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Russ is trying to sell a bunch of things in eBay and it's a rather clunky process. Third party solutions aren't really helping either. Is there an app that he can use to batch sell items on eBay? Leo says that there are services that can just do it for him for a price, and that is often the easiest way to solve it. The chatroom says InkFrog is one solution.
Maria is looking to buy a used MacBook on Craigslist. Leo says that it's risky to buy other people's used computers because she'll be buying other people's problems. Additionally, Craigslist is the home of scammers. It can even be dangerous. Leo advises going to Apple and looking at their refurbished products. She can save a few hundred that way and she'll still get the warranty to boot. A MacBook Air is affordable, thin, and very powerful. The 13" MacBook Air is Maria's best option.
What's the best website to learn Photoshop? Leo says that Lynda.com is the best he knows of, but they are a sponsor. Leo also says that Adobe has plenty of tutorials through Creative Cloud, and there's plenty of good books. But for well produced tutorial videos, Lynda is Mark's best bet. It's about $30 a month.
YouTube and Apple's iTunes U are other options.
Bob is moving to Yucatan and he says that internet access really isn't all that great. Can he combine both Wi-Fi and cellular into one master service? Leo says that's called modem bonding and it requires a very smart infrastructure from end to end. Generally, he can get it from one ISP that handles it all from the back end. It's a challenge, however. Satellite may be a better choice, although latency will be an issue.
This week, Johnny is river cruisin' in Germany and he calls in video using a 5G phone. How does a river cruise compare to an ocean cruise? Johnny says that river cruises are the biggest thing right now. There are hundreds of ships going down rivers and it can be a traffic problem in the future, especially in the summer. There's no worry about sinking, you don't get sea sick, and you usually have cell service the entire way. It's a great way to cruise. Another great benefit is that you can rent a bicycle from the ship to go anywhere when docked.
Steve is going to be streaming video and playing video games online. How fast does his internet connection need to be? Leo says that Netflix has an ISP Speed Index to let him know what he'll need and where he can get it. They also offer recommendations about speed here. 10 Mbps should be sufficient, and 25Mbps would be better yet. He can even use that to Skype with his parents.
Star just bought a Westinghouse LCD TV and a basic antenna setup. She's not getting many channels. Leo says it may be too distant for a tabletop square antenna. A roof antenna may be the way to go.
Rick has several iMacs and wants to be able to work between them, but he's concerned with multiple logins and iCloud accounts. Leo says it's a mess that Apple has created because they don't know how to merge iCloud accounts. He can share it with family sharing, but then he can't keep his own data separately. The answer is to have an iCloud account that is associated with only his login. That makes the data isolated and safe.
Rene wants to cancel her wireless service and just use Wi-Fi to make phone calls. She also wants to just buy a data plan and use VOIP to make calls, but she can't seem to do that. Leo says one way is with Skype. She can Skype out/In. She even get a regular phone number through that. Tango, Viber and Line can also do it.
Johnny Jet has been traveling in Europe and he's been using local SIMs and his MiFi. But his MiFi hasn't been working too well. He got his from CellularAbroad.com. They use local cell phone data and Johnny says it's worked in all but two countries. It's $24.95 a day for unlimited data.
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