Mobile Phones

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

How can I stream police activity with my phone?

iPhone XS

Episode 1615

Rich from Worcester, Massachusetts

Tom came across an old MAVICA digital camera that would record on a floppy disc. He's told it's worth $200 atm. His main question is, can he live stream with it? Leo says no, it's way too old. You can with your iPhone though. Is it legal? Leo says you have the first amendment right to do so, but you're taking your chances recording police officers without their consent. And you certainly don't want to interfere with their law enforcement duties. But if you're in earnest, another option is to get a GoPro and connect it to your mobile phone.

Can I Buy More Cloud Storage for my Samsung Phone?

Samsung

Episode 1614

Hope from McComb, Mississippi

Hope wanted to know if she can upgrade her cloud storage through her Galaxy Note 9. Leo is pretty sure that Samsung will sell her more cloud storage if she wants to, and it's a good idea to back up phone data. She can buy more, but it may be for select carriers. But she can also use Google Photos, which offers free unlimited high-resolution storage, and she can upload automatically with a simple check of a box.

What Android phone should I upgrade to?

Google Pixel 3

Episode 1613

Debbie from Roland Heights, CA

Debbie's Samsung Galaxy S4 won't work without being plugged in anymore. Leo says that the Galaxy S4 was one of the last ones that you could replace the battery too, and there are third party batteries from Anker and Aukey that you could buy for it. But Leo says it's pretty old now since the Galaxy S line is up to 10 now. So Leo says it's time Debbie got a new model. She could probably get the S9 for a really good deal. What about the Google Pixel? Leo says it has the best camera on the market, though the screen is better on the Samsung. But nobody does better than Google on the camera.

Dish CEO Collecting Wireless Spectrum Frequencies, Starting 5G Network

Dish Network

Episode 1613

The founder of DISH Network, Charlie Ergen, has been quietly buying up wireless frequencies auctioned by the FCC and will start a fourth major cellular company behind AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile/Sprint. Leo says that Ergen has been waiting for 5G to establish his network and is planning to spend more than $10 billion. Ergen says that what took other networks over ten years to establish, he can do in three.

Can I Install Apps on a Phone's SD Card?

Android

Episode 1612

Joe from Tampa, FL

Joe has trouble with apps he installs on his microSD card. When will Android fix this? Leo says that apps will always work better on the internal memory. Save the SD card for larger files like photos, videos, and music. Because Android doesn't like the SD card for apps, and Google is starting to lock it down for anything other than storage. In fact, Google no longer allows SD cards for storage on their own phones. Also, apps have to support it, and Android isn't really letting developers do it.

Sprint + T-Mobile Merger Approved

T-Mobile

Episode 1612

The merger between Sprint and T-Mobile has been approved by the Department of Justice, giving mobile another major carrier to compete against AT&T and Verizon.  The talk is, that T-Mobile is going to work with DISH Network to create a huge new 4th carrier by Dish. Dish will also get Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, and several other MVNOs. As a long-time T-Mobile user, Leo doesn't really have a problem with it, especially as we move into 5G speeds.  But it's not in the clear yet, as 13 state attorney generals are suing to stop it.

Why is My Phone Getting Nonstop Popups?

 Samsung Galaxy S5

Episode 1612

Carlette from Alpine, CA

Carlette clicked on something in her Samsung Galaxy S5 mobile device and now she's getting popups. What can she do?  Leo said to go through the apps and see if there's anything she doesn't recognize. Uninstall those apps. What she can do is go into Google Play and sort apps by date installed. The one she installed recently is probably the one that is causing the popups. In fact, install as few as possible. If that doesn't stop it, she may need to completely reset the phone to factory settings. That'll reinstall the OS. 

Faceapp Causing Concern to Privacy Advocates and Congress

FaceApp

Episode 1611

The mobile app called FaceApp is causing concern with privacy advocates, and even members of Congress because people are concerned that their photos are being uploaded to servers in Russia. But the developer, who worked for Microsoft when he got the idea, assures that all photos are uploaded to Amazon cloud servers. The bigger concern is that the terms of service grant FaceApp the ownership of your likeness forever. Leo says, though, that it's just legal-speak that's written in the broadest possible terms.