October 2015

MobileViews Podcast 135: Life after Windows Phone

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

– iOS 9.1 update released. Ref: MacRumors

Facebook fixed battery drain issue in iOS app

YouTube Red launched
“And as a special bonus – YouTube Red works with Google Play Music, so subscribe to one and automatically get access to the other.”

Discussion Topic:
– WP continues to have issues As evidenced by this verge storyWhen it dies, where will the Windows Phone followers go? Android for it’s extensibility and hackability, or Apple for it’s lack of fragmentation?

– Jon’s Daily Diary setup: Day One App + Workflow App on iOS + Reminder (If necessary)


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MobileViews Podcast 134: iOS 9 gripes, Acer Cloudbook 14, new Mac peripherals, & more

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

– Acer Cloudbook 14 on loan for a a few weeks. What does $200 get you these days?
– Magic Keyboard ($99), Magic Mouse 2 ($79), Magic Trackpad 2 ($129). Ref: The Verge
– Google removed “OK Google” speech trigger from Chrome desktop browsers. Ref: VentureBeat
– OK Apple, it’s mid-october, where’s the new Apple TV and the iPad Pro pre-order? FCC clearance only two days ago (Oct. 16). Ref: 9to5Mac

iOS 9 gripes
– Screen rotation still broken
– Podcast app is unusable (Todd finally switched to Overcast)
– News app is uninteresting
– Breaking News free app
– iCloud backup is inconsistent. Frequently fails.
– iCloud storage usage looks very inaccurate to me. Off by tens of gigabytes.
– “Hey Siri” activation is more inconsistent than in iOS 8
– Display auto-brightness not working well in dim lighting conditions. Display is too dim.

Jon noted
– Big update to iOS iWorks
– Keynote is no longer landscape only
– Multitasking support

Todd noted
– Caseco Blu-toque


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MobileViews Podcast 133: Surface Book & other new Microsoft products

Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) are joined by Sven Johannsen and Frank McPherson on this podcast. We discuss the new products Microsoft announced on September 6, 2015.

Ref: Microsoft Windows Blog:A New Era of Windows 10 Devices from Microsoft

– Surface Book

– Surface Pro 4
Type Cover w/fingerprint reader also works with Pro 3. $159.99!

– Lumia 950 & 950XL
Microsoft Display Dock. $99 (Ref: ComputerWorld

– Microsoft Band 2

We also discuss:
– Starbucks mobile ordering
– Apple Pay coming to Starbucks


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MobileViews Podcast 132: New Google products discussion w/Frank McPherson

Jon Westfall was on “special assignment” (the football game he was at ran late). So, I’m (Todd Ogasawara) joined by my old friend Frank McPherson on this podcast. He wrote a blog entry about the Sept. 29 Google new product announcements on his blog if you want are interested in his personal take on all of this.

September 29 Google announcements

– Nexus 6P
– Nexus 5X
– Pixel C Android tablet with optional Bluetooth keyboard.
– New Chromecast
– Chromecast Audio
– Google Play Music – Family Plan
– Google Photos gets private labels & Chromecast support

Sidenote: Todd’s Google Fi Welcome Kit arrived

We also discuss reports of Evernote’s decline Ref: Business Insider. Evernote is a favorite service/product for both Frank and me.

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