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In what Leo calls a simple application of machine learning and data translation, Google Home can now make phone calls to any number in your phone's contacts. Leo adds this is the benefit to offering free services like Google Voice and Google Photos. It's able to take all that data that Google has access too and apply it to applications that make our lives easier.
Darrell worries that his laptop isn't safe on a public WiFi hotspot. Leo says that the reality is he does broadcast his web traffic via radio and it can be sniffed. But these days, most sites are encrypted and secure. If he's worried, using a VPN is a good idea. Leo likes Tiny Hardware Firewall.
Robert would like to save videos he sees on YouTube and download them. Leo says that there are dozens of online video downloader options out there for saving a video from YouTube:
Leo also says that if he is a YouTube Red subscriber, he'll get downloading as a perk.
Don wants to know if it's possible to hack into a computer that's turned off. Leo says no, because it would have no connection to the internet at that point. It's not very useful that way.
Byron helps seniors with technology and he suggests getting an iPhone and using dynamic type because it will make the fonts larger. They can also FaceTime with the grand kids. Leo says that accessibility on the iPhone is the best in the business.
Leo doesn't understand why people are rude while traveling. Johnny says that people are in a hurry, especially if their flights are delayed and they have to make a connection. But it doesn't make it right.
Travel Tip of the week - If you're flying on Monday, the solar eclipse could do severe damage to your eyes if you look at it from the plane. So make sure you have the right glasses, or simply pull down the shade of your window. There is a special flight that's going to chase the eclipse across the United States and they'll be providing proper glasses for the experience.
Sam uses an iPad Pro and is a web developer. Is there a good Windows version of Coda to create apps for the Windows platform? Leo says that Atom is a good one, but it creates web apps and she'll need to have a browser built into her app. It would make it cross platform, though. Electron is the language. It also uses a lot of the tools that Coda does.
Jane wants to know if it's WhatApp or WhatsApp. Leo says there's an "S," so it's WhatsApp. A clever way of saying "what's up?"
Jane is thinking of getting her first smart phone so she can use WhatsApp to make phone calls. Leo says that WhatsApp identifies users by their phone numbers, not their names. So when people ask to use WhatsApp to make a call, that means they want not only their phone number, but also their contact list. Facebook is doing that to cross reference contacts with Facebook contacts, but you can opt out of it when you sign up.
Doctor Mom calls in to say that Google Hangouts will send a text message to people, but not through Google Voice. So Leo says that makes it like WhatsApp, where it's app centric and can't cross into independent phone numbers via SMS.