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Scott Wilkinson on Home Theater

Episode 1446

Scott Wilkinson

Scott says that digital signal processing is at the heart of a soundbar, and they are great for small living rooms. Atmos is now making its way into soundbars and it's the least expensive way to significantly improve your sound, especially if your soundbar comes with a subwoofer. Leo says that there's a wide range of prices for soundbars, though, and Scott agrees. You get what you pay for. But there are some good budget brands out there including Vizio (of course) and Polk.

Is the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 a good buy?

Episode 1435

Sharise from Lancaster, CA
Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Sharise wanted to get the Samsung Galaxy Note Fan Edition because she wouldn't be able to trade in her Note 4 for the Note 8. She kept calling, and Samsung exchanged her older Note 4 so she got half off the Galaxy Note 8. Leo says it's a great phone, but Sharise wanted the blue color. Leo says to get a blue case like an Otterbox on it, and she's all set. Though Leo likes the Spigen Clear Case so it can show through.

How can I connect my desktop to my TV?

Episode 1432

Zachary from Victorville, CA
Samsung Smart View

Zachary wants to play games and he's connected his desktop to his TV. When he tries to adjust the screen settings, however, none of the settings work. Leo says to try and change the settings before he connects the TV. The TV has a native resolution that is actually lower than the resolution on his desktop. He should check what his TV's native resolution is and then choose that setting that is as close as possible to it. He may also be in mirror mode instead of extended mode. So he should try and change that if he can.

How can I disable the Bixby button on my phone?

Episode 1432

Dennis from Korea
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

Dennis is stationed in Korea and he's had to get a new Samsung Galaxy 8 Plus, but the Bixby feature drives him nuts. How can he turn it off? Leo says that the most recent update will allow him to disable the button. He'll just end up with the Bixby voice assistant instead, though. The pity is that Samsung still doesn't let you customize the button for another use.

Why does downloaded music disappear from my phone?

Episode 1426

Ron from North Hollywood, CA
Astro File Manager

Ron has a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and he's been emailing himself mp3s he makes in the recording studio. The phone holds onto the file for about a day, and then it disappears. Leo says it sounds like the download goes to his cache, which gets cleared out. Leo recommends using an app that will enable him to move it once he downloads it. Samsung's File Manager app will let him see that folder.

How can I disable the Bixby button on my Samsung phone?

Episode 1426

Chris from Colorado
Samsung Galaxy S8

Chris wants to know if he can disable the Bixby button on his Samsung Galaxy S8. Leo says that there wasn't a way to do this until recently. The latest firmware update allows it. Chris just has to press the Bixby button and then the Settings gear, and he can disable it. Leo wishes Samsung would let users reassign that button to something useful. Leo also says that mobile phones are so matured in their design now, that there isn't much that phone companies can do except add features that nobody really wants, like a Bixby button or removing the headphone jack for wireless headphones.

How can I get a Note VII Fan Edition?

Episode 1419

Sharise from Lancaster, CA
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition

Sharise used to have a Samsung Note VII that she returned as requested. Now she hears that she could get a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Fan Edition by trading in an older Note. She has a Note IV but they won't take it. Leo says that one option would be to go on eBay and buy a used Note V. Leo says that they are only selling in South Korea, but she could get it on eBay. They aren't cheap, though.