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Majority of Internet Use Now Done by Smartphones

Episode 1217

On the eve of Apple's iPhone 6S announcement, Leo says that 77% of US users have smartphones and the majority of internet use as a result is done with them. Leo also says that translates worldwide as mobile phones are the number one way to use the Internet as well. Leo says that this is largely due to the flood of cheap Android phones out there, like the Motorola Moto C.

Google Announces New High Performance Router

Episode 1213

Google announced a new router called OnHub, but it's not cheap at $200. It has 13 antennas in it to guard against congestion. It looks at each of 11 bands periodically and switches to the best, uncongested band for best performance. It also has "Quality of Service" so users can prioritize web traffic. And you can control it via your Android or iOS device. It runs on 8.2.15.4 and Leo has a hunch it's for home automation.

Find out more at on.google.com/hub.

Keyless Fob Makes Volkswagens Easily Hacked

Episode 1211

SlimFold Wallet

If you have keyless entry, you're close enough to your Volkswagen, someone could break into your car by using an $18 device to amplify the signal of the key fob. If you also have a keyless ignition, they could easily steal the car as well. There is a fix for it -- a small wire mesh bag that acts as a Faraday cage. But Volkswagon has known for two years that all Volkswagen and Audi cars can easily be hacked and open the car door. And the problem is, it requires a hardware repair to fix it.

US Watch Sales Drop in the Last 7 Years

Episode 1210

Apple Watch

Citing the release of the Apple Watch, US Watch sales have been reportedly declining in the last seven years. Leo says it's silly to blame Apple for the sales downturn, and it's likely that saturation with customers is blamed. Even Apple admits that the high priced Apple Watch hasn't done as well as they had hoped. Most people have a smartphone and that took the place of a wrist watch for most people long before the Apple Watch came on the scene.

Cord Cutting Is Accelerating, and Wall Street Is Noticing

Episode 1209

This week, Wall Street punished cable companies in trading as news came out that so called cable cutting or cord cutting, is accelerating faster than anyone expected. On top of that, investors and Cable companies are learning that the next generation of viewers aren't watching TV at all. They're watching YouTube. And that's got cable companies and TV broadcasters mighty nervous. But ISPs are jacking up the price of internet to the point where cord cutters aren't saving anything to cut the cable, especially when you add additional services like Netflix, HBO Now and others.

Verizon Drops Phone Subsidies and Contracts

Episode 1209

Following T-Mobile's lead, Verizon has dropped mandatory contracts and will no longer subsidize phones. So, users will either have to buy their phones at full price, or they can pay it out over two years. But you will no longer be able to buy a phone for $199. Leo says that while customers will experience sticker shock when they go to upgrade their phones, in the long run, it'll be cheaper, and they'll save about $30 a month.