MobileViews Podcast 85: DDoS anyone? Starbucks Powermat. Amazon Prime Music. Comcast WiFi

In MobileViews Podcast 85, Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss:

– DDoS attacks on Evernote, Feedly, and the prevalence of online ransoming / ransoming (i.e. the recent iCloud ransoming that happened predominately in Austrailia, CryptoLocker, etc.). Ref: BBC News

– Starbucks Powermat wireless charging spots. Ref: Chicago Tribune

Amazon Prime Music: Amazon’s new streaming music service that is free for Amazon Prime subscribers.

– Comcast turned 150,000 home cable boxes into WiFi hotspots in Houston. Ref: Houston Chronicle

– Android OS 4.4.3 update. Reduced battery life and WiFi stability on Todd’s Nexus 4

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MobileViews Podcast 84: WWDC 2014, Sprint/T-Mobile merger, Amazon smartphone on June 18

In MobileViews podcast 84 Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss:

– Apple’s 2014 WWDC announcements (nice roundup in The Verge)
– The rumored Apple health gadget (iWatch?) launch in October
– The $32B Sprint/T-Mobile merger (Reuters)
– Amazon’s presumed smartphone announcement scheduled for June 18.

Apple developer links (may require developer account)
What’s new in iOS 8
What’s new in OS/X 10.10 (Yosemite)
Apple Swift language sample code

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MobileViews Podcast 83: WWDC 2014, TrueCrypt, Springpad shutdown, Windows XP update hack

Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss:
1. The strange disappearance of the well-regarded TrueCrypt Open Source software.
– First phase of 3rd party audit info here.

2. The registry hack that partially re-enables Windows XP updates

3. Status update on Springpad’s shutdown: New web-based migration tool to move notes to Evernote available. Springpad alternatives community on Google+.

4. Speculation about Apple’s WWDC 2014. Good overview here on 9to5Mac.

Jon’s app pick: Mailbox for iOS

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Note to comiXology/Amazon: Hawaii has two “i”-s

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Amazon upset a lot of people by disabling the ability to buy comic books in comiXology’s iOS apps (Amazon bought comiXology earlier this year). My ComicsViews podcast cohost, Jay Stone, was so upset by this change that he deleted the app from his iPad. He was not the only person incensed by this change to avoid paying Apple its 30% iTunes in-app-purchase cut. Amazon tried to appease comiXology’s customers but offering a $5 credit after the app change and, more recently, offering a free digital comic book every day for 20 days starting this past Memorial Day (May 26, 2014). However, I discovered one more annoying aspect to this change for iOS device users who can no longer purchase through the app: Forced to use comiXology’s web browser interface to make a purchase, I noticed that my home state’s name is spelled incorrectly – It is “Hawaii” with two “i”-s, not one. With the understanding that I make spelling errors/typos like everyone else, you would think comiXology or Amazon would have staff checking for this sort of error.

FYI: You can hear Jay and I discuss the comiXology iOS app issue in ComicsViews Podcast 51.

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88% of iOS devices running latest version. Android? 8.5%

Apple’s App Store Distribution page reports that 88% of iOS devices are running the current version. Google’s Android Developer Dashboard reports that 8.5% of Android devices is running the current release (Kitkat 4.4).

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MobileViews Podcast 82: Farewell to Springpad. What to do when a fav service shuts down

Todd Ogasawara discusses the impending shutdown of Springpad, a web service he uses daily, with Jon Westfall. Springpad announced last week that they plan to shutdown on June 25, 2014.

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.

1. Exportability
2. Transferability
3. Stability / Competitors

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Skype group video calls now free

I haven’t tried it myself yet, but the Skype blog announced that Skype group video calls are now free.

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MobileViews Podcast 81: Streaming video boxes, Net Neutrality, apps of the week

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

Jon’s Apps of the Week (all written by Jon):
Quick Port Tester (for Mac OS/X, $0.99) and Obscurity (for Mac OS/X, $0.99). The version for Microsoft Windows is free and available from Jon’s website.

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MobileViews Podcast 80: Amazon phone, Windows 8.1 Update, HeartBleed, Apps of the week

In this podcast, Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss.

– The rumored Amazon smartphone. Refs: WSJ & Recode

– Windows 8.1 Update: Microsoft Surface RT update experience is different from the Asus T100 even though both have hardware connected physical keyboards

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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)

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MobileViews Podcast 79: Microsoft Office for iPad (finally…)

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.
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Google Search for Android voice activated camera function’s redeeming features

googlesearch_camera_20140319Google 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.

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MobileViews Podcast 78

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
– Springpad
– 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)

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