Pete was having trouble with his Apple bluetooth keyboard waking itself up. It used up his 10 password attempts on his iPad, and has now locked him out. Unfortunately, the only choices he has is to erase the data, lock it, or just turn it off. If the data has been erased, he can restore it through iTunes via a backup.
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.
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.
Rami wants to connect two devices with his smartphone. Leo says most modern smartphones can do that. But in bluetooth, some devices don't play well together. And when it comes to speakers, he can only connect to one speaker at a time.
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.
Joe bought a Galaxy Mega from Metro PCS, but it's gotten really slow. Leo says do a complete reset of the phone, turn off anything that's running in the background and he should have it running fast again.
The Giz Wiz is back with a new gadget. This week, it's the Boomerang Mini. It's a smartphone stand with stereo bluetooth speakers. You unfold it, and your smart phone slides into it. You then pair the stereo speakers to the phone. It sounds pretty decent for their size. The price is $59.99. They also offer the Boomerang, which allows you to do the same for your tablet.
Mike is getting his first smartphone and wants to know what he should get. Leo says that for a first timer, iPhones are popular, but it's not necessarily the best choice. Leo says that a Windows Phone is a good option because it's very easy to use. It doesn't have all the apps, but it has everything a beginner needs.
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 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)…