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MobileViews Podcast 80: Amazon phone, Windows 8.1 Update, HeartBleed, Apps of the week

In this podcast, Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss.

- The rumored Amazon smartphone. Refs: WSJ & Recode

- Windows 8.1 Update: Microsoft Surface RT update experience is different from the Asus T100 even though both have hardware connected physical keyboards

- Heartleed

Apps of the Week
- Todd: An oldie but a goodie: Sky Map. Was Google Sky Map. Now an Open Source community driven project

- Jon: An oldie but a goodie as well: TrueCrypt (Yep, not mobile, but it does protect data on the go)

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MobileViews Podcast 79: Microsoft Office for iPad (finally…)

Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall about the long-awaited (possibly too long) release of Microsoft Office for iPad in MobileViews Podcast 79. Other topics:

- Microsoft Office for Android (phones only) and iPhone available too. And, unlike the iPad version, can edit documents using these free versions.

- Microsoft OneNote for OS/X released (also, finally) for free. Note, this will only install if your Mac is running the current Mavericks OS/X release. It will not install on Macs running older releases. Note: As you can see in Jon’s screenshots below, OneNote for OS/X offers just a small subset of the features available for the Windows version.
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Google Search for Android voice activated camera function’s redeeming features

googlesearch_camera_20140319Google Search for Android recently gained the ability to activate the phone’s (or tablet’s) camera in snapshot mode or video mode (Marketingland). You do this by saying “OK Google” and then either “take a photo” or “take a video”.

This may seem trivial since it is easy to get to the camera even from a locked screen. But, it does have two useful features: If your camera is in snapshot mode, saying “take a video” takes you directly to video recording mode without tapping the screen a couple of times to switch to video recording mode. And, once you leave the video recording mode launched from Google Search, activiting the camera again puts you back in snapshot mode. This, again, saves a couple of finger taps and valuable time when you want to quickly capture a photo.

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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 76: Office Online now works on iPad/Android, Net Neutrality, multifunction mobile gadgets

Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall revisit a few recent topics in this podcast

- OneDrive/Microsoft Office Online now allows editing Office docs on iPad and Android via browser UI

- Bye bye net neutrality? Comcast buying Time Warner for $45B

- Comcast (was) & Verizon throttling Netflix (Netflix ISP Index)

Todd and Jon also discuss a couple of multifunction gadgets:
- HooToo HT-TM01 Charger, WiFi router, NAS
- D-Link DIR-505L: Wall charger, WiFi Router, DLNA server

And, check out Jon’s tip on his own blog: Jon’s Building Portable Netflix Post: http://jonwestfall.com/2014/02/building-personal-portable-netflix/

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Welcome Microsoft Office (for Web) to the iPad and Android via OneDrive!

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Microsoft SkyDrive delivered more than a name change to OneDrive today. It also added the ability for iPad and Android users to edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents using their web browsers. Selecting a file using the SkyDrive (for iOS or Android) app launches the web browser. From there, it is the same as using any of the Office for Web components on a desktop browser – It did seem a bit slower on Safari on my iPad mini than when using a web browser on my Windows notebook PC.

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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 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 71: Net neutrality, online college courses, Windows XP on 95% of ATMs

In MobileViews Podcast 71 Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss (and debate):
- Net Neutrality
- Online college courses
- Note the finding that Windows XP is on 95% of ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines).

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MobileViews Podcast 70: CES 2014, Microsoft’s future, more security problems

Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss a number of topics in MobileViews Podcast 70:

1. What products announced at CES 2014 caught our attention?
2. Is controlling the physical world (locks, thermostats, appliances, etc.) from a smartphone a good idea?
3. Cyber security: This time Nieman Marcus’ credit card data was stolen
4. Does it matter that Microsoft did not have a booth at CES 2014? This was set off by The Verge’s click-bait headline: Closing Windows: Microsoft and its platforms are nowhere to be found at CES
5. Windows 9 “Threshold” to arrive in April 2015. And, how much of a disaster is Windows 8 for Microsoft? (ref: Supersite for Windows: “Threshold” to be Called Windows 9, Ship in April 2015)

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