MobileViews Podcast 203: Plastc rant, Microsoft To-Do, USAFacts.org, & Google Earth for the web

  1. New Google Earth for the web
  2. New Microsoft To-Do (was Wunderlist)
  3. Ballmer Discovers joys of open data. USAFacts.org
  4. Coin’s competitor, Plastc, announced it’s filing for Chapter 7, and the cards that Jon pre-ordered (for a hefty sum, $150) will never ship. No idea if any money will ever make it back to the backers. And while Jon’s pretty irked about the loss of money, he’s hopeful that maybe this means electronic payments via cell phones / watches will eventually replace credit cards. Jon first mentioned Coin back in Podcast 69

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MobileViews Podcast 202: Google AutoDraw; increased interest in VPNs, & more



Jon Westfall and I recorded a short podcast today (17 minutes). But, we still managed to cover a couple of different topics:

  1. Google AutoDraw
  2. Image stabilization available in Google Photos for Android. Ref: 9to5google
  3. Spike in VPN signups since repeal of US ISP privacy rules. Ref: IBTimes
  4. Signed up for Private Internet Access service that Jon recommended nearly a year ago during podcast #159. The price went up slightly. It is now $40 per year. Unintended consequence? YouTube streaming video seems smoother/more stable.
  5. iOS 10.3.1 iPad Pro Jr. Went from 5.7GB free to 7.91

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 201: Day 905 since the last Mac mini hardware refresh

Jon Westfall and I discuss the following topics in podcast 201.

  1. Day 905 since the Mac mini was refreshed MacRumors
  2. Sensu Artist Brush & Stylus
  3. Anker PowerPort 5 USB-C
  4. Showtime makes entire library available for mobile offline viewing. Ref: TechCrunch
  5. Who does the Red iPhone appeal to?
  6. On April 7, Nothing Happened
  7. iPhone 8 pre-orders still in Sept, but perhaps long wait to actually see the phone?
  8. Jon performed iSurgery this week on his wife’s iPhone 6, overview of the experience. Used iFixit toolset purchased years ago and iFixit guide which listed the procedure as “moderate” difficulty

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MobileViews Podcast 200: With return guest panelist Frank McPherson

Jon Westfall and I are joined by return guest panelist Frank McPherson for this 200th MobileViews Podcast.

  1. Amazon starts charging sales tax in a number of states that have not had that imposed on them until now.
  2. iOS 10.3 released
  3. New home for Google Open Source projects: Google Open Source
  4. Samsung Galaxy S8 announcement
  5. U.S. Congress rolled back FCC ISP privacy rules. Should you use a VPN? Ref: Krebs on Security
  6. Logitech MK850 Performance keyboard & mouse bundle

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MobileViews Mini-podcast 29: iOS 10.3, National Noise Map, adventures with the Samsung Chromebook Plus

We didn’t record a full MobileViews podcast this past week. However, look for MobileViews Podcast 200 soon with Jon Westfall and return guest Frank McPherson. In the mean time, here’s 3 minutes of info about the iOS 10.3 update, Apple Keynote/Numbers/Pages for iOS updated, the Department of Transportation’s National Noise Map, and my continuing adventures with the Samsung Chromebook Plus.

In this 3-minute mini-podcast, I mention

  1. iOS 10.3. Includes find my Airpods feature added to Find My iPhone. Keynote,Numbers, and Pages for iOS also updated. Keynote can now post interactive presentations on Medium, WordPress, and other websites
  2. Dept. of Transportation National Noise Map. Ref: NPR
  3. Samsung Chromebook Plus

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MobileViews Podcast 199: Samsung Chromebook Plus discussion w/guest Paul Lawler

Samsung Chromebook Plus
Guest panelist Paul Lawler and I discuss the recently released Samsung Chromebook Plus that each of us purchased and received a few weeks ago. The Chromebook Plus is the first Chromebook that ships with support for the Google Android app store out-of-the-box (vs. turning on a beta-release of Chrome OS). Paul and I have had very different experiences with this Chromebook. Check out the podcast to learn how different.

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