Apps

How can I get the password field on my phone to show letters instead of dots?

Laxman from Ft. Defiance, AZ

Episode 1212

Laxman is annoyed that when he logs into his phone, he gets "dots" instead of the password itself. How can he change that so he can see the password? Leo says the idea is to stop people from looking over his shoulder and seeing his password as he types it. But Leo says that he should have the option of not having that. The security merits of it are dubious. The dots also show the first letter briefly, and people could easily record the password as its typed on the keyboard. Sadly, unless his app gives him the ability to see it, he's stuck with the dots.

How can I prevent from being ripped off when hiring a coder?

Episode 1210

Angelo from Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Code

Angelo feels like he's being ripped off after hiring a devloper for an app. All he got was a step by step on how to create it, and not the app itself. Leo says that may be the first step - a paper mockup of what the app will be and how it works. It's called a "functional specification." But if they want more money for that, it may be time to look elsewhere. The hard thing is, when just starting out, you don't know what to look for in an app developer.

Why does my cell signal drop out while streaming?

Travis from Pullman, WA

Episode 1201

Travis listens to music via the Tune-In radio app. But he's been trying out a new app that is centric to his favorite radio show and his cell connection dies. Leo says this isn't unusual with personal apps. It's likely just bad programming. Bugs happen and it helps to enlist people who do software as their primary job. A radio DJ is great at radio, while a programmer has the edge with making apps. Another issue, however, is that the cell provider provides data to him in "bursts" and if the app can't handle that, then it will have issues.

How can I change my iPhone's keyboard to alphabetic type?

Episode 1196

Guy from Ventura, CA
KidsKeyboard

Guy wants to change his keyboard to an ABCDEF type keyboard. Leo says that's not a good idea because QWERTY is the standard everywhere. But Leo can see why it would be beneficial from an accessibility point of view.

There is a site called AppleVis which talks about an ABCDEF keyboard for iOS devices and Apple just opened up iOS8 for third party keyboards. So it's only a matter of time before someone writes one.

How do I download my photos from Google Photos?

Walter from Huntington, WV

Episode 1194

Walter has used the new Google Photos app and he wants to know how to download photos from it. Leo says it's not immediately obvious, but in the share photo feature of the app, there's an option to save it to camera roll. It's in the lower left of the iOS app. Walter can also select multiple images and save them in the same manner. If he doesn't see it, then he's probably not given the app permission to have access to his photos. So go into the settings and enable that. Then it should allow him to save to the camera roll.