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Is the Chromecast a good way to get more TV content without buying more Dish channels?

Daniel from Lake Forest, CA

Episode 1161

Daniel is wondering if a Google Chromecast would be a good way to get more content without buying more Dish channels. He also was wondering if he could get local channels. Leo says he wouldn't get local channels with a Chromecast. The Supreme Court's decision against Aereo, a service that would stream local channels for a small fee, it will be unlikely for awhile to get local channels online.

Is there an app for Windows that would allow me to put text on photos?

Julian from Orange County, CA

Episode 1160

Julian would like an app for Windows that allows him to put text on pictures. Leo recommends Google's Picasa. It's free, and it'll let him put text on his pictures, but also GeoTag each one so he can organize them on a map. Another option is GetPaint.net, a free and simple replacement for Microsoft's own Paint program.

How can I get my ASUS ZenWatch to wake up?

Episode 1154

Steve from San Antonio, TX
ASUS ZenWatch

Steve got an Asus Zenwatch and he wants to know if it's a good smart watch. Leo says that it's a nice watch that has some good software. But it's ambient mode is a bit tedious because you have to violently shake it to wake it up, and sometimes it just doesn't know you're looking at it. Leo suggests updating the watch to the Lollipop version of Android Wear. They've worked on that. He can set the 'time out' for longer if he needs to as well.

What should I get to replace my old laptop?

Episode 1152

Diane from West Los Angeles, CA
HP Stream

Diane had an old Thinkpad and she needs to replace it. Would an iPad be sufficient for her? Leo says maybe, but for what Diane does online, a Chromebook a better and cheaper option. They only cost about $200 to $300. It's simple, based on Google, and is very secure. She could even get a 15" model now. They have a nice "power wash" feature that would allow her to start over if something goes wrong. She can also attach it to an external monitor.

Why does my Nexus 5 have bad battery life with Lollipop?

Episode 1149

Mark from Los Angeles, CA
Google Nexus 5

Mark upgraded his Google Nexus 5 with Lollipop, but he's finding the battery life isn't as good. Leo says it should be, as there were significant changes designed to improved battery life like toning down the screen, and adjusting "wake locks" turning on everything to download email. Lollipop consolidates those into a group so they do it all at the same time. There could be other reasons and Leo recommends doing a device reset. He should also look for apps that wake up the phone and set them to never update unless he is using the app.

New Windows Exploit Discovered by Google

Episode 1149

Google has published news of a new vulnerability in Windows 8 that will allow hackers to create an administrator account and take control of the computer. Google let Microsoft know about it months ago and told them they would announce it after three months if Redmond didn't do anything. There's been no fix, so Google leaked the story as promised. Now Microsoft says they have a fix in the works. Meanwhile, hackers all over the world not only know about it, but Google has provided them with the suspect code to use. Swell.

Why is Google uploading all my pictures from my phone?

Episode 1146

John from Panama City, CA
Google

John has found that all his pictures had been loaded into a Google web album without his knowledge. Leo says that's OK, and it's actually a feature of Google. He probably has it enabled for all photos to be backed up to Google Plus in a private gallery. He can verify the photos are private by looking in the photo details in the online album. It should say "not shared." It's just an auto backup, and it's a good thing.

If he doesn't want to have his photos uploaded, he can disable it through the Google Plus settings in his Android phone.