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MobileViews Podcast 178: Made by Google w/guests Frank McPherson & Don Sorcinelli

Don Sorcinelli, Frank McPherson, & Jon Westfall

Jon Westfall and I are joined by guest panelists Frank McPherson and Don Sorcinelli to discuss the products announced at the October 4, 2016 Made by Google event.

  1. What wasn’t announced/discussed during the event:
    New Chromebook or other Chrome OS device
    New tablet
    Andromeda
  2. Google announced an iPhone, a Gear VR, an Echo, and an Eero – The Verge.

    Pixel phones
    5-inch
    $649 for 32GB
    $749 for 128GB

    5.5-inch
    $769 for 32GB
    $869 for 128GB

    No interest financing available

    $99 for device protection plan

    More fragmentation: Pixel’s best features aren’t coming to the new version of Android

    Google’s Pixel XL priced like Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus but is half as fast, lacks many key features
    However, it still has a mini-jack for headphones 🙂
    Google Pixel updates

    Pixel vs. iPhone

  3. Google Home
    $129
  4. Daydream View VR headset
    Ships with Pixel. Only works with a Pixel phone
    $79
  5. Google WiFi
    $129 or $299 for a three-pack
  6. Chromecast Ultra
    $69

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 172: With special guests Sven Johanssen, Paul Lawler, & Don Sorcinelli

Jon Westfall and I are joined by special guests Sven Johanssen, Paul Lawler, Don Sorcinelli in this podcast.

  1. How long can we expect the Pokémon Go craze to last?
  2. Nougat & Android fragmentation. Why Android 7.0 won’t officially come to Snapdragon 800/801 devices
  3. Android Dashboard has not been updated since August 1.
  4. No Android updates for Nexus devices after 2 years
  5. Apple iOS 9.3.5 update to patch for a zero-day exploit
  6. Are we going to see more rapid iOS security patching from now on?

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 168: With Don Watkins. Observing the IBM PC’s 35th anniversary


Source: Wikipedia

Quick news items

  1. Google Phone app with spam protection on #Nexus and #AndroidOne devices to warn you about potential spam callers and give you the ability to block and report these numbers
  2. Nexus devices may not receive the latest version of Android if they fall outside of the update window, which is usually around 18 months after a device has been released
  3. Jon’s rant: More forced advertising in Windows 10 Professional

The IBM PC turns 35 on August 12

Don Watkins joins Jon Westfall and me (Todd Ogasawara) in this podcast to discuss the IBM PC’s 35 anniversary on August 12, 2016. Don founded the IBM Users Network and other popular online forums on CompuServe. These were among the first online communities in the world.

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Mini-podcast 26: Podbean for Android recording test

In this mini-podcast I used Podbean’s Android app with a wired earbud/microphone to record a short podcast while outdoors. The purpose of this test is to learn what kind of sound quality I get while recording outdoors while on-the-go.

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MobileViews mini-podcast 25: Testing the Podbean iOS app

This is the first mini-podcast I’ve created since July 8, 2011 (nearly 5 years ago). So, why now? I recently learned that Podbean’s iOS app can record and publish a podcast directly from an iPhone. It can’t record from a network connection. So, it can’t be used to record Skype or Google Hangouts conversations. However, I can use it to record anything or anyone within earshot. So, I may use it while traveling.

The setup for recording this mini-podcast is very simple: An iPhone running the free Podbean app with a Bluetooth headset/microphone to record sounds. The app lets me upload the audio file directly to Podbean to publish a podcast. Text editing appears limited to writing a podcast title. So, descriptions, tags, and other information has to be modified after the podcast is live.

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MobileViews Podcast 146

  • Paul Thurrott’s Surface Pro 4/Sufrace Book rant: Ref: Thurrott.com
  • Greatly improved weather search results in Android Google app. Ref: Google Inside Search Blog
  • How much has the free Google Android OS earned? $31 billion! Ref: Bloomberg Business
  • Office 365 for iPad & iPad Pro adds new inking tools. Ref: Microsoft Office Blog
  • Apple Music Memos for iOS app. Free. Much simpler than Garageband. Not perfect. But, still impressive
  • iPhone 5se. 4-inch display. Features of 6s line. Ref: 9to5mac
  • Conversation on our mobile setup circa 2016 compared to say 2006
  • Jon’s app pick of the week: “Copied” on iOS and MacOS copiedapp.com
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