Dickie D is back with the Pet Cube. It's a device that allows you to play with your dog over the Internet. It allows owners to watch, talk, and play with their pet from their smartphone thanks to a built in wide-angle (138º) camera along with real time HD video. You can also talk to your pet as the camera has a built-in microphone and speaker. And you can control a laser pointer so you can move it around via remote and play with them through the Petcube mobile app on your smartphone. It's available for Android and iOS. You can also take pictures with it. $199.00.
Johnny Jet is in Canada for Christmas. Here's his quick seating tip for holiday travel. When you can't get seated together, here's your best chances for getting people to move so you can: Offer your aisle or window seat. And if you have to sit together, try bribing someone.
In a no-holds-barred cage match of British proportions, Leo carried both the iPhone 6 and the Motorola Moto X to see how they worked in London. Since he was using T-Mobile, he got free 2G data roaming while there. And while it took a bit longer, it was data and it worked. Leo says that the Moto X has several improvements, but the iPhone 6 still has the best camera out there. Battery life is better on the iPhone 6, while he couldn't get through the day with the Moto X. But he still thinks iOS 8 has more to do to catch up with Android.
If you're planning to upgrade to one of the new iPhone 6 models, it's important to back up your current iPhone first. You can backup your phone to iCloud wirelessly or to iTunes on a computer.
David wants to get rid of his iPad and go with a mobile phone large enough to do both. Leo says the time is ripe for that since the iPhone 6 Plus has a 5.5" screen. Is the Galaxy Note 3 bigger? Leo says no, it's the same size. But the Note 4 is a little bit larger.
Leo says that the 6 Plus is a really good choice thanks to it's 5.5" screen. But if he isn't married to the iPhone ecosystem, the Galaxy Note 4 is the right choice, especially considering he's already using the Galaxy S4 already.
Dave is looking to get into App development. He'd like to make apps for multiple platforms, and wants to know if there's a cross platform environment that makes it easier. Leo says that developing natively is always the best option, but cross platform is very popular with developers who don't want to triple their effort. Different platforms use different languages, though.
When you install a smartphone app, there's a good chance it will come with push notifications turned on by default. For example, Facebook's Messenger app will be able to pop up a notification whenever you receive a message on the service. Depending on how many messages you receive on Facebook, this could be quite a battery drain for your phone.
Marie wants to know that if she should stay with Mac for buying an iPhone and tablet. Leo says it's a good idea, but you don't ever have to. Every smartphone and tablet will work just fine with the Mac. The iPhone will be a very good choice, however, and if Marie can wait, it would be a good idea to wait until Apple announces the new iPhone next month. The iPhone is a great phone, especially for someone who hasn't had a smartphone before. But if you're an advanced user, Leo likes Android because you can do more. The Motorola Moto X is a good one as is the HTC One.
Tom is having issues connecting his iPhone to his router, and he's looking to get an Asus One router. Leo says that's a great idea because it uses DD-WRT, which is an open source firmware and it's more secure, faster, and offers more options. Leo says that the plaster and metal joists could be acting as a faraday cage to prevent connectivity. And it's not unusual for a weaker signal to have issues in iOS. It just sounds like the signal isn't good and you coudl get an extender, but Leo recommends getting one from the same brand.
Wesley has a friend who's phone is fairly new, and it drops to 30% really quickly and shuts down. Leo says that's not right. If it's still under warranty, he should take it back. That isn't the sign of a bad battery. Batteries either work or don't work. What uses the battery most is a screen. So an app really wouldn't kill it so suddenly.