MobileViews Podcast 114: Jon’s Apple Watch pre-order adventure

In this podcast I (as someone who did NOT pre-order an Apple Watch) get the low-down on what the pre-order process was like from my co-host Jon Westfall.

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MobileViews Podcast 113: Ultraportable PCs, Windows apps branding, cloud storage & more

Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) are joined by special guests Jack Cook & Sven Johannsen for this podcast.

News items

  1. Microsoft office free for devices with displays 10.1 inches or less (Ref: Recode). Note: Mobile app versions (like iPad Office components). Not Office 365/2013/2016.
  2. “Metro apps” now called “Windows app”. So, what are non-Metro apps that run in Microsoft Windows? Answer: “Windows desktop application.” More confusing Windows branding.
  3. If you don’t need Office 365 and its unlimited OneDrive storage, Amazon has an alternative. Ref: VentureBeat.
  4. Amazon Prime members get unlimited photo storage as part of the subscription package
  5. Google Music free storage went up from 25K to 50K songs Up to 300MB per song.
  6. Jon’s App Pick of the Week: Workflow App (iOS; $4.99. Mostly for the ability to make a homescreen icon.

Ultraportables

Sven
Surface Pro 3
Lumia 2520 (RT)

OneDrive – music locker

Jack
Surface Pro 3
Surface RT (original)
Dell Venue 8 Pro
Samsung Slate

Jon
MacBook air -> MacBook Pro
iPad

Todd
Dell Venue 8 Pro
iPhone 6+

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Apple Watch ready iPhone app updates appearing


I’m not planning to buy an Apple Watch this year. But, if I do, it looks like a number of the apps I use are ready for it.

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Amazon Prime Music adds ad-free streams To iOS app

 

Todays’s Amazon Music with Prime Music iOS app adds ad-free steaming stations with unlimited skips for Amazon Prime customers.

 

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MobileViews Podcast 112

Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) run through a hodgepodge of tech topics in this podcast.

  1. Will Microsoft’s changes to the Windows 10 recovery partition make it hard to recover from Windows 10 disk disasters? Ref: Microsoft, ZDNet
  2. Google Domains: Todd’s experiences moving domains to Google
  3. Android 5.1 update hit my 1st gen Nexus 7. No sign of it for my [Todd] Nexus 4
  4. Medium for iOS app released
  5. U.S. Federal government website dashboard launched analytics.usa.gov. Ref: Fedscoop
  6. Best To-Do List System?
    Jon uses ToodleDo, mostly for hotlist feature to hide tasks without a start date/time. Have tried Todoist & Wunderlist, however both seem high on looks, low on features. What do you use to track to-dos? Seems like there are dozens of options from rolling your own to using a service, and a bunch of half-solutions like Apple Reminders and Google Tasks.
  7. Google Calendar for iOS
  8. Camera+ 6.2 for iOS update. New UI for iPhone 6 & 6+

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Apple Watch app appeared on my iPhone even though I don’t have an Apple Watch

I was surprised to see the Apple Watch app on my iPhone 5 (which i use like an iPod touch these days). My understanding is that the app is only supposed to appear if the iPhone is paired with a watch. And yet, here it is.

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