MobileViews Podcast 95: iPhone 6, Apple Watch, goodbye iPad classic, Konspiracy Korner

MobileViews Podcast 95
Recorded on Sept. 13, 2014

Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss:

– Goodbye iPod Classic (ref: Wired)

– Goodbye “Nokia”/Windows “Phone” branding? (ref: PC World)

– iPhone 6 & 6+ news, pros, & cons
— Higher res Retina HD
— 1920 x1080 resolution for 6+
— 1334 x 750 resolution for 6
— iPhone 5 is 1136 x 640
—original iPhone 480 x 320
— Optical image stabilization in the 6+ (not in the 6)
— 240 fps to enable slow-motion video at 720p
— 802.11ac support
— Barometer
— NFC support
— iPad style landscape mode app panels for 6+ (only)
— Double-tap Home button to activate “Reachability” mode to move UI items from the top of the screen to the bottom for one-handed operation on giant displays.

– Apple Watch

– Konspiracy Korner
– Worldwide shortage of Lightning connections and authentication chips (ref: 9to5mac)

– Hacker publishes tech support phone scammer slammer (ref: The Register)

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MobileViews Podcast 94: Smart watches. Introducing the tech Konspiracy Korner

Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss:

– The Moto 360 smart watch (Ref: Tom’s Guide)

– iPhone 6 and, maybe, some more still on track for Sept. 9 announcement

– Samsung announced two phones. One with an edge.

Introducing the Tech Konspiracy Korner
– 17 Mystery (phony) Cell Towers in the US (Ref: Popular Science)

Cubesat Cannon on space station launching shoebox sized satellites on their own without launch command from crew (Ref: Discovery Channel)

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MobileViews Podcast 93: Splitting apps, uninstalling Chrome to get back speed, Hyperlapse

In this podcast, Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss and rant about:

Splitting apps
1. Foursquare & Swarm (refs: Venture Beat, Google Trends)
2. Facebook & Messenger
3. Google Voice morphing into Google Hangouts

Rant tip
Uninstall Google Chrome web browser on old (say 2008 vintage) PCs and Macs to get responsiveness back. – all 32-bit

Competitors
1. Android Kindle Fire vs. the world?
2. Amazon Drone vs. Google Project Wing
3. Microsoft Surface Pro vs. iPad (first) and MacBook Air (now) (ref: Motley Fool)

Time lapse photos
1. Hyperlapse by Instagram/Facebook (ref: Forbes)
2. Lapse it

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MobileViews Podcast 92: Google Docs/Slides/Photosphere Camera, iPhone 5 battery recall, iWatch

This podcast was recorded on Aug. 23, 2014. Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss:

Google Docs/Sheets/Slides offline

Google Slides for Android
(Google Play Store link)

Google Photo Sphere Camera for iOS

Limited Battery Recall for iPhone 5 (Can check serial number for eligibility)

iWatch may be pushed to 2015 on supply chain rumors

– Fun look back: Gizmodo iPhone mockups prior to 2007 launch

HP iPAQ h6315 (old Windows Phone phone)

Android
Apple
iPad
iPhone
Microsoft
Mobile Devices
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MobileViews Podcast 91: Cell phone unlocking legal again, tablet sales falling, picks of the week

The podcast was recorded on August, 2, 2014. Jon Westfall and I discuss:

Cell phone unlocking legal again in the U.S.

– The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 docking station

– Falling tablet sales

Our picks of the week are:
– Todd: Starbucks for iOS app. Dislike the new GUI. But, appreciate the free songs, apps, and other content offered each week
– Jon: NeoCalc for iOS – statistical calculator

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MobileViews Podcast 90: A chat with Nuance about the new Dragon Naturally Speaking 13

This podcast was recorded on July 23, 2014 prior to the announcement of Nuance’s Dragon Naturally Speaking 13 for Windows. My special guests from Nuance in this podcast are:

– Rick Brown, Sr. Dir. Product Management, Desktop
– David Popovitch, Technical Product Manager, Dragon

Much of the discussion is actually a remote demo of the product.

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MobileViews Podcast 89: Mostly rants + superhero gadget picks

This podcast was recorded on July 12, 2014. It was released shortly after that on iTunes. However, I’m only getting around to posting a blog item about it now.

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I rant about imperfect touch interfaces and the eternal search for the perfect mobile tech bag.

We also have two gadget picks that kind of make you feel like a super-hero. My pick is the Sears Craftsman Infrared Thermometer. Jon’s is The Bass Pro Fly Shooter.

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MobileViews Podcast 88: Facebook experiments, China blocking photo sharing, hospital mining credit cards

– Facebook mood manipulation experiment (ref: WSJ: Facebook running experiments with users with little oversight)

– China shutting off access to photo sharing services in possible response to pro-Democracy protests in Hong Kong (ref: The Next Web)

– Hospitals data mining patient credit card data to predict health outcomes. (ref: Businessweek)

Todd’s In Memoriam – App-less of the week:
Bidding a fond farewell to Quickoffice for iOS & Android

Jon’s Pick of the Week: His Gmail Push Hack!

Mobile Lifestyle
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MobileViews Podcast 87: Google I/O, Aereo, app picks

Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall are joined by guest panelist Steve Jocke in MobileViews Podcast 87. They discuss:

– The Supreme Court’s Aereo decision and Aereo’s shutdown on June 28. Ref: Aereo

– Items of interest announced during Google IO including the Motorola 360 smartwatch

Todd’s app pick: The Google Camera app for non-Nexus (Google Experience) Android phones.

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MobileViews Podcast 86: Amazon Fire phone, iWatch rumors, Google/Dropcam, FCC WiFi for schools

Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall take on these topics in MobileViews Podcast 86:

– Amazon’s Fire Phone (Ref: CNET)

– iWatch rumors heat up (Ref: Wall Street Journal)

– Dropcam acquired by Google/Nest (Ref: Dropcam Blog)

– FCC Chair proposing $1B to install WiFi in schools in time for 2015-16 school year (Ref: FCC)

Tip for finding new or updated products. Visit:

http://www.producthunt.com/

Todd’s anti-app pick: MagiCam (99 cents intro price) from Tap Tap Tap – makers of one of my most used apps: Camera+.

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The Windows 8.1 Blue Screen of Death

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Just ran into this on my Dell Venue 8 Pro running Windows 8.1 (with Update applied). I had to use Windows’ “Refresh this device” earlier this week after the Windows Store app and Desktop mode stopped working. I wonder if there is a more problematic underlying problem behind all of these problems?

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MobileViews Podcast 85: DDoS anyone? Starbucks Powermat. Amazon Prime Music. Comcast WiFi

In MobileViews Podcast 85, Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss:

– DDoS attacks on Evernote, Feedly, and the prevalence of online ransoming / ransoming (i.e. the recent iCloud ransoming that happened predominately in Austrailia, CryptoLocker, etc.). Ref: BBC News

– Starbucks Powermat wireless charging spots. Ref: Chicago Tribune

Amazon Prime Music: Amazon’s new streaming music service that is free for Amazon Prime subscribers.

– Comcast turned 150,000 home cable boxes into WiFi hotspots in Houston. Ref: Houston Chronicle

– Android OS 4.4.3 update. Reduced battery life and WiFi stability on Todd’s Nexus 4

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