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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 18.104.22.168 and Leo has a hunch it's for home automation.
Find out more at on.google.com/hub.
Brant has an issue that when he's gaming online, and someone else starts streaming Netflix, suddenly he gets a lot of latency. Leo says that's just because his bandwidth goes down because there's so much being used. One thing Brent can try is QOS (quality of service) where he can set his router to prioritize bandwidth traffic through the ports that gaming and streaming apps use.
Johnny Jet is on a river boat cruise through France. Johnny is talking about traveling through Heathrow, when connecting from the US to Europe, transiting can be a nightmare security-wise. It's very strict. So Johnny has learned to remove everything in his bag ahead of time if he has to go through security so there's no delay. Take it all out of your pockets too.
Website - FollowUpThen. Sends you an email and can be time delayed so that it comes when you need it to remind you. Free version gives you up to 50 follow up reminders a month. Helps to keep you organized, especially while traveling.
App - Jott. It's a messaging app that works from Bluetooth. So you can chat with people within your 30 foot range.
Ted wants to create a new website for his business after parting company with his partner. Is GoDaddy a good option? Leo says it's not his first choice because they use a site builder app that tends to be a bit out of date and makes no provision for mobile devices. Leo suggests SquareSpace. They have more modern site templates and can offer eCommerce. They also support mobile devices, and are very affordable. Google also has some nice site building tools.
Billy is having trouble with Adobe Flash player and the cure seems worse than the disease. He keeps getting an "exception error." Leo says that those error messages tend to be a bit useless. Leo suggests removing Flash altogether and use Google Chrome as his browser instead. Chrome has Flash built-in and keeps it isolated from the rest of the system. It's always updated through Chrome and sandboxed.
Doug has been using Magic Jack for his business. Leo says that's a good choice for smaller use, but it's important to remember that VOIP is always dependent on the quality and bandwidth of the internet connection. Also, there's latency as the packets often come out of order and must be reassembled. Leo uses a business solution, RingCentral. But for a sole proprietor, Magic Jack should work fine.
Tim wants an email service that's free, but doesn't read his email. Leo says that there has to be a way to pay the bills. Someone is paying for that free email and they do it by looking for keywords in email and then tailoring advertising to match it. There's really no such thing as a free lunch, and Leo would be leery of a service that promised free email that's 100% secure. They're either not going to be around long or they're going to monetize his activity without him knowing it.
Johnny Jet is preparing for an around the world trip, where he'll spend two weeks flying with stops along the way. He's been looking for an app that shows the appropriate custom for tipping. GlobeTipping on iOS will show you the custom of tipping where you're going, and it has over 150 countries from Afghanistan to Zimbawbwe. It'll show you what to tip a porter, waiter, bellman, and others. In Japan, for instance, tipping is not accepted.