Apps

How can I download apps from Google Play onto my Amazon Fire tablet?

Episode 1509

Pete from San Gabriel, CA
Amazon Fire TV

Pete has an Amazon Fire tablet and he wants to know how he can get Android apps from Google Play. Leo says that Amazon's fire tablets don't come with Google Play — he'll have to use Amazon's own app store. It's possible to install the Play Store on the Fire tablet, but he'll have to turn off "only download settings in the play store" or "don't allow apps from unknown sources" option. It's in "settings and security" in the carousel.

Why does my iPhone screen go black when using Facebook?

Episode 1505

George from Victor, MT
Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

George has an iPhone 7 Plus and the screen goes black when he's in Facebook. Leo says that it's possible that his case could be squeezing the phone, causing it to shut down. Also, restarting the phone once a week will clear out any code that could cause problems.

Scooter X says that in iOS 9, there was an issue where Facebook would go dark. So George should make sure he's updated. While he's at it, he should just uninstall Facebook and download and reinstall the app. There could be a problem with Facebook. There was something similar happening a few years ago.

Can I run my phone apps on my computer?

Episode 1489

Linda from Quincy, IL
Android logo

Linda wants to know if she can run her Android apps on her Windows machine. Leo says that there is an emulator called BlueStacks which is supposed to give Windows users that functionality. But Leo's experience is that it isn't all that consistent. And Leo says this is something that people are starting to want, and why developers are being encouraged to create Progressive Web Apps that run in the cloud.

Google IO Kicks Off Busy Developer's Season

Episode 1485

Google I/O 2018

Google I/O kicks off a busy developer season this week. Followed by Microsoft's developer conference later this week, then Facebook's F8 and finishing up with Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June. Leo says that both Google and Microsoft will have a message on Progressive Web Apps. These are apps that will be web centric, with the idea that you can download pieces of the app that will operate off line, but with the rest of the work on a backend in the cloud. Leo says that it's no longer about the operating system.

How can I lock down my daughter's iPhone?

Episode 1482

Scott from Maine
OurPact block internet and apps

Scott got his daughter an iPhone 7 and he wants to know the best way to lock it down to protect her online activity. Leo says that there are parental controls built into the iPhone, but there are apps that really take it to a new level. He can block apps and features as well. He can even white list numbers that would allow calls while disallowing others. He should also look at what restrictions the carrier offers. There are kid friendly browsers. iBlacklist will filter calls and SMS.

Why does an app on my Apple TV keep coming back?

Episode 1475

Nathan from Canada
Apple TV

Nathan discovered a new app called CTV Global Go on his Apple TV that he can't get rid of. He keeps resetting his Apple TV to get rid of it and it keeps coming back. Leo says that it's possible his internet carrier is doing it, but that would be odd since the app is a competitor to Rogers Cable. His mobile carrier could do it. It's possible that if the app is on his iPad or iPhone, it could sync over. He should check settings on the Apple TV for syncing apps. He should disable that, then reset the Apple TV again.