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TIL: Amazon Echo’s Bluetooth can pair with Apple OS/X computers but not Microsoft Windows 10 PCs

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Amazon tells us that is Echo intelligent speaker can pair with mobile devices? But, I wondered what about desktop PCs and notebooks? It turns out that it pairs and works fine with Macs running Apple’s OS/X (I tested it with the current El Capitan release). However, Microsoft’s Windows 10 Bluetooth stack couldn’t even detect the Echo let alone pair with it.

So, if you have a Windows PC and want to use the Echo as a wireless speaker, you are out of luck. However, if you run OS/X on a Mac, it works fine.

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Testing 1 2 3: Open Live Writer (formerly Microsoft Live Writer)

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Microsoft moved its old Live Writer blogging tool to an MIT Open Source license. The application itself was always free. And, now the source code is available as well. The project provides an installer for Windows. So, you don’t need to compile the code to run it on Windows. I haven’t used Live Writer in years (it was part of the old Windows Live Toolkit package). I’m looking forward to taking a deeper look at it (I’m using it now to create this blog entry) to see if it can perform the relatively simply needs I have for blog writing. You can learn more about the project here:

http://openlivewriter.org/

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MobileViews Podcast 133: Surface Book & other new Microsoft products

Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) are joined by Sven Johannsen and Frank McPherson on this podcast. We discuss the new products Microsoft announced on September 6, 2015.

Ref: Microsoft Windows Blog:A New Era of Windows 10 Devices from Microsoft

– Surface Book

– Surface Pro 4
Type Cover w/fingerprint reader also works with Pro 3. $159.99!

– Lumia 950 & 950XL
Microsoft Display Dock. $99 (Ref: ComputerWorld

– Microsoft Band 2

We also discuss:
– Starbucks mobile ordering
– Apple Pay coming to Starbucks

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MobileViews Podcast 125: Microsoft Windows 10 and Office Mobile launch discussion

Special guests Frank McPherson and Sven Johannsen join me (Todd Ogasawara) to discuss the launch of Microsoft Windows 10 and Microsoft Office Mobile on July 29.

You can find Frank’s detailed notes of his initial experiences with Windows 10 on his blog: FrankMcPherson.net

And, my article about Office Mobile can be found on ExtremeTech.com.

Jon Westfall will be back for the next podcast.

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Mobileviews Podcast 102: Microsoft Office for iPad & iPhone

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  1. Microsoft Office for iOS free. No need for Office 365 subscription.
  2. Microsoft Office Sway? Ref: Microsoft Office Blog announcement.
  3. “Materials” Android apps appearing: Google Play, Gmail, Camera
  4. Swype for iOS free app of the week

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  1. Todd: Google Inbox as an Android battery killer
  2. Jon: Get true push Gmail on an iPhone

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MobileViews Podcast 92: Google Docs/Slides/Photosphere Camera, iPhone 5 battery recall, iWatch

This podcast was recorded on Aug. 23, 2014. Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss:

Google Docs/Sheets/Slides offline

Google Slides for Android
(Google Play Store link)

Google Photo Sphere Camera for iOS

Limited Battery Recall for iPhone 5 (Can check serial number for eligibility)

iWatch may be pushed to 2015 on supply chain rumors

– Fun look back: Gizmodo iPhone mockups prior to 2007 launch

HP iPAQ h6315 (old Windows Phone phone)

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