Brian wants to get a new high end tablet, but he's not seeing much in the higher end out there any more. Leo says that may be due to sales lagging now, like the wave has crested on tablets. But there are still some good tablets out there including the Nvidia Shield, the Sony Experia Z4, and Samsung's Note series.
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.
Bruce is a pilot and he bought a Sony DSC-RX100 as per Leo's recommendation. But it tends to focus on the windshield of his airplane, and not what he's trying to photograph. Leo says that the RX100 does have manual focus. He can set it to program mode, enable DMF, and turn the ring on infinity.
Dave is looking for a good camera for taking pictures of paintings. Leo says he'll want a good camera that has a wide angle lens, but he won't want it too wide because it will show some barreling. Detail is even more important, and a great lens makes a huge difference, as does accurate color. A large sensor helps with that. Sensors in camera phones are really tiny. A camera has a larger one and the bigger the lens, the more costly. Ideally, he'll want a full frame sensor.
Sam bought a new Sony Vaio with Windows 7. What should he do about antivirus software? Leo suggests going with Microsoft Security Essentials. It comes bundled as Windows Defender in Windows 8, but he'll have to download and install it separately for Windows 7. Antivirus software won't protect him from his own behavior, though.
President Obama along with the FBI confirmed that the Sony Pictures Entertainment hack did indeed originate from North Korea. Security experts are questioning this conclusion, however. It's very difficult to determine the origin of a hack. This attack, like most attacks, was routed through up to 6 countries before getting to Sony. There are a number of articles saying that this couldn't possibly be the North Koreans, and yet the FBI says they know for sure that it is. We don't have all of the information they have, however, and they may have the smoking gun.
Calling it the first example of state sponsored Cyber Warfare, the FBI says that North Korea was behind the Sony Hack that prompted the studio to drop The Interview from it's release schedule. Leo's not buying it, though. First off, the US has been doing Cyber Warfare for years, as did Israel with the Stuxnet virus that broke centrifuges in Iran's Nuclear program. So it's far from the first.
The FBI has concluded that based upon lines of code and IS addresses, that hackers who attacked Sony servers are most likely from North Korea and are attacking the studio over the film The Interview. But Leo isn't so sure. He thinks the attack is rather amateurish for a planned cyber attack.
Sony Pictures Entertainment is now attempting to take disrupt downloads from sites that have its leaked data through Denial of Service attacks. Its using hundreds of computers in Asia to accomplish this.