February 2014


One screenshot illustrates all that is wrong with the Windows 8 app store

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I’ve made peace, more-or-less, with Windows after the 8.1 update became available. But, this screenshot from Feb. 24, 2014 (today as I type this) illustrates one of the big problems with the Windows 8.x app store: Flappy Bird clones? Really? And, so many of them…

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MobileViews Podcast 76: Office Online now works on iPad/Android, Net Neutrality, multifunction mobile gadgets

Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall revisit a few recent topics in this podcast

– OneDrive/Microsoft Office Online now allows editing Office docs on iPad and Android via browser UI

– Bye bye net neutrality? Comcast buying Time Warner for $45B

Comcast (was) & Verizon throttling Netflix (Netflix ISP Index)

Todd and Jon also discuss a couple of multifunction gadgets:
HooToo HT-TM01 Charger, WiFi router, NAS
D-Link DIR-505L: Wall charger, WiFi Router, DLNA server

And, check out Jon’s tip on his own blog: Jon’s Building Portable Netflix Post: http://jonwestfall.com/2014/02/building-personal-portable-netflix/

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Welcome Microsoft Office (for Web) to the iPad and Android via OneDrive!

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Microsoft SkyDrive delivered more than a name change to OneDrive today. It also added the ability for iPad and Android users to edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents using their web browsers. Selecting a file using the SkyDrive (for iOS or Android) app launches the web browser. From there, it is the same as using any of the Office for Web components on a desktop browser – It did seem a bit slower on Safari on my iPad mini than when using a web browser on my Windows notebook PC.

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MobileViews Podcast 75: Office alternatives for Android & iOS

In this podcast Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss the conflicting reports of whether Microsoft Office will be ported to Apple’s iOS (Office is NOT coming. Office is coming). They also discuss office suite alternatives for iOS and Android including: QuickOffice for iOS & Android, iWorks for iOS, Polaris Office, Smart Office 2, and Documents to Go.

Todd’s Anti-app pick of the week (something that used to be good but is now broken) is Google’s Waze. His Most Improved App of the week is Blastr for Android which finally actually works on that platform.

Jon’s app pick of the week is TapForms. This is a multi-platform database that syncs using iCloud.

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Mobile Devices
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MobileViews Podcast 74: Microsoft’s new CEO + app picks

Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss:

Microsoft’s new CEO: Satya Nadella

App Picks
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Android (free)

PopAGraph for iOS (free)

Apple Keynote for iOS – Jon’s cool two device presentation scenario

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iPhone
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MobileViews 5-cent review #2: NBCNews.com site redesigned by Pinterest?

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Site: NBCNews.com website
Price: Free
What I say:
– NBC decided to launch its redesigned NBC News site a day before the first 2014 Winter Olympics competition starts
– It was, apparently, redesigned by Pinterest
– It now takes much longer to scroll through just a few news articles
– Unless you have a large display (large > 21″), you will probably have to expand your web browser to fill the screen to read this redesigned website
– Rating? 1 cent on a 5 cent scale

Mobile Lifestyle

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