Mobile Phones

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

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. 

How can I disable the Google Assistant button on my phone?

Google Assistant

Episode 1751

John from Fallbrook, CA

John has noticed that his Google Assistant gets triggered when he accidentally hits the right button. How can he disable the Google Assistant button on his Motorola phone? Leo says that there was an app called Tasker that could do it. What you're looking for is a program that can see the hardware button and then assign it to do something else or nothing at all. So try that. It's free. 

From the chatroom - https://www.guidingtech.com/remove-google-assistant-home-button/

 

Should I return my Samsung S20 Mobile Phone?

Samsung S20

Episode 1751

Larry from Menneffee, CA

Larry bought a Samsung S20 "Fan Edition" Android Phone. He's having all sorts of issues with crashing, screen issues, and other problems. Leo says that it's likely software issues that are causing the problems. Samsung is known for some of the best screens in the business, so it's unlikely, but not impossible, that it's a hardware issue. But Leo advises to contact Samsung Mobile and demand a new one.

Is Apple CarPlay secure in a rental car?

Episode 1747

Ed from Clairmore, OK

Ed rented a car recently and it came with Apple CarPlay. Is that secure? Leo says it is because Apple makes it really difficult to break encryption. You just want to be sure to remove your device after you're done with the car rental. Select "Forget Device." Or don't use the car's internal telematic systems. Just the CarPlay. 

There's also a setting in Apple CarPlay that says "do not copy my contacts" to the car. Make sure you enable that so your contacts won't get transferred to the car's hands-free system. 

Leo Gets the iPhone 12 Pro Max, and It's Heavy!

iPhone 12 Pro Max

Episode 1745

Leo got the iPhone 12 Pro Max and he says it's HEAVY. It also has a larger screen for plenty of room. The pixels are larger, too, so he gets better low light performance with the three-lens camera. Leo also says that the camera "bump" is pretty prominent, as well. Leo also says that could cause the camera lenses to scratch over time because the phone will rest on the bump.

How is 5G? Leo doesn't know because it isn't available everywhere, and where it is, it's likely the low band 5G, which is about as fast as LTE.