Android

BlackBerry Gets Out of Hardware Business

Episode 1330

BlackBerry Q10

BlackBerry this week announced it would be getting out of the hardware business. When the iPhone came out in 2007, no one knew exactly what that meant. In fact, the CEO of Microsoft at the time, Steve Ballmer, publicly criticized it saying that it's too expensive. The lack of concern was just enough to throw them off their game for a couple of years. By 2009, when it became clear the iPhone was the future of cell phones, Microsoft and BlackBerry finally leapt into action. Unfortunately, it was too late at that point and Apple already owned the space.

How can I backup my data from a mobile device with a broken screen?

Episode 1330

Natalie from Los Angeles, CA
Samsung Galaxy S7

Natalie broke the screen on her Samsung Galaxy S7 and she can't get the information off. How can she backup her data? Leo says she can get a Samsung USB to Go adapter that would allow her to host other devices.

The chatroom says that Samsung has software called Kies that will allow the user to backup a device via USB.

What laptop should I buy?

Episode 1330

Les from Anaheim, CA
Dell Chromebook 13

Les has an older PC and he's having issues accessing his data. He's looking to get a new PC -- should he get a desktop or laptop? He uses Photoshop a lot. Leo says that Photoshop is available on both Mac or PC. Les is on a budget so a Mac is out. What about a Chromebook? Leo says that a Chromebook is great because he could use Android apps now. There are Android apps that are just as capable of photo editing as Photoshop. Snapseed, for instance.

Can I use Android apps on my Chromebook?

Episode 1325

Dan from Cypress, CA
Dell Chromebook

Dan is a Nexus user and he recently bought a Chromebook from Dell. Leo says Dell makes a really nice Chromebook. Can he mimic the phone to his Chromebook? Leo says he won't be able to make phone calls on his Chromebook, but he will be able to get the Google Play store for the Chromebook which will support any Android app. It should happen pretty quickly too, as Google said they will do it this month. He'll want to have a Chromebook with a touch screen, though.

I lost my phone's SD card -- is my data secure?

David from Las Vegas, NV

Episode 1322

David took some pictures on a recent trip and they've disappeared. His SD card is missing. It looks like it fell out. He's worried that his password may be on it or people could gain access to apps. Leo says it would be encrypted if it was his password. The app data will be on there, but it depends on the app if it can read it or not. David's images and music will be in the clear though. But it's on a microsd card. Odds are that no one will find it and if they do, they might see the images. But he's obviously lost them all.

What mobile phone should I get?

Episode 1321

Yoni from San Diego, CA
Google Nexus 6P

Yoni wants to know if she should buy the Nexus 6P or the iPhone 7. Leo says he likes the 6P. It has better battery life, a nicer screen, and a removable battery. Google is going be releasing new phones next week under the Pixel name, though. Leo likes Google phones because they patch them first and you don't have to wait for a fix from the carrier or phone manufacturer. Google will just push the update like Apple does. The time is right to get the 6P, though, because they've dropped the price before the new phones come out.

Why can't I cast to my PC using AllCast?

Damian from Spokane, WA

Episode 1320

Damian is trying to get an app called AllCast to work on his PC with AllCast Receiver, but it won't work for him. It works on his brother's PC, though. Leo says that AllCast is a great program that allows you to cast to it through Chromecast and it was designed to work with any streaming player. You can even turn your PC into a Chromecast like device. It's kind of a hack, though, so it may not work consistently.

Samsung Recalls Galaxy Note 7 Amidst Exploding Batteries

Episode 1319

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

This week, after reports that over 35 batteries in the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 have exploded, Samsung has stopped sales of the Android phone and recalled them. Leo says that part of the problem may be the fast charge option. Leo recommends that if you have a Note 7, take no chances, and return it. T-Mobile is offering loaners until they have been replaced or refunded. Leo says that Samsung is doing the right thing, even though it will hurt the bottom line. Back it up, remove your SIM and bring it back to the place you got it.