MobileViews Podcast 145: Microsoft R Open, iOS Bridge, Google Maps, Fitbit, Amazon Echo

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

Microsoft R Open. Formerly Revolution R Open. Free “enhanced” R for Windows, OS/X, and Linux. Free to download, use, and share.

Ref: ZDNet. Microsoft iOS Bridge to Windows 10. “The Windows iOS bridge relies on an Objective-C development environment for Visual Studio to help iOS developers build Universal Windows Platform apps.”

Ref: VentureBeat Google Maps for Android: New Driving Mode infers where you are going next

Ref: USAToday USA Today: Why that Fitbit might not be so good for you

I’ve been using a Fitbit since May 2010 and have never felt like tracking my activity was “work”.

New Amazon Echo skills
– Read Kindle ebooks aloud using text-to-speech
– Announces name of device connecting or disconnecting to Bluetooth

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MobileViews Podcast 144: Interview with Andreas Sjöström – used an implanted NFC chip to board a plane

In this podcast I (Todd Ogasawara) interview Andreas Sjöström who recently posted a video to YouTube and blog about how he had an NFC chip implanted under his skin and used to board a Scandinavian Airlines flight in Stockholm

Some of my questions for Andy include:
– What was it like to have the NFC chip implanted? Did it hurt?
– What does it feel like now that it has been under the skin for a while?
– How did you approach Scandinavian Airlines?
– Did Scandinavian Airlines need to do anything to their boarding system to allow your chip to work?
– What about the staff? Were they alerted by management
– Are there any issues you noticed during any part of the process?
– What’s next?

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MobileViews Podcast 143: Happy 2016

– iPhone 7 to be headphone-jackless (3.5mm plug)? Ref: ars technica

– New Apple headphones with no wires between left and right ear pieces? Guaranteed to lose one or both sides. Ref: TheNextWeb

Wi-Fi HaLow (802.11ah) announced

Todd’s App pick
Microsoft Selfie for iOS – even if you don’t take selfies. Good for any photo with people in it.

Jon’s tip
Google Sites: Attach files to page. Right-click on link. Page Settings – uncheck “allow attachments”. Hides the section to reduce clutter.

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MobileViews Podcast 142: Enterprise mobility discussion with Don Sorcinelli

In this podcast Jon Westfall and I (Todd Ogasawara) welcome our old friend and enterprise mobility expert Don Sorcinelli.

Wolfram Open Cloud. Try Wolfram Language for free in your browser.
– I thought I lost my Moto 360 while walking to work. Big sigh. But, no! Turns out the Android Wear “last seen” feature doesn’t work.
Google says the requirement of a steering wheel, pedals, and a licensed driver slows down driverless vehicle development – Skynet.
Project Fi lets you add specific LTE Android & iOS tablets without any extra fee. You just pay for the data used
– Enterprise mobility discussion with Don
– Each year companies do a few “Evil” things (MS & OneDrive this year, Apple not providing 3rd party faceplates for the Apple Watch, Google Fi destroying Google Voice accounts). What are our predictions for “Evil” 2016?

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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).

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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

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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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