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MobileViews 512: Microsoft Copilot+ PCs – talk me into or out of buying one

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I’m joined by Steven Hughes, Sven Johannsen, and Don Sorcinelli for this podcast. We mostly discuss a single topic: The recently announced Microsoft Copilot + PC concept. We also briefly discussed Windows AutoPilot V2 and .NET/Developer announcements.

My 2012 Surface RT still boots. But, there is some kind of biology experiment going on the surface of its keyboard

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Apple Pencil Pro: 3 things no one has mentioned (that I know of)

Like most people (not among the elite reviewers :-), I received my M4 iPad Pro and Pencil Pro on May 15. Here’s three things I noticed that I have not yet seen reviewers mention

  1. Find My needs to be turned on manually for the Pencil Pro. Other Apple products, so far, have been “findable” by default using Apple Find My
  2. The Pencil Pro is automatically detected at pair with the M4 iPad Pro after Airplane Mode is turned off. The first and second generation Apple Pencils need to be either plugged into a Lightning port (1st gen) or magnetically attached (2nd gen)
  3. No “drawing” apps that I use (about a dozen) supported the new Pencil Pro features (barrel roll, squeeze for a menu, tactile feedback) when I took delivery of my M4 iPad and Pencil Pro on May 15, 2024. This includes Procreate which was prominently featured during Apple’s May 7 product announcement event. The only drawing app (that I use) that has gained Pencil Pro support since then is ArtStudio Pro.

MobileViews Podcast 511: New Apple Gear; OpenAI ChatGPT 4o, Google I/O

Jon Westfall and I are joined by frequent guest panelists Sven Johannsen and Don Sorcinelli for this podcast. We discuss:

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MobileViews Podcast 510: Apple May 7 event announcements discussion



Jon Westfall and I are joined by Sven Johannsen for this post-May Apple 7 product announcements discussion.

  • SimCity inducted into the World Video Game Hall of Fame
  • Email from Google saying Find My Device network will be fully launched on May 13
  • Products that we hoped Apple would announce but did not: iPad Mini, iPad speaker dock (similar to Pixel Tablet dock), AirPods Pro 3 with more biometrics, Colorimeter built into the new Apple Pencil Pro
  • Apple surprises: iPad Pro lost the wide angle camera lens, the iPad Pro is too thin – would have preferrred large battery with longer battery life
  • Things we’re looking forward to at the June Apple WWDC event: A “smarter” Siri; iPad OS 18 gaining a “real” file system
  • Google I/O will be on May 14. No new hardware products expected (or already announced). So, will this be an all-AI/only-AI event?
  • Sven’s new gadgets: OSMO Pocket 3 Desktop Stand, Pocket 3 Microphone Stick; Belkin iPhone MagSafe Mounts for MacBooks, Desktop/Displays, and Apple TV 4K; USB Conference Speakerphone

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MobileViews Podcast 509: BASIC turns 60; Randy Travis AI-voice; AI gadgets


Jon Westfall, Don Sorcinelli, & Todd Ogasawara


Jon Westfall and I are joined by Don Sorcinelli for this podcast. We discuss:

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MobileViews Podcast 508: Surprising gadgets/services that we found useful/fun

Open air ear buds

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  • Google Meet recording mode works when using a Chromebook
  • The wild world of researching which vlogging/action camera to buy
  • Open ear earbuds: Rethinking what I want from noise cancellation
  • Apple’s May 7 “Let Loose” event
  • Monarch Money
  • Products/services that were not on our radar but turned out to be useful/satisfying
  • Recent product misses

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