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Germany Wants Facebook to Stop Collecting Data

Episode 1565

A decision by a court in Germany has declared that Facebook must stop collecting data on users without their consent, and give them the option to opt-out. Facebook is appealing, and says without the ability to collect data, they would have to shut down the social network access nationwide. Leo says that is part of the deal you make with Facebook. Free services for collecting data on your usage of Facebook. Someone has to pay the bills.

How can I use less space on iCloud?

Apple iCloud

Episode 1564

Tony from Lynnwood, PA

Tony has used up 4.9GB of his iCloud storage and he doesn't know how he's used all that. Leo says it's likely his phone backup. He can go to iCloud.com and login and see what's there. Chances are, if it isn't a phone backup, then it's likely all of his photos, which get automatically uploaded to the cloud. But he's wondering why it saves all his text messages and deleted email. Leo says he can probably change the mail settings to use less space. He should look in his email settings and choose things like "don't save attachments", etc.

How can I prevent popup ads when I visit websites?

LastPass

Episode 1564

John from Los Angeles, CA

John is finding that when he goes to a website, he gets an additional window open with an advertisement. Leo says that's called a browser hijack and it's usually caused by an extension he doesn't recognize. John should look in his browser settings and extensions, and then see if there's anything in there he doesn't recognize. Chances are, there is.

Johnny Jet on Travel Tech

Johnny Jet

Episode 1564

Leo was down in Marina Del Rey this week, and got to ride around Marina Del Rey on an electric bike for rent. When you're done with them, you just leave them where you go. Leo says it was pretty cool and the cost wasn't that bad. Johnny Jet says that some cities are starting to limit or even ban them because they get left everywhere and can be a hazard. He was in San Diego and saw them lying around everywhere.

Why is YouTube restarting the TWiT feed after 10 minutes?

YOUTUBE

Episode 1563

George from Santa Monica, CA

George is having issues watching TWiT podcasts with the Roku YouTube app. After about 10 minutes, it switches to another podcast. What gives? Leo says that a number of people have complained about that happening on YouTube, but it's not everyone. It may be an autoplay issue. Try turning that off. But something may have changed with YouTube that's causing it. Leo says try another app like TWiTCH or Mixer. See if it repeats. Also, try looking at another YouTube Live channel. If it does, it could be a stream configuration issue that TWiT needs to fix.

How can I monitor packet loss on my internet connection?

netalyzr

Episode 1563

Joe from Cheektowaga, New York

Joe is having issues with packet loss on his internet connection. He's been using BroadbandReports.com to monitor it, but now he hears that the website is going to be shut down. Leo says he hasn't heard that. You can use ICSI Netalyzr. It will give you comprehensive testing of everything from speed testing to ping testing, packet loss, and buffer bloat. If streaming on Netflix is a concern, check out Netflix's FAST test. He's like a monitor service like DSLReports.

Sam Abuelsamid on Car Tech

Sam Abuelsamid

Episode 1563

This past week, Elon Musk said that the current version of Tesla autopilot can do fully self-driving on the high ways. But Sam says there isn't a single car on the road, with the exception of test vehicles that are fully self-driving. The technology simply isn't reliable enough without a safety driver. Leo says he can't wait for it to happen because he would like to never have to drive again. Sam says that people's perceptions of loving to drive are changing, preferring to have someone else do the driving. That's why Uber and Lyft are becoming so successful.