smartphones

Should I buy my iPhone off contract?

Episode 1102

Kim from Santa Clarita, CA
Apple iPhone 5S

Kim wants to switch carriers and wants to know the best option for getting an iPhone. Leo was going to suggest T-Mobile, but that's where Kim is and she doesn't want to have a contract. Leo says that without a contract, she'll have to pay for a phone unsubsidized. She can also buy the iPhone 5S unsubsidized and make payments on it, but that's just like having a contract. Should she wait? Leo says we'll know when the iPhone 6 is coming out in a couple months. It'll probably be out in September.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1099

Dick DeBartolo

This week's gadget is the Selfy. It's a case for iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S5 that has a bluetooth remote shutter button. The shutter remote slides into the back of the case and you can slide it out anytime you want to take a selfy. They have accessories to fit into that slot including a tripod, bike mount, and helmet mount. It's great for parties and picnics if you take a lot of selfies.

Google Takes On Oculus Rift with Cardboard Box

Episode 1096

Google Cardboard

Leo has the newest Google product, which is made of cardboard. All of the attendees at Google I/O received a cardboard box that, once assembled, fits an Android smartphone. The box acts as a viewer for virtual reality, and the smartphone runs a cardboard app that will give each eye the appropriate image. Since the smartphone has an accelerometer in it, it will move with your head as you look around. This does the exact same thing as the Oculus Rift headset, which Facebook paid $2 Billion to acquire.

Supreme Court Rules Smartphones Cannot Be Searched Without Warrant

Episode 1096

Police car

The Supreme Court ruled this week that smartphones cannot be searched by law enforcement without a warrant -- even if you had been arrested for a crime. Law enforcement, until now, has been able to retrieve all data from someone's smartphone as they saw fit. It is now considered improper search and seizure.

Supreme Court rules police cannot search smartphones without warrant (LA Times)…
http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-supreme-court-search-20...

How can I offer GPS tracking of pets?

Episode 1096

Glenda from Orange County, CA
Glympse

Glenda is a dog walker and she wants a GPS tracker that her clients can access so they can see where their dogs are. Leo says that's a nice idea. Most smartphones can do it, and there's a great app called Glympse she can use. It's on Android and iOS she can share her location in real time on Google Maps. Waze also has GPS tracking.

Garmin also has GPS trackers for dogs that she can place on dog collars.

How can I prevent my smartphone from autofilling?

Episod 1093

Rob from Newark, NJ
SwiftKey

Rob has a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and he's got it set to disable the autofill, but it does it anyway. Leo suggests using a different browser. Google Chrome is the best option, and is far more secure.

The chatroom says that the keyboard is doing it, not the browser, and he can disable that in the settings. Leo also uses a third party keyboard called SwiftKey.

Has my Windows Phone been compromised?

Episode 1087

Jeff from Seattle, WA
Nokia Lumia 900

Rick discovered that his Windows smartphone connects to Wi-Fi without his permission and he believes his microsoft ID was compromised by a hacker. Leo says that somewhere in the settings there could be a feature that logs him in wherever he goes. It also could be a carrier feature. AT&T phones will connect automatically when they see an AT&T sponsored Wi-Fi site, which can be frustrating. Windows Phones have an option to turn it off though in settings.

Are fitness bands worth the money?

Episode 1087

Lillian (Doctor Mom) from New York, NY
Samsung Gear Fit

Doctor Mom is trying to decide what fitness band would be best to use with her smartphone. She ended up with the Samsung Gear Fit with the curved LED screen, which Leo says is the most attractive, but Dr. Mom says is the most inaccurate. She said that pedometers were at least 10% off. She also says the heartbeat sensor didn't work as well because of too much movement or sweat getting in the way of the readings. Leo says that she could at least get a baseline for your heart rate with it. But Dr.