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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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Google Inbox app excels as Android device battery killer

googleinbox_batterydrain_20141029I’m still trying to use Google Inbox as my main interface to Gmail. However, I had to remove the Android app because it killed my Nexus 4’s battery by late afternoon. According to the Android battery usage utility, the Google Inbox for Android app accounted for 34% of all battery use today.

Interestingly, the Google Inbox for iOS app does not appear to be creating any extra battery drain on my iPhone 6 Plus. So, I’ll continue to try it there. But, it was jettisoned from my Nexus 4 as soon as the phone had enough of a charge to boot back up.

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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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MobileViews Podcast 84: WWDC 2014, Sprint/T-Mobile merger, Amazon smartphone on June 18

In MobileViews podcast 84 Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss:

– Apple’s 2014 WWDC announcements (nice roundup in The Verge)
– The rumored Apple health gadget (iWatch?) launch in October
– The $32B Sprint/T-Mobile merger (Reuters)
– Amazon’s presumed smartphone announcement scheduled for June 18.

Apple developer links (may require developer account)
What’s new in iOS 8
What’s new in OS/X 10.10 (Yosemite)
Apple Swift language sample code

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88% of iOS devices running latest version. Android? 8.5%

Apple’s App Store Distribution page reports that 88% of iOS devices are running the current version. Google’s Android Developer Dashboard reports that 8.5% of Android devices is running the current release (Kitkat 4.4).

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Skype group video calls now free

I haven’t tried it myself yet, but the Skype blog announced that Skype group video calls are now free.

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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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