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MobileViews Podcast 268: iPhone Xs, Watch 4, & DC Universe

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. DC Universe apps for Android and iOS available along with service launch. Soft launched on Sept. 12 and full launch on Sept. 15
  2. Apple broke naming conventions: Xs Max instead of Xs+
  3. The “smaller” Xs 5.8-inch display is larger than the 7+ 5.5-inch screen I currently have
  4. Apple Watch 4 band size
  5. What wasn’t announced:
    USB-C for iOS devices
    Any new iPad / ipad mini (released 9/9/2015)
    Mac mini refresh
    Air Pod v2
    AirPower wireless charger announced last year is still a no-show

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MobileViews Podcast 267: Lenovo Smart Display with Google Assistant & more

In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. No speculation discussion! Leave that for other podcasts
    Sept. 12 Apple event – iPhone and other stuff
    Oct. 2 Microsoft event – Surface
    Oct. 9 Google event – Pixel
  2. Introducing Skype call recording
    Stores to MP4 format
  3. Microsoft ‘Confirms’ Windows 7 New Monthly Charge starting January 14, 2020.
  4. Jon’s Tech Find of the week: QNAP Nas Units can easily schedule services!
  5. AnchorFree, Maker of a Top Online Privacy App, Raises $295 Million

    AnchorFree, the maker of Hotspot Shield, one of the oldest VPN apps, said Wednesday that it had raised $295 million. The round brings AnchorFree’s total funding to $358 million, far outpacing any of its competitors.

    The investment in AnchorFree suggests that the VPN category is becoming more mainstream. Investors previously avoided it in part because relatively few users have adopted the technology.

    MobileViews Podcast 23: Hotspot Shield – Free Ad-supported VPN – A Conversation with AnchorFree’s CEO David Gorodyansky – April 18, 2009

    “I was very skeptical of the service before speaking with David. But, I developed a level of comfort after speaking with him and am running their software and using their service on my Asus Eee PC 1000HA netbook running Windows 7 Beta.”

  6. Lenovo Smart Display Bought the 10-inch model for $230 at Sams Club. It came bundled with a Google Home Mini.

    Has a physical front facing camera shutter for privacy. Also a microphone mute.
    Snapdragon™ 624, Octa-Core A53 1.8 GHz
    Beautiful 1920×1200 display.
    2″ 10W Full Range Speaker​, 2 x Passive Tweeters​
    2 x 2 Dual Microphone Arrays

    Kevin Tofel’s Lenovo Smart Display review

    Has portrait mode but it only works with Google Duo calls.
    Rule 1: The main thing to remember is this: Even though it has a touch display, try to ignore it as a UI option. Use your voice as much as possible.
    Rule 2: If you are invested in the Google environment, this is for you. Google Play Movies & TV, YouTube Premium, YouTube TV? Yes. Amazon Prime and Netflix? No. Lenovo is cagey about Netflix though. It can stream radio stations through iHeartRadio though.
    Rule 3: If there is more than one person in your home, be sure they all register with their Google account and train the smart display with their voice – Voice Match.

    Observations:
    Casting to the smart display
    Weather for my area is still near useless. Temperature is off (lower) 5 to 8 degrees consistently
    Synthetic voice is not quite as “natural” as the Amazon Echo’s

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MobileViews Podcast 266: Post Windows world & more hurricane prep discussion

Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall are joined by guest panelist Ricky Li for this podcast.

  1. DC Universe streaming service starts on Sept. 15)
  2. Post Windows PC world. Ref: ars technica
  3. Starting Oct. 2 Microsoft to increase device limits for Office 365 consumer subscription users

    [Starting on October 2nd, Office 365 Personal users can sign into five concurrent devices at the same time. They can load the Office apps onto multiple devices, but only be signed into five. For Home, starting October 2nd, that updates to six users, across all your devices and each user can be signed into five devices at the same time. Technically, that means an Office 365 Home customer could have 30 Home subscriptions running at the same time, with each user getting five signed-in devices.]

    Details

  4. Cool Tip: Guided Access (Jon’s favorite hidden IOS feature) can bypass autolock – great for when you need your screen to stay on: Ref: Reddit
  5. The On-Again-Off-Again Pixel Watch. Jon’s already thinking about potentially having a Pixel 3 to play with, what about a Pixel Watch (If one were to become available).
  6. Post-hurricane discussion
    Amazon references: TV tuner
    Antenna

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 265: Post Hurricane Lane

  1. Nothing new in emergency prep apps as far as I can tell
  2. Electric utility rep said on TV that its outage app is not accurate.
  3. Couldn’t figure out why people kept marking themselves safe on Facebook when no dangerous event was near them
    Jon’s Take: People have a horrible grasp of geography + they believe everything hyped by the news, and it’s in the news’ best interest to scare them.
  4. Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ with POE HAT announced.
  5. ZipGrade.com (I’ve talked about them before, I believe, but a good service that’s fairly cheap)
    ZipGrade turns your phone or tablet into an optical grading machine similar to a Scantron.
    Free download and 100-scans per month
    Unlimited Scanning: $6.99 for 1 year

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 264: Back to school tech tips

  1. Happy 37th b-day to the IBM PC
  2. Skype & microphone setting rant
  3. Ref to ComicsViews Podcast 100: The high cost of streaming superhero vids in the near future
  4. “Back to School” Tech Tips

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MobileViews Podcast 263: New Star Trek; Fire HD 8 thoughts; airport WiFi passwords, Apple Watch keeps ticking

In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Entertainment Weekly: Watch Patrick Stewart shock Star Trek fans with surprise reveal of new series
  2. Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa, 8″ HD Display, 16 GB, Black – with Special Offers – $50 on Amazon Prime Day.
  3. A Map Of Wireless Passwords From Airports And Lounges Around The World (Updated Regularly)
  4. Archive.org: 219 issues of BYTE magazine available
  5. Jon was in an accident and the only 2 injuries were the car (totalled) and his apple watch

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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