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Kevin Tofel
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Ex-Google, ZDNet and Gigaom. Still playing with mobile devices and working with IoT.
Ex-Google, ZDNet and Gigaom. Still playing with mobile devices and working with IoT.

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New MobileTechRoundup podcast w/ +Matthew Miller:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/motr/MoTR_416.mp3

TOPICS:
- Matt’s Pixel 2 XL is here. Is it a keeper?
- Ears on with the 66 Audio Pro Voice powered by Alexa
- Honor 7x and Huawei View 10
- Essential Phone 360 camera and updates
- Kevin decided not to wait for the Apple AirPower charger
- Do you need a crypto currency app?
- All about blockchain and Bitcoin in 15 minutes
- Smart Pivot Tables come to Google Sheets
- Windows 10 on ARM is nearly here and looks great
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This week on the #IoT Podcast: Thoughts about the spat between Google and Amazon, Walmart shopping for cheap sensors, challenges with Alexa for Business, and a review of the GoControl Z-Wave garage door controller.
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New MobileTechRoundup podcast with +Matthew Miller:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/motr/MoTR_415.mp3

TOPICS:

- Who bought what during Black Friday / Cyber Monday?
- Google fires up the special imaging chip in the Pixel 2 (And Matt bought a Pixel 2 XL)
- Kevin loves the Nintendo Switch
- Chromebooks officially get Microsoft Office Android app support (but you’ll pay to edit)
- Galaxy S9 rumored to be shown off at CES
- iOS 11 bugfest. Good that Apple’s fixing things quickly but… (Also Apple Pay Cash goes live in US tomorrow)
- Phablets now nearly 50% of all phone sales
- And the HTC U11 Life goes to….
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Amazon announced that it sold millions of Alexa devices last weekend, helping to bring digital assistants to more individuals and smart homes.

And yet, how “smart” are our smart homes these days, really?

Not very when you think about it.
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Something for everyone (even the kids) in a wide range of prices, along with some Black Friday and holiday specials.
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New MobileTechRoundup podcast, episode 414 with +Matthew Miller:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/motr/MoTR_414.mp3

TOPICS:
- OnePlus 5T launches
- Android 8.0 beta (looking good on Essential Phone)
- Kevin’s phone unlock cycle with the S8+
- Pixel Buds get panned in early reviews
- Firefox Quantum is here (but the speed improvements on mobile aren’t there yet)
- Question from Alan on using a Project Fi SIM in the iPhone
- Good Black Friday deals from Wirecutter and Amazon.
- Thanks to HTC, we’re giving away an HTC U11 Life!
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Just in time for a Friday night or quiet weekend read. #IoT News of the Week!
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Love this approach for the wee ones.
Pip is a handheld gaming console from Curious Chip which you can now back on Kickstarter.

Using the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3, Pip allows users to code, hack, and play wherever they are.

Find out more in today's blog post and share some of your favourite Pi-inspired crowdfunding campaigns in the comments below.
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New #IoT Podcast episode: Wink Lookout security system review, Google Now / Assistant changes, SmartThings hub & app updates and an interview with the man in charge of Las Vegas’ smart city efforts.
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You might THINK you want total control of your home security system and Wink Lookout will give you that. Be careful what you wish for though. #IoT
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