smartphones

Whats the best smartphone for someone who isn't interested in social networking?

Episode 1075

Pam from Hollywood, CA
Google Moto X

Pam has to get a new phone and she's really intimidated with the whole smartphone thing. She doesn't like apps, or the privacy issues. Leo says that smartphones are great for contact management, maps, pictures, and more. But that doesn't mean Pam needs to start drinking the Facebook kool-aid. Just don't install those apps.

Does it hurt to leave my phone plugged in after it's finished charging?

Tiff from Redding, PA

Episode 1075

Tiff wants to know if it hurts the phone to keep it plugged in after it's done charging. Leo says it actually doesn't hurt it at all. Cellphones use Lithium Ion batteries and there's a limited number of full charge cycles. Keeping it plugged in when it's not being used preserves and improves the lifetime of the battery. It also has circuitry that prevents overcharging.

What should I get for my first smart phone? (Part 1)

Episode 1071

James from Woodland Hills, CA
Motorola Moto X

James is going to get his first smartphone and is considering getting an older model like the Samsung Galaxy S3. But should he just move forward and go with the latest HTC One? He doesn't want an iPhone, though. Leo says that in general, it's not a good idea to go with an older model because he'll lose out on the latest innovations. However, with Samsung, things have gotten worse because Samsung has loaded it with programs that users can't get rid of, in addition to what the carrier puts on it. At least the Galaxy S3 didn't have so much of that nonsense.

How can I upload a video to YouTube from my phone?

Hammid from Danbury, CT

Episode 1060

Hammid made a video on his phone and wants to upload it to YouTube. Leo says it's never been easier to upload to YouTube. He just has to log into YouTube through the settings of his phone and then share it straight from the phone. Or, he could just connect to iTunes, get the video off it, and then upload it. YouTube also has an app to do this. Hammid could use the YouTube Capture app, which will shoot the video and upload it automatically.

Blackberry Posts $4.4 Billion Loss in Third Quarter, Inks Foxconn Deal

Episode 1042

Blackberry reported a $4.4 billion loss in the third quarter, as it struggles to stay relevant against makers Samsung, Apple, and Motorola. Since the Canadian government won't allow for Blackberry's phone division to be sold outside of Canada, Blackberry has made a deal with Foxconn to produce devices for the Asian markets.

BlackBerry Inks Foxconn Deal After Dismal Quarter (PCMag)…
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2428609,00.asp