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MobileViews Podcast 348: Revisiting tech purchases; Goodbye to Tucows; Microsoft Lists for iOS

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Tucows closes its once-popular software download site
  2. Microsoft Lists for iOS
  3. Revisiting Past Purchases

  4. Nulaxy A4 Cell Phone Stand, Fully Foldable, Adjustable Desktop Phone Holder Cradle Dock $12
  5. A 60 GB iPod Video for $399.99 on 12/4/2005. In 2017 or so he gave it to a friend who still needed a dedicated music player, and for all I know, it might still be alive today.
  6. https://the-gadgeteer.com/2004/01/29/roadwired_megamedia_bag_review/
  7. A Timex Digital Ironman Data Link USB Watch for $67.96 on 5/13/2005. It was a great watch until it died, IIRC.
  8. A lot of LiveScribe things in 2010 and used them for 2-3 years until he realized that it was a lot easier to use a tablet. But in 2010, the only other alternative was a Tablet PC, which wasn’t always the best experience
  9. eBags Packing Cubes in 2011 that I still use, ya know, when I travel. Not always all 3, but mixing and matching as needed.
  10. Keyspan by Tripp Lite Presentation Remote (https://amzn.to/369k4ZM) – still the best presenter remote in my opinion because it allows full mouse movement. Sadly hard to find today.
  11. A Spring Bar Tool (https://amzn.to/3sSxtPD) that is the $8.50 tool that jewelers know about but us commoners don’t. If you’ve ever struggled with a watch band tension bar (to change the band on your watch), you need this thing.
  12. An Insta-bed (https://amzn.to/3pe1BTb) which has held up very well for over 5 years. Makes traveling to friends who don’t have spare beds a breeze.
  13. Beats Solo 3’s (https://amzn.to/3a5Wj6a) which haven’t had any issue other than having replace the ear cups after a few years.
  14. Kindle Oasis – works great at the beach, but was it worth $309? Probably not. Hardly ever use it at home.
  15. A Braun Series 7 Razor for $190.95 in 2016.
  16. A Vivo rolling / sittings / standing desk / cart – $299.99 (https://amzn.to/2Mihn0P) Great to be able to flexibly work in a variety of places.

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MobileViews Podcast 347: Interesting products at CES 2021



In this Podcast, Jon Westfall and I focus on a few products announced during CES 2021 last week that may actually be available as a product you can buy in the near future.

  1. ~12GB macOS Big Sur update waiting for my MacBook Pro. Still holding off on this update
  2. AI set to replace humans in cybersecurity by 2030, says Trend Micro
  3. Withings Thermo – smart Temporal Thermometer
    $99 from Amazon. However, for it for $89 at Sams Club yesterday
  4. ZenBook Duo 14 UX482
    UX482EA product page
    Starts at $999
    Last year the Duo’s predecessor was an interesting expensive oddity
    This year I have an actual use-case for it and the starting config price is a much more affordable $999 (not yet available)
  5. Mudra Band
    Touch Free Control for Apple Watch
    Control music, manage calls and dismiss notifications using effortless finger movements
    $180. Available, allegedly,in March
  6. Jon’s Take on CES 2021: If you aren’t into niche tech (Robotics, Drones, Automation / self-driving Cars) the mainstream stuff was kinda boring. Two interesting products:
    TCL Wearable Display but unfortunately can’t be used as a regular pair of glasses.
    For those who wear makeup: A lipstick pod gadget that can provide an exact shade (within a color family): Kinda cool idea, but I don’t know a lot of women who want to have very subtly different shades of lipstick (For that matter, most women I know these days don’t really wear lipstick that often). Do you really need something “slightly” more red? But along with other lifestyle stuff like Ice cream pods, kinda interesting innovation.
  7. Jon bought a VIVO Desk riser this week (https://amzn.to/2XPIeE4) to convert his last “sitting only” desk to the ability to be stand/sit. Oh, and Zendure support replaced a dead Supertank battery I had (less than a year old). But the location of the serial number was… unreal

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MobileViews Podcast 342: App Store Best of 2020 winners, Pi Boy, M1 apps



In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Mac App Store not featuring apps recompiled for M1 anymore
  2. Apple presents App Store Best of 2020 winners
  3. Jon’s PiBoy Adventures
  4. Instant Pot WiFi
    2.4Ghz (like all IoT devices)
    App works well
  5. MacOS Sidecar does not support iPad mini 4 or 5?
    Downloaded Duet for MacOS. Bought iPad app years ago

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MobileViews Podcast 339: MobileViews Podcast 339: iPhone 12 Pro Max, unlimited Google Photos going away, MacOS 11 Big Sur, Apple Arcade game of the week

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Google Photos storage policy change coming in June 1, 2021
    Photos taken using a Pixel phone model will continue to have free storage
  2. Jon got an iPhone 12 Pro Max, his thoughts:
    Size not a huge difference, reminds me of when I was on the 6 Plus / 7 Plus.
    Camera is nice, but haven’t had a chance to really test it out yet.
    “Virgin” setup – took about 4 hours to get it ready. Elected to have apps go directly to App Library, not make icons. Trying to streamline my UI to be more task driven and make full use of widgets.
    iCloud Sync syncs strange things – the password on my personal hotspot for example!
  3. Why doesn’t Apple News+ support audio stories on the iPad?
  4. Apple iOS Notes app for document scanning
  5. M1 powered (Apple Silicon) products announced
    Mac Mini
    MacBook Air
    MacBook Pro 13″ (16″ is still Intel based)
  6. MacOS 11 Big Sur
    After-show note: Garageband 10.4.1 update will not install unless the Mac is running Big Sur
  7. Plague Inc.’s new ‘The Cure’ mode is free until the pandemic ends
  8. Apple Arcade: Tint

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MobileViews Podcast 338



Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Todd’s Apple One impressions
  2. Jon ordered an iPhone 12 Pro Max, 256. Cheap Spigen case on the way to hold me over until the BookBook ships. A friend of mine is switching from Android, what do we think his experience will be? He’s used a Macbook and an iPad for years, but this is his first time on iOS as his phone.
  3. Raspberry Pi 400
    Built into a keyboard
    Overclocked
  4. Jon is still waiting for his PiBoy – Ordered on 8/15, it entered “in processing” on Oct 25

  5. Akai wireless Bluetooth MIDI controller. Interesting approach to pairing. Different from any other BT pairing I’ve seen for iOS/iPadOS
  6. Todd finally updated his iPad mini 4 from iOS 10.3.3 to iPadOS 14.2.
    71 apps that couldn’t be updated under 10.3.3 were
    No more Sid Meier’s Civilization!
    Noticeable battery drain for the first two or three days after the update. Seems “normal” now
  7. Nov. 10 Apple event
    Apple always has feature differentiation between Pro and non-Pro models
    Guessing MacOS Big Sur will be available that day or soon after
    So, what will be the difference between Apple Silicon Macbook Air and Macbook Pro?
    Touchbar? Or, actual touch-screen?
  8. Jon’s funny Hawaiian connection this week: Pu Pu Platter – at a Mexican restaurant

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MobileViews Podcast 334: New Pixel phones, rumored in iPhone 12 models, Surface Laptop Go, Taptic Time, & device etiquette

Jon Westfall and I are back for the third weekend in a row of after a three month hiatus.

  1. What if you could turn your voice into any instrument?

    Google Tone Transfer

  2. Google Pixel 4a(5g) and Pixel 5 – new camera features. Plus “Hold for me” features
    Cinematic Pan, Ultrawide lens. Pixel 5 does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack
  3. Microsoft Surface Laptop Go for $549.
  4. Rumored iPhone 12 specs
  5. Little remembered Apple Watch features: Taptic Time (For when you need to know the time but don’t want to be rude. Turn on in Clock area of settings). Chimes also available, for those who used to like the hourly ding on their old watches.
  6. Good quick discussion: Device Etiquette. What is acceptable today?

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