Allie is thinking of getting an Android tablet, but she's having trouble connecting her laptop and her Samsung device. Leo says that Allie needs to download a Samsung utility called KIES. It will connect with her phone and update drivers. Leo says it can be tricky to connect her phone to the laptop to move data, though. That's why Apple and Android have both moved to connecting over Wi-Fi. Leo also recommends getting DoubleTwist.
Rene is interested in the Samsung Chromebook, but is wondering what Leo thinks of it. Leo says that they're pretty good, but there's little in the way of software or storage. All work lives in the cloud. The browser is the Chrome OS and that's what she would work on. For most cases, it's fine as she can rely on Google apps. If she wants to do more, though, then it'll be lacking. There's very little she can do offline.
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Scott has heard that Chromebooks are being recalled. Leo says that the recall is applicable to the HP Chromebook, and it has to do with a potentially faulty power supply. So, just to be safe, HP is recalling them. This stuff happens and often it's just a precaution. Leo says that if he's going to get another one, avoid the Google brand because they are more expensive. The Acer and Samsung Chromebooks are a good deal.
Will also wants to know what backup app would be good for an Android phone that isn't rooted. Leo suggests Helium App Sync and Backup from Clockwork Mod. He can get it free from the Google Play store.
Scott had the same issue and it turned out to be the battery that was causing the issue. Swapping out batteries may solve it.
Jim went to Europe and used his Samsung Galaxy Note as his sole computer option. He used it for backing up the photos he took and then uploaded them to the cloud. Leo says that's a great idea. He wants to get a Note 3 but he's heard some bad things about it. Leo says that the Note 3 has some great features. First it's bigger in screen size, but thinner and actually smaller than the Note 2 because of the smaller bezel. The OLED does have very accurate color.
Ephram has a Samsung Galaxy S2 and he wants to link it to his car stereo to be hands free. He's using a headphone jack to plug into a cassette adapter. But he's getting volume issues. Leo says it's probably a cheap adapter. Try a better quality adapter that can filter out interference and you'll have a better go.
The watch works in concert with the Note and allows Leo to answer phones calls on the watch and even take pictures. So far, the Gear watch only works with the Note III, but Samsung plans on pairing it with other models as well.
Scott stayed at Leo's house for a few days while he was gone and calibrated the new OLED HDTV. Scott says it looks really great in Movie mode, set for "warm 2."