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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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MobileViews Podcast 285: iPad mini 5 & AirPod 2 rumors, Just Press Record app pick, & more


In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Follow-up to Microsoft Outlook.com support issue
  2. More iPad mini 5 and AirPod 2 rumors. Very few details
  3. Chrome OS Instant Tethering reportedly arriving for more Android devices
  4. Jon did a bit of python programming this week – first time – pretty impressed, although some things just seem too simple!
  5. Jon’s App Review: “Just Press Record” on iOS ($4.99). Kudos for it being exactly what it claims to be.
  6. Jon’s Pixel a Day has been going really well so far. (Discussed in Podcast 282). Also enjoying have a iPad with cellular data.

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 284: Rants about cloud services’ customer support

In this Podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Outlook Premium (product no longer offered) subscription needs to be renewed next month. But, I need to change the credit card and the web UI won’t let me. Only online help available is a useless virtual assistant. Will try phone number.

    UPDATE 1: I’m on hold with Microsoft Store customer service as I post this blog item.
    UPDATE 2: I spoke with Microsoft Store Support who transferred me to Accounts and Billings. The total elapsed time was about 28 minutes. However, the customer service person was able to change the billing to use the correct credit card.

  2. Google to pay $40 million for Fossil’s secret smartwatch tech – new products incoming
  3. Microsoft shutting down Windows Phone over the next year or so
    Is there a clear path to Android or iPhone?
  4. Jon’s Walmart Pay experience. Seamless.
  5. CBS All Access: No Star Trek Short Treks when purchased through Amazon Prime?

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MobileViews Podcast 282: Happy 2019

In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

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MobileViews Podcast 269: New Amazon Echo products announcements & iPhone Xs first impressions

Jon Westfall and I discuss just two topics in this podcast. But, there’s a lot to discuss.

  1. CNET video of Amazon announcements
    Amazon Echo announcements
    Updated Echo Dot
    Updated Echo Plus (Zigbee radio, thermometer)
    Updated Echo Show
    New Echo Subwoofer
    New Echo Smartplug
    New Alexa Guard
    New Echo Auto
    New Echo enabled clock
    New Echo enabled microwave
    New Echo Input (like a Chromecast)
    New FireTV Recast (DVR & antenna)
    Echo Link Amp
    Echo Link
  2. iPhone Xs first impressions
    Moved from 7+ to Xs
    If you want a bag for the box, that costs 18 cents (seriously)
    Old phone service shut off even before I opened the box and turned on the Xs. Was told this would not happen by the sales person
    Serious problem pairing Apple Watch 3 to the Xs
    Chose smaller device/display on purpose
    Xs cannot display battery percentage in top right status area. Not enough screen space at top due to the notch. Xs Max can though

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