MobileViews Podcast 254: Mother’s Day, Google I/O & Microsoft Build

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Mandarin Chinese robo-calls in parts of the US
  2. Project Crostini for Chromebooks. Run Linux applications on a Chromebook in a container
  3. Google I/O

    Google Assistant on smart displays (similar to Echo Show/Spot)

    New Google Assistant more human sounding voices available now

    Google Duplex – amazing but raising issues of ethics and weaponization

    Android P with gesture navigation

    Google Smart Compose in Gmail – the new Microsoft Clippy?

    Android Things (IOT)

  4. Microsoft Build

    Your Phone – sync iPhone or Android to Windows 10 – things MacOS can do now with iPhone but not Android

    Cortanna & Alexa – meh

    Timeline – meh

  5. Interesting: With some banks, Apple Pay re-activates very quickly after a credit card is reported stolen.

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 253: Chrome freezing Windows 10, iPhone X best seller, Pocket Casts sold, & more


In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Ref: The Verge Chrome causing Windows 10 to freeze after recent Windows update.
  2. Ref: Strategy Analytics
    Global Year-over-year “growth” was -2.4%.
    “The top-six most popular models together accounted for 1 in 7 of all smartphones shipped worldwide during the quarter.”
    iPhone X most popular with 4.6% marketshare.
    iPhone 8, 8+, and 7 in the next three marketshare positions.
    Apple’s combined marketshare was 12.2%
  3. .” Pocket Casts, widely considered to be one of the best mobile apps for podcast listening, has been acquired by a collective group that includes NPR, WNYC Studios, WBEZ Chicago, and This American Life.”
  4. Cult of Mac iMac G3 launched 20 years ago
  5. Microsoft Build sessions
    Building scalable web apps on a self-managed database with MySQL and MariaDB
    Building intelligent applications with Azure Database for PostgreSQL
  6. ACTION COMICS: 80 YEARS OF SUPERMAN THE DELUXE EDITION

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 252: T-Mobile and Sprint merging

In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Google Tasks app for iOS & Android
  2. NetHack 3.6.1 released
    First released July 1987

    iNethack2 for iOS

  3. GIMP 2.10.0 released
    Initial release on Nov. 21, 1995
  4. New Windows 10 features.
    Do we care???
  5. Sprint & T-Mobile merging
  6. Jon made a teddy bear after last week’s podcast – why knitting is like programming…

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 251: Pre-end of the world podcast & more…

In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Windows Defender Browser Protection for Google Chrome
  2. Ref: Microsoft
    Beginning with the launch of Office 2019 later this year, OneNote for Windows 10 will replace OneNote 2016 as the default OneNote experience for both Office 365 and Office 2019.
  3. Apple Watch may support third-party faces in the future
  4. Is cross-platform (MacOS/IOS) really something that we want/need?
  5. Project Fi’s Birthday celebration: $150 a Pixel 2 XL Terms
  6. BT turning off PSTN and switching to VoIP

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 250: Surface Book 2, Windows 10, & more w/guests Jack Cook, Sven Johannsen, and Don Sorcinelli

Jon Westfall and I welcome frequent guest panelists Jack Cook, Sven Johannsen, and Don Sorcinelli for podcast 250. We discussed:

  1. Jack’s Surface Book 2
  2. SURPRISE: Windows 10 Mobile gets an update!
  3. Some Android devices not receiving all security updates – Some Android OEMs are effectively lying about security updates by changing dates without adding patches [Update] 9to5Google also PCMag
    “Companies such as Google, Samsung and Sony had the best record of installing the patches, whereas Chinese vendors including Lenovo’s Motorola, TCL and ZTE had trouble fully rolling them out.”
  4. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (New phone for Jack’s wife)
    Microsoft Launcher
    Office Apps
    One Drive
  5. AndroidOne Moto X4 still not on 8.1 (mine) holdup? GSM Arena
  6. Windows 10 upcoming major update
  7. ConspiracyViews
    Former Coast-to-Coast AM radio host Art Bell died.
    Radio show was on 500 stations at its peak.

    Forbes

    Wikipedia entry

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MobileViews Podcast 249: Starbucks WiFi wants to know more about you…

  1. Google WiFi in Starbucks wants to know who you are. Asks you for first/last name, email, and ZIP code. Noticed it the other day. Found this ref dated March 22: SeattlePI
    Tip people often forget: GMail allows for instant email address creation with +@gmail.com – perfect for times when you might want to give out your address, but want a quick way to filter it away.
  2. Raspberry Pi microSD card performance comparison – 2018

    “I decided to re-run all the benchmarks for all the Samsung and SanDisk cards (the rest, from Sony, Toshiba, Lexar, and no-name brands were so slow for Pi usage as to not warrant any testing at all!)”

  3. Cloudflare’s new DNS attracting ‘gigabits per second’ of rubbish
  4. CloudFlare 1.1.1.1 Twitter Resolver
  5. Google Arts & Culture Monet & Architecture virtual exhibit
  6. Skype for Content Creators.

    [With Skype for Content Creators, Windows 10 and Mac users will be able to select the Content Creators mode to place and record calls directly within NewTek NDI®–enabled software such as:

    Wirecast – $1000
    Xsplit – $200 (sale price)
    Vmix – $700 for two callers, $1200 for 8 callers

    Once the call is recorded, content can be easily imported into apps such as Adobe Premier Pro and Adobe Audition for editing. In addition, users can customize the look and feel of the call—so they can be part of a live show ready for streaming to audiences of all sizes.]

  7. SkyKnit: How an AI Took Over an Adult Knitting Community
  8. RANT: The problem of depending on Google services and products…
    Transitioning Google URL Shortener to Firebase Dynamic Links
    Left bit.ly for Google’s shortener because bit.ly is so unreliable. Google’s Firebase is not an alternative for consumers (vs. developers). So back to bit.ly?

    Solution: Get your own domain and use YOURLS https://yourls.org

  9. Google Voice WiFi calling:
    https://www.androidcentral.com/google-voice-running-open-beta-wi-fi-calling

    https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/voice/aI7m1PrV21Y

  10. Jon’s Technology Find: Microsoft Bookings enabled for Academic tiers. https://outlook.office.com/owa/?path=/bookings/

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