MobileViews Podcast 246: Echo’s brief mode, Google Lens for iOS, brand reputations?, Nokia Android phones, why use Edge?, learn Klingon

This week I’m joined by returning guest panelist Sven Johanssen. We discussed:

  1. Amazon Echo – Brief Mode
  2. Google Lens coming to iOS inside of Google Photos
  3. Apple & Google’s reputations dropped
    Amazon #1. Apple dropped from 5 o 29. Google dropped from 8 to 28.
  4. Nokia back in the phone business
  5. Why does Sven use the Microsoft Edge browser
  6. Duo Lingo – learn Klingon
  7. Chromebook – Office 365 license

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 245: Daylight Savings

  1. Daylight Savings: California & Florida considering permanent shift to DST
  2. Google Daydream VR. Thank you to Ricky Li.
  3. Google Maps gets Super Mario for a week. Ref: Google
  4. Amazon Alexa’s creepy, spontaneous laugh is weirding people out
  5. Engadget Amazon Echo understands followup commands without repeating the trigger word
  6. Google’s Python Class

    this is a free class for people with a little bit of programming experience who want to learn Python. The class includes written materials, lecture videos, and lots of code exercises to practice Python coding. These materials are used within Google to introduce Python to people who have just a little programming experience.

  7. The UPSide Project lead by Eric Raymond. Open Source UPS design.
  8. Jon started playing < a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/plague-inc/id525818839?mt=8">Plague, Inc., which is an interesting mobile game. 99 cents with in-app purchases.
  9. Jon’s also exploring apps for… knitters! Ravelry.com’s Profile for Jon

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MobileViews Podcast 244: People who live in glass buildings in Apple Park, shouldn’t…

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Longer upgrade cycles and growing purchases of used smartphones said to threaten flagship sales

    “Back in 2014, the average upgrade cycle was 23 months – likely attributable to most consumers upgrading every two years, while a much smaller number upgraded every year. But that number has already hit 31 months, says BayStreet Research, and is set to climb higher still”

  2. Google launched a simple browser-based sequencer for making music
  3. Google Research Blog. Mobile Real-time Video Segmentation – green screen video without a green screen.
  4. 9to5Mac”: New lower cost MacBook Air? Probably at the cost of losing ports.
    Jon’s got a defense of going with less ports… innovation in mobile workspace design
  5. Gizmodo. 911 calls from Apple Park – employees walking into the glass walls. People who live in glass houses should not run into them.

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MobileViews Podcast 243: Mobile World Congress – meh; Microsoft’s dismissed products; goodbye to our pets

  1. Jon’s family and mine both lost beloved pets this weekend. We took a few minutes to reflect on them
  2. 300 Tesla Powerwalls deployed in Hawaii schools to run air conditioners in classrooms
  3. The Verge’s Mobile World Congress expectations.
    Todd: Meh
    Steady extermination of headphone jacks
  4. ZDNet did an article on products Microsoft has killed. Do we miss them?.
    List of product: Media Center editions,
    Media Center Extenders (hardware),
    Kinect,
    Zune,
    Groove,
    Flight Simulator,
    windows home server,
    Kin,
    Nokia,
    Windows 10 Mobile,
    Band,
    Microsoft Auto / Sync.
    Todd: Microsoft SPOT watch & service
    Jon: Windows Live Mesh Remote Desktop / p2p sync. / Foldershare
    Todd: Windows Handheld PC & ActiveSync

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MobileViews Podcast 242: Google Chrome ad filtering, Pixel 2/XL battery life issues, Windows 10 on ARM limitations, & more

In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Some Google Pixel 2/XL owners reporting poor battery life and phones running warm after February security patch
  2. Below 68 degrees, your Pixel 2 says it’s charging rapidly, but it isn’t.
  3. Under the hood: How Chrome’s ad filtering works
  4. Google is removing the “view image” button from image search after a lawsuit from getty images. Win for content creators but loss for users. And is it really that big of a win?
  5. Social Media news: Snapchat CEO doubles down on re-design that clearly separates content from friends and content from companies. Related, Facebook must stop tracking users in Belgium. Interesting how Snapchat is seen as the ‘millennials social network’ and their users are protesting the separation of friend/brand content, whereas Facebook, the old people’s social network, is told “Stop trying to sell our data to brands!”
  6. Bye bye Twitter for MacOS. The Verge
  7. Microsoft Finally Documents the Limitations of Windows 10 on ARM

    32-bit apps only – for now
    Utilities that modify the Windows user interface will not run
    Cannot use x86 drivers
    Older games and graphics apps may not work
    No Hyper-V

  8. Will iOS 12 be mostly about bug fixes and stability versus new features? I hope not! Come on Apple, in a few short months at WWDC, I want to be “WOW’ed, (Same goes to you Google)

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 241: Google Camera AR stickers, Apple TV live news, Android Wear fading away, & more

In podcast 241, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Google Books – audiobook experience follow-up comments
  2. Watching the Olympics on YouTube TV using a free one-month trial.
  3. Google AR Stickers. Now available in still photos as well as video. Adds winter sports and blocks (LEGO/Minecraft-like) sticker packs. Only supported by the Pixel line of Android phones.
  4. Live TV news streams on current generation Apple TV
  5. Google Android Wear’s decline and Qualcomm’s role? Ref: ars technica
  6. Jon bought a wireless charger from Anker of course. My impressions are largely positive and amazed that it works through my Twelve South BookBook case.
  7. Jon bought a friend a Tile Tracker after he got one for Christmas. It’s been a lifesaver for the friend, so far.

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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