Bob's Chromebook is "expiring" this month. Leo says he hates that Google does that. But even though Google will stop updating your Chromebook, that doesn't mean it'll stop working. It will be fine for most things. Will it be a security issue? Not really. Chrome is inherently secure as it is. So Leo wouldn't really worry about it all that much. When you're ready to upgrade to a new one, then buy it. Acer's Aluminum Chromebooks are great for around $300. But no need to feel pressured to do so now.
Tom just got the Google Pixel 4 XL smartphone, but he saw that the Samsung Galaxy S10 is now the same price. Should he switch? Leo says he really likes the Pixel 4 because it's a pure Google experience. You get a lot of junk with a Samsung phone that unless you like it, you don't really need it. The S10 is a very nice phone, and the screen is as good as it can get. But is it worth getting rid of your Pixel? Keep in mind that the Pixel will be updated quicker because it's pure Google.
Thanks to a new feature in both iOS and Android, if you encounter someone who has been exposed to COVID-19, the phone will be able to alert you based on the person's location data, and that of others they have encountered. And if you're sick, it will enable medical professionals to track the path of infection through phone location data. It's called "contact tracing." The new feature has met with protest though, because Apple won't give governments all the information. It will also be a voluntary download.
By tracking your movement, and everyone you encounter, Google and Apple have developed an app that will notify everyone and public health authorities if you get sick. All you need to do is press a button that you are feeling sick, and the app does the rest. But your privacy is promised to be protected. The challenge, though, is to get everyone to opt-in and download it.
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.
Many modern Android 10 phones have a voice recording dictation system that transcribes audio as one talks. For stroke victims or elderly folk who may need voice-to-text technology, this comes in handy for sending messages. Chromebooks can bring up Google Assistant, and users can dictate with that. Afterward, a user or friend can take a look at the text and edit out any inaccuracies.
Lex hears that "end of life" support is coming for some Chromebooks. How safe will a Chromebook be after those dates? Leo says that new devices will have six and a half years of auto-updates, while much older generation Chromebooks have already been phased out of support. But Chromebooks are still incredibly secure. It'll be fine to continue to use. Will a VPN help? Leo says not really.
Tom moved to another state and his Gmail account has been locked out. How can he get back control of it? Google says he has to go back to the old location to recover it. This is why you use an alternate address for recovery. But if that doesn't work, you may be out of luck since there's no support. Leo says before anything happens, to do the security checkup. Turn on 2-factor authentication, and set up a secondary email that isn't Gmail for recovering it. Also, periodically, back up your email through Google Takeout.
Tommy bought a Google-branded Chromebook. Leo says that he can get 12 hours battery life on that Chromebook and it's incredibly secure. He pays a bit more for Google's brand, but they are well-built, will always be updated, and offer great security.
The Google Pixel 4 was launched while Leo was gone and it's been met with generally lackluster reviews. but Leo says that you can't please the technorati anymore. He found the Pixel 4 to be great, with a fast unlock, fantastic camera, and great screen.