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Thoughts on Macstock 2017

It killed me to not talk about Macstock right after I got back, because it was so much fun. I can’t talk about Macstock without talking about the people first. The vibe at Macstock is that everyone is there to learn and to meet people. Instant friendships are struck at break time, at lunch, at the deep dive sessions and at the parties at night.

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In fact, one of our new friendships started even before we arrived. I got an email from Corky Heath, who has been been corresponding with me about the podcast for about 8 years. In a weak moment, he thought he’d enjoy picking Steve and me up from the airport and driving us the hour from Chicago to our hotel in Crystal Lake. I say a weak moment, because he essentially became our chauffeur for the entire trip! One time we took the shuttle from the hotel to the conference, and I think we made him sad, so we didn’t do that again! Continue reading “Thoughts on Macstock 2017”

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CCATP #491 Peter Wells on WWDC

Wwdc logoThis week our guest on Chit Chat Across the Pond Lite is Peter Wells, who writes for the Sydney Morning Herald – and is a semi-regular guest on DTNS. Peter was asked to attend WWDC by Apple and in that capacity had amazing access to Apple engineers to ask the right questions. We talked about the new iMac screen (1 BILLION colors) and whether you can tell the difference, whether Kaby Lake processors matter in desktops, where the speed of the new SSDs might matter, and about VR/AR and graphics cards. He gives us his views on the new 10.5″ iPad Pro and whether it’s worth double the price of the iPad nothing. Peter is very bullish on iOS 11 and how it will affect the iPad market.

You can follow Peter on Twitter @peterwells and here are links to Peter’s recent articles in the Sydney Morning Herald about WWDC:


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NAB 2017: B&H Mobile Microphones

Allison interviews Alan Lugo about several of the microphones that B&H offers for mobile applications. Alan covers 1) the Rode small condenser microphone that plugs into the audio jack your mobile phone, 2) the Audio-Technica low cost lavaliere microphone, 3) the Zoom iQ7 high quality stereo microphone that plugs into the Lightning port of your iPhone, and 4) the Sennheiser Action Mic designed to plug into a GoPro Hero4 camera for improved audio capture. The setting is the NAB Show floor in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Learn more at https://bhphotovideo.com

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NAB 2017: Cinamaker Multi-Cam Live Production

Allison interviews Cinamaker Founder Benjamin Nowak about his tool and service for live production of multi-camera video. The Cinamaker app runs on an iOS or Android tablet and provides a low cost solution for multi-cam HD live streaming, recording and editing with easy setup and operation. It allows control of smartphone cameras and popular WiFi-enabled cameras including GoPro, Panasonic and Sony while supporting live switching between cameras and syncing of all recorded videos. Cinamaker will be launched in June 2017. The setting is the Showstoppers show floor. Learn more at http://cinamaker.net

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Google Loses Interest in Phones It’s Still Selling

Bart and I have talked a lot in his Security Bits segment on the NosillaCast about the problems with security on Android. It’s not that Google hasn’t produced a good operating system, and it’s not that they don’t patch security holes when they find them. The biggest problem with Android is the stronghold that the phone manufacturers and the cell carriers have over the operating system.

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If you buy an Android phone from a cell carrier, It will usually have the latest and greatest version of Android. But once a new version comes out, it might be greatly delayed in delivery to you, or the carrier may never let you have it at all. That’s a problem, but a worse problem is that the cell carriers may or may not push security updates to you.

From the data, it would be logical to surmise that the cell carriers want you to upgrade to a new phone and this is a way of nudging you along. But the important thing is not their motivations but rather the affect of these actions.

Without assigning root cause, we can simply look at the data. In the show notes, I’ve put two pie charts that I created using data from independent sources. First, let’s look at iOS. iOS 10 came out in September of 2016. As of this month, May of 2017, 89.8% of iOS devices are running iOS 10. That means that just around 10% are not (Source: data.apteligent.com/…). Continue reading “Google Loses Interest in Phones It’s Still Selling”

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NAB 2017: Quarterback Live HD TV for Smartphone

Allison interviews Bonnie Beeman, CEO of Airwavs, about their new Quarterback portable TV. Quarterback provides live, over-the-air HD TV to your smartphone while also serving as a battery case. The Quarterback has a built-in antenna to receive TV signals directly from broadcast towers, not over cell or WiFi networks. Quarterback includes an adjustable kickstand built in to the case for hands-free viewing and it comes in five colors. Quarterback is currently pursuing crowdfunding with models for Android phones expected to deliver in Q3 2017 and iOS models in Q4 2017. Learn more at https://quarterback.airwavz.tv

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CCATP #481 – Dermot Daly from Tapadoo

I’m your guest host Bart Busschots, and this week I’m on conversation with Dermot Daly from Tapadoo, a mobile app development company based on Dublin, Ireland. We talk about what it’s like being a developer witting apps for iOS and Android, how App Store and Google Play store differ from each other, and the state of the app business in general. We also look at what some of the recent changes to the app store really mean for developers.

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CSUN 2017: Tap Systems Wearable Keyboard

Allison interviews Trevor Settles from Tap Systems about their innovative wearable keyboard. Tap is a bluetooth, one-handed “keyboard” that allows the user to type out characters on any surface with combinations of finger/thumb presses on the surface. Tap works with any bluetooth enabled desktop or mobile OS that supports the HID Keyboard Standard. This includes iOS and Android phones and tablets, Windows and Mac computers, and most Smart TVs. The Tap keyboard will be available for purchase around August of 2017. The setting is the Grand Hyatt Hotel in San Diego.

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CCATP #477 Megan Morrone & Jason Howell on Switching iOS and Android

Megan jasonThis week’s Chit Chat Across the Pond was so much fun.  I was joined by Megan Morrone and Jason Howell, who co-host Tech News Today on the TWiT network together. Megan also co-hosts iOS Today while Jason co-hosts All About Android. For an entire month, Megan and Jason swapped phones. They’re here to tell us what they liked, what they didn’t like and answer tough questions like, “Did your children mock you?” I know I say this a lot, but this truly was one of the most enjoyable episodes of Chit Chat Across the Pond. They’re both so entertaining and delightful and we even had some great technical conversations too.

You can find Megan at meganmorrone.com/… and @meganmorrone and Jason can be found at @jasonhowell.

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CES 2017: Nonda ZUS Connected Car

Allison interviews David Vespremi from Nonda about their new ZUS Connected Car accessories. ZUS accessories are modular and are based on a smart phone charger which logs the car’s mileage, provides the car’s battery status and remotely guides you back to your car. ZUS accessories also include a smart key finder, backup sensor and tire pressure sensors. ZUS tire sensors can be added to any tire without having to dismount the tire or replace the valve stems. All ZUS accessories are controlled and monitored through the ZUS app available on the iOS App Store and Google Play. The setting is the ShowStoppers show floor.

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