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February 17, 2014

2014-02-17 WSVA Show Notes

Welcome to the February, 2014 podcast.  Listen to the podcast here and check out some of the sites we talked about below.  Have fun and let me know if you know of something you would like to hear about next month, on March 17, St. Patty’s Day, where I will be wearing my Doyle Tartan Kilt, to bad for you it is radio.

Tech News
The Bacon Bowl
It’s a question that veteran “As Seen on TV” marketer Scott Boilen asked when he was given the opportunity to introduce yet another bacon product to an already crowded marketplace. But Boilen couldn’t resist the invention, a simple gizmo that turns a few strips of bacon into an edible shell. And so the Bacon Bowl was launched by Boilen’s Allstar Products Group via a series of infomercials in late 2013.

In a brief period, Boilen’s New York-based company has sold more than two million units of the $10.99 bacon cooker, making the Bowl a success story potentially on par with the Snuggie, to name Boilen’s biggest “As Seen on TV” hit.

Chromecast by Double Clicks
Chromecast is another great inovation by Google. Get my take on it from a recent article.

NYPD using Google Glass as a crime fighting tool
Google Glass for NYPDTHE New York Police Department is taking a page out of the RoboCop playbook — outfitting cops with Google Glass so a suspect’s life story can flash right before their eyes.

Law enforcement sources told The New York Post department bosses bought a few pairs of the futuristic eyewear and are beta testing them with the hopes of using them out in the field.

“It’s in the early stages,” a source said of the NYPD’s use of the specs. “A handful of people are testing it out.” The high-tech glasses — which integrate a computerised interface into the wearer’s field of vision — could allow cops to instantly see a suspect’s arrest record, mugshot and other key information.

Before Target, they hacked the heating guy
One of the biggest known corporate breaches in U.S. history has been traced to the air-conditioning repairman.

Hackers first broke into Target’s TGT +1.49% network last year by stealing the login credential of a heating-and-air-conditioning contractor, a person familiar with the investigation confirmed Wednesday. The hackers went on to steal 40 million credit and debit card numbers.

There you go for this month. Again, check out the podcast and see if you agree or not with the “Police on Cell Phones” side-track from this morning.

Have a great day!


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