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Episode 1197 June 20, 2015

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Audience QuestionsHour 1

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Watch Max from California Comments

Max isn't a fan of the Android Emoji's. He thinks they look hideous. How can he use the ones from the iPhone? Leo says that emoji's are very popular, and there actually is a standard based on unicode. Each OS draws that differently though.

Clinker has an app that has a keyboard with iOS emojis. But no one else will see them. Twitter has it's own version of emojis as well. Here's a thread on XDA Developers about this. The chatroom says SMS Messenger Pro is the answer. The challenging part, however, is that Max wants to keep using his Swiftkey keyboard.

Find a comparison of iOS and Android emojis at explodedsoda.com.

Watch Doug from Diamond Bar, CA Comments

Doug wants to know if he can use an HDMI splitter to divide his Slingbox with his Roku Box and control both. Leo says no because he won't be able to control them. Older Slingboxes have up to five HDMI ports in the back (the Slingbox 500 only has one), so if he has an older Slingbox, he could daisy chain them and control them. But Doug should remember that only one person can control it.

Can both locations watch different programming? Leo says that can be done. He'll need to put the Roku on a splitter so that one goes to the Slingbox and one goes to the TV. Then a second person can watch separate programs. But the Roku only has one output, and there is some signal attenuation. He could get two Rokus.

Doug also has an older Mitsubishi LCD and he wants to know if he can connect it to his Google Chromecast. Leo says that without an HDMI port, Doug would need a converter that converts HDMI to component. The issue there is HDCP copy protection. The gaming and music industries have given up on copy protection because it harms legitimate buyers, not the pirates. But Hollywood hasn't learned that lesson yet, and it's teaching a nation to be pirates. It's another reason why everything is moving toward streaming.

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Ron from Pasadena, CA Comments

Ron bought a Samsung Galaxy Note IV from T-Mobile and he's having issues with the hardware. They offered him a refurbished replacement. Leo says that Ron should be able to get a new one under warranty and he should stick to his guns and demand it. That being said, refurbished isn't bad.

If he wants to get a new phone, the Galaxy Note V should be out this fall. The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge is what Leo uses, but he's not sure he recommends it because the touch screen is a little unpredictable. It does have a great camera, though. The iPhone 6 has better battery life. The Nexus 6 is still a good option as well.

Watch Rob from Orange, CA Comments

Rob is a DJ and he would like to use iTunes on two separate laptops to mix between. Leo says there's two ways to do this. The first is to use the same Apple ID on both. He'll have up to 5 computers he can use at once. He could also use Family Sharing. That way he can manage all the music between multiple users. Home sharing is another option.

The fastest way would be to copy the library onto a disk, and then import the library into the other laptop.

Watch Daniel from Woodland Hills, CA Comments

Daniel has been using Chrome with Windows XP. When making calls using Google Talk in GMail, it breaks up, but it works fine with other browsers. Leo says it could be a plug-in issue that's running in the background and taking up more resources. Chrome isn't exactly lightweight, and can be a battery hog when on a laptop. So it could be a similar issue as other things are going on in the background. Anytime he's using voice over the internet, he's using a lot of bandwidth and resources. So Daniel should try removing any unneeded plugins and extensions.

Daniel also says that Chrome doesn't update and he always has to go to the Chrome website. Leo says that's an issue with Daniel's XP install. So if he can't get an update, there's likely an issue with his OS.

Watch Mike from Newport Beach, CA Comments

Mike has a Canon 20D with three lenses, and was either looking at a Canon 7D to keep the same lenses or get the Canon 5D and get new lenses. Leo says he could keep his lenses with the 5D, but there would just be a crop factor to it. If he's considering getting all new lenses, it may be time to go mirrorless with the Sony A7S.

Mirrorless cameras are smaller, lighter, and they're really the best cameras out right now. The only downside is that with mirrorless, he'll have a video feed into the viewfinder. Leo really likes it, though. And the full frame of the A7S is fantastic -- it works just like an SLR.

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Brian from San Diego, CA Comments

Brian is looking to get a new watch and he's looking at the Samsung Gear 2 because he really likes the Android app support. Leo says there are some things he likes about the Gear 2, but he's not that impressed with it. Leo recommends getting a watch that supports Android Wear, like the Moto 360.

All in all, Leo says that Smartwatches are kind of dopey, and that most people won't want one. They do fitness and notifications really well, though. So if he's looking at them for those reasons, they can be useful. It's important to remember that these watches are really just a second screen for your phone -- they don't work independently of the phone. The Apple Watch requires an iPhone, Android Wear watches require Android, and the Samsung watches require a Samsung phone.

Watch Paul from La Jolla, CA Comments

Paul wants to know if DVDs are going to be obsolete. Leo says not really. As long as his DVD player works, it will play. Eventually, when the technology changes, DVD players won't be available. But Blu-ray players can also play DVDs, and Leo has a hunch that backwards compatibility will continue.

Watch Roger from Mojave, CA Comments

Roger has been working with developers on a social media platform through Drupal and he needs a new laptop to keep up with the workload. Roger says he needs something powerful. Leo says that processors have gotten so fast now, that pretty much any new laptop will be fast enough for just about anything he needs to do on the web. The issue is more about the storage, RAM, laptop size, battery life, quality of keyboard and trackpad, Windows or Mac, etc. If he gets a Core i5 processor, there's nothing on the web he can't run very fast. Leo does recommend getting a solid state drive in that new computer. That speed translates into a huge difference in performance of the computer.

Leo really likes the new Dell XPS 13. If he needs a bigger screen, he can get the new XPS 15. The only negative on it is that they went with a bezel-less design, which means they had to put the front facing camera at the bottom of the display, which is a little awkward when video conferencing.

Watch Brad from Kansas City, MO Comments

Brad has an iPhone 6 Plus. He deleted the free U2 album, but when he restored his iPhone, it came back and he can't get rid of it! Leo says that's because there's a setting in iTunes that allows it to download music automatically. Apple has created a solution of how to remove the album permanently.

Watch Ken from Long Beach, CA Comments

Ken is getting a new camera and computer. He also wants to know about the future of Apple's Aperture. Leo says that Aperture has been killed off by Apple. Adobe Lightroom is a good alternative, but Apple's new Photos app is pretty powerful. It's certainly worth giving it a try before putting down $10 a month to run Lightroom. He could also just keep using Aperture since he already has it. It won't be updated, but that's not necessarily a big deal. It won't stop working.

How can he get his data to Lightroom from Aperture? Leo says that Adobe has an import plugin that will move over the data for him. Will his new comptuer have Firewire? Leo says no. It might have Thunderbolt, though. And that will be much faster and have better options. Or he can just go with a PC since there's some talk that Adobe Lightroom runs better on Windows than on Mac anyway.

Watch Scott from Newport Beach, CA Comments

Scott says that when using Office 365 with a mobile device, the images within the letterhead end up as attachments instead of being embedded. Leo says that inline imaging in Office365 is a convenience that Microsoft offers, but it's not a standard, and it ends up as an attachment. He can't control that. There is no fix other than to stop using images in email. The only time that an inline image is displayed is in an email reader that supports it, and he can't control what people use. Email is designed for people to use text and it's just best to stop using corporate logos in emails.