MobileViews Podcast 209: Sans Todd

I was unable to participate in my own podcast! But, Jon Westfall and Don Sorcinelli carried on without me…

  1. DailyDoodlers.com. Todd’s new site. Have not launched it yet. But, if you would like to share your doodles somewhere, you can do so from your own Medium.com site.
  2. Amazon buying Whole Foods. Will instantly give Amazon 460 physical stores in the US, Canada, and the UK.
  3. Microsoft Modern Keyboard has a fingerprint reader but costs $130.
  4. Also a Microsoft Modern Mouse
  5. Forbes: Google Backup & Sync launching on June 30
  6. Jon’s Latest Discovery: CrashPlan “Headless” on Linux. Great for VPSes. $150 a year for up to 10 computers, unlimited backup, unlimited versions.
  7. A former co-worker of mine posted the following on Facebook – “With the restrictions on carrying on laptops on international flights and the threat of having your phone surrendered to customs agents, it’s a matter of time before IT shops have to maintain “burner” laptops and cell phones that can be used temporarily, but if you lose them or they’re damaged, no big deal.”

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MobileViews Podcast 208: WWDC 2017 deconstructed basics

Jon Westfall and I note the WWDC announcements they found interesting (some only minimally so): WatchOS, iMac Pro, iOS 11 iPad focus, High Sierra, iPad Pro 10.5-inch, and HomePod.

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MobileViews Podcast 207: Travel tech comments, WWDC speculation, & more


Note: I said it was podcast 208 during the recording. It is actually number 207. Sorry ’bout that!

  1. Google Chrome will have a selective ad blocker in 2018. Ref: Google
  2. Google Sheets now has the ability to create graphs and charts by asking questions in words/text. Ref: Google
  3. Amazon Echo now supports named timers. Ref: Amazon
  4. Travel tech observations:

  5. Rented a 2017 Toyota Corolla and found that the built-in USB could charge and iPhone 7+ but not a Nexus 6 when running Google Maps while driving. However, using a third party charge plugged in to what used to be called a cigarette lighter was able to charge the Nexus 6.
  6. You can find more that streets and businesses with Google Maps. Searching for “Yoda fountain” in San Francisco leads you to the statue of Yoda from Star Wars outside of a Lucas Films building in Presidio.
  7. Virgin America’s odd USB ports placement on passenger seats
  8. WWDC 2017. What do we know so far: Ref: MacRumors

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MobileViews Podcast 206: Google I/O 2017, ransomware & more

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Google I/O. Ref: The Verge
  2. Google Home can make calls… and so can Alexa now!
  3. Gogo Wireless Entertainment fail on Alaska Airlines
  4. Chromebook OS Android app issues
  5. Jon Recommends Deviant Ollum’s “From Pit to Penthouse” (YouTube): Elevator hacking.
  6. Recent Ransomware attacks: We all know how to keep ourselves safe (keep patches up to date), but what if your employer doesn’t keep your work files adequately protected (e.g., NHS issues in England). What are options that employees can try?

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MobileViews Podcast 205: Windows 10 S/Surface Laptop discussion w/Jack Cook, Sven Johannsen, & Don Sorcinelli

Jon Westfall and I are joined by guest panelists Jack Cook, Sven Johannsen, and Don Sorcinelli for this podcast. We discuss:

  1. Mini-rant: Local Apple Store Lightning-to-3.5mm-headphone jack out-of-stock.
  2. Google Voice Kit for Raspberry Pi
  3. NPR: For the first time in history, federal researchers report that a majority of U.S. homes rely on cellphones alone for a telephone connection, without a landline
  4. Windows 10 S: “Streamlined for security and superior performance”
  5. Microsoft Surface Laptop
  6. The next Windows Phone?

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MobileViews Podcast 204: Ryan Ozawa – community enabling tech

Jon Westfall & Ryan Ozawa

Jon Westfall and I are joined by an old friend of mine – well known Hawaii technologist Ryan Ozawa.

  1. A sign that the world will end soon: Microsoft Xamarin Visual Studio for Mac announced (preview version).
  2. Ref: Ars Technica. “…while many executive branch employees now have PIV cards with [smart] chips embedded in them, Senate employees get ID cards with a picture of a chip on them.”
  3. Ryan’s news items:

  4. Uber getting scolded by Tim Cook for using private APIs to ‘fingerprint’ users in a way that survives even after the app is deleted.
  5. Facebook going big into Augmented Reality as a platform, trying to kill Snapchat over and over, helping creators monetize stolen videos
    Samsung S8, LG G6, and whatever Apple announces this Fall: Apple self-driving cars? Siri speaker?
  6. Questions for Ryan

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