May 2016


MobileViews Podcast 161: Android apps for Chrome OS, Fitbit & COIN, Netflix fast.com + Google I/O comments

Android apps on Chrome OS

In MobileViews Podcast 161 Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) discuss:

  1. Android apps will run on Chrome OS. Stable channel rollout in the fall (Sept. or Oct.) Ref: Ars Technica
  2. Fitbit bought COIN
  3. Netflix Fast.com ad-free broadband speed test
  4. Google I/O: Project Ara, Google Home, Allo & Duo, Google Levi touch enabled jacket

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Google app for iOS gained keyboard shortcuts


This week’s update to the Google app for iOS adds keyboard shortcuts if you have a physical keyboard for your iPad. This is what I see if I press and hold the Command key on an Apple Smart Keyboard when viewing the default Google start screen. If you are in the search text box, Command L cancels the search.

Command L = Quick search

Command Y = Recent pages

Command O = Voice search

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MobileViews Podcast 160: MobileViews Podcast 160: Free VPNs, BASIC for Android, Gboard for iOS, Siri IoT, My TSA, & more

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

  1. Opera VPN for iOS – Free.
  2. Opera VPN in desktop browser now only works when using Private Viewing Mode.
  3. BASIC for Android.
    Includes access to graphics, audio, sensors, and network/telecom.
    BASIC! Users Guide
  4. Google Gboard for iOS
  5. Jon went back to the Native Podcast App over Overcast! What were his reasons?!?
  6. Jon’s been ordering Siri to turn on and off his lights, how has it been working?
    (iHome iSP5 WiFi SmartPlug)
  7. T10 Car Wireless MP3
  8. My TSA app for iOS and Android

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MobileViews Podcast 159: Rise of the free VPN and Ad Blocking – with Special guest Don Sorcinelli

Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall welcome back Don Sorcinelli to discuss the recent developments in free VPN and ad blocking options for web browsers.

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We also discussed:

  • Microsoft pre-touch sensing. Like Kinect, cool but does anyone want it? Ref: The Verge/Microsoft Research. Completed in 2014 for a never released device.

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