John's niece just got an iPod Touch and she wants to message her parents who have Android phones. What are her options? Leo says that Apple has really screwed this up by not making iMessages apps for other platforms like Android. It's a great idea to save money, but Apple has forced users to use the same platform, and it's not possible to text an Android phone with it. That means that they'll have to use a third party messaging app. Leo likes Telegram.
Tom's wife has an Android phone and she started to have trouble with her Yahoo app. She can't log out of it. How does that work? Leo says that if she looks in the settings, at the bottom, she should have an option to sign out. Worst case scenario, she can delete the app and reinstall it.
Jim bought an Apple Watch and he uses it to control Leo's podcast. But he says that when he takes a picture on his phone, the podcast pauses. Leo says that Apple pauses the podcast when opening the camera because he may want to record video, and that requires the microphone. So anything playing in the background stops as a result. And using the iPhone 6s has the Live Photos video setting, which requires it.
Tom wants remove all of the preloaded AT&T apps off of his Motorola Moto G. Leo says the only way to do that is to root it, and that can be a hassle. One thing he can do without rooting is disable the apps in the app settings so they won't appear. They're still there, but he can essentially make them invisible.
Gail would like to listen to Leo's show live on her phone. How does she do that? Leo says it may be easier to just listen to it from the website directly. She can use the TWIT App in the Google Play store. Leo uses the one by FConn. Leo is having an official TWiT app made, so that'll be coming up soon. TuneIn is a great app for it, as is iHeartRadio.
George hates that his front facing camera has such terrible resolution. Leo says that's because there's enough space for two higher resolution cameras on the same phone. But that's changing since most images are being shot are selfies. So the front facing camera is getting better. But it's slow in adoption.
Tom took Leo's advice and got his mom a Chromebook, but she's still struggling with using it because of having to remember passwords. Leo says that some people just aren't wired for computers, especially older people, and it makes it harder to get comfortable with computers. It takes time.
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.
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.
When getting a new phone, it can be a hassle to reinstall all of the apps you were previously using on your old phone. There's a few ways to make this process much quicker and easier, though. First, with Android 5.0, you can transfer your data over Bluetooth and NFC. It's called "Tap & Go," and you can transfer content by simply tapping the old phone to the new one after selecting "Tap & Go."