Apps

How does a walkie talkie app like Zello work?

Zello

Episode 1610

Bill from Wilmington, CA

Bill wants to know about the Zello walkie talkie app. How does it really work? Does it transmit over the air like a real walkie talkie? Leo says it doesn't broadcast, it uses your mobile phone data network to communicate. So you use data every time you use Zello. It's similar to VoIP in that regard. It's fun and handy, but it does eat through your data.

FaceApp Raises Privacy Concerns

FaceApp

Episode 1610

Everyone is up in arms about the app FaceApp and it's privacy concerns. People are concerned because the app will upload your images to a third party server and use them whenever and however they want. Leo says that the server is not in Russia, but is actually Amazon Cloud Services. It also has a boiler plate terms of service that users should pay attention to, that transfers your likeness rights to them to do whatever they want. Period. While technically true, it's also probably true of Instagram, Facebook, and others.

How Can I Find an Alternative App That's Off Windows?

CADVANCE V15

Episode 1606

Kevin from Ashville, NC

Kevin has a friend who wants to get away from Windows. His entire workflow is based on an old Windows program called CadVance. Can he move away from Windows to Linux and still use that program? Leo says that there are some things that simply force users to stay with Windows because of special apps like this.  But that doesn't mean there isn't an alternative. Check out AlternativeTo.net. He can put in the name of a program and it'll show what alternatives are available in other operating systems. FreeCad is an open source option, as well as LibreCad, OpenScad, Solid Works, and Sketchup.

Can I Install Apps on a Jitterbug Phone?

Jitterbug Smart2

Episode 1605

Ross from Palm Springs, CA

Ross' 96-year-old mother listens to Pandora at home and has heard that Jitterbug has a new smartphone. Leo says that it just came out and it promises to be the simplest smartphone ever. It's only $100, though, so it's not going to be that complex. It's been highly modified Android device with a special launcher that makes for big buttons that are easy to read. Can he put Pandora on it? Leo says that it's hard to tell by the specs. If they don't have an app store, then there's a challenge there. Leo says you need to ask them to find out.

First iPhone Announced 12 Years Ago this Week

First iPhone

Episode 1605

June 29, 2007, twelve years ago, Steve Jobs announced the first iPhone. Apple hadn't invented the app store yet, so the original iPhone didn't really have but a few very basic apps. In fact, Steve Jobs thought everything would be done through websites, not apps. It was listed at $499 and people lined up three days before it launched to get one. But a smartphone wasn't really new, what did change the world was having a full-time connection to the internet in your pocket.

How can I prevent smartphone apps from spying on me?

App Store

Episode 1597

Scott from Long Beach, CA

Scott doesn't want his smartphone to phone home and spy on him. Leo says that both IOS and Android will allow you to turn off their cell access, thereby preventing them from phoning home. But realize that will limit their usefulness.  Check out this article on how apps phone home - https://www.dailyherald.com/business/20190601/what-is-your-iphone-doing-...

How can I organize my photos?

IrfanView UI

Episode 1593

Leo from Van Nuys, CA

Leo has a bunch of pictures that he has on a large USB stick, but they're all out of order chronologically. How can he organize them?  Leo says that when you take a picture with any phone, it puts the time and date in the metadata attached to the file. But some programs won't look at that, instead of looking at the file creation date. A photo program like Windows 10 Microsoft Photos will do it. You can download it from the Microsoft store for free. Irfanview is another one. Windows 10 file explorer can also sort by date taken. 

Can an Android Phone Auto-answer?

G6

Episode 1590

Dustin from Virginia

Dustin's mom has limited vision and he got her a Motorola Moto G6 smartphone with apps that can help her read the screen. But she's having trouble answering the phone. Is there a solution that will allow her to simply touch to answer? Leo says that there's a setting in Samsung phones to select any key to answer the phone. There's even an auto-answer option, though Leo's not sure if Moto supports it. Jitterbug's Flip Phone is really easy to use.