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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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MobileViews Podcast 157: Travel tech observations and tips

AmericanAirlinesiPodMode
American Airlines in-flight entertainment “iPod mode”

I visited my daughter in the UK earlier this month. We traveled through Scotland and then spent a few days in England. I rarely travel these days and even more rarely travel outside of the U.S. So, this was a learning experience for me in terms of gadgets and technology. In this podcast Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) discuss some of the things I observed and learned during this trip.

  1. The American Airlines flights I took had a USB port under each of the in-seat displays.
  2. In the UK every electrical outlet is switched. In the old days, I had to carry a voltage adapter as well as a plug adapter. A/C adapters for gadgets are smart enough to automatically deal with moving from the U.S.’s 110/120V 60Hz electricity to the 230V 50Hz needed in the UK and elsewhere. Tmvel TMV-G-2IN1-4PK 2-In-1 Universal to United Kingdom Type G Adapter Plug – 4 Pack
  3. The I carried was sufficient for my needs while traveling. I didn’t need the power strips I had taken with me.
  4. The August EP715 – Active Noise Cancelling Earphones worked better than I expected based on my testing at home.
  5. I paid AT&T $30 for one month of a low-end international roaming plan. It included a mere 80 MB of data and reduced cost for voice plus free texting. However, this was just for emergencies or if I accidentally switched out of airplane mode was in the UK because…
  6. I also carried my Nexus 6 on the Google Fi network which includes a much more reasonable international roaming plan through its use of the T-Mobile roaming plan. Fi uses the T-Mobile and Sprint networks in the US.
  7. In the UK, Google Fi was exclusively on the T-Mobile UK network.
  8. While the Google Fi FAQ says that I was limited to 3G 256 Kbps download speeds, I often saw LTE connections and what seemed like relatively fast speeds.
  9. Despite leaving AT&T roaming service off, I was able to get GPS data for the photos I took with my iPhone 6 by turning on WiFi. This also enables the GPS radio
  10. Google’s offline maps feature worked reasonably well on both the iPhone and Android Nexus.
  11. Google Fi’s WiFi calling feature turned out to be handy.
  12. While free WiFi services in airports, hotels, and the Apple Store worked as expected, many (most) “free” WiFi offered in pubs, restaurants, and other smaller venues required some kind of UK based account. So, this kind of free WiFi is not available for foreign visitors.
  13. The Nexus 6 seemed to freeze several times in the UK and required a forced soft reset. I have not seen this problem since returning to the US.
  14. The Scottevest Revolution Plus jacket was mostly good. However, the hood’s zipper kept unzipping when not on my head. It needs some kind of locking mechanism. And, the hood is extremely difficult to fold back into its too small pouch.
  15. The Scottevest short sleeve Camp Shirt, on the other hand, has two well designed extra large breast pockets that easily holds both an iPhone 6+ and Nexus 6. They are actually double pockets so you can also store tickets or passports too.
  16. A U.S. Netflix account worked fine in the UK. However, you see content licensed for the UK.
  17. Video downloaded from Amazon Prime for free played back with and without network connectivity.
  18. YouTube Red subscriptions are not active in the UK. I saw a message telling me so. This meant that I saw ads in videos there.

We also discussed:

  1. Opera developer edition now includes free VPN option/service.
  2. Gadget Security: The Insecurity of Kwikset Smartkey Locks
  3. Jon’s Favorite Cargo Pants: http://amzn.to/1MQ87v1 and http://amzn.to/1Qv4cOP (Black)

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MobileViews Podcast 156: Welcome to our Google Music Podcast overlord?

Jon Westfall was not able to co-host this podcast. So, I (Todd Ogasawara) was fortunate to get Sven Johannsen. Don Sorcinelli (whose name I mispronounced in the intro! Sorry, Don!), and Jack Cook to join me to create a fresh podcast for the rumored Google Music podcast section launch. We recorded this podcast on April 17. The word on the street is that the Google Play Music podcast section launches on April 18. Podcasters have been able to submit their podcasts to the service since Fall 2015. Ref: The Verge

We also discuss in this podcast:

  1. Sven: Using old school Ethernet cable connection with a Windows 10 phone.
  2. Windows 10 Mobile Insiders Build 14322. Big changes, but big issues. Ref: Microsoft Windows Blog
  3. Windows 10 1st anniversary edition (Redstone) preview release. Build 14316.
    Allows you to use the Bash Shell if you are running the 64-bit version of Windows 10 Preview Edition.
  4. Don: Android for Work

More on travel tech when Todd regroups with Jon for the next podcast.

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