MobileViews Podcast 128: Best mobile platform for Microsoft Office? And, Android Wear fragmentation

Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) speak with special return guest Jack Cook in this podcast.

  1. Both Android & Windows Phone smartphone market shares lost ground to iPhone in 2Q15.
    Smartphone sales in China now at saturation level.
    96.8 percent of new smartphones sold are either iPhone or Android devices
    And now Samsung has decided to annoy power users – the Note line no longer has removable batteries or SD card, something power users claimed Samsung wouldn’t take away from them.
  2. Are the best mobile devices for use with Microsoft Office the iPhone & iPad?
    Deeper integration between Office documents and Outlook for iOS
    Jack has said in the past that he can just pick up where he left off across devices, but this isn’t just a Windows Phone only feature. is there anything you can do on Windows Phone that you can’t do on iOS / Android now?
  3. Jack encouraged us to take another look at Microsoft OneNote and read what’s new at:
    blogs.office.com/onenote

  4. Android Wear fragmentation. Just like Android itself. It gained the ability to have interactive watch faces (interactive complications). But, the new feature only works if the Android Wear based watch is updated too. So, my Moto 360 can install but not use the new watch faces. And, it may be months until it gets updated firmware.
    Android Wear: Stay connected with interactive watch faces
  5. Google OnHub WiFi access point/potentially smart hub. My ExtremeTech article about this:
    Google OnHub is more than just an expensive WiFi router
  6. Jon’s latest (good) experience using ZipGrade in his teaching

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MobileViews Podcast 127: Back to school Teachers’ Edition

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

  1. Former high flyers HTC, GroupOn, and StumbleUpon all downsizing
  2. Drones – the new Google Glass. From cool to despised
  3. Apple Boot Camp now supports Windows 10 installation
  4. Alphabet holding company for Google and spin-offs like Niantic Labs
  5. Jon’s App Pick of the Week: Threes (An oldie but goodie (1 year ago or so) tile game). Similar to 2048.

Back to School Tips: Teacher Edition!

  1. remind.com – Send text reminders to students, for FREE
  2. zipgrade.com – Scantron tests without the scantron, $7 a year
  3. Moodle – Best Learning Management System on the planet, for FREE
  4. VLC – Cue videos exactly as you want, drag drop via iTunes.
  5. EventZilla – Set up free events and email tickets… for FREE
  6. YouCanBook.Me – Syncs to your google calendar, students can schedule appointments.
  7. Classroom Response:
    Socrative – Web based clickers
    Kahoot.it – Fun games
    Plickers – Paper clickers
  8. Evernote – Free or premium, best tool for organization.
  9. Google Cloud Print – Print to your office computer from your personal device. Or mobile device using a cloud print app.
  10. TeamViewer – Access network resources from home

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MobileViews Podcast 126: Return of the Westfall & mobile tech while traveling

Regular co-host Jon Westfall rejoins me (Todd Ogasawara) on the MobileViews podcast. Thanks to Frank McPherson and Sven Johannsen for taking time out of their busy schedules to participate on the last two podcasts.

In podcast 126 Jon and I discuss:

  1. Living on the Road for 2 weeks: Where Tech has gone well, and gone poorly
  2. Apple Event on Sept 9 – what will we see? New iPhones, new iPads? new Apple TV
  3. Jon’s story of “hiding” your Apple Watch in plain sight
  4. Todd’s ExtremeTech article: Windows 10 Phone Companion app
  5. Todd’s ExtremeTech article: 360 degree movie apps for iOS: Google Spotlight Stories & Roddenberry White Room: 02B3

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MobileViews Podcast 125: Microsoft Windows 10 and Office Mobile launch discussion

Special guests Frank McPherson and Sven Johannsen join me (Todd Ogasawara) to discuss the launch of Microsoft Windows 10 and Microsoft Office Mobile on July 29.

You can find Frank’s detailed notes of his initial experiences with Windows 10 on his blog: FrankMcPherson.net

And, my article about Office Mobile can be found on ExtremeTech.com.

Jon Westfall will be back for the next podcast.

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MobileViews Podcast 124: Windows 10 launch, Moto 360 smartwatch, Google Spotlight for iOS

I’m (Todd Ogasawara) joined by guest panelists Frank McPherson and Sven Johannsen for this podcast. Jon Westfall will rejoin the the podcast in August. In this podcast, we discuss:

  1. Windows 10 production release on July 29. Build 10240 apparently the RTM.
  2. Next “hero” Windows Phone models? Cityman & Talkman phones? Reminiscent of Sony branding – Walkman, Discman, etc. Ref: AllAboutMicrosoft
  3. Moto 360 smart watch experience so far
  4. Microsoft Universal Mobile Keyboard folding & non-folding Bluetooth models
  5. Google Spotlight for iOS released with free 360 movie content. Includes one live-action 360 movie.

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MobileViews Podcast 123: Tips about free tech solutions

Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) took on the following topics this week:

  1. Amazon Prime 20th anniversary sale a bust for consumers? Ref: TechCrunch
  2. What’s with the giant gap in Microsoft’s new folding Bluetooth keyboard? Ref: The Verge
  3. ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley asked Microsoft CEO Nadella about mobile strategy. Ref: ZDNet

And, as a bonus, we discussed these free tips:

  1. Instead of Adobe Acrobat to create PDF Forms, Use LibreOffice – it can export PDFs with FIllable Forms natively.
  2. Instead of purchasing books tied to one platform, download free e-books (or strip the DRM off of e-books you own) with Calibre-ebook.com
  3. Instead of using that stats package you were taught in school (Minitab, SPSS), use R
  4. Instead of using iCloud Photos & Paying for storage, use Google Photos
  5. Instead of paying for push gmail with Google Apps, use Jon’s iCloud/GMail solution
  6. Instead of using “new fangled encrypted message service” (There are a few out there that offer “easy” encryption from providers you’ve never heard of), use good ole’ PGP / GPG – the tools are free.
  7. Instead of using Papers or Endnote, use Mendeley (2 GB free sync’ing for your PDFs) https://www.mendeley.com
  8. Instead of using Audio Hijack Pro, use Soundflower + Audacity https://rogueamoeba.com/freebies/soundflower/ (Made by the same company!)
  9. Instead of paying for clip-art / stock photography, use Flickr photos licensed under Creative Commons (if you pick the right license type, you can even use them for commercial purposes!)
  10. Instead of paying for Hulu & Netflix, try YouTube & TED talks

And, a couple of paid solutions:

  1. Instead of using Twitter’s free clients, on iOS/Mac use Tweetbot (saves your place, keeps Twitter under control)
  2. Instead of using your brain / a list somewhere / the power of prayer – use Lastpass or 1Password to rest easier at night!
  3. Try viki.com or DramaFever.com for streaming video content from non-English speaking countries. About $4/month for either one

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