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Audience QuestionsHour 1

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Watch Gary from Walla Walla, WA Comments

Gary wants to buy a PC for video editing. How much should he spend? Leo says that just about any PC can do video editing. The money comes from how much performance he'll want. Leo uses a Dell Precision Workstation with Xeon processors that scream. So they are very powerful and expensive. An iMac would be more than adequate, though, to capture and edit home movies. A MacBook Pro would also work.

Gary could also consider the Mac Mini. An i5 processor would work, but the i7 would be even better. Leo thinks the i9 would likely be overkill. 2.5 GHz to 3 GHz would be ideal. He should pay close attention to single core performance. Most programs aren't written to take advantage of multiple cores. For RAM, Gary should get 16GB. He'll also want an SSD that runs on the PCI-express bus. That'll give him the most bang for his buck in performance.

On the Windows side, Adobe Premiere Elements is a great video editor for under $100. You could sign up for Adobe Creative Cloud with Premiere Pro, but it's $50 a month.

Watch LaRayce from Santa Ynez, CA Comments

LaRayce got her invoice for web hosting, and they've cut her three-year deal to a two-year deal. So she's looking for an alternative. Leo says it's easy to move, as web hosting is a commodity product now. Coding in HTML is pretty old-fashioned. Most websites don't run that way anymore. They use a content management system, which separates the site design from the content. That makes it a lot easier to update her content. WordPress and Squarespace are good examples. Can she move her HTML files over to the new host to get started? Leo says probably not. He'll have to copy the pages and then insert them into WordPress. In fact, Squarespace should help her migrate everything properly.

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Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Chris from Lakewood, CA Comments

Chris wants to know if he really needs Webroot and Windows Defender. Leo says he doesn't need Webroot at all, and it's likely they paid the computer company to put it on. He should free to uninstall it. Windows Defender will do a great job and it comes free with Windows 10.

Watch Dale from Palmdale, CA Comments

Dale is worried that his older iPad isn't safe to use anymore since he's stuck at iOS 11. Leo says not to worry. The iPad is secure no matter the age. It's sandboxed and as long as Apple continues security updates, which it will, it's more secure than a desktop.

Watch Shirley from Irvine, CA Comments

Shirley's iPad screen is "crooked." Leo suggests that she restart her iPad by holding down the home and power buttons until she gets the "Slide to turn off" option. Or she should keep it held down until the Apple Logo appears. That will reset everything. Then she can update it if she can.

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Dan from Cleveland, OH Comments

Dan wants to be able to transmit his movies over his network, but he can't see the drive he has hooked up to the router. Leo says that it sounds like the drive is set to Read-only through the Asus router Dan uses. It also depends on his file sharing settings in Windows. ScooterX says that Windows uses SMB, which is the most common file sharing standard. Heres a tech note on how (asus.com). But it will likely be very slow.

Watch Kevin from Missoula, MT Comments

Kevin wants a wireless Bluetooth connection to his mobile device so he can be hands-free. Leo likes the headsets that have a wrap around your neck, but it contains a huge battery to let you listen for hours. Motorola headsets are great. Jabras are also good. These VaVa Moovs have nine hours of battery life and support APTX Bluetooth. The Anker Soundcore is a good speaker option.

Watch Joe from Tampa, FL Comments

Joe's mobile phone isn't very loud. What can he do? Leo says that each mobile model is different. Some are even too loud. But there is a known issue with low volume during calls with the Moto G5. There's also a setting called "voice privacy" that he can disable to turn it up, and under Accessibility, there is a "hard of hearing" setting. He can get another 25% volume by turning up the volume all the way and while he's holding the volume up button, press "OK" on the excessive volume warning screen.

Watch Chester from Bellflower, CA Comments

Chester has a Windows 7 machine that says he has a virus. Can he get a second opinion? Leo says yes. He can use an online virus scan at Eset.com and TrendMicro.com to confirm whether he's been bit.

Watch Sophia from Pasadena, CA Comments

Sophia's notification volume is too low on Bluetooth. Leo says that there are different volume settings for listening to music, watching a video, getting a call and even notifications. So she'll need to go into the settings to find it. She'll also want to be sure her Bluetooth volume is up.

Watch Bill from Anaheim, CA Comments

Bill is disabled and needs help getting his technology to work. Leo says that there are foundations that are dedicated to helping disabled people configure their tech for accessibility. They will also help him get a better price or even have it underwritten. Most computers and mobile devices do have limited voice control. Check out the NationMSSociety.org. There is an article there on living well with MS and it contains a section on accessibility in technology.