MobileViews Podcast 374: Google Cursive Chromebook note taking app; Audible 3D; Apple Watch 7 speculation



In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Audible 3D Audio
    I can’t hear the difference between it and other audio books
  2. Google Cursive note taking app works on other Chromebooks
  3. Explain Everything Digital Whiteboard
  4. Rumors suggest
  5. iPhone 13 rumors

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 373: Windows 11 MOFO? No

In this podcast, John Westfall and I discuss

  1. Apple Announces Free Repair Program for Some iPhone 12 Models With Receiver Issues
  2. Jon bought a series of Smart Wi-Fi LED Bulbs from Meross.
    Amazon: Meross Dimmable Nightstand
  3. Jon also has a very low-tech solution to extended internet outages – Digital Outlet Timers
  4. Windows 11 beta FOMO? Not me
  5. Several years of difficulty finding laptops I’m interested in:
    Lenovo Chromebook Flex
    Asus Zenbook Duo (low end model)
    Now? HP Chromebook x2 11-inch detachable with Google Cursive note taking app

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 372: Pixel 5a? Wait for Windows 11 before buying a new PC. Flip phones redux?

  1. A big congratulations to an old friend who has been on this podcast a few times: Ryan Ozawa
    Hawaii tech writer selected for Facebook journalism initiative

    “…25 independent local journalists from across the country have joined the initiative, which says it recognizes that local news is the heartbeat of our communities. Facebook Bulletin is a new platform for writers, independent experts, and authoritative voices to find, build, and monetize, their audience.”

    Hawaii – Facebook Bulletin

  2. Buy a Pixel 5a?
  3. Wait for Windows 11 before buying a new PC?
  4. Flip phones redux?
    Samsung Z Flip 3 and Fold Z 3 … Wondering, are flips/folds almost ready for prime time?
  5. Jon’s remote system access solution using Apache Guacamole (HTML 5 compliant VNC/SSH client)
    Home network is behind a VPN, but what if you’re on a system that doesn’t have your VPN client on?
    Apache Guacamole(HTML 5 compliant VNC/SSH client) + https://hub.docker.com/r/steveltn/https-portal to publish it out secured with SSL. Has 2 factor authentication and can access all my machines including VPN clients (So I can have my laptop in one office on campus connected to my home VPN, and can be in a classroom across campus and access my portal.
  6. Looking forward to Google Cursive (yet another note taking service)

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MobileViews Podcast 371


In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. The boring consumer UI/UX for Teams bundled with Windows 11
  2. What did Apple really make money with in the last quarter? Reddit: Apple’s Latest Quarter
  3. The Crucial X6 500GB USB-C portable SSD
  4. What happened to the affordable model of the Asus Zenbook Duo 14-inch?
  5. Jon’s Backpack is more awesome than he thought, but sadly, you can’t get it.
    Pro Slim Weekender

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MobileViews Podcast 370: Guest Sven Johannsen. Microsoft Teams, KilledByGoogle, Midinote, Ghost Cert; Apple MagSafe Battery Pack; iPad mini rumors; Dell Inspiron 7506; Streaks



Jon Westfall and I are joined by frequent guest panelist Sven Johannsen in podcast 370. We discussed:

  1. Is Microsoft Teams for personal use really Teams?
  2. Dead and soon-to-die Google services: Google Graveyard
    I haven’t used Google Bookmarks since 2016 but exported the bookmarks anyway. Bookmarks will disappear after the end of September.
    Still having problems printing from Chromebooks after Google Cloud Print was killed in 2020.
  3. Midinote beta Tags that eventually form a mindmap
  4. Mini-rant: Can’t find an expired certificate in iOS/iPadOS. Not in the obvious place where other certs are found
  5. Apple MagSafe Battery Pack Slam dunk or sploosh
  6. iPad Mini refresh rumors flourishing
  7. Dell 16” Inspiron 7506 2-1, with pen with pen storage
  8. iMessage vs RCS vs SMS
  9. Streaks app now allows up to 24 items vs 12
  10. One Last Thing: Jon Discovered a Mac Setting he never knew existed (Keep Folders on Top)

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 369: Switch from Skype to Teams for podcasting


Jon Westfall and I are back podcasting after a brief hiatus.


Looking to the future, we’re testing using Microsoft Teams instead of Microsoft Skype connect for this podcast. Microsoft is building Teams into Windows 11. Our interpretation is that Teams will eventually replace Skype for personal use as it did with Skype for Business (formerly Lync; which sunsets this month – July 2021).


Having not used the Teams app on our Macs, we both found it interesting that that Teams supports using the MacBook Pro’s touchbar.


I made one small change to Rogue Amoeba’s Audio Hijack Pro’s audio path recording software to use Teams instead of Skype.

In other activities:

Jon’s been playing with ioBroker in a Docker container to automate switching his Eufy cameras into “Away” mode when he leaves, since Eufy’s app is trash when it comes to geofencing!

He also talks about tech he took with him on his most recent road trip. What did he actually use? And, what was dead weight? He discusses both in the podcast.

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