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Note to comiXology/Amazon: Hawaii has two “i”-s

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Amazon upset a lot of people by disabling the ability to buy comic books in comiXology’s iOS apps (Amazon bought comiXology earlier this year). My ComicsViews podcast cohost, Jay Stone, was so upset by this change that he deleted the app from his iPad. He was not the only person incensed by this change to avoid paying Apple its 30% iTunes in-app-purchase cut. Amazon tried to appease comiXology’s customers but offering a $5 credit after the app change and, more recently, offering a free digital comic book every day for 20 days starting this past Memorial Day (May 26, 2014). However, I discovered one more annoying aspect to this change for iOS device users who can no longer purchase through the app: Forced to use comiXology’s web browser interface to make a purchase, I noticed that my home state’s name is spelled incorrectly – It is “Hawaii” with two “i”-s, not one. With the understanding that I make spelling errors/typos like everyone else, you would think comiXology or Amazon would have staff checking for this sort of error.

FYI: You can hear Jay and I discuss the comiXology iOS app issue in ComicsViews Podcast 51.

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88% of iOS devices running latest version. Android? 8.5%

Apple’s App Store Distribution page reports that 88% of iOS devices are running the current version. Google’s Android Developer Dashboard reports that 8.5% of Android devices is running the current release (Kitkat 4.4).

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MobileViews Podcast 78

In this podcast, Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss

- Why are Microsoft tablets sales still low/flat? (Ref: Computerworld article)

- Evernote, Keep, and other cloud note platforms
- Springpad
- Evernote is now on Pebble smart watch

Jon’s App Pick of the Week: Drafts (iOS), Specifically custom URL actions to Evernote notebooks, ToodleDo to do lists

Todd’s Anti-app pick: Apps for Chromecast (iOS/Android)

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MobileViews Podcast 75: Office alternatives for Android & iOS

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.

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MobileViews Podcast 74: Microsoft’s new CEO + app picks

Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss:

Microsoft’s new CEO: Satya Nadella

App Picks
Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Android (free)

PopAGraph for iOS (free)

Apple Keynote for iOS – Jon’s cool two device presentation scenario

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MobileViews 5-cent review #1: Facebook Paper

facebook_paper_20140203 Trying something new: A simpler, faster to write & post review format (read: the lazy man’s review format).

App Name: Paper – stories from Facebook (longish hard to remember app name)
Platform: iOS
Price: Free
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

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- Facebook Paper’s Gestural Hell

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MobileViews Podcast 73: Bye bye Nexus?

In MobileViews Podcast 73, Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall talk about:

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MobileViews Podcast 72: Googlegedon

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
Ref: TechCrunch

- iWorks for iOS updated
Ref: GigaOm

- App picks
Pushbullet for Android – Ref: This Week in Google episode 233

- Yay! S. Korea says no to phone bloatware
Ref: ZDNet

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MobileViews Podcast 69: Life after Windows Phone, Microsoft Project Siena, credit card security

Todd Ogasawara and his old friend and special guest, Jon Westfall, talk about their move from Windows Mobile/Phone to other mobile platforms, Microsoft Project Siena for Windows 8.1, and credit card security (COIN, Loop).

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MobileViews Podcast 67 & ComicsViews Podcast 43: iOS 7, Windows RT 8.1, Arrow, Agents of SHIELD

This special combined MobileViews and ComicsViews podcast let Todd Ogasawara, Jay Stone, and Emil Reyes catch up on iOS 7, Windows RT 81, Arrow (CW TV show) and Agents of Shield (ABC) in one podcast.

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MobileViews Podcast 66: iOS 7 discussion. iPhone 5s fingerprint reader hacked already?

Todd Ogasawara and Emil Reyes discuss the pros and cons of the recently released iOS 7 for iPhone and iPad in this podcast. Neither one bought a new iPhone 5c or 5s. So, their experience is based on upgrades to the iPhone 5, iPad mini, and iPad 2.

They also devote a segment of the podcast to discuss the news that the Computer Chaos Club has found a way to fool the iPhone 5s’ fingerprint reader.

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iOS 7 camera HDR (High Dynamic Range) feature more subtle than I remember

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Apple added the HDR (High Dynamic Range) photo feature way back in iOS 4.1 (Fall 2010). After playing with this photo option for a couple of weeks, I stopped using it. With the release of iOS 7 last week, I decided to take another look at HDR on my iPhone 5. However, my first test pair of photos (iOS provides the option to save a normal photo along with the HDR photo) barely seemed to be different from one another (normal vs. HDR) – [see below for the first photo pair].

I ended up creating a test scene that would be sure to look different when comparing a normal photo to the HDR one. The photo above is that test scene. The photo on the right is the HDR version. This time I could see the difference.
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