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Technology Report

The Spartan Spanners steel bridge team. MSU photo.

MSU Engineers Win Steel Bridge Regional, Second In Concrete Canoe

The Spartan Spanners of the Michigan State University College of Engineering brought home top honors from this year’s regional Steel Bridge and Concrete Canoe competitions and are headed to nationals in May after receiving four first place honors for overall performance, economy, efficiency and stiffness.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/03/2014

earthtronics

Muskegon Firm Rolls Out LEDs As High Energy Savings Alternative to Halogen

The lighting supplier EarthTronics in Muskegon announced a line of new LEDs called EarthBulb designed to offer more than a 70 percent energy savings compared to halogen floodlights for hospitality, restaurant, long-term care and retail locations.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/03/2014

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What’s Going On Under the Ice? A Cabled Observatory Gives Michigan Tech Researchers a Peek

Scientists at Michigan Technological University in the western Upper Peninsula turned several existing lab instruments into a sophisticated probe they have deployed all winter under the thick ice and snow covering the Keweenaw Waterway, which runs between Houghton and Hancock and connects two parts of Lake Superior. It’s the first time they’ve had a long look at what goes on under the water in winter.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/02/2014

DuoSecurity

Duo Security, LastPass Partner In Two-Factor Authentication, Password Protection

The Ann Arbor-based two-factor authentication developer Duo Security Wednesday announced a new partnership with LastPass, a Fairfax, Va.-based developer of password management software.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/02/2014

Safety Track

Belleville Firm Opens African Office For Live Streaming Fleet Camera System

Safety Track, developer of a live streaming in-vehicle camera system called UCIT, says it has opened a new office in the West African country of Benin to serve customers in the region.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/02/2014

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Leaders & Innovators: John Bornoty

John Bornoty is founder of The Big Salad LLC in Grosse Pointe. The Big Salad is a restaurant chain specializing in custom salads, soups, and sandwiches. Bornoty opened the first Big Salad in in 2008 and now has seven locations with plans to continue rapid expansion. The company has been named a 2014 “Michigan 50 Companies to Watch” by Michigan Celebrates Small Business, and was recently recognized in Crain’s Detroit Business’ Salute to Entrepreneurs as the winner in the up to $5 million category. Bornoty’s entrepreneurial background began at 15 when he launched T.N.T. Entertainment, a concert promotion company. He was then recruited to join A&M Companies as the special events director, moving quickly to vice president of sales and marketing, where he was responsible for opening more than a dozen offices nationwide, with sales exceeding $20 million. In 1995, he founded Netgroup, Inc., an Internet solutions provider, and the following year also launched Interactive Media Broadcasting Company, which became the first company to broadcast live via the Internet. The Detroit Free Press named Bornoty one of the top five “Star Techies” in Michigan. He also appeared on the cover of Tokyo’s PlayGraph magazine as an American technology innovator. After he retired from Netgroup, he founded Bornoty Holdings to invest in and manage various companies that need help identifying their goals and strategies. Since 2005, he has assisted companies in the technology, insurance, payroll, and food and beverage industries. Bornoty has served as president and board member of the Detroit Executives Association and as a director of Notre Dame High School. Other boards and committees on which he has served include the Young Entrepreneurs Association and the technology committee of the Detroit Athletic Club. He received his bachelor’s degree in marketing and public relations from Wayne State University. Read the full profile at http://www.ltu.edu/leaders.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/01/2014

Macomb-OU INCubator Velocity Center

Matt’s Favorites: Biz Culture Event, New LTU Dorm And Much More

So happy spring, people! After a couple of nice warm days we’re kind of back to reality now, but I think we’ve really broken the back of this dreadfully dreary winter. So now it’s time for all things new… including the latest news from the world of high tech, built just for you in this here newsletter. Enjoy!

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/01/2014

Economy Up

Southeast Michigan Purchasing Managers Index Strongest In Three Months

Officials say early indications suggest the economy is simply emerging from the effects of particularly harsh winter weather.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/01/2014

Wolverine Venture Fund

UM’s Wolverine Venture Fund Invests In Life Sciences Startup

The University of Michigan’s Wolverine Venture Fund announced it has invested in NeuMoDx Molecular Inc., an Ann Arbor based company developing a new platform for high-speed, low-cost molecular testing for medical diagnostics.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/01/2014

CDH

IT Managers Preparing For The ‘ApocalXPe’

Support for Microsoft Windows XP ends April 8, leaving anyone using the operating system open to hackers, malware, security breaches and with no technical support, unless you pay big money for it.

WWJ Newsradio 950–04/01/2014