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MobileViews Podcast 341: Affordable tech gift suggestions

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Chromebooks can run Android apps and has a Linux subsystem
    MacOS Big Sur can run iOS apps on M1 Macs
    Windows 10 supports Linux subsystems. Now, Microsoft working on Android subsystem for Windows 10
  2. Preventing Big Sur update on my 2019 MacBook Pro
  3. Jon’s iOS Programming Notes:
    WidgetKit is interesting in how it uses timelines to display content, allowing a developer to load several “hours” (or minutes) of events into the future with one refresh.
    Swift has changed way too quickly – if you find a tutorial from 2014-18, it’s probably worthless.
    Hard to debug background refresh tasks (Or at least I’m finding it difficult)
    https://books.apple.com/us/book/develop-in-swift-explorations/id1511184149
  4. Affordable tech gifts?
  5. $50. Apple Beats Flex bluetooth earbuds
    $90. Has been on sale (normally $150) on Amazon recently
    $30.
    Logitech M535 Bluetooth Mouse
    $30. Arteck Bluetooth Keyboard and Mouse Combo Ultra Compact Slim
    $30. Bluetooth Headset, Jelly Comb Noise Canceling (single ear) Wireless Earpiece
    $10 – $20. Sugru Moldable Glue
    $11 – USB Rechargeable Milk Frother – great for blending drinks, like Jon’s protein hot chocolate (double chocolate whey powder + black coffee)
    $10 – OXO Good Grips Sweep & Swipe Laptop Cleaner
    $20 (Normally $30) – Arboleaf Digital Scale (Bluetooth, body fat analyzer)
    $15 – Boncas Flexible Arc Lighter (USB Rechargeable)
    $36 – KableCARD
    $18 – Anker Powerline 3 in 1 Cable
    $100. Raspberry Pi 400 (if it ever becomes widely available)
    $90 – PiBoy Base Kit – Jon’s fully loaded one should be here Tuesday (Ordered 8/15).

  6. Spurious Correlations

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MobileViews Podcast 337: iPhone Pro 12, Project Moca, Apollo Neuroscience, and more


  1. iPhone 12 Pro
    After restoring from my 10s to the 12 Pro, the storage used was doubled. As a result, I couldn’t backup the 12 Pro to iCloud and had to upgrade from 200GB to 2TB. There’s nothing in between. The new Apple One bundle doesn’t fit my needs
    The MageSafe charger option doesn’t include a wall socket. So, you need a USB-C charger to plug the MagSafe charger into
    The MagSafe magnetic is very strong. I think it may be possible to use it as a car mount.
    Camera
    Low-light video is pretty good. Pixel 4a doesn’t have low-light video
    Low-light photos with LIDAR are very good. But, almost “too lit”
    Ultra-wide – carryover from 11 Pro
  2. LIDAR app for the iPhone 12 Pro:
    Canvas by Occipital
  3. Project Moca available in my personal Office 365 account
    https://outlook.live.com/spaces/
  4. Organize content your way with the Preview of Project Moca

    With Project Moca, you can simplify your workflow so you can focus on what matters. Add tasks, goals, notes, files from OneDrive and other cloud storage providers, links, contacts, and even emails and events, all into one dynamic space. Each space has a flexible canvas so you can customize and view your content your way.

  5. The Verge Finally, custom backgrounds for Google Meet
  6. Jon is doing an Airpod Swap-out on the left airpod (right airpod swapped 7 months ago): https://support.apple.com/airpods-pro-service-program-sound-issues
  7. Jon’s Gadget Review: Apollo Neuroscience band (https://apolloneuro.com) – placebo effect or really does something? Data from Oura Ring suggests that it might be doing… something…
  8. Jon’s Tip: Be sure to turn sound back on if you use your apple watch for sleep so your alarm goes off, taptic might not be enough! Use an automation to do it.

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MobileViews Podcast 336:Microsoft Edge for Linux on a Chromebook; Beats Flex requires iOS 14.1, & more


In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. No October 27 Apple event. No Apple Silicon
  2. Microsoft Edge for Linux on a Chromebook
    Ref: How to install Microsoft Edge on a Chromebook
  3. Windows apps now run on Chromebooks with Parallels Desktop — only for Enterprise customers
  4. Beats Flex
    Requires iOS/iPadOS 14.1 upgrade to pair
    USB-C charging port
    Nice to have buttons for pause/play/skip and volume control (vs. AirPod Pro)
    Magnets on earbuds also pause/play audio as well as picks up calls when magnets are separated
  5. iOS 14 Spatial Audio requires a post-2018 iPad or iPhone
    Apple Support list of supported devices
  6. Apple Watch 6 SP02 not FDA approved — unlike Watch ECG

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MobileViews Podcast 335: MobileViews Podcast 335: iPhone12 models and other Apple October products


Jon Westfall and I discuss the good, disappointing, and missing product features from the October 13 product announcements.

  1. iPhone 12 and 12 mini
  2. iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max
  3. MagSafe wireless charging
  4. What makes a case a MagSafe case?
  5. What’s the deal with the Leather Wallet with MagSafe?
  6. The $50 Beats Flex. Bluetooth headset with wires between the buds & mic
  7. HomePod mini
  8. TwelveSouth Bookbook wallet cases for the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max

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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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MobileViews Podcast 333: Initial impressions-iPadOS 14 & Apple Watch Series 6

  1. Todd’s pre-pandemic & pandemic note taking journey
  2. iPadOS 14 impressions
    • Battery widget, by default, doesn’t show percentage of charge numerically. Need to delete, re-add the widget, and select from the three available widget appearance types before re-adding
    • Non-Apple widgets are second class citizens
    • The P-Calc widget is functional. Other widgets are really more like app launchers with information in the widget icon
    • Scribble not supported by the non-Apple apps I’ve tried so far
  3. Charty for iOS
  4. Apple Watch Series 6
  5. Jon’s tip: Back Tap discovery – in Settings -> Accessibility -> Touch -> Back Tap, can be hooked to a Siri Shortcut – and Siri Shortcuts can be used to make menus of other shortcuts, so you have your own shortcut menu!
  6. ElevationHub for MacBook USB-C Power Adapters

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