MobileViews Podcast 104: 2014 holiday guide

Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) offers tips and suggestions for the 2014 holiday gadget/app season.

  1. Best Freeware / Open Source Products
  2. Bad moves in 2014 – Facebook & Foursquare
  3. Most Anticipated Tech Trends / Items of 2015
  4. Gadget Wishlist

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MobileViews Podcast 103: 2014 Operating Systems upgrades rants

Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) have some choice comments about the major operating system upgrades in 2014. Android Lollipop, Apple iOS 8, and Apple OS/X Yosemite all get stinging commentary. How bad is it? I refuse to upgrade my iPad 2 to iOS 8. I am waiting for Apple to fix 8.1.1 before I upgrade my iPhone 6+. I’ve got a Mac that won’t go to Yosemite until it looks a bit more stable. And, Android 5.0 Lollipop turned my 1st generation Nexus 7 tablet into a slug. So,the Nexus 4 is staying at 4.4.

I have some comments about Microsoft’s Windows 10 Technical Preview too. But, it gets a pass because it is a beta release. You know the saying: If you play with beta, expect to get burned.

On a positive note: Jon has some kind words about Adonit’s customer service related to a problem he had with a Jotscript Bluetooth stylus purchased last year (2013). He also notes it is on sale right now over at ThinkGeek.

I have a few comments about the Alcatel pre-paid Android C1 phone running Android 4.2 and mention the Amazon Fire TV Stick that started shipping to the first wave of buyers in November.

And, finally, Jon has a bit of a “I told you so” moment in talking about the failed Amazon Fire Phone.

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Mobileviews Podcast 102: Microsoft Office for iPad & iPhone

News

  1. Microsoft Office for iOS free. No need for Office 365 subscription.
  2. Microsoft Office Sway? Ref: Microsoft Office Blog announcement.
  3. “Materials” Android apps appearing: Google Play, Gmail, Camera
  4. Swype for iOS free app of the week

MobileViews Mailbag

  1. Todd: Google Inbox as an Android battery killer
  2. Jon: Get true push Gmail on an iPhone

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MobileViews Podcast 101

Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) discuss the following topics in this podcast.

News

  1. Microsoft Band
  2. Google Inbox (Chrome only on desktops). The Android app is a battery killer!
  3. Surprise! Google Play available on Roku However, it is not available for my 1st gen Roku box. It requires a post-2011 Roku device.
  4. Amazon Fire Stick was $19 during a two-day sale period. Regular price $39. Amazon underestimated demand (CNET). Shipping even on early orders slipping into Dec. New orders slipping to early 2015.
  5. Google Fit for Android is useless. I tried it 2 days, then, uninstalled it to get a little more battery life.

Konspiracy Korner

  1. Google X nano-particles injected into body to detect disorders.
  2. Verizon Wireless perma-cookie
  3. FBI holds secret meeting to push a backdoor to phone encryption
  4. Circuit Court in Virginia Rules Police Can Force Users to Unlock iPhones With Fingerprints, But Not Passcodes. Fingerprints are NOT protected by the Fifth Amendment.

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Google Inbox app excels as Android device battery killer

googleinbox_batterydrain_20141029I’m still trying to use Google Inbox as my main interface to Gmail. However, I had to remove the Android app because it killed my Nexus 4’s battery by late afternoon. According to the Android battery usage utility, the Google Inbox for Android app accounted for 34% of all battery use today.

Interestingly, the Google Inbox for iOS app does not appear to be creating any extra battery drain on my iPhone 6 Plus. So, I’ll continue to try it there. But, it was jettisoned from my Nexus 4 as soon as the phone had enough of a charge to boot back up.

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MobileViews Podcast 100

The MobileViews podcast launched way back on November 26, 2008 (under a different name). For episode 100, Frank McPherson, who was on podcast number 2, joins me (Todd Ogasawara) and Jon Westfall for a look backwards and forwards. Here’s the show run-down for episode 100.

Looking backwards and forwards with Frank McPherson

  1. From the T-Mobile G1 (first Android phone) to the Moto X, Nexus 6, and more
  2. Chromebooks, Chromebox, & Chromecast

News

  1. Jon bought both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. How does it compare to the old iPad 2 & iPad mini 2?
  2. He also bought Apple’s leather case for the iPhone 6 Plus. Worth the money?
  3. Thoughts about the iOS 8.1 and OS/X Yosemite updates.
  4. Jon and I were both traveling last weekend. And, we both took an iPhone 6 Plus on our respective trips. How well does it the new giant iPhone travel?
  5. The initial Windows 10 Technical Preview worked great on my Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet. The recent major update (build 9860)? Not so much.
  6. What is Microsoft Garage? And, why is Microsoft Research dabbling in Android apps?
  7. Jon’s rant: What is CurrentC? And, what does it have to do with CVS and Rite-Aid shutting down support for Apple Pay?
  8. Pebble smartwach, Samsung gear and other wearable tech spotted at… Sam’s Club? Yep.

Product tips

  1. Todd: PressureNet for Android. Note the discussion about the possibilities of using the iPhone 6’s barometer on the Cliff Mass Weather Blog. For weather wonks.
  2. Jon: Replay Video Editor for iOS: Video creation made super simple, super fast, looks cool.

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MobileViews Podcast 99: New iPad/Mac speculation, connected devices, tips

Recorded: October 11, 2014

News
– Apple Oct. 16 announcements. New iPads – sure. iMacs – maybe. Mac mini – ? What happens to the iPod touch?
– Connected health devices. Ref: Mobile Health News & NPD
– Background content for Google Chromecast Ref: Google Chrome Blog
– AAA hands-free voice cognitive distraction ratings. Ref: AAA

Tips & Product Picks
– LEGO mini-figs to hold Apple lightning and other thin cables
– MMS support added to Google Voice. Enables support for, for example, Fandango movie tickets and other image based text messages. Ref: Google
– Diaries – the kind you might actually keep up with. Or for the young crowd: a social network of 1
Day One (Mac OS / iOS; ). Reminds you to write entries, gives you prompts to get you thinking (i.e. “What was your favorite game in childhood”)
— Evernote (Especially emailed with tags – shorthand: @notebook #tag in email subject to auto categorize
— Automating your life: Hazel & Keyboard Maestro for Mac OS X, IFTTT, Dropbox as a go-between

Konspiracy Korner
Ref: Wall Street Journal – IRobot Introduces System to Help Machines Think for Themselves

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MobileViews Podcast 98: Microsoft Windows 10, iOS8 mail app issues, Konspiracy Korner

Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss:

Microsoft Windows 10 Technical Preview
— Why 10 not 9?
— Upgrade process
— Surprised that Metro UI was the default on my tablet.
— Tiles attached to the right of the new Start Menu
— Tiles can be resized, rearranged, etc.
— Left legacy list part of the start menu not touch friendly on an 8-inch tablet display
— Microsoft Bluetooth mouse works fine with Windows 10 tech preview.
— Works with the Bluetooth keyboard I use with the Venue 8 Pro
— Seems like a lot of configuration is done by typing into the Run command line
— Metro apps appear as floating windows on the Desktop.
— Can be resized horizontally but not vertically
— Prefer this much more than the Metro UI

More Apple
— Oct. 16 – rumor of new iPad announcement. Maybe Retina iMac. Yosemite.
— Apple’s mail app frequently crashes after the update. Others have noticed this too.

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/6538150

Say a final farewell to Lotus 1-2-3
So long Lotus 1-2-3: IBM ceases support after over 30 years of code (Ref: The Register (UK))

Product Picks
— Todd: Post-It Note Plus mostly worked as described. Was unable to get all 5 of my test notes to be recognized at the same time. But, the app let me manually add the missing note. Had one color recognition issue (yellow note)
(free)
— Jon’s Picks of the Week: TextExpander(Mac OS & iOS, $34.99 & $4.99) & Drafts(iOS, $4.99). A great combo for sending full responses on the go.sky

Konspiracy Korner
Satellites reveal hidden features at the bottom of Earth’s seas (Ref: AAAS Science)

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MobileViews Podcast 97: iOS 8/iPhone 6 issues, Windows 9, Konspiracy Korner & special guest Frank McPherson

Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall speak with special guest Frank McPherson in this podcast.

Topics
– iPhone 6/iOS 8 fiascos?
— Bendgate
— iOS 8.01 meltdown
— HealthKit delay
— More on the loss of the full photo roll (ref: Tom’s Guide)
— Camera problems (ref: Tom’s Guide)

– Windows 9/Threshold/whatever announcement on Sept. 30 (Tue)

– 200,000 BlackBerry Passports ordered since launch 3 days ago (Wednesday)
Compare to 10 million iPhone 6 pre-ordered in 3 days

Product Picks
Todd: Post-It Plus for iOS8 (only)

Jon: AudioNote

Frank: Evernote – Post-It note photo import feature

Konspiracy Korner
Washington Post: At CIA Starbucks, even the baristas are covert

Wristband that transforms into a drone (HotHardware.com)

Defeating the Keurig 2.0 coffee maker DRM (YouTube how-to video)

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MobileViews Podcast 96: Apple 6 rants

Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss the iPhone 6 and 6 plus.

Also: Product picks.
Todd’s picks:
CipherShed forks TrueCrypt
Wolfram Tweet-a-Program. Twitter account @WolframTaP

Jon’s OS/X software picks:
Day One
Blogo

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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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