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Episode 1048 January 12, 2014

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Audience QuestionsHour 1

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Watch Jim from Walnut Creek, CA Comments

Jim is an amateur photographer who reviews his pictures on the camera to delete the ones he doesn't like. For Christmas, he got an iPad Mini, and would like to preview the images on his camera card. Leo says that the iPad Mini doesn't have a set file system like that. Jim understood that and returned it. Leo says Jim didn't have to do that, he could've gotten the camera connection kit which would allow him to plug in an SD card.

If Jim doesn't want to do that, Leo advises a "photo wallet," which is a hard drive with an LCD screen and card reader. It would allow Jim to review the images, back them up and delete the ones he doesn't like. And that's important to do because that SD could fail. Leo really liked the Epson P7000, but it's been discontinued. So a tablet with an SD card reader would probably be what Jim wants.

Leo says that a Samsung Galaxy Note or the Nexus 7 is an option. If he decides on the Nexus 7, he'll need a USB OTG cable. He'll also need to shoot in RAW + JPG, because none of the tablets will work with RAW files. He could also look into Windows Tablets. The Android HD screens have really accurate colors, too.

Another solution involves getting a new camera with Wi-Fi built in. This means he could run an application on a tablet or smartphone, and then he can control the camera from the tablet and review photos from there too.

Watch Chris from Culver City, CA Comments

A few years back, Chris bought a FloTV, which took CES by storm with the potential of mobile television. It eventually died, but he made a few hundred off it when they closed the business. Now Chris wants to know if there's anything he could use it for. Leo says not really. There isn't anything on the net, at least. But at least Chris got a few months of use and even made some cash on it! Leo says that's why you should take emerging technologies at CES with a grain of salt.

Watch Bill from Jacksonville, FL Comments

Bill uses Dragon Naturally Speaking. Leo says that Dragon is the king of speech to text and does a decent job transcribing what you say, but it's not perfect. Leo says that it'll get about 1 in 15 wrong, so he'll have to stop and correct it, which is kind of a speed bump. People with carpel tunnel use it all the time, though.

The different versions of Dragon Naturally Speaking are for custom dictionaries. The engine is basically the same. It will save him a lot of time though. Speech to text is a very hard thing to do, and he'll have to tell it how to punctuate. It also has trouble with homonyms. But it is getting better.

So what version of Dragon should he get? Leo says to go with the $200 version of Dragon Dictate.

Watch David from Los Angeles, CA Comments

Chris uses Carbonite and wants to know if there's a better email program than Outlook. He also wants to know if that would make it better for backing up. Leo says that Outlook puts everything in one giant .pst file, but Mozilla Thunderbird breaks it out into individual files. Carbonite or any backup company just will backup whatever files he has, it won't care what program he's using. It's up to him to have it backup the right files. So as long as he backs up his Thunderbird Profile, he should be OK.

(Disclaimer: Carbonite is a sponsor).

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Joe from North Hollywood, CA Comments

Joe wants to know the difference between a TV and a monitor. Leo says a TV has a lower resolution and a tuner, whereas a monitor has higher resolution. A TV isn't designed to be as crisp because the viewer will be farther from it. A monitor is designed for up close viewing while working on a computer.

Joe also wants to know why we haven't gotten a holographic TV yet. Leo says to hang in there because it's probably coming. 3D TV is on the verge of glasses free technology that was founded by Michael Faraday 150 years ago, but was never perfected. It's called Light Field technology, and it sends different images into your eye. Once that comes into fruition, we'll be that much closer to holographic TVs too.

Watch Augustine from Long Beach, CA Comments

Augustine and his wife are trying to decide between the MacBook Pro or the MacBook Air. Leo owns both and he says the Retina screen in the MacBook Pro is stunning, but the MacBook Air has incredible battery life. Do they come with optical drives anymore? Leo says there's only one, older model MacBook Pro left with the optical drive in it because physical media is dead. They could always get an external SuperDrive, though.

Watch Corey from Albert Lee, MN Comments

Corey's girlfriend has a MacBook Pro and wants to get a new Windows laptop for school. Leo says that she doesn't have to get a new laptop, the Mac makes a great Windows computer using Bootcamp. If she doesn't want to do that, she could get a Microsoft Surface Pro and keyboard.

The Nokia 2520 is a really sweet Windows tablet, and she could add a Bluetooth keyboard to it and make it into a laptop with a full copy of Microsoft Office. She may still be able to get the keyboard cover for free through Verizon.

Leo says that the Lenovo Carbon X-1 with Windows 8.1 is probably the best Windows machine out there right now, though.

What about 100w LED lights. Will they be coming? Leo says not so far. 60w seems to be the sweet spot, and it may be the heat issue that's preventing those from coming to market now.

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch John from Oak Park, CA Comments

John takes music lessons on the internet to play the harmonica. The teacher uses Adobe's Meeting, but he has extreme latency issues. Leo says it could be hardware, but more likely it's the ISP's data flow rate with Adobe. It's causing a delay from Adobe to John and back. Leo suggests doing PingTest.net to see what the latency is. If it looks good, then the problem is with Adobe.

Adobe has a technote here which may help troubleshoot it.

Watch Benny from Pasadena, CA Comments

Benny is looking at a tablet to replace his old laptop. Leo says that the Google Nexus 7 is a great tablet, but it's not Windows and he won't be able to use MS Office. He could use Google Docs instead, which is not bad for basic use.

There are inexpensive Windows tablets like the Dell Venue 8 Pro for about $230. If he's looking to replace a Windows machine, that may be a better choice.

Watch Thomas from Vancouver, BC CAN Comments

Thomas wants to host a Minecraft server for his friends. Is port forwarding secure? Port forwarding is where you tell the router to send traffic coming in from a specific port to a certain machine. This limits a little bit of the potential damage from opening up a server to the outside world, but it will ultimately depend on that Minecraft server to be secure. It's important that Thomas keeps his Minecraft server secure and up to date. If someone can figure out how to get around his network via the server, he could infect his network.

Leo recommends running the Windows firewall on all of his other machines inside the network, since that will isolate them from the Minecraft server. The biggest job here is keeping the Minecraft server secure though.

Watch Robin from North Hills, CA Comments

Robin is looking to cut the cable and wants to use an over-the-air antenna to get live TV. Leo says that if she can get reception, then an antenna can take over for the satellite and she'll end up with a very nice, and more uncompressed HD broadcast. Leo advises going to AntennaWeb.org and see what she can get in her area based on her address. It'll also recommend the best antenna for her area.

Robin is also wondering what DVR she could use for it. Leo says a TIVO is a good option. Go over to WeakKnees.com. She'll still be paying someone for TIVO, though.

Watch Georgeanne from Upland, CA Comments

Georgeanne is worried that when Microsoft stops supporting Windows XP, will she be able to install and use Windows 8 on her old computer? Leo says support for Windows XP will end April 8th. At that point, she won't even get important security updates. Microsoft's attitude is that very few older computers running XP will run Windows 8.1. She could run the Windows upgrade assistant, but it's unlikely.

If she doesn't need to use the computer on the internet, the computer will still be OK to use. But it may just be time to get a new PC. She already got ten good years out of it, and computers are cheaper today. She can still get a Windows 7 machine, which will be much more like XP. She could check with Dell.

Watch Ashley from Northridge, CA Comments

Ashley wants a tablet that has the OS of a computer, but still lets her talk on a phone. All in one. Leo says any tablet can work with an internet telephony app. Leo says that will work until it actually happens. But a giant Windows tablet phone? No.