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Kerry has a bunch of notes and documents filed and he wants to be able to scan them. What's the best option to create an online library so he can share what he has? Leo says he should get a good scanner that can do Optical Character Recognition (OCR). He can then put them up on a website, or through dropbox and share them.
Mark is having issues with his Verizon email because it's part of Yahoo and now Verizon doesn't support it. He can't log in, and Verizon doesn't seem to care to fix it. Mark could try logging into Yahoo mail directly. Leo says Mark should make the move to another email provider like GMail.
Walter doesn't like that whenever he launches his browser, it automatically goes to a start page right away. He says it takes way too long to load. Leo says that most browsers will allow him to set the start page to "blank." In Internet Explorer, he can find it in the settings under "Internet Options."
Bill has a Windows desktop and a MacBook Pro and he wants to sync them together with email. He uses POP3. Leo says to stop using that, and use IMAP instead. IMAP is the best way to go because it doesn't take his email off the server. POP3 downloads email and then deletes it from the server. So Bill should go with IMAP and then he can have a central location for all of his email that's accessible from any device.
Ed has the Skybell, a webcam door knock that allows users to see who's at the door from their smartphone via Wi-Fi. But he can't get it to work. Leo says that's because it has to connect via Wi-Fi, and he has to be sure it's connected to his network. He'll also have to have a 2.4 GHz system, and that's the most crowded spectrum because everyone else is on 2.4Ghz. If he can use 5 GHz, that would be better.
This week's travel website ... Dream Cheaper. You send them your existing hotel reservation and they will continually shop around and if they find a cheaper rate, they will rebook you automatically and save you money. You'll sleep in the very same hotel room you initially booked but pay up to 60% less! And they'll keep doing it until 24 hours before you check in.
Tamara is frustrated because iHeartRadio has stopped working on one laptop while it works fine on another. It works on 10.5.8, but not on 10.9.5. What gives? She talked to AppleCare and they've said that something is broken in the most recent version of Apple Safari. Leo advises using Chrome because iHeartRadio uses Flash.
Gary lives out in the remote areas of Florida and he uses cellphone access for his internet. But are there other options? Leo says that WISP, which uses Microwaves is an option. There's also satellite. It can be expensive, and the bandwidth caps, speed issues and latency is tedious. It wouldn't be good for Skype or Gaming. But if that's not important, Leo suggests checking out Wild Blue by Excede.
Johnny is calling in from Lake Louise in Banff, Canada today. Johnny has been Periscoping and Meerkating and he likes it, especially because they don't record it. It's like Snapchat for video. This week's travel tips:
Apps - GasGuru. It shows gas prices all around the country, and is easy to use. You can get the best price, and it's great for road trips. Available in iOS and Android.
Robert is vision impaired and he's missed the mobile revolution. He knows that there are a lot of books available on Amazon in eBooks. How can he have them read back to him? Leo says that the Kindle will read back to him, and it's a decent robotic voice. But some publishers disable the feature, which is a shame.