MobileViews Podcast 318: Apple rumors, Battery Grapher for Watch, Mac malware, Jon’s markup adventures

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Mobile World Congress 2020 cancelled
  2. Apple March announcement rumors circulating
  3. Battery Grapher for Watch – $1.99
  4. Reuters Fact Check site
  5. Malwarebytes: Macs Outpaced PCs in Number of Malware Threats Detected Per Endpoint in 2019, But Most Are Adware
  6. Jon is exploring Markdown seriously for the first time. And utilizing Drafts app for the first time.

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MobileViews Podcast 317: Todd gets NoteShelf tech support from Jon!

In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. The Verge: All the ways China’s coronavirus outbreak is affecting tech
  2. Google Maps is turning 15! Celebrate with a new look and features
    You may have noticed the Google Maps icon on your iPhone changed. That’s not the only thing that changed.
  3. Siri Shortcuts for Google Apps
  4. Trying to understand NoteShelf with Jon’s help
  5. Jon’s super secret project spawns a question: What technology do you use for “other than intended” purposes?

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 316: Most influential/favorite iPads apps over the past decade

Jon Westfall and I reflect and discuss the most important and favorite iPad apps since the tablet’s introduction in 2010.

  1. Former Windows chief reveals Microsoft’s reaction to the iPad
  2. The iPad Turns 10: A Look Back at Its First Decade
  3. Millennials stand out for their technology use, but older generations also embrace digital life
    Gen X, Millennials, and Boomers all are at 50%+ tablet ownership

    ” Unlike with smartphones and social media, tablet ownership is now comparable across most generations. Today, 55% of Gen Xers, 53% of Millennials and 52% of Boomers say they own tablets.”

  4. Most important/influential iPad apps in the past decade
    Safari for iPad browser – near desktop-like experience
    Garageband for iPad
    Flipboard (not as popular now, but still available)
    Microsoft Office 365 – grudgingly accepted subscriptions by this point)
    Gmail for iPad
    Comixology (now owned by Amazon)
    Amazon Kindle app
    Netflix (changed the way Todd thinks about service subscriptions)
    Evernote, OneNote, Noteability, and other note taking apps
    Flixster
    Amazon & other shopping apps
    LumaVision (Ricky Li’s recommendation) – I haven’t used it but it gets mentioned in other lists
  5. App types that seemed like a good idea but weren’t
    Magazine apps – Time Magazine / Zinio
    “second screen” dedicated apps – Avatar, Bambi, etc.
    Apple iBooks & iBooks Creator (Jon disagrees, iBooks isn’t great, but it’s solid)
    Recipe apps – true for all kinds of computers (Jon disagrees, recipes need to be integrated into something, like AnyList)
  6. Todd
    Comixology
    Procreate
    Civilization Revolution (no longer compatible)
    Plants vs. Zombies HD
    Google Keep
  7. Jon
    Noteshelf & iAnnotate – let me eliminate paper.
    Classic games (GTA 3, GTA Vice City)
    Ticket to Ride / Carcassone / Mini Metro / Plague Inc. / Rebel Inc.
    Microsoft Office & Google Drive apps
    Scrivener and apps that allow me to do niche desktop things (Working Copy for Git repos, CryptoDisks for opening Truecrypt/veracrypt containers, SSH Tunnel, and Screens)

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MobileViews Podcast 315

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. WiFi router adventure
  2. Update on USB-C charging the Samsung Chromebook Plus
    Recently received Anker USB-C up with PD port can charge the device
  3. Google releases 3 new experimental apps to help cut down your phone usage
    Envelope – yuck – for 3a only
    Activity Bubbles
    Screen Stopwatch
  4. Microsoft POC Office 365 Network Onboarding tool
    Requires Edge browser for advanced tests
  5. After it was announced that the three EA Tetris mobile games Tetris 2011, Tetris Blitz, and Tetris Premium will stop working on April 21, 2020, N3TWORK and The Tetris Company announced -and released- an all new Tetris title on both the App Store and on Google Play
  6. Moleskine Journey” for iOS. iPad app of the year? – NO! Confused it with Moleskine FLow… Confusing pricing plans. $40? Or $30 “welcome” plan. And, what is the $20 “annual flash”?
    Also, no web interface. Apple-only
  7. Jon Update: In MobileViews 296 I mentioned a lack options other than Quicken for managing your money on the desktop. Been using Banktivity since then and rather impressed at it’s current version. Still a bit pricey (Approx $50 a year for online subscription, plus 1-time fees for the applications), but flexible and useful. Only drawback? Mac/iOS only.
  8. Jon published 2 new blog posts this week…

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MobileViews Podcast 314: Guests-Frank McPherson & Chris Spera

Jon Westfall and I are joined by guest panelists Frank McPherson and Chris Spera. In this podcast, we discuss:

  1. End of Windows 7
  2. Foldable displays
  3. USB-C and Lightning cables going away someday
  4. Chuwi MiniBook Mobile Workstation
  5. Why use Microsoft OneNote?

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 313: A few interesting products at CES 2020

There weren’t many CES 2020 announcements that interested Jon Westfall and me. But, here’s a few that did.

  1. Lenovo IdeaPad Duet Chromebook drops at CES: A 10.1-inch tablet with included detachable keyboard – for $279
  2. Interesting that Wired’s best laptop choice is a Chromebook: Samsung Galaxy Chromebook
  3. The Verge’s best-in-show choice is the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold.
    $2499. Folding screen. Hurm…
  4. There’s also the Dell Ori
  5. Blood pressure sensors in earbuds
  6. Jon: Bought the Griffin Power Bank that Sven mentioned, haven’t tested it out quite yet, will do live on air. And boxing with Microsoft Flow. (started 96)
  7. Microsoft Flow rant
  8. Colorcoral

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