HP ends WebOS, the cost of AT&T text messaging, and NASA Science and Tech – HT040

Home-Tech-Album-125x125_thumb1_thumb1Jim, Andrew and Christian, are joined by Chris Lux for this weeks’ installment of the Home Tech Podcast.

With the thunderstorms rolling through Jim’s city threatening to stop the recording, the guys kicked it off hearing about Christian’s recent break at NASA Camp, and the various programs of work that NASA have coming in the future.

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A big week in tech news, with Google acquiring Motorola Mobility, and what the guys see as being the biggest news , that HP have announced that they will be discontinuing support for the WebOS platform, and associated devices such as the TouchPad, and various WebOS phones.  The guys talk about the implications to the mobile phone industry with both pieces of news, and how Chris believes this may increase the footprint of Windows Phone.

After a blackout at Jims’ house, and some Skype challenges getting things back on track, the guys move on with the show.

Chris talks about the recent article from Gizmodo from AT&T regarding the changes in pricing to text messaging, which means that AT&T subscribers will be getting overcharged by 10,000,000 percent, when compared with the cost of the data consumption on your regular plan.

From Christians’ Corner, this weeks’ Deal-of-the-Week is the Seagate Momentus XT 7200 RPM 4GB SSD, 500GB 2.5” hard disk, from NewEgg.com, which will give you an amazing performance increase to your laptop or netbook for a small outlay of $89.99.  The drive is larger than an SSD, with improved performance over a regular drive.

The guys talk about the Linksys E4200 Wireless-N Router, that Jim and Chris have both upgraded to recently, and the network improvements that it brings to your network.

Christian talks about The GIMP, which is a great alternative to Adobe Photo Shop, for those of us who edit images, but don’t need the power of, or able to afford the price of Photo Shop.

Christian also talks about TeraCopy from Code Sector, which is a nice alternative to using the built-in Windows Explorer copy function, and command line tools such as Robocopy.

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