mobile devices

Leo Tests the Microsoft Surface Duo

Duo

Episode 1727

Leo got the Microsoft Surface Duo Android device this week, the first Android phone that Microsoft has ever produced. The oversized "phablet," has dual screens and opens up like a paperback book. Both screens can work in concert or independently, and Leo says with the Kindle App, it's the best digital reading experience he's ever had. It has also given him all-day battery life, so it's quite usable.

But the Duo has its buggy issues. It can crash and freeze up, forcing one to reboot. Microsoft has pushed out an update, but it hasn't really helped. It also has a terrible camera. 

Is There a Remote Desktop Feature for Chromebooks?

Chromebook

Episode 1723

Andy from Montana

Andy is thinking of getting his mother a Chromebook. But how can he access it remotely? Leo says that ChromeOS has remote access built-in. But he'll need to run the extension Chrome OS Remote Desktop. Set it up and then use the Chrome Browser on any PC and then navigate to hers. But he won't really have to do much with it. It's not like a Windows computer. If something goes wrong, he can always "Powerwash" it. Most of what he does on a Chromebook is online.

Scott Wilkinson ... Amplified and Converted

Scott

Episode 1723

Scott joins Leo to talk about the Helm Audio DB12 AAA pocket headphone amp. It uses THX amplifier technology. Noise measurements are far lower in total harmonic distortion than any chip-based amp. And while the price of the DB12AAA is $200, it does make a huge difference in audio from a mobile device. But since mobile phones have eliminated the headphone jack in favor of Bluetooth headphones, users would need an adapter to use it.

Microsoft Surprises with New Tablet-like Announcement

Duo

Episode 1719

Microsoft surprised everyone this week with the announcement of a two-screen mobile device, that Leo describes the Surface DUO as a kind of folding notebook you'd get at a bookstore. Like a pocket-sized portfolio or Moleskine. It has two 6" screens that when unfolded creates an 8" diagonal tablet running Android. The screens can work in concert or independently for multi-tasking.  Leo stresses that Microsoft insists the DUO is NOT a phone, but an internet-enabled device that can also make phone calls.

How can someone keep track of me without a smartphone?

iPhoneX Max

Episode 1623

Clinton from North Carolina

Clinton wants to know if there's a way to report his location when traveling without the use of a smartphone? Leo says that there are Personal Location Beacon (PLB) and Satellite Messengers. Satellite Messengers do require a subscription though. They connect via satellite, and you can set it up to contact anyone in the event of an emergency. But if you have an iPhone or an Android device with vs. 11, you can send an emergency call by pressing the on/off switch five times in quick succession.

How can I back up my text messages from an old phone?

SMS Backup & Restore

Episode 1558

Jeanine from Santa Barbara, CA

Jeanine wants to know how to retrieve text messages from an old phone. Leo says that there are several ways to do it. Sometimes they are stored up in the cloud with the carrier. She can ask the technician at the phone store to transfer all the data over. There are also apps that will enable her to do it, including Android apps like SMS Backup and Restore. She can put it on the old phone and it will back up all the messages to the cloud.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Dick DeBartolo

Episode 1408

The Kids Connect Phone is a parent's "all-in-one security solution". It is the best way for parents to obtain peace of mind while their children are away from home.

The Kids Connect Phone is GPS equipped, which allows real-time tracking of the phone via the Android or iOS app, or on any web enabled device. Parents can also see where their children have been with the location history feature.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

The Giz Wiz

Episode 1053

Dickie D is back with the Anker Astro Pro (2nd Generation) backup battery. This is a 15000mAh battery pack, which holds enough power to charge smartphones 4 to 7 times and tablets 1 to 2 times before it needs to be recharged itself. The Astro Pro identifies what device you want charged and enables the best charging configuration for it thanks to a built-in chip. You can charge up to three devices at the same time.