MobileViews Mini-podcast 27: Recording with the August EP715 active noise cancellation earbuds

I’m using the relatively inexpensive (I think I paid less than $40) August EP715 – Active Noise Cancelling Earphones – Hands-free Calling with Integrated Microphone to record this mini-podcast.

The earbud seem to fit well in my ears. It is a one-size fits all design. There aren’t any alternative ear pieces if the fit is not good. Its microphone is on a label clip. This surprised me a bit. It has a pause/play button on the label clip. However, it does not have any volume control which would be very useful to have. The AAA battery pack to power the earbuds hangs off of a micro-USB cable that is paired with the 3.5mm jack. It can also be plugged into a phone’s plug for power (instead of using the battery pack). August provides a micro-USB to Lightning adapter if you use an iPhone or iPad. I’m really not sure the noise cancellation does what I expected it to do. I didn’t notice any diminished white or pink noise during some informal testing. There does seem to be a slight volume increase. But, I can still hear low frequency sounds that I had hope would be reduced. I will test it a bit more and discuss it in another podcast.

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MobileViews Podcast 151: Google Docs voice editing, rogue hotspots, Microsoft keyboard rant, and more



REMINDER: You can subscribe to this podcast in Apple iTunes: MobileViews Podcast in iTunes

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) discuss:

  1. If Apple’s next 9.7 inch iPad is going to be called an iPad Pro, how do you distinguish between it and the current gigantic Pro model? Ref: 9to5Mac
  2. Google Docs adds voice-editing and formatting to its voice-typing feature. Ref: Google Docs Blog
  3. Avast set up rogue hotspots at Mobile World Congress, and the results won’t surprise you
  4. Subgraph OS: A secure Linux for the non-technical user?
  5. FYI: The Scottevest Camp Shirt has pockets deep enough to completely hide an iPhone 6+ or Nexus 6. My shirt quest is nearly over. I still need to find Aloha Shirts with pockets large enough for those phones.
  6. Having failed to get Microsoft to perform a warranty replacement or repair of its Univeral Mobile Keyboard, I bought an iClever Portable Bluetooth Keyboard from Amazon for $32. It is the same width as Microsoft’s keyboard and works fine with the Nexus 6.
  7. Jon’s Quick Review: The EYN Case for the iPhone 6+ (Jon’s Amazon lin for the EYN case)

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MobileViews Podcast 150: Special guest Frank McPherson

Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) are joined by special guest Frank McPherson in this podcast.

REMINDER: You can subscribe to this podcast in Apple iTunes: MobileViews Podcast in iTunes

In this podcast, we discuss:

  1. Rav Power Turbo Series 20K mAh USB battery charger pack. Can charge Surface 3 which 2.4A. Can perform USB-C quick charger on devices like the Nexus 6P.
  2. Apple: If you see error 53 or can‘t update or restore your iPhone or iPad
  3. CNET: The Trade Up With Installments program lets you unload an old phone and get a new model for under $35 a month over two years
  4. Skype Blog: Announcing group video calling for mobile phones and tablets
  5. Google Cloud Vision API enters Beta, open to all to try!
  6. Outlook.com gets a major facelift, Evernote add-in, and more in ExtremeTech
  7. Google Gmailify
    Electronic Frontier Foundation: A Technical Perspective on the Apple iPhone Case
  8. Jon’s Rant on Poorly Managed Devices

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MobileViews Mini-podcast 26: Podbean for Android recording test

In this mini-podcast I used Podbean’s Android app with a wired earbud/microphone to record a short podcast while outdoors. The purpose of this test is to learn what kind of sound quality I get while recording outdoors while on-the-go.

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MobileViews mini-podcast 25: Testing the Podbean iOS app

This is the first mini-podcast I’ve created since July 8, 2011 (nearly 5 years ago). So, why now? I recently learned that Podbean’s iOS app can record and publish a podcast directly from an iPhone. It can’t record from a network connection. So, it can’t be used to record Skype or Google Hangouts conversations. However, I can use it to record anything or anyone within earshot. So, I may use it while traveling.

The setup for recording this mini-podcast is very simple: An iPhone running the free Podbean app with a Bluetooth headset/microphone to record sounds. The app lets me upload the audio file directly to Podbean to publish a podcast. Text editing appears limited to writing a podcast title. So, descriptions, tags, and other information has to be modified after the podcast is live.

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MobileViews Podcast 149: Where do Windows Phone users go next? Amazon prepared for Zombie apocalypse

REMINDER: You can subscribe to this podcast in Apple’s iTunes: MobileViews Podcast in iTunes

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) discuss:

  1. Windows Weekly 452 podcast. AllAboutMicrosoft/ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley is test driving a Nexus 5x to prepare for the day Windows Phone disappears
  2. YouTube Red Originals shows launched this week.
  3. Brick your iPhone or iPad by setting the date to Jan. 1, 1970. Ref: The Guardian
  4. Amazon’s terms of service now covers the zombie apocalypse – my article for ExtremeTech.com
  5. The Satechi Bluetooth Smart Pointer now works the way it should on iOS (Hopefully not just ‘for now’): http://www.satechi.net/index.php/smartphones-and-tablets/accessories/satechi-bluetooth-smart-pointer-mobile-presenter-black-and-remote-control-for-iphone-ipad-ipod-touch-samsung-galaxy-s3-note-2-imac-macbook-air-macbook-pro-macbook-mac-mini-and-apple-tv-3
  6. Jon’s rant on presenter remotes. Why buy a $40 presenter remote that has 2 buttons when you can buy one that has full mouse control?!? (PR-PRO3 for $57, PR-US2 for $42)

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