MobileViews Podcast 370: Guest Sven Johannsen. Microsoft Teams, KilledByGoogle, Midinote, Ghost Cert; Apple MagSafe Battery Pack; iPad mini rumors; Dell Inspiron 7506; Streaks



Jon Westfall and I are joined by frequent guest panelist Sven Johannsen in podcast 370. We discussed:

  1. Is Microsoft Teams for personal use really Teams?
  2. Dead and soon-to-die Google services: Google Graveyard
    I haven’t used Google Bookmarks since 2016 but exported the bookmarks anyway. Bookmarks will disappear after the end of September.
    Still having problems printing from Chromebooks after Google Cloud Print was killed in 2020.
  3. Midinote beta Tags that eventually form a mindmap
  4. Mini-rant: Can’t find an expired certificate in iOS/iPadOS. Not in the obvious place where other certs are found
  5. Apple MagSafe Battery Pack Slam dunk or sploosh
  6. iPad Mini refresh rumors flourishing
  7. Dell 16” Inspiron 7506 2-1, with pen with pen storage
  8. iMessage vs RCS vs SMS
  9. Streaks app now allows up to 24 items vs 12
  10. One Last Thing: Jon Discovered a Mac Setting he never knew existed (Keep Folders on Top)

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MobileViews Podcast 369: Switch from Skype to Teams for podcasting


Jon Westfall and I are back podcasting after a brief hiatus.


Looking to the future, we’re testing using Microsoft Teams instead of Microsoft Skype connect for this podcast. Microsoft is building Teams into Windows 11. Our interpretation is that Teams will eventually replace Skype for personal use as it did with Skype for Business (formerly Lync; which sunsets this month – July 2021).


Having not used the Teams app on our Macs, we both found it interesting that that Teams supports using the MacBook Pro’s touchbar.


I made one small change to Rogue Amoeba’s Audio Hijack Pro’s audio path recording software to use Teams instead of Skype.

In other activities:

Jon’s been playing with ioBroker in a Docker container to automate switching his Eufy cameras into “Away” mode when he leaves, since Eufy’s app is trash when it comes to geofencing!

He also talks about tech he took with him on his most recent road trip. What did he actually use? And, what was dead weight? He discusses both in the podcast.

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MobileViews Podcast 368: Windows 11? Amazon Echo Buds?



Jon Westfall and I discuss just two topics in this podcast:

  1. Amazon Echo Buds on sale for $70 during the Prime Day sale
  2. Windows 11
  3. Windows 11 PC Health Checker is wrong
    Windows 11 requirements
    Supported processors

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MobileViews Podcast 367: Most interesting of WWDC; Why all the M1 iPad Pro blogger hate?

Jon Westfall and I discuss the most interesting announcements from Apple’s 2021 WWDC. And, we puzzle over all the post-WWDC M1 iPad Pro hate by various bloggers and tech pundits.

  1. Most interesting WWDC announcements
  2. Facetime for Android & Windows via web service
    Shareplay
    FaceTime with Spatial Audio
    Photo collections in Messages
    Hotel Keys (Stolen from Disney!)
    iCloud+ VPN (“Private Relay”)
    iCloud+ will support custom email domains!
    Notes with tags & collaboration
    Wallet app support for driver’s license & TSA ID — will cities/states allow the DMV interface?
    App Library on iPad
    Quick Notes
    iPad Multitasking Buttons
    Universal Control on Macos Monteray
    Shortcuts on the Mac
    Safari Tab Groups

  3. Why all the post-WWDC M1 iPad Pro hate?
  4. Todd’s Apple Arcade recommendation: SongPop Party

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MobileViews Podcast 366: Pre-WWDC speculation; rediscovering Google’s Pixel Camera; Jon’s Raspberry Pi 400



Jon Westfall is back and bought a pair of new gadgets while he was away from the podcast

  1. Pre-2021 Apple WWDC speculation
  2. Todd is rediscovering Google’s Pixel 4a camera app features (like the level/tilt meter) now that he has switched to it from the iPhone 12 Pro for photo taking
  3. Jon bought a Raspberry Pi 400 and Asus ZenTouch portable display

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MobileViews Podcast 365:Guest co-host Darryl Lajola; Google Photos & Pixels; Amazon Echo sharing your WiFI


Todd Ogasawara is joined on this podcast by Darryl Lajola while Jon Westfall is on a Memorial Day weekend road trip. Darryl worked with Todd several years ago and then moved to work for Utah’s state government until several weeks ago. We reconnect to discuss gadgets and teleworking during the pandemic.

  1. I circle back on Google Photos in its last two days of unlimited storage. Specially, retaining unlimited storage of photos uploaded from Pixel phones.
  2. I also briefly note that Amazon Sidewalk will start sharing WiFi from its Echo devices and how to disable this (if you want).

    Amazon devices will soon automatically share your Internet with neighbors

    On June 8, the merchant, Web host, and entertainment behemoth will automatically enroll the devices in Amazon Sidewalk. The new wireless mesh service will share a small slice of your Internet bandwidth with nearby neighbors who don’t have connectivity and help you to their bandwidth when you don’t have a connection.

    Enable/disable Amazon Sidewalk

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