Todd is testing using Pinterest (of all things!) as a bookmarkng service to replace Springpad’s excellent ability to clip and store web page references from desktop and mobile browsers. Jon suggests evaluating Evernote Clipper and Xmarks (formerly Foxmarks).
Jon also offers the three characteristics he looks for in web services.
3. Stability / Competitors
In MobileViews Podcast 81 (recorded on April 26, 2014), Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss.
- Streaming video set top boxes including the new Amazon Fire TV
- The 2014 version of the FCC’s view of Net Neutrality
- Apps of the week
Todd’s App of the Week: Google Camera for Kitkat 4.4 devices. The new Lens Blur feature is interesting to use. However, the chrome-less UI may annoy some
In this podcast, Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss.
- Windows 8.1 Update: Microsoft Surface RT update experience is different from the Asus T100 even though both have hardware connected physical keyboards
Apps of the Week
- Todd: An oldie but a goodie: Sky Map. Was Google Sky Map. Now an Open Source community driven project
- Jon: An oldie but a goodie as well: TrueCrypt (Yep, not mobile, but it does protect data on the go)
Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall about the long-awaited (possibly too long) release of Microsoft Office for iPad in MobileViews Podcast 79. Other topics:
- Microsoft Office for Android (phones only) and iPhone available too. And, unlike the iPad version, can edit documents using these free versions.
- Microsoft OneNote for OS/X released (also, finally) for free. Note, this will only install if your Mac is running the current Mavericks OS/X release. It will not install on Macs running older releases. Note: As you can see in Jon’s screenshots below, OneNote for OS/X offers just a small subset of the features available for the Windows version.
Google Search for Android recently gained the ability to activate the phone’s (or tablet’s) camera in snapshot mode or video mode (Marketingland). You do this by saying “OK Google” and then either “take a photo” or “take a video”.
This may seem trivial since it is easy to get to the camera even from a locked screen. But, it does have two useful features: If your camera is in snapshot mode, saying “take a video” takes you directly to video recording mode without tapping the screen a couple of times to switch to video recording mode. And, once you leave the video recording mode launched from Google Search, activiting the camera again puts you back in snapshot mode. This, again, saves a couple of finger taps and valuable time when you want to quickly capture a photo.
In this podcast, Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss
- Why are Microsoft tablets sales still low/flat? (Ref: Computerworld article)
- Evernote, Keep, and other cloud note platforms
- Evernote is now on Pebble smart watch
Jon’s App Pick of the Week: Drafts (iOS), Specifically custom URL actions to Evernote notebooks, ToodleDo to do lists
Todd’s Anti-app pick: Apps for Chromecast (iOS/Android)
MobileViews Podcast 76: Office Online now works on iPad/Android, Net Neutrality, multifunction mobile gadgets
Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall revisit a few recent topics in this podcast
- OneDrive/Microsoft Office Online now allows editing Office docs on iPad and Android via browser UI
- Bye bye net neutrality? Comcast buying Time Warner for $45B
Todd and Jon also discuss a couple of multifunction gadgets:
- HooToo HT-TM01 Charger, WiFi router, NAS
- D-Link DIR-505L: Wall charger, WiFi Router, DLNA server
And, check out Jon’s tip on his own blog: Jon’s Building Portable Netflix Post: http://jonwestfall.com/2014/02/building-personal-portable-netflix/
Microsoft SkyDrive delivered more than a name change to OneDrive today. It also added the ability for iPad and Android users to edit Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents using their web browsers. Selecting a file using the SkyDrive (for iOS or Android) app launches the web browser. From there, it is the same as using any of the Office for Web components on a desktop browser – It did seem a bit slower on Safari on my iPad mini than when using a web browser on my Windows notebook PC.