Teddy has a used car he bought for his daughter, but it has a bunch of buttons for answering a mobile phone. He had it connected to an iPhone and now he's moved to an Android device. How can he adjust that? Leo says that it could be something he'd have to get from the auto manufacturer.
Sam wants to buy an unlocked smartphone. He's heard Leo talk about the Motorola Moto G, but he's also looking at the Huawei P8 lite, and the Alcatel Idol 3. Leo says that the benefit of owning an unlocked phone is that he can take it to just about any carrier. It gives him flexibility, but it also means he'll have to pay for the phone completely up front.
Leo's been using the new Google Pixel C tablet, and has some thoughts on it. The screen is nice, but the sound isn't great. It is about the size of a traditional iPad, with a 4:3 aspect ratio. It has the new USB-C connector, which Leo really likes. You can also pick up a metal keyboard for it, which allows you to treat it as a laptop that runs Android.
Dale wants to know if the iPhone has a special driving mode to keep phone use to handsfree like Motorola's Assist. Leo says it should, but not yet. There are a few websites that promise to do it, but Apple is stingy with access to that metric because of security. There is an app called DriveSafe Mode. But it doesn't prevent it, it just snitches on you. Apple should really address this issue or allow third parties to.
Greg has bought several Ring Video Doorbells for family. Leo says that Ring is a sponsor of the podcast and he really likes them. Greg says that the probolem is that his father is hard of hearing and the tones from the phones are hard to hear. Is there a way to adjust it? Leo says that is a flaw in the current design and he agrees that Ring should allow users to assign a sound they can hear and recognize.
BlackBerry is releasing the new BlackBerry Priv, which will run Android and have a slide down keyboard that BlackBerry fans have come to know and love. Leo says that while this could indicate a renaissance for BlackBerry, he isn't holding out much hope that it will save the company long term.
Katie's brother is going away to college and she wants to give him a tablet as a gift, but she doesn't have a lot of money. Leo says that the Amazon Fire tablet is a solid solution, with prices starting at $50 for a 7" model. It's great for games, Netflix, etc. That's the way to go. But Leo also thinks that there may be better deals on Black Friday.
Aaron is thinking about getting an Amazon Fire Tablet. Leo says it's a great deal for watching movies, reading books, etc. But it's not a pure Android device and he'll be limited to Amazon's app store. Leo recommends getting an Asus tablet for all purpose tablet work. Especially gaming.
Phillip has a Motorola Moto G through Cricket and he's been playing with his phone and put it into a Java runtime mode called ART. Leo says that's a fiddler. He'll have to go through a lot of hoops to go into developer mode and change that. Now he's getting a lot of error messages. Leo says he's done that on several Android devices and it sounds like it needs to be manually reset.
Steve has a Security Camera DVR and he's used a splitter to watch it in several rooms using a balun, but he keeps losing the signal. Leo says that HDMI doesn't throw very far, and using a balun amplifies the signal and sends it over ethernet to the other side. The distance is still limited to around 200' and it could be that he's at the extreme edge of the range. Steve could go RF. The chat room says that using Cat6 Ethernet cables could make it that far, and at MonoPrice.com he could get an extender kit to around 328 feet.