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In The Moment ... January 17, 2018 Show 257 Hour 2

South Dakota attorneys will argue before the U.S. Supreme Court sometime this spring to make the case for requiring online sellers to collect state sales taxes from South Dakota customers.

This is an appeal the entire nation is watching, because it affects all tax-collecting states and the District of Columbia.

SDPB's Victoria Wicks explains the nuances of the case.

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In The Moment... February 28, 2017 Show 039 Hour 1

We begin the hour with Adam Grant. He’s the author of "Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World." The book is a New York Times bestseller and NPR and Amazon best book of 2016, now available in paperback. " It’s a conversation about the trailblazers, the ground-breakers, and those among us who re-imagine and re-create everything from technology to their own careers.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed the first bill of the 2017 Legislative Session into law. House Bill 1006 clarifies the timeline for posting notices for public meetings.

Amazon is now collecting sales tax from South Dakota residents. The Seattle-based company had been slow to collect sales taxes in small and sparsely populated states where it doesn't have a facility. Officials say the agreement with Amazon will help the state meet revenue goals.

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It’s the start of this year’s legislative session, and leaders are already split over how to budget new money coming to South Dakota. Online retailer Amazon is starting to collect sales tax on South Dakota purchases next month. Its timing could pose a planning issue.

Amazon begins charging both state and local sales tax for South Dakota purchases in February. Democrat and State Senator Billie Sutton says lawmakers should include those dollars in the budget that starts July first.

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Kent Osborne and The Computer Guys answer questions about those holiday gifts you just can't figure out. They also discuss Amazon Alexa, which was witness to a possible murder, and Russian hacking incidents which have led to U.S. sanctions.

Google Home Vs. Amazon Echo And Ransomware

May 20, 2016

Kent Osborne and "The Computer Guys," Jeff Litterick, Amos Aesoph and John T. Meyer, discussed Google's unveiling of Google Home this week - an Amazon Echo-like device that relies on a conversational user interface.  Google also, at their annual conference, released a messaging app called Allo.

The panel also visited about a ransomware maker shutting down, privacy issues with respect to Twitter and Google and more.

Fire Tablet

Mar 4, 2016

While Apple continues to resist a court order requiring it to assist the Federal Bureau of Investigation in accessing a terrorist's phone, another major tech company has taken a strange and unexpected step away from encryption.  Amazon has removed enterprise-level device encryption from its Fire Tablet devices.  The move affects millions of users.

Kent Osborne and "The Computer Guys" also discussed the free upgrade to Windows 10 and iTunes Radio's switch to Apple Music among other issues.

Interviewing Alexa

Sep 21, 2015
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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
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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.

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 AshleyMadison.com 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.

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.