Does a Mac need antivirus software?

Episode 1011

Julie from Carson, CA

Julie recently got her first iMac and wants to know if she should get Eset's Cyber Security software. Leo says that Macs are far safer than PCs because they are active in blocking malware as it happens. Also, their smaller market share means Mac users aren't as much of a target. Leo says the greater threat is her behavior. No antivirus program can protect her from herself if she allows it to get through.

Apple to Announce New iPhone on September 10

Episode 1011

Apple will be announcing a new iPhone at an event on the Apple Campus in Cupertino on Tuesday. It's going to be a cozy event, though, because the auditorium at One Infinite Loop only holds about 120 people. Leo is guessing it'll be called the iPhone 5S, it will be available in black, white, and champagne, it'll have a fingerprint reader and an upgraded camera. There will also be an iPhone 5C with colors and a plastic back, without a fingerprint reader, and will sell at a lower cost.

Will I be able to buy a new iPad in September?

Boris from New York, NY

Episode 1010

Boris sold his iPad in preparation for the next iPad coming out in September. Leo says there's no guarantee that a new iPad will be out in September, though. It's unclear. Leo says that Boris looking at the Google Nexus 7 is a good idea. It has a better screen, and is only $229. But what about his apps? Leo says that most of the apps available on the iPad have counterparts on Google Play, and it wouldn't cost much to replace them.

Secure Your Smartphone

Securing your smartphone is simple, quick, and very important in the event that it gets left behind somewhere or stolen.

The first thing you can do is put a friend or spouse’s phone number on the lock screen of your Android or iOS device. Create an image with a simple message such as “If lost, please return to Me (212)-555-1212.” Then set that image as the lock screen. If your phone lands in the hands of a good samaritan, this will help them get the phone back to you.

Securing an iOS device

New Jobs Movie: Thumbs Up or Down?

Episode 1005

Jobs vs Kutcher

Leo saw the new Jobs movie Thursday night with only 7 other people in the theater, and five were in his party. He said the acting wasn't so great, particularly Ashton Kutcher. Woz was nicer, and while the acting was fine, it was inaccurate in its portrayal of factual depictions. Leo also said he felt bad for how characters around Steve Jobs were portrayed. "I've never been in a movie that made me both angry and bored" says Leo.

Leo says the only thing that Kutcher has going for him is that he looks similar to Jobs with the beard, but that's about it.

What should I get for my first smartphone?

Episode 1004

Jennifer from Laguna Nigel, CA

Jennifer doesn't have a smartphone, yet she's paying $80 a month! Leo suggests going to Verizon and getting a cheaper plan. Jennifer is due for a new phone though, so she's considering upgrading to a smartphone. She's never been an Apple user, having only used Windows on her computer. She's wondering if Android would be better for her, but there are so many options. There always seems to be something new. She's a professor at a community college and she doesn't want to look too "uncool." So she needs to get up to speed.

Rumors Suggesting 'iPhone 5S' and 'iPhone 5C'

Episode 1003

iPhone colors

As we get towards fall, rumors are flying about when Apple will announce the next generation iPhone. The two rumored iPhones will be the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C will be available in a variety of colors, according to reports, and will be lower in cost. Leo says we won't see a lot of hardware advancements as we are on the 'tock' of the 'tick-tock' cycle. We will see the obvious software refinements that we have already learned from the iOS7 announcement a few months back.