MobileViews Podcast 76: Office Online now works on iPad/Android, Net Neutrality, multifunction mobile gadgets
Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall revisit a few recent topics in this podcast
- OneDrive/Microsoft Office Online now allows editing Office docs on iPad and Android via browser UI
- Bye bye net neutrality? Comcast buying Time Warner for $45B
Todd and Jon also discuss a couple of multifunction gadgets:
- HooToo HT-TM01 Charger, WiFi router, NAS
- D-Link DIR-505L: Wall charger, WiFi Router, DLNA server
And, check out Jon’s tip on his own blog: Jon’s Building Portable Netflix Post: http://jonwestfall.com/2014/02/building-personal-portable-netflix/
Microsoft SkyDrive delivered more than a name change to OneDrive today. It also added the ability for iPad and Android users to edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents using their web browsers. Selecting a file using the SkyDrive (for iOS or Android) app launches the web browser. From there, it is the same as using any of the Office for Web components on a desktop browser – It did seem a bit slower on Safari on my iPad mini than when using a web browser on my Windows notebook PC.
In this podcast Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss the conflicting reports of whether Microsoft Office will be ported to Apple’s iOS (Office is NOT coming. Office is coming). They also discuss office suite alternatives for iOS and Android including: QuickOffice for iOS & Android, iWorks for iOS, Polaris Office, Smart Office 2, and Documents to Go.
Todd’s Anti-app pick of the week (something that used to be good but is now broken) is Google’s Waze. His Most Improved App of the week is Blastr for Android which finally actually works on that platform.
Jon’s app pick of the week is TapForms. This is a multi-platform database that syncs using iCloud.
Site: NBCNews.com website
What I say:
- NBC decided to launch its redesigned NBC News site a day before the first 2014 Winter Olympics competition starts
- It was, apparently, redesigned by Pinterest
- It now takes much longer to scroll through just a few news articles
- Unless you have a large display (large > 21″), you will probably have to expand your web browser to fill the screen to read this redesigned website
- Rating? 1 cent on a 5 cent scale
App Name: Paper – stories from Facebook (longish hard to remember app name)
What other reviews say: Best thing since sliced bread
What I say:
- Pretty but vapid
- Hey, someone tell Flipboard that Facebook copied its user interface!
- Difficult to read tiny type in preview thumbnails on an iPhone 5
- Difficult to look at pixelated/aliased UI on an iPad mini
- Would prefer Facebook throw a few engineers at its other apps and web interface to fix the severely broken status feed. When was the last time it sorted correctly for you?
- If Facebook dumps the current Facebook in favor of this new one, Google+ might start looking better to me
- Don’t forget the other and first app named Paper – Paper by Fifty Three
- Facebook Paper’s Gestural Hell
In MobileViews Podcast 73, Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall talk about:
- Google sold Motorola Mobility to Lenovo
- Rumor: Google Nexus Android flagship branding may disappear
- Dell Venue 8 Pro active stylus disappeared from Dell.com. But, Dell says it will be back withing a month
- Jon’s product reviews
Swiftkey Note or iOS (works with Evernote)
In MobileViews Podcast 72, Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss:
- Happy 30th birthday to the Apple Macintosh (Jan. 24, 2014)
- Gmail/Google+-ageddon. 1st world problems. Cyber dependency
- iWorks for iOS updated
- Yay! S. Korea says no to phone bloatware
In MobileViews Podcast 71 Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss (and debate):
- Net Neutrality
- Online college courses
- Note the finding that Windows XP is on 95% of ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines).
Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss a number of topics in MobileViews Podcast 70:
1. What products announced at CES 2014 caught our attention?
2. Is controlling the physical world (locks, thermostats, appliances, etc.) from a smartphone a good idea?
3. Cyber security: This time Nieman Marcus’ credit card data was stolen
4. Does it matter that Microsoft did not have a booth at CES 2014? This was set off by The Verge’s click-bait headline: Closing Windows: Microsoft and its platforms are nowhere to be found at CES
5. Windows 9 “Threshold” to arrive in April 2015. And, how much of a disaster is Windows 8 for Microsoft? (ref: Supersite for Windows: “Threshold” to be Called Windows 9, Ship in April 2015)