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Johnny and his wife Natalie are hanging out in Hawaii this week. Today he's talking about Brexit and how the UK leaving the EU will affect travel. He says there won't be much change for about two years, but it has lowered the cost of travel in the short run to the UK. But it will affect flyers who use Irish carriers like Ryan Air, since Ireland could opt to stay in the EU.
Michael has a website and has learned that Google has changed the rules regarding SEO. Leo says that Google is always changing the rules in an effort to combat spam. Michael's analytics have dropped dramatically since then, though. Leo says that following the webmasters tools based on Google's analytics is really the best thing to do. Will using Java affect his SEO? Leo says no. Having an updated site map will improve his chances. Making his website "mobile responsive" will also be rewarded. Loading speeds are also key.
Twitter is introducing emoji-based targeting, which means advertisers will be able to target users based on emojis they have used in a tweet. For example, if a user tweets a pizza emoji, that user could be served ads for pizza places.
Judy uses email, but she's having trouble forwarding email to someone else. Leo says to forward the mail exactly as it came, including attachments. If she tries to change it, she could end up messing it up. Using a computer at the library may be an issue as well. The browser may be older. It may also be a setting in the library's security settings to discourage that. Judy should try sending messages to herself and see if she can duplicate the issue.
Alex has been watching a lot of live videos on Facebook. He knows that a lot of these are used with mobile phones, but the sound is terrible. He's a musician and he wants to do live performances with Facebook Live. How can he improve the sound?
Dennis is going to be RVing full time and wants to know the best way to stay connected. Leo says that he can get a satellite add-on to his RV and many come with it built-in. He'll always have to aim it where he goes, though.
Jim is legally blind and uses an internet radio. He doesn't understand how to use it, though, and it buffers a lot. Leo says that Wi-Fi has a distance issue where the greater the distance, the weaker the system, and the slower the bandwidth. That's why Leo recommends plugging it directly into his router and he won't see nearly as much buffering. Leo recommends hardwire connections for any streaming device.
New website - RoomerTravel. It's like Stubhub for hotel rooms. Great for when you book a hotel room that you can't get refunded. You can list it here and offer it to another party. The site takes 15%, but at least you're getting something back. If you still want to hang on to your hotel, you can always call the hotel and ask to reschedule your booking for another date. Then later, if you still need to, you can cancel the reservation.
Betty can't log into the internet with her Mac. It says there are no plugins to do so. Leo says to check your router connection to see if your WiFi router is turned on. You can do that in the Apple's Network system preferences. If you can't see your access point, you're not connected to it. If it's connected, then look if the internet connection is available. If the WiFi router isn't working properly, it'll be connected, but it won't go anywhere. It'll just be a local address starting with 168. Try resetting your router.