Mobile Phones

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First iPhone Announced 12 Years Ago this Week

First iPhone

Episode 1605

June 29, 2007, twelve years ago, Steve Jobs announced the first iPhone. Apple hadn't invented the app store yet, so the original iPhone didn't really have but a few very basic apps. In fact, Steve Jobs thought everything would be done through websites, not apps. It was listed at $499 and people lined up three days before it launched to get one. But a smartphone wasn't really new, what did change the world was having a full-time connection to the internet in your pocket.

Can I Buy a Phone Without a Plan?

Motorola Moto G7.

Episode 1604

Gloria from North Hollywood, CA

Gloria wants to know how can she buy a phone without a plan. She heard of a new phone plan called "Visible" for $40 a month. Leo says that Verizon's Visible plan is very interesting and she can buy an unlocked phone anywhere, including Amazon. She just has to be sure she gets a phone that supports Verizon. Here's a page that shows which phones are compatible - https://www.visible.com/compatibility

 Leo likes the Motorola Moto G7. Price is between $200-300. 

Huawei is Back

Huawei is Back

Episode 1604

Leo doesn't really get what's going on, but it appears that Huawei is now allowed to be sold in the US. For the last few years, Huawei was declared as a "dangerous foreign entity," but now it appears that at the recent G20 summit, the President has officially lifted all restrictions. Which is puzzling, because recent news reports hint that Huawei has been up to no good. Huawei is much more vulnerable to hackers, perhaps even intentionally, according to a recent report. 

What is a Good Online Community for Photography?

Flickr

Episode 1603

Steve from San Antonio, California

Steve is amazed at how GPS mapping apps can know what the best and fastest route is. Leo says that WAZE is crowd sourced, so it gets real time traffic data from Waze users themselves, and it can work to route you around it.

Steve is also a photographer and wants to know what are good online sources to share and get feedback. Leo says that while it has changed recently, Flickr is a good place to post for community input. 

Why Does My Phone Change Time Zones Automatically?

Time

Episode 1603

Earnest from Brawley, CA

Earnest's phone automatically changes time zones whenever he goes to Disneyland to a specific area in the park and wants to know why it's doing that? Leo says there's a setting in the phone that he can turn off to prevent it from automatically setting the time zone. But Leo also thinks it could be that the cell site in that area of the park is misconfigured to the wrong time zone, or depending on if he is on a WiFi network, that network is configured to a specific time zone.

Which Cell Phone Should I Buy?

Motorola Moto G7.

Episode 1602

Vicky from Rialto, California

Vicky recently dropped her Samsung Galaxy S6 phone and cracked the screen. So now she needs to get a new phone. She's retired and is on a budget, so what should she get? Leo recommends the Motorola Moto G7. It's about $200, and Best Buy is offering $100 off right now. A great phone with a descent camera. And AT&T may give her a deal to keep business. But don't accept any lesser models.

What's the Best Map App for Driving Around Traffic?

Waze

Episode 1602

Johnny from Atlanta, GA

Johnny would like to know about re-routing through accidents and bad traffic with his map app. Which ones are best? Leo says that the least helpful are the maps apps in your car unless the car has an LTE connection to get updates. Google Maps has recently added traffic information and rerouting from Waze. 

Leo uses Google Maps for day to day, and usually uses Waze for road trips. And with Google integrating a lot of Waze features, we're starting to get the best of both worlds.

Harry Potter Finally Launches from Niantic

Potter

Episode 1602

Niantic, the creators of the successful mobile game Pokemon Go, has finally put out a game based in the universe of Harry Potter, called Wizards Unite. You play a wizard, using your wand to battle other wizards and catch fantastic beasts. All in Augmented Reality. Leo says that it was originally launched in Australia, and people went wild about it. Now it's been launched in the US and around the world, so MORE people are going wild.