iPhone

CVS and Rite Aid Block Apple Pay

Episode 1130

Apple Pay

Apple users were enraged that Rite Aid and CVS are blocking Apple Pay, and are even boycotting them. Both Rite Aid and CVS used to have "tap to pay" terminals, and they worked prior to the release of Apple Pay with Google Wallet. Even right after Apple Pay started, customers were able to use their iPhones at Rite Aid and CVS successfully. But now Rite Aid and CVS have disabled all "tap to pay" terminals, including both Apple Pay and Google Wallet in favor of its own rival payment system called CurrentC.

What phone would work best with Outlook and Google?

Episode 1130

Paula from Los Angeles, CA
Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Paula is thinking of switching from the Samsung Galaxy SIII to the iPhone 6 Plus. She uses Outlook, and was told it's not a problem to use with the iPhone. Leo says that syncing Outlook isn't really a good solution because Google killed the ability to sync with it. Since Paula is currently using Google Calendar and Contacts on Android, it would be best to just stick with that.

Why does the Wi-Fi drop out on my iPhone?

Episode 1129

Byron from Crystal Lake, IL
iPhone 6

Byron's internet radio cuts out when he's listening on his iPhone running iOS 8.1. Leo says that intermittent Wi-Fi has plagued iOS for years, and Leo says that the nature of the beast is to have drop outs. But since iOS 7 it's really been a big problem. Leo says that Apple must be doing something odd because it's a common complaint.

Wi-Fi can often be promiscuous and can jump from access point to access point, dropping the signal. It could be the metal cases causing the problem. Byron can reset or update the firmware of the router. That could help, but the fix is elusive.

Are there any good health tracking fitness bands?

Episode 1126

Tom from Warren, OH
Fitness bands

Tom likes that the M7 processor lets him track his steps. Leo says that's a great feature and all modern smartphones can now do it. These phones are as good and as bad as a Fitbit. There's limitations just like anything.

Is there anything decent for health tracking? Leo says that the dirty secret of fitness bands is that they're just pedometers. That's all. There's a lot of hype with them. But they do encourage people to take that extra step.

How do I update my iPhone without using Wi-Fi?

Episode 1125

Ronnie from Winnetka, CA
iPhone

Ronnie got a new iPhone 5 and it's requiring a Wi-Fi network to update. Leo says that it's likely Ronnie has Wi-Fi and her husband can connect it for her. She can also connect to her computer and use iTunes to update the phone as well.

Ronnie should go to the view menu of iTunes and enable "show sidebar." Then go to the "devices" section where her iPhone is listed and then check for update. But if she doesn't have Wi-Fi, then there's always public Wi-Fi at Starbucks, McDonalds, or a public library.

How can I help my mother read books with technology?

Episode 1122

Roy from Orange County, CA
iPad Air

Roy's old mother has been looking at an electronic magnifying device to look at documents and photos. She won't use a tablet, though. Leo says that's a shame because they're very useful and she could reset the type to any size she wants. Plus she just wants to read the books she has. Leo says that's understandable. Leo says there's a program called Big Magnify for the iPad and iPhone will allow her to read a book by magnifying the image with the photo app.

What's up with BendGate?

Episode 1122

Kenny from Temple, TX
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Kenny wants to know if the bend gate scandal with the iPhone 6 is legit. Leo says no, it's mostly hype. But by making a thin phone with a metal backing, it can bend. Consumer Reports says it takes up to 90 lbs of pressure to do that. And with a good strong case, it should be fine. There is a slight weak spot though at the bottom of the volume rocker, but that's true with all phones. In fact, the HTC One is even more bendable.

Are the apps the same on Android as on iPhone?

Episode 1119

Lou from Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Android

Lou is looking to get an Android phone, but he's concerned that it won't have the same apps as the iPhone. Leo says most apps are developed for both these days and Leo says that Lou should get his apps from the Google Play Store.

Will the transition from iPhone to Android be difficult? Leo says no, not at all. Most apps are identical in their experience.

How can I get my old email onto my new iPhone?

Episode 1120

Evan from San Diego, CA
Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Evan got an iPhone 6 and set up his Outlook account. However, the folders that he has set up appeared without the emails that were inside of them. Leo says that Outlook uses Exchange and it should get duplicated, but it could be stuck. He should try removing it and adding it again. It may also be that the older emails won't show up since the OS doesn't want to overwhelm the phone by downloading thousands of emails. There may be a setting in email that would allow him go to back and get the older email.