MobileViews Podcast 141: MobileViews Podcast 141: Open Live Writer, Pixel C conspiracy theory, OneDrive mea culpa, & more

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) discuss:

– Microsoft released its old Live Writer blogging tool as an Open Source project: Open Live Writer. Also Todd’s blog entry about this

– Interesting conspiracy theory about Google’s new Pixel C tablet on ars technica: The Pixel C was probably never supposed to run Android

– Microsoft OneDrive mea culpa. Ref: ZDNet

Amazon Prime premium subscriptions to services like Showtime and Starz.

– Apple released iOS 9.2. Ref: My ExtremeTech article

– Ask Jon about his iPad Pro experience so far (Got much more useful after the Keyboard came in!)

– Jon wiped / re-installed his iPhone (buggy app installs, buggy bluetooth stack).

The Amazon Echo will pair to an OS/X Mac but not a PC running Windows 10 over Bluetooth. This is not surprising. In the past I found I could not pair BT headsets with Windows PCs either. Todd’s blog entry about this


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TIL: Amazon Echo’s Bluetooth can pair with Apple OS/X computers but not Microsoft Windows 10 PCs


Amazon tells us that is Echo intelligent speaker can pair with mobile devices? But, I wondered what about desktop PCs and notebooks? It turns out that it pairs and works fine with Macs running Apple’s OS/X (I tested it with the current El Capitan release). However, Microsoft’s Windows 10 Bluetooth stack couldn’t even detect the Echo let alone pair with it.

So, if you have a Windows PC and want to use the Echo as a wireless speaker, you are out of luck. However, if you run OS/X on a Mac, it works fine.


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Testing 1 2 3: Open Live Writer (formerly Microsoft Live Writer)



Microsoft moved its old Live Writer blogging tool to an MIT Open Source license. The application itself was always free. And, now the source code is available as well. The project provides an installer for Windows. So, you don’t need to compile the code to run it on Windows. I haven’t used Live Writer in years (it was part of the old Windows Live Toolkit package). I’m looking forward to taking a deeper look at it (I’m using it now to create this blog entry) to see if it can perform the relatively simply needs I have for blog writing. You can learn more about the project here:


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MobileViews Podcast 140: Google-ly news plus Jon’s rants

– Google Fi LEGO charging stand
– Google Cardboard app for Android
– Updated Google Camera app. Good low-light HDR+ setting added. UI completely changed.
Google best apps of 2015
– Verizon will turn on Wi-Fi Calling for Galaxy S 6 and Edge 6 Monday, but iOS users must wait until “early next year”.
– Jon’s not giving out his Google Voice number anymore… no faith in the service.
– 2015 first year of single digit smartphone growth. Ref: IDC
Get 5-7 year olds programming with PBS Kids ScratchJr on a tablet | ExtremeTech


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MobileViews Podcast 139: 7th year podcast anniversary. Android discussion w/Frank McPherson

Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) welcome back special guest Frank McPherson for the MobileViews Podcast 7th anniversary. We discuss Android from its launch in September 2008, podcast #2 w/Frank on Nov. 28, 2008, where its been, and where it might go in the future.

The topic 7 years ago was the then new T-Mobile G1 – the first Android phone available in the U.S. It was released in September 2008. I had returned mine before the podcast because of its awful short battery life.

All three of us have used various Android phones in the past 7 years. We discuss our experiences with them and speculate where it might go in the future.


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MobileViews Podcast 138: Special guest panel Jack Cook, Sven Johannsen & Paul Lawler

MobileViews Podcast 138
November 21, 2015

Jon Westfall was traveling over the weekend. So, I asked Jack Cook & Sven Johannsen to return to the podcast. And, we added special guest Paul Lawler to the mix.


– Android 6.0 landed on my Nexus 6. New Doze mode may be a game changer for Android battery life

– Happy 30th birthday to Microsoft Windows. Ref: ZDNet

– Windows 10 something or other. I like it so far. But, where’s the killer Universal App?

– Lumia 950 running Windows 10 Mobile. Ref: ars technica

– Amazon Echo

– iPad Pro?


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