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MobileViews Podcast 113: Ultraportable PCs, Windows apps branding, cloud storage & more

Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) are joined by special guests Jack Cook & Sven Johannsen for this podcast.

News items

  1. Microsoft office free for devices with displays 10.1 inches or less (Ref: Recode). Note: Mobile app versions (like iPad Office components). Not Office 365/2013/2016.
  2. “Metro apps” now called “Windows app”. So, what are non-Metro apps that run in Microsoft Windows? Answer: “Windows desktop application.” More confusing Windows branding.
  3. If you don’t need Office 365 and its unlimited OneDrive storage, Amazon has an alternative. Ref: VentureBeat.
  4. Amazon Prime members get unlimited photo storage as part of the subscription package
  5. Google Music free storage went up from 25K to 50K songs Up to 300MB per song.
  6. Jon’s App Pick of the Week: Workflow App (iOS; $4.99. Mostly for the ability to make a homescreen icon.

Ultraportables

Sven
Surface Pro 3
Lumia 2520 (RT)

OneDrive – music locker

Jack
Surface Pro 3
Surface RT (original)
Dell Venue 8 Pro
Samsung Slate

Jon
MacBook air -> MacBook Pro
iPad

Todd
Dell Venue 8 Pro
iPhone 6+

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MobileViews Podcast 112

Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) run through a hodgepodge of tech topics in this podcast.

  1. Will Microsoft’s changes to the Windows 10 recovery partition make it hard to recover from Windows 10 disk disasters? Ref: Microsoft, ZDNet
  2. Google Domains: Todd’s experiences moving domains to Google
  3. Android 5.1 update hit my 1st gen Nexus 7. No sign of it for my [Todd] Nexus 4
  4. Medium for iOS app released
  5. U.S. Federal government website dashboard launched analytics.usa.gov. Ref: Fedscoop
  6. Best To-Do List System?
    Jon uses ToodleDo, mostly for hotlist feature to hide tasks without a start date/time. Have tried Todoist & Wunderlist, however both seem high on looks, low on features. What do you use to track to-dos? Seems like there are dozens of options from rolling your own to using a service, and a bunch of half-solutions like Apple Reminders and Google Tasks.
  7. Google Calendar for iOS
  8. Camera+ 6.2 for iOS update. New UI for iPhone 6 & 6+

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MobileViews Podcast 111: Apple Watch. Why all the haters?

Observances

  • Pi Day
  • Einstein’s Birthday
  • 30th anniversary of the first domain name: Symbolics.com

Apple Watch

Notes

Oracle adds crapware to the Mac OS/X Java installation process.

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MobileViews Podcast 110

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

Mobile World Congress next week in Barcelona

Random items

  1. Apple iCloud iWork web suite available to anyone. No Apple device required
  2. After Superfish, Lenovo promises cleaner crapware-free PCs
  3. Microsoft Garage Keyboard for Excel (Android)
  4. Tip: Use a Virtual Machine for Tax Preparation (I’ve been doing this for 7 years now, will talk about the benefits).
  5. FCC Open Internet Title II vote on Feb. 26

Konspiracy Korner

Google taking control of some Top Level Domains like “.dev”

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MobileViews Podcast 109: What’s up with Microsoft’s Windows Phone

Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall are joined by Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs), in the Windows Phone Consumer area, Jack Cook and Sven Johannsen who explain where Windows Phone is today and what they know about future plans in the Windows 10 timeframe.

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MobileViews Podcast 108: 3D printer advice from an expert; Windows 10 Technical Preview 2

Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) start this podcast with a brief discussion of Windows 10 Technical Preview 2 (build 9926), discuss some recent software changes (Microsoft Outlook for iOS & Android, Microsoft Office for Android, and the newly free Google Earth Pro for Windows and Mac). Then we discuss 3D design and printing with expert Emil Reyes (website: iZEDZO!).

Jon’s mobile app pick: Memoir for iOS

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