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Jonathan is a music student getting his Masters and he's putting on a chorale recital soon. He would like to create a way for his audience to interact with their smartphones, follow along with the score, and more. He's using QR codes that link to DropBox files of the scores and wants to set up a mobile chatroom. Leo says that the music group Umphrey's McGee is really good at stuff like this. They also do stuff like take requests and sell the concert on USB key afterwards.
Phyllis has iGoogle as her home page and it's about to be shut down. She wants to know how she can back everything up before it's too late. Leo says to look for an "export" function in each gadget. Or there may be a way to export everything at the bottom of the iGoogle page.
Mike Elgan has become a 'digital nomad'. He sold his house, put everything in storage, and has been living wherever he feels like for the past year and half. He's written an article about his experiences on how to travel with technology.
Digital nomad survival tips you can use anywhere (ComputerWorld)…
Svera took Leo's advice to use a cheap HD video camera for his online TV channel. He's envious about the infamous Skypeasaurus. Can he create a virtual one? He's looking at using Google Hangouts, but it's difficult to get people using Google Plus. Leo says that Google Hangouts are a great solution for just starting out because it saves to YouTube automatically. Hangouts uses WebRTC on the backend, and Leo's considering using WebRTC for TWiT.
Michele switched service providers, and since then all of her email has vanished. Leo says updating to iOS 7 may have wiped it out of her iPhone. Or it could be Google's recent gmail changes. Leo says to delete the email account in her phone and then recreate it with Google as the provider. Then she can have access to her gmail again.
She also should look in her archive folder. Gmail never really deletes email -- it archives it instead. If it's all gone though, it's possible her account has been hacked. She should also check the All Mail folder.
Johnny Jet is eager to hear about Leo's trip. Leo says that being on the SeaBorn cruiseline was great. Johnny said he didn't think he'd like cruising, but he loves it. Leo says that cruising the mediterranean is like the Whitman sampler of travel, where you stop from city to city and hit the highlights. Leo also said that flying on the Airbus A380 was an exercise of frustration because it flies into airports that simply can't handle it. It was difficult to get onto when called and queued.
Facebook has changed their privacy settings, but this time they've eliminated the option to keep your page out of searches. This means that every member on Facebook will turn up in search results, even if they previously chose to not show up. This is largely linked to the graph search.
Leo suggests removing any personal picture if your name is fairly common, lock down your personal settings, and take out any way to contact you through the page. At least that way, you're not making it easy. If you really want to be anonymous, you can always delete your account altogether.
Karen runs a business and she needs a new phone system that will work with a virtual team. She had a bad experience with Vonage. Leo says that Vonage wasn't really equipped to handle both cellphones and landline calls. Here's a few good VOiP options:
Alan is a senior in college majoring in mechanical engineering and social/political science and he'll be entering the job market soon. What skills will he need? Leo says that Alan already has a leg up with his social media emphasis on mechanical engineering. Leo says that knowing how to write mobile apps would definitely give him an advantage over the competition. Mobile apps are the future.
Bob is using Skype for Voice Over IP (VOIP) and is using his headset, but he'd like one with better quality. Leo says a USB headset will give him far better quality because it's digital. Currently, Leo advises Plantronics. The Plantronics .Audio 665 is the one he sends to all TWiT guests.