Mobile Phones

How can I extend the battery life of my Samsung Galaxy S5?

Episode 1144

Kelly from Arkansas
Anker battery case

Kelly has an old Casio Brigade phone, but it can't hold a charge anymore, so he got a new Samsung Galaxy S5. But when he's out in survival training, he isn't much of a fan of the battery life. Leo says that the battery life isn't all that great, but the good news is that he can swap out the battery. He should buy a bunch of spare batteries and then he can swap them out in the field. And he can even buy a solar charger and charge them up when not using them.

Will a wallet cellphone case demagnetize my credit cards?

Episode 1144

Willy from Florence, CO
Credit cards

Willy got an LG Vista and he doesn't like how big it is. Leo says at 5.7", it's ginormous. Nice, but very huge. Willy is considering carrying it in a special wallet case that's inside his pocket. Will the cellphone signal demagnetize the credit cards in his wallet? And will it interfere with calls? Leo says no. He has a similar pouch and neither has happened to him. There are several cases that have doubled as wallets and they work well.

Why does my iPhone echo when I get a call from a landline?

Episode 1143

Paul from Pasadena, CA
Telephone

Paul just upgraded to an Apple iPhone 6 Plus, but every time he gets a call from a landline, he gets an echo. Could it be the Wi-Fi calling feature or noise suppression? Could it be a T-Mobile issue? Leo doesn't think so. But it could be a delay when talking from Wi-Fi or cellular to the landline. This is an odd issue that often happens on the radio show. And they've never been able to track it down. Leo says to get Apple to replace the iPhone. If it still happens, it's the network, not the phone.

How can I get GPS data on my laptop?

Episode 1140

Jason from Auburn, ME
GPS

Jason uses a logging app that will automatically add GPS data when he creates an entry. It would take something from an external GPS through a com port, which is obviously something his laptop doesn't have. He found an app that allows for GPS over Bluetooth so he can use the app on his laptop. Most laptops have Bluetooth built-in, but the app is looking for that data from a com port. The chatroom recommends the GlobalSat GPS receiver for $35, and it works via USB. They also make USB to Serial port adapters.

Why can't I search through my contacts on my HTC One?

Episode 1139

Gary from San Diego, CA
HTC One with Beats audio

Gary has an HTC One with Beats audio. He has over 5,000 contacts and his phone won't let him search through them. Leo says that's likely because HTC has replaced the Google contacts app with its own, which is a problem. Google has started to release apps like Calendar and Docs on the Google Play store, but hasn't released the contacts yet. They probably won't, since people mostly use the phone's dialer for that.