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MobileViews Podcast 64: Fav mobile games – Plants vs. Zombies 1 & 2, retro games & more

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Todd Ogasawara, Jay Stone, and Email Reyes discuss some of their favorite mobile games in MobileViews Podcast 64. They start off with the recently released Plants vs. Zombies 2. This long awaited game was released using a freemium model. It moves on to Candy Crush, Angry Birds Star Wars, and the surprisingly expensive but apparently satisfying retro games brought from the PC and console gaming world to the iPad.

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Apps updated for my iPhone or iPad in the past week: 34 – Netflix & SkyDrive had important updates



Thirty-four apps for my iPhone or iPad were updated in the past week. Here’s a summary of some of the updates that interested me.
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Merry Christmas to me from Apple: 6th-gen 8GB iPod nano sent to replace 1st-gen 4GB iPod nano

I received a Christmas (or perhaps, more accurately, Festivus) gift of sorts from Apple this afternoon.. My recalled first generation 4GB iPod nano was replaced by a silver colored sixth generation 8GB iPod nano (the one with a touch screen).

Am I a satisfied customer? Yep!

Happy Festivus Day!

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Recalled 1st generation iPod nanos being replaced by refurbished 6th generation nanos

I have not received my first generation recalled iPod nano replacement. However, MacRumors reports that others have and are reporting that some have received current generation sixth generation nano devices.

Apple Indeed Replacing Recalled iPod Nano Units with Current-Generation Models

I’ll report if I received a first or sixth generation nano after my replacement unit is delivered.

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Mini-Podcast 23: Apple Camera Connection Kit connecting a USB noise canceling headset to an iPad

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Passed 1 Million Steps on my iPod nano (5th gen)

The pedometer in the 5th generation iPod nano is something I wasn’t aware of when I bought it last year. But, it has been the single most used feature. I just passed 1 million steps logged using this feature. I’m still using it even though I have an use a fitbit to track my activity.

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Apple Free Digital Album: iTunes Holiday Sampler – 20 Songs

Apple has a great holiday treat for you: A free 20-song holiday sampler digital album. The link to the iTunes page is given below…

iTunes Holiday Sampler

Like many free iTunes offers, this is probably time limited. So, get it while it is free.

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Part 2: 5th Gen. iPod nano Video Compared to Flip Ultra

5th Gen. iPod nano & Flip Ultra Video Recordings Compared Part II from Todd Ogasawara on Vimeo.

Based on the chance that the 5th generation iPod nano focused on the raindrops falling near its lens in the first video comparison with the Flip Ultra, I took both devices to a different location. You can see the two video recordings compared here. I think the Flip Ultra clearly dealt with dynamic lighting changes much better than the iPod nano. There’s no doubt in my mind that the Flip Ultra is a superior video recording device.

However, Cisco (Flip’s current owner) has a problem on its hands. Because, the iPod nano is a lot smaller, a lot more fun to carry around, and records video that is pretty good (though not as good as the Flip Ultra).

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Video Recorded with 5th gen. iPod nano Compared to Flip Ultra

MobileViews: 5th gen. iPod nano Video Compared to Flip Ultra from Todd Ogasawara on Vimeo.

You can see my first comparison of the same scene recorded using the new 5th generation iPod nano and the Flip Ultra. Both record at 640×480. The iPod nano video seems a lot darker than the Flip Ultra video. But, I’m beginning to think that it may be because it auto-focused on the rain drops. If you look at both video recordings, you’ll note that the rain drops seen in the iPod nano video are distinct and in-focus while the rain drops in the Flip Ultra video are blurred lines. However, the scene beyond the sheet of drops is easier to see.

I obviously need to do more comparison testing.

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Mini-Podcast 13: 5th gen. iPod nano First Impressions Recorded Using an iPod nano

Mini-Podcast 13 was recorded using the 5th generation iPod nano’s built-in microsoft.

Topics covered:
- Video camera
- FM Radio
- Voice memo using built-in microphone
- Pedometer
- Voice over

This mini-podcast is 4 minutes and 43 seconds long.

- You can listen to the podcast right now from your web browser by using the embedded player above.
- You can also subscribe to the podcast in iTunes or this RSS feed.
- You can also point your smartphone’s browser at mobiletoday.podbean.com to listen to or download the MP3 file over the air to your phone.

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iPod vs. Zune? If You Have a Teenager, Don’t Bother to Ask – 100% Want an iPod

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If you have a teenager, don’t bother to ask if he or she would prefer an iPod or a Zune. According to CNET’s summary of a Piper Jaffray survey…

Teen survey makes Microsoft’s Zune seem futile

The percentage of teens who want a zune as of the most recent survey is 100%. This is all the more surprising since their Fall 2008 survey showed that 15% planned to buy a Zune while 79% wanted an iPod (3% were looking at Sony’s offering).

I know I performed this survey on a very very small scale (my teenager) a few years ago (when she wasn’t a teenager to be honest). I asked her if she would like a Zune I had received as a gift since it can playback video and has an FM radio. She was using a 1st generation iPod nano at the time which did not have either feature. She looked at the Zune and said she would rather keep using her 1st generation nano. I later bought her an iPod touch. But, she preferred the nano even then, BTW. Last year, I replaced her 1st generation nano with a 4th generation model. She’s very happy with that now (still doesn’t use the iPod touch much).

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Utada’s English Language Music Video is This Week’s Free iTunes Music Video

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How often does a father and his teenage daughter agree on anything? So, I find it pretty amusing that my daughter and I actually enjoy the same musical artist named Utada Hikaru (surname – given name order, btw) a lot. I was even more amused when I noticed that Utada’s new English language music video (she’s bilingual, btw) is the iTunes free Music Video of the Week in the U.S. You can find it here…

Utada: Come Back to Me (iTunes music video)

It should be free until the end of next week Monday (Mar. 30).

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