Is it possible to text from an iPod?

Episode 1233

John from Rosemead, CA

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.

How can I use my camera and not stop listening to music or podcasts?

Episode 1230

Jim from Lakewood, CO
Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

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.

Why won't my computer boot up?

Gail from Huntington Beach, CA

Episode 1226

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.

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

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.