iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, or feature phones.
Richard wants to become an app developer for augmented reality. How can he do it and create cross-platform apps? Leo says to learn Swift on the Mac, but also get PhoneGap, which will help you port any apps over to Android. But you'll lose some functions when you do because they tend to hide some complexity. Also, check out EDX.org. They have a great system called HOW TO CODE. There's also Doctor Racket.
Anthony wants to know if he can still get a Nokia Windows smartphone. Leo says that Microsoft bought Nokia and came to the smartphone market with a Windows phone too late. By then, developers and carriers had already put their money on Android and iOS. Plus, Banks didn't support it with any apps. The sad part is, the Windows phone was a great phone. It just came too late.
The EU has passed a law that mandates that all mobile phones must be using a standard charger, namely USB-C. Apple, of course, hates the new law and will likely resist it legally. Because at $40 apiece, they make a lot of money on Lightning chargers. Leo says that forcing Apple to shift over to a standard connector is a good thing.
After ordering it and waiting 10 days with no sign of the Samsung Galaxy Flip Phone, Leo decided to cancel the order. By the time he would have gotten it, the world would have moved on as other reviews are now out. So he decided to save $1600. Leo also thinks that everyone is getting sick of the mobile phone merry go round, where a new mobile phone comes out every six months.
Jeff bought an Senior 55 unlimited plan from T-Mobile, but his data plan is extremely slow. Leo says it's likely unlimited because you get 3G data access, not 4G/LTE. But he's not getting hotspot mode, because it constantly disconnects. Leo says that hotspotting with your laptop is never going to be as good as direct connection. Your phone's connection may go to sleep, dropping the hotspot.
Ron has a Yota 3 mobile phone that has an eInk screen on one side, and a regular screen on the other. The result is better battery life. But he hasn't been able to turn on the data for the phone. You should be able to go into the cellular settings under Network and Internet, and enable the data options. It could have been disabled. Also turn on mobile data and roaming. You may need to input the APN settings, which you can find online.
Chris has a Samsung Galaxy S10 and he can't get the Google Play store to open. It crashes. Verizon says he needs to do a "function reset." Leo says Chris has to be sure his phone is completely updated. that's important. Go into the settings and see if the latest Samsung software is there. But it's probably best to reset the phone is in order. Press and hold the on/off button and select restart. If that doesn't work, then he can reset the phone to factory default settings. But restarting the phone should work. From the Chatroom - Clear the cache and data from the Play Store app.
After the latest iOS 13 update, he gets an incorrect exchange password error. Leo says that Exchange is a Microsoft business email account. Go to Settings. Passwords and Accounts. Look and see if there's an Exchange account listed. If it is, the choice is to reconnect or delete it.
Julian is an accessibility expert and he likes the Be My Eyes app. The EyeRa app is the paid version. It's also available on Android. He says that apps like these are a game-changer for blind people who need help using their phones to see the world around them. Check out Julian's website TechJV.com. He also says that being in contact with the American Foundation for the Blind can put people in touch with accessibility experts who can help.
Ed has an iPhone 7. He's blind and he relies on Siri to do everything he needs. Leo says that the iPhone is a great phone for the blind because of its accessibility features. Ed finds, though, that the battery isn't as strong as it used to be and it dies while he's using it all the time. Leo says that the lithium-ion batteries are rated for 500 charge/discharge cycles, which is about a two-year window. But the good news is, that Apple will replace the battery for $49. Are there alternatives?