Mobile Phones

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Why Can't I Run Youtube TV in the Background of My iPhone?

YouTube TV

Episode 1709

David from Ft, Lauderdale, FL

David can listen to his podcast app in the background, but YouTube TV shuts off when he's doing something else. What gives? Leo says that once iOS14 comes out, the picture in picture will be activated (it already has on the iPad). Apple has been very careful with what runs in the background and Apple is very aggressive in killing background processes. But YouTubeTV will be one of those that will PiP in the fall. David could try the Public Beta right now by signing up for it here.

Why Can't I Use Google Duo on My Cell Phone?

Duo

Episode 1709

Nus from Palm Beach, FL

Nus is having issues with Google and his Duo app. Leo says that click on the three dots in the right-hand corner and it will show what account users are signed in with. It's possible that Nus signed out or removed his account accidentally. Nus says it doesn't remember it and tells him "something went wrong." Leo says that usually means it can't write to it. He recommends uninstalling Duo and reinstalling. Leo also recommends going into the phone app settings and look under the DUO app for clearing storage and cache. That will wipe it clean and start over. 

Bug in iOS 14 Notifies Others of What's In Your Clipboard

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There's a bug in iOS14 that notifies everyone in your contact list what is in your clipboard. 56 apps are getting the data from your iOS clipboard and then passing it along to others. Leo says it's a common tool in app development to access the clipboard, but the bug is making it sharable. 

Meanwhile, LinkedIn is getting sued for sharing the contents of the clipboard as a violation of California's new privacy law. Linked in claims it was all done unintentionally, and Leo believes that's the case.

 

What's a Good iPod Replacement?

iPod

Episode 1705

Thomas from Pico Rivera, California

Thomas has an old iPod and the battery is starting to die out. Can he get the battery replaced? Leo says that if Apple is no longer replacing the battery, check out iFixit or a local place that could do it. But the reality is, a replacement may not be all that helpful because people are now using their mobile phones for playing music, and any modern phone or an older phone people no longer use will act as an iPod as well. Leo recommends copying all music onto a PC first. iTunes would work, but it usually doesn't get everything.

What External Mic Can I Connect To My Phone?

BeachTek

Episode 1705

Jerry from Great Falls, MT

Jerry wants to record webinars and wants to know if he can use an external microphone to do it. Leo says he could, but you'd need an adapter for the minijack on the phone. He recommends just using the microphone on the phone. It'll work fine for that. He could take the direct out of the computer using the PC's headphone jack, and then plug that into the jack on the phone. That should bypass it altogether. One other option is to get a directional mic that will plug into your phone as well. Or even a parabolic mic. RODE makes great models with minijack connectors.

Is the Sony Xperia a Good Phone?

Xperia

Episode 1705

Jim from California

Jim wants to know what Leo thinks of the new Sony Xperia phone. Leo says he hasn't had a Sony phone in years, but they appear to be pretty popular. But Leo says that Sony hasn't done that well in the US market and he thinks it's due to their square style. But market saturation is another consideration. But at least they have a headphone jack still. Leo also says that there are constant rumors that Sony is going to abandon the US market. 

Why Does iCloud Keep Putting Photos Back On My Phone?

iCloud

Episode 1705

Jim from Oceanside, CA

Jim's wife has a 32GB iPhone and she keeps running out of space because iCloud keeps downloading the pictures back to her phone. Leo says to look in the Photo settings. Make sure that the "optimize phone storage" feature is enabled. It will keep the full rez photos in the cloud, and a lower rez version on your phone. The other option is to turn off automatic sync to iCloud. That will prevent iCloud from putting them back on the phone and once the user deletes them, they will stay deleted. Then use Google Photos to save photos to the cloud and delete them off the phone.