Because all the kids and college students are attending class online, Google Classroom went from being relatively unknown to in the top five apps now. Zoom is also huge, being besieged by tons of schools and businesses using their app to video conference for education and work.
Dan likes to hike and he's been using a hiking app called AVENZA, which offers maps of hiking trails of the nation's parks. It's also available on iOS and Android. The maps are also GPS enabled so you can see where you are. Leo says that going out in nature during times like this can not only be good exercise, but it can be reassuring, and having a map that is GPS enabled will help keep from getting lost.
Richard wants to become an app developer for augmented reality. How can he do it and create cross-platform apps? Leo says to learn Swift on the Mac, but also get PhoneGap, which will help you port any apps over to Android. But you'll lose some functions when you do because they tend to hide some complexity. Also, check out EDX.org. They have a great system called HOW TO CODE. There's also Doctor Racket.
Richard still uses Piscasa, and he backs up to iDrive. Are his pictures being backed up? Leo says the ones on the hard drive will be. But Picasaweb in the cloud no longer exists. It's now Google Photos. But it largely depends on what your backup options are. Check in the settings to make sure. But where are the photos? Leo says to look in your Picasa User Profile; it should be able to tell you. The Picasa Database is another location. There's also Google Photos.
Johnny Jet joins us to talk about travel. Leo recently traveled to Las Vegas on the Train with the California Zephyr and it was amazing. Johnny Jet says that Amtrak is making a comeback because it's just as much as flying, but it's far more leisurely and enjoyable. App of the week - POLARSTEPS. It's a travel journal for your phone and uses your photos to create great photo books. Available for iOS and Google Play. And people can follow you.
Dave runs a Mac Mini and on Firefox, he's having an issue with his favorites. He links for Weather Data, and now the location data is all wrong. Leo says that since Dave is using a yahoo website, that could be part of the problem. Most weather people think that Yahoo's weather app is awful. Leo suggests trying a new website like Dark Sky. The browser may also be getting the wrong location data from the link, so it could be corrupted.
Libby is a mobile app that enables you to check out a library book for free, and transfer it to your Kindle app to read it. It takes a few minutes to sign up for a library card, and it's built with Overdrive, the standard in online book lending. You can also listen to audio books. iOS and Android.
Clinton is looking for an app to manage customer interaction. Leo says that's called Customer Relationship Management (CRM). The king of CRM is called SalesForce. Its what everyone really uses, but it may be overkill for a small business. There was another one called ACT from back in the day. But that is long gone.
Gold Mine is a small business CRM that starts with your contact list and then expands it. Another is SUGAR. Monday is an advertiser and it works well for small businesses. ZoHo. Look at Capterra. That's a good place to start.
Rich needs to monitor his son's text messages. Is there an app for that? Leo says that there are circumstances when this is critical. For Android, it's easy to do. But if he's tech-savvy, he can probably find out pretty easily that he is being monitored. Rich may want to check with the phone company and see if they can help. Ideally, if you can do it without an app on his phone, that would be a better idea. Check out Verizon's Smart Family: they have monitoring tools that may be of help.