. It helps nonprofits, homeowner associations, and small businesses manage meetings and generate minutes in real-time.

A recently announced New York state grant program aims to form 16 public-private partnerships to prepare students for high-skill jobs. 

Leading companies across New York in areas of manufacturing, clean technologies, healthcare, and other sectors are teaming up with high schools and community colleges in an effort to train students for the high-skill jobs in their area.

Jesse Feiler - WiFi

Aug 22, 2013

    

  This morning we will discuss the mysteries of wi-fi. Our Tech Guru, Jesse Feiler, says there is new technology out there (specifically the new 802.11ac standard from the Wi-Fi Alliance and Quip) – changing where and when we can get on line.

One of the largest companies in Saratoga County could be expanding, as local officials work to develop a new economic plan for the region.

At a meeting Monday evening, the Malta Town Board voted unanimously to approve zoning legislation to allow GlobalFoundries, a computer chip manufacturer, to expand by building a second facility.

The company had been working with the town since it submitted its proposal for the 575,000 square-foot Fab 8.2 project last winter.

  The Capital Region is remaking itself as a tech hub.

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Paul Tonko tells WAMC’s Alan Chartock about his recent meetings with the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Local Museums Embracing Technology

Aug 15, 2013
Jim Levulis / WAMC

Despite their reputation as repositories for the past, many regional museums are embracing technology to adapt to the 21st century.

“One of the things that museums are challenged with is to assert our relevance in a modern era," said Betsy Feathers, the Research and Grants Officer at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield.

Sciences the Focus for Upcoming 3rd Thursday

Aug 14, 2013
Berkshire STEM Pipeline Network

Pittsfield’s upcoming 3rd Thursday will showcase the best of Berkshire County’s science and technology initiatives.

“There’s going to be robots, rockets, rocket launchers, an air cannon, and one of my personal favorites, the Mentos and soda-pop experiment," said the city’s Cultural Development Director Megan Whilden.

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