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The Techsperts: Free WiFi (Everwhere!), Laptop Lookout & Google Drive


Now that Disney and Nintendo have decided to offer free WiFi, can we expect to find it throughout the land?

There are two people who can only be happy with that prospect, Up to Date's Techsperts, Dustin Jacobsen and Justin Parlette, who join Steve Kraske on Tuesday's program to give us their predictions.

And, if you’re looking to buy a laptop but are overwhelmed by all the models available, they have some suggestions to help narrow the field

Plus, Google has joined the cloud with its online storage service.  We’ll ask the Techsperts if Google Drive is everything a techie could want.

Dustin Jacobsen, Chief Strategy Officer at Flat Square Technology Group, leads the practice on mobile, social and emerging technology projects. Jacobsen holds a BS from Iowa State University and an MBA, magna cum laude, from Baker University. He blogs about all things marketing and technology at and is on Twitter at@dustinj. Justin Parlette, support systems administrator at University of Missouri - Kansas City, is an Apple Certified Technician who provides support and advice to staff and faculty on campus, with an emphasis on Apple technology. Parlette is also the founder of Happy Underground Films, LLC, which has released the first season of the critically acclaimed webseries DEAD WAIT. The second season is currently in production and is expected to be released this year. Follow Parlette's adventures on Twitter -- just look for @jpar0.


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After growing up on the east coast and spending his first professional years in classical music, Stephen moved to Kansas City in 1995 expecting to leave after a few years. (Clearly that didn't happen.) More than two decades and three kids later, he doesn't regret his decision to stick around. Stephen began his career in public radio as a classical music host. As the founding producer of Up to Date with Steve Kraske, he received a number of local and national awards for his work on the program. Since 2014 he's overseen KCUR's broadcast operations. When Stephen isn't at KCUR's studios, he's probably adding more stamps to his passport with his KU professor wife and their three kids. His son almost made him cry during a drive through the Rockies when he said at age 8: "Dad, can we listen to public radio?" Sniff sniff.
Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.