MobileViews Podcast 281: 2018 wrap-up with Jack Cook, Ricky Li, & Sven Johannsen

Jack Cook, Ricky Li, & Sven Johannsen joined me to discuss the 2018 year in tech and a little bit of looking forward to 2019.

2018 tech memories

  • Splintering of streaming video services: Star Trek Discovery only on CBS All Access, Titans only on DC Universe, Cloak and Dagger only on Hulu, etc.
  • Crash of the crypto market, return of sane video card prices.
  • 2018 the end of the x86 only windows world? Again
  • Isn’t this every year? — Year of the hack/cyberattack/databreach
  • And??? — Death of Net Neutrality
  • Year of the tablet/2-in-1 PC but they mostly all are terrible
  • 2018 wasn’t facebook’s year. What’s your favorite facebook scandal from 2018?
  • Jack jumped to the “dark side” …from Windows Phone to Samsung Galaxy Note 9
  • Android Camera Night Sight for Pixel
  • Google Fi – a cell service as it should be (except the data price)
  • Sven – Surface headphones
  • Netflix/Blackmirror interactive movie

A few interesting recent gadgets

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MobileViews Podcast 280: Have we reached peak apps?

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss;
  1. Android Pixel 2 Call Screen IRL experience
  2. Starbucks partnering with UberEats for delivery from about 3,500 U.S. stores
  3. Looking at Jon’s list of gems that we’re going to discuss, I wonder if we have reached “peak app”? When was the last time we saw a widely use new app that wasn’t some kind of social app?
  4. Top 5 Android apps in the Google Play Store
  5. Jon’s hidden mobile apps gems of 2018
  6. I re-installed Google Waze and found it ever more annoying than the version I used years ago (prior to Google Maps getting turn-by-turn navigation.

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MobileViews Podcast 279: Google Android Call Screen demo & more

  1. Pro tip: If you are an Audible subscriber, Audible provides a selection of short books from which you can select two each month for free. This month, in addition to the two books you can select, you can also choose to download a third book titled Jingle Bell Pop: How to Make a Holiday Hit. The titles of the two free audio books I choose are: Christmas Eve 1914 and Alien: Out of the Shadows.
  2. I first thought that saying”OK Google, play the news” displays video news clips compared to saying just “news” and getting audio-only news. However, this just happened to be the case at the time of my first test. You can, however, modify the news source list on an Android device (but apparently not the Smart Display itself) to include video news sources. Collaborating on the future of audio news for the Assistant
  3. FaceTime in 12.1 can take live photos
  4. Google Android Call Screen on Pixel 2 not what I expected
  5. Jon’s Rant about Outlook for iOS – yes, some nice features. Yes, nice design. But Microsoft To-Do Sucks, why can’t we have that in Outlook?!?
  6. Jon’s ProTip – Don’t forget about the Wayback Machine (www.archive.org)
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MobileViews Podcast 278: An inexpensive car phone cradle that works; Google Call Screen for Pixels; and more

  1. The Verge: Google keeps failing to understand tablets
  2. TORRAS Cell Phone Holder for Car, Auto-Clamping Air Vent Car Mount Holder Cradle
    $10 during Black Friday sale. Currently $16.
  3. Google is starting to roll out Call Screen transcripts to Pixel owners.
  4. Google “Project Fi” is now “Google Fi” and works with iPhones
  5. Google Assistant weather data from Weather.com. Still wonky
  6. Ref: Thurrot.com Corel to Acquire Parallels
  7. Jon’s Black Friday Deals: $45/yr 1TB VPS for backups, and a $10/yr 2GB Ram VPS for cross-country redundancy. LowEndBox.com
  8. Something to check out: Calibre-web via Docker. And for audiobooks – Plex now supports them!
  9. And Jon has a Comixology account. Disney/Marvel Figment

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MobileViews Podcast 277: Interesting Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals with Paul Lawler & Ricky Li

I was joined by guest co-hosts Paul Lawler and Ricky Li for this podcast. We discussed:

  1. Nexus 6’s case cover power button pusher broke! Lasted a bit over two years (27 months).
    While I enjoyed the armored protection the Unicorn Beetle case, I forgot how responsive the Nexus 6’s display is when it does not have the built-in screen protector over it. It is also much brighter without the case’s screen protector.
  2. Finally got Facebook iPhone Portrait photos to 3D feature
  3. Free VPN Apps: Chinese Ownership, Secretive Companies & Weak Privacy
  4. NordVPN
  5. Google adds indoor positioning to Android’s Find My Device
  6. Google’s Duplex is rolling out to Pixel owners — here’s how it works
  7. No Apple AirPod, Mac Mini, or new Macbook Air “sale” (gift card with purchase) on Black Friday
  8. Amazon Prime Black Friday/Cyber Monday week+ sales
  9. Ricky: Anova Sous vide
  10. Ricky: How I got the google home hub for $50
    Todd: Lenovo Smart Display at Costco for $150 (I paid $230 at Sams)
  11. Coinbase now allows PayPal withdrawal

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MobileViews Podcast 276: Google Night Sight, Fi VPN, & more w/guest co-host Paul Lawler

  1. Where is Jon?
  2. What do I use in place of Levelator?
  3. Finally received the Google Pixel USB-C earbuds a month after ordering it!
  4. Google Android Camera Night Sight feature

    See the light with Night Sight

  5. Google Fi VPN
  6. YouTube streaming free ad-supported classic movies
  7. Did Paul buy anything announced by Apple, Google, or Microsoft in the past two months? If not, why not?

    Mac Pro 15″ with touchbar. 32GB RAM. 1TB SSD

  8. Kickstarter: Evercam Eufy battery powered wireless security camera $179.

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