Black Swan Tech-Events Can Disrupt Midwest Companies

Swan Article DRAFT.pagesCertain game-changing events are as rarely seen as a black swan. Black swan events can be disruptive or creative, and they can happen to every Midwest industry.

Black swan events are extreme outliers. Rare as they are, they have vastly greater impact than regular occurrences. These large magnitude events include the rise of the personal computer and creation of the Internet.

Whether your business is selling baked goods or supplying parts to a global company, how you use technology to improve your company is an indicator of the future of your business — or if it even has a future.

Technology is naturally disruptive and generates more than its share of unpredicted black swan events. Smart-tech professionals are aware of this.

In 1995, only a few years before the creation of Google, Bill Gates said that large competitors didn’t worry him as much as small groups working on something completely new. Google’s market capitalization surpassed Microsoft’s in 2012.

“Small business people need to keep an eye out for these millennials working out of basements and garages,” ACD CEO Kevin Schoen said.

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Cutting the Cord to Cable

Is Apple TV enough to cancel your monthly cable bill?

Signs suggest that Apple’s new steps toward changing the world of television could mean a change in the way people watch their favorite shows and movies.

For years, no single TV device has been able to play content from all the different applications we have grown to incorporate into our everyday lives. Consumers have had to wrestle with a bewildering array of cords and television ports to get all of their online shows onto their screens at home.

Apple is changing that as they work to provide a format that allows users to cut the cord with cable.appletv

With the new Apple TV users have access to a multitude of apps. From Netflix to nightly news, Apple TV owners are able to access all of their content in one place for quite literally the first time ever.

This new app-centered technology has the potential to be the only box you’ll ever need as it eliminates the overabundance of devices that compete against each other to dominate your living room.

Rather than waiting for your show to come on, or setting the DVR to record your shows while you’re away, Apple TV allows users the freedom to watch what they want, when they want with their new app-centered television that caters to the needs of its users.

Whether it’s Roku, Apple TV, or the Amazon Fire TV Stick, these online centered technologies make dropping your cable provider more fun, and less expensive.

For more information and to hear Kevin’s thoughts on Apple TV click the link below:

Apple TV on WJR


Apple Mentor

As a mentor, Jay Elliot guided Steve Jobs in utilizing the management principles Jay had learned at IBM and Intel, which helped build Apple into a multi-billion dollar company. This turned Jobs into the inspired leader that created society-changing Apple products. In this NewsCast ACD’s Kevin Schoen interview’s Jay Elliot, a business legend.

Less Color This Year

When to plan your leaf viewing

Upper Peninsula – October 7-10
Northern Lower Michigan – October 13-19
Central Lower Michigan – October 16-22
Southern Lower Michigan – October 24-29

This year seems like it is going to be a week behind unless something changes rapidly. There isn’t much color showing for two reasons. We haven’t had many cool nights, and there has been ample rainfall.

This past weekend had the first few nights of temperatures in the 30s in northern Lower Michigan, and 40s in southern Michigan. Now warmer weather has moved back in and looks to stay for another 10 days. So there won’t be any cool nights until late September at earliest.

The ample rainfall plays a part in the delay also. Trees are lush in Michigan now without any drought stress. This affects fall color in two ways. First it can delay fall color some, as leaves stay greener longer. But eventually it can help our fall color. The lush leaves eventually turn color. Since they aren’t drought-stressed and dry, the trees tend to hold onto the leaves longer. Barring any strong windstorm, this could make for an extended time of peak color in Michigan.

When to plan your leaf viewing
This year I’d plan a trip to your favorite Michigan fall color spot about a week later than normal. So look at the map above and add seven days. This should put you into at least some color, and possibly peak color. So here is a range of dates for various locations.

Upper Peninsula – October 7-10
Northern Lower Michigan – October 13-19
Central Lower Michigan – October 16-22
Southern Lower Michigan – October 24-29

Source: MLive

Less Spying on Your Cellphone

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Your government now has the tech to find and track your cellphones throughout the country, but the Justice Department is changing the way this technology is used.

The department will be adding more regulations to the use of these devices, which is a big win for critics of the government’s cell phone tracking.

The change, which was announced Thursday, Sept. 3, will add more judicial and internal supervision to this practice, which has widely been seen as an invasion of privacy since the NSA leak showed just how much the government was tracking people.

These changes require agents to get a warrant from a judge before using the phone tracking equipment, entail more attention from supervisors as to how the devices are used, and will have investigators delete data collected on untargeted people at least once a day.

Let us know what you think about the changes in the comments section below.

Bridging the Digital Divide

Kevin talked with Foster Braun, co-host of The Internet Advisor, a statewide radio talk show. They discussed how ACD is bridging the digital divide that is growing between Michigan’s connected and unconnected regions. Small to medium sized communities outstate have been hit just as hard or harder than urban areas during the recent economic downturn. If there is to be a genuine upsurge in the economy across the state of Michigan, ALL of our communities need to have access to high speed Internet.

Listen to the podcast below: