Apps

Why can't YouTube play at better resolution on my PS3?

Dave from Venice Beach, CA

Episode 1173

Dave wants to know why he can't watch YouTube in larger resolutions through the PS3. He only gets 240. Leo says that's ugly. The issue could be bandwidth. But what Dave may want to do is use the app, and not the browser. You can download the YouTube App from the Sony Playstation store. That will always do better than the browser.

Meerkat Streaming App Takes Over SXSW

Episode 1169

Meerkat

Both Twitter and Foursquare became huge after debuting at SXSW in Austin, TX, and this year the popular app is Meerkat for iOS. This app allows you to stream live video instantly, and automatically tweets when you start streaming. Then people can comment on the live stream which also go to Twitter, and you can see everyone that's watching. The app has a "Snapchat" quality to it because the video can't be saved anywhere except the streamer's phone.

Why can't I change the font in Facebook?

Shane from Defiance, OH

Episode 1166

Shane is frustrated because he can't change the font on Facebook in his phone. Leo says that's just how Facebook is. An app doesn't have to honor the accessibility settings of the phone, and Facebook has forgotten that a large segment of the population needs a larger font. But fortunately, the accessibility settings allow him to at least magnify the screen. Facebook also has an alternative app called Paper that may have better settings.

Is there a home automation app for paralyzed people?

Paul from Daytona Beach, FL

Episode 1164

Paul has a friend who is paralyzed with ALS and has to use an eyetracker to do things. Is there anything that can be used in Windows to do every day tasks? Leo says that the chatroom recommends Insteon, it has an Home Automation Windows Phone app. But Leo recommends looking into a local non profit for adaptive living. They would be more adept at what's the current state of the art. Pluem. Home Seer.

If you'd like to help there's a GoFundMe page ... check out HelpAnnette.com.

What's the best app for tasks and calendars?

Patrick from Santa Monica, CA

Episode 1159

Patrick needs to get a new smartphone for his e-commerce business. He uses email with Roundcube. Leo says that Roundcube is IMAP and it'll work with any mail account. Leo recommends having GMail go get his Roundcube mail and then use Google Calendar, Tasks, and other services with it. Leo says he should avoid Outlook. It's old and the UI is terrible. Google Apps is the best option across the board. It's very low cost and works everywhere.

For task apps, Leo recommends a few options:

Is there an app that helps me with snoring?

Ed from Valencia, CA

Episode 1157

Ed has a problem with snoring and wants to know if there's an app that can help him. Leo says if he has an Android phone, Sleep as Android will actually monitor his sleep patterns and record his snoring. This can help him discover whether or not he's snoring. There's also a grid that will show him how much he is snoring and when. It'll even record him talking in his sleep.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1153

Dick DeBartolo

Dickie D is back with the Pet Cube. It's a device that allows you to play with your dog over the Internet. It allows owners to watch, talk, and play with their pet from their smartphone thanks to a built in wide-angle (138º) camera along with real time HD video. You can also talk to your pet as the camera has a built-in microphone and speaker. And you can control a laser pointer so you can move it around via remote and play with them through the Petcube mobile app on your smartphone. It's available for Android and iOS. You can also take pictures with it. $199.00.