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MobileViews Podcast 229: iPhone X initial impressions. Guest: Sven Johannsen

I start off this podcast with a few Pixel 2 observations. Then, Jon Westfall and guest panelist Sven Johannsen take over with their impressions of the iPhone X after one day of ownership/user.

Sidenote: Take a look at this for the most amusing use of Animoji I’ve seen so far by Mia Harrison: And then we proceeded to waste half our day. #animojikaraoke #iphonex #queen #bohemianrapsody #carriedaway (Twitter video)

  1. Minor Pixel 2 observations.
    Swipe down on sensor turned off by default.
    Accessing all apps – swipe down on home screen instead of tapping an icon.
  2. Watch OS 4.1 update. Ref: ars technica. “The update brings a slew of promised features to the new Series 3 Watch, including Apple Music and Radio streaming support, GymKit compatibility, and a Wi-Fi toggle option in the Control Center.”

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MobileViews Podcast 223: Apple iPhone 8/8+ and Watch Series 3 in the wild

Jon Westfall and I continue our discussion of Apple’s iPhone 8/8 Plus and Watch Series 3 now that these devices are available for purchase.

  1. USPS Informed Delivery Daily Digest
  2. Sprint and T-Mobile discussing a merger. Ref: Reuters. Tried once before in 2014.
  3. Apple Watch Series 3. Does not charge with PowerPort Qi or Energizer Qi pads (my personal tests). Ref: The Verge. I think Android Wear is easier to get started compared to Apple Watch. Pebble vs. Apple Watch?
  4. Siri
  5. Messages
  6. iPhone 8/8+
  7. iOS 11 on 7+. Display is often landscape after waking up despite holding it in portrait.
  8. Jon’s getting more interested in the iPhone X
  9. DXOmark said 8+ has best rated smartphone camera ever.
  10. QNAP Nas thoughts – build own cloud very easily.

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MobileViews Podcast 208: WWDC 2017 deconstructed basics

Jon Westfall and I note the WWDC announcements they found interesting (some only minimally so): WatchOS, iMac Pro, iOS 11 iPad focus, High Sierra, iPad Pro 10.5-inch, and HomePod.

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MobileViews Podcast 174: iPhone 7

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Twitter Reader skill for Alexa available.
  2. New 7-inch Android tablet with Google branding (Pixel???)? Ref: The Verge. Hope it is affordable ($200) like the original Nexus 7.
  3. 64GB 6s & 6s+ models are gone. Only 32 or 128GB
  4. iPhone 7 and 7 Plus discussion
  5. ThinkGeek Star Trek Next Generation Bluetooth comm badge

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Google app for iOS gained keyboard shortcuts


This week’s update to the Google app for iOS adds keyboard shortcuts if you have a physical keyboard for your iPad. This is what I see if I press and hold the Command key on an Apple Smart Keyboard when viewing the default Google start screen. If you are in the search text box, Command L cancels the search.

Command L = Quick search

Command Y = Recent pages

Command O = Voice search

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MobileViews Podcast 158: Is the sky falling (for Apple)?

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  1. Is the sky falling on Apple? First drop in iPhone sales. Ref: USA Today
  2. Steve Jobs once told Tim Cook never ask what he would do and just do things right (Ref: TIME. One has to wonder if that is what’s happening, though. Or , if not, should it be happening despite Jobs’ advice?
  3. More falling skies: Intel’s Atom Cancellation Has Big Ramifications for a Surface Phone on Thurrott.com
  4. Google Play Store and “over a million apps” could be headed to Chrome OS. Ref: ars technica. Ron Amadeo also speculated a year or so ago that Chrome OS and Android would somehow be merged. I would buy a ChromeBook if I could run Android apps on it.
  5. Wearable Discussion: Jon’s impressions after a year with the Apple Watch, Todd’s after 6 months with the Moto 360. Giz article claims “Doesn’t really do anything that anybody needs” Ref: Gizmodo
  6. Somewhat disappointed I can’t use Google’s new MODE wrist bands for Android Wear watches. Ref: Official Android Blog

And, finally, this is not a tech topic. However, Jon mentioned he often plays with a pen by spinning it and I mentioned the amazing pen spinning videos from Japan. Here’s a video that collects a number of pen spinning demonstrations.

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