Audience Questions

Audience QuestionsHour 1

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Watch Scott from Sherman Oaks, CA Comments

Scott has heard about home security apps which allow people to unlock their home via an iPhone, and is wondering how secure they actually are. Leo says that they're likely very similar in technology to garage door openers, so it should be secure because users can set their own password and level of security. Door locks are mere conventions though, and they can be defeated if given enough effort.

Leo says he'll ask Steve Gibson, the host of Security Now on the TWiT network, about the security of these bluetooth door locks in a future episode.

Watch Scott from Sherman Oaks, CA Comments

Scott wants to know why the iPhone doesn't backup all of his Wi-Fi passwords when backing up. Apparently iTunes doesn't keep them. The Chatroom says that LastPass should be able to do it, and Leo agrees. The Premium version is only $12 and it's worth every penny.

Watch Kevin from Folsom, CA Comments

Kevin needs to buy a new router and wants to know which one to buy. Leo says that routers are rather commoditized now, so it doesn't really matter. Leo likes NetGear and D-Link.

Leo warns that there's a flaw in the new router designs called network PnP which allows smart hackers to completely bypass any encryption, and there's no fix for it. DD-WRT and Tomato are two open source router firmware options that can help bypass the issue, or he can just turn off network PnP in the router's settings.

Watch Dee from Pennsylvania Comments

Dee needs to uninstall Norton 360. Leo says that there are ways to do it and searching Norton forums will help. Norton also has stand alone uninstallers that will do it.

Once she has Norton off of her system, Leo just recommends recommends having automatic updates turned on in Windows 7. Then install Microsoft Security Essentials. It's a great, free, antivirus and running it will keep Dee's computer about as secure as she can. Ultimately though, her computer will only be as secure as her own behavior, which is the last line of defense. Be wary of getting links from friends or opening attachments.

Audience QuestionsHour 2

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Watch Matt from Portland, OR Comments

Leo thinks the future of Microsoft is dim, and that the Microsoft acquisition of Nokia was a hail mary play. Microsoft's profits are still high, revenue is still billions of dollars a quarter, so the company isn't going away anytime soon. However, he doesn't think its a company to watch in the 21st century.

Matt thinks Microsoft has a lot of talented people and so much money, but its being wasted on things that aren't all that exciting. Leo says all of those bright minds want to work for a company with a stock price going up, and they also have pride and want to work for an exciting company. However, a lot of the new talent coming out of school are creating their own companies instead of going to a major company like Google or Facebook.

Microsoft may have bought Nokia for better hardware innovation, while Microsoft is more focused on software innovation. The only question mark at this point is whether or not Microsoft can get a CEO who can reverse the trend. It's happened before to many other companies, but it isn't easy. Things move fast, and success in one decade almost guarantees failure in the next.

Watch Bob from California Comments

Bob is using Skype for Voice Over IP (VOIP) and is using his headset, but he'd like one with better quality. Leo says a USB headset will give him far better quality because it's digital. Currently, Leo advises Plantronics. The Plantronics .Audio 665 is the one he sends to all TWiT guests.

Are there any settings that Bob should use to tweak his connection to improve it? Leo says there's a technote on the TWiT Wiki for just that purpose. There's a few things on it that are obsolete, like Supernoding and using a dedicated audio port. Microsoft has fixed those so they're no longer needed. At the end of the day, having good bandwidth and a quality headset will get him most of the way.

Audience QuestionsHour 3

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Watch Connor from Castle Rock, CO Comments

Kyle wants to make sure that an Android phone will read back the text that he highlights. Leo says that it's called "text to speech" and Android has some really good options for that. Google calls it "TalkBack." The iPhone will do it by highlighting the text and then pressing the button that says "speak." In the Android settings under "assistive technologies" tab, he should select "TalkBack". That will just read back everything, though, but he should be able to narrow it down.

Watch Brad from Atlanta, GA Comments

Brad would like to create a private YouTube channel that will give him the ability to put pictures on it so his elderly Aunt can see them online. Leo says that a better option is an internet enabled smart digital picture frame that he can update remotely. She does have internet access and an HD TV, so could he use the Chromecast to do this? Leo says he could, but Brad would have to travel to his Aunt's and set it up because it would have to see her Wi-Fi. She would have to learn how to access YouTube from the Chromecast, too.

Brad could get her a TV that has a SIM card slot that she could view pictures on. There's also Roku, which could get pictures that he puts into Dropbox. An Apple TV would work to share pictures remotely, also. The cheapest option is to get a digital picture frame, though.

Watch Alan from Troy, NY Comments

Alan is a senior in college majoring in mechanical engineering and social/political science and he'll be entering the job market soon. What skills will he need? Leo says that Alan already has a leg up with his social media emphasis on mechanical engineering. Leo says that knowing how to write mobile apps would definitely give him an advantage over the competition. Mobile apps are the future.

Watch Brad from Atlanta, GA Comments

Brad is legally blind and and he's been using Google Glass with TalkBack. Leo says that is really bleeding edge. Google Glass isn't even in Beta yet, it's just in it's earliest development. So Leo suggests to be patient as it becomes more accessible.