Tech Notes – 30 November 2012

It used to be my chair.

The news for this week begins with yesterday’s release of iTunes 11 [Mac & Windows -free] with an entirely redesigned interface. I’ve downloaded it and taken a quick look, but will need some time with it to get comfortable. A first glance at the iTunes store was very encouraging. There’s supposedly a lot more iCloud integration included – we’ll see. One thing I found is that iTunes U has its own section. That could be VERY interesting. – Microsoft’s replacement for HotMail – has released an Android app. You can find it at Google Play.

Momento, the iPhone journal app that also pulls in content from your social networks, has a bit of competition now with Everyday Timeline. This free app can also pull in your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram updates as well as your own entries. And, there’s an Android version in the works. If you’re interested, you can visit the site and get on the list to be notified when it’s ready.

Klip, the social video network that makes it easy to capture and post videos from your mobile devices, has just released an update which makes it possible for other Klip users to post video replies and personal messages at their friends’ Klip posts.

My Klips for iPad

There’s another Klip out there – – which will send selected online content to your Kindle reader to read without distraction. There’s also a free My Klips app for iOS and Android devices.

Amazon has released a maps API to developers so with luck we’ll soon be seeing map apps designed specifically for Kindle tablets.

It appears I’m not the only NOOK user getting ugly messages when trying to download books I purchased some time back. The message is telling me I have to enter the credit card number of the card used when I first downloaded the book. Are you kidding me? No more NOOK books for me until this issue is resolved.

Speaking of books, I just finished a most fascinating family history book – Reunion: A Search for Ancestors.  Ryan Littrell tells the story of his search to follow his family line back to the MacDonald clan in Scotland. The story of his search and the places it leads him is fascinating in and of itself, but each chapter taking the reader back another generation is interspersed with a chapter telling the story of the MacDonald clan. As his search goes back in time, the history comes forward until he finds the ancestor that makes the connection complete. Not only is it a story you can’t put down, it’s one of the best descriptions I’ve seen yet of how to use DNA as a research tool. If you’re looking for something good to read, you’ll find it here.

  • Nancy Shively

    Loved the photo! Pets do have a way of taking over the house.