MobileViews Podcast 272: Google hardware announcements – with guest Frank McPherson

Jon Westall and I are joined by our old friend Frank McPherson to discuss Google’s (mostly) hardware announcements in the past week.

  1. $30 Google Pixel USB-C earbuds
  2. Google Pixel 3
  3. Buzzfeed News: Google Call Screen
  4. Google Pixel Slate
    Lower price combo: $600 slate, $200 keyboard, $100 pen = $900
  5. 7-inch Google Home Hub
  6. ars technica: Google Android Things vs. Google Cast
  7. Also: Pixel Stand, new Chromecast

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MobileViews Podcast 271: New Microsoft hardware, expected new Google Hardware, Private DNS, & more

Jon Westfall and I discuss the following topics in MobileViews Podcast 271

  1. The Verge: Microsoft announcements”
    Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2 now have a new color option?????
    Surface Studio 2: Meh
    Surface Headphones: $349. Giant over ears cans design. Don’t understand why some people are excited by this
    Android & iOS app mirroring in future Windows 10 update. Meh
  2. Google October 9 hardware announcements
    Pixel 3 and 3 XL
    Google Home Hub Smart Display
    Pixelbook 2
    Pixel Slate 2-in-1 Chromebook
    Misc stuff: Chromecast 3, Pixel Buds 2
  3. Opera introduces Opera Touch and challenges Safari on iPhone

    “We have also worked the a built-in ad blocker and cryptojacking protection into Opera Touch to keep you browsing safely and without interruptions.”

  4. Jigsaw Intra (Google subsidiary). DNS security for pre-Android OS 9 devices. I like this app better than the built-in Private DNS feature which doesn’t report anything.

    Intra protects you from DNS manipulation, a type of cyber attack used to block access to news sites, social media platforms, and messaging apps. Intra also helps protect you against phishing and malware. It’s easy for anyone to use

    Use Cloudflare with Google OS 9 Private VPN

    using 1.1.1.1 on your iPhone

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 270: The future of touch Office for Windows 10 w/guest Sven Johannsen

Jon Westfall and I are joined by Sven Johannsen for this podcast.

  1. Tim Berners-Lee: One Small Step for the Web…
  2. MacOS Mojave is the last MacOS version that will support 32-bit apps
  3. MacOS Mojave Continuity Camera: Bring a photo or scanned document directly from an iPhone
  4. iPhone XS and the notch vs. VPN status information/li>
  5. The Verge: Microsoft puts its touch-friendly Office apps for Windows 10 on hold

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 269: New Amazon Echo products announcements & iPhone Xs first impressions

Jon Westfall and I discuss just two topics in this podcast. But, there’s a lot to discuss.

  1. CNET video of Amazon announcements
    Amazon Echo announcements
    Updated Echo Dot
    Updated Echo Plus (Zigbee radio, thermometer)
    Updated Echo Show
    New Echo Subwoofer
    New Echo Smartplug
    New Alexa Guard
    New Echo Auto
    New Echo enabled clock
    New Echo enabled microwave
    New Echo Input (like a Chromecast)
    New FireTV Recast (DVR & antenna)
    Echo Link Amp
    Echo Link
  2. iPhone Xs first impressions
    Moved from 7+ to Xs
    If you want a bag for the box, that costs 18 cents (seriously)
    Old phone service shut off even before I opened the box and turned on the Xs. Was told this would not happen by the sales person
    Serious problem pairing Apple Watch 3 to the Xs
    Chose smaller device/display on purpose
    Xs cannot display battery percentage in top right status area. Not enough screen space at top due to the notch. Xs Max can though

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 268: iPhone Xs, Watch 4, & DC Universe

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. DC Universe apps for Android and iOS available along with service launch. Soft launched on Sept. 12 and full launch on Sept. 15
  2. Apple broke naming conventions: Xs Max instead of Xs+
  3. The “smaller” Xs 5.8-inch display is larger than the 7+ 5.5-inch screen I currently have
  4. Apple Watch 4 band size
  5. What wasn’t announced:
    USB-C for iOS devices
    Any new iPad / ipad mini (released 9/9/2015)
    Mac mini refresh
    Air Pod v2
    AirPower wireless charger announced last year is still a no-show

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 267: Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant & more

In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. No speculation discussion! Leave that for other podcasts
    Sept. 12 Apple event – iPhone and other stuff
    Oct. 2 Microsoft event – Surface
    Oct. 9 Google event – Pixel
  2. Introducing Skype call recording
    Stores to MP4 format
  3. Microsoft ‘Confirms’ Windows 7 New Monthly Charge starting January 14, 2020.
  4. Jon’s Tech Find of the week: QNAP Nas Units can easily schedule services!
  5. AnchorFree, Maker of a Top Online Privacy App, Raises $295 Million

    AnchorFree, the maker of Hotspot Shield, one of the oldest VPN apps, said Wednesday that it had raised $295 million. The round brings AnchorFree’s total funding to $358 million, far outpacing any of its competitors.

    The investment in AnchorFree suggests that the VPN category is becoming more mainstream. Investors previously avoided it in part because relatively few users have adopted the technology.

    MobileViews Podcast 23: Hotspot Shield – Free Ad-supported VPN – A Conversation with AnchorFree’s CEO David Gorodyansky – April 18, 2009

    “I was very skeptical of the service before speaking with David. But, I developed a level of comfort after speaking with him and am running their software and using their service on my Asus Eee PC 1000HA netbook running Windows 7 Beta.”

  6. Lenovo Smart Display Bought the 10-inch model for $230 at Sams Club. It came bundled with a Google Home Mini.

    Has a physical front facing camera shutter for privacy. Also a microphone mute.
    Snapdragon™ 624, Octa-Core A53 1.8 GHz
    Beautiful 1920×1200 display.
    2″ 10W Full Range Speaker​, 2 x Passive Tweeters​
    2 x 2 Dual Microphone Arrays

    Kevin Tofel’s Lenovo Smart Display review

    Has portrait mode but it only works with Google Duo calls.
    Rule 1: The main thing to remember is this: Even though it has a touch display, try to ignore it as a UI option. Use your voice as much as possible.
    Rule 2: If you are invested in the Google environment, this is for you. Google Play Movies & TV, YouTube Premium, YouTube TV? Yes. Amazon Prime and Netflix? No. Lenovo is cagey about Netflix though. It can stream radio stations through iHeartRadio though.
    Rule 3: If there is more than one person in your home, be sure they all register with their Google account and train the smart display with their voice – Voice Match.

    Observations:
    Casting to the smart display
    Weather for my area is still near useless. Temperature is off (lower) 5 to 8 degrees consistently
    Synthetic voice is not quite as “natural” as the Amazon Echo’s

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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