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Can I Text Using VOIP?

VOIP

Episode 1600

Terry from St. Paul, MN

Terry gets a lot of phone calls from local numbers he doesn't recognize. Leo says that's called "Neighbor Spoofing" and it's designed to get him to answer the phone because the caller ID shows a local number. If it's important, they'll leave a message.

Can he respond to text messages with VOIP? Leo says he can partially. If he's using an app like WhatsApp, he can as long as the other side uses it. But if it's a "text subscribe to [enter number here]." It won't. VOIP doesn't support that.

Governments Use Paris Attack to Justify More State Surveillance

Encryption

Episode 1153

Using the Paris attack to justify stepping up the intrusiveness of state surveillance, UK Prime Minister David Cameron is calling for and end to any communication that the government is unable to read with a simple warrant signed by the home secretary. Leo says that this can't happen. The US even tried to prevent strong encryption by classifying it as munitions, and it just didn't work because it's really easy to create strong encryption.

How can I make the text larger on my tablet? (Part 2)

Episode 1018

Mike from New Albany, MS

Mike is also vision impaired and likes to use his tablet as a phone, but often the high-resolution screen makes it hard to read. Leo suggests going into the accessibility options in Android to change the font size. However, a poorly programmed app won't support it. So if it doesn't, then he should try a different app. There's also magification in the settings he could use as well.