September 2015

MobileViews Podcast 131: Ad blocking, iOS 9, iPad Pro, Jon’s thank you re: Delta State U.

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

– Todd’s Shoutout to SunvalleyTek Int., which distributes HooToo products through Amazon, who replaced a malfunctioning combo portable USB battery charger, travel WiFi access point, and NAS with a newer model free of charge.

– Ad blocking
uBlock Origin and Adblock Browser for Android and iOS.
Marco Arment reaches #1 on iOS Paid Apps within a day, then yanks his Safari web extensionad blocker, Peace

– iOS 9 released- any issues?
— Podcast app is awful (Jon switched last summer to Overcast because he was tired of Apple continually making Podcast app worse and worse)
— Siri needs training and seems less responsive
— Screen orientation problem
— iCloud Drive problem

– Jon upgraded a Mid-2009 MacBook Pro to El Capitan!

Windows 10 build 10547 released Sept. 18

– iPad Pro

– Lastly: Jon thanks everyone for the support they gave during the shooting at Delta State University this week. It was much appreciated. I’ve learned two things this week: 1. There are a lot of people who care about me and 2. Members of the televised media are terrible human beings. You can read Jon’s full commentary here.
NOTE: Jon is an Assistant Professor at Delta State University. We also discussed how communications and technology worked during the crisis period.


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MobileViews Podcast 130: Apple, Google Fi, Amazon Prime video downloads, uBlock Origin

In this MobileViews podcast Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) discuss:

– Next week’s Apple announcements. Will there be an iPad Pro? New gen Apple TV? Ref: 9t5Mac

– Todd’s Google Fi adventure continues. Nexus 6 arrived. Still no Google Voice solution

Amazon Prime Instant Videos free offline viewing on Android and iOS (Todd’s article on ExtremeTech)

– Steve Gibson spoke about uBlock Origin for Chrome and Firefox on Security Now 523. It is a lightweight ad blocker and a fork of uBlock.

– Jon bought Adonit Jot Script 2 (Evernote Edition): Night and day compared to first gen. Finally found a stylus I can write as fast with as I can on paper.

– Jon’s Wow that’s cool moment: Shared History on Safari. I noted that Chrome has the same feature and works across platforms.


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MobileViews Podcast 129

Aug. 30, 2015

In this podcast Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) split our topics between Apple and Google.

Android Wear interactive watch faces

Cortana for Android beta (Extreme Tech)

– Todd: Google Fi—nally. Received my second invitation after months of waiting. Ordered a Nexus 6. No “welcome” kit option during the phone ordering process.

– Rumored new Apple TV “under $200”? Kind of expensive for Siri & apps.
(Ref: 9to5mac)

– Jon’s Mobile Decision: One Laptop is not all it’s cracked up to be… After 4 years of lugging my laptop to work and back, I’ve put an older Macbook Air at work, and am keeping the new Macbook Pro at home (and using it for travel). Instead of a bag, I’m taking a small portfolio to work (With full size iPad in it)

Jon’s Spending Spree this last week… fun stuff
– Apple Watch docks are starting to be designed for nightstand mode. Bought a Spigen stand on eBay for less than $10
– Decision to rehab a 6 year old Macbook – 4 GB Ram upgrade + new battery = ~$100
– Apple Watchbands (My obsession this last few months) – aftermarket fitness bands (3 for $30), adapter kits ($7), & paracord bracelet band off eBay ($20)
Spring Bar Tool Set (for watch bands) – 5in., 7 Pc (Let’s you replace spring bars easily)


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