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MobileViews Podcast 400!


  1. Surprise! Windows 11 is NOT popular. Techradar: Windows 11 just isn’t as popular as MS wanted it to be
  2. In-app(car) purchases? The Aui Q4 E-Tron sync HVAC function. TheDrive: Sync HVAC function behind a paywall on an Audi Q4 E-Tron
  3. Dyson Zone air purifying headphones NOT an April Fools joke? Dyson Zone: air purifying headphones
  4. A college professor (Jon) wonders if Google’s writing assistant will mask student skill levels when adjusting teaching for classes. The Verge Google wants you to write better
  5. CNET: Apple iOS 15.4.1 Update: Fixes for Battery-Drain Bug, Security Issues
  6. Looking back at “potential” podcast topics from 2014 that we didn’t discuss back then. What is still around in 2022?

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MobileViews Podcast 399: Looking back at the Boston Pocket PC Users Group w/Jack Cook, Steven Hughes, & Don Sorcinelli


Jon Westfall and I are joined by old friends Jack Cook, Steven Hughes (who we last heard from in podcast 187 way back in Dec. 2016), and Don Sorcinelli to look back at the Boston Pocket PC Users Group that I was an admirer off. Unfortunately, I’m the only member of this podcast that did not actually attend any of their meetings! We also discuss:

  1. Todd’s mini-rant about the reviving a Dell Inspiron 15 5500 (2015 model) by running Windows 10 system refresh and re-discovering that its magnet screen closure mechanism that shuts down if you are wearing a metallic/magnetic smartwatch band.
  2. We also discovered that Microsoft Teams recently put a time limit (60 minutes) on group personal conference calls. It cut us off without warning after at 60 minutes!
  3. Jon’s three questions for our panelists:
    What’s the best piece of hardware you’ve used in the past year – any type of device.
    What’s the best software find you’ve had?
    What’s the best tech accessory you’ve discovered?
  4. Steven Hughes’ list of tech gadget/services recommendations!
    Hardware:
    Kia eNiro
    Dell 43-inch display
    Mouse Wrist Guard
    Software:
    Penbook for Windows
    Penbook for iOS (for iPad) there is a beta available for iPhone via their website https://user.camp/apps/penbook-ios/
    Ultimate Guitar Tab for iOS
    Ultimate Guitar Tab for Android

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MobileViews Podcast 398


Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Note: Thanks Paul Lawler for sitting in last week
  2. Google Maps lost its sense of direction

    Google Maps status dashboard

  3. Was not even aware of the gadget category. Expensive.
    The best headphones for sleeping in 2022
  4. Apple Announcements: The Studio Display is tempting for Jon, but considering he already has 27 inch Apple Cinema Displays from 2010 that are still working fine with a USB C hub, he’s probably gonna stick with those a bit longer. And maybe permanently, because Apple doesn’t like certain things on their displays… like power buttons.
  5. iOS/iPadOS Universal Control?
  6. Data Jar app (Works with Shortcuts) (https://datajar.app)

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MobileViews Podcast 397: Guest co-host Paul Lawler; Apple announcements; Roland50 Studio; & more



Paul Lawler is the guest co-host this week. We discuss:

  1. Tim Berners-Lee: 3 years ago today, I submitted a proposal for a system called the World Wide Web
  2. Roland50.studio
    Synth on the web commemorating Roland’s 50th anniversary
    April 18, 1972
  3. MacRumors Apple Event Recap

    Nothing I’m planning to purchase. However, very happy to see the iPad Air now supports Apple Pencil 2.

  4. Note to self: Learn more about Canva
    Fast Company: The rise of Canva, the $40 billion design juggernaut

    …and Prezi

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MobileViews Podcast 396: pre-Apple March 8 announcements



In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. 9to5Google: YouTube offering podcasters $50-300K ‘grants’ to make video versions of shows

  2. MacRumors: Everything We Expect to See From the Apple Event on March 8

    iPhone SE 5G
    iPad Air
    Mac mini
    13″ MacBook Pro
  3. What we wish Apple would announce
  4. Discussion detour:
    The Oatmeal: How to Pet a Kitty
    The Oatmeal: How a Web Design Goes Straight to Hell
  5. Errant search results: Bag made of apple skins Samara mini bag made out of apple skins
  6. There is a growing interest lately among millennial YouTubers to discuss throwback tech. What makes the 2000-2010 cell phone tech and 1995-2005 computer tech so interesting to them?
  7. Remember when bags used to be able to carry EVERYTHING: THe Gadgeteer: Roadwired Megamedia Bag
    +the gadgets we used to tote that necessitated a giant bag

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MobileViews Podcast 394: The awful Amazon/Comixology app upgrade; Google Chrome OS Flex


In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss Google Chrome OS Flex and Neverware CloudReady; the awful Amazon/Comixology iOS app upgrade.

Google Chrome OS Flex

Neverware (Google) CloudReady Home Edition

iFixit: RIP CloudReady, but Chrome OS Flex Can Still Save Older Computers

Gizmodo: Amazon’s Comixology Overhaul Is Here, and It Sucks
AppleInsider: Amazon’s Comixology migration is a disaster – here’s what you need to know

I should note that I was such a fan of the app and its service, that I invited Comixology’s founder and CEO to the Thinkmobile West conference that I organized in San Francisco back in September 2010. It was my good fortune that David Steinberger accepted the invitation and was able to meet him and watch his presentation.

When the iPad launched in 2010, one of the best apps for it (IMO) was the Comixology comic book reading app. It made it easy to search for and buy comicbooks. It provided a great reading experience. And, of course, it solved the problem of storing physical comic books. After Amazon bought the company, it refused to pay Apple’s 30% in-app purchasing fee. That eliminated the ease to browse and buy. Android users could still do so, however. It remained a great reading experience. And, I remember wishing that DC Comics used the engine for its DC. The recent Comixology for iOS update is, as others have written, a disaster. It deletes anything that was previously downloaded which means you have to download the comic books again. The reading experience, which was very very good, is now unsettling. Why “improve” something no one was complaining about for years and years?

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