GeekWire Radio: Windows 8, Apple, BuddyTV and a new era in the digital living room

BuddyTV's Andy Liu in the KIRO studios. (Erynn Rose photo)

This week on the GeekWire radio show and podcast, we chat with BuddyTV CEO Andy Liu about all the changes happening in the digital living room — as exemplified by BuddyTV’s apps and Liu’s own elaborate living-room setup.

We also talk with him about the implications of Apple’s rumored ambitions in the living room, getting his take on how the company could change the game. And in this extended podcast version of the show, we keep Liu around for a bonus discussion of BuddyTV as a business, an update on his own tech investments, and other thoughts on the startup scene.

That discussion follows our weekly news roundup, in which we discuss the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, the crazy Kinect-enabled shopping cart prototype, and the surprisingly fierce competition in the business of online marketplaces for dog-sitting.

Also listen for a fun App of the Week and our weekly Name that Tech Tune challenge.

Listen to the show above or directly via this MP3 file.  You can get every episode using this RSS feed, or by subscribing in iTunes or Zune. Continue reading for links related to the topics we discussed.

Hands-on: Microsoft’s Windows 8 shows steady progress in consumer preview

Apple confirms March 7 event, probably a new iPadChannels as apps? How Apple could reinvent TV.

Whole Foods prototype puts Kinect on shopping cart, follows people around store

Google’s unified privacy policy takes effect, despite concerns

Online dog fight: Rover.com rival DogVacay launches Airbnb for pets

Andy Liu: BuddyTV … @aceliu on Twitter … Inspired StartupCES Video: Sneak peek at BuddyTV’s updated iPad appBuddyTV debuts Google TV app, with iPad and iPhone link

App of the Week: Snackr

Name that Tech Tune: Last week’s answer and this week’s challenge.