Royal Oak has kicked off a crowdfunding effort to raise money to build a small “smart park” in a pedestrian plaza next to a downtown parking deck with public WiFi, solar-powered digital charging stations, covered bike parking, a children’s area and more.
The city’s Downtown Development Authority and the head of the annual Arts. Beats & Eats event have already contributed $10,000 each. Donations to the park can be made online at rosmartpark.com.
Royal Oak needs to raise $60,000 by the time the campaign ends June 16 in order to qualify for a matching grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. That would raise a total of $120,000 to build the park.
As I’ve said many times before, a password manager is an absolutely essential tool. That’s why I routinely share deals on products like LastPass and RoboForm Everywhere.
Although many of them offer freebie versions, those are usually limited to a desktop client, with no syncing with the Web or mobile apps. And, trust me, syncing is something you really want. I can’t tell you how often I end up needing a password or other personal info when I’m out and about.
Typically you have to pay $20 to $40 per year for the privilege, but there’s an often-overlooked gem that will cost you nothing:Norton Identity Safe. Though once part of Norton’s paid security-suite offerings, this password manager is now a standalone product — and a free one at that.
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L-R Keith Famie, Marilyn Trent, Denise Illich and Emily Hay
Our social media expert, Emily Hay was honored by the Detroit Chapter of Women in Communication for “innovatively using a communications medium during the past year.” She shared the honors with famous chef Keith Famie and Marilyn Trent of Trent Creative.
Emily Hay of Hay There Social Media will be recognized with a Vanguard Award for innovatively using a communications medium during the past year. Hay is founder of Hay There Social Media and TweetTeam™, delivering social media marketing services to a variety consumer-focused clients. She also is the co-creator of “Saving Face for Parents and Schools,” an online video program helping parents and educators coach tweens to become smart digital citizens. A Birmingham resident, Hay is a public speaker, social media contributor to the Internet Advisor show on WJR 760 AM and a contributing professional on “Live in the D” airing on WDIV/NBC Detroit. She was named one of “30 in their 30s” by DBusiness magazine and one of “52 Empowering Women of 2013” by the WooHoo Radio Network. Hay is a volunteer with Challenge Detroit and a partner at Cornerstone Schools.
As expected, Windows 10 got some face time at Microsoft’s Build 2015 event in San Francisco, and Joe Belfiore took the stage to go over several of its newest features.
Belfiore brought attention early to how Windows 10 is bringing back the Aero Glass theme fromWindows 7, showing that good ideas from the past have not been forgotten.
But what received a greater crowd reaction was the updated Windows 10 version of the Start menu. Removed in Windows 8, the new OS will bring back the Start Menu in the lower left corner, but will also show live tiles to the right of the regular functions as a way to keep both interfaces intact.
A new function dubbed Windows Spotlight gives your lock screen a dynamic, regularly updated background with personalized information and fancy wallpaper images. You can interact with elements in the background and it works as a reminder for Windows services you may not have tried. For example, Spotlight will identify apps and features you haven’t used yet, such as the Surface stylus, and offer up a lock screen advertisement of sorts for an app such as Fresh Paint in an effort to get you to try it.
One of the main challenges of running a power grid is that supply and demand have to be in balance at all times. This means that electricity has to be consumed when it is generated. This makes it harder to integrate sources of energy over which you don’t have control, such as wind and solar power. What if there’s a high demand for electricity but the wind isn’t blowing and the sun isn’t shining? What if it’s a sunny and windy day and supply far exceeds demand?
That’s the problem that having more energy storage connected to the power grid could solve.
Google is now a mobile carrier. Today the company has made official its plan to offer wireless service to owners of its Nexus 6 smartphone. It’s called Project Fi, and Google is launching an early invite program beginning today. “Similar to our Nexus hardware program, Project Fi enables us to work in close partnership with leading carriers, hardware makers, and all of you to push the boundaries of what’s possible,” the company wrote in a blog post.
The service is only available for the Nexus 6 and requires a special SIM card for Project FI — it will work with both existing Nexus 6 devices and new ones. Google says that right now the service is only available as an “early access program,” and during that program it won’t work on other phones.
Google’s new offering is unique in that the company will charge consumers only for the data they use rather than hit them with a flat monthly fee that comes with a preset amount of data. If you fail to use all the data you’ve paid for, Google will refund you the difference.
Comcast said Friday that it has terminated its $45.2 billion merger plans for Time Warner Cable, with the marriage of the top two cable operations in the US likely quashed by opposition from regulators.
“Today, we move on,” Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said in a short statement. “Of course, we would have liked to bring our great products to new cities, but we structured this deal so that if the government didn’t agree, we could walk away.”
News that the deal was falling apart started to emerge Thursday afternoon, with reports saying that increasing concerns from US regulators would end the tie-up. Earlier in the week, Comcast officials met with the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission to discuss potential concessions in the deal.
We are thrilled to announce that we will launch The New Screen Savers on May 2, 2015. The New Screen Savers will be a weekly, tech-themed variety show that reinvents the format for the modern age. Each hour-long episode will feature help and how-to segments, insight on the latest tech innovations, products, and trends, plus lots of fun surprises.
Forget about Geek Squad: Sprint has a new, free service for making house calls when it comes time to upgrade your phone. Starting Monday, Sprint is launching a new service called Direct 2 You that brings Sprint tech support to your door to help you set-up a new phone. Direct 2 You will roll out first in Sprint’s hometown of Kansas City followed by Chicago and Miami on April 20.
Sprint plans to launch the new service in other parts of the country throughout 2015. All told the company plans to have around 5,000 Direct 2 You cars operating in major metropolitan areas across the U.S. before 2016.At launch, Direct 2 You is only for customers eligible for a phone upgrade, but the company hopes to offer other services later on.
The Apple Watch basked in a strong opening weekend that could indicate success for the device, analysts say.
In an investors note Monday, Cowen and Co. estimated that total Apple Watch preorders worldwide reached about 1 million units during the first weekend of availability. Cowen, which has monitored Apple for years and scrutinizes the company’s product launches, extrapolated the preorder number after analyzing preorders at Apple Stores in the San Francisco Bay Area on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.