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MobileViews Podcast 275: 10 year retrospective

The MobileViews Podcast is a few weeks from its 10th anniversary. So, Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) are joined by frequent guest panelist Frank McPherson (who was on podcast #2) for a retrospective tech discussion.

  1. The first MobileViews podcast was pushed out on Nov. 26, 2008
  2. Android ten year anniversary
  3. Chrome OS: 2011
    Crostini (Google’s answer to the app chasm?)
    Fuschia
  4. From Voice Command (Pocket PC) to Alexa, Cortana, Google Assistant, and Siri
    Invention of the hardware assistant / ambient computing
    From capacitive styluses to Apple Pencil
    Consumer adoption of tablets: iPad. But, not Android tablets
  5. Disney’s new Netflix rival will be called Disney+ and launch late 2019
    Will include new Marvel and Star Wars content.

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 274: New Apple hardware, .New domain, happy b-day Alexa

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Happy 4th birthday to the Amazon Echo
  2. Google Docs document creation URLs (heard on TWIG)
    Doc.new
    Sheet.new
  3. No AirPod 2
  4. No iPad mini 5 or iPad mini Pro
  5. iPad Pro refresh starts at $800
    USB-C
    New Apple Pencil 2 only works with the new iPad Pro
  6. Mac mini refresh starts at $800
  7. Macbook Air refresh starts at $1200
    Macbook comparison page

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 273: Apple speculation, right to repair, AT&T cancelling streaming services, millennials leaving Facebook?


  1. Surprised by the new look of MacOS Mojave’s app store
  2. AT&T shutting down narrow focus Warner Media streaming services. First to go was DramaFever (with no notice). Now, the indie focused FilmStruck (Ref: Variety
  3. Apple Announcement on 10/30 – Will they refresh the iPad Mini and the Mac Mini? CNET lists it as something to expect.
  4. Paper by 53 dropped Pencil by 53 as a product. Many 3rd party apps dropped support for it.
  5. Are millenials (and i-gen) ditching Facebook? 44% of 18-29 year olds have deleted the app within the last year
  6. Right to repair & Right to Archive Clarified in new ruling.
    Ref: ZDNet right to break DRM for certain activities starts today – Oct. 28.

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 272: Google hardware announcements – with guest Frank McPherson

Jon Westall and I are joined by our old friend Frank McPherson to discuss Google’s (mostly) hardware announcements in the past week.

  1. $30 Google Pixel USB-C earbuds
  2. Google Pixel 3
  3. Buzzfeed News: Google Call Screen
  4. Google Pixel Slate
    Lower price combo: $600 slate, $200 keyboard, $100 pen = $900
  5. 7-inch Google Home Hub
  6. ars technica: Google Android Things vs. Google Cast
  7. Also: Pixel Stand, new Chromecast

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MobileViews Podcast 271: New Microsoft hardware, expected new Google Hardware, Private DNS, & more

Jon Westfall and I discuss the following topics in MobileViews Podcast 271

  1. The Verge: Microsoft announcements”
    Surface Pro 6 and Surface Book 2 now have a new color option?????
    Surface Studio 2: Meh
    Surface Headphones: $349. Giant over ears cans design. Don’t understand why some people are excited by this
    Android & iOS app mirroring in future Windows 10 update. Meh
  2. Google October 9 hardware announcements
    Pixel 3 and 3 XL
    Google Home Hub Smart Display
    Pixelbook 2
    Pixel Slate 2-in-1 Chromebook
    Misc stuff: Chromecast 3, Pixel Buds 2
  3. Opera introduces Opera Touch and challenges Safari on iPhone

    “We have also worked the a built-in ad blocker and cryptojacking protection into Opera Touch to keep you browsing safely and without interruptions.”

  4. Jigsaw Intra (Google subsidiary). DNS security for pre-Android OS 9 devices. I like this app better than the built-in Private DNS feature which doesn’t report anything.

    Intra protects you from DNS manipulation, a type of cyber attack used to block access to news sites, social media platforms, and messaging apps. Intra also helps protect you against phishing and malware. It’s easy for anyone to use

    Use Cloudflare with Google OS 9 Private VPN

    using 1.1.1.1 on your iPhone

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 270: The future of touch Office for Windows 10 w/guest Sven Johannsen

Jon Westfall and I are joined by Sven Johannsen for this podcast.

  1. Tim Berners-Lee: One Small Step for the Web…
  2. MacOS Mojave is the last MacOS version that will support 32-bit apps
  3. MacOS Mojave Continuity Camera: Bring a photo or scanned document directly from an iPhone
  4. iPhone XS and the notch vs. VPN status information/li>
  5. The Verge: Microsoft puts its touch-friendly Office apps for Windows 10 on hold

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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