Apple has decided to settle the class-action lawsuit with app developers, allowing them to have access to user data and let them communicate with app users. They will also establish a $100 million fund to help developers who make less than $1 million a year. But a third of that will likely go to the lawyers who ran the class action lawsuit.
David has an Android phone and he's using the PetCube app to watch his pets remotely. But he's having issues getting the signal via wifi. It's really slow. Leo says that he doesn't normally have WiFi peer-to-peer notifications. It has to go up to PetCube's server first, and then to the phone. Look in the notifications setup to see if the push notifications are being allowed to wake up the phone. Leo suspects that the PetCube server is probably running really slow.
Joe created an app that will let one know how long they can park on a city street. It's called NoParkTicket.com and it's a database that will not only keep track of parking spots but will warn users when the meter is expiring and they're about to get a ticket. Available on iPhone and Android.
Up in Massachusetts, users of Android phones discovered this week that Google had installed the Massachusetts State app without their knowledge or permission. The app is designed to provide citizens with the latest Covid-19 information, as well as a QR code if you have been vaccinated. Leo says it's not a good thing to force an app, and how easy would it be to forge a QR code anyway? People have always sought to "game" the system, and it's even more so in the age of the Internet.
Glenda works at a gallery and they are planning to do online auctions. She wants to know how she can add a virtual frame to the images they shoot Leo says that she can use the iPhone's Shortcuts app and automate it with a frame. That's one of the features it offers. Look for the PictureFrame app by Frederico Viticci.
Eva is doing a publishing project, but her computer is 12 years old. So she's looking for user-friendly design software. Leo says that Serif is a solid company that used to make desktop publishing software and now have a low-cost app called Affinity Publisher. It's $25. Leo uses Affinity Photo, and he likes it. So Publisher may be a good one to look into, and they have a 90 day try before you buy.
Dean can't stream youtube from his mobile phone browser. Leo says that sometimes the settings in the app he's using get corrupted and removing the app and reinstalling will solve the problem. Try the YouTube app as well.
Brian has had an issue with an alarm system for two years that drives him nuts. They are supposed to get push notifications in the app, but often they don't. Or one person gets them, and one doesn't. Leo says that iOS can be very aggressive at shutting down background apps. Notifications can also be dialed up and down with sensitivity to not get a notification every 10 seconds when the wind blows. So it could be dialed down too far. If you haven't visited the app in a while, it may just be shut off. Or the company's servers may be down. There's a lot of points of failure there.
Stacey got tired of missing tornado warnings. She had a tornado rip through her front yard! So she got an emergency radio that she can tune into the NOAA weather channel. She also uses an app called Tornado Spy, which uses crowdsourcing to advise of tornado activity in your area.
Stacey also started a podcast on Origami. It's called The Origami Show. And she wants a recommendation on a good mic. Leo says that Stacey's best bet is the Audio Technica AT2020 USB+. It's $150.