MobileViews Podcast 427: More on low-cost retiree digital workspace; new iPad models; macOS on M2 iPad rumor; Jon’s MacBook Pro woes


In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss

  • Retiree digital work area: Lessons learned so far
    $160 mini-PC
    Only has
    USB Type A port
    One HDMI & one VGA
    Bought an $18 3-way HDMI switcher (shipped, not delivered)
    Could this have been solved by spending more than $80 for the LCD monitor? Probably yes. However, it would probably cost more than $80+$18. And, it might not have 3 HDMI ports
    USB-C hub to HDMI
    Macbook works without power to the USB-C hub
    Chromebook needs to have powered USB-C hub (same hub used for both tests)
    Mini-trackball built into a wired keyboard is not a good user experience
  • New iPad models released
    Always amused/annoyed by tech reviews who only see incremental changes from year to year
    Many of us do NOT upgrade every year/model. I’m moving from a ARM Bionic processor to an M2, bypassing the M1. This is a huge jump for me.
    IPad Pro M2 features no-show
    Qi/wireless charging on screen for Apple Watch, AirPods Pro
    MagSafe charging
    Apple Pencil 3 – me: thank goodness
    However, there is a new Pencil Hover feature only on M2 based iPad Pros. Detect Pencil up to 12mm above the display surface
    Giant iPad – 14 or 15 inch display
  • Just a rumor. But…

    MacWorld: MacOS14 may run on the M2 iPad Pro

    “Simplified” MacOS with, presumably, touchscreen support
    Do you really want MacOS on an iPad?
    Would be nice if I could run the MacOS apps I use to record and process podcasts
    Is Stage Manager in iPadOS16 “good enough”?
    Is the USB-C external display support in iPadOS16 good enough?

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MobileViews Podcast 426: Preparing a low-cost retiree digital workspace



In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss my senior citizen/retiree low cost digital workspace. You can see the dusty/cobwebbed Kensington lock that I obviously haven’t looked at or cleaned in the 15 years since I setup the then new 2007 Apple iMac.

  1. Senior citizen digital workspace
    Making space on a small table by retiring my 2007 iMac 21-inch
    Preparing for
    Reduced mobility
    Reduced income
    Amazon Prime Preview sale
    $160 mini-PC. Intel Celeron N5095. 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD. Windows 11 Pro
    No USB-C ports. No USB-C power option
    BYO keyboard/mouse/display
    $80 21-inch thin-light LCD display
    $70 100-watt GaN (Gallium Nitride) flat power strip. 2 AC pop-up outlets. 2 USB-A. 2 USB-C. GaN == more efficient, less heat
    $30 (Sams Club) monitor stand with 4 USB-A ports
    $50 One by Wacom USB drawing tablet
  2. Pew Research: Share of those 65 and older who are tech users has grown in the past decade
  3. Bloomberg/Mark Gurman October Apple product announcement speculation
    M2 iPad Pro
    Lower price iPad w/USB-C port
    2023 release of Google Pixel-like docking stand-hub with speakers/charger

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MobileViews Podcast 425: Google Pixel announcements; iPhone 14 Pro impressions



Jon Westfall and I are joined by frequent guest panelist Sven Johannsen to discuss:

  1. Tom’s Guide: Google Pixel Tablet is coming — everything we know so far
    Google Pixel Tablet Early Look
    No price
    Google Tensor G2 processor
    Google/Rose Yao said their studies say tablets are mostly used at home that mostly sits in a drawer. I disagree based on a small but reasonable sample size. Question: DId they conduct this survey during the pandemic when most people were at home?
    That said: Would make a nice replacement for my 10-inch Lenovo Smart Assistant
    Charging speaker dock
    Wireless charging
    Available sometime in 2023
    10.95-inch display
    Stylus support
    Did not say if included
  2. Pixel Watch, and Comparison with Apple Watch 8
  3. Pixel 7 & 7 Pro
  4. Received my iPhone 14 Pro
    Clear case too slippery
    Forgot upgrade/transfer only transfer Apple
    Appreciate features from 13 (upgraded from a 12)
    “New” features more noticeable if you upgrade every other year
    3x optical zoom
    I see the “shaky” issue that some people have noticed
    Cinematic mode
    Dynamic island

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MobileViews Podcast 424: Who is the Amazon Scribe for? Also, Open Educational Resources (OER)


Kindle Scribe
In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  • Who is the Amazon Kindle Scribe for?
    Basic vs. premium Wacom EMR pen
    Premium pen has an eraser and programmable button
    $340 vs. $370 by adding premium pen
    Premium pen included for 32 and 64GB models
    16, 32, 64GB sizes
    Kindle notebook app
    4 years of system updates

    The current gen 10.2″ iPad starts at $330 with 64GB RAM. The Apple Pencil (gen 1) adds another $130 to the cost.

    The base Kindle Scribe
    Includes the basic pen
    EMR pens do not need recharging or Bluetooth pairing
    Has a paperwhite display
    Readable in sunlight
    Much longer battery life than an iPad (in reading mode)

  • Jon’s Thoughts:
    First compelling redesign since the Oasis, which is 5+ years old now.
    Really like it, and if I didn’t already have an iPad Pro + Apple Pencil + Notes in OneNote + Apple Notes then I’d jump on it.
    But at this point, do I want to complicate my life with another fractured note taking experience? But the e-Ink display is SO tempting.
    Nice to see a competitor to the ReMarkable.
    Note syncing and storage(?) requires a subscription $3/month
    Kindle Notes and Highlights on the web
  • Hyperlinks in handwriting
  • Open educational resources
    Noba Project – Teach and learn psychology for free
    OpenStax – Part of Rice University. Openly licensed college textbooks that are absolutely free online and low cost in print.
    OpenIntro – Statistics & mathematics
    OER Commons – public digital library of open educational resources

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MobileViews Podcast 423: Chromebook new apps/tips; deciding to buy new devices; Apple October announcements expectations



In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Handy ChromeOS/Chromebook features you might not know about. Chromebooks have a richer toolset that it did just a year or two ago
    • The built-in Gallery app can edit PDF documents
    • The built-in Scan app can scan from your scanner. It can even use the form feeder
    • The built-in Screencast app lets you record video presentations with transcriptions but only displays on other Chromebooks
    • The built-in Cursive app lets stylus-enabled Chromebook users create handwritten notes
    • On newer Chromebooks (or least the Lenovo Chromebook Duet 5) the old Google search key with a magnifying glass icon is now a button icon with a solid large dot in the middle and a thin ring around it. Google renamed the search key the “everything key” a few years ago. It is the same search icon that you see at the bottom left of a Chromebook’s display.
    • After Google Cloud Print was shut down at the end of 2020, I had a difficulty printing to printers on my WiFi network. However, recently, for reasons I don’t understand, there haven’t been any problems printing to a WiFi printer
  2. Discussion Topic: when do you upgrade your “tools” – concept being that sometimes we upgrade for fun, but for your daily drivers, how do you know when it’s time to upgrade? Can you know when your work could move faster?
  3. Unannounced but expected Apple October product announcements

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MobileViews Podcast 422: Apple Apocalypse Product Announcements


Guest panelist Sven Johannsen joins Jon Westfall and me for this podcast. We discuss Apple’s September 8 product announcements which had a disaster/apocalyptic tone.

  1. CNN: Apple’s latest products and features take aim at our greatest fears
  2. iPhone 14 Pro & Pro Max
    Dynamic Island
    Always-on Display (like my 2020 Google Pixel 4a)
    Still has a lightning connector instead of USB-C ????
    Wiki- The iPad Pro, released in 2015, features the first Lightning connector supporting USB 3.0 host.(5 Gbit/s) The only accessory that supports USB 3.0 is the new camera adapter. Normal USB-A – Lightning cables are still USB 2.0. How about USB-C to lightning???
  3. Use Emergency SOS via satellite on your iPhone 14
  4. Wi-Fi Comes to Mount Kilimanjaro
  5. iOS 16
    iCloud Shared Photo Library – coming later this year
  6. CNET: iOS 16 for iPhone: Every Cool New Feature Arriving Monday
  7. Jon: upgraded to iOS 16, pleasantly surprised by quality of life improvements that previously I thought would be snoozes.
  8. Apple Watch Series 8 & Apple Watch Ultra
    Apple watch series 8 Stainless (starts $749 [41mm], $799 [45mm]) vs Ultra ($799)
  9. AirPods Pro 2nd gen
    Volume control on stem
  10. Jon received the Linus Tech Tips backpack (See Episode 418) and have some impressions pre-use as a daily driver.

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