MobileViews Podcast 407: MobileViews Podcast 407: For Mom; Audio Hijack 4; iOS 15.5; Apple subscription charge changes w/out asking; fishy lost Apple Watch story



For this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. I say farewell to my Mother
  2. Recording with Audio Hijack (they dropped the “Pro”) 4 for the first time
  3. No Android tablet with Samsung S Pen for me.
    Considered buying a Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite with bundled non-Bluetooth S Pen for $280 from Costco.for my Daily Doodle project
    Although this seems like a reasonably good deal, the problem is that the S6 Lite was released in 2020 with only 3 years of Android OS updates. So, its last update would be Android OS 13 in 2023.
    Will wait to see what Google’s 2023 Pixel Tablet looks like — and how expensive it will be!
  4. About iOS 15.5 Updates
    Wallet now enables Apple Cash customers to send and request money from their Apple Cash card
    Apple Podcasts includes a new setting to limit episodes stored on your iPhone and automatically delete older ones
    Fixes an issue where home automations, triggered by people arriving or leaving, may fail
    Fixes an issue that may cause iPhone SE (3rd gen) to unexpectedly shutdown
  5. Ugh news from The Verge:
    Apple will let your subscription apps charge you more money without asking
  6. Apple has updated its App Store rules to make it so subscriptions can auto-renew without your explicit permission, even if the developer has raised the monthly or annual price
    They do send a reminder though, I believe about a week in advance, with the price.
  7. A fishy Disney story of a lost apple watch that somehow charged $40,000 of fraudulent charges.

Audio quality note: I used the microphone in my AirPods Pro instead of the Blue USB microphone I usually use. So, I found a bit “distant” in this podcast.

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MobileViews Podcast 406: Google rants; Rectangular is the new round



Jon Westfall tolerates my Google rants in this podcast

  1. Google rant #1
    I remembered why (1) I have only bought Google branded Nexus or Pixel devices over the years – consistency & reasonable updates. Why I won’t be getting a Samsung tablet for my Doodle-a-Day project
    The Samsung Tab S7+’s S pen is an active Bluetooth device that has features not available in other Samsung Tab devices like the similarly named S7 FE
    The S7+ keyboard has a touchpad. The S7 FE keyboard does not
    The S6 Lite also has an S-Pen and will be on sale at Costco later this week for $280. However, the S6 Lite was released in 2020 and while it will get Android 12, next year’s Android 13 will be the last update available for this device
  2. Google rant #2
    I remembered why I hate the Lenovo USI stylus for the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 so much. The stylus lost connectivity with the Chromebook several times while trying to use it for tonight’s doodle. I had to reboot the Chromebook to get it to work. And, the image somehow flipped upside down after I finished the doodle. Infinite Painter (an Android app running on the Chromebook) doesn’t appear to have a rotate function. Neither the app nor the Chromebook settings appears to have a palm-rejection option. This led to an annoying doodle session.
  3. Google rant #3:
    Google I/O 2022
    Google announced a new Android Pixel tablet after exiting the market in 2019
    Google’s Pixel team is making an Android tablet
    But, wait, it won’t be available until 2023! Presumably around the time of the next Google I/O event. So, I won’t be getting an Android tablet for my Doodle-a-Day project in the foreseeable future.

    Google Pixel tablet 2023 (YouTube video)

    Google’s Pixel Watch might end up using a four-year-old chip

  4. Google Pixel Watch 2022 digital bezel is huge

    “Square is the new round” in a digital world

  5. Jon’s Discovery: Canonical Multipass – great for spinning up VMs and then learning Ansible to deploy / set up an instance
  6. Google Open Source Maintenance Team

    Google Open Source

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MobileViews Podcast 405: Google mosquito forecasts; Google Security – myths & prep; KDE Okular; Android 12 for tablets?


In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Okular
    Multi-platform, fast and packed with features, Okular allows you to read PDF documents, comics and EPub books, browse images, visualize Markdown documents, and much more.
    Okular supports many formats, including PDF, EPub, DjVU and MD for documents; JPEG, PNG, GIF, Tiff, WebP for images; CBR and CBZ for comics; and many, many more.
  2. Google: Security myth busting and spring cleaning
  3. Mosquitos get the swat with new forecasting technology
    Mosquito forecast unless you live in Alaska or Hawaii. And, speaking from personal experience living in both those states, both states have lots of mosquitos.
  4. Samsung has updated these devices to Android 12
    9to5google reports (as of May 6) that 12 is rolling out now. So, I may pick one up after all.
  5. Star Trek discussion detour: CheapCharts STTNG deal
  6. Discussion Topic: Where do you draw the line on security between paranoia and practicality? The most secure system is air gapped in a locked vault…. Least secure is no firewall, all ports open and a root password of ‘password’… so what do Todd & Jon view as “good” practice and “overkill” practice?

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MobileViews Podcast 404: Error-not found; Jon’s Populele; Apple self-repair; Google I/O program; & more



In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Google I/O program (May 11 & 12)
  2. Noto emoji, a new black and white emoji font with less color
  3. Apple’s Self Service Repair now available
    Self Service Repair Store
  4. GnuCashGnuCash is personal and small-business financial-accounting software, freely licensed under the GNU GPL and available for GNU/Linux, BSD, Solaris, Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows.

    Designed to be easy to use, yet powerful and flexible, GnuCash allows you to track bank accounts, stocks, income and expenses. As quick and intuitive to use as a checkbook register, it is based on professional accounting principles to ensure balanced books and accurate reports.

  5. Jon’s trying Humanity this week – app that is supposed to tell you what your actual age is and help you “reverse” aging.
  6. Jon bought a Populele 2 for $100 on eBay (Open Box)

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MobileViews Podcast 403: Paper or digital? When and why?



In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Jon will be re-starting the Battling Pickle Podcast for the summer (His podcast for students in online classes & everyone else who is interested).
  2. Jon discovered a new app this week, Cyclemeter, a cycling computer app that is extremely detailed. Can track bike riding (as you’d expect) and other activities, like Walking!

    I chimed in about using RunKeeper for iPhone. You can see a memorable walk for me in the map here

  3. Apple App Store appears to be widely removing outdated apps
    One of my [Jon’s] MacOS Apps will be removed in a few weeks if I don’t update it. Haven’t updated it since 2016 and… yeah… I’m not going to worry about it being taken down. It was a freeware open port tester that I mostly used as a proof of concept.
  4. Eliza Scriptwriter’s Manual February, 1968 (PDF) “A Manual for the Use of the ELIZA Conversational Computer System
    Ref to Replika discussion two weeks ago
  5. Discussion Topic: When do you want paper vs. digital

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MobileViews Podcast 402


In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Note to self: Upgrade to Audio Hijack 4.0
  2. The joy of USB-C PD (power distribution) when away from home

  3. New Fitbit feature makes AFib detection more accessible
    Does not say when the feature will be available or which current devices (if any) can support it
  4. Fi unlimited plans now start at $20
    Title is slightly misleading. $20 unlimited per line for 4 or more lines. Still a good deal. $50 for a single line. Also, a good deal. However, you need the Unlimited Plus plan if you need service outside of the US
  5. Jon bought a different form of mobile technology. A RadExpand 5 Electric Bike. Siri is much more necessary on a bike than a walk! Mobile tech is crazy though – my bike’s LCD screen has a USB port to charge your phone while you bike.
  6. Discussion Topic: Do you use version control for anything? If so, professionally and personally? Thinking about using Git more for various things, including (of course) code and configuration files. But wondering about extensive explorations: Word Docs, Powerpoints, etc…?

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