Mobile Phones

iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, or feature phones.

Why Can't I Livestream on Facebook Live With My Phone?

Facebook Live

Episode 1758

Alex from Los Angeles, CA

Alex is streaming Facebook live from his phone using the Apple Camera Kit, but he's now having audio issues. Leo says that it sounds like Facebook has changed something in the streaming, that causes the issue. It may also be that the specs to Alex's camera connection kit are no longer supported by Facebook live. Or, it could even be a change by Apple in iOS. But more likely, Facebook has changed something and Apple simply needs to catch up with an update. 

What phone updates Android faster?

Motorola Moto G7

Episode 1756

Barry from Portland, OR

Barry is getting a new Motorola Moto G series mobile phone. Leo says it's the best mid-range priced mobile phone on the market today. Barry is concerned though, that updates are coming slower and slower these days. Leo says that unless Google makes the phone, that's going to happen since both the phone manufacturer and your carrier have to test the update before releasing them for their phones. Google can send updates directly. So if you're concerned about how fast updates happen, a Google-made phone like the Pixel 4a would be better. Check out the Android 1, too. 

How Can My TV Suddenly Show My Photos as a Screensaver?

LCD TV

Episode 1756

Ron from Riverside, CA

Ron has a TV that is an "Amazon Edition." Recently, it started showcasing his photos as a screensaver.  Leo says it may be showing your photos that are backed up to Amazon Photos. Or maybe even your Google Photos. If you're an Alexa user, it may be a skill that Amazon recently added. Can he opt-out? Leo says you can probably disable it in your TV's menu settings. Or it could be in the Amazon App. It could also be the Roku. There are apps in the Roku that picks up your photos. There's a slideshow setting in Roku that could be enabled.

How Can I Prevent My Android Phone From Being Hacked?

Android 11

Episode 1756

Kim from Mission Viejo, CA

Kim is worried that her Android phone may get hacked. How can she prevent it? Leo says that Android is more open source and is more vulnerable to attack than an iPhone. But really, the best way to guard against it is to keep your phone up to date with Google's security updates. Can she get hacked by clicking on a link? Leo says it's possible, but the most common way is to download a bad app from the App store. Only download apps that are well known from well-known companies. Avoid any apps from Russia.

Where Can I Hire a Programmer to Make an App?

UpWork

Episode 1755

Dale from Palmdale, CA

Dale has an idea for software and would like to hire a programmer. Leo says that's how Facebook was created, and the risk is, that he could get ripped off by an ambitious programmer who decides to do it himself. So he should make sure he has an ironclad contract to protect his IP. There's also the risk that he could spend a lot of money and the programmer just doesn't deliver. In the end, a brilliant idea isn't what makes money. It's the implementation. The safest way to do it is to learn to do it himself.

UpWork is a source for hiring programmers though. 

What's the Difference Between Spectrum and Verizon Cellular?

Verizon

Episode 1755

Andrew from Los Angeles, CA

Andrew wants to know how different Spectrum mobile is from Verizon. Leo says that Spectrum Mobile uses WiFi calling when users are home, but when users are out and about, Spectrum is just an MVNO that uses Verizon's network. The tricky part is a handoff from WiFi to the cellular network. But other than that, if one can save money on it, then why not? The only real negative is that some people may not have internet access with their routers. So, a phone could join a network and not be able to take or make calls because it's on a dead connection.

What Happened to My Favorite Streamable Radio Stations?

XiaaLive

Episode 1753

Jerry from Riverside, CA

Jerry recently upgraded his Android Phone. But he's having issues streaming audio using the XiaaLive app. His favorites lists have also got stations missing. Leo says that apps could check streams periodically to see if they are still active. If it isn't, it's not strange to simply remove them. Internet radio stations come and go. So it's likely XiaaLive pruned the list when it got back a negative stream notification. It could also be the place the data is stored is in the original phone itself and it didn't completely transfer when he moved to the new phone. 

Why Can't I Visit a Certain Website With My 5G Phone?

Georgia dot gov

Episode 1752

Matt from Kansas City, KS

Matt has a 5G Note 20 and he can't visit a website on 5G. But he can visit it on 4G through AT&T. Leo says that it could be something that the website is doing, that doesn't allow a 5G network to access it. Leo suspects it's a DNS issue, and if he can try an alternate DNS provider, that will fix it. Leo recommends NextDNS or OpenDNS. NextDNS has an app that can fix it.

Is TIVO the Best DVR?

TIVO

Episode 1752

Rocco from Valencia, CA

Rocco is seeing all sorts of security warnings for passwords in his iPhone's settings. Leo says that is Apple's latest security feature that not only reviews passwords to make sure they are secure but will warn users if they reuse them, and provide a link to change them if they are compromised or not secure. LastPass does the same thing. Other vaults include One Password and BitPass.