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Tom is calling about the app for using push to talk. He uses one called Roger and it sounds really clear. Leo says that's because it uses data, not the cellular network.
Does the Echo support TuneIn? Leo says not yet. They'll have to update it. Leo has heard that Sonos is going to support the Echo next year and you can use TuneIn on the Sonos. So that looks good. Amazon just did support for Spotify, so they're making progress in that direction. So in time, it should happen.
Raymond usually watches the TWiT network on his Mac. He tried watching it on Windows 10 with Edge and it buffers a lot. It works fine in Chrome, though. Leo says that Edge is likely the issue then, and it's because Edge isn't really ready to be used. It may also be that the quality of the stream is too high for his PC to keep up. On YouTube, he can step up the quality manually.
Johnny Jet says that Google has a new site called Google Arts and Culture which has street views of our national parks. Leo says it's like going on a virtual vacation.
App - Soothe on Demand Massage. It's a massage delivered to you within an hour, and it's legit. Book by the hour. Couples massages and prenatal massages as well. Apps for Android/iOS.
David wants a good browser for his smart TV. Leo says don't! They're all terrible. Leo suggests going with DNLA or MiraCast, or even Chromecast and then cast the PC browser to his TV.
Tom has an iPod Touch and wants to know if he can do anything on it like Facetime. Leo says sure. It's essentially an iPhone without the phone. So Tom will be able to do VOIP and video calling. He can use apps like Tango, Skype, Viber and several others. He'll have to buy credits to call regular numbers.
Tim wants to know Leo's thoughts on Channel Master. Leo says it's a DVR for over-the-air antenna broadcasts. Leo doesn't get over-the-air broadcast TV because of where he lives, but he hears good things. Now he's learned that Channel Master will also stream video through Roku. That's pretty cool. If he's in the city and can get a good over-the-air signal, he will get the best broadcast quality because it's uncompressed. The key is to be close and within line of site of the main channels.
Jake says every time he clicks on a link, it opens to the Windows Desktop, not to his browser. It's likely that Internet Explorer is messed up and it could just be corrupted. Jake could try resetting it. Uninstalling it and reinstalling it is complicated.
Windows 8.1 fixes a lot of problems, so Leo says to run Windows update to version. 8.1. Or even better, if he can still get it free, he should upgrade to Windows 10. He should also update Internet Explorer to the modern version from the app store.
Susan does a wordpress blog and loves cruising. Since the internet connection isn't all that great on the ship, she wants offline blogging software to create blogs that she can update. Leo says if she looks in her Wordpress settings, she'll see that she has a Wordpress email address. This means she can actually post to her blog via emails. With practice, it will look just like the post. Here's some good software options Susan can use:
Little Jet is just a month away and Johnny and Natalie are busy with parental workshops. So things are getting very exciting.
This weeks' website - PetChatz. It's essentially Ring Central or Skype for Pets, where you can talk to your pet. You can even train them to use it to call you, and it will release a treat as a reward. $379. Leo says he used to have one, but returned it because his dog ignored it.
Gordon bought a Wi-Fi extender for his D-Link router and wants to know if WPS is a problem. Leo says it's very insecure. Gordon should disable WPS on his router, but he can leave it on to set up for the extender since it's behind the main router. WPS is a terribly insecure system that's easy to break.