MobileViews Podcast 397: Guest co-host Paul Lawler; Apple announcements; Roland50 Studio; & more



Paul Lawler is the guest co-host this week. We discuss:

  1. Tim Berners-Lee: 3 years ago today, I submitted a proposal for a system called the World Wide Web
  2. Roland50.studio
    Synth on the web commemorating Roland’s 50th anniversary
    April 18, 1972
  3. MacRumors Apple Event Recap

    Nothing I’m planning to purchase. However, very happy to see the iPad Air now supports Apple Pencil 2.

  4. Note to self: Learn more about Canva
    Fast Company: The rise of Canva, the $40 billion design juggernaut

    …and Prezi

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MobileViews Podcast 396: pre-Apple March 8 announcements



In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. 9to5Google: YouTube offering podcasters $50-300K ‘grants’ to make video versions of shows

  2. MacRumors: Everything We Expect to See From the Apple Event on March 8

    iPhone SE 5G
    iPad Air
    Mac mini
    13″ MacBook Pro
  3. What we wish Apple would announce
  4. Discussion detour:
    The Oatmeal: How to Pet a Kitty
    The Oatmeal: How a Web Design Goes Straight to Hell
  5. Errant search results: Bag made of apple skins Samara mini bag made out of apple skins
  6. There is a growing interest lately among millennial YouTubers to discuss throwback tech. What makes the 2000-2010 cell phone tech and 1995-2005 computer tech so interesting to them?
  7. Remember when bags used to be able to carry EVERYTHING: THe Gadgeteer: Roadwired Megamedia Bag
    +the gadgets we used to tote that necessitated a giant bag

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MobileViews Podcast 395: Apple reinvents the TRS-80 Model I; Dealing with an analog life

In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. 5 new Google Workspace features
    What exactly is a “Google Workspace” these days?
  2. Speaking of Google. Revisiting Google Chrome OS Flex
    Kevin Stratvert: How to Install Chrome OS Flex: Make an Old PC New Again
  3. Apple patents Magic Keyboard with integrated Mac inside to bring macOS to any display

    Apple has re-invented the Radio Shack TRS-80 Model-I. Also the Commodore 64, VIC-20, and, more recently, the Raspberry Pi 400

  4. Conversation Topic: Merging the Digital with the Analog / Skeuomorphic Design.

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MobileViews Podcast 394: The awful Amazon/Comixology app upgrade; Google Chrome OS Flex


In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss Google Chrome OS Flex and Neverware CloudReady; the awful Amazon/Comixology iOS app upgrade.

Google Chrome OS Flex

Neverware (Google) CloudReady Home Edition

iFixit: RIP CloudReady, but Chrome OS Flex Can Still Save Older Computers

Gizmodo: Amazon’s Comixology Overhaul Is Here, and It Sucks
AppleInsider: Amazon’s Comixology migration is a disaster – here’s what you need to know

I should note that I was such a fan of the app and its service, that I invited Comixology’s founder and CEO to the Thinkmobile West conference that I organized in San Francisco back in September 2010. It was my good fortune that David Steinberger accepted the invitation and was able to meet him and watch his presentation.

When the iPad launched in 2010, one of the best apps for it (IMO) was the Comixology comic book reading app. It made it easy to search for and buy comicbooks. It provided a great reading experience. And, of course, it solved the problem of storing physical comic books. After Amazon bought the company, it refused to pay Apple’s 30% in-app purchasing fee. That eliminated the ease to browse and buy. Android users could still do so, however. It remained a great reading experience. And, I remember wishing that DC Comics used the engine for its DC. The recent Comixology for iOS update is, as others have written, a disaster. It deletes anything that was previously downloaded which means you have to download the comic books again. The reading experience, which was very very good, is now unsettling. Why “improve” something no one was complaining about for years and years?

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MobileViews Podcast 393: iPhone batteries vs. cases? Google Flutter adds Windows support; Office PWA for Chromebooks; Digital connections with your SO



In this pre-Super Bowl/pre-Valentine podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Is your iPhone case damaging the battery?
  2. Google Flutter adds support to build Windows apps
  3. CNet: How to use Microsoft Office on a Chromebook
    Since the PWA behaves like installed software, you can do things like pin it to the taskbar, get notifications, work offline and easily resize it. The rest of the experience is the same as using the web versions.
  4. Google: Use Progressive Web Apps
  5. Discussion Topic: Connecting with your spouse / significant other using Technology

Post-podcast note: I went through the process of installing a PWA on my Chromebook after the podcast. You can see two screenshots here showing the installation icon in the browser and the chrome-less PWA running after the installation.

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MobileViews Podcast 392



In podcast 392, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  1. Google Calculator progressive web app
    https://calculator.apps.chrome/
  2. Verizon’s phone contracts are all three years now – if you buy a device on monthly payment plan
  3. Google wants schools to teach Chromebook repair classes – going against the years long trend of unfixable hardware
  4. Jon’s “Going Stock” for a bit
    Oddity of iOS Mail & iOS Reminders / MacOS Mail & MacOS Reminders sharing of information. Right click on the subject line and choose share. Mail is oddly a walled garden within a walled garden!
    Smart Lists in Reminders are pretty nice, but missing a Not operator!
    Tags are sync’ed between Reminders & Notes, but not Email & Calendar?!?
    iOS Mail markup of PDFs is much nicer than third-party.
  5. Jon found a great thing on Amazon for cold climates: INNOPAW Hand Warmers Rechargeable,10000mAh Split-Magnetic 2 Pack,Electric Reusable Hand Warmers Power Bank Portable Charger,3 Levels

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