PCM35: Apple Vs Microsoft, iOS Vs Android

It is the best of times and the worst of times – at least when it comes to the constant flood of tech news inundating us consumers these days.

It’s the best because our tech – like the new iPad Pro and Surface Book – just keeps getting better.

It’s the worst because it takes a lot of time to dig through myriad tech news to figure out what matters most to the valued listeners of the PC Mike podcast.

Alas, we try, and that’s why this week’s focus is dissecting the tech news to talk everything from Apple vs. Microsoft to what smartphone camera is best. In fact – in addition to regular features like the Apps of the Week – PC Mike reports and offers meaningful commentary on:

  • The release date for the iPad Pro and why Apple hopes it reverses its lackluster financial this year
  • How the response for the just announced Microsoft Surface Book laptop/tablet has been so overwhelming that delivery has now been pushed from Oct. 26 to five to six weeks in the future
  • An FBI Investigation into the hot trend of daily fantasy sports betting seems to be a reality as the scandal involving the popular pastime keeps boiling
  • The iPhone 6S camera is bested by Android cameras
  • 85% of Android devices have at last one security vulnerability


Show Notes for Episode #35 Oct. 16, 2015 of the PC Mike podcast:

Tech News: Apple Down, Microsoft Up, Fantasy Sports Questioned, and the Good and Bad About Android

Apple Having Worse Year in Six:  CNBC reports that Apple stock is tracking to have its worst year since 2008. (Read more) [spp-timestamp time=”1:16″]

iPad Pro Release Info: Rumors are circulating about when iPad Pro will soon be available. (Read more) [spp-timestamp time=”5:10″]

Surface Book’s Initial Supply Sold Out: Reports indicate Microsoft’s Surface Book may be its most successful product in years as evidenced by the fact it is sold out already. (Read more) [spp-timestamp time=”8:36″]

Battery Life of Surface Pro: Wondering how long the battery will last in the new Surface Book? This story gives you a pretty good idea of what to expect. (Read more) [spp-timestamp time=”12:38″]

New Features for Windows 10: An update for Windows 10 has a lot of great new improvements on the way for the operating system. (Read more) [spp-timestamp time=”14:10″]

FBI Investigating Daily Fantasy Football: Several investigations have begun looking into daily fantasy sports leagues. The queries center largely on how insiders are using their in-depth sports knowledge gained on the job to rake in winnings when off the clock. (Read more) [spp-timestamp time=”16:11″]

Android Beats New Apple iPhone 6s Camera: The website Cult of Android – perhaps not surprisingly – published a report that claims the latest Android-based smartphones deliver better results than the new iPhone 6s. (Read more) [spp-timestamp time=”18:31″]

Critical Vulnerabilities Beat Android: Gizmodo reports that a whopping 85 percent of Android-based smartphones have at least one critical vulnerability. (Read more) [spp-timestamp time=”20:19″]


Thingamajig of the Week: Mini Tablets – iPad Mini and Ellipsis 8

Paul Ulreich, Verizon’s Uber User, joins the show to talk about iPad Mini and Verizon’s Ellipsis 8 Android tablet. [spp-timestamp time=”22:52″]

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Apps of the Week: Apps to Take the Pain Out of Painting

Apps to find the perfect room colorApps sure can come in handy! For example: It can be a major bummer to paint a room and not be happy with the results – you either are stuck living with a color you don’t like or spend more money and time repainting. [spp-timestamp time=”27:54″]

A number of apps can help you see what a new color will look like before you even head to the store.

TapPainter makes it super easy to plan painting projects. Take a picture of the room or wall you want to paint and select from the thousands of available colors to see on your screen what the new color could eventually look like on your walls. Then, simply go to your closest paint or hardware store to find the color you like. TapPainter is $2.99 for iOS.

Project Color by The Home Depot is designed to get you into Home Depot stores, but that doesn’t matter if you just want to see how your painting project will look. Simply upload or take a picture and then scroll through thousands of potential colors. You can even see how different kinds of light like sun or low-lighting will affect how new colors may look – giving it more of a realistic look. The app is free for iOS and Android.

ColorSnap Visualizer from Sherwin-Williams is a cool app that can help you almost perfectly color coordinate photos, painting, or just about anything with paint colors. Take a picture and the app scans colors available from Sherwin-Williams. The app is free for iOS and Android.

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– Learn new software and stay up to date

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Mike is a veteran journalist whose video "PC Mike" reports have been distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations since 1994, making him one of the most experienced tech reporters in the country. His tech stories and videos have appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, the Today Show, The New York Times, USA Today and in numerous national newspapers and magazines. In addition to the PC Mike tech blog, he also publishes the Roadtreking.com RV Travel Blog in which he travels North America in an RV reporting about interesting people and places.