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Kevin has an idea for several apps and wants to know how he can get them made, and then get a patent on them. Leo says that it's easier to get a patent if he has a working app. But app ideas can be patented with a sketched out concept as well. But this is also what creates patent troll lawsuits. Where could he find coders for making the app? Leo recommends eLance.com. There are good and affordable programmers there. There's also StackExchange.
Jenny's daughter wants a video camera, what should she get? Leo says that since Jenny's daughter has an iPhone, she already has a great camera there. Camcorders are dying. So Leo recommends getting a point and shoot camera with a good zoom. They shoot great HD video these days.
Leo likes the Olympus TG-2. It's a tough camera that's both dust proof and water proof.
The latest version of Gmail's iOS app will not only support background app refresh, but also will provide for sign in across all Google apps. This means that once a user signs into gmail, he or she is automatically signed into all Google apps. This also works for signing out. This is leaving users up in arms over the fact that Google is even more intrusive in their daily mobile lives. Users are also complaining that the app refresh will eat up more battery power. In Europe, countries are investigating Google over privacy issues as a result.
James is going to get his first smartphone and is considering getting an older model like the Samsung Galaxy S3. But should he just move forward and go with the latest HTC One? He doesn't want an iPhone, though. Leo says that in general, it's not a good idea to go with an older model because he'll lose out on the latest innovations. However, with Samsung, things have gotten worse because Samsung has loaded it with programs that users can't get rid of, in addition to what the carrier puts on it. At least the Galaxy S3 didn't have so much of that nonsense.
Joe bought a Galaxy Mega from Metro PCS, but it's gotten really slow. Leo says do a complete reset of the phone, turn off anything that's running in the background and he should have it running fast again.
Mario downloads music and he wants to know if he'll get sued or arrested for it. Leo says that when he's sharing or downloading, law enforcement doesn't know who he actually is because it's all based on IP addresses. Both the recording industry (RIAA) and the movie industry (MPAA) often have phoney torrents in order to find out what IP addresses are downloading them. Then they have to find out who owns that IP address from the ISP.
The 2014 version of the HTC One, known internally as the M8, arrived this week. Leo says that the new version is a definite upgrade with a beautiful 5 inch screen. HTC also improved many things Leo wasn't too thrilled with in the original One, like the carrier and manufacturer add-ons. While there's still preinstalled carrier and manufacturer junk on top of Android, HTC has at least made their 'Sense' user interface a little less offensive.
Michael wants to back up all his images onto CDs for safe keeping. He used to use Nero, but it doesn't work on Windows 7. Leo says that Windows may be able to burn it natively. He'll want to format the CD and then drag the files onto it. Then he can select "burn," and it'll be done. Leo says he doesn't put stuff on CDs anymore, he uses the Cloud instead. And with Flickr by Yahoo offering 1TB of free image storage, it's a good option. Also, just having one backup isn't really a backup. Backing up to the cloud is a wise idea.
Scott has an HTC One that he used at AT&T but he's had it unlocked and moved over to T-Mobile. But his MMS and text messaging aren't working now. Leo says that it may be that the APN settings are wrong, and that won't allow the phone to send images. There also may be an issue with the frequencies supported.
The Giz Wiz is back with a new gadget. This week, it's the Boomerang Mini. It's a smartphone stand with stereo bluetooth speakers. You unfold it, and your smart phone slides into it. You then pair the stereo speakers to the phone. It sounds pretty decent for their size. The price is $59.99. They also offer the Boomerang, which allows you to do the same for your tablet.