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Mike wants to build his own website. Should he learn how to write code or use templates? Leo says it really comes down to what he wants it for. He can get started with Google's Blogger and WordPress.com. Those are free, but they come with ads. There's also Wix and Weebly, which create special tools to make it really easy to create a custom template based website.
What does Johnny Jet use for a mobile phone while traveling? Johnny says that T-Mobile is his phone service of choice because he gets free international text messaging, 2G/EDGE Data, plus this summer free 4G data in Europe. Leo says that's because T-Mobile is #3, so they're trying harder to get and keep your business.
Joe wants to use a different browser than Internet Explorer. Can he change the default browser? Leo says yes. You can always change your browser default and Chrome really is the best option of all of them. Cortana will only work with EDGE or Internet Explorer, though. If he doesn't care about that, then he should definitely use Chrome.
Chad got a new Samsung TV, but he's discovered that he can't stream YouTube with it from his desktop. Leo says that DIAL and DNLA is supported by Samsung. What may be happening is that the YouTube app on his Samsung TV may be in conflict with his mobile phone.
Leo watched a Broadway show streamed live from the Great White Way for the first time. She Loves Me was the show and you can stream it via BroadwayHD.com for only $10 on your smartphone for the next week, or $15 via AppleTV or Roku.
Fred gets really bad bandwidth with Wi-Fi. Leo says that's a common problem and three companies, including Plume, have started up to address it. Leo says that Eero is currently the only one that has a device out to solve the issue. It costs about $500 for three extenders that he would place all around his home, creating a mesh Wi-Fi network. Luma is a little less expensive, though.
Candy is looking to cut the cable and get an antenna to pick up local channels, while streaming with Netflix. Leo says that the big challenge of cutting the cord is live television. The challenge is how good she can get local channels in her area.
Johnny Jet is in Hawaii this week.
Website of the week: Review Skeptic. A site dedicated to figuring out whether reviews are legit. It's based on research from Cornell University and boasts a 90% accuracy rate. You basically copy the review into the Review Skeptic site and then it will test it as to whether it is legit or not.
Ranjith uses Elementary OS, a new flavor of Linux. He also does a YouTube channel on technology, but he's noticing that YouTube doesn't pay well at all. Leo agrees. It's really a pittance and it strikes to the core of what Leo says about the tradeoffs of free bandwidth and access vs. making a living. How can he monetize his content beyond YouTube's adsense? Leo says YouTube is more of a promotional vehicle. To really make money, he'll need to have a consistent view rate of over a million views, and not many can do that.
Jim says that every time he does a search on Google Maps, it always comes up with a location in Richardson, TX. Leo says that's probably a regional default when Google Maps can't find what he wants it to find. It may also be that Google Maps thinks that's where he is. Google can sometimes use IP addresses to figure out where you are so it can do a search for locations near you. An IP address can also be read as part of the ISP's headquarters, though. AT&T HQ is in Dallas/Richardson, so that is likely why it's showing up that way. There's not much Jim can do about that.