Microsoft is expanding its store presence, and this week it announced it would be opening a Microsoft Store in Manhattan...just down the street from the Apple Cube store. Leo says it'll be a challenge for them to take on Apple since Apple stores make more profit than Tiffany's. But if it brings competition, Leo's all for it.
Jeff has a 3000' square foot house and has several Apple Airport Expresses to relay the signal from his Airport Extreme. Leo says that Jeff should have the Express in 'Bridging mode' and should let the Airport Extreme choose the channel because it will adjust according to congestion. Just select the option to extend the network and let it handle everything else.
It's now once again legal to unlock your phone. Many cellphone companies will actually unlock your phone if you're a customer in good standing for at least six months. Leo says there's many reasons to do this, like traveling overseas, where you can get a local SIM with a local data plan and avoid expensive international data roaming charges.
Cell phone unlocking bill signed into law by President Obama (Boing Boing)
Sondra needs two tablets. One for browsing and email for her husband, and one for more advanced options. Leo says that you have the choice of Windows, Android, and Apple's iOS. Leo says all three work just fine, but very careful about "deals" for under $100. That's a false economy because they're woefully underpowered. You're going to want to spend at least $250-300. Leo says that a detachable bluetooth keyboard will add another $100 to the price as well. So if you need that, you're looking at $400. Android is going to be the best option for that budget. The Google Nexus 10 16GB is $400.
With the US regulatory commission having approved the acquisition, Apple has officially absorbed Beats into it's corporate family. Meanwhile, rumor is that September 16th will be the official announcement date for the iPhone 6 and maybe some other cool stuff. Will we see the iWatch in time for Christmas?
Tom hasn't had a cellphone in a few years and he's looking at getting the Samsung Galaxy S5. He also sees that it's waterproof. Is that true? Leo says no, it's not water "proof". It's water resistant.
Microsoft pioneered public beta tests of operating systems, but once it expired, you would have to reinstall it. Apple gives away OS X, so there's been little incentive to get people to try it. Leo says that the new look of OS X is flat and the features are very good. Should you install it? It's safe to install, and it's very mature, but Leo's in no hurry.
Pete has never owned a computer and he's thinking about getting a tablet. His vision is starting to fail, so he's wondering if he would be able to make the text bigger on it. Leo says tablets can have their print set for any size, so that's not an issue. Any electronic device will do that.
For the first time in a long time, Apple has released a public beta of its next Mac operating system: OS X Yosemite.
OS X Yosemite public beta arrives (Macworld)…