About.Me, Secure Online Storage, Amazon Cloud Player, Microsoft Patch Tuesday, mControl and Google Latitude now has history – HT020

Home-Tech-Album-125x125_thumb1_thumb1Jim and Christian are joined by John Zajdler and Bill Paulmenn for this weeks edition of the Home Tech Podcast.

The guys kick off with Jim talking about the new online profile site About.Me, a recently discovered online service, which will not only allow you to have a single online bio that you can reference from all your various places on the web, but bring together all your social networking details together, with support for most of the popular sites, including and by no means limited to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, flickr, foursquare, most of the commonly used blogging platforms, and custom services you can add via URL or RSS.  For the those of us interested in statistics, About.Me also provides some numbers about where your profile is being viewed from, and what they look at on your profile.

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Introducing Cloud Player for Web and Android

From the news, the guys discuss the new secure online storage service, LiveKive, from the folks we all know at AVG who have brought us the well known, free AVG AntiVirus.


While talking online storage, the guys also discuss the new Amazon Cloud Drive and Cloud Player service which takes your MP3 purchases from Amazon into the Amazon Cloud, allowing you to play your music purchases via the Web, or using Amazon MP3 for Android.


For the Deal of the Week, the folks from NewEgg.com have the Motorola T505 Bluetooth In-Car handsfree for $55.  This unit also lets you transmit via Bluetooth to your cars’ FM radio for those of you with a car that doesn’t have a line-in for your MP3 player of choice.

From Christian’s Corner, Christian breaks the news on the upcoming Patch Tuesday, when Microsoft will be releasing their largest ever release, totalling up to 64 patches for those of us who don’t install the “Optional Updates” in Windows.  We also hear that Microsoft have released Internet Explorer 9 ahead of the June 2011 date previously advised on the Windows Team Blog.  The guys discuss some of their end user and application compatibility experiences with this latest browser release from Microsoft.  They also briefly discuss the Ribbon Bar, which is in the teaser images of Windows 8 that have started being seen around the web.

Bill gives us an update on his recent discussions with Embedded Automation regarding Windows Home Server 2011 support for their mControl Home Automation product, and the guys talk about some of the possible future of Home Automation.


To wrap it up, Andrew the latecomer, talks about the new Dashboard features in Google Latitude, which gives some nice statistics about how you spend your time, as well as the bonus of telling you how far you travel!



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