Julian got the Google Nexus 4 pure Android smartphone, and he's ready for a new phone. Leo says that the HTC One is a better option, but it doesn't have removable batteries. He can tweak it for better battery life, though. The Samsung Galaxy SIV has removable batteries, but Leo's not much of a fan of the additional junk Samsung put on it, and the terrible camera.
Securing your smartphone is simple, quick, and very important in the event that it gets left behind somewhere or stolen.
The first thing you can do is put a friend or spouse’s phone number on the lock screen of your Android or iOS device. Create an image with a simple message such as “If lost, please return to Me (212)-555-1212.” Then set that image as the lock screen. If your phone lands in the hands of a good samaritan, this will help them get the phone back to you.
Securing an iOS device
Andy is a video editor who is creating a documentary about the first player to get a billion points on a video game. He wants to build his own website to advertise it. Should he go with SquareSpace? The problem he's having is that some of the links aren't working right and he hasn't published it just yet. Google is already indexing it, so people are seeing it before it's ready. Leo says that if there's nothing linking to it, then Google won't find it. So, Leo suggests going into the settings to see if there's a "don't index" option until he's ready.
David has a podcast and he's having a challenge getting the right download numbers from his RSS feed. Leo says that he uses Podtrac's free podcast counting tool which will enable him to count the number of times the podcast gets downloaded. He would just need to add a redirect so it goes though Podtrac to count it and deduplicate the times it's downloaded more than once from the same IP. Then he can get a free report. Google Analytics is also helpful.
Brian has had to replace his iPhone 5 five times and is thinking of switching to the Motorola Moto X. Leo says that the Moto X is a great introduction to the Android world because it's a pure Google Android experience without a lot over extras or overlays. The screen is roughly the same, though slightly larger, than the iPhone. It even has similar Siri functions with Google Now.
Jay is concerned that Google is turning over everyone's information. Leo says that there's no evidence of that. It wouldn't matter anyway because everything he does on the internet can be captured by the NSA anyway. ISPs keep everything as well. The browser doesn't stop anything.
Dennis wants to change his Google ID into a nickname. Leo says it's not possible to do it natively. There are some "name shorteners" that will let him do it, but it's far easier to just use a URL shortener like Bit.Ly. He should get his Google Plus link, copy it, and then go to Bit.Ly. He can input the link, give it his nickname, and that's it. Then he can give people that link.
There is another URL shortener designed to be used more with Google+: gplus.to.
Nicole has a cellphone and was running Google Voice. She wasn't too thrilled with it so she cancelled her Google Voice account, but it's still active and friends can't leave a voicemail now. Leo says that a setting in the carrier's voicemail settings will fix that. She should install the Google Voice app on her phone and then turn it off.
According to the chatroom - dialing *73 or *730 will turn off call forwarding. If that doesn't work, she can call her carrier and ask them to restore her regular voicemail.