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Ron wants to know if the Skyroam Solis route a cell phone call in Japan. Leo says data calls can. Some mobile phones default to WiFi calling while connected. You could also use video calls as well.
Caller was trying to post an article on Facebook and got a message that it was blocked according to the EU GDPR regulations. Leo says that Facebook may have thought she was in the EU and would fall under those rules. So Facebook blocked the article. But it may be that Facebook is blocking articles related from European sources. Some news agencies may be blocking EU IP addresses in order to skirt GDPR regulations.
Website of the week - FLIXBUS. Travel from LA - Vegas for under $10, plus fees! Flixbus is huge in Europe and they're just opening up routes in the US. The plan is to expand to over 1000 city connections by the end of the year. They also have an App.
App of the week - Watermark Photo. Put a watermark on your photo so people don't steal your images and pose as you on social media!
Kira's twin daughters who love to listen to Disney music, but doesn't want to buy it all because it's so expensive. What streaming options does she have? Leo says that Spotify is probably the best one. You can even tie your spotify account to your Echo. They have a broad range of Disney music channels. Amazon Music Unlimited is another option. Apple Music.
Europe's new General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR has gone in effect, and it has some teeth as companies who fail to comply will face a fine of 4% of their annual income. Leo says that larger companies could face fines in the millions. Leo also says that companies have 72 hours to report all data breaches and give customers the right to have their data deleted upon request.
Johnny is home these days, taking a vacation from traveling. Right now, you can go from LA to Miami last minute for $165 on American. Great deal.
Don bought his own cable modem. What does he need to do to install it? Leo says that he shouldn't have to do anything other than connect it up and then contact his cable provider and give them his MAC address. They'll ping it to activate. He'll want to be sure his modem is supported, though. NetGear should be.
Brian has a workshop that's about 70 feet from the house and he needs to extend his Wi-Fi network. Obstacles like doors and walls get in the way of the signal. What can he do? Leo says to string a LAN wire out into the ground.
Anne wants to know how to open a PDF file. All she gets is a blank page. Leo says that she'll have to have a browser that supports PDF, and Internet Explorer doesn't. It needs a helper, like Adobe Acrobat Reader, to read it. Google Chrome and Edge read it natively. Leo recommends downloading a new browser or Acrobat Reader.
Laurie has a business with a website on Google, and now her website is offline after making a few changes to it. Leo says that it's very easy to make a coding mistake and take a site offline. It's possible that her GoDaddy DNS record has been modified and it no longer resolves to the right web host. So giving GoDaddy a call and having them fix the lookup to reflect the proper DNS address may help solve the problem.