MobileViews Podcast 73: Bye bye Nexus?

In MobileViews Podcast 73, Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall talk about:

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MobileViews Podcast 72: Googlegedon

In MobileViews Podcast 72, Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss:

- Happy 30th birthday to the Apple Macintosh (Jan. 24, 2014)

- Gmail/Google+-ageddon. 1st world problems. Cyber dependency
Ref: TechCrunch

- iWorks for iOS updated
Ref: GigaOm

- App picks
Pushbullet for Android – Ref: This Week in Google episode 233

- Yay! S. Korea says no to phone bloatware
Ref: ZDNet

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Gadgets
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MobileViews Podcast 71: Net neutrality, online college courses, Windows XP on 95% of ATMs

In MobileViews Podcast 71 Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss (and debate):
- Net Neutrality
- Online college courses
- Note the finding that Windows XP is on 95% of ATMs (Automatic Teller Machines).

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Mobile Devices
Mobile Lifestyle
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MobileViews Podcast 70: CES 2014, Microsoft’s future, more security problems

Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss a number of topics in MobileViews Podcast 70:

1. What products announced at CES 2014 caught our attention?
2. Is controlling the physical world (locks, thermostats, appliances, etc.) from a smartphone a good idea?
3. Cyber security: This time Nieman Marcus’ credit card data was stolen
4. Does it matter that Microsoft did not have a booth at CES 2014? This was set off by The Verge’s click-bait headline: Closing Windows: Microsoft and its platforms are nowhere to be found at CES
5. Windows 9 “Threshold” to arrive in April 2015. And, how much of a disaster is Windows 8 for Microsoft? (ref: Supersite for Windows: “Threshold” to be Called Windows 9, Ship in April 2015)

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Mobile Devices
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MobileViews Podcast 69: Life after Windows Phone, Microsoft Project Siena, credit card security

Todd Ogasawara and his old friend and special guest, Jon Westfall, talk about their move from Windows Mobile/Phone to other mobile platforms, Microsoft Project Siena for Windows 8.1, and credit card security (COIN, Loop).

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MobileViews Podcast 68: 2013 holiday mobile tech gift ideas

Todd Ogasawara and Jay Stone discuss seven (7) holiday mobile tech gift ideas in this podcast.

Jay
1. Learning Resources Zoomy Handheld Microscope
2. Romo Smartphone Robot
3. Lytro camera

Todd
4. Windows 8.1 tablets like the Asus T100 and Dell Venue 8 Pro
5. Viki.com $3.99 per month subscription to TV shows and movies from all over the world (with subtitles)
6. Digital camera with a GPS data logger (e.g., Canon SX280)
7. Raspberry Pi with the new Wolfram Language and Mathematica

FYI: You can subscribe to this podcast in iTunes. Search for MobileViews Podcast.

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Barometer sensor in Nexus 4

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One of the things I found interesting about the old Motorola Xoom (one of the first Android tablets) was that it had a barometer sensor. It seemed like a great feature to enable crowdsourcing weather information. As the Xoom faded from my memory so did the notion of having a barometer on me all the time.

Listening to a discussion of all the sensors in the new Nexus 5, I wondered what sensors my previous generation Nexus 4 has. So, I installed CPU-Z and learned the 4 does indeed have a barometer. I haven’t found any app/service that crowdsources barometer sensor data. However, there are a few free Android apps that work with the sensor. I’m trying Barometer Monitor right now.

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Forecast.io says I live in the “Middle of Nowhere”

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You know the saying “stuck in the middle of nowhere”? Well, according to Forecast.io I, apparently, am. Granted, Hawaii is the most remote island populated island chain in the world. And, Honolulu is the most remote major city with a population over 500,000 (ref: ESRI Blog: The World’s Most Remote Island Group: Hawaii?. But, still…

Note: Forecast.io is one of the best examples of an HTML5 site that is has both good functionality and a good user interface design.

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MobileViews Podcast 67 & ComicsViews Podcast 43: iOS 7, Windows RT 8.1, Arrow, Agents of SHIELD

This special combined MobileViews and ComicsViews podcast let Todd Ogasawara, Jay Stone, and Emil Reyes catch up on iOS 7, Windows RT 81, Arrow (CW TV show) and Agents of Shield (ABC) in one podcast.

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MobileViews Podcast 66: iOS 7 discussion. iPhone 5s fingerprint reader hacked already?

Todd Ogasawara and Emil Reyes discuss the pros and cons of the recently released iOS 7 for iPhone and iPad in this podcast. Neither one bought a new iPhone 5c or 5s. So, their experience is based on upgrades to the iPhone 5, iPad mini, and iPad 2.

They also devote a segment of the podcast to discuss the news that the Computer Chaos Club has found a way to fool the iPhone 5s’ fingerprint reader.

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iOS 7 camera HDR (High Dynamic Range) feature more subtle than I remember

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Apple added the HDR (High Dynamic Range) photo feature way back in iOS 4.1 (Fall 2010). After playing with this photo option for a couple of weeks, I stopped using it. With the release of iOS 7 last week, I decided to take another look at HDR on my iPhone 5. However, my first test pair of photos (iOS provides the option to save a normal photo along with the HDR photo) barely seemed to be different from one another (normal vs. HDR) – [see below for the first photo pair].

I ended up creating a test scene that would be sure to look different when comparing a normal photo to the HDR one. The photo above is that test scene. The photo on the right is the HDR version. This time I could see the difference.
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FYI: Angry Birds Star Wars II for Android is free

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The latest in the series of Angry Birds games is out for both iOS and Android devices. But, while it costs a very reasonable 99 cents for iOS, it is even more reasonably priced for Android users: Free.

Angry Birds Star Wars II Free

Anyone try it with the new Telepod figures that interact with the digital game?

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