Audience Questions

Audience QuestionsHour 1

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Watch Lillian (Doctor Mom) from New York, NY Comments

Doctor Mom is trying to decide what fitness band would be best to use with her smartphone. She ended up with the Samsung Gear Fit with the curved LED screen, which Leo says is the most attractive, but Dr. Mom says is the most inaccurate. She said that pedometers were at least 10% off. She also says the heartbeat sensor didn't work as well because of too much movement or sweat getting in the way of the readings. Leo says that she could at least get a baseline for your heart rate with it. But Dr. Mom says she can get that by taking her own pulse, and thinks that she's much better off with an old school pedometer. At least Samsung is constantly updating the firmware, so it could get better. Lillian says she's going to keep it because it gives her a remote capability on her smartphone.

Leo says that wearable technology is at the same place that smartphones were before the iPhone came out. They did some of what they promised to do, but it wasn't satisfying. So it means that we just haven't seen the right device yet, and we're waiting for Apple's iWatch to tell the tale. Will it happen? We'll see.

Watch Avery from Tecumseh, MI Comments

Avery has been using SquareSpace for his podcast. Leo says that the best thing for every person interested in podcasting and blogging is a website. And use social media to get others to link to him. That's how he can get the word out, and that's how people will find his site when they search for him. Check it out at AveryMiller.org

Avery wants to know about Google's Project Ara. Leo says that is Google's "blue sky" edition and it's a modular phone concept. Leo says it's interesting because users will be able to custom fit their own smartphone based on what they need. Leo says he doesn't want a phone that will come apart in his pocket, though, and most current phones do what he wants them to do.

Watch Avery from Tecumseh, MI Comments

Avery also wants to learn to be a HAM Radio operator. Leo says that's a great pursuit for a 12 year old like Avery. He'll learn a lot about electronics with his first license (technician). Gordon West has a great site called the Gordon West Radio School, which will give him tons of resources for learning, including a book he can get to learn from. He can also give a listen to TWiT's HAM Nation netcast, which Gordon cohosts. It's not hard since he wouldn't have to learn morse code anymore.

Watch Sean from Durango, CO Comments

Sean is interested in getting a wireless 5.1 surround sound system. Leo says he understands the desire to get rid of wires, but they often don't work as well due to interference in the audio spectrum. It's also why he hired someone to wire his house and put them inside the walls. Wireless left/right and center speakers are OK because they're usually not that far away from each other. But surround is usually farther away.

Scott Wilkinson recommends the Pioneer Surround Sound system designed by Andrew Jones (SP-PK52FS) for $549. It includes standing speakers and bookshelf speakers. But they're not wireless in the back. It's a great price though.

Polk makes a great wireless setup as well, called the F/X Surround Sound system, for about $200.

Watch Bob from Walnut Creek, CA Comments

Leo thinks this could be the best answer to the open internet issue with the FCC. If communities create their own internet, it ends the conversation because it is a municipal utility like water or electricity. One way communities could make this financially viable is to ask commercial providers to provide service on top of their infrastructure. It could also encourage competition among providers. It's a great idea, but it's hard to convince municipalities to do it.

Communities have a deal with the cable company, where the community gives the company a franchise for a certain amount of time, and that time period in many places is running out. So it makes sense for these places to look for alternatives. It's very difficult to get local governments to do this. It's a scary thing for them to do, and it would rely on politicians making unpopular decisions such as using eminent domain to take over existing internet plants.

Leo suggests starting with muninetworks.org. It is exactly about how to get a community network created. There are resources for every business and every town to do this. It talks about other municipalities who have done this successfully, which is important to show to his local municipality.

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Sam from New York, NY Comments

Sam wants to know if he has to be on all social media sites or just a select few, and what are the best sites to be on? Leo says he'll want to go where his customers are, but at the very least, he should have a brochure website to drive his customers to. Leo also has different feeds for his content, for his show, and his links. But that takes some juggling.

Look at T-Mobile -- they have a lot of accounts, and that can be puzzling to customers. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ is great for photography. Pinterest is another he should consider. What about Vine? Kids like Vine, but unless he's doing video, it's not the best.

It all starts with a personal website that he owns, though.

Watch Jeff from Seattle, WA Comments

Rick discovered that his Windows smartphone connects to Wi-Fi without his permission and he believes his microsoft ID was compromised by a hacker. Leo says that somewhere in the settings there could be a feature that logs him in wherever he goes. It also could be a carrier feature. AT&T phones will connect automatically when they see an AT&T sponsored Wi-Fi site, which can be frustrating. Windows Phones have an option to turn it off though in settings.

Leo doesn't think his ID was compromised to just get email wirelessly. So there has to be another issue, like SSL. If he thinks it has been compromised, then he should change the password. Turn on second factor authentication, so if anyone tries to hijack his ID, he will be informed ahead of time and can prevent it.

Watch Jay from Malvane, KS Comments

Jay wants to know if a Chromebook is a good option for kids. Leo says absolutely. Great for school work because Google docs is all online. But will it be good for a college student or should he get a low spec MacBook Air? Leo says he can get great deals for students with 10% off, plus Apple just dropped the price $100. So a MacBook Air is ideal for a college student.

Chromebooks are getting better and better, though. We are now doing a lot of things online, and there are Chrome extensions for almost everything. But what about iTunes? Leo says he can upload everything to Google Music and then just stream from the Chrome browser. The new Chromebook 2's will be coming out soon and they're very nice. Leo says that Chromebooks are great for education. They're secure and if something goes wrong, it's easy to "powerwash" it, which restores it back to factory settings.

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch David from Leavenworth, KS Comments

David got a Motorola Moto X and wants to be sure that when he's home, he's using Wi-Fi and not his cellular data. Leo says that if the Wi-Fi "volcano" icon is displayed, he'll always be using Wi-Fi instead of cellular data. The phone is designed to always prefer Wi-Fi. But sometimes he may end up using Cellular. It's so infrequent, that it won't affect him.

The Moto X has great voice features, called Motorola Assist, to read and send text messages hands free, and will automatically tell callers when he's driving. It's a great feature. It's a perfect first smartphone.

Watch Mike from Fountain, CO Comments

Dave is about to buy Carbonite and SpinRite. But he's finding that with his older Intel Core 2 PC, he can't transcode video and use Carbonite at the same time. Carbonite took over and left him powerless to do anything.

Leo says that Carbonite is designed to not get in the way of other processes and will only use a fraction of the total bandwidth. It's not unusual for a processor to go to 100% while transcoding, though. Carbonite is designed to be the lowest priority, so it should be stepping out of the way when more processor intensive tasks are happening.

(Disclaimer: Carbonite is a sponsor)

Watch Bob from Walnut Creek, CA Comments

Leo says that a security guru would say that under no circumstances should he use a public Wi-Fi network unless all traffic on that network is encrypted, and the best way to do that is with a VPN. It encrypts all the traffic coming from a phone or computer all the way to a VPN server, which could be something he runs in his home, or a provider runs for him. At some point, everything he does is on the public internet, but at least his traffic wouldn't be broadcast to the entire coffee shop.

ProXPN, a sponsor of the show, is a great service for this for $5-$10 a month. He could also buy a VPN server to run out of his house, but it is tricky and could violate his ISP's terms of service. Leo is just careful what he does in public, but he doesn't use encryption. Leo wants to consider cost and convenience as well. If he's using email, he should make sure his email provider has encrypted email access. This would be https, and if he's using gmail, Yahoo Mail, or Outlook Mail, it will use this. If he's using an internet service provider's email, he should ask them if it's encrypted.

As far as surfing the web, if he's using Amazon or a bank, that traffic will be encrypted as well. Leo says the biggest thing is to make sure his email is protected.