MobileViews Podcast 241: Google Camera AR stickers, Apple TV live news, Android Wear fading away, & more

In podcast 241, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Google Books – audiobook experience follow-up comments
  2. Watching the Olympics on YouTube TV using a free one-month trial.
  3. Google AR Stickers. Now available in still photos as well as video. Adds winter sports and blocks (LEGO/Minecraft-like) sticker packs. Only supported by the Pixel line of Android phones.
  4. Live TV news streams on current generation Apple TV
  5. Google Android Wear’s decline and Qualcomm’s role? Ref: ars technica
  6. Jon bought a wireless charger from Anker of course. My impressions are largely positive and amazed that it works through my Twelve South BookBook case.
  7. Jon bought a friend a Tile Tracker after he got one for Christmas. It’s been a lifesaver for the friend, so far.

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 240: Super Bowl LII

Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss 2018’s best tech Super Bowl commercial, how much do Echo owners spend at Amazon, Google audio book freebie for Home Mini owners, Chrome browser ad blocking starting on Feb. 15, and did tech contribute to the disappearance of US shopping malls?

  1. Super Bowl LII tech commercial pick:
    Alexa Loses Her Voice – Amazon Super Bowl LII Commercial
  2. Ask Alexa who will will the Superbowl
  3. Ref: Quartz. Average Amazon US customers spends $1000/year. Average Prime member spends $1300. Average Echo owner? $1700/year.
  4. Google Home Mini owners got a free audio book from Google to test out the new feature. But, it isn’t made clear how to play it back. In Google’s music or book app? Answer: Google’s book app
  5. How Chrome’s ad-blocker will work when it is activated on Feb. 15
  6. Jon’s Technology / Life Observation: Why did the malls of the 80s/90s die out?

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 239: Google audiobooks, Google Files Go, smart speaker marketshare, jeans w/pockets big enough for an iPhone X in a case

Jon Westfall and I discuss the following in this podcast.

  1. Google Play now includes audio books
  2. Google Files Go three new features which are mostly useless.
    SD cards support – new phones generally don’t have a slot. Including Google’s Pixel
    Tablet support – Android tablets is a failed platform
    Opening files with other apps – well, this only took 10 years to figure out
  3. Amazon/Google smart speaker market share. Amazon 69%. Google 31%. How much of this will Apple’s HomePod taken with its $349 price tag?
  4. Strava Blog: Heat Map
  5. Strava Oahu activity heat map
  6. Lee Big & Tall Carpenter Jeans have a side pocket big enough for a iPhone X and BookBook Case (Couldn’t fit the iPhone 7+ & BookBook previously). Small wins for technology. Jon’s Public Service announcement to bigger guys stuck in early 2000s fashion.
  7. Think Geek Con Survival Bag back in stock. For $34.99 not a bad little bag, with velcro on the front for patches and geeky stuff. Fits 2 tablets and assorted gear nicely.

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 238: GRC InSpectre, NUKEMAP, laptop lifespan, & more

Jon Westfall and I discuss a non-point upgrade for Android 8.1.0 for the Pixel 2, Project Fi quasi unlimited data, GRC InSpectre, NUKEMAP, user interface design assumptions, JS Paint – MS Paint web-based clone, and laptop life spans.

  1. Surprise Android 8.1.0 update (48MB) – even though I already run 8.1.0
  2. Project Fi quasi-unlimited data
    Steve Gibson GRC InSpectre Meltdown/Spectre checker – Windows only
  3. NUKEMAP
  4. IT may be that people wrongfully believe that if something is very important, it must be well designed. Human Factors Engineering discussion. Other examples: NY Blackout in 1977, Laser radiation accident.
  5. JS Paint. Web MS Paint clone.
  6. Discussion: How long should a laptop last? Jon’s work laptop is nearly 2 years old but is “State-of-the-art” (Surface Pro 4). His MacBook Pro is nearly 3 years old, but shows no signs of stopping. And Austin Evans on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmP8QZZ6QjE) has breathed surprising life into a 2009 white Macbook (1 TB of SSD, 8 GB of RAM, runs High Sierra).

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 237: Missile in Hawaii anyone? w/guests Ricky Li & Don Sorcinelli

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Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall are joined by Ricky Li and Don Sorcinelli. They discuss the tech and communications associated with the false Hawaii missle warning on Jan. 13, 2017, the impact of Meltdown and Spectre, and was there anything interesting announced at CES?

  1. Starfish Prime July 9, 1962 Nuclear test 900 miles west-southwest of Hawaii.
  2. Meltdown/Spectre remediation:

  3. Ref: Wired.
    In a Tuesday update, for example, Microsoft said that consumer devices with processors from 2015 or earlier running Windows 7, 8, and 10 would be more likely to exhibit slowdowns. The company added that, “Windows Server on any silicon, especially in any IO-intensive application, shows a more significant performance impact when you enable the mitigations.”

    This means that millions of Windows PCs and servers around the world, even those that are just a few of years old, could get noticeably more sluggish—as much as 20 percent slower in some cases. Intel also published benchmark and user data on Wednesday, which similarly shows deeper losses for older generations of silicon.

  4. WHY RASPBERRY PI ISN’T VULNERABLE TO SPECTRE OR MELTDOWN
  5. Google Project Zero: Reading privileged memory with a side-channel
  6. Chrome OS devices and kernel versions. This table lists the status of mitigations for CVE-2017-5754 (Meltdown) for each Chrome OS device.
  7. Google Cloud: Answering your questions about “Meltdown” and “Spectre”
  8. Microsoft: Understanding the performance impact of Spectre and Meltdown mitigations on Windows Systems
  9. But, no patches for AMD based PCs. CSO Online
    Apple: About speculative execution vulnerabilities in ARM-based and Intel CPUs
  10. CES???

  11. Ricky’s pick for the weirdest thing of CES: The sous vide dish washer (YouTube link)

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MobileViews Podcast 236: Melting HP batteries, Android app store adware, Alexa powered glasses, QNAP

Jon Westfall and Todd Ogasawara (that’s me) are back for the 10th year of the MobileViews podcast.

  1. Meltdown/Spectre: Whythe Raspberry Pi is immune. RaspberryPi.org
  2. HP melting batteries in laptops released in the past two years
    ars technica
  3. Adware, again, in Google Play store Android apps
    Android Headlines
  4. Vuzix Alexa powered glasses? $1000? Talk to your glasses in public? CNBC
  5. Jon’s setup now: QNAP backup unit “off-site” to sync with in-house QNAP.
  6. What is Todd’s 2018 “Thing-a-day” challenge?

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