Mobile Phones

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

How can I prevent smartphone apps from spying on me?

App Store

Episode 1597

Scott from Long Beach, CA

Scott doesn't want his smartphone to phone home and spy on him. Leo says that both IOS and Android will allow you to turn off their cell access, thereby preventing them from phoning home. But realize that will limit their usefulness.  Check out this article on how apps phone home - https://www.dailyherald.com/business/20190601/what-is-your-iphone-doing-...

How can I record, edit and upload within a camera itself?

iPhone

Episode 1597

Rich from Wooster, MA

Rich is looking for a camera that will allow him to edit in camera. He wants to be sure he can post videos to youtube and protect his rights. Leo says that YouTube is a private company, and so they can cut you off if you violate their terms and conditions. Only the government is prohibited. However, police can arrest you if you record a police officer. You have to record them openly, not in secret. 

To record, edit, and share, Leo recommends using a smartphone. It's really an all in one solution. 

Why can't I use my Obama Phone with Verizon?

Motorola Moto G7

Episode 1597

John from Santa Barbara, CA

John got an "Obama Phone" with AirVoice Wireless. When he got a new Motorola Moto Phone that was unlocked, it says it uses GSM or LTE. And AirVoice Wireless only uses Verizon. Can he use the phone? Leo says that Verizon is CDMA, so a GSM phone won't work. But AirVoice also says they're an AT&T carrier. From the chatroom - input the APN settings listed here and it needs to be a phone that works with AT&T. https://apn.gishan.net/en/apn/airvoice/motorola-moto-g-4g-2nd-gen

How can I backup photos from my mobile phone?

iPhone XS

Episode 1596

David from Riverside, CA

David takes a lot of pictures with his smartphone and he is having issues transferring his pictures to his computer. He plugs in the iPhone to his Windows PC and drags and drops. But it stops. Leo says that Windows is awful doing that. It's not fault tolerant and it can time out really easily. Microsoft has a command line option called ROBO COPY that'll handle it without error. But in the long run, that's a difficult way to do it. Leo recommends using Google Photos. And the photos are just as good.

Why can't I use my 4G phone on Verizon?

Tracfone LG Rebel 3

Episode 1596

Doug from Encinitas, CA

Doug bought a Tracfone LG Rebel 3 mobile phones. But the problem is, he can't get a phone number for it because Verizon doesn't support 4G anymore, only LTE. Whats the difference? Leo says that LTE is a bit faster, but it's odd that Verizon doesn't support it anymore. But they may have just killed 4G. Leo says to pull the SIM and try another carrier to see if it's not carrier locked. If it isn't, then go to Straight Talk.

Why are iPhone's Accessibility Features Terrible?

iPhone

Episode 1595

Fred from Frazier Park, CA

Fred wants to know why Apple hates the blind. Leo says that Apple doesn't. In fact, they lead the accessibility field with their accessibility in mobile devices. But Fred says that for him, most of those features are worthless. But Leo says that he knows many blind people who love the features in the iPhone, even though touch screen functions are a challenge. Steve Wonder uses his mobile phone with a braille screenwriter by Human Wear. Leo says it's great technology.

Are Beacons Legal?

We Love America

Episode 1594

Jason from Lake Elsinore, CA

Jason is organizing a festival and wants to get a location beacon so that festival-goers can get where they're going. Is that legal and which one should he get? Leo says they are, but they kinda fizzled out of late. Beacons use Bluetooth LE so they aren't really good outside of a few hundred feet. They're mostly used to communicate information to an app. Most modern phones will support it. Here's a page for Apple about using beacons with the iPhone.

How can I backup my music from my phone to my computer?

iPhone

Episode 1593

Clyde from San Diego, California

Clyde ripped all his CDs and has the music on his phone, but he doesn't have any backups anymore. How can he back them up from his phone? Leo says that if you backup your mobile phone, your phone backs it up. But Leo wants Clyde to also make a separate, accessible copy of the music from his phone. Connect your phone back to your computer and then let iTunes back it up and add those phones to the iTunes library.  Here's how. There's a third party program called Senuti that can also work.