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MobileViews Podcast 372: Pixel 5a? Wait for Windows 11 before buying a new PC. Flip phones redux?

  1. A big congratulations to an old friend who has been on this podcast a few times: Ryan Ozawa
    Hawaii tech writer selected for Facebook journalism initiative

    “…25 independent local journalists from across the country have joined the initiative, which says it recognizes that local news is the heartbeat of our communities. Facebook Bulletin is a new platform for writers, independent experts, and authoritative voices to find, build, and monetize, their audience.”

    Hawaii – Facebook Bulletin

  2. Buy a Pixel 5a?
  3. Wait for Windows 11 before buying a new PC?
  4. Flip phones redux?
    Samsung Z Flip 3 and Fold Z 3 … Wondering, are flips/folds almost ready for prime time?
  5. Jon’s remote system access solution using Apache Guacamole (HTML 5 compliant VNC/SSH client)
    Home network is behind a VPN, but what if you’re on a system that doesn’t have your VPN client on?
    Apache Guacamole(HTML 5 compliant VNC/SSH client) + https://hub.docker.com/r/steveltn/https-portal to publish it out secured with SSL. Has 2 factor authentication and can access all my machines including VPN clients (So I can have my laptop in one office on campus connected to my home VPN, and can be in a classroom across campus and access my portal.
  6. Looking forward to Google Cursive (yet another note taking service)

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MobileViews Podcast 369: Switch from Skype to Teams for podcasting


Jon Westfall and I are back podcasting after a brief hiatus.


Looking to the future, we’re testing using Microsoft Teams instead of Microsoft Skype connect for this podcast. Microsoft is building Teams into Windows 11. Our interpretation is that Teams will eventually replace Skype for personal use as it did with Skype for Business (formerly Lync; which sunsets this month – July 2021).


Having not used the Teams app on our Macs, we both found it interesting that that Teams supports using the MacBook Pro’s touchbar.


I made one small change to Rogue Amoeba’s Audio Hijack Pro’s audio path recording software to use Teams instead of Skype.

In other activities:

Jon’s been playing with ioBroker in a Docker container to automate switching his Eufy cameras into “Away” mode when he leaves, since Eufy’s app is trash when it comes to geofencing!

He also talks about tech he took with him on his most recent road trip. What did he actually use? And, what was dead weight? He discusses both in the podcast.

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MobileViews Podcast 368: Windows 11? Amazon Echo Buds?



Jon Westfall and I discuss just two topics in this podcast:

  1. Amazon Echo Buds on sale for $70 during the Prime Day sale
  2. Windows 11
  3. Windows 11 PC Health Checker is wrong
    Windows 11 requirements
    Supported processors

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MobileViews Podcast 367: Most interesting of WWDC; Why all the M1 iPad Pro blogger hate?

Jon Westfall and I discuss the most interesting announcements from Apple’s 2021 WWDC. And, we puzzle over all the post-WWDC M1 iPad Pro hate by various bloggers and tech pundits.

  1. Most interesting WWDC announcements
  2. Facetime for Android & Windows via web service
    Shareplay
    FaceTime with Spatial Audio
    Photo collections in Messages
    Hotel Keys (Stolen from Disney!)
    iCloud+ VPN (“Private Relay”)
    iCloud+ will support custom email domains!
    Notes with tags & collaboration
    Wallet app support for driver’s license & TSA ID — will cities/states allow the DMV interface?
    App Library on iPad
    Quick Notes
    iPad Multitasking Buttons
    Universal Control on Macos Monteray
    Shortcuts on the Mac
    Safari Tab Groups

  3. Why all the post-WWDC M1 iPad Pro hate?
  4. Todd’s Apple Arcade recommendation: SongPop Party

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MobileViews Podcast 365:Guest co-host Darryl Lajola; Google Photos & Pixels; Amazon Echo sharing your WiFI


Todd Ogasawara is joined on this podcast by Darryl Lajola while Jon Westfall is on a Memorial Day weekend road trip. Darryl worked with Todd several years ago and then moved to work for Utah’s state government until several weeks ago. We reconnect to discuss gadgets and teleworking during the pandemic.

  1. I circle back on Google Photos in its last two days of unlimited storage. Specially, retaining unlimited storage of photos uploaded from Pixel phones.
  2. I also briefly note that Amazon Sidewalk will start sharing WiFi from its Echo devices and how to disable this (if you want).

    Amazon devices will soon automatically share your Internet with neighbors

    On June 8, the merchant, Web host, and entertainment behemoth will automatically enroll the devices in Amazon Sidewalk. The new wireless mesh service will share a small slice of your Internet bandwidth with nearby neighbors who don’t have connectivity and help you to their bandwidth when you don’t have a connection.

    Enable/disable Amazon Sidewalk

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MobileViews Podcast 364: Google I/O – meh; Apple AirTag; Backup strategies; Apple Arcade Solitaire+



In this podcast,Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Apple AirTags first impressions
  2. Apple Arcade: Solitaire+. Mobilityware gamified a game
  3. Google I/O 2021 – meh
  4. Jon’s been using his Apple Watch a lot over the past year…
  5. Apple Watch Assistive Touch looks awesome. Sorry Mudra Band… Apple may have beat you to it.
  6. USA Today: Assistive Touch
    Also: Eye tracking for the iPad
  7. What’s your mobile backup strategy / Backup strategy in general. Builds off topic of Google photos in recent weeks.
  8. Starting to think about the Digital after-life

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