Tech RoundUp

Syracuse Tech

A few things going on here and there in tech.

Social Media and Politics


The Social Media Breakfast Syracuse held an event Wednesday at the iSchool at Syracuse University featuring local political correspondent Michelle Breidenbach and Jenny Stromer-Galley, associate professor at SU and author of “Presidential Campaigning in the Internet Age.”

A lot of neat facts about the topic: turn to the #SMBSyr hashtag to catch the aftermath and follow them on Facebook for the next event.

A Few Local Tech Events to Keep an Eye On (via IDEA at SU)

Buffalo StartUp Scramble: Tuesday, October 28th, $10, bus leaves from the Tech Garden at 1:45PM

Idea Juicer: think “Shark Tank” – Friday, October 31st, 2PM at the SU Makerspace

Hack Hunger and Homelessness: a 24 hour hackathon to solve poverty with tech! Nov 8-9 at the Tech Garden

Movie and Discussion: The Internet’s Own Boy – the story of Aaron Swartz, cofounder of Reddit, creator of RSS (who committed suicide last year) at Syracuse Innovators: this Friday October 17th.

iPad and Mac Event


Today at 10am PDT Apple unveils the new iPad and iMac. According to local tech man Ben Ingber, we can expect Touch ID and multiple sizes; new colors gold, silver, and space grey. We are also expecting a new iMac, laptops, and operating system for Mac.

I told Siri it was very important for them to send me all that stuff to try out. She wrote it up in a text message and tried to send it to me.

Guess I’m gonna wait on that.

Hold The Phone!


Google is coming out with its new Nexus 9 – a tablet – (that’s a lot of prequels, for an Apple guy) next month. It weighs less than a pound, has the perfect size, and great speakers. Yes, I’m trying to be funny.

The Nexus 6 (new phone) – wait a minute – will be here in time for Halloween. It turbo-charges! I’m definitely into that (my iPhone juiced out twice today – two conferences of tweeting in one day).

They are also coming out with a “Player” much like the Apple TV. No kidding? People who don’t have smart TV’s (like me) can be happier.

Every Friends Episode Is Coming To Netflix

In 2015. Maybe this will sway the stagnation in growth since HBO took to streaming. Launched a Smartwatch

Yesterday. This all-in-one phone, boombox, you name it will content with the Apple Watch due out early next year. It looks like one of those sci-fi movie restraining devices. Let’s hope that’s just for fun.

Google’s Oculus Rift

The ad giant dumped a – in HIMYM terms – “crapload” of money on Magic Leap, another virtual/augmented reality contender. “Competition doth breed a better world,” as they say. (I just made that up.)

In Other News…

My Mom got an iPhone. That is newsworthy. [Big smile]


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