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8:00 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Applying Open-Source Thinking To Higher Education

Shai Reshef, President of the University of the People.
University of the People

What if the next great breakthrough in cancer treatment or developing alternative fuels resides in the mind of someone living today? 

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Central Standard
5:00 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Appy Hour: More Silicon Prairie Innovators

The Silicon Prairie Dog

On this Wednesday's Central Standardupdates from the Silicon Prairie.

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Central Standard
5:43 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Computer Guys: Technology News Galore

selva flickr

On this Monday's Central Standard, learn about the new Swedish religion with a central dogma that file sharing is sacred.

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Up to Date
5:31 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

The Techsperts: Apple V. Samsung, NASA Rover On Mars & The Return Of Myspace (Seriously?)

This artist's concept depicts a sky crane lowering NASA's Curiosity rover onto the Martian surface.
JPL-Caltech NASA

While Apple, Samsung, and their attorneys are focusing on a patent infringement lawsuit, consumers are wondering how such legal wrangling benefits them: What's my new iPhone going to look like!?

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KC Currents
12:52 pm
Mon July 30, 2012

Breaking Down Google Fiber's Plans For Kansas City

Eric Baker KCUR

1,100 other cities wanted it, but we got it: Google Fiber.  Since it was announced that ‘we got it’ about a year and a half ago, Kansas City has been eagerly waiting for details. 

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Central Standard
9:50 am
Mon July 23, 2012

Computer Guys: Application Permissions

Have you ever wondered why your flashlight app wants to know your exact location? Why the cute cat video wants to post on your Facebook wall? And how annoying is when your finance software asks your mom for gas money? On this Monday's Central Standard, a look at what we give permission to and why.

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6:00 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

'Code For America' Makes Better Government Through Better Apps

Jennifer Pahlka
Kevin Shockey

When asked for ways to improve local government, most people wouldn't say that better computer programming and smart phone applications should be the first item on the agenda.

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Central Standard
9:35 am
Thu July 5, 2012

Mobile Payment Technology

Mondy Metzger Flickr

On this Thursday's Central Standard, a glimpse into the wallets of the future.

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11:41 pm
Sun June 24, 2012

The Techsperts: Smart Passwords, Smart Phone Security

About 3 weeks ago, users learned that hackers had gained access to LinkedIn's databases, when 6.5 million passwords were posted to an underground forum.

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Central Standard
10:42 am
Thu June 21, 2012

KC Makers And The Democratizing Of Manufacturing

Our guest Vince Thompson has created this incredibly fun looking golf game. You can see it this weekend at Maker Faire.
Andrea Silenzi KCUR

The maker movement is about changing the way things are made. It's been called a new industrial revolution, with a focus on building things in garages or community workspaces, instead of in factories. It’s like the DIY crafts movement, only for engineers and hackers instead of knitters.

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Central Standard
10:27 am
Thu June 14, 2012

A Professional Futurist Tells All

Borders Books. Blockbuster Home Movies. These companies share the same mistake; they missed a moment when they were challenged to adapt to a new business landscape. In their places stepped the Amazon Kindle, and Netflix respectively.

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9:09 am
Mon May 14, 2012

The Information Diet

O'Reilly Publishing

The great thing about modern technology?  We can easily and cheaply access data on just about anything 24/7.  The down side?  It’s being done in such great quantity and with such little regard for quality that it has led to "information obesity."

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Central Standard
12:27 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

Discussing Changing Technology And Culture At KC Forum

Ten years ago, this was a different city.

In the last year alone, Kansas City saw a change in leadership with a new mayor, then a new Police Chief; plus, the opening of another world-class performing arts center.

So, what could this city see in another year? Another five?

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The Two-Way
12:30 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Facebook Is Buying Instagram

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
Kimihiro Hoshino AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon April 9, 2012 2:30 pm

"I'm excited to share the news that we've agreed to acquire Instagram and that their talented team will be joining Facebook," Mark Zuckerberg just announced.

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All Tech Considered
7:30 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Mobile Gaming Powers Up: '99 Cents Is The New Quarter'

As mobile games gain popularity, some traditional game developers have taken note and created simpler games.
iStockphoto.com

Mobile gaming, or at least playing games on a cellphone, is nothing new. Just think of all the quick, sometimes mundane rounds of Snake you played if you were one of the lucky owners of that brick of a Nokia phone from the late '90s and early 2000s.

Yet as smartphones evolved in recent years, the number of games available on them grew rapidly, as well. It has become common to see users of Android phones and iPhones wrapped up in intense sessions of games like Angry Birds or Draw Something.

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11:51 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

The Techsperts: Google TV, iPad 3, Facebook Timeline

Last week Apple unveiled its 3rd generation iPad, the aptly-named "the new iPad." (a.k.a. "iPad 3.") Is it worth the upgrade?

Around the same time Google Fiber applied for permission to sell TV services in the Kansas City area; is this a sign that they'll offer up TV services to its Google Fiber customers - in direct competition with providers Time Warner, SureWest,  and AT&T? And will Google know what you want to watch before you've even turned on the TV? 

Probably.

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Central Standard
5:47 pm
Wed January 25, 2012

Computer Guys: Who Controls the Net?

Last Wednesday, you might have headed to Wikipedia to look up Marlon Brando, the currency in Guam, or (random Wikipedia page). We’re not gonna ask. But, that Wednesday, visitors found a blackout protest, asking them to to imagine a world without free knowledge.

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2:12 pm
Mon January 23, 2012

The Techsperts: Cut Your Cable TV?

Roku 2 Internet TV box

A recent study shows that 9% of U.S. cable subscribers dropped their cable TV subscription in 2011. Why? Perhaps some of them did so because of the economy, but more did so because they're able to get their favorite TV shows through the Internet - on their schedule.

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Up to Date
11:19 pm
Thu December 29, 2011

The "Googlization" Of Everything

Whether you're searching online for the best shoe sales or driving directions, chances are good that the first thing you do is "Google it." And why wouldn't you? With its recent foray into social media and services offering everything from out-of-print books to cell phones, Google is fast becoming a one-stop shop for, well, everything. But could the search engine be too good at what it does?

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Business & Tech
10:00 am
Mon December 12, 2011

Tech Jobs: The Ticket to the Easy Life?

flickr/rofi

In this episode of Central Standard, we ask if all IT jobs are handsomely paid and future-proof.

Let's take a look at some common myths and important realities of the IT industry with the Computer Guys. Plus, we'll hear from local IT recruiters about where growth is happening here in Kansas City.

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Technology
2:36 pm
Wed December 7, 2011

The Techsperts' 2011 Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are all about tradition, and one of our very favorites is unveiling the Techsperts' Holiday Gift Guide. Wondering what to get the geek in your family who's already got everything? From know-it-all to noob, this list's got something for everyone.

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Technology
10:35 am
Wed December 7, 2011

The Techsperts: Technology News & Holiday Gift Giving Guide

The "iCADE" - an iPad Arcade Cabinet.

The tablet computer is one of the most popular tech gifts this holiday season, and according to a new survey, within three years, there will be 89.5 million tablet owners in the United States. That's right: nearly one in three web-connected Americans will own one.

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Central Standard
12:00 pm
Mon October 10, 2011

Computer Guys: Patent Law

orangesparrow Flickr

There's a lot more to that One-Click buying button you see on Amazon.com than just easier online shopping. Behind the scenes, lawsuits rage and those who develop new technology scramble for patents. For this show, the Computer Guys, George Costelle and Thos. O'Brian, stop by and are bringing along Jim Kernell, a Patent/IP attorney.

 

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Central Standard
12:00 pm
Mon August 15, 2011

Computer Guys: The True Cost of a Computer Virus

stuartpilbrow Flickr

Today on the show, we ask the Computer Guys to tell us everything they know about how we can protect ourselves from a computer virus, and exactly how much that should cost. Is free antivirus software more expensive than the paid version? Where can you get a reliable rating of the various anti-virus products, and what devices need protecting? Is there an anti-virus pill you can take?

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Central Standard
12:00 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Virtual Desktop Computers

David Shaughnessy

Today’s show includes a segment on how Boulevard Brewing Company deployed virtual desktop computers throughout its brewhouses.

A virtual desktop computer is like a conventional computer, with a monitor, keyboard, and other peripherals. But the computer unit itself (the part that stores files and runs programs) isn’t located near the peripherals. Instead, it’s housed in a data center. This allows computer hardware to be used more efficiently, because one server computer in a data center can function as several “virtual machines.”

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Central Standard
12:00 pm
Thu May 12, 2011

Virtual Desktop Computers

David Shaughnessy

Today’s show includes a segment on how Boulevard Brewing Company deployed virtual desktop computers throughout its brewhouses.

A virtual desktop computer is like a conventional computer, with a monitor, keyboard, and other peripherals. But the computer unit itself (the part that stores files and runs programs) isn’t located near the peripherals. Instead, it’s housed in a data center. This allows computer hardware to be used more efficiently, because one server computer in a data center can function as several “virtual machines.”

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