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Your internet connection, web sites and services.

AT&T Launches 5G, but Good Luck Trying to Use it

AT&T

Episode 1582

AT&T has launched its 5G service in 17 cities around the country, but Rich says good luck trying to use it. First, you can't find a map of 5G coverage to see where it's available, plus you need a $500 hotspot device to use it if you do. Also, 5G doesn't travel very far, requiring even more towers.

Meanwhile, Verizon has launched in Chicago and Minneapolis for everyone, but in very small areas. Rich says that while 5G is the future, it's just not the future now. 

Is Google Recording our Duo Video Calls?

Duo

Episode 1582

Christie from Mission Viejo, CA

Christie wonders about Google Duo, the Google version of Facetime. Could Google be recording those? Rich says not likely. The video and audio are encrypted, so that would be difficult to do. However, the metadata is fair game. Who she called, how long she was on the call, where she is, etc. But the reality is, free services still cost "something", so it comes with the expectation that some monetization is going on to pay for it.

Disney Lays Out Details for their Streaming Service - DISNEY +

DISNEY +

Episode 1582

Disney+ launches November 12th, for $6.99 a month. This will include more than 25 original series and 10 original films, plus the entire Disney catalogue of 7500 TV episodes and 2500 films, content from National Geographic, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Fox, ESPN, and more. Rich adds that Disney will also probably offer a bundled deal with HULU, which offers LiveTV as well.

Rich says that by comparison, that will put tremendous pressure on Apple and Netflix who are charging more.

How can I Cut the Cord?

FireTV Recast

Episode 1582

Tony from Huntington Beach, CA

Tony is tired of paying so much for cable and wants to cut the cord. How can he do it and get the same amount of programming?  Rich says that cord-cutting is the most popular question he gets, but it isn't' all that easy.  Even when consumers succeed, they end up paying as much or more for programming with subscriptions that they add ala carte. Also, a lot of TV programming require a log in for a cable or satellite service, etc.

Why is My Fiber Optic Internet Access so Sketchy?

Frontier

Episode 1582

Bob from Hacienda Heights, CA

Bob has a mesh network for his 2800 sq foot house, and he's having issues. There is likely a congestion problem. If Bob's accessing the internet after 6 PM, for instance, that's when everyone is watching Netflix. That can really drain that shared internet access of the ISP. It could also be that since his network is new, it may not be updated yet. So give it a few days. If it doesn't improve, it's time to contact the ISP's tech support.

Can I Watch YouTubeTV With Chromecast?

chromecast

Episode 1581

Tony from Riverside, CA

When Tony goes camping with his RV, he'd like to broadcast YouTube TV from his phone to his TV. Leo says that in theory, Chromecast will work because he's connected via WiFi. However, it requires being on the same WiFi network, so if the phone is using WiFi, it can't really do that because he will need internet for the Chromecast. Getting a "MyFi" router may be the solution, but it would have a separate cellular connection. But the good news is, it also has its own bandwidth data allotment. Get a MyFi from your carrier, then the phone can join that, and the Chromecast can be on it.

RIP Google+ and other Services

 Google+

Episode 1581

A Sad Week in Google, as Google killed off a ton of services this week. Google+ closed down. Google Chromecast Audio was discontinued. The InBox in Gmail is now gone. Leo was really sad that Google+ never really grabbed the kind of attention from users that Facebook has. The sad part is that Google+ was very popular with photographers since images posted weren't as compressed as other social media sites do. They could upload uncompressed, or hi-resolution versions. But no more. 

How Can I Create a Course on Investigating Techniques?

EliAdemy

Episode 1580

Henry from Prescott Valley, AZ

Henry is thinking about creating a podcast or online course about the law and practice of investigating techniques. Leo says that he can make a MOC and post them online, and there are tools that can help. Teachable.com and EliAdemy.com both offer tools to create courses. They'll offer a set of tools to create audio, slides, lectures and even online quizzes.

How Can I File my Taxes Online?

Turbo Tax

Episode 1580

JT from Huntsville, AL

JT needs to file taxes and wants to know the best option for online filing. Leo uses TurboTax. Leo says that TurboTax offers 1040EZ filing for free. It will also remind you what you need to include, like compliance with Obamacare. The great thing is that you no longer need to buy software either. And it takes about 20 minutes to do.

But make sure to collect all forms, W2s, etc.