Apple

Unlocking Your Phone Is Now Legal Again

Episode 1105

Unlock

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)
http://boingboing.net/2014/08/01/its-totally-legal-to-unlock.html

What's a good budget tablet for me?

Sondra from San Diego, CA

Episode 1105

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.

Apple Allowing 1 Million Users Beta Test OS X Yosemite

Episode 1104

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.

Sign up for the Apple OS X Yosemite Beta here.

What silent computer would be best for voice-over work?

Episode 1103

Mitch from Burbank, CA
Apple iMac

Mitch does voice-over work and still uses a 2004 Power Mac G5. But the fan is so loud. So he's looking to get a new Mac Pro. Leo says that although it has a big fan, it's extremely silent thanks to it's central core design. But if he doesn't really need a lot of horsepower, the Mac Mini is very quiet as well. An iMac would also work great. That's what Leo would be looking at. It would be about $1200-1500.

Why can't I charge my iPad with my Mac Mini?

Episode 1103

John from Murrieta, CA
Apple Mac Mini

John has a Mac Mini with a USB hub, but he can't charge his iPad with it. Leo says that the iPad requires 10 watts to power and re-charge it. Standard USB ports have about 5 volts, but the amperage varies. Apple broke the standard for charging with the iPad. The older ports won't charge iPads because they don't get 10w or power. Apple's own chargers work fine, and if he has a late model iPad Air, he should be able to. But for now, get an 11w charger and that'll do the job.