Apps

Why Can't I Add a Virtual Background to my Zoom Calls?

Zoom

Episode 1756

Fred from Pasadena, CA

Fred is suffering from Zoom Fatigue and would like to boost his morale by creating a virtual background. But he can't because his computer seems too old, even though it's not. Leo says that Zoom requires a certain power processor, and Fred's computer probably doesn't support it. That's why he can't do the virtual background. But there may be a background thanks to an app called Mmhmm Mmhmm

Where Can I Hire a Programmer to Make an App?

UpWork

Episode 1755

Dale from Palmdale, CA

Dale has an idea for software and would like to hire a programmer. Leo says that's how Facebook was created, and the risk is, that he could get ripped off by an ambitious programmer who decides to do it himself. So he should make sure he has an ironclad contract to protect his IP. There's also the risk that he could spend a lot of money and the programmer just doesn't deliver. In the end, a brilliant idea isn't what makes money. It's the implementation. The safest way to do it is to learn to do it himself.

UpWork is a source for hiring programmers though. 

What Happened to My Favorite Streamable Radio Stations?

XiaaLive

Episode 1753

Jerry from Riverside, CA

Jerry recently upgraded his Android Phone. But he's having issues streaming audio using the XiaaLive app. His favorites lists have also got stations missing. Leo says that apps could check streams periodically to see if they are still active. If it isn't, it's not strange to simply remove them. Internet radio stations come and go. So it's likely XiaaLive pruned the list when it got back a negative stream notification. It could also be the place the data is stored is in the original phone itself and it didn't completely transfer when he moved to the new phone. 

How Can I Sync My Handwritten Notes to the Cloud?

OneNote

Episode 1737

Alan from North Hollywood, CA

Alan is a doctor and would like to find an app that will be able to read his terrible handwriting and sync it to his computer. Alan uses Color Note, but unfortunately, it doesn't sync. Leo says that Microsoft OneNote can do it, and it'll sync to the cloud. Google Keep does it as well, and it's free. There are hundreds of apps for this. Just find one you like.

There's also a feature of Android called "Your Phone," which will enable Alan to see his handwritten phone apps on his computer.

Can I Sideload Peacock on Amazon Fire TV Device?

Peacock

Episode 1723

Ron from California

Ron can't watch Peacock on any device that he has, but he's heard he can "sideload" it onto his Amazon Firestick. Is that legal and safe? Leo says yes. It's perfectly fine, but there can be risky security-wise. Android, which Amazon's FireTV is based on, has a setting that he has to enable to allow downloads from something other than the Amazon app store or Google Play. Once he has enabled that, he can install it no problem. Just keep it up to date and don't get it from anyone other than the original developer. APK Mirror is the exception. It's generally safe to download from there. 

Leo Uses TikTok

TikTok

Episode 1716

Leo downloaded and installed TikTok today, to get the experience before the US bans it. Is he worried about his data getting grabbed by the PRC? Not at all. Leo says it's the most creative and fun app going right now. TikTok has been trying to avoid the ban by having a US CEO, hired over 10,000 US jobs, and even courting Microsoft to buy their US operations. But the White House seems in earnest to ban it. 

Is there an app that can define achronyms and abbreviations?

iOS Look Up

Episode 1714

Dan from San Diego, CA

Dan would like an app that will translate acronyms and abbreviations into real words. Leo says there isn't one he knows of, but it's a great idea. The Kindle has something similar though. By pressing and holding, it will open up a dictionary to define it. The Mac also has that feature CMD-Shift-D. But phones are harder because they isolate, or sandbox, each app for security reasons -especially iOS devices. You could look for a browser extension that could do it.

Bug in iOS 14 Notifies Others of What's In Your Clipboard

tiktok

There's a bug in iOS14 that notifies everyone in your contact list what is in your clipboard. 56 apps are getting the data from your iOS clipboard and then passing it along to others. Leo says it's a common tool in app development to access the clipboard, but the bug is making it sharable. 

Meanwhile, LinkedIn is getting sued for sharing the contents of the clipboard as a violation of California's new privacy law. Linked in claims it was all done unintentionally, and Leo believes that's the case.