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MobileViews Podcast 248: New iPad; watchOS/iOS updates; big data to predict dropouts at a university

In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. The Verge: Google Home now works with Bluetooth speaker
  2. How a UA professor uses student-ID card data to help predict dropouts
  3. watchOS 4.3
    Return of controlling music on an iPhone – also HomePod.
    Nightstand mode orientation
  4. iOS 11.3
    Disable performance throttling on older phones due to degrading battery life
    AR enhancements
    Sort app reviews
    Username/password autofill in apps
    Fixed auto-correction capitalization bug
  5. Apple introduces new 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pencil support
  6. 2006 MacBook rant
  7. Jon’s Rant: Doesn’t anyone use desktop software to manage their finances anymore?!? Unhappy with Mint, trying MoneyDance

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 247: Do people read anymore?

  1. Bloomberg: New low cost iPad to be announced next week?
    I’m hoping for a iPad mini that supports the Apple Pencil and has a smart connector for keyboards.
  2. Todd: Six years ago, I wrote: (Information Week/BYTE) Lytro: The Next Big Thing In Photography. I didn’t say how long it would take to be the next big thing though. Since then, they exited the camera market and attempted to market their IP. Techcrunch reported that Google may be buying Lytro. So, the answer to how long it will take is apparently 6 plus years.
  3. Jon: Ebooks come in different flavors: what is the platform of choice? Kindle on everything, but iBooks has some cool interactivity
  4. Todd: Audiobook reading using Audible and Google Books
  5. Todd: Comic book reading using ComiXology and Google Books
  6. Magazine reading using Zinio or Texture Texture – which Apple bought recently

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MobileViews Podcast 246: Echo’s brief mode, Google Lens for iOS, brand reputations?, Nokia Android phones, why use Edge?, learn Klingon

This week I’m joined by returning guest panelist Sven Johanssen. We discussed:

  1. Amazon Echo – Brief Mode
  2. Google Lens coming to iOS inside of Google Photos
  3. Apple & Google’s reputations dropped
    Amazon #1. Apple dropped from 5 o 29. Google dropped from 8 to 28.
  4. Nokia back in the phone business
  5. Why does Sven use the Microsoft Edge browser
  6. Duo Lingo – learn Klingon
  7. Chromebook – Office 365 license

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 245: Daylight Savings

  1. Daylight Savings: California & Florida considering permanent shift to DST
  2. Google Daydream VR. Thank you to Ricky Li.
  3. Google Maps gets Super Mario for a week. Ref: Google
  4. Amazon Alexa’s creepy, spontaneous laugh is weirding people out
  5. Engadget Amazon Echo understands followup commands without repeating the trigger word
  6. Google’s Python Class

    this is a free class for people with a little bit of programming experience who want to learn Python. The class includes written materials, lecture videos, and lots of code exercises to practice Python coding. These materials are used within Google to introduce Python to people who have just a little programming experience.

  7. The UPSide Project lead by Eric Raymond. Open Source UPS design.
  8. Jon started playing < a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/plague-inc/id525818839?mt=8">Plague, Inc., which is an interesting mobile game. 99 cents with in-app purchases.
  9. Jon’s also exploring apps for… knitters! Ravelry.com’s Profile for Jon

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MobileViews Podcast 242: Google Chrome ad filtering, Pixel 2/XL battery life issues, Windows 10 on ARM limitations, & more

In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Some Google Pixel 2/XL owners reporting poor battery life and phones running warm after February security patch
  2. Below 68 degrees, your Pixel 2 says it’s charging rapidly, but it isn’t.
  3. Under the hood: How Chrome’s ad filtering works
  4. Google is removing the “view image” button from image search after a lawsuit from getty images. Win for content creators but loss for users. And is it really that big of a win?
  5. Social Media news: Snapchat CEO doubles down on re-design that clearly separates content from friends and content from companies. Related, Facebook must stop tracking users in Belgium. Interesting how Snapchat is seen as the ‘millennials social network’ and their users are protesting the separation of friend/brand content, whereas Facebook, the old people’s social network, is told “Stop trying to sell our data to brands!”
  6. Bye bye Twitter for MacOS. The Verge
  7. Microsoft Finally Documents the Limitations of Windows 10 on ARM

    32-bit apps only – for now
    Utilities that modify the Windows user interface will not run
    Cannot use x86 drivers
    Older games and graphics apps may not work
    No Hyper-V

  8. Will iOS 12 be mostly about bug fixes and stability versus new features? I hope not! Come on Apple, in a few short months at WWDC, I want to be “WOW’ed, (Same goes to you Google)

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MobileViews Podcast 241: Google Camera AR stickers, Apple TV live news, Android Wear fading away, & more

In podcast 241, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Google Books – audiobook experience follow-up comments
  2. Watching the Olympics on YouTube TV using a free one-month trial.
  3. Google AR Stickers. Now available in still photos as well as video. Adds winter sports and blocks (LEGO/Minecraft-like) sticker packs. Only supported by the Pixel line of Android phones.
  4. Live TV news streams on current generation Apple TV
  5. Google Android Wear’s decline and Qualcomm’s role? Ref: ars technica
  6. Jon bought a wireless charger from Anker of course. My impressions are largely positive and amazed that it works through my Twelve South BookBook case.
  7. Jon bought a friend a Tile Tracker after he got one for Christmas. It’s been a lifesaver for the friend, so far.

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