MobileViews Podcast 286: Year of the Pig, Every Day Carry, & more

In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Happy Chinese New Year

    Also Groundhog Day

  2. Speaking of Pigs, Google+ shuts down on April 2, 2019.
  3. iPad mini 5 rumors
    iPad mini models have always been announced/released in the Fall.
  4. Thinking of buying a $350 ($329 from Amazon) Acer Chromebook Spin 11
    It includes a Wacom EMR Stylus.
    How the battery-less Wacom EMR Stylus works

    Wacom EMR technology

  5. Jon’s Frustration: There will never be a perfect bag.
    Reddit EDC: Every Day Carry

    EveryDayCarry.com

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MobileViews Podcast 285: iPad mini 5 & AirPod 2 rumors, Just Press Record app pick, & more


In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Follow-up to Microsoft Outlook.com support issue
  2. More iPad mini 5 and AirPod 2 rumors. Very few details
  3. Chrome OS Instant Tethering reportedly arriving for more Android devices
  4. Jon did a bit of python programming this week – first time – pretty impressed, although some things just seem too simple!
  5. Jon’s App Review: “Just Press Record” on iOS ($4.99). Kudos for it being exactly what it claims to be.
  6. Jon’s Pixel a Day has been going really well so far. (Discussed in Podcast 282). Also enjoying have a iPad with cellular data.

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 284: Rants about cloud services’ customer support

In this Podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Outlook Premium (product no longer offered) subscription needs to be renewed next month. But, I need to change the credit card and the web UI won’t let me. Only online help available is a useless virtual assistant. Will try phone number.

    UPDATE 1: I’m on hold with Microsoft Store customer service as I post this blog item.
    UPDATE 2: I spoke with Microsoft Store Support who transferred me to Accounts and Billings. The total elapsed time was about 28 minutes. However, the customer service person was able to change the billing to use the correct credit card.

  2. Google to pay $40 million for Fossil’s secret smartwatch tech – new products incoming
  3. Microsoft shutting down Windows Phone over the next year or so
    Is there a clear path to Android or iPhone?
  4. Jon’s Walmart Pay experience. Seamless.
  5. CBS All Access: No Star Trek Short Treks when purchased through Amazon Prime?

Available via Google Music Podcasts and Apple iTunes.

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MobileViews Podcast 283 – CES 2019 and other useless info

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. One year since the Hawaii missile crisis
  2. The uselessness of CES awards. Let’s look at 2009.
    Palm Pre wins Best of CES 2009 and People’s Voice Award
    Computers & Hardware winner: Sony Vaio P-Series Lifestyle PC.
    List of other 2009 CES category winners
  3. Lenovo made this tiny and adorable Google alarm clock that doubles as a smart speaker
  4. AirPlay coming to Smart TVs
  5. Google Canvas web drawing app comments on OgasaWalrus.com
  6. Also: To be on the lookout: iPad Mini 5. /li>
  7. Ravelry: A Web 1.0 Community that successfully remained relevant in Web 2.0 (And the case of mobile optimized vs. mobile app). Just some interesting points from someone who remembers Web 1.0 communities.

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MobileViews Podcast 282: Happy 2019

In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

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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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