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MobileViews Podcast 265: Post Hurricane Lane

  1. Nothing new in emergency prep apps as far as I can tell
  2. Electric utility rep said on TV that its outage app is not accurate.
  3. Couldn’t figure out why people kept marking themselves safe on Facebook when no dangerous event was near them
    Jon’s Take: People have a horrible grasp of geography + they believe everything hyped by the news, and it’s in the news’ best interest to scare them.
  4. Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ with POE HAT announced.
  5. ZipGrade.com (I’ve talked about them before, I believe, but a good service that’s fairly cheap)
    ZipGrade turns your phone or tablet into an optical grading machine similar to a Scantron.
    Free download and 100-scans per month
    Unlimited Scanning: $6.99 for 1 year

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MobileViews Podcast 264: Back to school tech tips

  1. Happy 37th b-day to the IBM PC
  2. Skype & microphone setting rant
  3. Ref to ComicsViews Podcast 100: The high cost of streaming superhero vids in the near future
  4. “Back to School” Tech Tips

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MobileViews Podcast 263: New Star Trek; Fire HD 8 thoughts; airport WiFi passwords, Apple Watch keeps ticking

In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Entertainment Weekly: Watch Patrick Stewart shock Star Trek fans with surprise reveal of new series
  2. Fire HD 8 Tablet with Alexa, 8″ HD Display, 16 GB, Black – with Special Offers – $50 on Amazon Prime Day.
  3. A Map Of Wireless Passwords From Airports And Lounges Around The World (Updated Regularly)
  4. Archive.org: 219 issues of BYTE magazine available
  5. Jon was in an accident and the only 2 injuries were the car (totalled) and his apple watch

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MobileViews Podcast 262 – Skype Rants

    1. New Skype features later this summer“Call recording—Take call snapshots to the next level with call recording. Capture a special Skype calls with loved ones or record important meetings with colleagues. Call recording is completely cloud-based, and as soon as you start recording, everyone in the call is notified that the call is being recorded—so there are no surprises. Call recordings combine everyone’s video as well as any screens shared during the call.”
    2. AppAnnie: Global downloads – iOS vs. Android
      Android 20+ billion downloads vs. ~8 billion iOS downloads.
      However, iOS app spend ~$12 billion vs. Android ~$6 to $7 billion.Five of the top six apps by worldwide revenue are media streaming ones: Netflix, Tencent Video, iQIYI, Pandora Music, and Youku. Number two is Tinder.
    3. Jon: YouTube rant
    4. Amazon Part Finder app for iOS
    5. Any techie Amazon Prime purchases?
    6. Jon’s finally got animated watch faces figured out (IntoLive)
    7. PowerApps in Office 365

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MobileViews Podcast 261: Microsoft Surface Go where? w/guest Don Sorcinelli

Jon Westfall and I are joined by Don Sorcinelli in this podcast. We discussed:

  1. Possible Mac mini refresh after 3.5 years of nothing
  2. Google’s Phone app can now prevent some spam calls from interrupting you
  3. The New Surface Go

    Ref: Wired
    ““Do I think about Chromebooks? Absolutely,” Panay says, when I ask him about them. “Do I think about iPads? Absolutely. I use multiple devices. It’s exhausting. But this product is meant to bring you a full app suite.” Panay is highlighting one of the drawbacks of lightweight Chromebooks: Their lack of local storage. Meanwhile, he says, Surfaces are designed to let people be productive both locally on the device, and in the cloud when they need to work in the cloud.”

  4. Don: What old phone feature do you miss the most?

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MobileViews Podcast 260: Todd’s cranky-cast. Where has all the tech news gone?

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Ranting about the recent Skype for MacOS update
  2. Looking through Techmeme’s “river” all I see are block chain, tech investment, and dealing with disinformation. Listening to other podcasts reveals more of the same. So, where does this leave a podcast that this that remains dedicated to actual tech, gadgets, and software? There doesn’t seem to be much to discuss in this space except during Google I/O and Apple announcements.
  3. Tracing the Quote: Everything that can be Invented has been Invented – 1899.
  4. Todd: Acer Chromebook Tab 10. Example of something I don’t care about but might have years ago: Chrome OS based tablet.
  5. Jon: Twitter suspending more than a million accounts per day Mostly spammers and bots. Still haven’t gotten to most of my bot followers thought, that I paid $7 for as an experiment
  6. Jon’s Pinterest story.
  7. Jon: Wired’s IOS 12 security roundup – have we gotten to a place where cutting edge features = Android, privacy and security = Apple, and that’s really the only difference (well, that and wearables – since Wear OS is fragmented, has no market leading watch anymore, not as big a force as the Apple Watch). Something to ponder – as the OS’s get more similar, this seems to me to be the only differentiator anymore.
  8. Why the Girl Scouts Are Learning to Pick Locks and Hack Computers

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