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What's a good security camera for my porch?

Ring video doorbell

Episode 1552

George from Salina, KS

George needs security cameras for his house. Leo says that the Wyze Cam is a good one, but a doorbell cam will stop package thieves dead in their tracks. There are two kinds: the Nest or Ring camera. They connect to the same power source as his doorbell, and he can get connected with his mobile device. The he can interact with the person on camera. It'll also record to the cloud. But he would need Internet.

Why can't I access my gmail account?

Gmail

Episode 1549

Mike from Glendale, CA

Mike is having issues with Gmail, it says he doesn't have an account, but he does. Leo says that one thing to try is logging into his account with a different computer, or log into a different Google service, like Google Dashboard. If that works, then his account is active and alive. He can also have a friend send him an email, and if it bounces back to them, then his account has somehow been deactivated.

Alphabet's Life Sciences Company Verily Gives Up on Glucose Reading Contact Lenses

Eye

Episode 1542

Alphabet's life sciences company Verily has announced that it is discontinuing development on 'Smart Lens,' which promised the ability to read blood glucose levels using contact lenses. The company said that not only is this hard to do, but there's massive and potentially insurmountable technical and scientific problems with it.

Read more at blog.verily.com

How can I prevent Google from knowing everything about me?

Google

Episode 1541

Derek from Costa Mesa, CA

Derek has to create a Google account, but he wants to prevent Google from having his information. He tried to use an app to mask his phone, but it won't work. Can he use a burner phone? Leo says that he'll have to jump through a lot of hoops to prevent it, but it can be done. A burner phone will work. Then he can create a Google Voice number to use with that. Or he can just put the burner into his car for emergencies. But every time he searches, Google will know what he searched for, even when he's using a private window. The reality is, his phone carrier and ISP will know everything.

Can I download higher quality photos and videos by connecting over USB?

Google Pixel 3

Episode 1538

Garett from Chico, CA

Leo says yes, all Android phones can do this. He just needs to get a USB cable, either USB Type A or Type C depending on what his computer has. A Windows PC should be able to mount the phone as a drive, but he may need to get software for it if he's on Mac. He can look for "Android File Transfer Manager" which is a free program that allows the Mac to see the Android device.

Hands-on with the Pixel 3 XL

Google Pixel 3 XL

Episode 1533

Leo got the Google Pixel 3 XL smartphone this week and spent the day in San Francisco trying out the camera. Leo says he's impressed with the Pixel 3 camera and its photo features, including an impressive zoom. Google is using computational photography to do a lot of the things that a telephoto lens would do, and the results are remarkable. Users, though, are complaining about the deep "notch" on the top and the 'chin' at the bottom.