MobileViews Podcast 234: Watch OS 4.2, Pogoplug rant, Chromebook offers from Google, & more

In podcast 234, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Paul Lawler, Ricky Li, and I attempted to record an in-person mini-podcast. However, there was too much microphone bleed which resulted in a horrendous “echo.” I’m trying to install a filter for Audacity to reduce the echo so it can be posted someday. – SEE MobileViews Mini-Podcast 30
  2. Rant: Lost access to my PogoPlug a couple of weeks ago.
  3. Ref: iDownloadBlog Apple Watch OS 4.2
    Send, request and receive money from friends and family with Apple Pay Cash in Messages or by asking Siri (US only)
    Adds support for HomeKit sprinklers and faucets in Home
    Adds support for a new workout type for third-party apps to track distance, average speed, number of runs and elevation descended for downhill snow sports with Apple Watch Series 3
    Resolves an issue where Apple Watch would sometimes restart when asking Siri about the weather
  4. Carrot Weather
  5. McDonald’s mobile order
  6. Google shutting down Chrome “apps”. Ref: ars technica. And, while Google said that no one uses these Chrome apps, one of our mutual friends said that his app has 250,000 users and is getting 100 email messages a day about this. For Google, the math is 250,000 equals zero.
  7. Special offers from Google for Chromebook owners. I had already redeemed a $20 Google Play credit and 100 GB of Google Drive storage for two years. Google recently added a Netflix free for 6 months deal which I applied to an existing Netflix account. These offers expire on December 31.
  8. Photolemur 2.2 single click photo enhancer for MacOS/Windows – Disclaimer free review copy. $29 for one device license. $49 for five device “family” license.

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Mini-podcast 30: Gadget discussion with Paul Lawler & Ricky Li

Paul Lawler & Ricky Li


First, my apologies for the audio quality of this short (less than 6 minutes) mini-podcast. Paul Lawler, Ricky Li, and I tried to record a short podcast during lunch outdoors in downtown Honolulu food court. Unfortunately, we had audio bleeding over into the three microphones we used which created huge echos. Thanks to Scott Shpak of the ItStillWorks blog for the instructions on how to use the Nyquist Noise Gate for Audacity to reduce the echo in this recording.

  1. Paul: ST:TOS Bluetooth Communicator
  2. Ricky: BioStrap
  3. Paul: Mini-router. USB-to-Ethernet or WiFi. Size of a stick of gum.
  4. Ricky: Foldable laptop stand. Folds flat.
  5. Todd: Bluetooth FM Transmitter with Micro SD card music play.
  6. Paul: Bluetooth car tire cap pressure sensor.

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 233: iOS 11.2, Apple Heart Study, $45 Google AIY Vision Kit, Best of 2017

In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. iOS 11.2 Apple Pay Cash. Also fixes spontaneous restarts
  2. Apple Heart Study launches to identify irregular heart rhythms
  3. $45 Google AIY Vision Kit. Add your own Raspberry Pi, Pi camera, SD card, & power supply.
  4. Black Friday purchases???
  5. Gadget gift suggestions?
  6. Best purchase of 2017 (so far)?
    Jon: Tough one between the iPad Pro 10.5, Apple Watch 3, and iPhone X, but the one I get the most use out of is probably the iPad Pro 10.5, so I’ll go with that.
    Todd: Samsung Chromebook Plus

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 232: Gift ideas, Google Home Mini, which streaming video device, eBikes, & more w/Paul Lawler & Ricky Li

Photo by Ricky Li. Haleakala, Maui.

Photo by Ricky Li. Haleakala, Maui.

I’m joined by guest panelists Paul Lawler and Ricky Li for another all-Hawaii podcast. We discuss a wide ranging set of topics in this one.

  1. New Google Calendar for web look
  2. Google Home Mini initial impressions
  3. Net neutrality
  4. Paul’s forsaken Pebble dilemma
  5. Should Paul buy an Amazon Fire TV, a Roku, or an Apple TV?
  6. Home automation successes and failures (with small rant about services that fold up leaving hardware worthless…I’m looking at you, X-10)
  7. Paul’s e-bike adventures
  8. Rocketbook Everlast notebook
  9. Tile
  10. Dell Mixed Reality Headset and controllers
  11. Lenovo Jedi Challenge – AR headset toy
  12. Amazon cloud cam security camera
  13. Biostrap “next gen” fitness wearable
  14. iHealth smart health devices, smart blood pressure cuff, blood o2 measurement device, smartscale and how they plug into apple healthkit?

Biostrap

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MobileViews Podcast 231: 9th anniversary for this podcast. Guest: Frank McPherson

Jon Westfall and I are joined by frequent guest panelist Frank McPherson to observe the 9th anniversary of the MobileViews podcast.

  1. Apple’s $350 HomePod won’t be available until next year. Ref: ars technica
  2. Microsoft had to make a binary edit to patch the Office Equation Editor because it was developed by a third party and Microsoft doesn’t have access to the source code. Ref: 0 Patch blog
  3. Glad I didn’t buy the Google Pixel Buds on a whim…

    Google Pixel Buds review: the future shouldn’t be this awkward
    The Verge Nov 16, 2017

    Google Pixel Buds Review Roundup: The Good—and the Ugly
    Fortune Nov 16, 2017

    Google Pixel Buds review: the best wireless headphones I’ve ever wanted to throw in the river
    Popular Science Nov 16, 2017

    Google Pixel Buds: real-time translation, not much comfort
    USA TODAY Nov 16, 2017

  4. CodeWeavers CrossOver for Chromebooks. Run some Windows apps on a Chromebook. Ref: ZDNet
  5. Windows On ARM
  6. MobileViews Podcast 9th anniversary!. First episode on November 26th, 2008. Was only 15:50 long. Jon joined on Dec 22, 2013 with episode #69.

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 230: Guest Don Sorcinelli. Corporate-Owned, Personally-Enabled Mobile IT, streaming services, & more

  1. Twitter 280 characters. Post-factual world design: Only 5% of people in 280 character test group sent tweets longer than 140 characters. So, who is this change for? Ref: CNN Money
  2. Fused Video Stabilization on the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
  3. Apple releases iOS 11.1.1 to fix annoying I autocorrect bug
  4. All you need to know about whiteboard markers @YuraMalishenko

  5. Don struggles with the COPE (Corporate-Owned, Personally-Enabled) Mobile IT model

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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