iPhone

Is there a good wireless microphone I can get for recording audio on my phone?

Paul from San Diego, CA

Episode 1075

Paul also wants to know if there's a wireless microphone option for a phone. Leo says to give up on that. They're too expensive for a good wireless lapel mic. Leo says a directional shotgun mic is a good option. He likes the Apogee MiC. It can record via USB to a laptop, but also straight to an iPhone or iPad.

Facebook's Mobile App Now Shares Your Location with Friends

Episode 1075

Facebook recently introduced a location sharing feature in its mobile app where it tells your friends where you are at all times, and allows you to see your friend's location. It also will notify you if you're near one of your Facebook friends.

Facebook ‘Nearby Friends’ Will Track Your Location History To Target You With Ads (TechCrunch)…
http://techcrunch.com/2014/04/18/facebook-location-advertising/

Could I replace my set top cable box with something else that's less expensive?

Paul from San Diego, CA

Episode 1075

Paul wants to cut the cord as he's tired of his cable bills getting higher and higher. Can he replace the set top box and save a little money? Leo says that he recently bought a TIVO that can take a "cable card." This is a card that can plug into the DVR. The cable company is supposed to support it by law, but they aren't very helpful in getting it because that set top box is a big revenue stream. So he needs to know if he can get one from his cable company. Leo says to go down to the cable store and get face to face with them about it.

What's the best video camera for a kid?

Episode 1074

Jenny from Cypress, CA
Olympus TG-2

Jenny's daughter wants a video camera, what should she get? Leo says that since Jenny's daughter has an iPhone, she already has a great camera there. Camcorders are dying. So Leo recommends getting a point and shoot camera with a good zoom. They shoot great HD video these days.

Leo likes the Olympus TG-2. It's a tough camera that's both dust proof and water proof.

What's the best photo printing service for iPhone pictures?

Randy from Hermosa Beach, CA

Episode 1074

Randy is an amateur photographer and he's got a few great images on his iPhone that he wants to blow up larger than a poster. Leo says that a camera phone only has so much data, so it may not look great blown up. 14x19 is probably the sweet spot. The larger he goes, the more defects he'll see in the image. Apple's own photo service is very good, so Leo recommends using that.

What should I get for my first smartphone?

RJ from California

Episode 1067

RJ is looking to upgrade to his first smartphone. He has an old Apple Computer running Snow Leopard. Leo says that since RJ is in the Apple universe, the iPhone is probably the best option. It's certainly the most popular for Mac users. But for someone who has never used a smartphone, a Windows 8 phone is also a great option. It doesn't have as many apps, but as someone just starting out, he won't miss them. Nokia makes the best ones. Android may be a bit too much for a beginner, but that's the third option.

Apple Releases iOS 7.1 Update

Episode 1066

Apple has released iOS 7.1 for iPhone and iPad, and Leo says users should run, not walk, to install it. It solves a lot of problems that have creeped up. It does seem to have battery problems, however. Leo advises resetting the iPhone after you update it, that should clear out the "cruft" and get it back to it's usual battery life. Leo advises going to Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. Don't choose the "Erase All Content and Settings," as that will erase all data as well.