September 2017


MobileViews Podcast 223: Apple iPhone 8/8+ and Watch Series 3 in the wild

Jon Westfall and I continue our discussion of Apple’s iPhone 8/8 Plus and Watch Series 3 now that these devices are available for purchase.

  1. USPS Informed Delivery Daily Digest
  2. Sprint and T-Mobile discussing a merger. Ref: Reuters. Tried once before in 2014.
  3. Apple Watch Series 3. Does not charge with PowerPort Qi or Energizer Qi pads (my personal tests). Ref: The Verge. I think Android Wear is easier to get started compared to Apple Watch. Pebble vs. Apple Watch?
  4. Siri
  5. Messages
  6. iPhone 8/8+
  7. iOS 11 on 7+. Display is often landscape after waking up despite holding it in portrait.
  8. Jon’s getting more interested in the iPhone X
  9. DXOmark said 8+ has best rated smartphone camera ever.
  10. QNAP Nas thoughts – build own cloud very easily.

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MobileViews Podcast 222: iPhone 8, 8 Plus, X & Apple Watch Series 3

Jon Westfall and I discuss the recently announced iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X as well as the Apple Watch Series 3 in this podcast. We also discuss the passing of Jon’s Mac mini server and his problems with Sonos speakers.

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MobileViews Podcast 221: No iPhone tock? RIP Jerry Pournelle

In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Jerry Pournelle, RIP. Some know of him from his SF novels. Others know of him from his incredible Chaos Manor column run in BYTE magazine which, I believe, influenced directly or indirectly everyone today who writes about technology. He moved tech writing from a dry dull style to a one with a point of view (the consumer) and opinions based on hands-on experience. True to form, he kept writing until the day before he passed away.
  2. A belated Happy Star Trek Day (Sept. 8)
  3. Ookla 2017 Q1 & Q2 mobile and landline speed test data
  4. USPS Informed Delivery Service
  5. Is Apple breaking the Tick Tock cycle that started with the iPhone 3G and 3GS? No tock? Jump from iPhone 7/7+ to 8, 8+, and X. No “S”. Ref: 9to5Mac
  6. Jon’s NAS Story. Twice bitten, Very Shy (CrashPlan, previously Mozy)

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 220: Dinosaur protest, mini-horse service animals, ICD10 orca contact, VPN, & more

Jon Westfall and I didn’t find much in the way of interesting tech news to discuss. So, we threw in a few topics we simply found interesting.

  1. IFA 2017? Meh. Ref: TechRadar
  2. Are we excited about any of these IOS 11 features? Ref: Business Insider
  3. What about WatchOS 4?
  4. VPN services. Private Internet Access & Tunnel Bear.
  5. Protesting dinosaurs in D.C.
  6. Miniature horse service animal. Guide Horse Foundation
  7. Question for the ages: Where do single socks go when they disappear from a dryer? I currently have three socks who have been abandoned by their partner.
  8. ICD-10-CM Diagnosis Code W56.22XA. Struck by orca, initial encounter. W56.22XA is a billable/specific ICD-10-CM code that can be used to indicate a diagnosis for reimbursement purposes.

    Jon’s notes: Subsequent encounter is also a separate code (22XD). Accidental contact also has some great things I’ve never considered having contact with: Giraffe (How does one have accidental contact with a Giraffe?!?), Also W22.09 is walking into stationary objects. However lampposts have their own code W22.02).

  9. Microsoft and Amazon teaming up to let Alexa and Cortana work with each other. Ref: ars technica

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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