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MobileViews Podcast 324: Mostly Apple


In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss mostly about Apple products and services.

  1. Apple TV+ widens free access as Disney+ passes 50 million subscribers

    Apple TV+ offering 8 free series. Does anyone care? I am still in my free year period and haven’t found anything compelling to watch.

    “To lure these prospective viewers, Apple is widening access to three adult dramas (For All Mankind, Little America, Servant) and four kid- or teen-friendly shows (Dickinson, Ghostwriter, Helpsters, Snoopy in Space), plus The Elephant Queen documentary.”

  2. Modern Family – all seasons for $100 from Apple

    iPad launch in 2010

    Modern Family Episodes with technology: Season 1, Episode 19: Game Changer (The iPad launch). Season 6, Episode 16: Connection Lost (episode that is based on a macbook), shot with iPhones/iPads

  3. What does the iPhone’s “Set Up for an Alternate Appearance” do? It does not allow for Face ID with a facemask on.

    Macrumors said: With iOS 12, you can add a second face to Face ID, which is useful if you have a job where your face dramatically changes, such as with a surgeon’s mask or protective goggles.
    However, that didn’t work for me. And, you can see from the screenshot here that iOS’s Face ID does not allow facial “obstructions.”

  4. Jon’s ordered parts to bring his Apple 27’’ Cinema Displays into the modern world – they connect over MiniDisplay port, so a MiniDP – HDMI output, a USB C hub with passthrough charging, and a charger. Point would be to eventually support a new Macbook, but before that, interested to try it with the iPad Pro. Also raises an interesting question – would I benefit from simplifying my life down to 1 laptop that I took everywhere, plugging it into 1 port at each of my 3 primary workspaces?

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MobileViews Podcast 318: Apple rumors, Battery Grapher for Watch, Mac malware, Jon’s markup adventures

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Mobile World Congress 2020 cancelled
  2. Apple March announcement rumors circulating
  3. Battery Grapher for Watch – $1.99
  4. Reuters Fact Check site
  5. Malwarebytes: Macs Outpaced PCs in Number of Malware Threats Detected Per Endpoint in 2019, But Most Are Adware
  6. Jon is exploring Markdown seriously for the first time. And utilizing Drafts app for the first time.

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MobileViews Podcast 308: Raspberry Pi as an iPad accessory; MacBook Pro thoughts, and more

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. 2019 MacBook Pro 13 & MacOS Catalina comments
  2. Raspberry Pi as your Favorite iPad Pro accessory – Reference
  3. Cordless drill battery pack as a USB battery charger
  4. Survey of employer tech skills interests

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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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