Mobile Phones

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

Doctor Mom and the Corona Virus Outbreak

Episode 1669

Doctor Mom joins Leo to talk about how the Mobile World Congress has since been cancelled due to the Covid19 (aka Corona) virus outbreak. Since most mobile phones come out of China, there was widespread fear that there would be a breeding ground to spreading the virus. Doctor Mom says that the Corona virus has been around for years, in one form or another. What's new is how the Chinese government has been relatively stingy with information, and the virus has become deadly with some people. Is it prudent to cancel a trade show?

How to I prevent my iPhone from being flakey?

iPhone 6

Episode 1666

Chrissy from Mission Viejo, CA

Chrissy has an iPhone 6, and she had to replace the screen twice. She's also suffering from overheating with her car navigation, and her calendar keeps erasing. Leo says it may be a good idea to reset your phone to factory defaults and starting from scratch. It'll erase the storage memory and reinstall the iOS. But back it up first. Then use it for a few days before you restore your backup. As for overheating, that may be your case. Try doing the car Nav without the case on and see if it overheats. If not, then it's time to get a new case. 

What is Cellular at Sea?

Celluar at Sea!

Episode 1664

Lisa from Long Beach, CA

Lisa is thinking about changing mobile phone plans from AT&T to T-Mobile because her phone didn't do well while on a cruise and they charged her $300. Leo says that no phone plan works while you're at sea. Only when you're in port. Leo says that Lisa may have been using Cellular at Sea, and you don't want to use that because it's very expensive. You also want to be sure to turn off data roaming. Airplane mode is even better. 

How Can I Convert Portrait Video to Watch on TV?

Handbrake

Episode 1663

Dave from Redondo Beach, CA

Dave's friend wants to watch videos she's taken, and there's about 58GB of them. Would DVDs be a good choice? Leo says that DVDs are a technological dead end. He recommends an AppleTV. But she'd need internet access. The benefit would be able to play via Airplay from her Phone. But the videos flip sideways since she shot them in portrait mode. How can he do a batch conversion? Leo recommends Handbrake! It's free and will do all the conversion. But the flipping may still be a problem. The TV is ignoring the orientation information that is embedded by the iPhone.