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MobileViews Podcast 223: Apple iPhone 8/8+ and Watch Series 3 in the wild

Jon Westfall and I continue our discussion of Apple’s iPhone 8/8 Plus and Watch Series 3 now that these devices are available for purchase.

  1. USPS Informed Delivery Daily Digest
  2. Sprint and T-Mobile discussing a merger. Ref: Reuters. Tried once before in 2014.
  3. Apple Watch Series 3. Does not charge with PowerPort Qi or Energizer Qi pads (my personal tests). Ref: The Verge. I think Android Wear is easier to get started compared to Apple Watch. Pebble vs. Apple Watch?
  4. Siri
  5. Messages
  6. iPhone 8/8+
  7. iOS 11 on 7+. Display is often landscape after waking up despite holding it in portrait.
  8. Jon’s getting more interested in the iPhone X
  9. DXOmark said 8+ has best rated smartphone camera ever.
  10. QNAP Nas thoughts – build own cloud very easily.

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MobileViews Podcast 216: All-Hawaii panel. Intl travel tech. Gnarbox. Google Fi, Holo Holo Lens

Holo Holo Lens Project.

Photo courtesy of Ricky Li. Holo Holo Lens Project.

  1. Which phone and tablet (if any) are you currently using?
    • Paul Lawler? New Moto Z Play and iPhone 7+.
    • Todd: Lenovo moving away from custom UI to stock Android. Ref: The Verge
    • Ricky Li? Pixel XL (now on Google Fi), iPhone 6 for use with DJI drone. Recently bought a 10.5” iPad Pro.
  2. Ricky: Testing a GNARBOX (GNARBOX.com) hardware video editor for mobile devices
  3. Tech tips for international travel
  4. Ricky: Holo Holo Lens is a traveling camera project where participants do a month long photo journal using a camera I send them. At the end of the month they send the camera back and I put up a gallery of their month on the website. The project will be 2 years old this coming October (2017).

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MobileViews Podcast 211: 10.5-inch iPad Pro, iOS abandonware, Amazon/Google sales

  1. Google Play sale through July 6 (Ref: TechTimes
  2. Amazon Prime Day sale on July 11
  3. Jon bought an iPad Pro 10.5. It came this week.
  4. Tech geek bags. Think Geek. CountyComm. Rick Steves’ Civita Shoulder Bag
  5. Jon’s mini rant on Abandonware… or lack of update ware… (Dropbox API issue, Games going away issue)

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 193: They who cannot be named (Alexa, Cortana, OK Google, and Siri)

Jon Westfall and I are joined by guests Frank McPherson & Sven Johannsen in this podcast.

  1. Google discontinuing Google Now Launcher. Ref: Android Police
  2. No more Android OS updates for my Nexus 6 after 7.1.1. Ref: Android Police
  3. Amazon, Apple, Google, & Microsoft’s speech assistants.
    Franks’s Google Home experience. Ref: FrankMcPherson.org

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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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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