Start Up Weekend, Scams And Candy Crush

Nov 6, 2015

Tech Radio host Kent Osborne was joined by panelists Joel Broveleit and John T. Meyer along with special guest Adam Haun of Seattle.  Haun is in Sioux Falls to facilitate Startup Weekend.

The "Computer Guys" also visited about a new Microsoft Tech scam, and the almost $6 billion sale of the mobile game maker behind Candy Crush to gaming giant Blizzard.

It's been a big week for video on Facebook.  The social networking giant announced it will test a "dedicated place" where users can go when they want to watch a video, whether it's a saved video, a video from a friend or a followed page, or from any other video publisher on Facebook.

Next week, a panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral argument in the second round of United States v. Nosal.  This time around, the main question is whether accessing an account using a shared password is an unauthorized access under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

Dakota Midday: "Cyberwar Threat"

Oct 13, 2015

The global cyberwar is heating up and the stakes are no longer limited to the virtual world of computers.  With leading defense experts and investigative journalists who have probed the murky realm of criminal and strategic hacking, NOVA looks into the chilling new reality of cyberwar in which no nation or individual is safe from attack.  Kim Zetter, senior staff writer for Wired, joined Dakota Midday Tuesday.  She was interviewed for NOVA's "Cyberwar Threat," which premieres Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m.

"Chip And Pin" Day

Oct 5, 2015

Friday was "chip and pin" day.  You've likely received a replacement credit card that has a new chip feature.  Kent Osborne and "The Computer Guys" discussed the new chip and addressed concerns about it.  The panel also reviewed new features of iOS 9 and addressed Experian's large data breach that involved T-Mobile customers.  As always, the panel took questions from Tech Radio listeners.

Interviewing Alexa

Sep 21, 2015

Tech Radio's special guest during the September 4 episode was Alexa from Amazon.  "The Computer Guys" demonstrated and interviewed the Echo device on the air.  Kent Osborne and the panel also answered questions about upgrading an older MacBook Pro and how to troubleshoot Wi-Fi problems.  Meanwhile, Windows 10 has already passed Windows 8 in numbers and the fall gaming season is heating up!

Apple iOs 9

Sep 18, 2015

The day after Apple released iOs 9, ad blockers topped the app charts taking advantage of the new functionality. Users were thrilled with the ability to get rid of the annoyance while addressing privacy concerns and faster surfing. Meanwhile, advertisers are up in arms.

Kent Osborne and "The Computer Guys" discussed iOs 9 along with other Apple news and big announcements from Amazon among other topics on Tech Radio.

The South Dakota Engineering Accelerator has received a $100,000 innovation grant to create and pilot a new program.  The Accelerator, based at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, is part of the Enterprise Institute.  The goal is to identify early-stage engineering projects and then commercialize the technologies into viable businesses.  Tom Eitreim, manager of the Accelerator program, detailed the program on Innovation Friday.  Host Cara Hetland was also joined by several Accelerator participants as they described their concepts.

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

The U.S. Geological Survey and NASA are celebrating 25 years of partnership at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center near Sioux Falls. In August 1990, the USGS and NASA jointly established the Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center at EROS to collect and disseminate critical land sensing information.

Two years ago NASA launched the Earth-observing satellite Landsat 8 which collects images archived at EROS. The images help document drought, deforestation, trends in seasonal vegetation, the impact of natural disasters and more.

Ashley Madison Hack, Bank Card Skimmers & Flash

Aug 21, 2015

Kent Osborne and "The Computer Guys" tackled several issues in this program.  They talked about the hack and possible problems for the site's users, the slow demise of flash ads, back-to-school technology and bank card skimmers which have surfaced on Sioux Falls ATM machines.  Plus, "The Computer Guys" answered listener questions as always.

Windows 10 And Drones, Drones, Drones

Aug 7, 2015

Kent Osborne and "The Computer Guys" discussed Windows 10 on Friday's show as well as some far out stuff from Black Hat about using printers' IO cables to generate radio signals to steal information through concrete walls.

Drones were also a big topic Friday - drones and California forest fires, multiple drone sightings by crews of landing aircraft and drones being shot out of the sky.

Direct-Write Printable Spacecraft

Aug 6, 2015

NASA has awarded the $750,000 EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) grant to the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology to develop "direct-write printable spacecraft," which are thin, lightweight sheets that can land on planets, gather information and send the information back to the ship that released them.  The printable spacecraft can go into areas that humans cannot access - like inside a volcanic crater.  Dr.

Reaction To Prime Day & Severe Weather Apps

Jul 17, 2015

Tech Radio guest host Kealey Bultena and "The Computer Guys" discussed Amazon's Prime Day, a day-long sales event held Wednesday for Amazon Prime users.  The panel talked about post-Prime Day data and the response on social media.  They also discussed how mobile devices can keep you safe during severe weather and how you can learn more about your surroundings with specialized apps and add-ons.  Other topics on today's program included scam phone calls and Windows operating systems.


Satellites can take digital images of Earth, but if they’re not calibrated, those images are only pretty pictures. That’s according to Dennis Helder, head of the image processing lab at South Dakota State University.

Lives Changed By Cochlear Implants

Jun 26, 2015

Technological advances are helping more and more people with severe hearing loss. SDPB’s Levi Gutz has this story about people whose lives have been changed through the implants.

Sound . . . it’s part of our everyday lives. So much so, that we rarely stop and think about how incredible our hearing process is. We also may not think about what it would be like to lose our hearing.

That was the attitude that Michael O'Conner had.

(605) SQL, 3D Mobile Gaming and E3

Jun 19, 2015

SDPB's Kent Osborne and the Computer Guys (Joel Broveleit, Jeff Litterick and Amos Aesoph) were joined by Joshua Warne, a business analyst with First Bank & Trust in Brookings.  Warne is the Founder and Director of the (605) SQL User Group which is part of the national PASS organization.  SQL was created last July with the mission of strengthening and serving the South Dakota SQL server community by providing a forum for members to exchange ideas and knowledge.

U.S. Government Hacked

Jun 5, 2015

Tech Radio host Kent Osborne and "The Computer Guys" discussed the most recent hacking of U.S. Government websites, Windows 10 gains and losses and tips for keeping your information safe when using free WiFi hotspots.  "The Computer Guys" are Joel Broveleit, Amos Aesophe, Jeff Litterick and Osborne.

Raven Aerostar

Sioux Falls-based Raven Industries  has been awarded a $6 million contract for its tethered aerostats from the Department of Defense. The contract comes from the Naval Air Warfare Center aircraft division in New Jersey for exportable persistent ground surveillance systems, spare equipment and technical support. Raven’s relationship with the military goes back to the company’s founding in 1956 when it produced high altitude research balloons for the U.S. Navy.

Charles Widener, Director of the Arbegast Materials Processing and Joining Lab at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, discussed Cold Spray Technology which was developed at the school.  It received funding from the Defense Department and from the South Dakota office of economic development.  Cold Spray Technology is used to repair metal, like on airplanes or large machines.

The New Tesla Battery

May 1, 2015

Kent Osborne and Joel Broveleit visited about the Tesla home battery announcement and provided tips for building up your own personal computer.  Today's show also featured a walk-on by SDPB news reporter Kealey Bultena as the "Computer Guys" continued last episode's discussion on "cutting the cord."

Plugins, Robo Cars & Wrist Gadgets

Apr 3, 2015

Kent Osborne and "The Computer Guys" continued their discussion of browser plugins from their last session.  They also conversed about free MS OS, a new wrist gadget called the Leatherman Tread and the first robo car to drive across the United States.

Tech Radio: iWatch Announcement And CISA Legislation

Mar 20, 2015

"The Computer Guys" gathered to recap the iWatch announcement and visit about other wearables like Disney's MagicBand handy browser on this episode of Tech Radio.  The also visited about recently passed CISA legislation and Bing's choice of Kentucky to win the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament among other topics.

Dakota Midday: Techradio

Mar 6, 2015

  John T, Joel and Jeff join us for a live program from KCSD in Sioux Falls.  Our show was broadcast on the Meerkat app for iPhone, thanks for the questions and comments.  Also discussed was resetting Apple devices when they act up, mixing cocktails with Google, and the Pebble Watch.

Virtual Reality, Apps, Net Neutrality And More

Feb 20, 2015

Guest host Kealey Bultena and "Computer Guys" Jeff Litterick and Joel Broveleit tackled a number of issues on today's program.  The panel discussed Samsung TV listening, Lenovo Laptop pre-installed spyware, virtual reality, a YouTube App for kids, hackers and the State Department, and the February 26 FCC net neutrality vote.

Radio Shack Battery of the Month Club

Some knew it as Allied Radio back in the day – I knew it after their name change as Radio Shack.  I knew the store well, just down from the pinball machines at the mall in Mitchell.  At the end of the corridor was the giant cabinet containing “Pong”.

Techradio: Ode to Radio Shack... and net neutrality

Feb 9, 2015

Panelists lament the demise of Radio Shack, and discuss Net Neutrality.

Attitudes Toward Wind Farms

Jan 23, 2015

Sociologist Jeffrey Jacquet and graduate student Josh Fergen gauged community attitudes toward wind farms in South Dakota.  They said that a culture of support bodes well for a state that has great potential to exploit wind turbines as a source of renewable energy.  Respondents saw beauty in wind turbines that were moving because they view them as being economically productive.  Jacquet and Fergen are also doing research on wind farms in Minnesota, particularly near Lake Benton, which was one of the first communities to embrace wind energy.

Tech Industry Veteran Victoria Darling

Jan 16, 2015

Kent Osborne and "The Computer Guys" (Amos Aesophe, Joel Broveleit and Jeff Litterick) welcomed Victoria Darling to Tech Radio. Darling has been in the technology industry for more than 20 years, including a recent stint managing six buildings and staffing needs for Electronic Arts (EA) as they ramped up from 100 employees to over 1000 in about four years. After two and a half decades of writing resumes on the side for friends and clients of nonprofit agencies, she took her love of writing and technology and ventured out on her own to write resumes and Linkedin profiles full time.

Earlier this week, the Sioux Falls Development Foundation made a $3 million investment in SAB Biotherapeutics to bolster the Bio-Tech industry in the area. SAB Biotherapeutics uses genetically engineered cattle to produce human antibodies. CEO and co-founder Dr. Eddie Sullivan discusses his company and the science behind human antibodies.   

New technology enhancing emergency communications is being implemented in South Dakota. It will eventually allow people to share pictures and video with 911 centers during an emergency call. The new system will also include backups that are meant to make 911 services less prone to outages and failures.

Shawnie Rechtenbaugh, State 911 coordinator for the Department of Public Safety, says cell phones and other wireless communication devices have made the new technology necessary. She joined Dakota Midday and discussed the Next Generation 911 system.

Last Minute Gift Ideas From "The Computer Guys"

Dec 23, 2014

Kent Osborne, host of SDPB's Tech Radio, and Joel Broveleit, one of Tech Radio's "Computer Guys," joined guest host Cara Hetland to discuss last minute gift ideas for technology lovers - and for those who may not be so tech savvy.