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In all fairness: Another look/listen to the STADOR K23 Bluetooth wireless earbuds

K23 Bluetooth earbuds could play but not record audio on a Macbook Air 2020 M1

In a recent mini-podcast, MobileViews Blog :: MobileViews Mini-Podcast 32: Microphones comparisons, I tested audio recording quality of several microphones and declared the STADOR K23 as a no-show because while I could hear audio on it from my Macbook, I could not record audio using it with Audacity.

This was not a show stopper since its main purpose was to listen to audio and not to record with it. However, I gave it another try by pairing it with a Windows 10 laptop PC. Specifically, I used it with Microsoft Teams for conference calls. The microphone worked with this combination of hardware and software. The audio quality was good with a reasonable volume level.

The earbuds with over the ear soft hooks are comfortable when wearing for relatively long periods of time (multiple conference calls). The charging case is huge! I estimate it is four times larger than an Apple AirPods Pro charging case. That said, the K23’s case can work with either a USB-C or USB-A cable. And, its front panel LCD shows charge level in percent (vs. just yellow or green light indicators). I have a suspicion that its soft silicone over the ear hooks will deteriorate after a year or two. However, depending on your price tolerance, its relatively low cost may make up for that possible future state.

Its list price is $60US but is available from Amazon for $39US

STADOR K23 (Amazon link)

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MobileViews Podcast 415


Gadget with no on-device on/off switch. Must use remote control to turn on/off

In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Netflix just announced a huge audio upgrade — and you can try it now

    In addition to Apple’s spatial audio

    Thanks to some help from Sennheiser, Netflix is enabling standard two-channel speaker systems — like, say, your basic soundbar, headphones or even your TV’s built-in speakers — to produce spatial audio sound without the need for a surround system. Spatial audio adds extra immersion by creating a 3D sound space, making noises sound like they’re coming from above you as well as on the left and right.

    Bringing Immersive Audio to Our Members Around the World

    Spatial audio on Netflix

  2. The dumbing down of UI/UX
    The clue-ing down of UI/UX – fewer visual cues & options

    The Dumbing Down of UX Designers

    Is it worth having a list of MAC addresses and devices on your home network? With IOT, this is becoming kind of a nightmare! Also Asus Router oddities in features only in app not in web UI.

    If you use the web UI, it assumes you are dumber than if you use an app???

    Tangential: I bought a “swamp cooler” (evaporative) that doesn’t have an on/off switch on the device itself. On/off is only on its (easy to lose/break) remote control

  3. Customer reviews on Amazon (comedic YouTube video) What Shopping On Amazon Feels Like

…Dedicated to Jon’s Mom.

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MobileViews Podcast 408: Mostly Google topics; making peace with OneNote; Jon’s Siri Shortcut solution


In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Chromebooks will now tell you when you’re using the wrong USB-C cable

    The new feature is coming first to Chromebooks with 11th or 12th Gen Intel Core CPUs that support USB4 or Thunderbolt, according to the blog, “with more devices to come.”

  2. Recently (sometime in the past 10 days), I noticed that Chrome on the Chromebook requires me to add Google Docs Online to enable pasting text into Google Docs even though I am online
    Google Docs Offline
  3. Apple Music is now available on Waze
    With a direct connection between the apps, you can now access Apple Music content directly from the Waze Audio Player
  4. Look closer and take better notes with your Chromebook – Google Cursive
    Cursive will be preinstalled on all eligible Chromebooks – just tap the Everything Button and search for the app – or you can download it by going to cursive.apps.chrome and tap “install” in the toolbar.
  5. Speaking of note taking: Todd is finally trying to come to terms with OneNote – by using it on a Chromebook in a web browser. Using it to jot down notes for a series of “thoughts before I go” pre-retirement blog posts on GeezerViews
  6. Jon’a annoyance at Siri solved – my own playlists now reliably triggered by a Siri Shortcut.
  7. Button Bluetooth Remote Control Kit for iPhone and Android

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MobileViews Podcast 406: Google rants; Rectangular is the new round



Jon Westfall tolerates my Google rants in this podcast

  1. Google rant #1
    I remembered why (1) I have only bought Google branded Nexus or Pixel devices over the years – consistency & reasonable updates. Why I won’t be getting a Samsung tablet for my Doodle-a-Day project
    The Samsung Tab S7+’s S pen is an active Bluetooth device that has features not available in other Samsung Tab devices like the similarly named S7 FE
    The S7+ keyboard has a touchpad. The S7 FE keyboard does not
    The S6 Lite also has an S-Pen and will be on sale at Costco later this week for $280. However, the S6 Lite was released in 2020 and while it will get Android 12, next year’s Android 13 will be the last update available for this device
  2. Google rant #2
    I remembered why I hate the Lenovo USI stylus for the Lenovo Chromebook Flex 5 so much. The stylus lost connectivity with the Chromebook several times while trying to use it for tonight’s doodle. I had to reboot the Chromebook to get it to work. And, the image somehow flipped upside down after I finished the doodle. Infinite Painter (an Android app running on the Chromebook) doesn’t appear to have a rotate function. Neither the app nor the Chromebook settings appears to have a palm-rejection option. This led to an annoying doodle session.
  3. Google rant #3:
    Google I/O 2022
    Google announced a new Android Pixel tablet after exiting the market in 2019
    Google’s Pixel team is making an Android tablet
    But, wait, it won’t be available until 2023! Presumably around the time of the next Google I/O event. So, I won’t be getting an Android tablet for my Doodle-a-Day project in the foreseeable future.

    Google Pixel tablet 2023 (YouTube video)

    Google’s Pixel Watch might end up using a four-year-old chip

  4. Google Pixel Watch 2022 digital bezel is huge

    “Square is the new round” in a digital world

  5. Jon’s Discovery: Canonical Multipass – great for spinning up VMs and then learning Ansible to deploy / set up an instance
  6. Google Open Source Maintenance Team

    Google Open Source

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MobileViews Podcast 402


In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Note to self: Upgrade to Audio Hijack 4.0
  2. The joy of USB-C PD (power distribution) when away from home

  3. New Fitbit feature makes AFib detection more accessible
    Does not say when the feature will be available or which current devices (if any) can support it
  4. Fi unlimited plans now start at $20
    Title is slightly misleading. $20 unlimited per line for 4 or more lines. Still a good deal. $50 for a single line. Also, a good deal. However, you need the Unlimited Plus plan if you need service outside of the US
  5. Jon bought a different form of mobile technology. A RadExpand 5 Electric Bike. Siri is much more necessary on a bike than a walk! Mobile tech is crazy though – my bike’s LCD screen has a USB port to charge your phone while you bike.
  6. Discussion Topic: Do you use version control for anything? If so, professionally and personally? Thinking about using Git more for various things, including (of course) code and configuration files. But wondering about extensive explorations: Word Docs, Powerpoints, etc…?

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MobileViews Podcast 400!


  1. Surprise! Windows 11 is NOT popular. Techradar: Windows 11 just isn’t as popular as MS wanted it to be
  2. In-app(car) purchases? The Aui Q4 E-Tron sync HVAC function. TheDrive: Sync HVAC function behind a paywall on an Audi Q4 E-Tron
  3. Dyson Zone air purifying headphones NOT an April Fools joke? Dyson Zone: air purifying headphones
  4. A college professor (Jon) wonders if Google’s writing assistant will mask student skill levels when adjusting teaching for classes. The Verge Google wants you to write better
  5. CNET: Apple iOS 15.4.1 Update: Fixes for Battery-Drain Bug, Security Issues
  6. Looking back at “potential” podcast topics from 2014 that we didn’t discuss back then. What is still around in 2022?

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