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July 8, 2014

ASK Quarterly Newsletter The Bottom Line (Q3 of 2014)

July 2, 2014

Bottom Line IT 7-1-14


Mike and Matt the actual hosts of Bottom Line IT return to actually host the show and bring you the latest IT news this week on the Michigan Business Network. Topics include Google Donating Funds to Help Close the IT Gender Gap, Wikipedia Paid Editing Changes, A Password You Will Never Forget?, Facial Recognition for Your Car and more! We also check in with the always mysterious Just Ask Paul so be sure to tune in!



Technology Topics Discussed:

  • Google Donates Funding to Help Close the Tech Gender Gap
  • Will the Recent Policy Changes to Wikipedia Make it a Trusted Source for Primary Research?
  • A Method for Establishing a Password that You Will Never Forget
  • Facial Recognition is Coming for Your Automobile
  • Lessons that Can be Learned from Microsoft's Exchange Online Outage


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June 26, 2014

Bottom Line IT 6-24-14


Mike and Amy host Bottom Line IT and according to Mike it is "The Best and Brightest" of IT news this week on the Michigan Business Network. Topics include a New Computer that Can Calculate HUGE Amounts of Data Instantaneously, Incredible Marketing Methods Using Technology to Get Attention, How Will the Next Twenty Years in Tech Change the World?, IRS Email Practices and more! We also check in with ASK's Just Ask Paul so be sure to tune in!



Technology Topics Discussed:

  • New Computer that Can Calculate Huge Amounts of Data Almost Instantaneously
  • Incredible Marketing Methods Using Technology to Get Attention
  • How Will the Next Twenty Years in Technology Change the World?
  • The Disturbing Email Security Practices of the IRS


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June 20, 2014

Bottom Line IT 6-20-14


The streak of Mike and Matt comes to an end just like the Miami Heat but don't fret! Amy steps back in the studio with Matt to host Bottom Line IT! They bring you the latest technology news for business on the Michigan Business Network. Topics include a Computer Passing the Turing Test, Ways that Mobile is Transforming Health Care, Google Not Being Able to Protect Our Privacy, a Microscope Made of Paper and more! We also check in with ASK's Just Ask Paul so be sure to tune in!



Technology Topics Discussed:

  • Computer Passes "Turing Test" for the First Time After Convincing Users it is Human
  • 'Smart' Football Helmet May Help Detect Concussions
  • 10 Ways Mobile is Transforming Health Care
  • Google Can't Protect Our Privacy - Why We Need New Laws
  • Google Buried a Clever Jab at the NSA Inside Its New Encryption Tool
  • This Microscope is Made Largely from Paper


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June 11, 2014

Bottom Line IT 6-10-14



Mike and Amy co-host this edition of Bottom Line IT and they are bringing you the latest technology news on the Michigan Business Network. Topics on this week's show: MSU Develops System to Extract Drinking Water from Manure, How Your Business Can Prepare for Canada's New Anti-Spam Laws, and more! In studio is special guest Kirk Riley, Executive Director, with the Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC). We also check in with ASK's Just Ask Paul. Be sure to tune in!


Technology Topics Discussed:

  • MSU Develops System to Extract Drinkable Water from Manure
  • Make Sure Your Business is Ready for Canada's Anti-Spam Law
Interview Guest: 
Kirk Riley - Executive Director of ITEC the Information Technology Empowerment Center

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June 4, 2014

Bottom Line IT 6-3-14


On a roll here as Mike and Matt make it in to the studio two weeks in a row to host Bottom Line IT! They bring you the latest technology news for business on the Michigan Business Network. Topics include Language Translation, Biometrics for Security, Health Care Information, How to Utilize Virtualization for Your Business, Hacking XP for Security? and more! We also check in with ASK's Just Ask Paul so be sure to tune in!



Technology Topics Discussed:

  • The First Universal Real Time Language Translator
  • Banks Begin Using Biometrics for Security - No More Answering Silly ID Questions
  • Your Health Care Information May be Less Secure Than What you Provide to Retailers
  • How to Build a Scalable IT Infrastructure for Your Business Through Virtualization
  • Should You Use a New Hack to Run Security Patches on Windows XP?


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May 30, 2014

Bottom Line IT 5-27-14


"And we're back" Mike and Matt make it in to the studio in the nick of time to host Bottom Line IT and bring you the latest technology news for business on the Michigan Business Network. Topics include Net Neutrality, Target Data Breach, Top IT Priorities for Business, 6 Tech Gadgets That Can Save Your Life and more! We also check in with ASK's Just Ask Paul so be sure to tune in!



Technology Topics Discussed:

  • The Fight Over Net Neutrality
  • As a Result of the Target Data Breach Corporations are Becoming Proactive
  • Top IT Priorities - Results of McKinsey and Co. Survey
  • 6 Tech Gadgets That Can Save Your Life


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May 2, 2014

Bottom Line IT 4-29-14

 
Mike and Matt host this week's installment of Bottom Line IT on the Michigan Business Network! They discuss today's HOT topics in technology news including the Target Point of Sale Attack, Boston Marathon with Google Glass, Can Computers Imagine and more! We also check in with ASK's Just Ask Paul. Be sure and tune in! In studio are special guests Brennan Hayden, the VP of Mobile Division and David Featherly, Manager of Client Services of WDA/X+1 Mobile.


Technology Topics Discussed:

  • The Target Attack Was Just the Beginning
  • Runner Captures Boston Marathon with Google Glass
  • Can Computers Develop an Imagination?
  • Interview with Brennan Hayden and David Featherly of WDA/X+1 Mobile

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April 28, 2014

Bottom Line IT 4-22-14


Mike makes a triumphant return to host Bottom Line IT with Matt on the Michigan Business Network to discuss today's HOT topics in technology news. Topics include Microsoft's Lucrative XP Support Contract with the IRS, Ann Arbor Becoming World's Largest Lab for Wireless Vehicle Communications, Kill Switches on Phones, Heartbleed and Your Business, How SMBs Are Putting Customer Data at Risk, Conan O'Brien and more! We also check in with ASK's Just Ask Paul so be sure to tune in!



Technology Topics Discussed:

  • Microsoft Gets Millions from IRS for XP Support
  • Ann Arbor is Becoming World's Largest Lab for Wireless Vehicle Communications
  • Kill Switches on Phones - Who Turns Them on?
  • Heartbleed - It Really is a Big Deal to Your Business
  • 5 Ways that Small Business are Putting Customer Data at Risk
  • Conan O'Brien - What He Would Have Done as Microsoft CEO


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April 23, 2014

Bottom Line IT 4-15-14


Matt and Amy host this week's Bottom Line IT on the Michigan Business Network to discuss today's HOT topics in technology news. Topics include the Cloud Computing, Hackers Lurking in Vents and Soda Machines, Americans Distrust of Large Tech Firms, Facebook Ad Prices, Apple's New iPhone, Heartbleed, and more! We also check in with ASK's Just Ask Paul so be sure to tune in!



Technology Topics Discussed:

  • IBM Explains Why Cloud Computing Is Such A Game-Changer
  • Hackers Lurking In Vents and Soda Machines
  • Americans Distrust Tech Companies
  • Facebook Ad Prices Are Rising Amid Organic Reach Squeeze
  • Apple Will Start Producing the Big Screen iPhone 6 in July
  • How to Protect Yourself From the Massive Security Flaw That's Taken Over the Internet
  • Forget Wearable Tech, Embeddable Implants are Already Here


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April 17, 2014

ASK Quarterly Newsletter - The Bottom Line (Q2 of 2014)

April 9, 2014

"Heartbleed" Vulnerability

Heartbleed: What You Need to Know 

In the news you may have heard about the "Heartbleed" vulnerability affecting the OpenSSL implementation of the SSL/TLS protocol. We wanted to be sure to communicate widely to our customer base how this affects you and what we are doing about it. A very useful site for a plain language reading of the technical details is available at http://www.heartbleed.com

There's probably nothing to worry about.


In order for an attacker to use Heartbleed in any way of malicious intent, they would need to be in a position to have collected and stored an entire SSL/TLS encrypted communication (e.g. your banking session, buying stuff from Amazon, etc) AND have the resources/knowledge to attack the site (e.g. Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Dropbox, etc) itself to retrieve it's private key via this vulnerability, AND have the resources/knowledge to decrypt the intercepted stream information and pull out useful details (e.g. username/password/credit card number etc). These kinds of resources are only available to government security services like the NSA/GCHQ/CSEC. ASK recommends the changing of all passwords for all internet based services due to the wide exposure of previously presumed secure communications strictly as a precaution.

THAT SAID, any affected equipment in an environment should be patched to resolve this vulnerability as soon as possible.

Among our customers, the most likely device affected is the Watchguard firewall which uses OpenSSL in the 11.8.x line of firmware. Watchguard has yet to release a patch, but as soon as they do, your firewall will be updated customers will be individually notified.
We are in the process of evaluating each Total Care account to see if they do use any other OpenSSL containing services. Our diverse client base makes use of a variety of solutions from disparate vendors and we will evaluate each client individually.
Each Total Care client will receive information about their status from Tech Services as each is evaluated for exposure.

Thank You!
The ASK Team




April 9, 2014

Bottom Line IT 4-8-14


Matt is back and Erik is in to co-host this week's Bottom Line IT on the Michigan Business Network to discuss today's HOT topics in technology news. Topics include the Cyber Black Market, Windows XP Survey, Office for the iPad, World's First 3D Food Printer, Amazon's New Streaming Box, FireChat Messaging App, How to Keep the NSA from Spying Through Your Webcam and more! We also check in with ASK's Just Ask Paul so be sure to tune in!




Technology Topics Discussed:

  • Analysis of Cyber Black Market Reveals Unprecedented Global Maturity
  • Research: 37 percent continuing with Microsoft XP Post-Support
  • Microsoft Office for iPad: Here's What You Get for Free (and don't)
  • Here is the World's First 3D Food Printer
  • Amazon Announces a New Streaming Box, The $99.99 Fire TV
  • FireChat Messaging App: Look Ma, No Internet!
  • How to Keep the NSA from Spying Through Your Webcam


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April 4, 2014

Bottom Line IT 4-1-14

 
Matt & Amy are bringing you the latest technology news on the Michigan Business Network. Topics on this week's show: Facebook Buys Oculus Rift, How to Stop Cybercriminals from Stealing Your Domain, Working w/Robots, How to Keep Your Tax Returns Safe and more! In studio is special guest Waylon Sanford of Thumb Tied (www.thumbtied.com) We also check in with ASK's Just Ask Paul. Be sure to tune in!




Technology Topics Discussed:

  • The Only Explanation of Facebook Buying Oculus fot $2 Billion That Makes Any Sense
  • Hijacked! How to Stop Cybercriminals from Stealing Your Domain
  • Working with Robots: The Next Business Standard
  • How to Keep Your Tax Returns Safe from Hackers
  • Why You Should Skip the Password and Try Things Instead
  • Passwords You Swallow, Sharks That Tweet and 90-MPH Cheeseburgers

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March 31, 2014

Bottom Line IT 3-25-14



Matt & Amy are back and live in the Michigan Business Network studio to discuss today's HOT topics in technology news. Topics include Mobile Retail w/Amazon, eBay and Walmart. Bank ATMs Security Risks with Windows XP, Bitcoin, Who Has Access to Your Data?, Google Privacy and more! We also check in with ASK's Just Ask Paul so be sure to tune in!




Technology Topics Discussed:

  • Mobile Retail Explodes - Phones and Tablets are Driving One-Fourth of ALL E-Commerce
  • Mobile Retail - The Three Big Retailers That Actually Get IT
  • The Vast Majority of Bank ATMs Will Be Suddenly Vulnerable to Hackers on April 8th
  • Fortress, Benchmark and Ribbit Buy Stake in Pantera Bitcoin
  • Spring Cleaning - Who Has Access to Your Data
  • Google Won't Face Group E-mail Privacy Lawsuit
  • How Google Confused Basketball Fans with Flu Patients


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March 17, 2014

Bottom Line IT 3-11-14



Mike & Matt are back and live in the Michigan Business Network studio to discuss today's HOT topics in technology news. Topics include Twitter and the Oscars, Why the Target IT Dept. Dropped the Ball, Facebook Eliminating Posts Related to Gun Sales, Matt's Daylight Savings Adjustments Related to Work Productivity, Apple Looking to Open Siri to 3rd Parties? and more! We also check in with ASK's Just Ask Paul and Mike finds out Lorde is not Madonna's daughter. Be sure and tune in!



Technology Topics Discussed:

  • Twitter and the Oscars
  • Why the Target IT Department Should be Blamed for the Data Breach
  • Facebook Begins to Filter Posts About Guns
  • Apple to Open Siri to Third Party Apps - Will it Matter?


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March 13, 2014

Bottom Line IT 3-4-14

 

Mike and Matt hit the studio for Bottom Line IT and the guys are bringing you the latest technology news on the Michigan Business Network. Topics on this week's show: New Apps for Small Business, Single Sign-On and Bring Your Own Identity (BYOI), and more! In studio is special guest Ryan Hundt, Project Coordinator, with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). We also check in with ASK's Just Ask Paul. Be sure to tune in!



Technology Topics Discussed:

  • This Address Book is Alive and Interactive
  • How iBeacon Technology May Change Industry
  • Is a Single Login Password Possible?
  • The Rise of the Sharing Economy and What it Means to Small Business

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February 26, 2014

Bottom Line IT 2-25-14

 
 Matt and Amy handle the hosting duties this week and bring you the latest technology news on the Michigan Business Network. Starting off the show discussing Net Neutrality and then bringing in two special guests! First we have Lisa Nowak the President of MITN (Michigan Technology Network) and she tells us about the upcoming E-Cycle event tomorrow 2/27/14 (http://lansing.mitn.org/ecycle). Then we check in with Andrea Ragan the Executive Director of the Capital Area IT Council who gives us the low down on the services and assistance the IT Council provides for the Lansing area (http://www.capitalareaitcouncil.com/). We also check in with ASK's Just Ask Paul. Be sure to tune in!


Technology Topics Discussed:

  • FCC Chair Proposes New Net Neutrality Rules
  • Interview with Lisa Nowak the President of MITN 
  • Interview with Andrea Ragan the Executive Director of the Capital Area IT Council

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February 24, 2014

Bottom Line IT 2-18-14

 

Mike and Matt are back and the guys are bringing you the latest technology news on the Michigan Business Network. Topics on this week's show: Watson and Siri Love Connection, Bitcoin, Cloud Computing for Your Business and more! In studio are special guests Joe Quick and Andrew Belanger from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). We also check in with ASK's Just Ask Paul. Be sure to tune in!




Technology Topics Discussed:

  • Could Watson or Siri Fall in Love - Like in the Movie "Her"
  • Security Concerns Threaten the Future of Bitcoin
  • Demystifying the Cloud - What Does it Really Mean for Your Business

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February 17, 2014

Bottom Line IT 2-11-14



Mike & Matt are back and live in the Michigan Business Network studio to discuss today's HOT topics in technology news. Topics include Why Microsoft Windows XP End of Support is a Big Deal, Matt's favorite the Michigan Secretary of State and Their New Tech, IBM Selling its Server Business to Lenovo, Why You May End of with a Blackberry Again, End of Email? and more! We also check in with ASK's Just Ask Paul. Be sure and tune in!




Technology Topics Discussed:
  • Why Microsoft End of Support for Windows XP is a Big Deal
  • IBM Selling its Server Business to Lenovo
  • Why You May End Up with a Blackberry Again
  • Emails Can Come Back to Bite You - Examples of Emails That Should Not Have Been Sent
  • Is Email at the End of its Useful Life? Facebook Co-founder Thinks So
  • Michigan Secretary of State Uses Technology to Shorten Lines


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January 24, 2014

Bottom Line IT 1-21-14

 

Matt welcomes Amy back to the studio as Mike is at a yarn convention this week. They are bringing you the most exciting news in technology and how it impacts your business. Topics on this week's show: Net Neutrality, 3D Printing, Microsoft's Next Windows and more! We also check in with ASK's Just Ask Paul. Be sure and tune in! In studio is special guest Tony Sabo of Rizzi Designs and he talks 3D projects.




Technology Topics Discussed:

  • Appeals Court Strikes Down FCC's Net Neutrality Rules
  • How Google and Nest Could Get the Smart Home All Wrong
  • 3D Printing Tries to Find a Home
  • Microsoft's Next Windows May Be Dressed to the 9
  • One in Five BYOD Programs Destined to Fail Due to Overly Restrictive Policies
  • Lenovo Looking to Take the Next Step and Blur Lines Between Consumer and Commercial Devices

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January 16, 2014

Bottom Line IT 1-14-14

 
Mike and Matt return for 2014 on the Michigan Business Network! These guys have one New Year's resolution and that is to bring you the most exciting technology news and how it impacts your business. To kickstart the year off right the guys will be covering: Driverless Cars, Why are Banks Banning Instant Messaging, Trends to Watch for in 2014 and more! We also check in with ASK's Just Ask Paul. Be sure and tune in! In studio is special guest David Smith and he schools us all on what Bitcoin is, how it came to be, and its application






Technology Topics Discussed:

  • Driverless - Automated Cars Coming to Michigan
  • Why J.P Morgan Chase Banned Instant Messaging
  • Trends in Technology That You Will Want to Watch for in 2014
  • Interview with David Smith, Bitcoin Enthusiast!

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December 31, 2013

Bottom Line IT 12-17-13

 
Mike and Amy anchor the last installment of Bottom Line IT in 2013 on the Michigan Business Network! They discuss today's HOT topics in technology news including Dangerous Cyberattacks, Amazon Drone Delivery, and more! We also check in with ASK's Just Ask Paul. Be sure and tune in! In studio is special guests Brian Town, Owner/CEO, Michigan Creative and Melissa Meschke, Marketing Director of Michigan Creative.


Technology Topics Discussed:

  • Dangerous Cyberattacks and CryptoLocker
  • Amazon Drone Delivery
  • Your Medical Records for Sale
  • Interview with Brian Town, Melissa Meschke and Josh the Intern from Michigan Creative

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November 25, 2013

Bottom Line IT 11-19-13

 

Home for the Holidays as Mike and Matt are back! It's not often we get these two in the same room and for good reason BUT they put past differences aside for Bottom Line IT on the Michigan Business Network! In studio is special guest Todd Ross, Director of Business Development at Digital Active. They discuss today's HOT topics in technology news including Virtual Assistants, Ransomware with Cryptolocker and the guys bring in Todd Ross to lend some insight to cloud services and mobile IT adoption. We also check in with ASK's Just Ask Paul. Be sure and tune in!



Technology Topics Discussed:

  • The Virtual Assistant Company - Break Through for Small Business?
  • Ransomware - CryptoLocker - Why You Need to be Concerned
  • Interview with Todd Ross the Director of Business Development at Digital Active

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November 18, 2013

Bottom Line IT 11-12-13



This week Amy returns to rejoin Matt in the Michigan Business Network studio to discuss today's HOT topics in technology news. Topics include Earned Media with Social Media, E-Commerce, Apple iWatch, Online Merchants Looking for a Credit Card Alternative, In-Store Ads and more! We also check in with ASK's Just Ask Paul. Be sure and tune in!






Technology Topics Discussed:
  • There's Virtually No Ceiling to Mobile's Potential in the Larger Payments and E-Commerce Markets
  • Earned Media on Social Media: How Brands Get Beyond the Hype
  • Apple's iWatch Will Need Killer Apps
  • The Exciting $3 Trillion Promise of Open Data
  • Tesco's In-Store Ads Watch You - and It Looks Like You Need a Coffee
  • Online Merchants Don't Want Credit Card Payments


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