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MobileViews Podcast 163: WWDC 163 & more

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In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) discuss:

  1. Google Fi/T-Mobile UK was down for hours in London on June 7 and seemed flaky for days after that.
  2. Fortunately, the hotel I stayed in had an Android phone that came with the room that could be used free of charge with free data, voice, and text. Ref: Handy.Travel
  3. iOS AT&T WiFi Calling and NumberSync
  4. https://www.att.com/shop/wireless/features/numbersync.html
    Microsoft buying LinkedIn for $26.2 billion
  5. Amazon Echo Dot
  6. Un-tip: You cannot mobile order a Starbucks granita beverage
  7. WWDC new features for end-users summary

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MobileViews Podcast 162

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  1. Google Audio history Ref: Popular Science
  2. Google Website Mobile Speed Test site Ref: Google Small Business Blog. Also: https://tools.pingdom.com
  3. Usage of ad-blocking software has doubled in the past year, a report says
  4. Tip: Audible for iOS. If you can’t see an audio book on your device, try logging out and then back in. I had to chat with Audible’s tech support to learn that today.
  5. Even with Bitlocker built into the OS, Veracrypt is still probably the best option for most people, plus it’s cross-platform. Ref: LifeHacker
  6. Jon’s tech tip: Periodically upgrade your HDMI cables!

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MobileViews Podcast 161: Android apps for Chrome OS, Fitbit & COIN, Netflix fast.com + Google I/O comments

Android apps on Chrome OS

In MobileViews Podcast 161 Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) discuss:

  1. Android apps will run on Chrome OS. Stable channel rollout in the fall (Sept. or Oct.) Ref: Ars Technica
  2. Fitbit bought COIN
  3. Netflix Fast.com ad-free broadband speed test
  4. Google I/O: Project Ara, Google Home, Allo & Duo, Google Levi touch enabled jacket

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MobileViews Podcast 160: MobileViews Podcast 160: Free VPNs, BASIC for Android, Gboard for iOS, Siri IoT, My TSA, & more

In this podcast Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) discuss:

  1. Opera VPN for iOS – Free.
  2. Opera VPN in desktop browser now only works when using Private Viewing Mode.
  3. BASIC for Android.
    Includes access to graphics, audio, sensors, and network/telecom.
    BASIC! Users Guide
  4. Google Gboard for iOS
  5. Jon went back to the Native Podcast App over Overcast! What were his reasons?!?
  6. Jon’s been ordering Siri to turn on and off his lights, how has it been working?
    (iHome iSP5 WiFi SmartPlug)
  7. T10 Car Wireless MP3
  8. My TSA app for iOS and Android

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MobileViews Podcast 159: Rise of the free VPN and Ad Blocking – with Special guest Don Sorcinelli

Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall welcome back Don Sorcinelli to discuss the recent developments in free VPN and ad blocking options for web browsers.

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We also discussed:

  • Microsoft pre-touch sensing. Like Kinect, cool but does anyone want it? Ref: The Verge/Microsoft Research. Completed in 2014 for a never released device.

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MobileViews Podcast 158: Is the sky falling (for Apple)?

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  1. Is the sky falling on Apple? First drop in iPhone sales. Ref: USA Today
  2. Steve Jobs once told Tim Cook never ask what he would do and just do things right (Ref: TIME. One has to wonder if that is what’s happening, though. Or , if not, should it be happening despite Jobs’ advice?
  3. More falling skies: Intel’s Atom Cancellation Has Big Ramifications for a Surface Phone on Thurrott.com
  4. Google Play Store and “over a million apps” could be headed to Chrome OS. Ref: ars technica. Ron Amadeo also speculated a year or so ago that Chrome OS and Android would somehow be merged. I would buy a ChromeBook if I could run Android apps on it.
  5. Wearable Discussion: Jon’s impressions after a year with the Apple Watch, Todd’s after 6 months with the Moto 360. Giz article claims “Doesn’t really do anything that anybody needs” Ref: Gizmodo
  6. Somewhat disappointed I can’t use Google’s new MODE wrist bands for Android Wear watches. Ref: Official Android Blog

And, finally, this is not a tech topic. However, Jon mentioned he often plays with a pen by spinning it and I mentioned the amazing pen spinning videos from Japan. Here’s a video that collects a number of pen spinning demonstrations.

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