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Techstination Week September 13
Techstination Week is a compilation of this week's Techstination reports with tech journalist and host Fred Fishkin.
05:30
September 13, 2019
Higher Ground SatPaq making satellite communication affordable
Techstination, your destination for gadgets and gear.  I’m Fred Fishkin.  Higher Ground is a company that is making communication from anywhere…more affordable.  The company’s SatPaq gives you the ability to send and receive text messages through your mobile device when there is no cell phone service available…as long as you have an open view of the sky.  And service costs as little as 55 dollars a year for 150 messages.   Testing while hiking in a remote mountain area made me a believer in the 249 dollar SatPaq.  The messages include your GPS coordinates in the event of emergencies and the app provides weather and medical information as well.  President and Founder Rob Reis… “You buy messages…you don’t pay by the month.  So it’s there when you need it and that’s what you want for safety.” And Reis says there are more capabilities to come.  Find more at www.SatPaq.com You can find us at Techstination.com.  I’m Fred Fishkin
01:59
September 13, 2019
Fair vehicle subscription service acquiring Ford's Canvas: CEO Scott Painter
Fair vehicle subscription service acquiring Ford's Canvas: CEO Scott Painter in Techstination interview.
09:15
September 12, 2019
Asus brings innovative ScreenPad to more notebook PCs
Techstination, your destination for gadgets and gear.  I’m Fred Fishkin.  Asus is continuing to innovate in lots of areas.  We’ve been taking a look at one…ScreenPad 2.0 on the latest VivoBook S15,  an elegant notebook popular with students that thankfully features four USB ports along with a micro SD card reader and an HDMI port.  What the ScreenPad adds is lots of flexibility …essentially acting as an on demand roughly 5 and half inch second screen.   You can toggle between traditional touch pad functionality.   Impressive.  Also new this year is the Zen Book Pro Duo with ScreenPad Plus…that extends that second screen across the full width of the notebook…in 4K resolution… “It adds more room for creativity.  You can use a touch pen.” Randall Grilli of Asus.  You can learn more at Asus.com. You can find us at Techstination.com.  I’m Fred Fishkin.
01:59
September 12, 2019
IK Multimedia grows Uno Synth family: Sr. Prod. Mgr. Erik Norlander
IK Multimedia grows Uno Synth family: Sr. Prod. Mgr. Erik Norlander in Techstination interview.
11:46
September 11, 2019
The new notebooks & gaming machines coming from Dell
The new notebooks & gaming machines coming from Dell.  Dell's Ryan Luibrand and Eddy Goyanes chat with Techstination.
19:28
September 11, 2019
MPOWERD providing tech to assist Hurricane Dorian victims
Techstination, your destination for gadgets and gear.  I’m Fred Fishkin.   MPOWERD is a company that has been making innovative solar lighting and charging products….and it has also been a leader in providing that technology around the world where it is needed most.  And when Hurricane Dorian this month targeted the Bahamas…even before it approached the U.S. shores…MPOWERD jumped in to begin providing relief….encouraging others to join in as well.  MPOWERD’s inflatable solar Luci lanterns were almost immediately on their way.  Founder John Salzinger.. “We don’t have kerosene or anything like that in our lanterns obviously.  So they can go upside down, right side up, it doesn’t matter.  Our lanterns are full waterproof, you never need to replace the battery.  They are maintenance free, no moving parts.  These are the kind of things that when you’re in a disaster you want something durable and something that’s going to work.” You can help too…by heading to MPOWERD.com. You can find us at Techstination.com.  I’m Fred Fishkin.
01:59
September 11, 2019
Apple Tim Cook wraps up iPhone 11 announcement
Apple Tim Cook wraps up iPhone 11 announcement
02:44
September 11, 2019
College student-entrepreneur Miracle Olatunji turns author to spur others
Techstination, your destination for gadgets and gear.  I’m Fred Fishkin.  We’ve spoke to lots of tech start ups over the years….but not to many that were launched by 19 year old college students.  Miracle Olatunji is the founder of OpportuniME…a program designed to connect high school students with  opportunities.   She is also Director of Innovation at Thrive, the personal finance incubator at Northeastern University.   And she can add another title to her growing resume’…as the author of a new book… Purpose: How to Live and Lead With Impact… “What I want to do is be able to show people that we all have potential to do amazing things and to make a contribution to the world.  Whether it’s making a contribution in your community, or your school or your workplace.  Or if you want to think bigger, how you can make an impact in the world.” As Miracle obviously does.  Purpose: How to Live and Lead with Impact  is a wonderful, smart read for all ages.  You can find us at Techstination.com.  I’m Fred Fishkin.
01:59
September 10, 2019
GM-U. of Michigan study finds safety tech reducing crashes: GM's Raymond Kiefer
GM-U. of Michigan study finds safety tech reducing crashes: GM's Raymond Kiefer chats with Techstination.
08:51
September 9, 2019
Tech Will Save Us creates Arcade Coder: Founder & CEO Bethany Koby
Tech Will Save Us creates Arcade Coder: Founder & CEO Bethany Koby in Techstination interview.  
14:08
September 9, 2019
T-Mobile offers no strings attached 30 day network Test Drive
Techstination, your destination for gadgets and gear.  I’m Fred Fishkin.   T-Mobile is making a big push to win new mobile customers by giving them an opportunity to use their own phones and devices on the carrier’s network….using a hotspot that includes 600 Mhz service….for thirty days or 30 gigabytes, which ever comes first.  No strings attached…no credit card required.  Sarah Osmer is T-Mobile’s VP for Consumer Post Paid… “So they can test out our network where they live, they can take it to their office, they can even take it where they like to vacation the most and really take our network for a test drive to make sure it works for them before they switch to T-Mobile.” After that period is up…they can pass it on to someone else for a test drive…return it to T-Mobile…or says the company…just stick it in a drawer.  Head to www.T-Mobile.com/testdrive for more. You can find us at Techstination.com.  I’m Fred Fishkin.
01:59
September 9, 2019
Techstination Week September 6
Techstination Week is a compilation of this week's Techstination reports with tech journalist and host Fred Fishkin
05:30
September 6, 2019
Acronis True Image 2020 arrives automating cloud & local back up
Acronis True Image 2020 arrives automating cloud & local back up.  Today's Techstination.
01:59
September 6, 2019
Phoozy out with thermal capsule protection for iPads & MacBooks
Phoozy out with thermal capsule protection for iPads & MacBooks.  Today's Techstination.
02:00
September 5, 2019
NRDC warns TV energy use can double with smart speaker link
NRDC warns TV energy use can double with smart speaker link.  Today's Techstination.
01:59
September 4, 2019
Today: Rosetta Stone lifetime access 1/2 off on Amazon Deal of the Day
Today: Rosetta Stone lifetime access 1/2 off on Amazon Deal of the Day.  SVP Jerry Huang chats with Techstination.
07:26
September 3, 2019
MPOWERD providing tech to assist Hurricane Dorian victims
MPOWERD providing tech to assist Hurricane Dorian victims.  Founder John Salzinger in Techstination interview.
11:19
September 3, 2019
Accell's new wireless charging solutions for home and office: Co-founder Tenny Sin
Accell's new wireless charging solutions for home and office: Co-founder Tenny Sin chats with Techstination.
08:52
September 3, 2019
Puro Sound's new JuniorJams affordable, hearing safe headphones for kids
Puro Sound's new JuniorJams affordable, hearing safe headphones for kids.  Today's Techstination.
02:00
September 3, 2019
NewsHero aims to create new journalism platform
NewsHero aims to create new journalism platform.  Today's Techstination.
01:59
September 2, 2019
Techstination Week August 30
Techstination Week is a compilation of this week's Techstination reports with tech journalist and host Fred Fishkin.
05:30
August 30, 2019
Como Audio Turntable arrives with Bluetooth and more
Como Audio Turntable arrives with Bluetooth and more.  Today's Techstination.
01:59
August 30, 2019
J D Power: Demand for vehicle safety technology threatened by overbearing alerts
J D Power: Demand for vehicle safety technology threatened by overbearing alerts.  Executive Director of driver interaction and human machine interface research Kristin Kolodge in Techstination interview.  
13:33
August 29, 2019
Thirty percent of U.S. households may be cord cutters by year end
Thirty percent of U.S. households may be cord cutters by year end.  Today's Techstination.
02:00
August 29, 2019
T-Mobile offers no strings attached 30 day network Test Drive: VP Sarah Osmer
T-Mobile offers no strings attached 30 day network Test Drive: VP Sarah Osmer in Techstination interview.
10:39
August 28, 2019
MIT team creates AI software for knitting
MIT team creates AI software for knitting.  Today's Techstination.
01:59
August 28, 2019
Breadcrumb Marker for tracking places or things anywhere
Breadcrumb Marker for tracking places or things anywhere.  Today's Techstination.
02:00
August 27, 2019
Traeger's tech enabled grills heat up for Labor Day
Traeger's tech enabled grills heat up for Labor Day.  Today's Techstination.
01:59
August 26, 2019
Techstination Week August 23
Techstination Week is a compilation of this week's Techstination reports with tech journalist and host Fred Fishkin.
05:27
August 23, 2019
Comcast brings new parental controls to Xfinity xFi routers
Comcast brings new parental controls to Xfinity xFi routers.  Today's Techstination.
01:59
August 23, 2019
19 yr. old college student/author helps other young entrepreneurs: Miracle Olatunji
19 yr. old college student/author helps other young entrepreneurs: Miracle Olatunji chats with Techstination.
08:46
August 22, 2019
Liftid offers neurostimulation for attention & focus without caffeine
Liftid offers neurostimulation for attention & focus without caffeine.   RPW Technology partner Ken Davidov and Dr. Ted Schwartz in Techstination interviews.
14:40
August 22, 2019
Rakuten Overdrive brings library audiobooks to Apple CarPlay
Techstination, your destination for gadgets and gear.  I’m Fred Fishkin.  Overdrive is a company that pioneered the ability of public libraries to provide e-books to readers.  It created the Libby app…and now it is helping to deliver audio books from libraries that can be listened to using Apple CarPlay.  Founder Steve Potash… “Because of the CarPlay integration in Libby, the app appears and is fully accessible through either the touch screen or the voice commands or the navigational features on the steering wheel.  So I could get in the car, instantly continue where I left off with my audio book.” And even automatically pause if a call comes in.  In the U.S., Kindle owners can read library books using the Libby app as well.  Today Overdrive is part of Rakuten. You can find us at Techstination.com.  I’m Fred Fishkin.
02:00
August 22, 2019
Higher Ground SatPaq making satellite communication affordable: Founder Rob Reis
Higher Ground SatPaq making satellite communication affordable: Founder Rob Reis in Techstination interview
13:07
August 21, 2019
Kensington's WellView monitor stand family designed for comfort
 Kensington's WellView monitor stand family designed for comfort .  Kensington ergo expert Lisa Schuiteboer chats with Techstination.
08:12
August 21, 2019
Edoki Montessori Preschool app attracts kids and parents
  Techstination, your destination for gadgets and gear. I’m Fred Fishkin.  Getting young children into the back to school learning mode is a little easier with some online help. Edoki Academy’s Montessori Preschool app is designed for three to seven year olds… and the young ones we’ve tested with are instantly engaged. Lessons cover phonics, numbers, colors, shapes…even coding and foreign languages….from Mandarin, Cantonese and Korean…to Spanish, French and German.  Co-founder Valerie Touze says it brings the Montessori experience …perhaps surprisingly…to smartphones and tablets… “They are powerful learning tools and we design apps that are interactive that are there for children to react to and be active in the way they learn.” Parents can try it for free for seven days…and after that the Montessori Preschool app costs as little as 59 dollars a year. You can find us at Techstination.com. I’m Fred Fishkin.
01:59
August 21, 2019
Humm opens pre-orders for wearable memory improvement patch: CEO Iain McIntyre
 Humm opens pre-orders for wearable memory improvement patch: CEO Iain McIntyre in Techstination interview.
12:15
August 20, 2019
Acronis True Image 2020 arrives automating cloud & local back up
 Acronis True Image 2020 arrives automating cloud & local back up .   Chief Marketing Officer Gaidar Magdanurov chats with Techstination.
08:56
August 20, 2019
Zipnostic begins testing remote diagnosis & healthcare: Dr. Gene Ukrainsky
 Zipnostic begins testing remote diagnosis & healthcare: Dr. Gene Ukrainsky  in Techstination interview.
12:35
August 20, 2019
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 phones arriving
 Techstination, your destination for gadgets and gear.  I’m Fred Fishkin.  Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 10 line up of phones arrives this week….and there is a new plus size version with a 6 point 8 inch screen…and a 5G version as well.  The S Pen is what really sets the Note phones apart, and with the Note 10…it will be more versatile than ever.  Samsung’s Adam Kuhn…  “Instead of just having a Bluetooth functionality that only works with the side button,  we now actually have natural hand gestures supported as well.  So you can swipe up and down, left and right and even clockwise and counter clockwise to perform different actions on the phone.  For instance, if I wanted to switch camera modes, you’d go left and right.  To switch cameras, I’d go up and down.” Many of the camera improvements focus on video shooting.  You can even blur the background in when shooting video.  Check with your carrier for the best deals. You can find us at Techstination.com.  I’m Fred Fishkin.
01:59
August 19, 2019
Social media helps boost CBD online sales
 Techstination, your destination for gadgets and gear.  I’m Fred Fishkin.  CBD products are gaining in popularity….and are showing up in both retail stores around the country and online.  And companies like CBD Essence are making use of social media to boost online sales.  And while sites like WebMD are far from sold on the benefits and safety …citing the lack of regulation…CBD Essence CEO and founder Don Ballou says he is creating health food store quality products…oils and candies… that can be helpful to many people… “A lot of companies are making good CBD products, they’re entrepreneurs, they’re opportunists..but again they’re not health food afficianados.” CBD oils and products depending on how they are made…are legal in most, if not all states.  Find more info at www.cbdessence.net.  You can find us at Techstination.com.  I’m Fred Fishkin.
01:59
August 16, 2019
Lifeshield DIY home security adds video doorbell
 Techstination, your destination for gadgets and gear.  I’m Fred Fishkin.  ADT’s LifeShield do it yourself home security system keeps getting better.  The company has now brought a video doorbell to market to give users even more security options.  Like competing products on the market…it is designed to use existing doorbell wiring.  It features an HD wide angle camera…with automatic night vision….and lets you communicate with visitors at your door from anywhere.  Chief Product Officer Doug Bellinger… “It has people detection.  So instead of just getting a notification whenever the wind blows you can actually track whenever a person comes to your door.  The doorbell is actually integrated with Alexa.  So when somebody pushes the button, not only do you get a push notification with an image that shows you who it is, but you also get Alexa to announce somebody’s at your front door which has been a really cool feature." Lifeshield integrates with and lets you control other smart home equipment too.  For more…head to Lifeshield.com.  You can find us at Techstination.com.  I’m Fred Fishkin.
01:59
August 15, 2019
NRDC warns TV energy use can double with smart speaker link.
NRDC warns TV energy use can double with smart speaker link.  NRDC Director  of the Center for Energy Efficiency Standards Noah Horowitz chats with Techstination.
09:44
August 14, 2019
Singing Machine partners with CBS for Carpool Karaoke The Mic
 Techstination, your destination for gadgets and gear.  I’m Fred Fishkin.  Singing Machine has partnered with CBS…to create Carpool Karaoke… a microphone designed to add some fun to those road trips.  But unlike what you see the Late Late Show’s James Corden doing on TV….this isn’t designed for driver participation.  It broadcasts to an open FM spot on your radio..  then pair it via Bluetooth with your phone.  And says the company’s Radelys Comas.. “You know James Corden, everytime he is about to start singing with one of his celebrity guests in his car, he asks them…do you mind if I listen to some music?  And so that is the exact thing that you will hear.  It works with pretty much any music or karaoke app that you may be using.” Fun…of course.  Some apps will give you the words along with the music.  Singing Machine’s Carpool Karaoke sells for about sixty dollars. You can find us at Techstination.com.  I’m Fred Fishkin.
02:00
August 14, 2019
U.S. household cord cutting to reach 30 percent this year: Amazon's Delaney Simmons
 U.S. household cord cutting to reach 30 percent this year: Amazon's Delaney Simmons in Techstination interview.
09:41
August 13, 2019
Like it or not..Amazon aims for back to school shoppers
 Techstination, your destination for gadgets and gear.  I’m Fred Fishkin.   Well…here it is near the middle of August…almost time for the holiday items to appear in your local warehouse store.  But for now…Amazon has created a curated collection aimed at back to school shoppers….called Happy School Year.  Amazon’s Angie Newman… “All they have to do is go to www.amazon.com/happyschoolyear and they’re going to find all of the trends people are talking about this year.  Stuff like Statement backpacks…backpacks that are covered in dinosaurs or covered in flamingos or even avocados.  Everyone needs something to keep their pencils and pens in so these Keepers…really colorful in pinks and greens…holographic everything.” Whether the kids are ready for it or not…the site again is amazon.com/happyschoolyear. You can find us at Techstination.com.  I’m Fred Fishkin.
01:59
August 13, 2019
Saving photos from disasters and more: Epson FastFoto FF680W scanner
 Saving photos from disasters and more: Epson FastFoto FF680W scanner.  Product Manager Dave Hawkes chats with Techstination.
05:16
August 12, 2019
Drobo-PhotoFocus World Photography Day Contest launches
 Techstination, your destination for gadgets and gear.  I’m Fred Fishkin.  Have what might be called an impactful photo?  The folks who make Drobo storage arrays for computers and networks are partnering with PhotoFocus for a World Photography Day contest.  The day…is August 19th but the deadline to enter is the 15th.  And what they are looking for are images with impact.  Smaina Subedar is Marketing VP at Drobo’s parent company StorCentric… “It’s a really great way for our users and the users of PhotoFocus to really showcase their work.  And so we’re asking people to submit and impactful photo, a very powerful photo that they’ve taken.” More details including info on the great prizes are at www.drobo.com/impactphotocontest .That’s d r o b o. You can find us at Techstination.com.  I’m Fred Fishkin.
02:00
August 12, 2019
Techstination Week August 9
Techstination Week is a compilation of this week's Techstination reports with tech journalist and host Fred Fishkin
05:29
August 9, 2019
Hamilton Beach brewing up connected coffee maker
 Techstination, your destination for gadgets and gear.  I’m Fred Fishkin.  The well known Hamilton Beach kitchen appliance brand…with a more than one hundred year old history…is bringing connectivity into its line up. The company’s test kitchen manager…Pat Schweitzer…tell us…first up is a connected coffee maker… “How it works is you set your coffee up so you can get the app to prepare it whenever you want.  So no more trying to make your coffee when you wake up in the morning.  You can just have it ready to go and through your app tell it to start.  I would set my coffee maker to go, push the button for the app and then I can just use my Alexa Echo to say, Alexa, start coffee maker.” And you can check in to learn when the brew is ready too.  Look for the Hamilton Beach connected coffee maker this fall. You can find us at Techstination.com.  I’m Fred Fishkin.
01:59
August 9, 2019
Epson's Moverio BT 30C smart glasses give you heads up see-through display
 Epson's Moverio BT 30C smart glasses give you heads up see-through display.  Epson's Darek Connole chats with Techstination.
04:03
August 8, 2019
Inseego delivers first MiFi 5G hotspot for Verizon
 Techstination, your destination for gadgets and gear.  I’m Fred Fishkin.  Inseego is a company that has been in the business of making mobile hotspots with the MiFi brand…for years.  Now in a partnership with Verizon…the company is out with its first 5G hotspot.  Chief Marketing Officer Ashish Sharma…says as 5G rolls out across the country….the new MiFi hotspot opens up a lot of capabilities… “It’s a portable device capable of running on batteries and you can connect all kinds of devices, your WiFi devices…your cell phones, laptops… on the go and you can experience great 5G speeds…a whole lot of applications from Web browsing, downloading movies.” And a whole lot more.  For more info…check out www.Inseego.com. You can find us at Techstination.com.  I’m Fred Fishkin.
01:59
August 8, 2019
What you should know about new Galaxy Note 10 line: Samsung's Adam Kuhn
 What you should know about new Galaxy Note 10 line: Samsung's Adam Kuhn in Techstination interview.
08:05
August 8, 2019
Rick and Susan Sammon's latest: Oregon Coast Photo Road Trip
 Techstination, your destination for gadgets and gear.  I’m Fred Fishkin.  No matter what kind of photographer you are….from mirrorless or dSLR….to smartphone…Rick and Susan Sammon can help you to get better results.  And their latest book…is titled…The Oregon Coast Photo Road Trip: How to east, stay, play and shoot like a pro.  It is chock full of information, written in an easy going style.  No surprise if you’ve read Rick’s other books or watched his videos or been lucky enough to learn in person from him.  He is a people person…and that…he says brings more joy to taking pictures… “You know people pictures make a place come alive.  And when I’m writing my bio I tell people my specialty is not specializing because I do like to do it all.  But when it comes down to it I really do love photographing people.  And you’re going to find some great fishermen also along the coast there.” And Rick’s wife Susan happily shares how to get more amazing shots…with an iPhone. You can find us at Techstination.com.  I’m Fred Fishkin.  
02:00
August 7, 2019
Puro Sound's new JuniorJams affordable, hearing safe headphones for kids
 Puro Sound's new JuniorJams affordable, hearing safe headphones for kids. Executive VP Alex Silverman chats with Techstination. 
08:32
August 6, 2019