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MobileViews Podcast 517: Mostly Google; Why isn’t mobile device contactless payment not more widely used?


In this podcast Jon Westfall and I discuss:

Available via Apple iTunes.
MobileViews YouTube Podcasts channel
MobileViews Podcast on Audible.com

MobileViews Podcast 516: Microsoft Surface Pro Copilot + PC – Sven’s first impressions

Jon Westfall and I are joined by guest panelist Sven Johannsen who gives his first impressions of the new Microsoft Surface Pro Copilot + PC (Snapdragon X Elite). There’s also a video segment of this portion of the podcast on YouTube.

Jon Westfall and I are joined by guest panelist Sven Johannsen who gives his first impressions of the new Microsoft Surface Pro Copilot + PC (Snapdragon X Elite). There’s also a video segment of this portion of the podcast on YouTube.

We also discussed the 50% sale of Affinity’s suite of graphics products which (somewhat) competes with Adobe’s products, the passing of VPN by Google One, and Jon’s continuing experience with the new Magic Keyboard for the M4 based iPad Pro.

In this MobileViews 516 video segment, Jon Westfall and I discuss Sven Johannsen’s first impressions of the new Microsoft Surface Pro (Snapdragon X Elite) Copilot PC. We discussed his tests with peripherals. (printers, hub, storage) and software. I was especially impressed with the Surface’s built-in microphone array when switched to it from his Beats ear buds’ mic at around the 20 minute mark (chapter mark in the video). He also tested switching from the Surface’s built-in front-facing camera to a Google Pixel 8’s camera using Microsoft PhoneLink (chapter mark in the video).

Available via Apple iTunes.
MobileViews YouTube Podcasts channel
MobileViews Podcast on Audible.com

MobileViews 515: Apple WWDC 2024 w/guests Frank, Sven, & Don

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I are joined by frequent guest panelists Sven Johannsen, Frank McPherson, and Don Sorcinelli. The focus of our discussion were the announcements made during Apple’s 2024 World Wide Developer Conference.

We also discussed:

Available via Apple iTunes.
MobileViews YouTube Podcasts channel
MobileViews Podcast on Audible.com

MobileViews Podcast 514: Pre-WWDC, testing a new 4K webcam, & mini-rants

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  • My recent visit to the HTDC Entrepreneur’s Sandbox, courtesy of Cindy Matsuki, to continue testing an Insta360 X4 camera
  • Testing the AISpeech 4K webcam, and its microphone, for this podcast
  • Microsoft switching gears for the Copilot + PC by making the new Recall feature opt-in
  • Pre-WWDC discussion
  • Jon’s rant: Sonos
  • Todd’s rant/concern: The “AI Divide”

Available via Apple iTunes.
MobileViews YouTube Podcasts channel
MobileViews Podcast on Audible.com

MobileViews Podcast 513: AI Ghost Voices; Acer Stereo Camera; catching up on recent tech announcements


In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I catch up on announcements from the recent Apple, Google, and Microsoft events. We also discuss:

  • The announcement of the Acer SpatialLabs Eyes stereo camera
  • First AI hallucinations. Now, AI Ghost Voices?
  • Looking forward to Apple WWDC next week
  • Jon’s recent Apple Store repair adventure
  • Jon’s rant: Why is Apple & Google Maps’ GPS routing still so bad (compared to the Google owned Waze maps)?

The Adobe Podcast Enhance tool does a great job of cleaning up the podcasts I’ve recorded in some challenging environments – such as restaurants. I’m planning to record some outdoor walk-and-talk tech vlogs was hoping to avoid using wireless lav mics when recording with an Insta360 X4. So, I’ve been testing recording under a variety of ambient sound conditions. The wind tunnel-like Hawaii State Capitol, however, pushed this AI service’s beyond its capability. In this A-B example, you can hear the original recording with my voice sounding faint and distant in windy conditions in the first section. The second section lets you hear the same clip processed by Adobe Podcast Enhance. It appears to have interpreted the wind sounds as human voices and tried to “enhance its speech” leading to what I’m calling “AI Ghost Voices”. It looks like I need to plan to use wireless lav mics after all 🙂

Available via Apple iTunes.
MobileViews YouTube Podcasts channel
MobileViews Podcast on Audible.com

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

Available via Apple iTunes.
MobileViews YouTube Podcasts channel
MobileViews Podcast on Audible.com