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MobileViews Podcast 117: Windows 10 comment firestorm, Google IO, Surface 3

In MobileViews Podcast 117 Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) discuss:

  1. The firestorm of comments that an article I wrote for ExtremeTech generated.
  2. Microsoft releases Windows 10 Build 10122 — and it’s a giant mess

    And, before you go off on a rant, listen to what Jon and I have to say before drawing a conclusion.

  3. Speculation about Google IO
  4. The recently released Microsoft Surface 3 (no “Pro”) tablet – Ref: Forbes

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MobileViews Podcast 116

Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) ran through some of the announcements made during Microsoft Build, discussed the new Evernote Plus paid tier, and roast Amazon for its Amazon Prime Instant Video mobile app update.

  1. I installed Windows 10 build 10074 on my Dell Venue 8 Pro (over Build 10041). It worked the first day. However, on the second day, it doesn’t display anything past the login screen. The exception is I can CTRL-ALT-DEL to get the Task Manager.
  2. Tools to let Android/iOS developers ports apps to Windows 10 Universal apps. No emulator. Ref: The Verge
  3. Free Microsoft Visual Studio Code for Windows, OS/X, and Linux
  4. Windows 10 IoT Core Insider Preview for Arduino, Raspberry Pi 2, & other tiny computing devices
  5. Slicker Microsoft Hololens not as good as giant uncomfortable prototype Ref: Thurrott.com
  6. New Evernote Plus in between Free & Premium. New Plus is $25/year. 1GB uploads per month (like previous Premium service), offline access, mail to Evernote note New Premium is $50/year (was $45). Unlimited uploads, larger single note sizes. Ref: Evernote Blog
  7. Amazon Instant Video apps for Android & iOS now support HD playback & cell data. Supporting HD viewing is long overdue. But, allowing streaming video over a 4G/LTE service is a horrendously bad idea. Make sure you set the preference to WiFi-only. Ref: The Verge
  8. Apple Watch – Power Reserve

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MobileViews Podcast 115: Jon’s initial impressions of the Apple Watch

Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) start out this podcast with a brief description and discussion of the soon-to-launch Google Fi mobile phone service (voice and data). Then, we spend the remainder of the podcast discussions Jon’s initial impressions of his new Apple Watch. Jon thinks that a number of other tech reviewers have understood how the watch works. Listen to the podcast to catch these opinions.

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MobileViews Podcast 114: Jon’s Apple Watch pre-order adventure

In this podcast I (as someone who did NOT pre-order an Apple Watch) get the low-down on what the pre-order process was like from my co-host Jon Westfall.

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MobileViews Podcast 113: Ultraportable PCs, Windows apps branding, cloud storage & more

Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) are joined by special guests Jack Cook & Sven Johannsen for this podcast.

News items

  1. Microsoft office free for devices with displays 10.1 inches or less (Ref: Recode). Note: Mobile app versions (like iPad Office components). Not Office 365/2013/2016.
  2. “Metro apps” now called “Windows app”. So, what are non-Metro apps that run in Microsoft Windows? Answer: “Windows desktop application.” More confusing Windows branding.
  3. If you don’t need Office 365 and its unlimited OneDrive storage, Amazon has an alternative. Ref: VentureBeat.
  4. Amazon Prime members get unlimited photo storage as part of the subscription package
  5. Google Music free storage went up from 25K to 50K songs Up to 300MB per song.
  6. Jon’s App Pick of the Week: Workflow App (iOS; $4.99. Mostly for the ability to make a homescreen icon.

Ultraportables

Sven
Surface Pro 3
Lumia 2520 (RT)

OneDrive – music locker

Jack
Surface Pro 3
Surface RT (original)
Dell Venue 8 Pro
Samsung Slate

Jon
MacBook air -> MacBook Pro
iPad

Todd
Dell Venue 8 Pro
iPhone 6+

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MobileViews Podcast 112

Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) run through a hodgepodge of tech topics in this podcast.

  1. Will Microsoft’s changes to the Windows 10 recovery partition make it hard to recover from Windows 10 disk disasters? Ref: Microsoft, ZDNet
  2. Google Domains: Todd’s experiences moving domains to Google
  3. Android 5.1 update hit my 1st gen Nexus 7. No sign of it for my [Todd] Nexus 4
  4. Medium for iOS app released
  5. U.S. Federal government website dashboard launched analytics.usa.gov. Ref: Fedscoop
  6. Best To-Do List System?
    Jon uses ToodleDo, mostly for hotlist feature to hide tasks without a start date/time. Have tried Todoist & Wunderlist, however both seem high on looks, low on features. What do you use to track to-dos? Seems like there are dozens of options from rolling your own to using a service, and a bunch of half-solutions like Apple Reminders and Google Tasks.
  7. Google Calendar for iOS
  8. Camera+ 6.2 for iOS update. New UI for iPhone 6 & 6+

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