MobileViews Podcast 341: Affordable tech gift suggestions

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Chromebooks can run Android apps and has a Linux subsystem
    MacOS Big Sur can run iOS apps on M1 Macs
    Windows 10 supports Linux subsystems. Now, Microsoft working on Android subsystem for Windows 10
  2. Preventing Big Sur update on my 2019 MacBook Pro
  3. Jon’s iOS Programming Notes:
    WidgetKit is interesting in how it uses timelines to display content, allowing a developer to load several “hours” (or minutes) of events into the future with one refresh.
    Swift has changed way too quickly – if you find a tutorial from 2014-18, it’s probably worthless.
    Hard to debug background refresh tasks (Or at least I’m finding it difficult)
    https://books.apple.com/us/book/develop-in-swift-explorations/id1511184149
  4. Affordable tech gifts?
  5. $50. Apple Beats Flex bluetooth earbuds
    $90. Has been on sale (normally $150) on Amazon recently
    $30.
    Logitech M535 Bluetooth Mouse
    $30. Arteck Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse Combo Ultra Compact Slim
    $30. Bluetooth Headset, Jelly Comb Noise Canceling (single ear) Wireless Earpiece
    $10 – $20. Sugru Moldable Glue
    $11 – USB Rechargeable Milk Frother – great for blending drinks, like Jon’s protein hot chocolate (double chocolate whey powder + black coffee)
    $10 – OXO Good Grips Sweep & Swipe Laptop Cleaner
    $20 (Normally $30) – Arboleaf Digital Scale (Bluetooth, body fat analyzer)
    $15 – Boncas Flexible Arc Lighter (USB Rechargeable)
    $36 – KableCARD
    $18 – Anker Powerline 3 in 1 Cable
    $100. Raspberry Pi 400 (if it ever becomes widely available)
    $90 – PiBoy Base Kit – Jon’s fully loaded one should be here Tuesday (Ordered 8/15).

  6. Spurious Correlations

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MobileViews Podcast 340:MobileViews Podcast 340: Apple Silicon M1 Mac mini & MacBook Air first impressions – guest Sven Johannsen

M1 MacBook Air 2020

Jon Westfall and I are joined by guest panelist Sven Johannsen for this podcast. We discuss:

  1. Sven: 5G on iPhone 12 Pro MAX
  2. Happy 25th birthday to The GIMP
  3. M1 Mac Mini
  4. M1 MacBook Air
  5. More MacOS 11 Big Sur
    Preventing Big Sur update on my MacBook Pro so I can continue podcasting
  6. M1 compatibility and M1 apps for MacOS & iOS
    Rogue Amoeba not ready for M1 yet. So, continuing to record podcasts using an Intel-based Mac
  7. Google Chrome for M1 twice as fast as x86 binary in Rosetta 2. And, Chrome x86 worked fine, IMO, using Rosetta 2.
  8. Is Apple Silicon ready?
  9. Infinite Painter iPadOS app for MacOS M1: Use Sidecar to provide touch interface for an M1 enabled iOS app

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MobileViews Podcast 339: MobileViews Podcast 339: iPhone 12 Pro Max, unlimited Google Photos going away, MacOS 11 Big Sur, Apple Arcade game of the week

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Google Photos storage policy change coming in June 1, 2021
    Photos taken using a Pixel phone model will continue to have free storage
  2. Jon got an iPhone 12 Pro Max, his thoughts:
    Size not a huge difference, reminds me of when I was on the 6 Plus / 7 Plus.
    Camera is nice, but haven’t had a chance to really test it out yet.
    “Virgin” setup – took about 4 hours to get it ready. Elected to have apps go directly to App Library, not make icons. Trying to streamline my UI to be more task driven and make full use of widgets.
    iCloud Sync syncs strange things – the password on my personal hotspot for example!
  3. Why doesn’t Apple News+ support audio stories on the iPad?
  4. Apple iOS Notes app for document scanning
  5. M1 powered (Apple Silicon) products announced
    Mac Mini
    MacBook Air
    MacBook Pro 13″ (16″ is still Intel based)
  6. MacOS 11 Big Sur
    After-show note: Garageband 10.4.1 update will not install unless the Mac is running Big Sur
  7. Plague Inc.’s new ‘The Cure’ mode is free until the pandemic ends
  8. Apple Arcade: Tint

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MobileViews Podcast 338



Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Todd’s Apple One impressions
  2. Jon ordered an iPhone 12 Pro Max, 256. Cheap Spigen case on the way to hold me over until the BookBook ships. A friend of mine is switching from Android, what do we think his experience will be? He’s used a Macbook and an iPad for years, but this is his first time on iOS as his phone.
  3. Raspberry Pi 400
    Built into a keyboard
    Overclocked
  4. Jon is still waiting for his PiBoy – Ordered on 8/15, it entered “in processing” on Oct 25

  5. Akai wireless Bluetooth MIDI controller. Interesting approach to pairing. Different from any other BT pairing I’ve seen for iOS/iPadOS
  6. Todd finally updated his iPad mini 4 from iOS 10.3.3 to iPadOS 14.2.
    71 apps that couldn’t be updated under 10.3.3 were
    No more Sid Meier’s Civilization!
    Noticeable battery drain for the first two or three days after the update. Seems “normal” now
  7. Nov. 10 Apple event
    Apple always has feature differentiation between Pro and non-Pro models
    Guessing MacOS Big Sur will be available that day or soon after
    So, what will be the difference between Apple Silicon Macbook Air and Macbook Pro?
    Touchbar? Or, actual touch-screen?
  8. Jon’s funny Hawaiian connection this week: Pu Pu Platter – at a Mexican restaurant

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MobileViews Podcast 337: iPhone Pro 12, Project Moca, Apollo Neuroscience, and more


  1. iPhone 12 Pro
    After restoring from my 10s to the 12 Pro, the storage used was doubled. As a result, I couldn’t backup the 12 Pro to iCloud and had to upgrade from 200GB to 2TB. There’s nothing in between. The new Apple One bundle doesn’t fit my needs
    The MageSafe charger option doesn’t include a wall socket. So, you need a USB-C charger to plug the MagSafe charger into
    The MagSafe magnetic is very strong. I think it may be possible to use it as a car mount.
    Camera
    Low-light video is pretty good. Pixel 4a doesn’t have low-light video
    Low-light photos with LIDAR are very good. But, almost “too lit”
    Ultra-wide – carryover from 11 Pro
  2. LIDAR app for the iPhone 12 Pro:
    Canvas by Occipital
  3. Project Moca available in my personal Office 365 account
    https://outlook.live.com/spaces/
  4. Organize content your way with the Preview of Project Moca

    With Project Moca, you can simplify your workflow so you can focus on what matters. Add tasks, goals, notes, files from OneDrive and other cloud storage providers, links, contacts, and even emails and events, all into one dynamic space. Each space has a flexible canvas so you can customize and view your content your way.

  5. The Verge Finally, custom backgrounds for Google Meet
  6. Jon is doing an Airpod Swap-out on the left airpod (right airpod swapped 7 months ago): https://support.apple.com/airpods-pro-service-program-sound-issues
  7. Jon’s Gadget Review: Apollo Neuroscience band (https://apolloneuro.com) – placebo effect or really does something? Data from Oura Ring suggests that it might be doing… something…
  8. Jon’s Tip: Be sure to turn sound back on if you use your apple watch for sleep so your alarm goes off, taptic might not be enough! Use an automation to do it.

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MobileViews Podcast 336:Microsoft Edge for Linux on a Chromebook; Beats Flex requires iOS 14.1, & more


In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. No October 27 Apple event. No Apple Silicon
  2. Microsoft Edge for Linux on a Chromebook
    Ref: How to install Microsoft Edge on a Chromebook
  3. Windows apps now run on Chromebooks with Parallels Desktop — only for Enterprise customers
  4. Beats Flex
    Requires iOS/iPadOS 14.1 upgrade to pair
    USB-C charging port
    Nice to have buttons for pause/play/skip and volume control (vs. AirPod Pro)
    Magnets on earbuds also pause/play audio as well as picks up calls when magnets are separated
  5. iOS 14 Spatial Audio requires a post-2018 iPad or iPhone
    Apple Support list of supported devices
  6. Apple Watch 6 SP02 not FDA approved — unlike Watch ECG

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