MobileViews Podcast 193: They who cannot be named (Alexa, Cortana, OK Google, and Siri)

Jon Westfall and I are joined by guests Frank McPherson & Sven Johannsen in this podcast.

  1. Google discontinuing Google Now Launcher. Ref: Android Police
  2. No more Android OS updates for my Nexus 6 after 7.1.1. Ref: Android Police
  3. Amazon, Apple, Google, & Microsoft’s speech assistants.
    Franks’s Google Home experience. Ref: FrankMcPherson.org

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 192: Google Voice lives!

  1. Google Voice finally getting an update. Ref: Google Blog
  2. Google Photos – Jon’s odd backup story
  3. False floor climb count by Fitbit when it is windy (presumably a barometric pressure issue)
  4. Mobile Stagnation: Where is the next killer app?

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 191: Chromebooks, Evernote 8.0, Windows 10 build 15014 & more

  1. New Google Chromebook tutorial videos by Google on YouTube. Ref: Google Chrome on YouTube. Ref: Video Tutorial: Switching to Chromebook
  2. Evernote 8.0 for iOS. New UI.
  3. Microsoft Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 15014: New Action Center tile – “Blue light”. New Windows Setting icon – Holographic. New feature – ebooks? Why?
  4. Old 2008 Dell desktop PC died (not really, it just needs its RAM replaced). Fix or replace? I’m voting to replace.
  5. Lineage OS Available this weekend (successor to Cyanogen Mod)
  6. AT&T is losing more subscribers than any other carrier. Interesting that for awhile we’ve thought of the US as 4 carriers in the order Verizon-ATT-Sprint-TMobile – will that ever change? Q1 2015 TMobile did overtake Sprint, but not a lot of change since.
  7. The Brits are sending BitTorrent Nastygrams proactively to those who visit The Pirate Bay Is this really “education” or “we’re watching you…”?

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 190: 10 years since the iPhone was announced

  1. Pencil from Paper by 53
  2. Consumer Reports retracted its negative recommendation of the new Macbook Pro models. Ref: Consumer Reports
  3. 10 years since the original iPhone was announced (but not released) on January 9, 2007. Ref: Apple
  4. Windows 10 Insider Build Preview build 15002 for PC. Ref: Microsoft. New features including folder in Start Menu (like pre-Windows 8), set aside Edge browser tabs, Win + Shift + S to capture a region of your screen and copy it to the clipboard, BSOD is now GSOD, quick VM creation in Hyper-V
  5. What do we want to see in 2017?

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 189: AirPods, new Chromebooks, & Happy New Year

Jon Westfall and I are back from our brief hiatus to start podcasting anew in 2017.

  1. My 2009 Macbook Pro WiFi hardware died last week. So, I bought a $12 Aukey WF-R3 USB WiFi dongle. It works but is very slow: Maxes out around 6 Mbps down and about 0.7 Mbps up. Other devices are 50 Mbps down and 10 Mbps up on the same AP.
  2. First YoY sales decline for Apple since 2001. Ref: arstechnica.
  3. Meanwhile, despite the Note 7 fiasco, Samsung Electronics fourth-quarter profits is up 50% YoY and is projected to be a 3-year high. Ref: Reuters
  4. Amazon Echo as an IoT platform? Ref: Stratechery
  5. New Samsung Chromebooks with touchscreens, stylus, and Android app ready. Ref: Engadget
  6. ConspiracyViews: Japanese insurance company replacing 34 claim analysts with IBM’s Watson. Ref: Quartz
  7. Jon’s thoughts on AirPods, and his “All Microsoft” semester.

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 188: Top 2016 tech news stories

In this final podcast for 2016, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

– When is Jon getting his AirPod?

Apple Support iOS app. Todd had a tech support failure by Apple, Jon had a tech support win

Top 2016 tech stories

  1. Todd’s story pick: Samsung Note 7 battery fires
  2. Jason Dunn: Apple customers angry about losing (1) 3.5mm headphone jack in the iPhone 7 and (2) all ports except USB-C in the Macbook Pro. Customers also angry about the lack of a new Mac Pro, iMac, or (Todd) Mac mini.
  3. Johan Van Mierlo: Alexa, Google Home, IoT for consumers. IoT security concerns. Also,
    Wynn Las Vegas to equip 4,748 hotel rooms with Amazon Echo (GeekWire): “ability to talk to your room and say: ‘Alexa, I am here, open the curtains, lower the temperature, turn on the news.’”
  4. Jack Cook: Microsoft Surface Studio and the success of the Surface tablet/notebook line of products.
  5. Jon – The hidden tech story that scares me…

    40 million dollar ad campaign, $1m a day in revenue. Game of War
    Costs $225 a month not to play (to protect your assets). Takes 58 years to research the ‘sucker punch’ ability (to attack within 1-2 minutes instead of 5).

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