Audience Questions

Audience QuestionsHour 1

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Watch Joe from Winslow, AZ Comments

Joe wants to buy his girlfriend a smartwatch. He wants to know if Android Wear watches will use NFC so he can buy stuff through his watch without his phone. Leo says that the Apple Watch can do that. There are probably models of Android Wear that will do that as well. Leo says that if the watch supports Wi-Fi, and is connected through the internet, then Google Pay will work. If it's not, then no, it won't be able to do that.

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Scott from Maryland Comments

Scott ordered a Samsung Galaxy Tab and it was stolen while being delivered from FedEx. He couldn't get a refund for three weeks. Leo says that package theft happens a lot in the course of delivery. In fact, Leo heard that police recently busted a ring of FedEx employees that were stealing packages. So it's really on FedEx to insure delivery when it's in their custody. Is there an alternative to Samsung tablets? Leo says that Samsung does offer the best Android tablets on the market. Google no longer makes them. Asus makes the ZenPad. Another option is a Chrome tablet, which can use some Android apps.

Watch Michelle from San Pedro, CA Comments

Michelle has finally cut the cable and wants to know how to stream her movies and TV shows from the internet. Does she need special equipment? Leo says maybe. If she has a smartTV, then she might not. But Leo recommends getting a streaming device anyway and he recommends the Roku. Streaming services include Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu. But there's also new services coming from Disney and many others. How does she pay for them? Leo says she would have to give them a credit card.

What about local broadcast TV? Leo says there's a few ways she can get that. First, she can just put up a TV antenna. She may also need a digital tuner. If she wants a DVR, then she'll need to get an over-the-air DVR from TiVo, Channel Master, or Silicon Dust.

Watch Kevin from Moreno Valley, CA Comments

Kevin has an old laptop and wants to know if he needs Webroot antivirus. Leo says that back in the day, Webroot was very good. But lately, If he's able to update to Windows 10, Windows has its own antivirus called Windows Defender which is very good. Before Windows 10, Microsoft had Windows Security Essentials. Both are essentially the same, and they're free.

Leo doesn't really recommend paying for antivirus anymore because Windows' apps are free and very good. But the other reason is that hackers can beat an antivirus to the punch with so-called zero-day exploits. The best defense is to keep Windows antivirus up to date, as well as his OS, and then be careful with his online behavior.

Kevin should also turn on Secure Sandbox Mode in Windows Defender, and he can find out how to do that at thehackernews.com.

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Mary from Detroit, MI Comments

Mary wants to upload her own music to the cloud. What services would let her do it? Google Music and Spotify will both do that. Apple can also do this with iTunes Match. Once up in the cloud, she can then download the songs to her smartphone, or stream them directly. Amazon doesn't do that anymore, sadly.

Watch Ron from Warsaw, IN Comments

Ron bought a SimpliSafe home security system, but he doesn't know how to install the sensors on windows that crank outward. Leo says that's not going to work if they close a circuit like magnets. There are other kinds of sensors, including strip sensors that can work with it. They're designed for casement windows. But will they work with Ron's system? Only SimpliSafe knows for sure.

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Watch Jake from Jacksonville, FL Comments

Jake bought a new phone on eBay, but he can't activate it because it says he owes money to AT&T — but he's never used it with AT&T. Leo says it's probably the carrier that has flagged the IMEI of that phone and locked it out. Leo advises contacting eBay and getting his money back. He should give the seller a bad review as well. Of course, he could pay the bill. But who wants to do that? This is why you don't buy phones on eBay.

Watch Jake from Jacksonville, FL Comments

Jake's friend wants to get into music recording and is looking for a good USB microphone. Their budget is between $100 and $200. Leo says there's a lot of choices in that price range. Blue is best known for this category. The Blue Yeti is the top dog. He should avoid the Snowball, though. It has no headroom. Audio Technica's ATR2100 is very nice as well.