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Why do we feel weird about video calling?

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I have to admit that I’m a late adopter of this technology. Skype and video calling software has been available to us for free for a few years now, but I’ve noticed the adoption rate really changing lately so I thought I’d bring it up. Maybe the addition of Face to Face on iPhone is… Continue Reading Why do we feel weird about video calling?

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Some great ideas are born in the nation’s universities and laboratories but never leave there. Continue Reading Atargis hopes to harness funding for wave-energy machine

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The app store is not an orphanage

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“We’ve gotta have an app!” was the battle cry when Apple launched its App Store in 2008. And yes, that was the marketing department on the phone again, asking me for something they didn’t really understand. I developed several apps that had no purpose except to bolster the brand image of the company that wanted… Continue Reading The app store is not an orphanage

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The Colorado Cleantech Industry Association is looking for a few good CEOs. The association has launched a Cleantech Fellows Institute in an effort to jump start advanced technology startups in Colorado by training CEOs to lead the firms. CFI is an intensive program that aims to train 12 to 15 business executives this fall to… Continue Reading Wanted: Cleantech Industry CEOs, will train

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The Department of Defense released a mobile app that will help service members adjust to life at home after returning from combat deployments. The app, called the Positive Activity jackpot, was developed by the national Center for Telehealth and Technology. It uses augmented reality with a smartphone GPS to help find nearby activities and diversions… Continue Reading Depressed after deployment? There’s an app for that.

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Last week I was invited to participate in a “Fail off” — an event designed to embolden potential entrepreneurs and show them how to start up a company based on their own ideas. The content included a bunch of business owners (including me) going up on stage and publicly divulging their worst failure(s) in gory… Continue Reading Tech Talk: Let’s all remember to celebrate our failures

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We ain’t the janitors, man

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We’re rising up in protest. Now that the marketing department is foisting all of their mediocre social media campaigns on us, the information technology department is lashing out through grimacing, sighing loudly and sending tersely worded emails. This habit that the marketing department has of “growing bored” with their tech projects has got to stop.… Continue Reading We ain’t the janitors, man

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How to get what you want from tech projects

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Right now there are two poor fellows in my office sanding all the paint off the bookcase they painted for me last week. They have to start over from scratch because they made the same mistake that a lot of software development teams make: The sales person/project manager screwed over the technicians. And I can… Continue Reading How to get what you want from tech projects

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The IT help-desk gurus field all kinds of highly technical computer questions. But, imagine fielding a call like, “We need you to fix the microwave in the lunchroom.” It’s the funnier side of being a help-desk expert. And, a request like, “I dropped my phone in the toilet. What should I do?” is not unusual… Continue Reading Help-desk experts field odd questions, keep their cool

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The U.S. government has filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple Inc. and book publishers. It said Wednesday that the publishers conspired with Apple to raise retail electronic-book prices to limit competition. The government also filed papers saying it has reached a settlement with publishers Hachette, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster. It says it will proceed… Continue Reading U.S. sues Apple, publishers over electronic books

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