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Is Google Now violating my privacy?

Episode 1069

Neil from Sulfur, OK
Motorola Moto X

Neil got the Motorola Moto X and he loves it. Leo says that from a functional point of view, it's a great phone. The voice controls are great. Neil says that the Google Now's capability of always listening freaks him out, though. Leo says that there's no worry about that. It's very passive. It's not sending what he's saying up to the server, that would be crazy. It just listens for him to say "OK Google Now." When it gets that, it knows to wake up.

How can I encrypt my data on Google Drive?

Trevor from Richmond, CA

Episode 1069

Trevor signed up for additional storage on Google Drive and wants to encrypt his data. Leo says that a lot of the value of Google drive is lost if he encrypts it. But many people are concerned with hackers and the NSA seeing everything. Leo says that encryption is a good way to give him peace of mind. TrueCrypt is a free program that allows him to scramble any file and then move it to Google Drive. It will be unreadable to everyone, as long as he uses a good strong password.

Google Announces Android Wear, an Operating System for Wearable Devices

Episode 1067

Google announced Android Wear this week; an operating system for wearable devices. Already Motorola and LG have announced watches based on Android Wear, and one of the watches is actually round in shape.

Google announces Android Wear, a Nexus-like platform for wearables (Engadget)…
http://www.engadget.com/2014/03/18/google-android-wear/

How can I sync my Android without Google getting the data?

Episode 1067

Vlad from California
Samsung Galaxy S4

Vlad wants to know if there's anything he can do to get his data on his computer and print a hard copy of it. Leo says that Vlad should use Google to sync everything. That way he'll have a copy of it everywhere: on his phone, online, and on the desktop. Google will sync it seamlessly, and it's by far the easiest way to do it. But Vlad doesn't want to give Google all that information. Leo says that using the S4 gives Google everything anyway, as does Vlad's ISP, so it's a moot point.

Get Offline Maps on Your Device

When using GPS with a phone or tablet, many of the popular map apps download the map data as you go. This means it’s necessary to have a data connection while traveling. If you’re going to be traveling through an area without data coverage, or if you want to use a device that doesn’t have a data plan, you will need to make sure your maps are stored locally on that device first.

How can I sync Google with Windows Exchange?

Kelsey from London, England

Episode 1066

Kelsey is vision impaired and uses the accessibility settings in both iPhone and Windows 7. Leo says that Apple has done a great job on that in its iOS.

Kelsey is having trouble syncing Gmail with Exchange. Microsoft blames Google, but Google says that Microsoft doesn't even support exchange anymore. The chatroom offers this technote from Microsoft - http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/use-google-windows-8-rt.

Google Sells Motorola, Gets Out of Mobile Phone Business

Episode 1054

Only a year after buying it, Google has sold Motorola to Lenovo. While Google is keeping all the patents, it is believed they are losing quite a bit by selling it. This move indicates that Google believes it can make more money from Android alone, rather than making phones themselves. This also means they may have made a deal with handset makers like Samsung to provide a pure Google experience for their phones.

Will I continue to get Android updates with Lenovo owning Motorola?

Episode 1053

Geoffrey from Baton Rouge, LA
Motorola Moto X

Geoffrey is concerned that he won't get the software updates in a timely fashion like with a pure Google phone now that Motorola won't be owned by Google anymore. Leo suspects there won't really be an issue. First, it'll take awhile to get approval from both the US and Chinese governments. On top of that, people were concerned about the ThinkPad under Lenovo, and that is now the best laptop in the business.