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MobileViews Podcast 244: People who live in glass buildings in Apple Park, shouldn’t…

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Longer upgrade cycles and growing purchases of used smartphones said to threaten flagship sales

    “Back in 2014, the average upgrade cycle was 23 months – likely attributable to most consumers upgrading every two years, while a much smaller number upgraded every year. But that number has already hit 31 months, says BayStreet Research, and is set to climb higher still”

  2. Google launched a simple browser-based sequencer for making music
  3. Google Research Blog. Mobile Real-time Video Segmentation – green screen video without a green screen.
  4. 9to5Mac”: New lower cost MacBook Air? Probably at the cost of losing ports.
    Jon’s got a defense of going with less ports… innovation in mobile workspace design
  5. Gizmodo. 911 calls from Apple Park – employees walking into the glass walls. People who live in glass houses should not run into them.

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 243: Mobile World Congress – meh; Microsoft’s dismissed products; goodbye to our pets

  1. Jon’s family and mine both lost beloved pets this weekend. We took a few minutes to reflect on them
  2. 300 Tesla Powerwalls deployed in Hawaii schools to run air conditioners in classrooms
  3. The Verge’s Mobile World Congress expectations.
    Todd: Meh
    Steady extermination of headphone jacks
  4. ZDNet did an article on products Microsoft has killed. Do we miss them?.
    List of product: Media Center editions,
    Media Center Extenders (hardware),
    Kinect,
    Zune,
    Groove,
    Flight Simulator,
    windows home server,
    Kin,
    Nokia,
    Windows 10 Mobile,
    Band,
    Microsoft Auto / Sync.
    Todd: Microsoft SPOT watch & service
    Jon: Windows Live Mesh Remote Desktop / p2p sync. / Foldershare
    Todd: Windows Handheld PC & ActiveSync

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MobileViews Podcast 228: Google Pixel 2 initial impressions

  1. Jon – iPhone X
  2. NoteShelf. Recent update supports iPhone in addition to iPad. Tested with JotScript stylus.
  3. TOdd – Google (HTC) Pixel 2
  4. USB-C only. No mini-jack for headphones. No headphones. It ships with mini-plug to USB-C and USB-A to USB-C adapters
  5. Otterbox Defender for Pixel 2 $50
    No useful paper or web instructions for how to take this thing apart. Turns out there are 5 clips to pop to separate the plastic case after removing the outer rubber case. After the ordeal of taking it apart and putting it on the Pixel 2, here’s what I learned. One good, one bad.
    The squeeze to activate Google Assistant works with the case on- a little too well. I need to reduce its sensitivity
    The built-in transparent screen protector is not perfectly flat against the screen which makes typing on the visual keyboard difficult. Note: The much less expensive (about $20) Unicorn Beetle case I’ve used on my Nexus 6 for more than two years also has a built-in screen protector. And, it works perfectly.
    Belt clip is useless
  6. Impressed by the photos it takes. No second lens. So, no optical zoom.
  7. Google Pixel 2 vs. iPhone 7+: Photographing a bright red hibiscus
  8. The fingerprint reader works better than I expected. And, its placement on the back of the phone is not as awkward as I expected.
  9. Good battery life so far

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MobileViews Podcast 227: Google Photos now with Pet ID

In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Mac mini refresh? Ref: ars technica
  2. Limited unlimited Google Photos storage for Pixel 2 owners. Ref: BGR
  3. Google Photos now recognizes your dog or cat
  4. Finally. Bluetooth battery indicator in Pixel 2
  5. Sleep tracking on the Apple Watch (Pillow app). Jon tried it out last night, and learned some interesting things. Finally something that tops his old FitBit One.
  6. Hacking Is a Risk for Pacemakers. So Is the Fix

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 223: Apple iPhone 8/8+ and Watch Series 3 in the wild

Jon Westfall and I continue our discussion of Apple’s iPhone 8/8 Plus and Watch Series 3 now that these devices are available for purchase.

  1. USPS Informed Delivery Daily Digest
  2. Sprint and T-Mobile discussing a merger. Ref: Reuters. Tried once before in 2014.
  3. Apple Watch Series 3. Does not charge with PowerPort Qi or Energizer Qi pads (my personal tests). Ref: The Verge. I think Android Wear is easier to get started compared to Apple Watch. Pebble vs. Apple Watch?
  4. Siri
  5. Messages
  6. iPhone 8/8+
  7. iOS 11 on 7+. Display is often landscape after waking up despite holding it in portrait.
  8. Jon’s getting more interested in the iPhone X
  9. DXOmark said 8+ has best rated smartphone camera ever.
  10. QNAP Nas thoughts – build own cloud very easily.

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MobileViews Podcast 216: All-Hawaii panel. Intl travel tech. Gnarbox. Google Fi, Holo Holo Lens

Holo Holo Lens Project.

Photo courtesy of Ricky Li. Holo Holo Lens Project.

  1. Which phone and tablet (if any) are you currently using?
    • Paul Lawler? New Moto Z Play and iPhone 7+.
    • Todd: Lenovo moving away from custom UI to stock Android. Ref: The Verge
    • Ricky Li? Pixel XL (now on Google Fi), iPhone 6 for use with DJI drone. Recently bought a 10.5” iPad Pro.
  2. Ricky: Testing a GNARBOX (GNARBOX.com) hardware video editor for mobile devices
  3. Tech tips for international travel
  4. Ricky: Holo Holo Lens is a traveling camera project where participants do a month long photo journal using a camera I send them. At the end of the month they send the camera back and I put up a gallery of their month on the website. The project will be 2 years old this coming October (2017).

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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