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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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MobileViews Podcast 73: Bye bye Nexus?

In MobileViews Podcast 73, Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall talk about:

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MobileViews Podcast 69: Life after Windows Phone, Microsoft Project Siena, credit card security

Todd Ogasawara and his old friend and special guest, Jon Westfall, talk about their move from Windows Mobile/Phone to other mobile platforms, Microsoft Project Siena for Windows 8.1, and credit card security (COIN, Loop).

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AT&T says cell sites greatly improved in my area (twice). Oh, really?

On Nov. 26, 2011, AT&T Wireless sent me a text message stating that over 50 cell sites in my area had been enhanced. Did I see better coverage or data speed? Actually, since then it appears that a section of the city of about 2 miles by 0.5 miles does not have any 3G data capacity (despite phones reporting it has a 3G signal) and often no voice coverage. In other areas, voice coverage has deteriorated to the point where voice conversations are difficult to conduct for more than a few seconds at a time.

Yesterday, Jan. 25, 2012, I received another text message from AT&T Wireless stating that a call site in my “local area” (whatever that means) was enhanced specifically for wireless Internet access. Oh really? The Speedtest.net app reported a ping time of 432ms (very slow), 0.16 Mbps download (that’s 160Kbps) and 0.06 Mbps upload (that 60 Kbps or nearly analog modem speed). This is actually far worse than it was before the enhancement.

To say the least, I am not impressed by AT&T’s “enhancements” to their cell towers.

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Verizon Wireless blocking OpenDNS

http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/OpenDNS-Were-Being-Blocked-By-Verizon-Wireless-111530?nocomment=1

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Test post from Motorola Droid

Using WpToGo app on a Motorola Droid to create and post this blog entry. The Droid keyboard is, unfortunately, not a good one. The “chin” to the right of the keyboard digs in to my palm making typing physically painful.

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Podcast 29: Sony Ericsson Unlocked Phones

Sony Ericsson has a number of powerful smartphones like the Xperia X1 and W995a Walkman phone. However, we rarely see them in the U.S. because they are not sold through any of the large GSM wireless carriers (AT&T Wireless and T-Mobile USA). I spoke with Sony Electronics’ Product Manager for Unlocked Phone in the U.S., Steve Media, to learn more about these phones. You can see The Sony Ericsson unlocked phones available in the U.S. at the…

SonyStyle USA phone product page

This podcast is 32 minutes and 3 seconds long.

- You can listen to the podcast right now from your web browser by using the embedded player above.
- You can also subscribe to the podcast in iTunes or this RSS feed.
- You can also point your smartphone’s browser at mobiletoday.podbean.com to listen to or download the MP3 file over the air to your phone.

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Podcast 24: Conversation w/Nokia’s Ira Frimere and Joseph Gallo

I spoke with Nokia’s Ira Frimere (Portfolio Manager for North America) and Joseph Gallo (Communications Specialist) about Nokia smartphones (what else?) in this podcast. ZDNet/NokiaExpert.com’s Matt Miller was scheduled to join us but was unable to because of technical issues.

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BillShrink.com Helps You Cut Costs as the Gas Pump: Revisiting Podcast 17

TechCrunch reports that…

BillShrink Brings Its Cost-Cutting Engine To The Gas Pump

At this point I bet you are saying, “Hey, what does this have to do with mobile technology?” Well, actually, this particular announcement does not. But, it gives me an excuse to point out that I interviewed BillShrink.com’s CEO Peter Pham last month. In that podcast (#17), I asked him how BillShrink.com could help people save money on mobile phone bills.

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AT&T/T-Mobile Deadzone On One Side of Empire State Building

I spent the week in New York City participating in the ThinkMobile conference. It ended this afternoon. So, I decided to walk down to the Empire State Building and visit the 86th floor observation deck. The video above was recorded using a Canon PowerShot G9.

I discovered that neither my T-Mobile nor my AT&T Wireless phone could get a signal on one side of the building. However, both had 4 bars when I went around to the other side.

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AT&T Gives Starbucks Card WiFi Users $50 Discount

Just received an interesting email from AT&T Wireless. If you have a Starbucks gift card that you’ve registered for AT&T WiFi hotspot access at Starbucks locations, AT&T lets you buy phones or accessories from them with a $50 discount. Note that this excludes iPhones.

Start your day with wireless savings. Shop AT&T online and get up to $50 off the purchase of any cell phone or accessory (excludes iPhone).

You can learn more about registering your Starbucks card for free WiFi at:

http://www.starbucks.com/retail/wireless.asp

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LifeHacker Says iPhone 2 < Android < iPhone 3

I thought LifeHacker’s article…

Android Versus iPhone 3.0: The Showdown

…would be just another item with providing a generic comparison of a few features. But, nope, anyone interested in a feature-by-feature comparison of the current iPhone 2.0 firmware features with the current Google Android features and the upcoming iPhone 3.0 features should take a look at the color coded matrix in the article where light-red/pink indicates missing features, a pale green indicates feature presence and a pale yellow includes availability with provisions. According to this scorecard the current iPhone 2.0 units are missing a lot of features, Android has over half of the features with a lot of provisions, and iPhone 3.0 is nearly all green. Nice matrix. Run over there to read it, then come back here :-)

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