Note to comiXology/Amazon: Hawaii has two “i”-s

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Amazon upset a lot of people by disabling the ability to buy comic books in comiXology’s iOS apps (Amazon bought comiXology earlier this year). My ComicsViews podcast cohost, Jay Stone, was so upset by this change that he deleted the app from his iPad. He was not the only person incensed by this change to avoid paying Apple its 30% iTunes in-app-purchase cut. Amazon tried to appease comiXology’s customers but offering a $5 credit after the app change and, more recently, offering a free digital comic book every day for 20 days starting this past Memorial Day (May 26, 2014). However, I discovered one more annoying aspect to this change for iOS device users who can no longer purchase through the app: Forced to use comiXology’s web browser interface to make a purchase, I noticed that my home state’s name is spelled incorrectly – It is “Hawaii” with two “i”-s, not one. With the understanding that I make spelling errors/typos like everyone else, you would think comiXology or Amazon would have staff checking for this sort of error.

FYI: You can hear Jay and I discuss the comiXology iOS app issue in ComicsViews Podcast 51.

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88% of iOS devices running latest version. Android? 8.5%

Apple’s App Store Distribution page reports that 88% of iOS devices are running the current version. Google’s Android Developer Dashboard reports that 8.5% of Android devices is running the current release (Kitkat 4.4).

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MobileViews Podcast 82: Farewell to Springpad. What to do when a fav service shuts down

Todd Ogasawara discusses the impending shutdown of Springpad, a web service he uses daily, with Jon Westfall. Springpad announced last week that they plan to shutdown on June 25, 2014.

Todd is testing using Pinterest (of all things!) as a bookmarkng service to replace Springpad’s excellent ability to clip and store web page references from desktop and mobile browsers. Jon suggests evaluating Evernote Clipper and Xmarks (formerly Foxmarks).

Jon also offers the three characteristics he looks for in web services.

1. Exportability
2. Transferability
3. Stability / Competitors

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Skype group video calls now free

I haven’t tried it myself yet, but the Skype blog announced that Skype group video calls are now free.

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MobileViews Podcast 81: Streaming video boxes, Net Neutrality, apps of the week

In MobileViews Podcast 81 (recorded on April 26, 2014), Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss.

– Streaming video set top boxes including the new Amazon Fire TV
– The 2014 version of the FCC’s view of Net Neutrality
– Apps of the week

Todd’s App of the Week: Google Camera for Kitkat 4.4 devices. The new Lens Blur feature is interesting to use. However, the chrome-less UI may annoy some

Jon’s Apps of the Week (all written by Jon):
Quick Port Tester (for Mac OS/X, $0.99) and Obscurity (for Mac OS/X, $0.99). The version for Microsoft Windows is free and available from Jon’s website.

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MobileViews Podcast 80: Amazon phone, Windows 8.1 Update, HeartBleed, Apps of the week

In this podcast, Todd Ogasawara and Jon Westfall discuss.

– The rumored Amazon smartphone. Refs: WSJ & Recode

– Windows 8.1 Update: Microsoft Surface RT update experience is different from the Asus T100 even though both have hardware connected physical keyboards

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Apps of the Week
– Todd: An oldie but a goodie: Sky Map. Was Google Sky Map. Now an Open Source community driven project

– Jon: An oldie but a goodie as well: TrueCrypt (Yep, not mobile, but it does protect data on the go)

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