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MobileViews Podcast 258: WWDC highlights and dimlights

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. VPNFilter malware infecting 500,000 devices is worse than we thought
  2. Yahoo Messenger shutting down on July 17
  3. NTIA
    Sixty-four percent of Americans used a smartphone in 2017, compared with 53 percent in 2015, and tablet use increased to 32 percent from 29 percent during the same period. The use of wearable devices such as smart watches and fitness bands—still a nascent product category—grew significantly to 8 percent of Americans, from 1 percent two years earlier. Smart TV and TV-connected device use also continued to increase, growing by seven percentage points to 34 percent from 2015 to 2017.

    Laptop use was unchanged at 46 percent of Americans, and desktop computer use continued to slide to 30 percent in 2017—meaning tablet use surpassed desktop computer use for the first time (see Figure 3).

  4. The Verge WWDC highlights

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MobileViews Podcast 257: pre-WWDC

  1. Gmail UI redesign. Like some aspects like ease of seeing which messages have attachments. Still dislike the Google Calendar redesign which requires more clicks & typing to do the same thing as the old UI.
  2. WWDC 2018? Meh. Not expecting anything in the consumer products space
  3. Google continues ignoring tablets by removing section from Android’s official website

    Hiroshi Lockheimer Google SVP says it was a “bug” duirng a site update

  4. Jon’s App of the Week: Unwind Me – cool idea for games that get slower as you play, helping you relax. 99 cents.
  5. Geekwire: Investors include Vulcan Capital (Paul Allen), Lux Capital, Google’s GV venture arm, Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund, and Amazon’s Alexa Fund.

    CTRL-Labs, makers of a wristband that can pick up signals from the brain and allow users to control a digital device without moving a finger.

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MobileViews Podcast 256: GDPR for lazy people; router malware; & more w/guests Paul Lawler & Ricky Li

I’m joined by guest panelists Paul Lawler and Ricky Li for this podcast. In it, we discuss:

  1. U. of Hawaii Vog map and Windy.com
  2. Rumoured Death of Essential Products, Inc. phone company the phone company started by the cocreator of android
  3. FBI tells router users to reboot now to kill malware infecting 500k devices

    “Researchers from Cisco’s Talos security team first disclosed the existence of the malware on Wednesday. The detailed report said the malware infected more than 500,000 devices made by Linksys, Mikrotik, Netgear, QNAP, and TP-Link.”

  4. GDPR for lazy people: Block all European users with Cloudflare Workers

    “Please don’t take us seriously
    This is an example of all the things you can do with Cloudflare Workers and our API. If you like it, please spread the word! But hey, don’t take us seriously. We just wanted to take the drama out from all the GDPR madness out there.”

  5. Blocking 500 Million Users Is Easier Than Complying With Europe’s New Rules
  6. Steam still rejected by apple, but apple says there’s a chance.

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MobileViews Podcast episode FF or 11111111

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. The Verge: $1200 Red Hydrogen Android phone with “holographic” 3D display. Not lenticular display. Module lets you attach a camera lens with it.
  2. Jon’s Evernote Replacement: Joplin is an open-source note taking app that can import ENEX files, and you can synchronize with your own server through WebDAV, as well as External sync services (Dropbox, OneDrive, Nextcloud). Use the trial version of Backupery for Evernote if you have tons of notebooks to automate the backup process. Joplin is in very early versions (1.x) and the mobile implementation has a few bugs related to sync. Also I found you can’t easily import ENEX’s larger than 800MB through the Mac interface. But, to have a searchable, “live” version of Evernote running on my own server, it’s definitely worth looking at.
  3. Microsoft to launch smaller, low-cost Surface devices
  4. No easy way to charge and listen to music on Android So Apple killed it but you can get adapters for iOS. Android mocked killing it, then they killed it, and there isn’t an easy adapter – probably because of all the variation with USB C.

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MobileViews Podcast 254: Mother’s Day, Google I/O & Microsoft Build

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Mandarin Chinese robo-calls in parts of the US
  2. Project Crostini for Chromebooks. Run Linux applications on a Chromebook in a container
  3. Google I/O

    Google Assistant on smart displays (similar to Echo Show/Spot)

    New Google Assistant more human sounding voices available now

    Google Duplex – amazing but raising issues of ethics and weaponization

    Android P with gesture navigation

    Google Smart Compose in Gmail – the new Microsoft Clippy?

    Android Things (IOT)

  4. Microsoft Build

    Your Phone – sync iPhone or Android to Windows 10 – things MacOS can do now with iPhone but not Android

    Cortanna & Alexa – meh

    Timeline – meh

  5. Interesting: With some banks, Apple Pay re-activates very quickly after a credit card is reported stolen.

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MobileViews Podcast 253: Chrome freezing Windows 10, iPhone X best seller, Pocket Casts sold, & more


In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Ref: The Verge Chrome causing Windows 10 to freeze after recent Windows update.
  2. Ref: Strategy Analytics
    Global Year-over-year “growth” was -2.4%.
    “The top-six most popular models together accounted for 1 in 7 of all smartphones shipped worldwide during the quarter.”
    iPhone X most popular with 4.6% marketshare.
    iPhone 8, 8+, and 7 in the next three marketshare positions.
    Apple’s combined marketshare was 12.2%
  3. .” Pocket Casts, widely considered to be one of the best mobile apps for podcast listening, has been acquired by a collective group that includes NPR, WNYC Studios, WBEZ Chicago, and This American Life.”
  4. Cult of Mac iMac G3 launched 20 years ago
  5. Microsoft Build sessions
    Building scalable web apps on a self-managed database with MySQL and MariaDB
    Building intelligent applications with Azure Database for PostgreSQL
  6. ACTION COMICS: 80 YEARS OF SUPERMAN THE DELUXE EDITION

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