SOUTHFIELD — Welcome to the new, simplified design for what’s now called the “WWJ Technology Report with Matt Roush.” You can still call it GLITR if you like, and we still own the GLITR.com Web address, so that will still get you here. But we thought a simpler, more straightforward name was in order for a new year and a new look. (A little peek under the hood, if anyone cares: In this redesign, a content robot builds the daily newsletter. That way, your humble narrator has more time to commit actual journalism instead of spending hours manually dinking around with HTML.) Going forward, we also plan more coverage on fun tech gadgets and locally built apps. Other than that? Same sensibility, same exhilarating sense of wonder at all the cool new technology we’re developing in Michigan, with a few little sprinkles of the world beyond. Like this, for instance, the new format for the Matt’s Favorites section, which will become a daily blog entry:
* Well, it finally happened. Last week Compuware Corp. (Nasdaq: CPWR) stock moved above the $11-a-share going-private offering price of that New York finance fund. So look for a higher bid, as well as for Compuware to continue to take its own sweet time evaluating the offer (although that too may change now that the holiday doldrums are finally behind us).
* The national tech media is concentrating on Las Vegas this week and the International CES tech show. Michigan will have a record 40 companies displaying their tech prowess this week, including the Detroit Three automakers, major suppliers like Bosch, Delphi, Johnson Controls and Visteon, and a whole panoply of tech companies building a wide variety of stuff, from Internet radio wizards Livio of Ferndale to gadget makers Homedix (and its sister companies HMDX and House of Marley) of Commerce Township, foneGear of Rochester Hills and PC Treasures of Auburn Hills. Also there again will be Sonic Alert of Troy and Silent Call of Waterford Township, two competing companies that both make specialized electronics for the hard of hearing. Even the Covisint secure communication business of Compuware Corp. is at CES this year. Look for stories on these companies all week in the Technology Report.
* Here’s the latest rumor roundup of CES tech advances.
* And here’s another preview of CES from CBS News.
* Check out this amusing tale of how a New York City musician used a combination of technology, seduction, a hammer and a bribe to reclaim his missing iPhone from a confused crook.
* Want to buy a spaceport? NASA is quietly holding a going out of business sale.
* But NASA still has big ambitions, including putting a small asteroid into orbit around the Moon to make it easier to study. http://www.gizmag.com/asteroid-capture/25625/
* The future of meat may be growing it in a lab, cruelty free.
* Stocks rose Friday on a positive jobs report, although tech stocks were held back again by a loss for Apple.
Finally: Look, we know it’s going to take us a whole to continue tweaking this and getting it right, so feel free to drop me a line with comments at email@example.com.