MobileViews mini-podcast 39: Outdoor recording using a low-cost SPKPAL USB-C cardioid mic


SPKPAL USB-C microphone


In this mini-podcast, I tested a low-cost ($40) SPKPAL USB-C cardiod mic to record audio outdoors in order to learn if it might be usable to record a group (more than two people) podcast in a environment with noticeable ambient sound (wind, traffic, other people).
The first half (about 3 minutes) of the podcast is the raw audio recording. In truth, I amplified the volume. However, no other post-processing was performed. The second half of the podcast is the same audio post-processed by Adobe Podcast Enhance.
Generally speaking, I’m pleased with the sound quality of both parts of the audio (unprocessed and processed) and plan to use this mic to record an in-person podcast soon.

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MobileViews Podcast 484: 15 years of tech podcasting


November 2023 marks 15 years since the first MobileViews podcast (then named MediaBistro Mobile Tech Podcast. For this podcast, Jon Westfall and and I are joined by frequent guest panelists Steve Hughes, Sven Johannsen, and Frank McPherson. In this podcast, we discuss:

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MobileViews Podcast 483: A tale of Apple Watch Ultra woe


iPadOS 17 audio redirect


In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  • Todd learned that the Yealink UH37 headset mutes itself if its boom mic is raised vertically
  • iPad external display defaults to HDR after iPadOS 17 update
  • iPadOS 17 lets you direct audio to the iPad’s speakers instead of non-existent or weak display speakers when using HDMI/USB-C for video out
  • Apple Journal app in the App Store but only downloadable and usable if you are using iPadOS 17.2 (currently in beta)
  • What not to expect during Apple’s Oct. 30 “Scary Fast” event
  • Rumor: A $700 MacBook in 2024?
  • Rumor: An $800 Apple assistant? HomePod + iPad Mini
  • Jon’s tale of Apple Watch Ultra 2 heat woe

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MobileViews Podcast 482: A discussion with Dr. David Lassner, President of the University of Hawaii

Todd Ogasawara (left). Dr. David Lassner (right).

I had the privilege of speaking with Dr. David Lassner, President of the University of Hawaii, to record this podcast during lunch on October 27, 2023. We discussed his amazing career at the university, the technology changes we saw and worked on over the decades with a focus on distance learning technology and the rollout of broadband services to enable enhanced Internet access.
We also had a brief Mobile Food Views discussion after enjoying our lunch at Big City Diner in Kaimuki.

Lunch at Big City Diner

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MobileViews Podcast 481: Apple Pencil 0.5? Not all USB-C extension cables are equal; Air Pods 2 adaptive noise cancellation quirks

In this podcast, Jon Westfall and I discuss:

  • Using Google Meet to provide video while recording the podcast audio using Adobe Podcast Studio beta
  • Inexpensive 3rd party pop shield for Todd’s Yealink UH37 headset
  • The 2023 Apple Pencil USB-C. Aka Apple Pencil 0.5
  • Differences in case designs for the iPhone 15 Pro Max’s Action Button
  • USB-C extension cable quirks
  • Jon’s Apple Watch 9 Ultra impressions
  • Jon’s comments about Air Pods Pro 2 adaptive noise cancellation quirks
  • 9to5Google: Google Photos now always backs up RAW images and shows in main grid

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MobileViews Podcast 480: New iOS/iPadOS 17 features we’re actually using; testing a new headset

Yealink UH-37

In this podcast, John Westfall and I discuss:

  • Todd testing a new headset/mic: Yealink UH37
  • Good idea to clean AirPod soundholes now and then
  • Jon’s weird Microsoft Bookings issue: Microsoft Exchange Web Services vs. Exchange ActiveSync
  • Todd’s Pixel 7a finally got the Android OS 14 update 10 days after its release on Oct. 4
  • MacOS 14 Sonoma vs. Audacity 3.3.3 (and a workaround)
  • Which new iOS/iPadoS 17 features are we actually using? Which features are we still trying to figure out?
  • Todd’s Audible book recommendation: John Scalzi’s “Starter Villain”