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This week's website - Tired of the long TSA lines? Check out I Hate the Wait. People are taking pictures of their TSA lines and posting them with the tag line #IHateTheWait. Airlines are even complaining about people missing their flights because of the TSA checkin. Johnny says that's why it's always best to get to the airport several hours in advance. Bring a book, check in unhurried and then wait. Also get TSA Precheck. But even that can be a 20 minute wait. The TSA gives suggested wait times, but it's not really that accurate.
Doug uses Verizon wireless for his home Wi-Fi and he's rather shocked in how much he's been using the last few days. He's only really checking email and such. Leo says that in Windows 10, under the control panel, there is a data usage tab on the Network and Internet. It'll show him how much data has been used and which app has been using it. This can help narrow it down. He should also check his browser history. And he shouldn't leave his browser open if his computer is left on.
Laurie wants to conduct an online bible study with small audiences of up to 10 people. Leo says that Google Hangouts tops out at eight people, so that's pretty good. It also switches between active speakers automatically, and it's free.
Tim wants an email service that allows him to be anonymous. Leo says that ProtonMail is in Switzerland and they offer this service, but they will expect a secondary email address. Another option is Hushmail. It's not a free service, though.
Tim should remember that even with anonymous email, they still do have his IP address. And if someone really wants to find him, it's pretty hard to be invisible on the internet.
Apple responded to complaints of Apple Music users having their music deleted by saying that they aren't deleting the music deliberately, but it could be a function of users who are subscribed to both Apple Music and iTunes Match. Leo says to choose one or the other because Apple has never adequately explained how both work in concert.
A new government study shows that Americans are less likely to share controversial opinions online and over 25% have stopped online banking for fear of privacy and security concerns. 1 in 5 have had a major security breach in the last year, and over 26% won't shop online anymore.
The creators of Siri have moved on to create a new artificial intelligence platform called Viv. It is a new conversational interface, and it is brilliant. The original Siri developers say they believe it is better than Siri.
Frank's cable company was taken over by Frontier from Verizon and it has constant outages that drive him nuts. Leo says it's gotten so bad that they're having hearings about it! Frank wants to change, but what are his options? Leo says that he probably won't have a choice for telephone, but he can change his internet service. He will have other TV options as well because he can always go with satellite or even Time Warner Cable. In fact, he can switch to Time Warner for all three and his phone number may be portable. Time Warner wants his business, so he should try to call them.
Johnny Jet took his dad to Kentucky to attend the Derby, about 100 yard short of the finish line.
App of the week - FILLD. It's like Uber for gas. If you need gas, they'll bring it to you for only a $5 service charge. It's available on Android and iOS. It's currently in testing in Silicon Valley, but there are plans to roll it out nationwide.
Peter wants to get his mother an Amazon Echo. Will she like it? Leo says he recently gave his in laws an Echo and they love it. But he'll want to set it up right and teach them how to use it with the right verbiage, etc. It's great for reading books to them, playing music, the works. It also has a bunch of skills that he can install to do custom features.