The latest version of Gmail's iOS app will not only support background app refresh, but also will provide for sign in across all Google apps. This means that once a user signs into gmail, he or she is automatically signed into all Google apps. This also works for signing out. This is leaving users up in arms over the fact that Google is even more intrusive in their daily mobile lives. Users are also complaining that the app refresh will eat up more battery power. In Europe, countries are investigating Google over privacy issues as a result.
John was using Microsoft's built in voice recognition to dictate in Word. He uses the Logitech G35 USB headset and it learned his voice fast. But it won't work at all with chat windows like Skype, or others. It just won't function at all. Leo says that some applications don't support it dictation. Leo suggests doing a test call on Skype to be sure he's getting a good connection. If he has a good connection and dictation still doesn't work in Skype chat, it may not be supported.
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.
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 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)…
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.
Derek has been having trouble with his browser not going into full screen, but he discovered that Google no longer supports XP and that prevents it. He found a plugin called FullScreen Anything in the Google Chrome extensions.
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.
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.