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MobileViews Podcast 305: Removing Apple Watch glass scratch, new Google hardware, Jamovi

  1. Removed a scratch on my Apple Watch glass using toothpaste and a soft paper towel. Try this at your own risk. But, it worked for me.
  2. Fitbit Inspire HR one week later
  3. Goodbye Google Daydream VR. Ref: The Verge
  4. Google announcements
    Pixel 4

    Pixelbook Go – too expensive despite a price lower than earlier models

    New Pixel Buds Rumors of new AirPods with noise cancellation.

  5. Jamovi free and open statistical software
  6. Jon got his Apple Smart Keyboard replaced – died after 10 months of use. I, like Todd, am starting to think these things just aren’t made for daily use

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MobileViews Podcast 304: Farewell to my Fitbit One

Jon Westfall and I are back after a three week hiatus due to schedule conflicts.

  1. Did Jon upgrade to MacOS Catalina?
    Yes… but not much difference other than no 32-bit apps. A few older games now live on my 2009 Macbook Pro that hasn’t gotten an upgrade since El Capitan. Seem to be a bit more bugs in iOS / MacOS this year though, just glitchy things which didn’t seem to show up in iOS until the past week or two.
  2. Todd:My Fitbit One (nearly 6 years old) is fading away. Its button no longer functions as of two days ago. So, I can’t activate the display (minor) or start sleep tracking (moderately annoying). I tweeted with Fitbit and learned their newish Inspire models can be used without its band. So, I bought one this weekend. It doesn’t have a floor climbing feature. But, it has a number of new interesting features.
  3. Bought Rogue Amoeba Fission audio editor for my Mac hoping it could replace both Audacity (Open Source audio editor) and the freeware Levelator. But, it looks like it will only be able to replace Levelator. It doesn’t seem to have all the Audacity features I need to process a podcast.
  4. Bought a Brother P-Touch Bluetooth label printer. It doesn’t have a keyboard and requires a smartphone or tablet to create labels.
  5. A $350 3D printer? Prusa Mini
  6. What to expect at Google’s October 15 Pixel launch event

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MobileViews Podcast 297

Jon Westfall and I recorded this on July 14 – hence the future references to Amazon Prime Day. In this podcast, we also discussed:

  1. The day before Amazon Prime Day 2019
  2. A partial apology to Google and, maybe, Samsung: Mouse Bluetooth flakiness with Samsung Chromebook Plus due to that particular mouse. Logitech M535 BT mouse working fine so far.
  3. Pete’s QBasic / QuickBasic Site
    Last regular update in 2008. Last update note Oct. 2018. But, it is still up and running!
  4. Techmeme the Ride Home: The Man Who Could Have Been Bill Gates? The Gary Kildall Story Parts 1 and 2
  5. Farewell to Microsoft Internet Games on Windows XP, Windows ME, and Windows 7
    Didn’t know there was such a thing as Microsoft Internet Games since Windows Me
  6. The largest platform for Microsoft Word is not Windows?
    Microsoft Word for Android has been installed more than 1 billion times
  7. Microsoft office truly is a great platform now that it’s all connected. They’ve got the best of both worlds compared to Apple’s “Blob only now a filesystem” approach to iCloud. Microsoft didn’t try to high filesystem, but yet still gives the ease of blob through “Recently Used”.

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MobileViews Podcast 293: Google Pixel 3a phone & tech at Disneyworld


Jon Westfall and I are back to podcasting after a brief hiatus while Jon was on a “secret mission” (vacationing at Disneyworld).

This podcast has two discussion topics:

1. Todd’s new Google Pixel 3a
2. Jon’s overview and observations of technology used at Disneyworld

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MobileViews Podcast 290: What is Mastodon? w/guest Ryan Ozawa

Jon Westfall and I are back after a one week hiatus. And, we’re joined by social media guru Ryan Ozawa.

  1. “Happy” spring forward Daylight Savings Day (I guess)
  2. Also happy National Mario Day (Mar10 – get it?)
  3. A brief history of Wi-Fi security protocols from “oh my, that’s bad” to WPA3
    WPA3 (ratified Jan. 2018) NFC for authentication
  4. A recent Windows 10 update is hurting game performance and messing with mice
  5. Jon is looking forward to experiencing the latest Disney tech in an upcoming trip to Disney World
  6. Social media guru Ryan Ozawa joins us to discuss a social platform that he rediscovered and believes is the future of social – away from the current giant services: Mastodon

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MobileViews Podcast 288: MobileViews Podcast 288: Skype speech-to-text, Google Chromebook Offers, CircleIn, 2014 then and now

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss

  1. While looking for Bokeh feature (apparently only for Windows), we found
    Skype (personal) for MacOS “subtitles on” feature
  2. Using Android apps on a Chromebook (the closest thing Google has to a tablet these days)
  3. Google Chromebook Offers
  4. Concepts – Sketch, Design, Illustrate Android app on a Chromebook
  5. CircleIn App – A new service for students that is making waves in K-12 and Higher Ed. Saw a presentation this week on it and met with Director of Innovation. Really excited to partner with them.
  6. Technology pain points – 2014 and now

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