Computer Guys and Gal

Computer Guys and Gal

Apple unveils new operating systems, California okays tests of driverless cars and Facebook wants to listen in when you post a status update. The Computer Guys and Gal area here.

In the spirit of greater cooperation among its devices, Apple last week unveiled new operating systems for its computers, tablets and smart phones that will let users share calendars, documents, photos and even apps among their own devices and those of their family members. California set rules for testing driverless cars on public roads, beginning in September. And the new Surface Pro 3 further blurs the line between laptop and tablet. The Computer Guys and Gal are here with the latest tech news.

Guests

Bill Harlow

WAMU Computer Guy; and Hardware & Software Technician for MACs & PCs at Mid-Atlantic Consulting, Inc.

Allison Druin

WAMU Computer Gal; Chief Futurist at the University of Maryland Division of Research; Co-Director of the Future of Information Alliance, University of Maryland

John Gilroy

WAMU Computer Guy; Director for Business Development for BLT Global Ventures

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Kwikset Kevo, powered by UniKey.: the first Bluetooth smart keyless entry system that can be integrated into just about any lock. With the Kevo smartlock, your smartphone becomes your convenient, universal electronic key (eKey). No more fumbling around for a keyring. Simply walk up to Kevo lock and without even having to remove your phone from your pocket or purse, you can touch to open access. It’s pricey, at $219, but is available at Best Buy, Amazon, Home Depot and Lowe's, among others.

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