Justin Rosenstein, the man who created the Like button for Facebook, is now saying that it has become too addictive. He's blocked his own use of Reddit, Snapchat, and has imposed limits upon himself for Facebook. He even instructed his assistant to set up a parental-control feature to prevent him from downloading any apps. He fears a smartphone dystopia, and says that "our minds can be hijacked."
For those that like to make videos with a smartphone, then check out the Movo Smartphone Video Rig with a Stereo Microphone, Grip Handle, & Wrist Strap. (It's also available without the microphone kit for under $30.) This kit is designed to improve the production value of smartphone video by letting one add mics, lights, a tripod, etc. Perfect for live-streaming, vlogging, interviews, performances, etc. (There are three female 1/4" threads for mounting accessories and tripod.) Also an integrated cold shoe mount microphone & lights.
This week's gadget is the ONO $99 3D printer that uses your smartphone to act as the platform to print a 3D resin image. The smartphone is providing the visible light to harden the resin as it's printed. That means 3D objects can be created layer by layer using your smartphone’s screen as light source. A rough estimate of the maximum size of the 3-D build is 4.72" X 2.5" X 2".
Louie is thinking about getting the Motorola Moto Z Play. Leo says that it's an interesting concept where Motorola will be adding new features and modules over the next few years including upgraded speakers, better cameras, etc. It's a cool phone. The built-in camera isn't all that great, but it has a lot of promise.
Owning a smartphone can often be a balancing act of usage and power conservation. If you're noticing that your phone is draining a lot quicker than usual, however, there is a way you can easily find the culprit. iOS and Android both offer statistics on what apps are using up your battery.
Sheryl wants to replace her old Razr Maxx Android smartphone. What should she get? Leo says that if she's happy with Motorola, then she can stick with it. Leo recommends the Moto G4. It's between $150 and $200 and Leo says it's a fantastic upgrade. It's well made, and has a good camera. She should just get as much storage as she can.
Pat has been trying to find an application that will allow her to customize ringtones for her mobile phone. Leo says that Ringdroid will do it on her Android device. Or she can simply copy her music to the ringtone folder and it will allow her to select it from there. She doesn't need any software at all.
Leo says that for the first time in decades, driving fatalities are on the rise and the reason points to distracted driving as users of smartphones have their attentions divided. As such, California and other states are ratcheting up the fines for anyone who uses their smartphone while driving.
Tracy's phone crashed on her and she lost her data. She now has Google Photos, but she's noticed it's not backing up every photo. Leo says to check the backup and sync settings in the app. If she has "only backup on Wi-Fi" enabled, it will only backup when it's connected to Wi-Fi. Also, she should make sure that she's backing up from all her possible device folders. If she has unlimited data, she can enable backup while on cellular. She may also be turning off cellular to save bandwidth on some apps like Google Photos.
Von wants to know if the Panasonic Toughbook is legit. Leo says they're not only legit, they're MilSpec, which is the toughest standard there is. The tradeoff is that they're pretty heavy. One alternative is the Dell XPS. It's not nearly as durable as a toughbook, but it's a solid laptop. Just don't drive over it.