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Mobileviews Podcast 102: Microsoft Office for iPad & iPhone

News

  1. Microsoft Office for iOS free. No need for Office 365 subscription.
  2. Microsoft Office Sway? Ref: Microsoft Office Blog announcement.
  3. “Materials” Android apps appearing: Google Play, Gmail, Camera
  4. Swype for iOS free app of the week

MobileViews Mailbag

  1. Todd: Google Inbox as an Android battery killer
  2. Jon: Get true push Gmail on an iPhone

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MobileViews Podcast 101

Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) discuss the following topics in this podcast.

News

  1. Microsoft Band
  2. Google Inbox (Chrome only on desktops). The Android app is a battery killer!
  3. Surprise! Google Play available on Roku However, it is not available for my 1st gen Roku box. It requires a post-2011 Roku device.
  4. Amazon Fire Stick was $19 during a two-day sale period. Regular price $39. Amazon underestimated demand (CNET). Shipping even on early orders slipping into Dec. New orders slipping to early 2015.
  5. Google Fit for Android is useless. I tried it 2 days, then, uninstalled it to get a little more battery life.

Konspiracy Korner

  1. Google X nano-particles injected into body to detect disorders.
  2. Verizon Wireless perma-cookie
  3. FBI holds secret meeting to push a backdoor to phone encryption
  4. Circuit Court in Virginia Rules Police Can Force Users to Unlock iPhones With Fingerprints, But Not Passcodes. Fingerprints are NOT protected by the Fifth Amendment.

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MobileViews Podcast 100

The MobileViews podcast launched way back on November 26, 2008 (under a different name). For episode 100, Frank McPherson, who was on podcast number 2, joins me (Todd Ogasawara) and Jon Westfall for a look backwards and forwards. Here’s the show run-down for episode 100.

Looking backwards and forwards with Frank McPherson

  1. From the T-Mobile G1 (first Android phone) to the Moto X, Nexus 6, and more
  2. Chromebooks, Chromebox, & Chromecast

News

  1. Jon bought both the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. How does it compare to the old iPad 2 & iPad mini 2?
  2. He also bought Apple’s leather case for the iPhone 6 Plus. Worth the money?
  3. Thoughts about the iOS 8.1 and OS/X Yosemite updates.
  4. Jon and I were both traveling last weekend. And, we both took an iPhone 6 Plus on our respective trips. How well does it the new giant iPhone travel?
  5. The initial Windows 10 Technical Preview worked great on my Dell Venue 8 Pro tablet. The recent major update (build 9860)? Not so much.
  6. What is Microsoft Garage? And, why is Microsoft Research dabbling in Android apps?
  7. Jon’s rant: What is CurrentC? And, what does it have to do with CVS and Rite-Aid shutting down support for Apple Pay?
  8. Pebble smartwach, Samsung gear and other wearable tech spotted at… Sam’s Club? Yep.

Product tips

  1. Todd: PressureNet for Android. Note the discussion about the possibilities of using the iPhone 6’s barometer on the Cliff Mass Weather Blog. For weather wonks.
  2. Jon: Replay Video Editor for iOS: Video creation made super simple, super fast, looks cool.

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MobileViews Podcast 99: New iPad/Mac speculation, connected devices, tips

Recorded: October 11, 2014

News
– Apple Oct. 16 announcements. New iPads – sure. iMacs – maybe. Mac mini – ? What happens to the iPod touch?
– Connected health devices. Ref: Mobile Health News & NPD
– Background content for Google Chromecast Ref: Google Chrome Blog
– AAA hands-free voice cognitive distraction ratings. Ref: AAA

Tips & Product Picks
– LEGO mini-figs to hold Apple lightning and other thin cables
– MMS support added to Google Voice. Enables support for, for example, Fandango movie tickets and other image based text messages. Ref: Google
– Diaries – the kind you might actually keep up with. Or for the young crowd: a social network of 1
Day One (Mac OS / iOS; ). Reminds you to write entries, gives you prompts to get you thinking (i.e. “What was your favorite game in childhood”)
— Evernote (Especially emailed with tags – shorthand: @notebook #tag in email subject to auto categorize
— Automating your life: Hazel & Keyboard Maestro for Mac OS X, IFTTT, Dropbox as a go-between

Konspiracy Korner
Ref: Wall Street Journal – IRobot Introduces System to Help Machines Think for Themselves

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MobileViews Podcast 98: Microsoft Windows 10, iOS8 mail app issues, Konspiracy Korner

Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss:

Microsoft Windows 10 Technical Preview
— Why 10 not 9?
— Upgrade process
— Surprised that Metro UI was the default on my tablet.
— Tiles attached to the right of the new Start Menu
— Tiles can be resized, rearranged, etc.
— Left legacy list part of the start menu not touch friendly on an 8-inch tablet display
— Microsoft Bluetooth mouse works fine with Windows 10 tech preview.
— Works with the Bluetooth keyboard I use with the Venue 8 Pro
— Seems like a lot of configuration is done by typing into the Run command line
— Metro apps appear as floating windows on the Desktop.
— Can be resized horizontally but not vertically
— Prefer this much more than the Metro UI

More Apple
— Oct. 16 – rumor of new iPad announcement. Maybe Retina iMac. Yosemite.
— Apple’s mail app frequently crashes after the update. Others have noticed this too.

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/6538150

Say a final farewell to Lotus 1-2-3
So long Lotus 1-2-3: IBM ceases support after over 30 years of code (Ref: The Register (UK))

Product Picks
— Todd: Post-It Note Plus mostly worked as described. Was unable to get all 5 of my test notes to be recognized at the same time. But, the app let me manually add the missing note. Had one color recognition issue (yellow note)
(free)
— Jon’s Picks of the Week: TextExpander(Mac OS & iOS, $34.99 & $4.99) & Drafts(iOS, $4.99). A great combo for sending full responses on the go.sky

Konspiracy Korner
Satellites reveal hidden features at the bottom of Earth’s seas (Ref: AAAS Science)

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MobileViews Podcast 97: iOS 8/iPhone 6 issues, Windows 9, Konspiracy Korner & special guest Frank McPherson

Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall speak with special guest Frank McPherson in this podcast.

Topics
– iPhone 6/iOS 8 fiascos?
— Bendgate
— iOS 8.01 meltdown
— HealthKit delay
— More on the loss of the full photo roll (ref: Tom’s Guide)
— Camera problems (ref: Tom’s Guide)

– Windows 9/Threshold/whatever announcement on Sept. 30 (Tue)

– 200,000 BlackBerry Passports ordered since launch 3 days ago (Wednesday)
Compare to 10 million iPhone 6 pre-ordered in 3 days

Product Picks
Todd: Post-It Plus for iOS8 (only)

Jon: AudioNote

Frank: Evernote – Post-It note photo import feature

Konspiracy Korner
Washington Post: At CIA Starbucks, even the baristas are covert

Wristband that transforms into a drone (HotHardware.com)

Defeating the Keurig 2.0 coffee maker DRM (YouTube how-to video)

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MobileViews Podcast 96: Apple 6 rants

Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss the iPhone 6 and 6 plus.

Also: Product picks.
Todd’s picks:
CipherShed forks TrueCrypt
Wolfram Tweet-a-Program. Twitter account @WolframTaP

Jon’s OS/X software picks:
Day One
Blogo

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MobileViews Podcast 95: iPhone 6, Apple Watch, goodbye iPad classic, Konspiracy Korner

MobileViews Podcast 95
Recorded on Sept. 13, 2014

Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss:

– Goodbye iPod Classic (ref: Wired)

– Goodbye “Nokia”/Windows “Phone” branding? (ref: PC World)

– iPhone 6 & 6+ news, pros, & cons
— Higher res Retina HD
— 1920 x1080 resolution for 6+
— 1334 x 750 resolution for 6
— iPhone 5 is 1136 x 640
—original iPhone 480 x 320
— Optical image stabilization in the 6+ (not in the 6)
— 240 fps to enable slow-motion video at 720p
— 802.11ac support
— Barometer
— NFC support
— iPad style landscape mode app panels for 6+ (only)
— Double-tap Home button to activate “Reachability” mode to move UI items from the top of the screen to the bottom for one-handed operation on giant displays.

– Apple Watch

– Konspiracy Korner
– Worldwide shortage of Lightning connections and authentication chips (ref: 9to5mac)

– Hacker publishes tech support phone scammer slammer (ref: The Register)

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MobileViews Podcast 94: Smart watches. Introducing the tech Konspiracy Korner

Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss:

– The Moto 360 smart watch (Ref: Tom’s Guide)

– iPhone 6 and, maybe, some more still on track for Sept. 9 announcement

– Samsung announced two phones. One with an edge.

Introducing the Tech Konspiracy Korner
– 17 Mystery (phony) Cell Towers in the US (Ref: Popular Science)

Cubesat Cannon on space station launching shoebox sized satellites on their own without launch command from crew (Ref: Discovery Channel)

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MobileViews Podcast 93: Splitting apps, uninstalling Chrome to get back speed, Hyperlapse

In this podcast, Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss and rant about:

Splitting apps
1. Foursquare & Swarm (refs: Venture Beat, Google Trends)
2. Facebook & Messenger
3. Google Voice morphing into Google Hangouts

Rant tip
Uninstall Google Chrome web browser on old (say 2008 vintage) PCs and Macs to get responsiveness back. – all 32-bit

Competitors
1. Android Kindle Fire vs. the world?
2. Amazon Drone vs. Google Project Wing
3. Microsoft Surface Pro vs. iPad (first) and MacBook Air (now) (ref: Motley Fool)

Time lapse photos
1. Hyperlapse by Instagram/Facebook (ref: Forbes)
2. Lapse it

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MobileViews Podcast 92: Google Docs/Slides/Photosphere Camera, iPhone 5 battery recall, iWatch

This podcast was recorded on Aug. 23, 2014. Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss:

Google Docs/Sheets/Slides offline

Google Slides for Android
(Google Play Store link)

Google Photo Sphere Camera for iOS

Limited Battery Recall for iPhone 5 (Can check serial number for eligibility)

iWatch may be pushed to 2015 on supply chain rumors

– Fun look back: Gizmodo iPhone mockups prior to 2007 launch

HP iPAQ h6315 (old Windows Phone phone)

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MobileViews Podcast 91: Cell phone unlocking legal again, tablet sales falling, picks of the week

The podcast was recorded on August, 2, 2014. Jon Westfall and I discuss:

Cell phone unlocking legal again in the U.S.

– The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 docking station

– Falling tablet sales

Our picks of the week are:
– Todd: Starbucks for iOS app. Dislike the new GUI. But, appreciate the free songs, apps, and other content offered each week
– Jon: NeoCalc for iOS – statistical calculator

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