Mobile Phones

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

When should I replace my mobile phone?

Samsung Galaxy S5

Episode 1686

Richard from Grand Rapids MI

Richard has a Samsung Galaxy 5 and wants to know when he should replace it. He's gone through two batteries. Leo says that a smartphone will become good as new when you put a new battery in it. So that really isn't an issue. The real issue is when the updates stop. When the phone OS is no longer supported because of age, that may be the time to get a new phone. But if you're not installing anything new, you're probably fine for as long as you want. 

Google and Apple Develop Tracking App to Battle Covid19

Apple

Episode 1686

By tracking your movement, and everyone you encounter, Google and Apple have developed an app that will notify everyone and public health authorities if you get sick. All you need to do is press a button that you are feeling sick, and the app does the rest. But your privacy is promised to be protected. The challenge, though, is to get everyone to opt-in and download it.

Can I record my iPhone calls?

iPhone XR

Episode 1684

Bob from Garden City, MI

Bob wants to know to record his phone calls on his iPhone. Leo says you can't directly. Apple doesn't give you access to the phone app. Plus, there are larger legal issues that may be in play in your state that would require you to secure permission for recording. However, you can use a third-party app calls Record a Call, What's App, and others. There are plenty that requires merging the call. On Android, it's a lot easier. Call Recorder is one.

Governments Using Smartphone Location Data to Enforce Social Distancing

Smartphone Location Tracking

Episode 1684

Countries are using cellphone location data to not only enforce mandatory social distancing but also to see who patients have been in contact with the virus, to find out how that patient was infected. Other countries are using facial recognition to punish those in defiance of the orders and gathering together.

So while technology can be used for the greater good, namely trying to stem the tide of the Coronavirus outbreak, it can also be used as a dreadful tool for the surveillance state.

Did I lose my notes after iOS backup?

iPhone XR

Episode 1682

Sharon from Roseberg, OR

Sharon has an iPhone XR with a mess of reminders in it, along with notes. But when she updated the phone, her lists all disappeared. Leo says that there are a whole bunch of lists in reminders. So Sharon may have overlooked them. If they are missing, they might be on iCloud. How can she find them? She has no idea. Leo says to go to iCloud.com and log in with your Apple ID. You can find that info in your phone settings. Once you log in, you can snoop around until you find it. It may be in notes.

How Can I Airplay Videos From Phone to TV?

Apple TV

Episode 1681

Mike from Portland, OR

Mike wants to know how to stream workout videos from his iPhone to his TV. Leo says that using Airplay is great, but he will need an Apple TV to do it. He can connect a phone to the TV directly by using a lightning adapter. But Apple Airplay with Apple TV is the ideal method. Android can also do it if the TV is compatible with it. Samsung, though, tends to only work well with Samsung TVs. 

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What's a Good App for Hiking?

Avenza

Episode 1681

Dan from New Jersey

Dan likes to hike and he's been using a hiking app called AVENZA, which offers maps of hiking trails of the nation's parks. It's also available on iOS and Android. The maps are also GPS enabled so you can see where you are. Leo says that going out in nature during times like this can not only be good exercise, but it can be reassuring, and having a map that is GPS enabled will help keep from getting lost.