MobileViews Podcast 120

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) talk about:

  1. Firefox plug-in container taking up 60% of processor time
  2. iOS 9 lower power mode (Ref: MacRumors)
  3. Microsoft Word, Excel, & PowerPoint for Android moves out of preview phase to full release (Ref: Venture Beat)
  4. Google free Wi-Fi in NYC (Ref: Bloomberg Business Week)
  5. Lenovo IdeaCenter Stick 300 – $130 PC on a stick runs Microsoft Windows (Ref: Neowin)
  6. Todd’s Google Photos adventure
  7. Selfie Sticks Banned at Disney Parks
  8. Swarm – Mayorships are back

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MobileViews Podcast 119

Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) discuss the following topics in this podcast.

  1. WWDC highlights
  2. Jon’s Apple Watch tips
    1. Put your home time in the world clock so you have a digital readout on the analog faces
    2. Silence by putting your hand over it.
    3. Clear all notifications by force press
    4. How to Switch Arms
    5. Remember you can have / customize more than 1 of each watchface, and delete those you don’t use.
  3. Is Windows 10 really ready for its July 29, 2015 launch date?
  4. Oldie but goodie: An HVAC system still running on a Commodore Amiga computer since the 1980s< Ref: WoodTV.com/li>

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MobileViews Podcast 118: Google IO (yawn?) & more…

Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) recap the announcements from Google IO last week. For the most part neither of us saw items that might excite consumers. There were, however, some interesting items for developers. And, I admit that I’ve found the Google Photos apps and cloud service to be particularly interesting. You can read my initial impressions of Google Photos in this ExtremeTech.com article:

Google Photos: Unlimited storage for free, with a few gotchas | ExtremeTech

Then, Jon discusses whether Apple Watch’s heartbeat detection really become worse (or not) after the 1.0.1 Watch OS update.

And, finally, we discuss our current primary computing platforms and what it would take for us to shift away from them.

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MobileViews Podcast 117: Windows 10 comment firestorm, Google IO, Surface 3

In MobileViews Podcast 117 Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) discuss:

  1. The firestorm of comments that an article I wrote for ExtremeTech generated.
  2. Microsoft releases Windows 10 Build 10122 — and it’s a giant mess

    And, before you go off on a rant, listen to what Jon and I have to say before drawing a conclusion.

  3. Speculation about Google IO
  4. The recently released Microsoft Surface 3 (no “Pro”) tablet – Ref: Forbes

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MobileViews Podcast 116

Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) ran through some of the announcements made during Microsoft Build, discussed the new Evernote Plus paid tier, and roast Amazon for its Amazon Prime Instant Video mobile app update.

  1. I installed Windows 10 build 10074 on my Dell Venue 8 Pro (over Build 10041). It worked the first day. However, on the second day, it doesn’t display anything past the login screen. The exception is I can CTRL-ALT-DEL to get the Task Manager.
  2. Tools to let Android/iOS developers ports apps to Windows 10 Universal apps. No emulator. Ref: The Verge
  3. Free Microsoft Visual Studio Code for Windows, OS/X, and Linux
  4. Windows 10 IoT Core Insider Preview for Arduino, Raspberry Pi 2, & other tiny computing devices
  5. Slicker Microsoft Hololens not as good as giant uncomfortable prototype Ref: Thurrott.com
  6. New Evernote Plus in between Free & Premium. New Plus is $25/year. 1GB uploads per month (like previous Premium service), offline access, mail to Evernote note New Premium is $50/year (was $45). Unlimited uploads, larger single note sizes. Ref: Evernote Blog
  7. Amazon Instant Video apps for Android & iOS now support HD playback & cell data. Supporting HD viewing is long overdue. But, allowing streaming video over a 4G/LTE service is a horrendously bad idea. Make sure you set the preference to WiFi-only. Ref: The Verge
  8. Apple Watch – Power Reserve

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MobileViews Podcast 115: Jon’s initial impressions of the Apple Watch

Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) start out this podcast with a brief description and discussion of the soon-to-launch Google Fi mobile phone service (voice and data). Then, we spend the remainder of the podcast discussions Jon’s initial impressions of his new Apple Watch. Jon thinks that a number of other tech reviewers have understood how the watch works. Listen to the podcast to catch these opinions.

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