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Website of the week - FLIXBUS. Travel from LA - Vegas for under $10, plus fees! Flixbus is huge in Europe and they're just opening up routes in the US. The plan is to expand to over 1000 city connections by the end of the year. They also have an App.
App of the week - Watermark Photo. Put a watermark on your photo so people don't steal your images and pose as you on social media!
Kira's twin daughters love to listen to Disney music, but she doesn't want to buy it all because it's so expensive. What streaming options does she have? Leo says that Spotify is probably the best one. She can even tie her Spotify account to her Echo. They have a broad range of Disney music channels. Amazon Music Unlimited and Apple Music are other options.
Europe's new General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR has gone in effect, and it has some teeth as companies who fail to comply will face a fine of 4% of their annual income. Leo says that larger companies could face fines in the millions. Leo also says that companies have 72 hours to report all data breaches and give customers the right to have their data deleted upon request.
Johnny is home these days, taking a vacation from traveling. Right now, you can go from LA to Miami last minute for $165 on American. Great deal.
Don bought his own cable modem. What does he need to do to install it? Leo says that he shouldn't have to do anything other than connect it up and then contact his cable provider and give them his MAC address. They'll ping it to activate. He'll want to be sure his modem is supported, though. NetGear should be.
Brian has a workshop that's about 70 feet from the house and he needs to extend his Wi-Fi network. Obstacles like doors and walls get in the way of the signal. What can he do? Leo says to string a LAN wire out into the ground.
Anne wants to know how to open a PDF file. All she gets is a blank page. Leo says that she'll have to have a browser that supports PDF, and Internet Explorer doesn't. It needs a helper, like Adobe Acrobat Reader, to read it. Google Chrome and Edge read it natively. Leo recommends downloading a new browser or Acrobat Reader.
Laurie has a business with a website on Google, and now her website is offline after making a few changes to it. Leo says that it's very easy to make a coding mistake and take a site offline. It's possible that her GoDaddy DNS record has been modified and it no longer resolves to the right web host. So giving GoDaddy a call and having them fix the lookup to reflect the proper DNS address may help solve the problem.
Scott is an independent author and he says he's worried about data protection requirements under the EU's GDPR rules. Leo says that requirements for data protection is different for an individual than they are for a company with 250 or more. One can use MailChimp to do GDPR and protect the client's data. If he/she has a website that's log enabled then they would also have requirements. It's also not completely clear what the EU's GDPR requirements are, especially for small businesses. The EU is more interested in larger companies than the little guy.
Alan tried to sync his contacts in Outlook and they've disappeared. What happened? Leo says that sync is often fraught with peril because that kind of catastrophe can happen easily, especially when there are duplicates. He recommends creating a backup on Google Contacts and restore when disaster strikes.