Mobile Phones

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Is there a smartphone for elderly people?

Episode 1730

Audry from Agoura, CA

Lori wants a simple smartphone for her mother that visits limited sites online and just make phone calls. Is there one that has loud speakers, voice recognition, big buttons and screen? Leo suggests giving her an iPad for the websites, so she can see it. Then you can get a flip phone from Jitterbug that can handle the phone calls. A smartphone will be too small for her to use. You can also give her an LTE iPad that can make calls as well. 

TikTok and WeChat are still running after deadline

TikTok

Episode 1730

September 20th was supposed to be the day that Chinese social media companies TikTok and WeChat were supposed to be turned off if both weren't sold to a US company. In the eleventh hour, ByteDance, which owns both companies, has managed to avoid the shutdown thanks to a tech partnership with Oracle and Walmart. The new company, dubbed TikTok Global, will also have a 40% minority stake in US investment, plus a 19% stake to Oracle and Walmart. That's a majority that pleases the commerce department and the White House. So the shut down has been delayed for a week.

How Do I Transfer Data From an Old Phone to a New One?

S10e

Episode 1729

Rene from Anaheim, CA

Rene doesn't have a computer or WiFi. She relies on her mobile phone for her internet. Her phone is four years old and she is looking at the Samsung Galaxy S10E. Leo says that it's a year old, but there's nothing wrong with it. The latest model is the Galaxy 20, but there's no "E" model. Will it be difficult to transfer data? Leo says no. There is an app that will copy data from one phone to another, and it's really easy. She'll just have to be sure her Samsung Account is logged in and the backup is turned on. It'll be in the backup and reset settings.

Why is my phone GPS lagging?

Samsung S20+

Episode 1728

David from Atlanta, GA

David has a Samsung Galaxy S8, and recently his GPS started lagging and losing connection with some of his IoT devices. So he bought a new Galaxy S20+. But it's doing the exact same things. Leo says that GPS is a line of sight technology, and you can lose connectivity when the signal is blocked. It'll work better from your windshield dash. When you get into a new area, it could take some time to connect. After this, it builds an almanac of connections that the phone can rely on. So for those first visits, it could take a few minutes.

Tuesday's Apple Event Hints at New Apple Watch

Apple Event 9/15

Episode 1728

This Tuesday at 10am PDT, Apple will be streaming an event called "Time Flies," and Leo says it hints at a new, sixth-generation Apple Watch. Leo wonders though, just how much more you can do with a smartwatch. And he also thinks that maybe it'll be the release of a new version of watchOS 7. Other new features will include an expanded sleep feature and more software additions. But he also thinks there really isn't much more you can do hardware-wise. We are in essence at peak watch.

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. 

Apple Time Flies Event Hints at New Apple Watch

This Tuesday's upcoming Apple Time Flies event hints at a new Series 6 Apple Watch, a new WatchOS, and even an update for iPads. But Apple has already said that the next iPhone 12 is delayed due to issues pertaining to the Covid19 pandemic. So Leo suspects there will be no iPhone announcement. But he does think we'll get iOS14 shipping, as well as the next version of MacOS. 

Other possible announcments include new Apple Silicon laptops, and perhaps new iPads. 

How can I make room on my iPhone?

iPhone 11 Pro Max

Episode 1726

Benny from Pasadena, CA

Benny is getting a warning that his old iPhone storage is almost full. What can he do? Leo says you can back it up and then delete anything you don't really need. Older iPhones were woefully undersized for storage. So what Leo recommends is back them up to your computer. But also download the Google Photos app and then upload the photos to your Google Photos account. Once you do, you can delete everything automatically (it's in the settings). You can also do that with video.