We're expecting an announcement of the new Moto X Android phone and Android Wear watch from Motorola on September 4. The new Motorola X will probably have a bigger screen, at 5 inches, and should have a better camera and higher resolution display. Like the first Moto X, it will likely run mostly stock Android with a few useful additions, like the ability to just talk to the phone to wake it up at any time. It knows when you're awake, sleeping, in a meeting, or driving automatically and will adjust its settings accordingly.
Our memory may be negatively impacted by the instant access of information online. The authors pose one simple example: Ask yourself how many countries have flags with only one color. Regardless of the answer, was your first thought about flags? Or were you thinking about where you could find the answer? In the old days, you may have thought about all of the flags that exist and which ones have one color. Now, you may be thinking about your Google search term. This is called "transactive memory" and it's been going on long before the internet.
Doug is developing a website for his company and will be doing eCommerce. Has Leo heard of Magento? GoDaddy also says they can do it without a dedicated server. Leo says that there a lot of ways to skin that cat. Shopify, SquareSpace, and more. Leo's not a big GoDaddy fan because they use shared service with others and if one goes down, they all go down. So he doesn't like that.
Richard is having issues connecting to the Internet after cleaning out his computer. It's loaded with Windows XP and he can't download any browsers. Leo says that Microsoft stopped updating Windows XP and if he can't install something like Chrome, then there's a problem that worries Leo. He says he can go onto Google, but can't run Chrome, only Internet Explorer. Leo says that he can use XP online, but only if he's careful. Here are steps to protect yourself since Microsoft has stopped supporting XP:
Stephen is using an old 2003 version of Windows Office. Should he upgrade? Outlook has been running slow for him. Leo says he doesn't have to upgrade. It looks different, and there's more features in the new version, but it's not necessary. As long as it works, he can keep using it. One difference, though, is that Microsoft Outlook puts everything in one giant PST file. And when it gets too big, it can get corrupted. Turning on Archiving will help because it'll archive the old stuff and keep the Outlook file smaller. He can also reindex his outlook.pst file.
Mike has bought the new LG G3 Android phone. Leo says it's really interesting because it has an ultra HD display, which leaves the Apple Retina display in the dust. It also has a laser focus, 13 MP camera. The only thing Leo says is weird are the buttons on the back.
Tom hasn't had a cellphone in a few years and he's looking at getting the Samsung Galaxy S5. He also sees that it's waterproof. Is that true? Leo says no, it's not water "proof". It's water resistant.
Azar is an IT administrator and he's looking at getting a tablet for work. He has a Nexus 5 phone. Leo says that a Nexus 7 is a great companion for that. Azar says he can get a refurbished one for $100. Leo advises not doing that. It's likely the first generation and they had issues. Get the new version. It's worth spending the money on.
What about the Dell Venue Windows Tablet? Leo says the advantage to that is Microsoft Office. But if he can do everything he needs with the Android, why not?
Mike is thinking of getting his employees tablets rather than computers. Is that a good idea? Leo says that the Cloud is making it very easy to use just about any computer to do work because all the software is now going online. So what it comes down to is what tablet will work best for his business, and Leo says that Android tablets are very good.
Pete has never owned a computer and he's thinking about getting a tablet. His vision is starting to fail, so he's wondering if he would be able to make the text bigger on it. Leo says tablets can have their print set for any size, so that's not an issue. Any electronic device will do that.