MobileViews Podcast 249: Starbucks WiFi wants to know more about you…

  1. Google WiFi in Starbucks wants to know who you are. Asks you for first/last name, email, and ZIP code. Noticed it the other day. Found this ref dated March 22: SeattlePI
    Tip people often forget: GMail allows for instant email address creation with +@gmail.com – perfect for times when you might want to give out your address, but want a quick way to filter it away.
  2. Raspberry Pi microSD card performance comparison – 2018

    “I decided to re-run all the benchmarks for all the Samsung and SanDisk cards (the rest, from Sony, Toshiba, Lexar, and no-name brands were so slow for Pi usage as to not warrant any testing at all!)”

  3. Cloudflare’s new DNS attracting ‘gigabits per second’ of rubbish
  4. CloudFlare 1.1.1.1 Twitter Resolver
  5. Google Arts & Culture Monet & Architecture virtual exhibit
  6. Skype for Content Creators.

    [With Skype for Content Creators, Windows 10 and Mac users will be able to select the Content Creators mode to place and record calls directly within NewTek NDI®–enabled software such as:

    Wirecast – $1000
    Xsplit – $200 (sale price)
    Vmix – $700 for two callers, $1200 for 8 callers

    Once the call is recorded, content can be easily imported into apps such as Adobe Premier Pro and Adobe Audition for editing. In addition, users can customize the look and feel of the call—so they can be part of a live show ready for streaming to audiences of all sizes.]

  7. SkyKnit: How an AI Took Over an Adult Knitting Community
  8. RANT: The problem of depending on Google services and products…
    Transitioning Google URL Shortener to Firebase Dynamic Links
    Left bit.ly for Google’s shortener because bit.ly is so unreliable. Google’s Firebase is not an alternative for consumers (vs. developers). So back to bit.ly?

    Solution: Get your own domain and use YOURLS https://yourls.org

  9. Google Voice WiFi calling:
    https://www.androidcentral.com/google-voice-running-open-beta-wi-fi-calling

    https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/voice/aI7m1PrV21Y

  10. Jon’s Technology Find: Microsoft Bookings enabled for Academic tiers. https://outlook.office.com/owa/?path=/bookings/

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MobileViews Podcast 248: New iPad; watchOS/iOS updates; big data to predict dropouts at a university

In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. The Verge: Google Home now works with Bluetooth speaker
  2. How a UA professor uses student-ID card data to help predict dropouts
  3. watchOS 4.3
    Return of controlling music on an iPhone – also HomePod.
    Nightstand mode orientation
  4. iOS 11.3
    Disable performance throttling on older phones due to degrading battery life
    AR enhancements
    Sort app reviews
    Username/password autofill in apps
    Fixed auto-correction capitalization bug
  5. Apple introduces new 9.7-inch iPad with Apple Pencil support
  6. 2006 MacBook rant
  7. Jon’s Rant: Doesn’t anyone use desktop software to manage their finances anymore?!? Unhappy with Mint, trying MoneyDance

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MobileViews Podcast 247: Do people read anymore?

  1. Bloomberg: New low cost iPad to be announced next week?
    I’m hoping for a iPad mini that supports the Apple Pencil and has a smart connector for keyboards.
  2. Todd: Six years ago, I wrote: (Information Week/BYTE) Lytro: The Next Big Thing In Photography. I didn’t say how long it would take to be the next big thing though. Since then, they exited the camera market and attempted to market their IP. Techcrunch reported that Google may be buying Lytro. So, the answer to how long it will take is apparently 6 plus years.
  3. Jon: Ebooks come in different flavors: what is the platform of choice? Kindle on everything, but iBooks has some cool interactivity
  4. Todd: Audiobook reading using Audible and Google Books
  5. Todd: Comic book reading using ComiXology and Google Books
  6. Magazine reading using Zinio or Texture Texture – which Apple bought recently

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MobileViews Podcast 246: Echo’s brief mode, Google Lens for iOS, brand reputations?, Nokia Android phones, why use Edge?, learn Klingon

This week I’m joined by returning guest panelist Sven Johanssen. We discussed:

  1. Amazon Echo – Brief Mode
  2. Google Lens coming to iOS inside of Google Photos
  3. Apple & Google’s reputations dropped
    Amazon #1. Apple dropped from 5 o 29. Google dropped from 8 to 28.
  4. Nokia back in the phone business
  5. Why does Sven use the Microsoft Edge browser
  6. Duo Lingo – learn Klingon
  7. Chromebook – Office 365 license

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 245: Daylight Savings

  1. Daylight Savings: California & Florida considering permanent shift to DST
  2. Google Daydream VR. Thank you to Ricky Li.
  3. Google Maps gets Super Mario for a week. Ref: Google
  4. Amazon Alexa’s creepy, spontaneous laugh is weirding people out
  5. Engadget Amazon Echo understands followup commands without repeating the trigger word
  6. Google’s Python Class

    this is a free class for people with a little bit of programming experience who want to learn Python. The class includes written materials, lecture videos, and lots of code exercises to practice Python coding. These materials are used within Google to introduce Python to people who have just a little programming experience.

  7. The UPSide Project lead by Eric Raymond. Open Source UPS design.
  8. Jon started playing < a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/plague-inc/id525818839?mt=8">Plague, Inc., which is an interesting mobile game. 99 cents with in-app purchases.
  9. Jon’s also exploring apps for… knitters! Ravelry.com’s Profile for Jon

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MobileViews Podcast 244: People who live in glass buildings in Apple Park, shouldn’t…

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Longer upgrade cycles and growing purchases of used smartphones said to threaten flagship sales

    “Back in 2014, the average upgrade cycle was 23 months – likely attributable to most consumers upgrading every two years, while a much smaller number upgraded every year. But that number has already hit 31 months, says BayStreet Research, and is set to climb higher still”

  2. Google launched a simple browser-based sequencer for making music
  3. Google Research Blog. Mobile Real-time Video Segmentation – green screen video without a green screen.
  4. 9to5Mac”: New lower cost MacBook Air? Probably at the cost of losing ports.
    Jon’s got a defense of going with less ports… innovation in mobile workspace design
  5. Gizmodo. 911 calls from Apple Park – employees walking into the glass walls. People who live in glass houses should not run into them.

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