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MobileViews Podcast 352: Catching up with mobile expert Helio Diamant in Israel;

Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall are joined by Israel-based tech expert (and old friend) Helio Diamant. They catch up with is current mobile toolbox (including a motorcycle).

They also briefly discuss the updated Microsoft unified Office app that now supports the iPad’s larger display, Todd’s weeklong adventure uploading 16,000+ photos from an iPhone to Microsoft OneDrive (in preparation for Google’s switch away from unlimited high resolution uploads this summer), and Todd’s switch from recording this podcast using a Blue Yeti USB microphone with earbuds to the Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Bluetooth over the ears headset.

  1. Unified Microsoft Office app now available for iPad Previously designed for use for the iPhone’s display.
  2. Updating Google Photos’ storage policy to build for the future
    What to use after Google? Shifting over to Microsoft OneDrive is challenging. Slow. No intelligent features on phones.
    One week to upload 16,000+ photos from an iPhone
  3. Anker Soundcore Life Q30 over the ears Bluetooth headphones with dual mics
    End of my search for affordable (under $100) video conference headphones?
  4. Helio’s MobilityFreak site
  5. ZeTime. Hybrid smartwatch – analog watch

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 351: Mostly Google; cryptocurrency; is paper magic?

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. New Google Photos features. However, you need to pay (Google One) or have a Pixel phone.
  2. Google Fit gains heart and respiratory rates feature
    Just look into the camera. Available in March
  3. Google Maps feature to reduce stress if you have an electric vehicle
  4. Microsoft Visual Studio Code available for the Raspberry Pi
  5. CryptoCurrency Mobile: Ledger Nano X and the unique relationship between “cold” / “air gapped” and “accessible”
  6. Jon’s doing a 1Password Password Audit / Cleaning. Goal: A letter a day!
  7. Illium eWallet
  8. Why is paper still so magical?

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 349: One by Wacom; Mudra Band; ride in a driverless taxi?

One By Wacom

  1. One by Wacom
    $60 starter drawing tablet. Don’t confuse this with the $399 Wacom One which was, previously, Wacom’s most inexpensive tablet
    No driver needed for Chromebooks. Certified for:
    Works With Chromebooks
    Battery-less wireless stylus. Tablet connects to computer using a USB-A connector. No external power needed.
    Drivers needed for MacOS and Windows
    A very 1980s, pre-2016 iPad Pro/Apple Pencil experience
    Discounting the Microsoft Tablet/Surface which did not have a good “pen” experience
  2. Mudra Band Touch free control for Apple Watch
  3. Jon started using the Watchsmith App, allows for some nice customization for your Apple Watch complications. Would like to see data services expanded more.
  4. Jon’s also been fighting with bookmarks lately – the convoluted way to get Firefox & iCloud bookmarks in sync when you don’t use a PC.
  5. AutoX Opens Real Robotaxi Service In China To The General Public
    Would you hop in a robot-taxi that doesn’t have a human safety driver?
    AutoX – funded by Alibaba

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 346: Looking 5 years backward & forward

In this first podcast for 2021 Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Waiting for new 2021 detachable Chromebooks
    Whatever follows the hard to find 2020 Lenovo Chromebook Duet
    Saw the Duet in person for the first time last week.
  2. Doodling using a Lenovo Flex 5 Chromebook, Lenovo USI Pen, & Infinite Painter
  3. First M1 Macbook Air rant.
    60w Anker USB-C PD port can charge a 2019 MacBook Pro that ships with a 61W charger.
    However, it only slow charges a 2020 M1 MacBook Air that ships with a 30W charger
  4. 5 Years ago on MobileViews we were discussing the rumors about AirPods (https://9to5mac.com/2016/01/08/iphone-7-wireless-headphones-beats/) and the rumors that the IPhone 7 wouldn’t have a headphone jack (http://arstechnica.com/apple/2016/01/report-next-generation-iphone-design-will-ditch-the-3-5mm-headphone-jack/”) Interesting to think about how the jury is still out about 3.5 mm jacks within the geek community (I still find some people very sad about the lack of them), but no one seems to think Apple made a huge mistake with two separate earbuds with no connecting wire, although Todd said we were guaranteed to lose one or both of them
  5. In 5 years, what do we think will be “settled” that’s currently a big tech debate:
    Privacy: I see more and more people either outright taking back their data, or choosing providers that prioritize privacy over lower price points (e.g., bad news for Google).
    Related: AirGap for All – people will become more interested in holding all of the keys for their data, rather than rely on the big players to secure them.
    The desktop looks more like mobile but not in the ways we thought it would (e.g., low powered chips with severe performance drops (e.g., ARM)) – we’ll have the low powered chips, but with better performance. Bad news for Intel unless they figure out how to copy Apple Sillica. The death of the x86 or amd64 architecture?
    USB-C for everything? Maybe? Still surprised at the number of Micro USB connectors my devices use.
    Cloud computing finally goes mainstream – schools being the last holdout, but after the pandemic, will teachers want to go back to pencil/paper/storing everything on a USB stick? Will Students want to take a step backwards? Business got the cloud computing memo in 2010, perhaps 2020 will finally get some of the holdouts on board.

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 345: Looking back on 2020 work tech w/Paul Lawler & Don Sorcinelli


Paul Lawler & Don Sorcinelli join Jon Westfall and me to (mostly) discuss what we noticed about and the tech we used for working in organization during the ongoing pandemic

  1. Laptops, desktop sales see ‘renaissance;’ shortages won’t ease until 2022

    But some analysts now expect 2020 will close at about 300 million shipments, up roughly 15% from a year ago. Tablets are experiencing even faster growth. (same as 2008 peak number)

  2. I hate how much I love Apple’s Airpods Max – Really interesting how many bloggers / reviewers hate the fact that they really like a $549 headset.
  3. People pay attention to background image quality but not audio quality. Ironically, it turns out I had audio issues when recording this podcast
  4. USB microphones
  5. Lav mics (wired and wireless)
  6. Bluetooth headphones
  7. Bluetooth keyboards
  8. The iPad mini 5 and Anker Bluetooth mini-keyboard as a mobile mini workstation
  9. Trimming down to one laptop (Jon)
  10. The challenge of teaching university level classes (Jon and Paul)
  11. Pandemic tech etiquette and best practices

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 344: Gadget gifts w/guest panelists MobileViews Podcast 344: Gadget gifts w/Sven Johannsen, Paul Lawler, Frank McPherson & Don Sorcinelli


Jon Westfall and I are joined by guest panelists Sven Johannsen, Paul Lawler, Frank McPherson & Don Sorcinelli to discuss tech/gadget gifts. We all got out first look at Microsoft Skype’s “Together Mode”. The consumer version looks different that the Teams enterprise Gallery Mode and doesn’t offer any background options.

Some of the more unique and affordable selections in our lists:

  • ColorCoral keyboard cleaning slime
  • Wearable EKG monitor
  • Tile Pro (replaceable battery)
  • Oxo Good Grips: Brush for keyboards and microfiber for dust on displays
  • Heroclips: Carbiner with hook clip

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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